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  • The harm from Porn

    first_img24 November 2015The evidence of the great harm from Pornography continues to mount. An excellent report just released by the American College of Pediatricians (ACOP) “The Impact of Pornography on Children”  is a must read for everyone. ACOP is an outstanding group of physicians and health professionals who are taking strong, medically and scientifically based positions on a range of issues affecting children and adolescents. We have worked closely with them on a number of issues over the years. Their report outlines some of the research showing that when males watch porn they tend to:Change their views on the seriousness of the crime of rape to be more accepting of itDevelop a more callous attitude towards women generallyExperience less interest in marriage and greater acceptance of infidelity in marriageHave an increased interest in deviant sexual activityHave less interest in having childrenHave an increasingly accepting attitude toward promiscuityExperience lower satisfaction with their current sexual partner and more.The report also summarizes changes in brain structure and function in those who view pornography and underscores the evidence showing the addictive nature of porn.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.There is also growing evidence that children are being exposed to pornography at ever younger ages.   Some of this exposure, unfortunately, is coming in schools as a result of the growing incorporation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) around the world that inappropriately sexualizes young children. In fact, just this week it was reported that a school in California had placed pornographic paintings depicting vulgar sex acts in bathrooms and all around the school.Once images like these enter a child’s brain, it is very difficult, if not near impossible, to erase them from the brain.With regard to Internet porn, the porn industry overall has reported declining profits in recent years, but this is not good news.   Revenues are falling largely because of the increasing availability of free porn. It is literally only a few keystrokes away for any child with access to the Internet.As the ACOP study reports, “Pornography exposure for children and adolescents has become almost ubiquitous.” They cite one British study that found that nearly a third of the students surveyed reported that their first exposure to pornography was when they were 10 years old or younger.The ACOP report concludes: “Consumption of pornography is associated with many negative emotional, psychological and physical health outcomes.   These include increased rates of depression, anxiety, acting out and violent behaviour, younger age of sexual debut, sexual promiscuity, increased risk of teen pregnancy, and a distorted view of relationships between men and women.   For adults, pornography results in an increased likelihood of divorce, which is also harmful to children. The American College of Paediatricians urges healthcare professionals to communicate the risks of pornography use to patients and their families and to offer resources both to protect children from viewing pornography and to treat individuals suffering from its negative effects.” read more

  • New ordinance lists dos, don’ts in plazas

    first_imgSection 5 of the ordinance provides general provisions on the use ofpublic plazas; this should be limited to only the following: Any individual or group may enter the plaza, stay and engage inactivities without the need for permit and fee provided the activities are notconsidered organized events. SPRUCING UP THE ESPLANADE. Iloilo City government’s Task Force Boltahe personnel install Christmas parols at the Iloilo Esplanade. This Christmas lantern project is being spearheaded by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Iloilo and Zonta Club of Iloilo City. Over 1,500 Christmas parols will be switched on at dusk today. The project is benefitting the inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district. They have been tapped to make the parols. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Trade fairs shall be allowed provided these will be in designated areasonly and for a limited time of no more than three days. These shall culminateseven days before the actual date of the fiesta, historical or culturalcelebration and permit shall be secured from the CENRO. Authored by Councilor Jay Treñas III, it aims to protect and conservethe natural, aesthetic and historical values of public plazas “for the benefitof the current and future generations.” Also, the use of all public plazas is limited from 4 a.m. until midnightonly for non-minors. * as venue for promoting sports, culture and art activities Vending during regular days shall be allowed provided it will be doneonly in designated areas outside the periphery of the plaza and after theissuance of a permit by the CENRO and for a limited time. * as venue for promoting environmental awareness, healthy lifestyle, andpublic safety * as venue for community assemblies, community participation and socialinteraction For minors, the plazas shall be open from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m. inaccordance with Regulation Ordinance No. 2016-230 (curfew ordinance forminors). * as venue for learning and leisurecenter_img The type of organized activities to be permitted shall be, but notlimited to, assemblies, campaigns, drills, trainings, demonstrations, exhibits,and shows. Other prohibitions include alcoholic beverages, gambling and other actsagainst public order; bicycle and motorized vehicles inside the plaza premises. All other activities may be allowed provided these shall be for alimited period of 10 days and a permit is likewise secured from CENRO, indesignated places only and for purposes of promoting tourism, development tradeand investment, promoting environmental awareness, healthy lifestyle, publicsafety, and promoting culture and arts. On the other hand, pursuant to Section 6 of Regulation Ordinance 00-054(or An Ordinance Declaring Certain Building Structures or Sites in Iloilo Cityas Local Heritage Or Legacy Buildings, Structures or Sites), the use of PlazaLibertad, Molo Plaza, Arevalo Plaza, Mandurriao Plaza, La Paz Plaza, and JaroPlaza during fiesta, historical and cultural celebrations shall be regulated byCENRO. Special events such as those organized for more than a day or where morethan 100 people are expected to attend shall require a Mayor’s Executive Order. Violation of the various provisions of the ordinance has correspondingpenalties (fines). Also, the new ordinance prohibits cooking and washing inside the plaza.Cooking will only be allowed by way of a permit during special event. ILOILO City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved an ordinanceregulating the use of public plazas. The ordinance will take effect on March 1, 2020./PN Without securing a permit from the City Environment and NaturalResources Office (CENRO) which is in-charge of the plazas, organized eventsthere are prohibited.last_img read more

