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Microsoft releases minecraft hour of code tutorial, hero s journey

Microsoft releases minecraft hour of code tutorial, hero s journey.....»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardNov 19th, 2017

Accenture Pledges Thousands of Hours to Bring Coding to Students with ‘Hour of Code’ Activities

Creates new artificial intelligence-inspired tutorial to teach students digital technology skills and ignite interest in computer science. Accenture (NYSE: ACN) employees across 56 countries have pledged to complete more than 10,000 Hours of Code and... The post Accenture Pledges Thousands of Hours to Bring Coding to Students with ‘Hour of Code’ Activities appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Commuters to get free MRT rides on Rizal Day

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) has announced it would be giving free rides to commuters on Dec. 30 in commemoration of the 121st death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. MRT General Manager Rodolfo Garcia said free rides could be availed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 30, according the order he issued on Friday. During these hours, tellers at all stations would issue free single journey tickets to commuters. Garcia said he issued the order at the the request of Acting Executive Director Ludovico Badoy of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Malacaang proclaimed Dec. 30 as a regular holiday in commemoration of Ri...Keep on reading: Commuters to get free MRT rides on Rizal Day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Neil Young releases vast archives and charges on new album

NEW YORK -- Neil Young on Friday opened an exhaustive online archive of his half-century career, as the rock legend charged ahead on a politically loaded new album. In a project whose breadth has no parallels among musicians of his level of fame, Young made all of his albums available for streaming alongside the accompanying lyrics, credits and artwork as well as videos and tour information. In a delight for fans of the ever-prolific Canadian with years of rumored obscurities, the Neil Young Archives includes around 10 unreleased albums although most are not yet fully uploaded. Marking his life's journey, Young inaugurated his archive and new album by playing a livestreamed ...Keep on reading: Neil Young releases vast archives and charges on new album.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

