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Better pay, treatment urged so teachers would remain in PH

  Puffing acigarette,PatricioAbinalesenteredPalmaHall at the University of the Philippines inDiliman.Ready toteachRizal,heenteredtheclassroom clouded in smoke. Dozens of students barely noticed him, thinking he was another student. Itwas1978. Fast forward to 2018. In themountains rangesofHalcon, OrientalMindoro, Dominic Ocampo lights thelampin amakeshiftclassroom.He patiently waits for hisstudentscomingfrom their swidden farms.His more than 100students, mostly adults, are the indigenouspeople ofMindoro, the Mangyan. He typically stays in the mountain six days a week. Dayoffis spentmostly for the trip back toCalapanCity where hisfamilystays. GeromeDelaPena teaches Fi...Keep on reading: Better pay, treatment urged so teachers would remain in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 17th, 2018

PH urged to have ‘open discussion’ on sexuality to fight HIV spread

    The World Health Organization (WHO) urged the Philippines to have an "open discussion" about sexuality and on the solutions to combat the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to help bring down its rate of new infections, which is currently the highest in the Asia-Pacific region. While the Philippines has several health interventions to help address HIV, awareness on the proper behavior to prevent the transmission of the disease as well as on its risks especially to vulnerable sectors remain wanting, according to WHO representative to the Philippines Gundo Weiler. "There's not enough awareness of the seriousness of the situation and we do see that to...Keep on reading: PH urged to have ‘open discussion’ on sexuality to fight HIV spread.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Senate probe pressed on teachers’ suicides

On World Teachers’ Day yesterday, Sen. Sonny Angara urged the Senate to take a long, hard look into the recent cases of suicides by public school teachers. Angara cited the need to investigate whether the suicides were caused by heavy teacher workload as claimed by a group pushing teachers’ rights and welfare. At the same […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Follow Duterte’s example on security protocols, govt officials told

MALACANANG on Monday urged government officials to follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s example and not seek special treatment in security protocols, his spokesman said. “Let’s learn by way of example from what the President is doing. He does not ask for any special treatment. The President really insists, even if he is in a convoy, to [...] The post Follow Duterte’s example on security protocols, govt officials told appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

‘Sanction Mocha, Drew for mocking sign language’

Two party-list lawmakers on Sunday asked President Duterte to sign into law an approved measure recognizing the official sign language for the Filipino deaf community as the world marked the International Day of Sign Languages. At the same time, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro urged Malacaang to impose sanctions on sex guru-turned-Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson and her blogger-friend, Drew Olivar, for mocking the sign language in a recent online video. Brickbats Uson and Olivar were previously whacked by brickbats for making a video supposedly intended to help the government's push for federalism, which showed Olivar doing a sexually suggestive ...Keep on reading: ‘Sanction Mocha, Drew for mocking sign language’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeño parents on Palparan: ‘Let him rot in jail’

The parents of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño – victims of Jovito Palparan – urged the government not to give special treatment to the retired military general who, along with two others, was convicted by the Malolos regional trial court yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Another blast rocks Sultan Kudarat

Updated (11:20 p.m.) ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat -- Unidentified men set off another improvised bomb here, killing an 18-year-old boy. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for PRO-12, said the fatality, identified as Jan Mark Palencia Lupa, was one of eight people rushed to the Sultan Kudarat provincial hospital. He was declared dead while undergoing emergency operation. Of the seven who remained in the hospital one was in critical condition, Gonzales said. Authorities here have warned the public to stay at home and remain calm. Gonzales also urged the public to refrain from posting unconfirmed reports in social media related to the Isulan incident. The improvised bomb exploded just out...Keep on reading: Another blast rocks Sultan Kudarat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Health care for teachers urged amid suicides

A TEACHERS’ group yesterday called for a comprehensive health care program for mentors following the suicide of two teachers allegedly over work-related issues. Teachers’ Dignity Coalition chair Benjo Basas pointed out that as early as 1966, the Magna Carta for Teachers provides a health program that shall include their mental….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Pay salary of private school teachers, gov’t urged