  • MDI football team set to join 8-man ranks in 2020

    first_img Latest Posts Park visitation surged in July – August 26, 2020 Acadia campgrounds won’t open this year – August 5, 2020 Bio Dick BroomReporter at Mount Desert IslanderDick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent’s office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.comcenter_img Gateway to address ‘too many cars’ – August 28, 2020 BAR HARBOR — Eight-man football is coming to Mount Desert Island High School next fall because of a shortage of players for the traditional 11-man squad.MDI will join the 10 high schools in Maine that switched to the eight-man format this year. Athletic Director Bunky Dow told the high school board Monday night that there were barely enough players to field an 11-man team this season.“We started the season with 32 kids,” he said. “In our first JV game, we had three freshmen injured and out for the rest of the season, so we were down to 29 kids, and of those, there were eight kids who should never step on the field for a varsity contest.”Dow said the outlook isn’t much brighter for next year. MDI could try to keep playing the 11-man version of the game, he said, but there would be consequences should the Trojans fail to fulfill their schedule in its entirety.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“If you have to forfeit or you cannot complete the season, you’re out for two years. I don’t want to get into that situation. We almost had to do that this year.”Another option is to drop football altogether.“But I would not recommend that,” Dow said, “because there are 25 students who are doing something positive. We’re keeping them out of trouble, for the most part. They enjoy playing the game, and I believe they still want to.”He said this year’s football players were informed last week of the decision to go to the eight-man format. The Trojans, longtime members of the Big 11 Conference, went 1-7 in 2019.Principal Matt Haney said the switch was an administrative decision that did not require the high school board to take action, but Dow said he wanted to have the board’s support. The board voted unanimously to endorse the move to eight-man.The 10 high school teams that played eight-man football this past season were Boothbay, Ellsworth/Sumner, Gray-New Gloucester, Maranacook, Mount Ararat, Old Orchard Beach, Sacopee Valley, Telstar, Traip Academy and Yarmouth. Teams were divided into two divisions with the champions from the large-school division (Mount Ararat) and small-school division (Old Orchard Beach) meeting for the state title.Should the Maine Principals’ Association maintain a single class of eight-man football with the current enrollment cutoff (350 students), MDI would compete in the large-school division. Further changes to the eight-man format could be coming, though, as the Portland Press Herald reported last month that anywhere from 6-10 more teams are expected to make the switch to the eight-man code for the 2020 season.Eight-man football has already yielded positive results for another Hancock County high school team, Ellsworth/Sumner. Although Ellsworth/Sumner has experienced its own numbers crunch in recent years, the introduction of eight-man this fall allowed the Eagles to field a competitive team despite beginning the season with only 15 players on the roster.“We wouldn’t have been able to play without eight-man,” Duane Crawford, Ellsworth/Sumner’s outgoing head coach and a former player and assistant coach at MDI, told The Ellsworth American last month. “I think eight-man is where the future lies for a lot of programs.”MDI originally intended to make the switch to eight-man football last year after the Maine Principals’ Association unveiled a classification plan that called for three 11-man classes and two eight-man classes. Yet the Trojans instead chose to remain in Class C North after the MPA scrapped that plan in favor of four 11-man classes and one eight-man class.Dow acknowledged that travel is a chief concern as Ellsworth/Sumner is the only current eight-man team within relative proximity of Bar Harbor. But he noted that some of them are closer than a few of the schools MDI has been playing in other sports, such as Houlton, Presque Isle and Caribou.Dow said he hopes MDI’s switch to eight-man football will encourage some other schools to do the same.“Hopefully, we can be a trend-setter, and some other schools will follow us,” Dow said. “I’ve spoken to a couple, and they want to wait and see who else goes.”Mike Mandell contributed to this report. Latest posts by Dick Broom (see all)last_img read more