One Rohingya’s struggle to empower women in Malaysia – Al Jazeera

Tucked away upstairs at a shopping plaza in this city’s north end is a small storefront turned classroom for dozens of Rohinyga women and children. The sound of these women reciting English phrases, laughing and the occasional cries of kids can be heard in the stairwell. Its founder, Sharifah Husain, 24, said she wanted to do something to help women and children in her community, who are not allowed to work or study in Malaysia. “I noticed we didn’t have a Rohingya women’s organisation that was standing up for women – to be the voice of women,” Husain said. Husain comes from Buthidaung village in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state. Her father fled to Malaysia when she was five-years old, fearing for his life. Husain was left behind with her mother and two younger siblings. The village was attacked soon afterward, so Husain’s mother took them to Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar – then known as Burma. Her recollection of the traumatic moment when a local mob attacked her village is hazy. It took place almost 20 years ago. But it mirrors the accounts of Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh, who’ve recently fled the Myanmar’s army clearance operations and local Buddhist mobs. “My mother was arrested in Yangon and sentenced to prison for not having official [identification or travel] documents,” Husain recounted. “This left me in charge.” Husain can’t remember how long she spent in Yangon, but she said she was separated from her siblings and sent north to Mandalay and forced into servitude. She spoke to her father in Malaysia, over the phone, and he agreed to pay human traffickers to bring Husain and her siblings to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city. All three, including Husain, were smuggled by land, into Thailand and Malaysia. At that time the Southeast Asia trafficking route wasn’t as defined as it is today. Human trafficking groups in Bangladesh and Thailand now make a lot of money off of poor, desperate refugees fleeing war and violence in Myanmar. Today, the concern faced by the Malaysia government is if it recognises its refugees then that could send a signal to more to make the perilous journey, now taken by sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh to sanctuary in Malaysia, where they don’t face violent persecution. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, states there are 152,170 registered refugees in Malaysia. The majority are Rohingya, displaced from their homes in Myanmar, like Husain. But the amount of unregistered refugees varies widely from 40,000 to 140,000, according to Asylum Access Malaysia. “The big question is – when are the boats going to come? There’s no indication they will now, but there’s definitely a high possibility that they will. And once new groups arrive, that complicates [the] situation,” said Deepa Nambiar, Asylum Access Malaysia director. UNHCR runs what it calls a “parallel school system” for refugees in Malaysia, allowing children to  access basic, primary-level education. Refugee groups and local faith-based organisations fund these schools, staffed by volunteers. One-hundred and twenty-eight informal refugee schools in Malaysia access funding from the UN. It provides education to 7,154 children, according to UNHCR. Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Office states 16,809 Rohingya refugee children are registered with UNHCR. This means about 10,000, or more, refugee children in Malaysia are unable to access any form of education. A dozen or so more informal refugee schools exist but rely solely on donations and are understaffed, said Asylum Access. “To live in Malaysia, yes you can live, but you don’t have a future. You are in a box. You can’t go out of the box,” Husain said. Husain has received no formal education in Malaysia. This is remarkable considering her drive to educate refugee women and children. Malaysians are supporting Rohingya Women’s Development Network by volunteering as teachers and support staff. Rohinyga Women’s Development Network started officially last year. But Husain has spent the last decade educating her community’s most vulnerable women and children in their own homes. “I have built up a trust. The men especially trust me. They feel safe sending their wives to our centre because they know me,” Husain said. Word has spread and more refugee families are now attending Rohingya Women’s Development Network classes, where they receive English-language instruction, leadership training and brand new self-defence classes. “We want to stop domestic violence. We want to stop child marriages in the community. We want to build up women’s empowerment,” Husain said. “We really need the Malaysia government to recognise us.” Husain is trying to change the mentality in the Rohingya and wider refugee community in Malaysia, that women and girls can’t study, work, or earn an income. She receives some funding from UNHCR to run programmes but uses her own money to keep them going. “Of course I have support from my family. My father is my hero. My husband is my hero. Both of these men have really pushed me forward,” Husain added. The Rohingya Women’s Development Network has teamed up with Asylum Access Malaysia on a refugee theatre project. This will allow refugee women to educate the community on issues of sexual violence. “What I think is so innovative about Sharifah and the team is that when we were discussing this project they said ‘we need to get men involved’,” Nambiar said. Husain is appealing to others in the refugee community to support initiatives set up by the Malaysia government and civil society groups to help […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

BSP releases new P5-coin to honor Andres Bonifacio

MANILA, Philippines— The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has announced it will release the New Generation Currency (NGC) Coin Series P5-coin featuring Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio on Friday, December 1. The new P5-coin will be released in circulation ahead of other new coins to honor Bonifacio’s 164th birthday on Thursday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

The journey doesn t end here : former champ Eduard Folayang remains motivated following loss to Martin Nguyen

Eduard Folayang's magical run as ONE Championship lightweight world champion is over.  Friday night at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila, Folayang was on the wrong end of a brutal knockout loss to now-two division world champion Martin Nguyen. It was a painful end to what was an insipiring journey to the top for the Team Lakay superstar, and the image of seeing the Pinoy hero getting seperated from his senses is one that will remain with Pinoy fight fans for a while.  Days after the loss, Folayang released a statement via ONE Championship, reassuring everyone that he's fine after the match's violent end.  "First and foremost, I thank God for His protection. At this point, I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition." Folayang said. "I extend my heartfelt gratitude to ONE Championship for seeing that I get the best medical attention after the match. Folayang went on to thank the Filipino fans who came and supported him and Team Lakay, Friday night.  "I take this opportunity to thank my countrymen for their support not only to me but to the entire Team Lakay athletes who competed last November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. My heart is overwhelmed with the outpouring of their encouragement. We hope we can pay it forward. As for Nguyen, the Baguio City native congratulated the new champion and added that this isn't the end of the line for 'The Landside." "I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared. Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn't end here." The former champion has been in the same situation before. Following a devastating KO loss to lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin back in 2014, Folayang went on an amazing run which led him to the top of the lightweight division.  ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong fully believes that the Pinoy warrior can once again rise to the top of the heap. "I expect Eduard to shine again."  Sityodtong said during the post-fight presser.  As for now, Folayang will likely take a break as he and the team prepare for what's set to be an eventful 2018. "The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018."     Eduard Folayang quotes courtesy of ONE Championship.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Eduard Folayang s ONE Championship title reign has been about inspiring others

