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More Efficient Payment Scheme Awaits 4ps Beneficiaries

Instead of waiting in long lines to receive over-the-counter (OTC) payments, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries will now own cash cards for easier and more efficient transactions. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday said it targets to complete the more efficient delivery of payments by December 2019. “We will also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

Thomas caps off record week with trophy at Sony Open

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   HONOLULU (AP) — Challenged only by the record book, Justin Thomas won the Sony Open on Sunday with the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history. Thomas capped off his wonderful week at Waialae that began with a 59 with his second straight victory. He two-putted birdie from 60 feet on the par-5 18th and closed with a 5-under 65 to set the record at 253. Tommy Armour III shot 254 at the 2003 Texas Open. 'It's been an unbelievable week. Unforgettable,' Thomas said before going to sign his historic card. Make that two weeks. The 23-year-old from Kentucky won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua last week by three shots, then destroyed the full field at the Sony Open to win by seven shots. Thomas is the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational) to win back-to-back weeks by three shots or more. 'I felt like I was trying to win a tournament for second place,' Jordan Spieth said, summing up the helpless feeling of everyone. That honor went to Justin Rose, who closed with a 64 to finish alone in second. Spieth shot a 63 to finish alone in third. The first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour was a one-man show. Thomas began the final round with a seven-shot lead and no one got closer than five shots all day. His only nervous moment was an 8-foot par putt on the sixth hole when he was five shots ahead. He made that, and the rest of the day was a Pacific breeze. Thomas joined Ernie Els in 2003 as the only players to sweep Hawaii, and this performance might have been even better. Thomas was 49-under par for his two weeks, compared with Els at 47 under. Thomas joined Johnny Miller (1974 and 1975) and Tiger Woods (2003, 2008, 2013) as the only players since 1970 to win three of the their first five starts in a PGA Tour season. It started last fall with the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. He moved to No. 8 in the world. 'He's got full control of his game, full confidence, and he's executing under pressure,' Spieth said. 'It's a lot of fun to see. Certainly stuff that myself and a lot of our peers have seen going back almost 10 years now. He's certainly showing the world what he's capable of.' No one ever lost a seven-shot lead in the final round of a PGA Tour event, a fact that never entered the conversation on a balmy afternoon at Waialae. Thomas, thinking more about the trophy and another record when he started the final round, took no chances early on. He was 1 over through seven holes, making a soft bogey with a three-putt from 45 feet on No. 4 and a tough par save on No. 6, and still no one got closer than five shots. But when he poured in a 20-foot birdie putt on the eighth, Thomas shifted into another gear. That was the start of four birdies in five holes — the exception was a birdie putt he missed from just inside 10 feet — and he stretched his lead to as many as nine shots. Waialae was vulnerable all week with not much wind, fast fairways and greens that were softer than usual. Thomas produced the eighth sub-60 round in PGA Tour history on Thursday. Kevin Kisner had a shot at 59 on Saturday until missing a 9-foot eagle putt on his final hole. And on Sunday, Chez Reavie made a hole-in-one with a 6-iron on the 17th hole that gave him a shot at a sub-60 round. Only a bogey on the sixth hole (he start on No. 10) stopping him, and he had to settle for a 61. That matched the third-best score of the week. Even in easier conditions, no one played like Thomas. He felt the nerves early, perhaps knowing that he could only lose with such a big lead. But when he made the turn with a six-shot lead, it was a chase for the record, and there was no stopping him. He hit a lob wedge over a bunker to 3 feet for birdie on the 14th, made a 12-foot par save on the 15th and picked up the last birdie he needed on the par-5 18th by easily reaching the middle of the green. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year. '(It's) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,' Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. 'You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.' The headlines started appearing early in the new year. On Jan. 5, police in Australia charged an 18-year-old player with a match-fixing offense at a lower-tier tournament last October in Traralgon, near Melbourne. Days later, another Australian player, Nick Lindahl, now retired but once ranked in the top 200, was handed a seven-year ban and $35,000 fine from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for offering to throw a match at a minor tournament in the city of Toowoomba in 2013. Lindahl had already been fined after a criminal trial. Two other Australian players received lesser punishments in connection with the incident. While Traralgon and Toowoomba are far removed from the glittering lights of Melbourne Park, the timing of the developments was troubling nonetheless. Last season began similarly beneath a cloud of suspicion after a report by BBC and Buzzfeed alleged that tennis authorities had suppressed evidence of match-fixing and failed to investigate possible cases of corruption. The reports went over old ground, but the timing and the headlines overshadowed the tournament. 'I haven't heard anything (about match-fixing) since last year's Australian Open,' German player Mischa Zverev told The Associated Press last week in Brisbane. 'I think it was funny timing. ... Like the day before the Oscars, they're going to bring something up to make somebody not win it, or win it.' Since then, tennis leaders have gone into overdrive to restore confidence in the sport. An independent panel was created to review the TIU, the internal body tasked with combating corruption, and authorities promised to implement all of its recommendations when it is completed this spring. The TIU also took separate steps to strengthen its monitoring and investigation efforts, develop new anti-corruption education programs for players, and improve the transparency of its operations. In an email statement to The AP, the agency said nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing — the most for a single year since the unit was established in 2008. Several were banned for life, including a young South African player and four officials from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The unit also expanded its outreach efforts with betting operators and regulators, leading to increased reporting of suspicious wagers. In 2016, the TIU received 292 betting alerts — an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those came from the Challenger and Futures circuits on the men's tour, considered the most at-risk for match-fixing given the lower likelihood of detection and the smaller earnings of the players. However, the TIU said three alerts were generated at Grand Slam events, as well. The agency was quick to note, though, that an alert isn't necessarily proof of match-fixing. Of the more than 114,000 matches played last year on the professional tours, only 0.2 percent triggered a suspicious betting alert. 'Tennis was one of the first major sports to recognize the potential threat of betting-related corruption and do something about it,' the TIU said. 'It will be for the independent review panel to take a view on the conduct and effectiveness of the unit and to put forward recommendations to improve the current structure and approach.' Whatever the investigators recommend, the fact remains the TIU faces an uphill battle. Technology has shifted the gambling landscape in such a way, it's increasingly difficult for monitors to keep up. In tennis, wagers aren't just placed on who wins or loses; bets can be placed during matches in real time on everything from total points won in a game to whether a set goes to a tiebreak. 'We're talking individual player activities here,' said Hans Westerbeek, dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 'It's much easier to get into a situation where you approach individual players to do things that can be, if done well, quite well hidden from it being suspicious.' He likens it to the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing drugs. 'You're always struggling to keep up with the innovations that a better-resourced front of gambling operators, legal or illegal, will have available to advance their technology.' Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University, says this is one reason a more sophisticated approach is critically needed. He recommends an internal monitoring system that analyzes each match for suspicious activity in real time, rather than relying solely on betting alerts. 'A robust betting data-monitoring operation would have both in-house capabilities and a number of collaborative information sharing agreements with third parties such as sportsbooks, private monitoring firms or academics,' he said. 'Anything less is sub-optimal.' With a limited budget of just $3.23 million for 2017, however, there is only so much the TIU can do. As such, preventative measures such as education have become a priority. More than 25,000 players and officials have completed the TIU's online anti-corruption training program, and a new version will be launched that players will be required to complete every two years. 'Educating players who are up-and-coming and those who support those players is a very good, positive and necessary thing to do,' Westerbeek says. 'Because the root of the problem is ... people not really (understanding) they're engaging in criminal activity.' ___ AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Hot Stuff: The Philippines Is Putting Its Best Foot Forward for the 65th Miss Universe Pageant

