Athletes may someday pay a steep price

first_imgCHECK out one of the gazillion Web sites peddling steroids and human growth hormone, and it’s a wonder everybody isn’t on the stuff. Lose weight and build muscle – in some cases, without even exercising. Erase those ugly wrinkles and look younger. Get more energy. Maybe even sleep better. Or so they say. As any kid who ever bought sea monkeys knows, things that sound too good to be true usually are. There’s no doubt steroids and human growth hormones can be beneficial when used carefully and properly. But when abused or used for purposes for which they weren’t intended, there’s no telling what can happen. The worst part is, it’ll be years, maybe even decades, before we know all the surprises that are in store. “Ten, 20 years from now, we could have a whole population of bizarre medical problems we never thought of because we’ve been playing with people’s hormones,” said Dr. Todd Schlifstein, an assistant professor at NYU’s School of Medicine. “We’re going to have a whole population with huge heads and huge hands and feet because their joints are overgrown.” Authorities in upstate New York and Rhode Island are targeting distribution networks they say might be responsible for steroid and human growth hormone sales nationwide. Nine people already have been arrested, and at least two dozen could face charges by the time the investigations end. Some high-profile athletes, including Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and boxer Evander Holyfield, have been linked to the inquiry through drug shipment records. But this isn’t the latest BALCO, an ongoing case that required Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Jason Giambi and others to testify before a federal grand jury. center_img Prosecutors in the latest case don’t really care who’s putting what in their bodies. They’re after the pushers, the lab-coated equivalents of the coke dealers hanging out at the end of the block. Lest anyone think differently, there’s not much difference. Performance-enhancing drugs are just that. Drugs. “The abuse of performance-enhancing drugs is really an extension of the broader concept of drug abuse,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Just as LSD and cocaine can fry your brains, HGH and steroids might destroy your body, too. Lyle Alzado was a beast in his playing days, a fearsome, snarling 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds. By the time he died in 1992 at 43, brain cancer had eaten away all that muscle, leaving little more than a shell. Steroids were to blame, Alzado said. He started taking them in 1969 and spent as much as $30,000 a year on them. He also said he took human growth hormone. “My last wish?” Alzado said before he died. “That no one else ever dies this way.” Or endures the living hell that mark the days of some East German athletes. East German officials were determined to step out of the Soviet Union’s Cold War shadow, using sport to prove their country’s might. They began a systematic doping plan in the 1970s. Some 10,000 athletes were doped – most having no idea the drugs they were being given were harmful. Many were still-developing teenagers. It wasn’t until livers failed or spines twisted or, worse, children were born with birth defects, that the East German athletes realized the full horror of what had been done to them. The powerful steroids that were given out like vitamins might have helped win Olympic gold medals, but they came with a devastating price. Numb limbs, gynecological problems, miscarriages, breasts in men – at least one female athlete had a sex change. Sure, the science behind performance-enhancing drugs is evolving and is more sophisticated than it was 30 years ago. That’s what makes catching cheaters so tough. There’s always some new potion in the pipeline. And there’s always someone willing to try it. Take some pills or shots, and magically bulk up, slim down or look as if you’ve found the fountain of youth. Maybe you boost the batting average enough to get a fat new contract. Maybe you bench press enough to be the envy of everybody at the gym. But remember there is a price for everything, even if it isn’t paid right away. “Nothing,” Schlifstein said, “is cost free and risk free.” Including shipping and handling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgToday Donegal Daily has launched a sister website – Most of us living in Donegal travel in to Derry regularly and many of our neighbours travel out to Donegal.Thousands of us traveled into the city recently to see the amazing Fleadh. So, following on from the huge success of Donegal Daily, we have decided to give the people of Derry their own online voice.Just like Donegal Daily we plan to cover all the breaking news from across Derry.Many of the stories which appear on will be of some interest to Donegal readers.Today we have some great stories on Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle, the development of GAA in Derry as well as full coverage of the funeral of literary great Seamus Heaney. We also have the latest, breaking news.Why not log on to for yourself and have a look and like us on Facebook if you want to keep up to date with our North West neighbours.  HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS IN DERRY? was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry Dailylast_img read more