With the widening gap between the salaries of public and private school teachers, a group of private Catholic education institutions is asking the government to subsidize the salaries of private school teachers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Malacañang Urges Public to Remain Alert, Safe Amid Floods

Malacañang on Sunday urged the public to be alert and safe amid flooding in the country brought about by the southwest monsoon. “Pinapaalalahanan po namin ang publiko na manatiling alerto at ligtas (We are reminding the public to stay alert and safe),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement. Roque urged Filipinos living […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

4 killed in shooting in Canadian town – police

MONTREAL, Canada – A suspect has been arrested after 4 people were killed on Friday, August 10, in a shooting in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, police said. Authorities urged people in the Brookside neighborhood, where residents reported waking to the sounds of dozens of shots, to remain in their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Absent Browns WR Gordon in contact with teammate

By Brian Dulik, Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon hasn't reported to Cleveland Browns training camp, but his presence is being felt on the field. Fellow wide receiver Rashard Higgins is wearing Gordon's gear under his uniform at each practice. "That's my locker buddy, and I'm wearing his shirts every day," Higgins said Saturday. "That's why I feel like I've got superpowers when I come out here." Gordon remains away from the team as part of his treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. An NFL spokesman said the former Pro Bowl wideout has not been suspended. Browns general manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson remain confident that Gordon will return at some point, but no timetable has been set. Cleveland opens its preseason Thursday at the New York Giants. "It will be like Josh never was gone when he comes back," said Higgins, a third-year pro. "That's how we're going to treat things. I feel like the team is a good supporting cast for him, just him knowing that we're here for him and we've got his back, no matter what." The 27-year-old Gordon has played in only 10 games since leading the NFL with a franchise-record 1,646 yards receiving in 2013. He is in Stage 3 of the league's substance-abuse program and faces another indefinite ban for any violation. Higgins exchanged texts with his friend one day earlier, saying he is "in good spirits." They have not discussed football in a conversation since Gordon was placed on the reserve/did not report list on July 23. "We know Josh is handling his business off the field, and when he comes back, he'll be ready to go," Higgins said. "We don't talk about anything on the field. We just talk about: 'Hey, what's up bro? How ya' doin'?' Just family, little things like that." Gordon resumed posting workout videos on social media Thursday from the University of Florida, but he has not made any statements since camp began. He has missed 43 of the Browns' last 48 games because of suspensions. Last season, Gordon was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a three-month stay in a rehabilitation facility. He played in the final five games — catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown — after revealing that he had not previously appeared in an NFL game while sober......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Suarez remaining as House minority leader would be ‘laughable’ – Tinio

      Act Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio slammed Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez for saying that he intends to remain as House Minority Leader despite having voted for newly elected Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.   Suarez, who served as Minority Leader during the term of former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, has insisted that despite the change in the House leadership, he would be staying at his post until the end of the 17th Congress.   READ: House squabble shifts to minority leader position   Tinio has argued that Suarez is now technically part of the majority since he was one of the 184 representatives who voted in favor of Arroyo. &nbs...Keep on reading: Suarez remaining as House minority leader would be ‘laughable’ – Tinio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

NEDA pushes early passage of rice tariff bill

The National Economic and Development Authority urged lawmakers yesterday to immediately pass the rice tariffication bill, stressing that easing rice importation can slash a percentage point off headline inflation which is expected to remain within the five percent level until the third quarter this year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Few good options on anthem protests for NFL owners