  • Infantino: FIFA Can’t Pressure Euro Clubs to Release Players for Olympics

    first_imgInfantino told reporters in Abuja during his two-day tour of Nigeria that FIFA could only dialogue with the clubs to see reasons with the national associations as it is difficult to incorporate the Olympics into the FIFA international match calendar which is already saturated.He said he can lobby the clubs to let players who are within the Olympic age bracket of Under-23 to represent their countries.Nigeria is shorn of the services of some of its bright players including Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi at Rio 2016 as their Europe-based clubs opted to retain them as the Olympic is not in the FIFA calendar.“It is difficult to include the Olympics in the FIFA programme because the international match calendar is already congested and the start of the of the season clashes with the Olympics. This is why clubs insist in having their players, leaving the players with the dilemma of choosing between club and country.“We are discussing with the clubs to allow the players to serve their nations at the Olympics. In fact for some players once they miss one opportunity they may not get it again to play at that big stage and this is not good,” Infantino said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has declared that the international governing body could not prevail on the football clubs to allow players join their national teams for the football event of the Olympic Games.The touching point for African countries and foreign clubs in any Olympic year has remained the availability of the players needed by their countries for the Games.The foreign-based clubs usually refuse to allow players join their national Olympic team on the premise that the competition is not on the coordinated international calendar of FIFA.last_img read more

  • Joshua Hopes to Sustain Career for Next 10 Years

    first_imgAnthony Joshua has revealed that he wants to fight for another 10 years as he prepares for a career-defining clash with Wladimir Klitschko.The unbeaten 27-year-old has taken a high stakes showdown with Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, in only the 19th fight bout of his professional career.Promoter Eddie Hearn has not looked past the upcoming clash with Klitschko, but admits Joshua wants to leave a lasting legacy in the sport by fighting on for a decade. “Everything is just on the line on April 29,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “AJ talks about having 10 years left in boxing, so part of me doesn’t want to rush, but we’re rushing into the Klitschko fight. Why not keep going?“Deontay Wilder will be ringside – that’s a natural fight. Joseph Parker is another fight as well. It’s all about winning, but he certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years.”Hearn refused to discuss whether a rematch clause has been included in the fight contract, although he remains open to staging a second fight if Joshua and Klitschko produce an expected epic encounter.“Nothing is guaranteed in boxing,” he said. “If there is no value in the rematch, then you won’t see it again. If it’s a great fight, certainly we can’t rule out doing it again.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Group aims to rally voters against prop

    first_imgIn an effort to educate students about the importance of greenhouse legislation, USC’s chapter of the California Public Interest Research Group campaigned this week to obtain 4,000 pledges to vote no on Proposition 23, which would overturn California’s Global Warming Solutions Act.Prop opposition · Haley Brown, right, a senior majoring in theatre, talks to Allessandra Brown about the upcoming California proposition. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan After three days of campaigning on Trousdale Parkway, 1,000 pledges have been obtained, said CalPIRG campus coordinator Brittany Heenan. Though short of the original goal of 4,000 pledges, chapter president David Mittelstein said the spirit of the initiative is not deterred.CalPIRG’s goal of 4,000 pledges was part of a larger effort by CalPIRG chapters across the state to secure an estimated 100,000 pledges on 45 college campuses this week. Statewide, CalPIRG collected 10,579 pledges.“Getting the word out there will still have a positive effect,” said Mittelstein, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. “If Proposition 23 passes, it will not be beneficial for the economy or the environment.”CalPIRG’s concern is that California’s influence as a leader in the green initiative will be lessened if the proposition passes in the November election.The proposition stipulates that California’s current environmental protection laws will be restored only after the state unemployment rate is lower than 5.5 percent.“If Prop 23 passes, it will not be beneficial for the economy, or for anybody but the oil companies,” Mittelstein said.Arthur Li, member of the USC CalPIRG chapter and a sophomore majoring in philosophy, said eliciting student support has required persistence.“We are doing everything we can, but it is difficult when students pledge but aren’t enthusiastic,” Li said.Li said he can only hope everyone who pledges will follow through in their voting.“It’s important for people to have integrity, especially when it comes to the environment,” Li said. “California will become black and oily if people don’t vote no on Prop 23.”After pledging to vote no on Prop 23, Alisa Kim, a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism, said she believes people of her generation care about the environment.“We are so limited in what we can do,” Kim said. “When the opportunity arises, we need to do what we can.”CalPIRG members will continue to campaign on campus to achieve 6,000 total student pledges in hopes of educating voters before the Nov. 2 election.“CalPIRG sets high goals,  — that’s just the way we operate,” Li said. “I think we’re still on a good track.”last_img read more

