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Stronger measures pushed to curb Illegal fishing in Davao Gulf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Efforts to curb illegal fishing activities must be intensified to enable key fishing grounds in Davao Gulf to recover from overfishing and destruction, National Economic Development Authority-Davao director Maria Lourdes Lim said on Thursday. Lim said this after noting that the output of the fishery subsector of the Davao Region […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

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

Duterte wants Department of OFWs up by December

A separate Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) should be established within six months to address the persistent woes of OFWs with regard to illegal recruiters and other labor malpractices, according to President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Foreign workers sa bansa, papatawan na rin ng buwis

ANG hakbang ng BIR ay bunsod ng pagtaas ng bilang ng mga illegal foreign workers sa bansa na naaaresto.   SMNI NEWS KOKOLEKTAHAN na ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ng buwis ang mga foreign workers na nasa bansa. Ito ay dahil sa paglobo ng mga iligal na dayuhang manggagawa. Ayon kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, malaki ang […] The post Foreign workers sa bansa, papatawan na rin ng buwis appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

Hong Kong Leader Condemns Protesters’ Violent Acts

Chief Executive of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam on Tuesday strongly condemned the violent acts of some protesters who stormed the Legislative Council (LegCo) building. Lam said she was saddened and shocked by the use of violence and vandalism, stressing that any illegal acts committed by the protesters would be investigated. “This […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019

China has a new casino: the Philippines

By David Pierson and Alison Su/latimes.com – Gambling is illegal in China, but that didn’t prevent Fan Zheng from betting tens of thousands of dollars online. The 30-year-old store clerk from the island province of Hainan learned about the opportunity early last year from marketing agents who, Fan believes, contacted Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsJul 4th, 2019

PH immigration arrests Korean and Chinese illegal aliens

IMMIGRATION authorities have arrested two undocumented aliens wanted in Korea and China for fraud in separate enforcement operations. Immigration Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) Chief Bobby Raquepo said Kim Dae Yeop,…READ The post PH immigration arrests Korean and Chinese illegal aliens appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

BFAR Caraga leads Oplan Bira in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 1-- In its continued quest to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) activities in the region, the Fisheries Protection Law Enforcement Group.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

BFAR Caraga leads Oplan Bira in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 1-- In its continued quest to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) activities in the region, the Fisheries Protection Law Enforcement Group.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

ONE Championship: Brandon Vera vs. Aung La N Sang, Belingon-Fernandes IV announced for ONE s 100th event

ONE Championship has announced a blockbuster card for their 100th event this coming October in Tokyo, Japan, featuring two Filipino stars challenging for World Championships.  As announced by ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong on his Facebook page, ONE: Century will feature a loaded fight card with a multitude of world title bouts.  As already announced months ago, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera of the Philippines will be making his way down to the light heavyweight division to challenge two-division titleholder and reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.  Vera's plans to go down and attempt to become a two-division titleholder has long been made known, but it was at ONE: A New Era, also in Tokyo back in March, that Vera made the official challenge.  The other Filipino looking to bring home a world title will be former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon, who meets reigning champion Bibiano Fernandes for a fourth time.  Belingon and Fernandes split their first two matchups, while the third one ended in controversy after Belingon found himself getting disqualified because of illegal strikes to the back of the head. The DQ loss automatically gave Fernandes his second run as ONE Bantamweight World Champion.  Sityodtong announced afterwards that the illegal strikes were indeed unintended, and the two will meet in an immediate rematch.  Aside from these two massive matchups, Singaporean star Angela "Unstoppable" Lee defend her ONE Women's Atomweight World Championship against reigning ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan of China in a highly-anticipated rematch.  Lee and Xiong first crossed paths in Japan back in March, with the former challenging for the latter's belt. After four rounds of domination, Lee found herself gassed out, and Xiong took advantage to score a fifth-round TKO win and retain her title while handing the previously-undefeated Lee her first career loss. This time around, it will be Xiong who will head down to Lee's kingdom and try to become a two-division champion herself.  Also on the card, ONE World Grand Prix Champions will be crowned in the Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix Finals, the Lightweight Grand Prix Finals, and the Flyweight Grand Prix Finals.  Expect more big matches to be added to the already-stacked card in the coming weeks. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

Presidential spokesman Panelo rates Duterte 9 out of 10

Despite criticisms against the administration's key policies, including its stance on the South China Sea row and its bloody "war" on illegal drugs, Malacañang believes President Duterte deserves a nearly perfect grade in his first three years in office......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2019

