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DENR holds eco-tour in Ilocos Sur s Bessang Pass

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, June 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos held an eco-tour activity at the Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Barangay Malaya in this.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesJun 14th, 2018

DENR holds eco-tour in Ilocos Sur s Bessang Pass

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, June 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos held an eco-tour activity at the Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Barangay Malaya in this.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

David Gleeson targets second PGTA crown at Riviera

David Gleeson hopes to cash in on his good form and challenge for another crown on the second Philippine Golf Tour Asia, which holds its second leg at Riviera’s Langer layout beginning tomorrow......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

MGB holds orientation on mining works monitoring

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-6, conducted an orientation for permit holders on the standardized checklist and scorecards that will be used by the MGB in monitoring their compliance with the different programs. The programs referred to work, safety, health, environment and social […] The post MGB holds orientation on mining works monitoring appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Le Tour de Filipinas: Oranza wins chaos-free Stage 2

Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance skipper Ronald Oranza and his in-form teammates took full advantage of their familiarity of the challenging Stage 2 route as they stamped their class in the 2018 Le Tour de Filipinas under a bright Monday sunshine. Oranza, 26, attacked like a hungry cheetah in the mountainous part of Santa Fe popularly known as Dalton Pass while his fellow Navymen sustained the pressure in the homestretch as they stood at the forefront of the local charge in the 157.9-kilometer journey that started in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, and finished just entering the town proper here. Oranza whopped it up as he crossed the finish line in three hours, 48 minutes and 34 seconds before he looked back at the 15-man chase group that included all of his four fellow Navymen with a big smile, savoring his breakthrough lap victory in the annual bikathon. The Villasis, Pangasinan native became just the fourth Filipino stage winner in the only International Cycling Union-calendared road race in the country after veteran riders Oscar Rendole, Arnel Quirimit and 7-Eleven Cliqq RoadBike star Mark Galedo, the 2014 champion. Oranza admitted that his familiarity of the tricky route, made tougher by Category 4 and 2 climbs in the dreaded Dalton Pass, proved decisive because he and his fellow Namen negotiated the same course with relative ease during their unstoppable run to a domestic tour crown last March. “Malaking tulong na pamilyar kami sa ruta kasi ma-survive lang namin ‘yung Dalton Pass, ‘yung daan papunta dito, rolling na,” said Oranza, who also topped the pair of KOM challenges to claim the red polka dot jersey given to the best climber. But he will still wear the coveted yellow jersey given to the general classification leader for today’s Stage 3, the longest at 185.20 kms from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, to Lingayen, Pangasinan, in what could be another decisive lap. Not to be outdone was Oranza’s teammate Jan Paul Morales, 32, who seized the green jersey as the best sprinter after sweeping two intermediate sprints inside the first 60 kilometers. He also moved up from fourth spot to third in the individual GC for his six-second time bonus. Galedo’s 7-Eleven teammate, Daniel Ven Carino claimed the white jersey as the best young rider after he finished with the chase group, more than 11 minutes ahead of his Japan-based Interpro Stradalli counterparts Kouki Shinoda and Kouki Mitsuda. A pair of Navymen, climbing specialist Junrey Navarra and El Joshua Cariño, also finished inside the Top 10 at sixth and seventh spots, respectively, while grizzled Bike Xtreme Philippines rider Cris Joven checked in at eighth overall. Korean Jung Hajeon of Uijeongbu Cycling Team and Eritrean Metkel Eyob of Terengganu finished second and third overall respectively while Iranian Reza Hosseini of Pishgaman Cycling Team rounded up the top five finishers. Meanwhile, chief commissaire Louise Jones lauded the organizers and members of the local government units of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya who all did an excellent share in ensuring the smooth flow of the race column this time, unlike in Bulacan and Pampanga where the traffic gridlock proved hellish as it could be due to lack of coordination that led to the stoppage of the opening stage last Sunday. “Yesterday was very much a safety issue, I feared for the riders’ lives. Today, everything was 300-percent better,” said Welsh Jones, a two-time Olympian before she became an International Commissaire. “Everyone did their job properly. The organization looked after us pretty well and I’m pleased with the marshals and everyone who made the racing very safe,” added the first Chief Commissaire of the race also sanctioned by the PhilCycling. It was the Navymen, however, who put on a dominant show of force as they set the tone early behind Morales before Oranza made his big move at the mountainous part of Santa Fe where he formed a three-man breakaway that included 7-11 rider Nelson Martin. However, Martin struggled to sustain the pace under the scorching heat in the town of Bambang and was eventually swallowed by their persistent chasers. But Oranza persevered and dug deep in his tank for one final push in the last three kilometers to complete his impressive lap victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