first_imgAfter much anticipation the North West Garden Show 2012 is finally here and will take place this weekend, May 26th and 27th, on the grounds of Castlefinn Partnership Complex, Castelfinn.On the back of two tremendously successful events in 2010 and 2011, which has generated an estimated €3.5million to the local economy, this year’s show is projected to be bigger and better and with a raft of new features is expected to draw in gardening enthusiasts from far and wide.Speaking ahead of the weekend Event Director Michael Carlin said “With the weather forecast looking bright and the excitement mounting we are all geared up to bring you our best North West Garden Show yet. So get your gardening gloves on and come along to what is expected to be a great weekend of all things green” The weekend’s events will commence with the crowning of the Northwest Garden Rose in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey on Friday May 25th at 8pm. Entertaining the crowds will be MC TV3’s Noel Cunningham and live music by local band Flipside. Tickets are €15 and available from the Villa Rose Hotel; from main sponsors McElhinney’s Department Store and from event organisers the CPI Complex, Castelfin.Multi-award winning landscape architect Tim Austin will open the show at the Outdoor Stage at 11.00am on Saturday May 26th, he will host seminars at 1.00pm and 4.15pm on how to create a garden masterpiece, with landscape architect Marcus Flannery sharing top tips and expert advice at 3.00pmMeanwhile 2011 TV3’s Irish Apprentice Candidate, brand ambassador for Chic Wedding Magazine & RSVP media and one of Ireland’s most fashionable women, Sandra Murphy, will be taking to the stage in the Flower Pavilion and Fashion Arena on Saturday to host three live heats (at 11.15am; 1.15am; 3.15pm) and a live grand final (5.15pm) of the innovative new Trash ‘n’ Fashion feature, new to this year’s show.There will be a variety of flower arranging demonstrations taking place between the Trash ‘n’ Fashion catwalk heats, at 12.15pm, by Bernie Jackson; 2.15pm by Michael Doherty and 4.15pm by John Paul, of John Paul Florists Derry. Ireland’s first Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott will be firing up the grill at the Cookery School Live from 12.15pm on Saturday whetting your appetite with the first of many savoury cookery demonstrations from both Brian and fellow award winning chef Ian Orr.There will also be a host of sessions and seminars including meet the producer, growing you own food, cooking with herbs, chef butcher demonstrations and ask the expert sessions until 5.00pm. Not to worry if you miss Saturday’s sessions as the cookery school will go live at 12.15pm to 5.00pm again on SundayLive wood turning demonstrations by Conal McGinley will take place from 2pm on Saturday as well as live pottery demonstrations by Liam Louge in the Craft Fayre Marquee and live tree pruning by tree surgeon Colin Farrell throughout both days. Fashion shows will also be broadcast live on the big screen throughout the weekend and gardening expert, author and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin will unveil details of an exclusive Irish Garden for the White House over the two day eventFashionista Sandra Murphy will return to the stage in the Flower Pavilion and Fashion Arena on Sunday to host two exclusive fashion shows by Ireland’s store of the year McElhinneys’ of Ballybofey at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The team at John Paul Florists will also return to host live flower arranging demonstrations at 12.15pm; 2.15pm and 4.15pm on SundayThe Happy Drummers will be performing live on the Outdoor Stage throughout Sunday, later followed by African Drumming with Ronan McKee and the children of St. Mary’s National School Castlefinn at 3.00pm. Plus get top tips from Tim Austin’s talks at 12.15pm and 4.15pm as well as from Marcus Flannery who will return to the stage at 12.45pm. Winners from the array of competitions; challenges and draws will be announced at a prize giving at 5.30pm on the Outdoor Stage to wrap up a great weekend of all things gardening With sun the predicted to shine, and so much to look forward to it will be a weekend not to be missed. For more information and for a full programme of events logon to or follow us on FacebookWe look forward to seeing you there!NORTH WEST GARDEN SHOW IN CASTLEFIN TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWDS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castlefinnorth west garden showlast_img read more