  • Keith Smart’s game-winner stings Syracuse 30 years later

    first_img Comments Once before a Team USA Basketball event in Atlanta, Smart approached the court to greet Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. But after noticing Boeheim standing close by, Smart told his wife it wasn’t a good time for conversation. Smart never talked with the long time Syracuse head coach until 2012, when he was head coach of the Sacramento Kings.Searching for a scouting report on NBA hopeful Dion Waiters, Smart phoned Boeheim’s office.“Coach, this is a name from the past,” Smart recalls saying. “I wouldn’t be calling you if you hadn’t finally gotten you a championship. This is Keith Smart.”“Keith Smart, Keith Smart, Keith Smart,” Boeheim said. “I just want to tell you: It took me a very long time to get over that.”Boeheim wasn’t alone. At least in a pocket of the country, wherever Syracuse fandom exists, Smart remains the villain. Of course he’s not solely responsible for Indiana winning and the Orange losing, but Smart established himself as the poster boy for SU’s decades-long championship drought.Syracuse players found little solace in the 2003 championship, still 16 years removed from the gut-wrenching title game loss to IU. A championship they had nothing to do with only made them happy for Boeheim, who finally won “the big one.” Even Smart didn’t care much for SU winning it all. Nothing could change what already happened.“It’s hard to say you feel like a villain because you did what you tried to do,” Smart said. “… If I missed that shot and Syracuse wins it, it’s their shining moment.”But Smart didn’t. He’ll continue to hear stories about his shot as the years go on, and they can’t go by fast enough for Syracuse. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘We’re going to win the national championship,’” said Joseph Kohm, a senior walk-on forward. “It’s just incredible. Especially someone like me, I’m nobody. To think that I could actually be a part of something like that.”In that fleeting moment, Kohm turned to face the stands. He located his mother and fiancé in their seats, counting down the seconds until he could celebrate this with them.A few spots down the bench sat Roe, who focused on his father in that instant. Roe imagined what it would be like to gift him an NCAA championship ring engraved with his name.Then there was sophomore forward Herman Harried, who played significantly more than Roe or Kohm, appearing in 33 of 38 games that season. He didn’t play in the championship game, but he admittedly allowed his mind to wander and think of how big a party Syracuse was about to throw.It took only one shot for their visions to evaporate. What they imagined as a postgame parade back to the locker room instead played out as a silent trudge through the bowels of the Louisiana Superdome. No celebration, no ring, no party.“Time’s supposed to heal all wounds,” Kohm said, “but for people who like to watch basketball like me, every time I see the Tournament, that’s shown.“I’m sure all of us would be lying if we didn’t feel like every time we saw that shot, it’s just a little dagger you feel. … You can’t help but just feel a little something in your chest.”No one shouldered more of the loss than head coach Jim Boeheim, who entered the postseason without a Final Four berth to his name. He finally made it to the last step of the Big Dance, yet came away empty after Smart’s heroics. The two didn’t speak for years. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Thirty years after authoring one of the signature March Madness highlights, Keith Smart still hears everyone else’s story about his moment.One fan bought his daughter a horse after Smart’s last-second shot won Indiana the 1987 national championship. Another chirped to Smart about celebrating with Hoosiers in downtown New Orleans after the game. Hotel bellhops routinely identify Smart’s luggage tag and spill their memories to the current assistant coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.But for every tale that ends in excitement and a smile comes one that ends in heartbreak and a sigh. Smart entrenched his name into basketball lore on March 30, 1987, floating a game-winning baseline jumper as Syracuse stood five seconds from its first-ever championship. Instead Indiana won its third and the Orange finished another NCAA Tournament run as losers, 74-73.“You wish those other guys would’ve had a chance to experience that,” Smart said, referring to Syracuse winning it all, “but not to my expense. It was a great moment in life for me and propelled me into a lot of things that I’m doing now.”“The Shot,” as it’s known in some basketball circles, proved to be a launch pad for Smart’s 17-year NBA coaching career. All it’s done in Syracuse is spring SU fans into annual depression as the shot lights up television screens each March. This year is no different, even 30 years and one championship later. Members of the 1986-87 Syracuse team still struggle to comprehend a game that slipped out of their grip in the final minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnwound by missed free throws and ultimately Smart himself, SU can’t fully shake the burden of being on the wrong end of an instant classic. Players refuse to watch the game. Some won’t even talk about it. The legacy of Smart’s momentous jumper — or dagger, depending on your point of view — still endures in Syracuse today.“It just was shocking. You’re numb,” said Matt Roe, a freshman guard on the team. “It’s like you lost a loved one. You hate to say it that way, but it was like calling hours inside the locker room.”A few Orange players and Smart agree: The game doesn’t feel 30 years old. Smart, who scored 12 of the Hoosiers final 15 points, sees and feels every moment of the game when he runs through it in his mind. He even remembers the sound of one high-pitched, squealing fan in the final seconds before it succumbed to thousands of others.The memories are equally as fresh for Roe and a couple of his teammates, all watching from the bench, all taking a moment in the final couple minutes to think about the championship they were closing in on. Each memory plays out at roughly the same point: Syracuse clinging to a two-point lead with 1:42 remaining, but with possession of the ball headed into a timeout. Published on April 2, 2017 at 11:51 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