30 Filipino riders join Le Tour de Filipinas

Thirty Filipinos led by national champion Jan Paul Morales will mix it up with 50 foreign riders in a bigger 9th Le Tour de Filipinas that kicks off this Sunday, May 20 from the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City and will end in Burnham Park in Baguio City on Wednesday, May 23. Morales, leader of the Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance team, will ride alongside Ronald Oranza, a fellow grizzled rider in the race. “We will give our best in the Le Tour. We have been training hard and we will surely give the foreigners a tough fight,” said the 32-year-old Morales. There are 17 teams in the Le Tour de Filipinas this year, up by two from the traditional 15-squad roster of the event that is also sanctioned by the PhilCycling, the national federation for the sport headed by its president Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and chairman Alberto Lina. “This will be an exciting edition of the Le Tour de Filipinas because there are more Filipino riders seeing action this time around,” said Tolentino, also the chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee. The other Filipinos to watch are Marcelo Felipe, Rustom Lim and 2014 champion Mark John Lexer Galedo of 7-Eleven Cliqq Roadbike Philippines, Mark Julius Bonzo and Alfie Catalan of Team CCN Philippines, Ronnel Hualda and Boots Ryan Cayubit of Go For Gold, George Oconer and Jerry Aquino Jr. of the Philippine National Team and Lloyd Lucien Reynante, who is coming out of retirement to lead Bike Extreme Philippines with Chris Joven. The foreign teams include Terrenganu Cycling Team (Malaysia), Pishgaman Cycling Team (Iran), Nice Devo Cycling Team (Mongolia), Interpro Cycling Academy (Japan), Oliver’s Real Food Racing (Australia), Korail Cycling Team (South Korea), Team Sapura Cycling Team (Malaysia), Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team (China), KFC Cycling Team (Indonesia) and Uijeongbu Cycling Team (South Korea). Stage 1 on Sunday will cover 157.50 kms from the Liwasang Aurora at the Quezon Memorial Circle to Nueva Ecija’s capital of Palayan City, and Stage 2 will bring the cyclists from Cabanatuan City to Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, on Monday covering 157.90 kms with a climb over Dalton Pass. Tuesday’s Stage 3 is the longest at 185.20 kms from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, to Lingayen, Pangasinan, and finally, Stage 4 will be 154.65 kms from Lingayen to Baguio City with a treacherous and back-breaking climb on Kennon Road......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

McGregor rematch? Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn t thinking about that right now