Nearly a full year removed from his shocking upset win over Shinya Aoki to win the ONE Championship lightweight world title in Singapore, Eduard Folayang has simply been on top of the world.  The Baguio City native has established himself as the face of Philippine MMA and has often been identified by ONE Championship CEO and chairman Chatri Sityodtong as a prime example of a hero.  (READ ALSO: ONE CEO Cui: 'Folayang is gonna be a fantastic champion') Surely, life has changed for 'The Landslide' since becoming a world champion, but if you ask him what stands out, he says it's about how he has impacted others.  " p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} Madami [magbago], as a world champion, yung kwento ng buhay mo, maraming naiinspire," Folayang shared with the media. (A lot has changed. As a world champion, your life story inspires a lot of people.") Folayang's inspiring story of triumph has been told time and time again. From humble beginnings, Folayang fought through adversity - be it in life or inside the cage - and persevered until eventually he became a world champion.  Now that he's at the top, he hopes that his journey can inspire others who are looking to reach certain goals and aspirations.  "Nakakabigay ka ng kaunting motivation for them not to give up, but to persist and follow the dreams that they have deep within them." ("You're able to give them a bit of motivation for them not to give up, but to persist and follow the dreams that they have deep within them.") Right now, Folayang is indeed living his own dream of being a world champion, and on Friday, November 10th, he hopes to keep the dream going as he defends his title against Martin Nguyen at ONE: Legends of the World at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.    Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reignign ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Catch the action LIVE, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Kagawa becomes highest Japanese scorer in Bundesliga

em>By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press /em> BERLIN (AP) — Shinji Kagawa became the highest scoring Japanese player in the Bundesliga by showing a touch of class to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday. Kagawa, who scored 21 league goals in his first stint at Dortmund from 2010-12 before leaving for Manchester United, has 17 in his second stint after rejoining the club in 2014. Kagawa's 38 goals put the former Cerezo Osaka midfielder one ahead of Shinji Okazaki, who played for Stuttgart and Mainz before leaving for English Premier League side Leicester in 2015. Also, 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt beat Stuttgart 2-1, and promoted Hannover lost for the first time this season, to Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1. Strugglers Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen later played out a scoreless draw in the Northern Derby. strong>DORTMUND HOLD ON /strong> Andrey Yarmolenko got Dortmund off to a flying start by scoring with his heel in a goalmouth scramble. It was the Ukraine forward's first Bundesliga goal since his arrival from Dinamo Kiev. Brazilian defender Caiuby equalized shortly afterward with a header to Philipp Max's cross. It was only the second goal Dortmund conceded in seven games, while racking up 20 at the other end. Kagawa made it 21 with a brilliant chip over the goalkeeper midway through the half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Yarmolenko took advantage of poor defending. Augsburg pushed hard for an equalizer and had Dortmund pinned in the second half. Aubameyang missed a chance to seal it from the penalty spot. Marwin Hitz caught the ball easily from his attempted 'Panenka' chip down the middle. 'A hugely important win,' Dortmund 'keeper Roman Buerki said. 'These are exactly the sort of games you have to win if you want to get something.' Dortmund leads with 19 points after seven rounds following its best ever start to the league. 'That was the worst game today since I'm here as coach,' said Peter Bosz, whose side lost at home to Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. strong>FRANKFURT'S LATE HERO /strong> Sebastien Haller scored with a spectacular scissors kick in the fourth minute of injury time for under-manned Eintracht Frankfurt to beat visiting Stuttgart. Ante Rebic got the home side off the mark in the first half, but Stuttgart's fortune changed when Simon Terodde went on after an hour. He scored his first Bundesliga goal seconds later, and Simon Falette was sent off for bringing him down as the last defender shortly after. But Haller sealed it with his fine strike. strong>MORE LATE DRAMA /strong> Hannover was moments from a draw when Salif Sane brought down Vincenzo Grifo and the video assistant made the call to award the spot kick to 'Gladbach. Thorgan Hazard converted the kick. Defeat ended Andre Breitenreiter's unbeaten record as coach after 15 games, despite Martin Harnik's fifth goal of the season to tie the game. Wolfsburg's new coach, Martin Schmidt, had to be content with a share of points in a 1-1 draw against former side Mainz. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