Baseball union: Player approval needed to play in Montreal

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The players' union says the Tampa Bay Rays would need its permission to play games in Montreal. Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week the low-drawing Rays may explore a split season in Montreal. No timetable for the possible plan was announced "There is a lot of work that is going to need to be done before that consideration becomes closer to a reality," union head Tony Clark said Friday as the New York Yankees took batting practice at Olympic Stadium, a day before playing Boston in baseball's first major league game in Europe. "We look forward to being a part of that conversation, as well. A lot of challenges there." Clark said requiring a player to maintain two homes during the season would be a "significant burden." The Montreal Expos were in the National League from 1969-2004 before moving to Washington and becoming the Nationals. In their last two seasons before moving, the Expos played 22 games a year in Puerto Rico. Clark said the union considers a team playing home games in two locations to be a mandatory topic of bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act, making it subject to union agreement. "Interesting spot that it's in," Clark said. "Interesting idea." Major League Baseball questions such an interpretation of the NLRA. "I believe that under the NLRA there is no obligation to bargain over the decision itself, which is a management prerogative, but an obligation to bargain over the effects of the decision on terms and conditions of employment," deputy commissioner Dan Halem said in an email. "It's akin to plant relocation.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Chinese exporters shift production to low-cost nations in order to dodge impact of trade war

GUANGZHOU/YANGON -- Pressured by a labor crunch and rising wages in China, Shu Ke’an, whose firm supplies bulletproof vests, rifle bags and other tactical gear to the United States, first considered shifting some production to Southeast Asia a few years ago, but nothing came of it......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

James Harden happy to see the likes of Kai Sotto aspire to make it to the NBA

Houston Rockets star James Harden is more than delighted to see international talents aspire to one day reach the NBA as well.  The seven-time All-Star is currently in the Philippines for the adidas Free to Harden Manila 2019 tour, and was able field some questions from the media, Wednesday morning.  One of the questions that Harden was asked was what he thought of young basketball players like our very own Kai Sotto working hard to make it into the league, and what they needed to do to actually realize their dream.  The 7-foot-2 Sotto, who is currently with Gilas Youth for the FIBA U-19 World Championship in Greece, trained in the United States with the intention of pursuing an NBA career in the near future. "Amazing, not just Filipino, but international players, there’s so many international players who are making it into the NBA, it’s great," Harden said during the media interviews. "We’re taking the NBA not just for the US, but worldwide, and it gives kids, not just Filipino, not just in China, all over the world the confidence like ‘Look at my Filipino buddy who made it into the NBA. Look at my Chinese buddy who made it into the NBA. I have the confidence, I have the chance and the opportunity to make it. If I work hard, if I focus, if I keep my head right in school and stay in the gym, I can make it to the NBA too!’ so globally, the game of basketball is at another level." With Harden's steady rise to superstardom all over the world, more and more young hoopers have grown to appreciate Harden's unique style of play. All over the globe, more and more kids have started practicing the stepback jumper or the EuroStep in traffic after seeing Harden execute those moves to perfection.  Harden admits to having also learned those moves from ones who came before him, and hopes to see the next generation of hoops stars also take those moves or create their own moves and make them even better.  "Honestly, it feels great. Those moves, I learned them from someone. I watched Dwyane Wade, Manu [Ginobili], as far as the EuroStep, Paul Pierce had a crazy stepback, so I watched those guys and I learned, and I just studied and I tried to figure out ways to do those moves and be better at them, take those moves to another level, that’s what I’ve done, especially for the stepback."  "Hopefully, these kids, they’re studying and watching the game of basketball and they’re finding was to be better and hopefully they’ll take those moves or create different moves and take their basketball game to another level," he added.  Speaking of confidence, "The Beard" touched on seeing kids having confidence in their game as somewhat a motivating factor. He shared a story of a kid that he met in his most recent trip China that showed an impressive level of confidence at such a young age.  "Back when I was in China, I seen this little kid, who was maybe 7 years old, and he could shoot the ball and he had so much confidence. He hit a couple of shots in a row in front of like 5,000 people in an arena, and I was like ‘You know what, let’s see you make another shot, you can have my shoes.’ and he was like ‘Alright!’, and just shot it with so much confidence, and when he made it, it was like he knew he was going to make it already." "That’s what I love to see, that motivates me to continue to go out there and do it at a high level because you got kids that really follow and pay attention to what you’re doing and your every move, so that keeps me going," Harden continued. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Security risks top of mind in ASEAN

HEADS of state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday led off the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability with pledges to “strengthen defense cooperation to tackle traditional and non-traditional security challenges”; “enhance strategic dialogue and promote practical cooperation on regional defense and security issues”; “reaffirm the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea”; promote guidelines to avert “unplanned encounters at sea”; to “combat terrorism in all its forms” and to “enhance cybersecurity cooperation” besides a host of more general resolutions in the economic, social and cultural spheres......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