  • Syracuse drops second consecutive road game in straight set loss to North Carolina

    first_imgSyracuse (17-10, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina (12-10, 9-5), 3-0, on Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Despite late comeback charges in both the first and third sets, the Orange could not convert those runs into wins. This loss marks the second-straight on the road for SU, after it lost to North Carolina State Friday night.Even though four players registered at least six kills, Syracuse was inefficient offensively with an attack percentage of just .145. SU’s 24 attack errors tied for the second-worst output of the season. Santita Ebangwese led the Orange with 13 kills, the only SU player in double figures. Anastastiya Gorelina had seven kills, but with 10 errors on 35 attack attempts, her attack percentage was minus-.086. Setter Jalissa Trotter turned in one of her best all-around performances of the season, with six kills, 32 assists, and 11 digs. In the opening set, Syracuse dropped the first four points. Down 21-16, a 7-2 run helped the Orange claw back and level the set at 23-all. Then, back-to-back kills from Taylor Borup helped UNC take the set, 25-23. The Tar Heels used a 9-2 run in the middle of the second set to break the deadlock, never looking back en route to a comfortable 25-16 second set win. SU faltered in the service department, with five service errors in the second set. With nine service errors on the afternoon, the Orange had its most inaccurate serving day since Sept. 28 vs. Duke. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDown 24-18 in the third set, facing six match points, the Orange rallied, tying the set at 24-all. After a UNC timeout, a Taylor Borup kill reclaimed the lead for UNC. Once Ebangwese faltered on an attack attempt in the ensuing point, the Tar Heels had staved off a late Orange charge to clinch the match. For the fourth time in six sets, the Orange lost a set by just two points. Syracuse will continue its four-game road trip at Florida State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Comments Published on November 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Correa and Saponjic remove the ball jumpsuit in the running of the bulls

    first_imgÁngel Correa, who has transferred the Gigante de Arroyito to his garden, was shown in his home gym hitting the ball in an Instagram storie. The best way to pass the time in the quarantine weeks, waiting for normality to return, or as close to it as possible. The quarantine is long and the footballers, although the return dates are getting clearer, with that May 4 as a possible return to training, they miss the ball, the rhythm of training. The rojiblancos from the beginning have used social networks to tell how they have added exercise to their daily lives so as not to lose shape or weight. Stationary bike, pool, weights. The last ones have been Saponjic and Correa. The two have been filmed at home taking off the jumpsuit of what they most miss: the ball. The Serb reveals that in his garden he has a mini soccer field where he can simulate games, in a space similar to that used by Simeone in ball training in small spaces. Of course what Saponjic lacks are all his teammates, but at least the lack of a ball can be started. last_img read more