It's been nine months since boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. made his return to the ring after a brief retirement to face off against UFC star Conor McGregor in the biggest boxing event of 2017.  After taking out McGregor in the tenth round for his 50th career victory, "Money" went back to retirement and it looks like it's going to stay that way.  The 41-year old five-division world champion arrived in Manila early Tuesday morning and during his brief media scrum upon arrival, was asked about his thoughts on a couple of rematches, including another potential mega-money bout with McGregor.  Safe to say, Money Mayweather Jr. is too busy living his best life to be concerned about any rematch.  "As of right now, I'm touring around the world, doing different things, embracing my fans, getting love from all around the world, right now I'm just travelling." Mayweather Jr. said. "I don't know what the future holds, but as of right now, I'm retired." The Philippines is the latest stop in Mayweather's world tour, having been in Dubai, Singapore, Bali, and Bangkok before landing here.  "I'm not thinking about fighting right now." added Mayweather Jr.  Clearly.  The sure-fire boxing Hall of Famer did however, continue his tease of dabbling in mixed martial arts.  Earlier this year, Mayweather Jr. relased a number of teases wherein he was seen stepping inside the an MMA cage.  A month later, he said that he was working towards applying for an MMA license.  Tuesday morning, talking to ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo, he again mentioned stepping crossing over into the MMA world.  "If I do happen to come back, it'll be in an Octagon. If I did, but right now, I'm not worried about the Octagon or the boxing ring." So does this mean that we just might see Money May do some MMA in the future?  Only time will tell. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Japan wins gold in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Japan's Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori scored a two-set sweep over Spain's Paulo Gutirrez and Maria Beln, 21-14, 21-18, to take the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open Sunday at SM Sands by the Bay. The Japanese pair managed to get to the 21-15 match point but the Spaniards put up three straight points to keep their faith alive. Nishibori, however, has had enough and delivered the knockout blow off Kusano's perfect pass. "We're so happy, this is perfect," said Kusano who, with Nishibori, went on a perfect 6-0 run in the one-star event. Paraguay's Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla won the bronze medal after brushing off Japan's Shinako Tan...Keep on reading: Japan wins gold in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

PBA: Phoenix holds on against Blackwater despite losing 22-point lead

Phoenix's first win of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup didn't come easy. The Fuel Masters had to fight off a charging Blackwater Elite to score a 107-102 victory Wednesday at the Big Dome, starting off the mid-season joust on the winning column. Phoenix lost a 22-point lead and was tied with Blackwater inside the lost two minutes. Fortunately, import James White came up clutch for the Fuel Masters as his follow-up, two-hand slam gave Phoenix a 100-98 lead with 1:41 to go. Willie Wilson then completed an and-one play 20 seconds later to give the Fuel Masters the room they needed to hold on. "Very hard win yun guys but we'll take it," head coach Louie Alas said. "Good character ano kasi we're playing Saturday against TNT," he added. Phoenix didn't waste any time establishig control against the Elite, opening up a 31-17 lead in the first period. The Fuel Masters led by as many as 22 points, 42-20, in the first half before the Elite started to come back. Blackwater had several chances of taking over but never did take the lead as White was all over the floor hitting timely baskets. The 24-year-old import, in his thrid tour of duty in the PBA, fired 31 points on top of 14 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks. Backing him up was Matthew Wright with 19 points and eight assists while Justin Chua finished with a career-high 17 points. For the Elite, who dropped to 0-2, it was Roi Sumang that led the way with 20 markers. Import Jarrid Famous and Mac Belo scored 19 each.   The Scores:  Phoenix (107) -- White 31, Wright 19, Chua 17, Chan 11, Wilson 10, Jazul 9, Revilla 3, Mendoza 3, Perkins 2, Kramer 2, Eriobu 0 Blackwater (102) -- Sumang 20, Famous 19, Belo 19, Maliksi 11, DiGregorio 11, Palma 7, Erram 6, Jose 6, Pinto 3, Marcelo 0, Sena 0 Quarter Scores: 31-17, 56-39, 75-69, 107-102     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Vettel holds off Hamilton to win Australian GP