The DOT and its partners from the private sector are pulling out all the stops to make sure the candidates will enjoy their month-long stay in the Philippines......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2016

Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Blu Girls fly to USA for international softball tilt

FOLLOWING their strong performance in the recent Asia Cup Women’s Softball Championship in Jakarta, the Cebuana Lhuillier backed RP Blu Girls will now fly to Georgia, USA to compete in the USA Softball International Cup at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News1 hr. 37 min. ago

PBA: No fear for Wright as they challenge loaded Gin Kings: 'They have to guard us too'

Getting that first winning streak for the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup has been a challenge for Phoenix. At 3-4, the Fuel Masters are having a hard time getting any sort of momentum going. Despite coming off a big win against top-ranked Northport Wednesday, the challenge of getting a winning run won't get any easier for Phoenix as they take on defending champion Ginebra Friday. The Gin Kings are tough enough but they reloaded last week with a blockbuster trade which makes things all the more difficult for the Fuel Masters. "Yeah I heard they traded for some guy, he’s pretty good," Phoenix guard Matthew Wright said on the Gin Kings that now have Stanley Pringle. "Ginebra is Ginebra, you’re gonna have to keep the crowd quiet as much as possible and you’re gonna have to play straight up defense," he added. Now sporting a Brownlee-Pringle duo, Ginebra has become even more dynamic. Wright knows that but he also knows that he and his Fuel Masters are a problem as well. "They’re a big squad now and with Stanley, they’re a lot more explosive and dynamic. We also have to worry about Brownlee as well," Wright said.  "We have our work cut out for us but they have to guard us too," he added   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 16 min. ago

Ambulance collides with truck; 3 dead

Three persons died and three others were seriously injured when an ambulance collided with a delivery truck in Barangay Poblacion in this town before dawn yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 16 min. ago

Style Inspo: Lovey-Dovey Jake Cuenca And Kylie Verzosa Nail Couple Twinning!