first_imgSOCIETY failed Erin Gallagher, the 13-year-old bullied schoolgirl who died by suicide, a priest told mourners at her funeral today.A white coffin bearing the remains of the Finn Valley College student was carried into the Church of St Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, for Requiem Mass at 11am.Hundreds of people packed into the chapel, with heartbroken friends crying during the Mass. Erin’s mother Lorraine, sister Shannon and brother Sean were supported by family and friends.Erin died on Saturday after being taunted online on the website heard Father John Joe Duffy question the level of resources available to dealing with bullying and criticise the failure to monitor and ban websites.“I am asking all agencies and arms of the State who are responsible for the care of children to finally come together and formulate a comprehensive policy of prevention and support; of helping individuals so that this day will never have to dawn on another parent or family in this country again,” said the priest. “This is the challenge we as a society now face. We are only here today because society has failed Erin Gallagher.”He said that the “authorites may hide behind technical and other difficulties but these sites can be regulated and they must be regulated.”He went on: “This is not the first tragedy, but let it be the last but it can only be the last when we face the reality that we are not standing up to this as a society.“As a country we are very good at after care after the fact but we fail miserably at prevention.“We have seen the excellent support these past few days from professional services but must take a step backwards and ask what levels of support were available and where were they before this tragic event.” He said he didn’t want to take away from the excellent work done after Erin’s death.But he went on: “Do we have the resources available to man the front line in terms of prevention.“Have we national policies in place? Have we the guidelines for prevention to avoid this in the future?“Is it known and is it clear who we turn to if we see a similar situation develop? “I am challenging those who are charged with the care of children to assess whether their assessements and responses are fit for purpose.“There is a responsibility on all of us to protect our children and children should not have to experience the tragedy that we have here today.“Those charged with their care must reflect on this tragedy. Currently there is much debate on children’s rights but have we the supports which are so necessary?“Have we as a society failed to prioritise the needs and cares of children at a time when everything is being cut back?“Have we employed the necessary social workers, counsellors and psychologists so that the very basic services are available on the ground at the frontline where it is most needed.Society, he added, had failed Erin Gallagher.During the Mass, a teenage friend broke down crying as he read a poem in Erin’s memory. When he finished, there was a round of applause from the audience.Outside the chapel, school children wept as Erin’s coffin was lifted into the hearse, some of them touching the side of hearse.Others released pink balloons.The schoolgirl is being laid to rest at a private service in Castlefin.SOCIETY FAILED TEENAGE SUICIDE VICTIM ERIN, PRIEST TELLS MOURNERS was last modified: November 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ask.fmBallybofeyErin GallagherFacebookonline bullyingPRIEST TELLS MOURNERSSOCIETY FAILED TEENAGE SUICIDE VICTIM ERINStranorlarteenager suicidelast_img read more

O’Neill fears Cattermole injury woe

first_imgSunderland manager Martin O’Neill fears midfielder Lee Cattermole could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering another knee injury.Cattermole went off during the first half at the Stadium of Light, where QPR picked up a 0-0 draw – only their second clean sheet of the season.“It would be a big blow for us [if the injury is serious]. As we speak now he’s in a lot of pain,” said O’Neill.He added: “It was a rather frustrating evening. I thought we would be able to break them down but they had spirit about them and it turned into a difficult game.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Overqualified Mammals

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here are some mammals with capabilities that exceed the requirements of mere survival.Seal GPS:  Live Science reports that Weddell seals in the Antarctic may have GPS guided by earth’s magnetic field.  They have an amazing ability to find their breathing holes in the ice after staying down on complex hunting maneuvers.  This ability, if confirmed to be magnetically based, would have to be extremely precise for them to find spots under the featureless ice to high precision.“The animal always found its way back. It’s like he knew exactly where the hole was,” Fuiman said. “I couldn’t figure out how they would do that. How did they know where they were by the time they turned around?”Fast sniff:  “Neuroscientists have discovered that mice can detect minute differences in the temporal dynamics of the olfactory system,” Science Daily says.  Researchers publishing in PLoS Biology experimented on mice and found that their ability to discriminate between smells is “capable of very high transient information transmission rates” on the order of 13 milliseconds.Time management:  “Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort,” another article on Science Daily says alongside a photo of African cats and zebras.  It’s more than just measuring the trade-off between speed and accuracy.  Princeton researchers identified “a crucial third component: an ability to expend effort at a greater rate to compensate for any limit to the time spent making a decision.”  A Darwinian tale was concocted to explain this ability:This flexibility gives an animal an advantage, in terms of Darwinian fitness, over individuals that are stuck with a simple trade-off between speed and accuracy, the researchers report. Because of this fitness advantage, the authors predict that the ability to control investment of time and effort separately should be widespread in nature.What this means is that, after the fact, we can see how the trait is beneficial.  It says nothing about how the trait arose.  What mutation in a mammal brain gave it time management skill?Got a job opening?  Hire these mammals!  They’re overqualified, but will work for food.last_img read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Gets The Bratty Jeremy Maxwell Tease. Again