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn't going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners' efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes. The league's attempt to turn responsibility for disciplining protesters over to individual teams backfired on Thursday when the Miami Dolphins tried to categorize raising a fist or kneeling during the anthem as "conduct detrimental to the club." That gave them the right to punish a player with a fine or up to a four-game suspension — one game more than Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston got when he was accused of groping an Uber driver. Hours after The Associated Press reported on Miami's rules, the NFL and the players union issued a joint statement saying they were putting any anthem conduct policy on hold to see if they could come up with a compromise. But the owners aren't left with many good options to diffuse the controversy, especially with President Donald Trump eager to fan the flames. Here's a look at some of them: LEAVE IT TO THE TEAMS The Plan: The league's solution, which the NFL Players Association challenged, was to allow each team to determine whether to punish its own players for protesting during the anthem. The policy adopted in May by team owners subjected clubs to fines and required players to stand if they are on the field during "The Star-Spangled Banner," though it allowed players to stay in the locker room if they wished. This would have given hard-line owners in conservative regions a chance to clamp down while allowing teams in more liberal areas to let their players have their say. As it turned out, all it did was punt the ball down the road. The Winners: None. With players punished in some cities and protesting freely in others, there would always be plenty to complain about for those inclined to do so. And everyone seems inclined to do so these days. The Losers: NFL owners. Any punishment is destined to divide the locker room and the fandom; should a team actually suspend a significant contributor, it would only be hurting itself. And the guarantee of unequal treatment between and within teams would surely keep the issue in the news for yet another season. GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY The Plan: Ask players to stand at attention during the national anthem, and hope that they do. The Winners: Players, who would retain the ability to call attention to causes they believe in, namely racial inequality and police brutality . And President Trump, who gets applause any time he attacks the protesting players as he stumps for Republicans in the November midterm elections. The Losers: NFL owners, or at least those like Houston's Bob McNair who have chafed at the notion of the "inmates running the prison." They lose control and remain a subject of Trump's ridicule. KEEP PLAYERS IN THE LOCKER ROOM DURING THE ANTHEM The Plan: Players can't protest during the anthem if they aren't on the field during the anthem. Or so the theory goes. But the demonstrations were never about the anthem itself; it started as a way for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and expanded into a league-wide us-vs.-them after Trump's hollered at one rally: "Get that son of a bitch off the field." The Winners: Fans who were triggered by the sight of players kneeling during the song. And players, who could surely find another forum for their protests. The Losers: NFL owners. The president has already said this isn't patriotic enough for him, so there's little hope of him easing up on his criticism. And it would cost them the connection to the flag and country they have worked hard to cultivate. COMPROMISE The Plan: Other sports worked with their players so that they didn't have to protest to be heard. Maybe the owners make a donation to the players' pet projects, play a video on the scoreboard, or otherwise give them a forum for their concerns. The Winners: Players. It's not about the protest, it's about the cause. The Losers: NFL owners. Even if they could stomach the loss of control, the political intrusion on the sport is bound to alienate some fans. STOP PLAYING THE ANTHEM BEFORE GAMES The Plan: Join almost every other country in the world and skip the forced display of patriotism that demands players stand at attention while fans check their phones, finish their hot dogs or take the opportunity to visit the bathroom. If teams want to honor the military or local first-responders, let them do so free from marketing deals. The Winners: Fans who don't consider the anthem an integral part of the sports experience, giving them another 90 seconds in to spend in game day traffic without missing anything. The Losers. NFL owners. Concessionaires. And a whole generation of American Idol also-rans......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

DFA says it is ready to repatriate Filipinos in Nicaragua

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured Filipinos in Nicaragua that it is ready to repatriate them due to the continuing civil unrest in the country. DFA saidon Thursdaythat none of the 86 Filipinos in Nicaragua have so far been affected by the unrest, but it gave assurances that the agency can help them fly home anytime. "We would like to assure our kababayan in Nicaragua that we are ready to fly them home anytime," Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement. He urged the members of the Filipino community to remain vigilant and be ready for any eventuality. The DFA said only three Filipinos have so far availed of the voluntary repatriati...Keep on reading: DFA says it is ready to repatriate Filipinos in Nicaragua.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Stay faithful, Davao archbishop tells flock after Duterte rant

MANILA, Philippines – Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles urged his flock to "remain steadfast" in the Catholic faith after President Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao City for two decades, said God is stupid .  "Let us remain steadfast in this faith, the faith that gives us joy and peace of heart, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Nassar, trainer charged with sex assault; Karolyis cleared

