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National ID to be pilot-tested in select regions

The newly signed Philippine Identification System Act will be first implemented in selected regions in the coming months before the full five-year implementation, the National Economic and Development Authority said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 11th, 2018

Cebu to pilot test national ID

By Rico Mirasol Osmeña The national ID cannot be used in place of the driver’s license issued by the Land Transportation Office. The City of Cebu and other urban cities in Central Visayas were selected as pilot areas for the implementation of the National Identification (ID) system recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Georgia marks 10th anniversary of its war with Russia

Georgia on Wednesday marked the tenth anniversary of its war with Russia which has left the country dismembered with its separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remaining under Moscow's control. Georgia's five-cross red-and-white national flags were flying at half-mast outside government buildings as the tiny Black Sea nation mourned the victims of the bloody war. On Wednesday morning, President Giorgi Margvelashvili laid a wreath at the memorial cemetery of the Georgian soldiers killed in the conflict. He is later due to address troops at the Senaki military base that was looted and destroyed by invading Russian forces during the conflict and then rebuilt as a show...Keep on reading: Georgia marks 10th anniversary of its war with Russia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Capitol, NIA Turnovers P5.4M Irrigation System in Lake Danao

P5.4-million worth irrigation system has been turnovered at Barangay Union, San Francisco, Camotes on July 19, 2018 by the Cebu Provincial Government and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) 7. Barangay Union is one of the barangays near Lake Danao that will have the pilot irrigation system. Lake Danao is said to be a bountiful source […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

ILONGGO JOINS SQUAD: PHL U16 football team takes on ASEAN’s best

ONCE again the Philippines’ best young players will be tested in international play. The men’s U16 national team is in Surabaya, Indonesia, to battle five other teams in the group stage of the Asean Football Federation U16 championship. This squad, like other Philippine national youth teams, concluded their training camp at the PFF Artificial Turf […] The post ILONGGO JOINS SQUAD: PHL U16 football team takes on ASEAN’s best appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Pangilinan calls on gov’t agencies to speed up relief aid distribution  

Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan has called on different government agencies to provide immediate assistance to communitiesaffected by heavy rains in the last two weeks. The call was made after the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council reported that the damage to infrastructure and agriculture in six regions of Luzon and one region in the Visayas brought by "habagat" or southwest monsoon and recent tropical cyclones has reached at least P2.4 billion. "Now that we have the numbers, concerned government agencies should be able to focus their resources and efforts to help the victims recover," Pangilinan said in a statement on Monday. The senator asked the social...Keep on reading: Pangilinan calls on gov’t agencies to speed up relief aid distribution  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

World’s top beaches for ‘wow’ factor in 2018 listed by ‘beach inspectors’

Spain dominates a list of the world's most breathtaking beaches that includes coastlines in Kenya, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Indonesia and even the United Kingdom. Beach-Inspector bills itself as the "first professional beach information platform" covering 1,600 beaches in 52 holiday regions around the world that have been tested on-site against up to 120 criteria. Over the last three years, "Beach inspectors" were dispatched to destinations around the world where they spent two days digitalizing and evaluating beaches on everything from sand and water quality, facilities (restaurants, bars, showers), child friendliness, "flirt factor" and visual beauty. Beac...Keep on reading: World’s top beaches for ‘wow’ factor in 2018 listed by ‘beach inspectors’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Damages from Weather Disturbances Now at P380.5-M

Severe weather conditions due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical cyclones “Henry”, “Inday” and “Josie” has so far caused PHP380.57 million worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), 6 and the Cordillera Administrative Region, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

23,383 evacuees have taken shelter in centers across Luzon – DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Office reported that, as of early Monday morning, 5,430 families or 23,383 people had taken shelter in 135 evacuation centers in the Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative, Central Luzon, National Capital, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol Regions. Source link link: 23,383 evacuees have taken shelter in centers across Luzon – DSWD.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Few good options on anthem protests for NFL owners