first_imgSay what you will about Samsung, it sticks to its guns. Even if that means once again inflicting a whiny, snobby little brat on an unsuspecting world as its mascot and “secret messenger” for the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone.Yes, Jeremy Maxwell is back — and annoying as ever — in Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4 teaser video. Almost as bad as that is the fact that very little about the S4 is actually teased here, except for the fact that a product with that name is on its way.Samsung is releasing a series of videos starring Little Jeremy, some suburbanite preppy who gets early access to the Galaxy S4. The first video showed him signing a non-disclosure agreement and getting a peek in the box that, presumably, holds the Galaxy S4 (though all we can really tell is that the damn thing glows). We are left with Jeremy getting harassed by a girl neighbor demanding to know what his secret is.Samsung has now treated us to the next installment of this imp’s journey. We see Jeremy poking his head into the (still glowing) box, getting yelled at by the neighbor girl and marveling at the thing inside. (“It’s my favorite color,” Jeremy coos. I hope he likes pearl grey.) Jeremy then goes to bed with his faithful dog, all alight with excitement.In the morning, Jeremy’s mother calls out, “I’ve put out your power ties for your big day!” Jeremy, in a fit of pure Zen, chants, “big day, big day.”The video is embedded below. Tell us in the comments what you think of Jeremy Maxwell. More importantly, what do you think of this hype-machine marketing campaign from Samsung? Is it helpful in any way, shape or form? What about the demographic choice of a kid with a butler and power ties?Samsung will debut the Galaxy S4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this Thursday, March 14th. We’ll be there to bring you all the action. With any luck, Jeremy Maxwell won’t be invited.  dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Lead image courtesy of the Samsung teaser video The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Galaxy S4#Samsung Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Fitbit’s new smartwatch to open its own app store

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts David Curry Fitbit has confirmed the company’s next smartwatch will come with a software development kit (SDK) for developers, and users will be able to download apps from a dedicated store.Fitbit CEO, James Park, told The Verge that it would launch the smartwatch with a select few apps, before opening the SDK to all third-party developers. Custom-made apps can be shared for friends, family or created specifically for an organization.See Also: Study hints that wearables are terrible at counting calories, just like their usersPark has discussed third-party app support in past interviews, but this is the first time we’ve heard specifics of the SDK platform. To get on the app store, developers need to support iOS and Android devices, then Fitbit runs a light screening to see if the app is suitable.Fitbit did not announce any of the launch partners for the next smartwatch, believed to be the Blaze 2. According to Yahoo News, Pandora will be one of the launch partners, although Fitbit originally tried to collaborate with Spotify.A timeline in flux?The smartwatch has been covered quite extensively, for a product that has no launch date. Most of the reports have been of delays, both hardware and software, alongside rumors of multiple changes to the launch timeline. Park has refuted the reports, saying that the smartwatch has not faced delays.Even so, Fitbit is starting to feel the heat from all angles. The Apple Watch and Xiaomi’s cheap wearables surpassed the company’s lead in total wearable sales for the first quarter of 2017 and its share price has dropped by more than 50 percent.Apart from Apple and Xiaomi, results in the wearable industry have been depressed, as customer demand fades and the expectations from Wall Street are trimmed. Fitbit is looking to defeat this with the new smartwatch, said to be waterproof, more accurate, smarter, and an aim to become the device for the health community. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Tags:#App Store#apps#Blaze 2#featured#Fitbit#Pebble#SDK#smartwatch#Software#top#wearable Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Two killed in Assam for ‘cow theft’