NASA’s first mission to the star set for 2018 – CNN News

Wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere in a mission that begins in the summer of 2018. It's not a journey that any human can make, so NASA is sending a roughly 10-foot-high probe on the historic mission that will put it closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever reached before. The probe will have to withstand heat and radiation never before experienced by any spacecraft, but the specially designed mission will also address questions that couldn't be answered before. Understanding the sun in greater detail can also shed light on Earth and its place in the solar system, researchers said. This is NASA's first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere, called the corona. On Wednesday, the craft &'8212; initially called the Solar Probe Plus &'8212; was renamed the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. &'8220;This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual,&'8221; said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. &'8220;It's a testament to the importance of his body of work, founding a new field of science that also inspired my own research and many important science questions NASA continues to study and further understand every day. I'm very excited to be personally involved honoring a great man and his unprecedented legacy.&'8221; Parker published research predicting the existence of solar wind in 1958, when he was a young professor at the University of Chicago's Enrico Fermi institute. At the time, astronomers believed that the space between planets was a vacuum. Parker's first paper was rejected, but it was saved by a colleague, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, an astrophysicist who would be awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics. Less than two years after Parker's paper was published, his theory of solar wind was confirmed by satellite observations. His work revolutionized our understanding of the sun and interplanetary space. Parker is now the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. Zurbuchen and Nicola Fox, the mission project scientist for Parker Solar Probe, also presented Parker with the first scale model of the probe and NASA's distinguished public service medal. &'8220;I'm greatly honored to be associated with such a heroic scientific space mission,&'8221; Parker said. The Parker Solar Probe will carry a chip with photos of Parker and his revolutionary paper, as well as a plate carrying whatever inscription Parker wishes to provide &'8212; his message to the sun. The probe will eventually orbit within 3.7 million miles of the sun's surface. The observations and data could provide insight about the physics of stars, change what we know about the mysterious corona, increase understanding of solar wind and help improve forecasting of major space weather events. Those events can impact satellites and astronauts as well as the Earth &'8212; including the power grid and radiation exposure on airline flights, NASA said. The mission's objectives include &'8220;tracing the flow of energy that heats and accelerates the sun's corona and solar wind, determining the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind and explore mechanisms that accelerate and transport energetic particles.&'8221; &'8220;We've been inside the orbit of Mercury and done amazing things, but until you go and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions,&'8221; Fox said. &'8220;Why has it taken us 60 years? The materials didn't exist to allow us to do it. We had to make a heat shield, and we love it. Something that can withstand the extreme hot and cold temperature shifts of its 24 orbits is revolutionary.&'8221; Solar wind is the flow of charged gases from the sun that is present in most of the solar system. That wind screams past Earth at a million miles per hour, and disturbances of the solar wind cause disruptive space weather that impacts our planet. Space weather may not sound like something that concerns Earth, but surveys by the National Academy of Sciences have estimated that a solar event without warning could cause $2 trillion in damage in the United States and leave parts of the country without power for a year. In order to reach an orbit around the sun, the Parker Solar Probe will take seven flybys of Venus that will essentially give the probe a gravity assist, shrinking its orbit around the sun over the course of nearly seven years. The probe will eventually be closer to the sun than Mercury. It will be close enough to watch solar wind whip up from subsonic to supersonic. When closest to the sun, the probe's 4½-inch-thick carbon-composite solar shields will have to withstand temperatures close to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to its design, the inside of the spacecraft and its instruments will remain at a comfortable room temperature. The probe will reach a speed of 450,000 mph around the sun. On Earth, this speed would enable someone to get from Philadelphia to Washington in one second, the agency said. The mission will also pass through the origin of the solar particles with the highest energy. The mission is scheduled to end in June 2025. &'8220;The solar probe is going to a region of space that has never been explored before,&'8221; Parker said. &'8220;It's very exciting that we'll finally get a look. One would like to have some more detailed measurements of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017

Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks

Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2017

The Magic Lives On: Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2017

For many, the journey starts like this: braving Friday rush hour to catch a bus headed south in a crowded terminal, falling asleep barely five minutes in to the faint sound of city sirens wailing in the distance, waking up to the melodious calls of persistent food vendors hawking water bottles and buko pie just as Batangas port comes into view......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 17th, 2017

Trump’s appeal of travel ban suspension pits executive against judiciary – CBC News

A federal appellate court heard arguments Tuesday for and against lifting a block on U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, which has over the last two weeks given rise to mass confusion, legal maneuvres and plenty of human drama. An emergency three-judge panel with the San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals convened the hour-long telephone hearing at 6 p.m. ET. The case pits the Department of Justice lawyers against lawyers representing Washington state and Minnesota. The states were the plaintiffs in this case, and argued in favour of continuing to suspend Trump's ban. Justice department lawyer August Flentje contended that Trump's executive order, which closes U.S. borders for 90 days to citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) should be reinstated as a matter of national security. Both sides filed their legal briefs ahead of the hearing and had up to 30 minutes to make their case via phone. A quick ruling is expected. These oral arguments were not meant to be about the overarching merits of the travel ban itself. Rather, this hearing focused on the narrow question of whether to uphold a temporary restraining order imposed on Friday by Seattle U.S. District Judge James Robart. The federal judge's injunction, which applied nationwide, effectively put Trump's immigration executive order on ice. Temporary restraining orders are granted as a form of interim relief. The Ninth Circuit will be ruling on the sole question of whether the restraining order was justified until the case is heard on its larger merits. Robart wrote in his decision that the plaintiff states were likely &'8220;to suffer irreparable harm&'8221; if the enforcement of Trump's order was not halted. While the original court challenge of the travel ban was a battle of states vs. the federal government, the case before the Ninth Circuit is being framed as a showdown between two separate but equal branches of the government: the judiciary and the executive branch (president). The Department of Justice argued that the president's executive power to manage immigration in the U.S. is being unlawfully undermined by the judiciary. Trump's Twitter feed was revealing about the way he views the judicial branch. In one missive, he referred to Robart as a &'8220;so-called judge.&'8221; In another, he wrote: &'8220;Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system.&'8221; Restraining orders are not typically appealable, notes Yvonne Tew, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University. &'8220;But the government is bringing this before the Ninth Circuit, arguing that because of the nature of the case, they should allow it to be appealed before the appeals court.&'8221; In its 15-page legal brief filed on Monday, the justice department put the crux of its argument in its top line: &'8220;The executive order is a lawful exercise of the president's authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees.&'8221; The line cites the Immigration Act of 1952 to argue the order is lawful. The Act includes a provision giving the president the authority to &'8220;suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants&'8221; if their arrival in the U.S. is deemed &'8220;detrimental&'8221; to U.S. interests. Justice department lawyers also said the courts have taken an &'8220;extraordinary step of second-guessing&'8221; the president's judgment on a matter of national security. While the states asserted that constitutional rights would be violated by the ban, the Justice Department said that the Supreme Court has already ruled that &'8220;an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application.&'8221; In other words, the department said, foreign nationals aren't protected by U.S. constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. Arguments by lawyers opposing the ban The suit brought by the attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota warned that lifting the suspension of Trump's immigration executive order would &'8220;unleash chaos again&'8221; by breaking up families, causing disarray in immigration procedures and hurting economies. &'8220;The order also caused immediate harm to Washington's public universities, which are state agencies,&'8221; the 32-page brief said. &'8220;Hundreds of their faculty, staff, and students are from the affected countries.&'8221; Minnesota soon joined the Washington complaint, alleging similar harms. Although the president does have wide discretion on immigration, as outlined in the 1952 Immigration Act, the plaintiffs counter that the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act signed by president Lyndon B. Johnson actually supersedes the older law. That's because under the 1965 Immigration Act, Congress decided to give each country an equal shot at immigration quotas, thereby &'8220;putting in a ban on discriminating based on national origin,&'8221; says David Bier, an immigration policy analyst with the Cato Institute. The 1965 amendment states: &'8220;No person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person's race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.&'8221; Citing the 1965 legislation, Washington State solicitor General Noah Purcell told the judges Tuesday &'8220;that is a claim that we feel very likely to succeed on&'8221; and would allow the court to &'8220;avoid&'8221; some constitutional issues. Included with the states' filings asking the court to keep blocking Trump's travel ban were amicus (friend of the court) supporting documents. These briefs included statements from: 16 attorneys general; 97 tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft; as well as a brief [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2017