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

NMP and MARINA conduct pilot class on IMO Model Course 6.10

The National Maritime Polytechnic in convergence with the Maritime Industry Authority conducted a Pilot Class on IMO Model Course 6.10 on 18-22 June 2018 at the NMP Training Complex, Tacloban City......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Navy to test first missile systems within Corregidor

THE Philippine Navy will test its newly-acquired missile systems within Corregidor Island this July, the Department of National Defense (DND) said on Monday. The Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile systems from Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will be tested on July 17 and 18 and from July 24 to 26, Defense Spokesman Arsenio Andolong said. “[T]ests will be [...] The post Navy to test first missile systems within Corregidor appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

DSWD launches e-Services in 4 pilot regions

APPLICATIONS FOR for travel clearance for minors could now be done online as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched on Monday, June 9, the DSWD e-Services......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Philippines turns to Ateneo Blue Eagles for Jones Cup

Reigning UAAP men’s basketball champions Ateneo de Manila University will get to test their mettle against select clubs and national squads while representing the country later this July......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Three Mindanao regions lag behind in potable water sources

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 July) – Three regions in Mindanao recorded the most number of households who have least access to better sources of potable water, the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. A report released by PSA Davao last June 30 said the Autonomous Region in Muslim […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Regions to impose taxes under federal gov’t

Under a proposed Philippine federal government, both the national and regional governments would have the power to impose taxes and exercise control over their respective budgets, while at the same time making sure that no double taxation will happen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

3 Mindanao regions have highest teenage pregnancies in the country

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 July) —  Teenage pregnancy in the country is  highest in three of Mindanao’s six regions. Davao region recorded the highest teenage pregnancy rate nationwide at 17.9%, Northern Mindanao at 14.7% and Region 12 or what is also referred to as Southwestern Mindanao or Soccsksargen at 14.5% compared with the national […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

More PPP opportunities open in regions – NEDA

More opportunities for private sector participation in infrastructure projects in the regions would be opened up in line with the government’s push to fasttrack the delivery of projects, the National Economic and Development Authority said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Mexican players can have beef again at the World Cup

By Carlos Rodriguez, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico's mantra for this World Cup is "No Excuses," and that includes no complaining about the menu. The team brought two tons of food to Russia, along with everything necessary to make their players' favorites, including traditional tacos, cheesy quesadillas and, of course, their hot salsas. When Colombian manager Juan Carlos Osorio took over the Mexico team in 2015, he gathered a staff that includes a mental coach, a kinesiology specialist, a recovery expert and nutritionist Beatriz Boullosa. "Professor Osorio says it all the time, there are no excuses here, he's a man that makes his decisions based on hard facts and he has opened the chance for every one of us in our respective areas to give something to the national team", Boullosa told The Associated Press. "We know that in the past, soccer has been ruled in the belief that: 'since I was a player and that worked, it applies,' but that is not how we run things around here, every decision is based on science." Boullosa has worked for the national teams since 2010. She was part of the staff that won the Under-17 world title in Mexico in 2011, and also worked for the Olympic team that won the gold medal in 2012, but coach Miguel Herrera was not convinced and let her out of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Osorio heard about Boullosa's work and brought her along to take care of the diet and nutrition of the squad. "Every player has specific needs, not just based on his position but also based on his physique and his performance in training and in games. It's not the same for someone who played 90 minutes, to someone who stayed on the bench, we take every variable into account to make sure every player gets what they need", said Boullosa. The nutritionist is also responsible to monitor the nutrition supplements for the players to avoid any chance of doping violations. She says everything was supervised by a laboratory in Germany before the World Cup. The team did not ingest any red meat from Mexico to avoid any chance of positive tests with clenbuterol, a banned substance that is widely used by Mexican ranchers as a growth-enhancer. In 2011, five players from Mexico's squad tested positive for clenbuterol, among them Guillermo Ochoa, the starting goalkeeper in this World Cup. The country's federation ruled the positive tests were caused by contaminated meat. More recently, Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez tested positive for the same forcing the postponement of his rematch with Gennady Golovkin. "We started consuming red meat since we arrived in Denmark", Boullosa said. "Players are carnivorous by nature and they are happy to get the red meat back on their diet, and in nutrition terms it was also important because it has great bioavailability and we had it banned while in Mexico". With red meat available, players can now eat all their favorites, and that includes tacos. "We brought a lot of food and we also brought a chef to make every dish as the player likes it, we are making corn tortillas that taste like glory", Boullosa added. "Players ask for their quesadillas and their tacos and that really helps psychologically, because you bring them closest to home". But there can't be a good Mexican taco without their ancestral partner: the hot sauce, an item that also crossed the ocean from Mexico. "We made a spicy chili-peanut sauce that is delicious, and we also have traditional salsas some of the super spicy and some mild ones", added Boullosa. "We also brought cans of beans and corn. We are super loaded.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