By Justin Bergman, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Believing his Ferrari still lacks the race pace to fully challenge Mercedes in Formula One, Sebastian Vettel will take a little luck when he can get it. On Sunday at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, his Ferrari team benefitted not only from a smart pit-stop strategy, but also the fortuitous emergence of a safety car midway through the race that helped Vettel take the lead from rival Lewis Hamilton and hold on for victory. "We got a bit lucky, but we'll take it," Vettel said. "We're not yet there where we want to be. . But I think it gives us a good start, a good wind and fresh motivation for the coming weeks." It was the 48th race win of Vettel's career and his 100th podium finish, coming in his 200th F1 race. The German becomes the fourth driver to claim 100 podium finishes, joining Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost. Vettel finished the race a full five seconds ahead of Hamilton, who started from pole and had made several late attempts to catch the Ferrari but couldn't manage to pass on the narrow Albert Park circuit. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third, denying Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo a chance to become the first Australian driver to secure a podium place at the Australian GP. A resurgent Fernando Alonso of McLaren made a bold run to finish in fifth place, holding off a spirited challenge by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who recovered after losing control of his car and doing a 360-degree spin early in the race to take sixth. Hamilton looked comfortable up front for the first 20 laps before deciding to pit, giving up the lead to Vettel. The race then took a dramatic turn when Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean suffered calamitous back-to-back pit stops midway through the race. Both drivers had been running strongly in fourth and fifth places, respectively, but were forced to stop immediately after coming out of pit lane with loose wheels. The virtual safety car emerged as race marshals removed Grosjean's car from the circuit and Vettel took advantage of the slowdown to pit and change tires. He came out of the pit lane just ahead of a confused Hamilton, who got on the radio to ask his team what had just happened. "Why did you not tell me Vettel was in the pits?" Hamilton asked. "We thought we were safe, but there's obviously something wrong," his team responded. When racing resumed, Hamilton stayed close to Vettel's Ferrari, trailing by less than a second for more than 10 laps, but was unable to find space on the tight circuit to pass the German. With victory looking increasingly out of reach, Hamilton then eased up toward the end to conserve his engine for future races. Hamilton said after the race that he still wasn't clear exactly what happened. "I think just disbelief was really from that moment until the end. Just disbelief," he said. "I had extra tools and could have been further ahead by the first pit stop. There were so many good things we could have done." Vettel's victory comes a day after Hamilton set a blistering track record to capture pole position nearly 0.7 of a second ahead of the rest of the field, a massive margin that raised concerns among some teams that Mercedes had the speed to dominate yet another Formula One season. But Vettel said he believed Ferrari would fare better in race conditions — and he was right. "I think we didn't have the true race pace to match them but we weren't that far off," he said. "Even though we were probably lucky with the virtual safety car, we still had enough pace to stay ahead and make it very difficult for him to be close and try and do something." Ricciardo also pushed Raikkonen hard for the entire second half of the race for a chance at a podium spot, but the Ferrari driver put in a masterful drive to hold him off and maintain third. "I think we're pretty close with Ferrari and our race pace is strong," Ricciardo said. "Being so close to the podium and getting fastest lap is definitely an encouraging way to start the season." Alonso also put several dispiriting years of technical failures with McLaren's Honda-made engines behind him, securing his best race result since late 2016 with the team's new Renault engines. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh place, just ahead of the other Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, who crashed in qualifying and ended up starting in 15th place on the grid after incurring a penalty for switching out his damaged gearbox. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne finished in ninth place, followed by Renault's Carlos Sainz in 10th......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Vettel holds off Hamilton to win Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel captured his third Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, taking advantage of a well-timed, mid-race safety car to take the lead and holding off his hard-charging Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in a dramatic start to the new Formula One season. It was the 100th podium of Vettel's career and it came in his 200th F1 race. The German becomes the fourth driver to claim 100 podium finishes, joining Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost. Vettel finished the race a full five seconds ahead of Hamilton, who started from pole and had made several late attempts to catch the Ferrari but couldn't manage to pass on the narrow Albert ...Keep on reading: Vettel holds off Hamilton to win Australian GP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

DENR Ilocos to hold 1stCoast Watch Summit

BAUANG, La Union, Mar. 21 (PIA) -- Relating to the environmental issues in Boracay Island, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Ilocos Region and its attached bureaus will con.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Jaybop to follow Dad