22-hour journey for Nazarene

MANILA, Philippines – Monday’s procession started at 5:20 a.m., an hour and a half earlier than the customary 7 a.m. start......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

After 25-hour haul from Manila Philippine Olympians safely in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO Tired and weary after a 25-hour journey from Manila, members of the Philippine Team to this Rio Olympics stepped foot on Brazilian soil Satu.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2016

With no World Cup for US this year, Altidore shifts focus

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press For Jozy Altidore, this was supposed to be the time when the United States was preparing for this summer's World Cup. That changed early in October when the Americans got bounced from the tournament. The stunning failure shifted Altidore's focus. He spent the beginning of 2018 in Grand Cayman, where his foundation is bringing soccer to kids in a region hit by hurricanes last fall. Soon, he'll start the new season with defending MLS Cup champion Toronto FC. As for this summer? Altidore will watch a few of the matches in Russia on television. The 28-year-old forward isn't stewing in the loss, he's looking with hope to the future. "Of course I'll obviously be disappointed not to be there, but at the end of the day, man, we're blessed to do what we do," he said. Apart from the national team loss, Altidore is coming off one of the better years of his career. He scored 18 goals with the Reds and another four with the U.S. national team. Toronto FC won the Supporters' Shield for the best regular-season record before sweeping through the playoffs and defeating Seattle 2-0 for the league title. Altidore scored in the final and earned MLS Cup MVP honors. The victory was a bit of revenge for a loss to the Sounders for the MLS Cup the previous season, but Altidore said Toronto's motivation was part of a season-long journey he took with his teammates and coach Greg Vanney. "I think more than anything we understood how close we were and how it hurt that we had come up short that season," he said. "The focus for us was to do what we did that last year and if we got to the last game, obviously make sure we got the W and make the most of our chances." Toronto teammate and fellow national team player, Michael Bradley, echoed the sentiment after the title match. "When push comes to shove, you want to step into the biggest moments with people that you would do anything for, that you love, that you believe in, that you trust, that you know have your back," Bradley said. But it wasn't all smooth. Altidore got into a confrontation with New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan in a tunnel at BMO Field during the conference semifinals. Altidore and Kljestan were handed red cards in the aftermath. Altidore sat out Toronto's next game, while Kljestan was suspended an additional game and won't be able to play the first two games of the upcoming season. Kljestan, who was also fined, was traded in the offseason from the Red Bulls to Orlando. Altidore and Bradley were also jeered — sometimes with profane and personal attacks — by opposing fans over the U.S. team's qualifying performance. "Look, all that stuff I think would have been magnified had we not achieved our objective," Altidore said. "But we did, and we did it in such a convincing manner." Following the 2-1 U.S. loss in Couva, Trinidad, that cost the national team a spot in the World Cup, coach Bruce Arena stepped down and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said he would not run for another term. Interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan called 30 players into January training camp in advance of an exhibition game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 in Carson, California. Altidore and many of the team's veterans were not invited. The camp roster includes 15 players who have never played in a match for the senior national team. The most experienced was LA Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes, who is 26. Twenty-one of the players are 24 and younger. Altidore, who has 41 goals in 110 appearances with the national team, understands that developing young talent is important heading into the next World Cup quadrennial. "We have to do a better job of identifying new talent, for sure," he said, suggesting that missing out on the past two Olympics — where under-23 teams compete — has hurt development efforts. For now, Altidore is pouring his energy into charitable endeavors. Altidore, whose parents are from Haiti, launched his foundation in 2011 following the devastating earthquake that hit the country the year before. The foundation built a well to provide water to a town of more than 400 in Haiti, along with other rebuilding efforts. In 2016, he paid to bring the Copa America matches to television in the country. The latest effort in the Cayman Islands focuses on getting youth involved in soccer. "I think the whole region, the Caribbean has a lot of talent and has a lot of kids who want to become players. And I think it helps to see and identify with players who have played in different leagues from around the world," he said. "If I'm able to be one of those guys that can start that whole thing, it's a great opportunity and honor for me."      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 18 min. ago