By David Warren, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday filed sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar and a trainer who worked at his side, expanding the worst abuse scandal in U.S. sports history beyond Michigan while also clearing world-renowned gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi whose ranch served as a training site for Olympians. Nassar, a former sports doctor, was charged with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County, home of the Karolyi ranch, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston. A grand jury also indicted former sports medicine trainer Debra Van Horn on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, making her the first person other than Nassar to be charged in direct connection with the assaults. She had worked at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics for 30 years. Walker County District Attorney David Weeks said Van Horn was charged as "acting as a party" with Nassar. He didn't elaborate. Efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful, and the name of her lawyer wasn't immediately known. In Michigan, Nassar was sentenced earlier this year to decades in prison, after hundreds of women and girls accused him of molesting them with his hands under the guise of medical treatment. They said the abuse went as far back as the 1990s while he worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. A victim, Mattie Larson, told a judge in January that Van Horn "would be in the room many of the times Larry abused me. If a trainer, a professional trainer, doesn't say anything about it, I should trust her. At least that's what I thought." The Karolyis have denied wrongdoing . They couldn't be reached for comment Friday; a call to the number listed for Bela Karolyi wasn't answered. "The Karolyis were and remain fully cooperative with this investigation. There is no corroborated evidence of any criminal conduct" by the couple, said Stephanie Stroud, a Walker County prosecutor. Stroud said investigators tried to determine if anyone at the ranch knew about Nassar's conduct and didn't report it. But the two-year statute of limitations had already lapsed on any possible misdemeanor charges of failure to report. "That in no way means there was no wrongdoing at the ranch or within the ranks of USAG," Stroud said, referring to USA Gymnastics. "It is our belief that there was a total failure by USAG to protect the athletes that were part of their program and to take appropriate action once they were made aware of Dr. Nassar's actions." In a statement, USA Gymnastics said it is cooperating with Texas investigators and is committed "to doing everything possible to prevent this from happening again." Nassar, 54, probably won't be free again due to his long prison sentences for assault and child pornography crimes. But Weeks, the district attorney, said he still wants to bring him to Texas to face the charges. "There are a number of hoops we have to jump through to get him here," Weeks told reporters. The Karolyis are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, seeking more than $1 million for the canceled sale of their training center near Huntsville — a transaction that tanked in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Several former gymnasts have also filed lawsuits. One of them, Sabrina Vega, filed a lawsuit in May alleging USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Karolyis failed to protect her and other athletes. Vega, who was on the team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, alleges the organizations and the Karolyis ignored signs about Nassar's behavior or should have known he posed a risk. She said Nassar molested her hundreds of times during medical treatments from 2008, when she was 12 years old, until 2012. Vega said the abuse occurred during competitions and at the Karolyi ranch. Congress passed a bill in January that makes members of amateur sports organizations, including those that run Olympic sports, mandatory reporters of sexual abuse. It also requires the organizations to implement standard protections for athletes. ___ Associated Press reporters Ed White and Corey Williams in Detroit, Terry Wallace in Dallas and researcher Monika Mathur in New York contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Trump’s immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

EDINBURG, Texas --- President Donald Trump's reversal of a policy separating migrant families at the Mexico border sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don't go far enough, allowing children to still be held in detention even if they remain with their families. "We are pleased that the president is calling a halt to his inhumane and heartless policy of separating parents from their children," said Peter Schey, the lawyer in a lawsuit that resulted in a key agreement governing the treatment of migrant children in detention called the Flores settlement. Despite the president's order, Schey said he was concerned that several...Keep on reading: Trump’s immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Magpale to Paglaum Hopefuls: Focus on Studies

Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale urged the applicants of the Paglaum Scholarship Program (PSP) to remain focused on their studies inspite of the many challenges they are facing. Magpale attended the interview of the applicants from Cebu’s third district, or those from the northwest towns of Cebu held yesterday and those from Toledo City and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Robredo to youth: Don’t lose hope, good will triumph over evil

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday, June 16, urged the youth to remain hopeful about the future of the country as she assured them that in the end, “good will triumph over evil.” Robredo made the statement at the Millennials PH (MPH) National Summit held at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018