JAYBOP Pagnanawon hopes to follow the footsteps of his father, former Marlboro Tour champion Rolando, as he spearheads Team Bike Xtreme in the Ronda Pilipinas 2018 presented by LBC unfolding on March 3 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and ending on March 18 at Filinvest, Alabang. Pagnanawon, 29, will skipper a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

LeBron James helps spark new All-Star Game era

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES -- Before tipoff at the 2018 All-Star Game, LeBron James took the courtside mic and thanked the fans and the city for showing out. Two hours later, when he accepted the Kia All-Star MVP trophy, he was barely audible, his throat too scratchy to explain what just happened. Well: To quote an ex-All-Star and noted philosopher Rasheed Wallace, both teams played hard. Those words were never used to describe recent All-Star Games, especially the last two, when defense (196 and 192 points for the winning teams) and the competitive spirit took an extended break, embarrassingly so. The league’s midseason showcase absorbed a rather well-deserved thrashing from fans and even players themselves. Nobody was fooled. Something had to change and someone had to volunteer to be the game-changer. And so, on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the NBA season took on an 83rd game, as in a real game, thanks to commissioner Adam Silver’s willingness to fix what was broken and LeBron’s desire to set the tone for the most meaningful All-Star Game in years. The players gave the Staples Center crowd the usual acrobatic thrills associated with the game, naturally, but also some spills. As in, bodies on the floor. Every player who checked in did so with a strut and a mission to make a February game feel like June, or close enough, and not just during the close finish, either. Virtually from the start, when LeBron soared and swatted a cross-course pass just minutes into the game, this atmosphere had an edge. As Kevin Durant said: “We just wanted to change the narrative of the All-Star Game being a joke.” It was Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145 in the new format where sides were chosen regardless of conference and captains were assigned by fan vote. This created a new and fresh mix of players, intriguing tandems and raised overall interest for the game. It also helped that prize money, $100,000 to each winning player, was increased and lent a financial incentive. Yet it wouldn’t have mattered if layups went unchecked and jumpers were uncontested. Everything had to fall in line, and everyone had to cooperate. And that’s what led to this, a game decided by defense when it truly mattered, with LeBron and Durant swamping Stephen Curry beyond the three-point line on the final possession, keeping Curry and his team from getting a potential game-tying shot off as time expired. This is what the NBA needed, a more representative effort and result from the collection of the game’s finest players. It was a much cleaner look and it’s not a stretch to say the format and intensity rescued the All-Star Game from itself. “The hope is that, as we go forward, it gets even better than this,” said Kyrie Irving. “The game started to get away and we took it personally.” It’s hardly a surprise that LeBron was the force of change. His 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win earned him his third Kia All-Star MVP trophy, yet those numbers didn’t accurately reflect how involved he was for four quarters. He lost his voice because of constant yelling and instructing and prodding his teammates to finish the job. He actually influenced both teams; his own by motivating them to play harder, and Team Stephen’s by issuing a challenge. Here’s the final sequence, dictated by LeBron: - His step-back three-pointer tied the score at 144; - He switched onto James Harden and forced the league’s scoring leader to badly miss a 3-pointer; - He put his team up for good on a driving layup on a give-and-go, thanks to a pair of timely passes from Irving and Russell Westbrook; - His double-team with Durant on Curry deep in the corner was the finishing touch. LeBron encouraged his team to apply a full-court press to end the first half -- has that ever been used in an NBA Game, let alone an All-Star Game? -- and simply took charge throughout. It was a personal mission to keep folks intrigued and interested. This was his game, his tempo, his personality taking over. “I believe I can make an impact and make a difference,” he said. At 33, and winning his first All-Star MVP in a decade, LeBron helped launch a standard that the game badly needed and, if this spirit holds true in the coming years, he’ll serve as the torch-bearer for a new age All-Star Game. Just one more productive layer to his lengthy legacy. “We all know how great a player he is,” said Team LeBron coach Dwane Casey. “I’m jealous of [Cavs coach Ty Lue] that he has someone like that. But tonight, he was on our team. He’s a joy to coach. He reiterates exactly what should be said, the right things. No BS. In the huddle, defensively, he got the guys jacked up and juiced as far as wanting to get a stop.” There was help; Durant was LeBron’s teammate for the first time in an NBA-sanctioned game and scored 19 points (the two were Olympic teammates in 2012). Irving rejoined LeBron after bolting from the Cavs last summer and they connected on the game-winning shot. Paul George was terrific defensively and chipped in 16 points. If not for Team LeBron winning, the MVP could have gone to DeMar DeRozan, who returned to his hometown and dropped 21 points (but threw an errant pass in the final seconds). Or maybe Damian Lillard, who matched DeRozan’s 21. Or Joel Embiid, a first-timer who supplied a big blocked shot right before LeBron’s layup. Therefore, an exhibition game that had grown stale and suffered from lapses and a lack of energy suddenly has a new beginning. East vs. West doesn’t exist anymore, and players purposely feeding a specific player so he can win MVP, and maybe no more matador defense, either, at least not for 48 minutes. It’s a small sample size, and the game must prove itself each year, but this is a push from LeBron and Silver into the right direction. The only possible tweak, perhaps next year, will be with televising the team selection. But that’s a nit-pick. This worked out well. “The format was great,” James said. “I think the fans did a great job of reacting to it in a positive way. It definitely worked out for everyone., not only for the players, not only for the league, but for the fans, everybody. It was a great weekend and we capped it off the right way.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Midnight U.S. shutdown almost certain as senator holds up spending bill

WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) – The US government on Thursday, February 8, slid toward an all-but-certain shutdown as congressional leaders appeared unable to overcome a stumbling block in efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight. With just hours to go before current federal funding expires, the White House urged ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Ilongga spikers shine in BVR tourney

THE tandem of Dhannalyn Mae Demontaño and Jackielyn Estoquia of Iloilo has reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour at the Ichthus Beach Resort in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Jan. 28. The Ilonggo duo representing the University of Sto. Tomas advanced after beating fellow Ilonggo Nerissa Bautista and partner Jem Gutierrez of […] The post Ilongga spikers shine in BVR tourney appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Perlas off to a fast start in BVR Ilocos Sur

Similar to what happened in 2017, Bea Tan is off to a fast start in 2018 to open BVR on Tour. In the first leg in Ilocis Sur Saturday, Perlas 3, composed of Tan and Amanda Villanuva, opened group play with back-to-back wins against PLDT and FEU, putting them no. 1 on Group C of the women's division. In other results, Iloilo's DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia, both BVR regulars, likewise got off to a 2-0 start, earning the number 1 ranking in Group A after Day 1. Airforce's Judy Caballejo and Coyah Abanto also won two straight to start, topping Group B, while Group D's no. 1 slot belonged to UST's Genesa Eslapor and Babylove Barbon. In men's play, Hong Kong's Brian Nordberg and Giovanni Musillo zoomed to two straight wins for solo Group D lead while UST's KR Guzman and Henry Pecana took care of Group C with the same record. Also winners in day 1 are Cebu's Jade Becaldo and Fort Libres in Group B (2-0) as well as Alkran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez of Airforce 1 for Group A (2-1). Action continues Sunday at the Ichthus Beach in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur. Catch the BVR livestream via youtube.com/abscbnsports   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Davao City government urged to use e-vehicles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – The city council has been urged to pass a measure encouraging local government agencies to use e-vehicles to keep carbon emissions down. Ruth M. Tawantawan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 director said that electric vehicles must be the “future of transport” here due to its […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

DENR holds 1st National Land Summit

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold the first-ever National Land Summit aimed at discussing issues of.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Marawi benefits from union of Marcos, Manglapus grandkids

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte -- When lawyer Michael Ferdinand Marcos Manotoc took Carina Amelia Gamboa Manglapus as his bride in a private wedding in Makati City on Nov. 22, officials here could not let it pass without celebrating the union in the traditional Ilocano way. Read More........»»