Adult care facility with mostly Filipino workers fined $7M for wage theft

LOS ANGELES -- The owner of six adult care facilities operating in the San Fernando Valley's quiet West Hills neighborhood has been slapped with citations of over $7 million for wage theft and other law violations. This makes it the largest wage citation in Southern California in the last three years. Adat Shalom Board and Care, Inc. has been ordered by the California Labor Commissioner's Office to pay 149 of its former and current employers --- a majority of whom are Filipino --- for underpaid wages and penalties. The caregivers cared for elderly residents 24 hours a day, six days a week, receiving pay of less than $3 an hour, according to the complaint. "Adult care faci...Keep on reading: Adult care facility with mostly Filipino workers fined $7M for wage theft.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 43 min. ago

Finance dep’t seeks to reduce political pressures on realty tax

THE THIRD tax reform package which the Department of Finance (DoF) plans to submit to Congress by “midyear” will seek to ensure that real property tax assessment levels are adjusted promptly and are insulated from local political concerns. While Republic Act No. 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991, requires provincial, city or municipal […] The post Finance dep’t seeks to reduce political pressures on realty tax appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

STATEMENT: Balay Mindanaw on the Shift to Federalism

Federalism has been one of the key advocacies of Balay Mindanaw since we began our journey in 1996. We were instrumental in the establishment and growth of Federalism movements such as Lihuk Pideral Mindanaw (LPM) and the Citizens’ Movement for a Federal Philippines (CMFP). Building on the wisdom of Nene Pimentel, Reuben Canoy, Datu Michael […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Four face murder raps for Luzuriaga killing

FOUR persons were criminally charged for the killing of a lady town hall worker last Jan 11, 2018 in Concepcion, Iloilo. Police Officer 2 (PO2) Keven Piosca, Edmar Camangyan, Ramona Magbanua, and alias Toto were charged for murder under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, before the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutors Office. Piosca […] The post Four face murder raps for Luzuriaga killing appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Wells Fargo raises US employees’ hourly pay

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many employers are boosting hourly pay, and Wells Fargo is the latest company to join the ranks. Wells Fargo announced an expansion of its ongoing investments in team members, communities, small businesses and homeownership, pledging the following actions to support economic growth with tax reform: Raising the minimum hourly pay rate for its team members to $15 per hour. The company's increased minimum hourly pay rate of $15 for U.S.-based team members goes into effect in March 2018. The new rate is an 11 percent increase to the current minimum hourly rate of $13.50 that the company announced in January 2017. Targeting $400 million in donations to co...Keep on reading: Wells Fargo raises US employees’ hourly pay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018