2018 Draft

Don’t expect the Suns to trade away their pick in the run-up to the 2018 rookie draft. By the end of the week, they will have exercised their pleasure and privilege to select first overall from a deep class that has big men crowding the top. It will be a unique opportunity for them; since joining the National Basketball Association in 1968, choosing second was their best experience. To underscore their luck -- or lack thereof -- in the endeavor, it bears nothing that, a year after their inception, they were on the losing side of a coin toss that gave the Bucks the opportunity to spread the welcome mat for Lee Alcindor, and they had to settle for Neal Walk, with due respect far from a Hall of Famer. The post 2018 Draft appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: A Dilemma on Loop?

Flashback to March 2017, the whole volleyball community was abuzz about a newly formed national team set to compete in the Southeast Asian Games of that year as tryouts were held, but certain players, particularly from the Ateneo de Manila University, were allegedly not invited. An apology was then issued and special tryouts were held to accommodate the aforementioned athletes. Flashback to 2015, with a newly formed organization in Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) taking the reins from the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) as the volleyball authority in the country, the future looked bright as for the first time in recent history, both the men’s and women’s teams were being sent to the Singapore SEA Games as representation of the sport’s resurgence. As with any newly formed roster, the composition was mired in controversy especially with the men’s team, which was composed of predominantly of young players. Flashback to 2014, with the power struggle between the aforementioned LVPI and PVF, the latter formed the infamous Amihan and Bagwis squads as the women’s and men’s national teams, respectively. Backed by then sponsor PLDT, the rosters boasted of the some of the country’s best talents from both divisions with the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Mark Espejo, Ara Galang, Tatan Pantone, Ran Ran Abdilla and Mark Alfafara to name a few. Both teams never saw the light of day outside the country as the PVF eventually lost its accreditation leading to the teams’ eventual disbandment. And the theme went on as the previous years are revisited. Fast forward to present time, 2018, and once again the volley community is abuzz with the formation of yet again a new national team with a familiar scenario in which local favorites did not make the cut. With the volleyball scene at an all time high in local following, it is quite inevitable for varying opinions on who should have been included in the line-up given the wide pool of talents especially in the women’s division. Coupled with a sudden change in coaching staff, the new roster is once again under scrutiny given the process the team as a whole was structured from the beginning. Another New Beginning Without taking anything from the players and coaches of the new women’s national team, the composition is relatively deserving of the spots for the roster. While expected shoe-ins who have performed tremendously well in the local leagues like Myla Pablo, Maika Ortiz, and Tatan Pantone were not afforded a slot in the team, the new line-up is still pretty much capable of representing the country. Middles – Aby Marano is the best fit amongst the middles who made the final cut. With exceptional timing and good lateral movement, Marano is expected to perform in the position well offensively and defensively despite the lack of height for a middle blocker internationally. Her agility and aggressiveness with her net play more than justifies her inclusion and assignment as the team captain. Her DLSU successor Majoy Baron would add much needed support as the second middle as she has proven to have the power and timing of Aby though much work can still be done for her agility in the net. Baron’s aggressive floaters will also be of much benefit on the service line. Lastly, Mika Reyes would provide the height should the need arise especially against foreign teams with bigger size. Left Wing – Alyssa Valdez’ inclusion as left wing hitter is of no question as she continues to prove that she is one of the best open hitters in the local scene. Perhaps working more on her bulk and power is something the coaching staff must consider to ensure that she can carry over her local performance to the international scene. Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Ces Molina likewise have proven themselves much capable of being offensive threats from the left and their decent size will be of much benefit in blocking against slides and opposite attacks from foreign counterparts. It would be beneficial as well if Santiago-Manabat develops mastery of passing and if Molina becomes a significant threat with the pipe in order for both athletes to really excel in the position. Although Cha Cruz is not much of a power hitter as compared to the aforementioned left hitters, she would serve a special position as the service and defense specialist for the team. If in scenarios in which she will serve in for a middle, her floor defense is of much benefit in Zone 5 and with her background as a former setter, she is still capable of setting up a decent play should the setter get the first contact. Right Wing – Though much of her collegiate season has been utilized hitting from the middle, Jaja Santiago is undeniably more fit for the opposite position. Despite her height and power, which could be considered an automatic criteria for the middle, Santiago has much work to be done with lateral motion which is also a crucial component for middle hitters. With her vertical reach and power, she is better off racking up points from the right wing and right back row as the main offensive option for the team. Likewise, Kim Dy is also a shoo-in for the opposite position as evidenced by her consistency in scoring and blocking from the right. With Kim Fajardo calling the plays, Kim Dy would be beneficial in running faster or creative plays should the need arise. Setters – The selection of Fajardo and Jia Morado is not to be questioned as both have proven and continue to prove that they are top-notch setters in the country. Both setters are a shoo-in for the national team as both are equal in consistency with Fajardo showing mastery in working the middles and Morado displaying her skill in making the wings work for her. Not much can be argued really about the selection of the two athletes. A reserve setter in Rhea Dimaculangan would be also beneficial as she has the consistency and creativity as the aforementioned setters as well as the height, which would be important in blocking. Libero – Currently hailed as one of Southeast Asia’s finest, Dawn Macandili is undeniably a good choice for the main libero position. With her agility and speed to pop up digs and impossible saves, her presence on the floor is highly beneficial for the team on transition defense. On the other hand, her counterpart Denise Lazaro has proven to be highly consistent from the receiving end of services making her inclusion as part of the regular roster and not just a reserve undeniably essential. With Lazaro setting up the passing formation and Macandili guarding on transition, their combined specialized efforts will ensure the first step in letting the setters run the play for the team. A Shift in View Given the fact that the talent pool in the women’s division is deep, player selection will always be put on debate as not all favored athletes will be included. Perhaps a good way of viewing the matter is that given the yet again short preparation time for the next international tournament, the coaching staff would best select players who they have already established a good working relationship for a more seamless adaptation of a new system. Rather than put into scrutiny the individual players, handpicked or not, the focus should be put on the system as a whole and how it can be further developed for the improvement of the sport. Yet again, the 2018 roster is proving to be another promising one as it has been almost every year when a new line-up is formed. More than bringing back pride to the country internationally in the tournaments immediately at hand, the bigger challenge for the national team is to prove itself not as yet another band aid solution in the attempt to have a continuous program. How the 2018 Team will prove itself different from its predecessors in past Asian/SEA Games would be the more important matter that should be put under the lens. With the sport currently a major source of livelihood for many athletes, the players are no longer the ones getting the short end of the stick but rather volleyball and its development as a whole should the loop continues. The country has much individual talent deserving of a spot in the team, but for as long as vested interests continue to rear their head in the Philippine Volleyball System, the level of the sport will continue to fall short in justifying its current local popularity.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018