Category: newsSource:  filipinoexpressRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Focus more on how long Tiger Woods lasts more than his score

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — One year later, the scene hadn't changed. Jordan Spieth paused on the 17th green and looked across the water to the adjacent fairway at Albany Golf Club as Tiger Woods hit his shot to the ninth green, just like he did last year at the Hero World Challenge. Curiosity is just as high over another return from injury for Woods and how he will fare after a long layoff. What's different about the expectations for this comeback — his fifth since he first had back surgery in the spring of 2014 — is they are more about how long Woods will last than what kind of scores he posts. "He seems more confident this year the way he's walking and talking," Spieth said Wednesday in a whisper, having lost his voice to illness. "He seemed more excited at the Presidents Cup before he was even swinging, more anxious. And it seemed to really bother him that he was following doctor's orders, like he really wanted to get going. So once he was given the go, I think it was exciting for him. "So we're all very interested, as we should be, in how it goes for him this week — and obviously, hoping that's the start." The start of his latest comeback is Thursday against an 18-man field that features eight of the top nine players in the world. It's the first time every shot counts for Woods since a 77 in the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3. That was his seventh round in his return. He withdrew the next day, citing back spasms, and had a fourth back surgery in April to fuse two disks in his lower back. Woods reports some stiffness and not as much range in motion. But he says he has no pain. The hype about this return has been fueled by friendly rounds over the last few weeks. Justin Thomas, the PGA Tour player of the year who will be paired with Woods on Thursday, said fans will be "shocked at how good his game looks." Rickie Fowler made a casual reference to how far Woods was driving it past him. Brad Faxon, who played with Woods and Dustin Johnson last Friday in a round with President Donald Trump, said Woods looked at ease and held nothing back in his swing, especially with the driver. Woods had to keep score in his pro-am round Wednesday, and that included a 2 on the 350-yard seventh hole when he drove the green with a breeze at his back and holed a 20-foot putt for eagle. The tournament is unofficial, though it offers world ranking points. Woods is at No. 1,199 in the world, and even if he finishes last, he'll move up more than 200 spots into the top 1,000. That still seems odd for a guy who spent 683 weeks at No. 1 in the world. What enthuses Woods is playing again. "It's been a very long time, and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and playing with Justin and having a good time," Woods said. After that, it will be time to reassess. "I just really want to be able to complete this week, play all four days and give myself a chance on that back nine on Sunday to win this thing," said Woods, whose last victory was more than four years ago at Firestone in the Bridgestone Invitational. He lasted only three starts when he came back from his first back surgery in the summer of 2014. He lasted two starts after he returned at the end of 2014, and then after playing all four majors in 2015, he had a pair of back surgeries. And when he returned from those last year in the Bahamas, he lasted only three events. "My physio was certainly working overtime last year after every day and even in the morning, trying to get me ready to go," Woods said. Woods said the reason his comeback last year was over so quickly was due primarily to the rough at Torrey Pines and not realizing his disk was in bad shape. He said the deceleration in his swing when he hit out of the rough made the injury worse. That's why there's so much emphasis on his health. He looks built to last, or at least last a little longer. And this is the ideal spot for Woods to return. There is no cut. Woods is guaranteed four rounds. Interest is high. Pressure is not. "I think it's an easy week for Tiger as it is for anybody else versus other weeks — not as many people, the golf course doesn't beat you up," Spieth said. "But you can start to see it's actually, I think, pretty important, these end-of-the-year tournaments to kind of set a precedent for next year." That especially holds true for Woods......»»

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