  • The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games

    first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Since then, the size of the Philippine delegation has fluctuated from as low as 148 to as big as 512 athletes but the results remained disappointing.Athletes from the Philippines parade waving their national flag during the opening ceremony of the 25th Southeast Asian Games at the national stadium in Vientiane on December 9, 2009.  AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYOIt didn’t get any better for the country in 2009 in Vientiane, Laos. With just 153 Filipino athletes competing in 25 sports, they only garnered 38 gold, 35 silver and 51 bronze medals to wind up fifth overall.READ: Filipinos bungle SEA Games missionIn contrast, the Filipino delegation ballooned to 512 two years after in Jakarta, Indonesia but botched the goal to fare better and instead settled for sixth place with only 36 golds, 56 silvers and 77 bronzes.Philippines athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, Sumatra province on November 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANAnother lean PH delegation was sent to Naypyitaw, Myanmar in 2013 after Philippine sports officials  were irked by the host country’s cherry-picking of sports to be played–dropping main stream events and including obscure sports.READ: Philippines competes in Myanmar games despite rowUnsurprisingly, the Philippines wound up sixth among 11 nations with 29 gold, 36 silver and 66 bronze medals.The country’s place in the medal standings remained unchanged in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games despite packing a relatively-large group composed of 472 Filipino athletes.The Philippine delegation led by flag bearer Alyssa Valdez parade during the Opening Ceremony of the 28th SEA Games held at the Singapore National Stadium. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAIt was a frustrating showing for the Filipinos, who only managed 29 gold, 36 silver, 66 bronze medals to fall far behind fifth placer Indonesia (47-61-74 G-S-B) in the medal count.READ: 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 final Medal Tally Firework explose over the Quirino Grand Stand during the closing ceremony of the 23rd South East Asian Games in Manila, 05 December 2005. The Philippines won the overall title of the 23rd South East Asian Games with 113 gold medals. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULWhen Manila hosted the SEA Games in 2005—a first since 1991—the Philippines got the chance to field in the biggest delegation yet with over 700 athletes and that yielded the country’s best finish ever at no. 1 with a 113-84-94 gold-silver-bronze medal haul.That, though, turned out to be the last the sport-loving Filipinos would taste the podium in the medal standings.READ: No stopping PH sports’ decline in SEA GamesWhat followed was a disheartening stretch in the history of Philippine Sports.Despite sending 620 athletes to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in the 2007 edition of the regional games, the Philippines shockingly dropped from first to sixth in a dismal showing with a 41-91-96 medal tally.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES This year’s Philippine team to Malaysia is hoping to finally change that.There will be 493 Filipino athletes who will be giving it all in the hopes of giving the country an improved standing in Kuala Lumpur, which is hosting the event for the sixth time.A representative for each sport for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERThe Philippines has committed athletes to 37 sports with a target of at least 50 gold medals—which hasn’t been done since 2005. The country’s best medal haul in the last 10 years is at 41 in 2007.READ: PH ‘tired of being at the bottom’ in SEA GamesIt may remain a tall order to find a place at the top, but the Filipinos are fed up of being on the outside looking in in the competition they once dominated and that may be enough motivation to finally end the slump in the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Athletes hurt most by SEA Games debacleBut the Philippines hasn’t always been in the bottom half of the 11-nation competition, where medals for at least 30 different team and individual sports are being disputed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhen the country started sending athletes to the SEA Games in 1977, when this multi-sport event had just changed its name from Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, it immediately finished third in the medal race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia behind Indonesia and Thailand.It was a golden age for sports for the Filipinos. From that year until 2003, the Philippines only failed to crack the top three in the medal race five out of the next 13 editions of the biggest sporting event in the region. 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AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANFor the last decade, the Philippines has been on a steady decline in the Southeast Asian Games.Once a frontrunner in the region’s biennial sporting meet, the Philippines has never finished higher than fifth place since topping the SEA Games in 2001 in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more