first_imgTwo men – suspected of stealing cattle in Nagaon district of Assam – were killed by the locals, according to district superintendent of police, Debraj Upadhyay.Mr. Upadhay told journalists that the men were identified as Abu Hanifa and Riazuddin Ali, both in their early 20s. This is the first incident in Assam when anyone was chased and killed by the mob following an allegation of cow theft.Once the mob caught hold of the men, they were severely beaten for “a long time” resulting in their death. The police said that they were taken to the hospital and were declared dead by the doctors. The incident took place in a village called Kasomori village about 150 kilometres from Guwahati.Mr. Upadhay said that a case has been registered. According to news agency PTI, the SP has assured of “impartial enquiry” into the incident. The incident has created a huge panic among people in parts of Assam.A “fit for slaughter” certificate is required for cow slaughter in Assam, which is otherwise banned in the State. However, beef and buffalo meat both are available in Assam. During certain Muslim festivals cows are allowed to be slaughtered in the State. However, anti-cow slaughter campaign has gained momentum in the State in recent years. The BJP came to power in Assam in 2016.last_img read more

Who’s the best puncher? Mayweather says it could surprise

first_imgPerhaps, he said, that’s the reason Mayweather still owes the IRS $22.2 million in back taxes.“I think he has a big-time gambling problem,” McGregor said. “He always shows his winning bets but never his losers. Maybe that’s why he’s in the position he is and had to take this fight.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I let him know it’s not what you think it is,” Mayweather said. “You’re not just going to run in there. He felt a strength he didn’t expect.”The knock on Mayweather — and the reason some people give Conor McGregor a chance Saturday night — is that he doesn’t knock out people. Pacquiao never went down either, but Mayweather showed there are other ways to change a fight than putting a fighter on the canvas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMcGregor may find that out early if he goes after Mayweather at the opening bell as expected. The prevailing theory is that McGregor wins the power battle, but there’s more than one fighter with power in this, the most unusual of fights.“When he gets hit he’s going to find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said. “The brittle hands, they keep saying that, but when I come across his head he’ll find out that it’s totally different.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says it was the first punch of the fight. His promoter thinks it came during the second round.One shot to the head, and suddenly Manny Pacquiao decided his night might better be spent fighting on the outside.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor doesn’t believe that, of course and predicted again Wednesday that the fight would end early with Mayweather on his back.“I believe one or two rounds, with 8-ounce gloves I don’t see him surviving,” McGregor said. “I’m starting to think I’ll toy with him once he goes down.”The two fighters got together for the final pre-fight press conference to further hype a fight built on hype. In contrast to the bombastic tone of earlier appearances it was a relatively subdued affair at the MGM Grand.They posed together and didn’t come close to exchanging blows. They did both manage to get in a few final words, though.“It’s not going to be easy Conor,” Mayweather told his opponent. “I’ve got a great chin but remember this: The same way you give it you gotta be able to take it.”ADVERTISEMENT Though ticket sales have been tepid — largely because of astronomical prices — the pay-per-view is expected to be watched by some 50 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.It’s half-fight, half-spectacle, a bout that matches a UFC star who has never boxed against a masterful ring technician with a record of 49-0. Born of internet hype, it has captured the curiosity of even those outside both sports and could end up being the richest fight ever.And it’s a bout Mayweather says he is taking very seriously, despite training at odd hours and holding meet-and-greets every night before the fight with fans who come to his strip club.“I’m taking a gamble,” said Mayweather, who is coming off a two-year layoff. “But it’s worth it.”Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao ended up going 12 long rounds, and turning a lot of people off from boxing. But while Mayweather hasn’t really knocked out anyone in a decade, he says the streak will come to an end in what he insists is his final fight.Oddsmakers in this gambling town hope it’s not McGregor stopping Mayweather early as he claims. McGregor fans have placed thousands of small bets at long-shot odds of their man knocking Mayweather out in the early rounds, and sports books could suffer their worst loss ever in what is expected to be the most heavily fight ever.McGregor also believes that’s exactly what is going to happen.. He said his years in the octagon and his varied skillset will translate well into the boxing ring, especially after a three-month camp where he used a former referee to help him adjust to boxing rules.What he didn’t bring in was any boxing trainer to teach him more about the sport, insisting that the team he has always been with knows him so well that it wouldn’t have made a difference.“We added what is useful and discarded what is not,” he said. “As the final sparring session approached all the unnecessary was gone. It was a cleaner product, just the perfect product.”He was dismissive of Mayweather to the end, telling those attending the final press conference that Mayweather is not only a one dimensional fighter but more than likely not the sports bettor he claims to be when posting his winning tickets online. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Saving the day MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more