The on- and off-screen partners are the cutest in these twinning outfits!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 16 min. ago

Rested Juvic Pagunsan begins hunt for third straight crown

Juvic Pagunsan packed his stuff and hurriedly left Bacolod heading here Monday, all geared up for a third straight championship in the ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge firing off today at the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in Sta. Barbara......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Hot Stuff: See The Highlights Of UP s Live AIDS 33

'Live AIDS G Na G Sa 33' served a feel-good show with delicious sides of "wokeness" and "shade.".....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Rested Pagunsan resumes hunt for 3rd PGT crown

Juvic Pagunsan packed his stuff and hurriedly left Bacolod for here Monday, all geared up for a third straight championship in the ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge firing off Wednesday at the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in Sta. Barbara......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Ten things to see in Manila to help you get to know the Philippines

Ten things to see in Manila to help you get to know the Philippines Stuff.co.nz Manila is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet and the capital of the Philippines has so much to see.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Makati City padlocks food delivery business - Manila Bulletin

Makati City padlocks food delivery business Manila Bulletin By Jel Santos. The Makati City Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) shutdown a food delivery business in Makati City on Monday afte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Government, public sectors kick off support for athletes, para-athletes in first-ever Unity Walk

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) joined forces Saturday, June 22 at the College of Science Oval in UP Diliman to stage a unity event among various sports sectors to prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Games later this year and the ASEAN Para Games in 2020. Billed as Olympic Day and Lakad Para Atleta 2019, the event witnessed for the first time ever, a unity walk of abled body athletes walking side by side with para athletes to give life to the event theme, “Unity and Transformation Through Sports.” The event was highlighted by a torch relay that featured five pairs of Olympians and Paralympians traversing the 500-meter oval, symbolizing inclusiveness and equality for all. The torch relay culminated in a cauldron lighting ceremony followed by the Lakad Para Atleta Legacy Walk participated in by athletes and non-athletes, including a huge group from Citi Philippines as key supporter of PPC and the Paralympic movement. After the walk, the Philippine Olympians Association turned over seedlings to the University of the Philippines to express their advocacy that sports can be used for the betterment of the environment. Exhibitions and participative activities followed in arnis, skateboarding, athletics, karate, underwater hockey, petanque and parasports like Braille Chess, Wheelchair Racing, Wheelchair Basketball and Para Athletics entertained attendees. A Body Combat session conducted by Fitness First turned the event into a sports fair. “We are overwhelmed by the show of support from our partners in the government and private sectors, especially Citi Philippines. This is a big push for our national athletes who will be competing for the country in the upcoming SEA Games this November and the ASEAN Para Games in January 2020!,” said PPC President Michael Barredo. For his part, Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed said that by supporting the event, Citi Philippines is expressing its corporate commitment. “Para Athletes are truly an inspiration as they overcome the odds to achieve and excel with courage and determination. Today is an opportunity for us to become advocates of their cause, so that we can break down the perceptions around disability and push for inclusion and equality for all.” Olympic Day is an annual global event of the Olympic Movement that promotes the sharing of the Olympic Ideals, its Olympic Day pillars of Move, Learn, and Discover and the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship, and Respect. The event was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games in June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Around 3,000 people from all walks of life registered for the event.   TORCH BEARERS: (OLYMPIAN + PARALYMPIAN) Elma Muros Posadas – Queen of Long Jump, 1984, 1996 Andy Avellana – Athletics, 2012   Roel Velasco – Boxing Bronze Medalist 1992 Ernie Gawilan – Swimming, 2016   Christine Jacob Sandejas – Swimming 1984 Jerrold Mangliwan – Wheelchair Racing, 2012   Stephan Fernandez – Taekwondo 1992 Josephine Medina – Table Tennis, Bronze Medalist, 2016   Sen. Freddie Webb – Basketball 1972 Adeline Ancheta-Dumapong – Para Powerlifting, Bronze Medalist, 2020.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Trump says reelection easier if he is impeached

WASHINGTON DC, United States – US President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday, June 23, his chances of retaining the White House in 2020 would be strengthened if Democratic lawmakers start impeachment proceedings against him.  Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he thought impeachment was good politics for him, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Vox populi

I am pleased to share with readers the political section of a primarily macroeconomic and financial quarterly report my colleague, Christine Tang, and I wrote last month for GlobalSource Partners (globalsourcepartners.com). GlobalSource Partners is a New York-based network of international analysts whose client subscribers are mostly international banks and asset managers......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Oops! Duterte can t reach Singapore PM in ASEAN handshake

MANILA, Philippines – Remember that  awkward moment with US President Donald Trump when leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their dialogue partners did their traditional handshake in 2017?  Something similar happened to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong when ASEAN did its traditional ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Lhuillier vows to aid Philippine softball

Lhuillier vows to aid Philippine softball.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Hot Stuff: Park Bo Gum Shares What He Loves Most About Touring In Asia

We just had the 'Encounter' of our dreams with Korean star Park Bo Gum!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019