PH won’t summon China ambassador over boat sinking | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: PH refuses to summon China envoy over boat sinking China omits 'besieging' by PH boats in new statement Ice Seguerra calls out Cardema's Congress bid Trump says U.S. to begin removing 'millions' of illegal migrants Hong Kong leader offers 'most sincere apology' over law turmoil Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico – Rappler.com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Labor Official: Few companies hire senior high graduates

A labor official noted that few companies in Davao City offer job for senior high school (SHS) graduates despite the assurance from the Department of Education (DepEd) that the K to 12 Program will equip students with values, knowledge, and skills needed to work in various industries......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Abrugena to cops in drug ops: Wear protective gear

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Wear vests. Police Colonel Manuel Abrugena, Cebu Provincial Police Office director, gave this advice to police officers conducting anti-illegal drug operations amid the wounding of an undercover police officer during a buy-bust operation on Sunday, June 16, in Barangay Cansojong, Talisay City. Abrugena said that police officers should implement preventive measures […] The post Abrugena to cops in drug ops: Wear protective gear appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Palace: Manila to invoke Mutual Defense Treaty with US if needed

As the government moves to resolve the sinking of a Filipino vessel in the Recto Bank in the South China Sea, Malacañang said that the Philippines will invoke its Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States if it is the right thing to do. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after US Ambassador to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Lloyd s tiny golf clap delivers big message from US women

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd had just scored on an 18-yard volley to put the United States ahead 11 minutes in against Chile. After leaping, pumping a fist and hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she raised both hands chin high and made four tiny pitter-patter claps, the type seen more frequently at Pebble Beach than Parc des Princes. A message? You bet. I made a gif of @CarliLloyd’s celebration golf clap after her first goal in #USACHI because I needed this to exist for every time someone tone polices a #USWNT celebration. #USWNT #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Sw7rUA3ID2 — Phil (@ALazyJellyfish) June 16, 2019 Easy wins and lots of goals are par for the course when it comes to the U.S. women's soccer team. "I can't take credit for it. I'm not sure if Lindsey is taking credit for it," Lloyd said after a 3-0 victory Sunday night advanced the U.S. to the round of 16. "She had told me if we score, that's what we're going to do so I just went along with it after I did my little celebration But it was fun. I think it made a statement on the sideline there. It was cool." A record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand that opened the tournament for the Americans sparked a debate back home. Celebration had not been discussed this much since Kool & the Gang. Some cried poor sportsmanship. Others argued players shouldn't be asked to let up on soccer's biggest stage. All the harrumphing was heard across the Atlantic. "I guess we could have just passed it around the back for a million times, but that's boring. That's disrespectful to everyone: fans, ourselves" said 33-year-old Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired veteran famous for running to a corner flag and screaming "Born in the USA" into a television microphone after goal against Colombia in the 2011 World Cup. "The only thing you ask of an athlete really is to put it all out there and do the best you can. It's not in our DNA ever." Coach Jill Ellis speculated Lloyd's inspiration was her spouse, professional golfer Brian Hollins. "I'm guessing it was a shout-out to her husband," Ellis said. Horan said Emily Sonnett, a 25-year-old defender at her first World Cup, suggested responses. Trolling critics was the goal. "We decided to do something different today," Horan said with an impish smile. "Handshakes were part of it. Golf clap was part of it." Only the standout play of goalkeeper Christiane Endler lowered the Americans' offensive output from Wonder Woman levels to the mere mundane. The U.S. peppered Chile with 26 shots to one for the South Americans, raising the U.S. margin to 65-3 over two matches that seemed more training than tests. Alyssa Naeher, the Americans' new World Cup goalkeeper, was noticeable only when an unmarked Carla Guerrero redirected Claudia Soto's free kick past her midway through the first half. Guerrero was called offside. More Americans were in the tournament-high crowd of 45,594 that filled Parc des Princes than walked around Sunday in Paris, Kentucky, or Texas. Quite different from the stands 21 years and one day earlier, when Germany beat the U.S. men 2-0 on the very same field in the Americans' 1998 World Cup opener on goals by Andreas Möller and Jürgen Klinsmann. Fans clad in red, white and blue jammed the Metro hours before kickoff, streaming on the No. 9 line at Trocadero, Republique and Richelieu-Drouot and emerging on at Porte de Saint-Cloud on the sunny afternoon. "We're in France, and yet we felt like we had a home game," said Lloyd, at 36-year-old the oldest woman with a multi-goal World Cup match. Despite their second easy win, the Americans maintained there was no reason to chill: Thailand is ranked 34th in the world and Chile is 39th. The Americans need a win or draw against No. 9 Sweden on Thursday in order to win the group. A victory likely means a second-round matchup against No. 13 Spain or No. 16 China, which would put the U.S. on track for a quarterfinal matchup against fourth-ranked France in Paris. Ellis would not speculate whether her team would be better off finishing second and winding up in the other half of the bracket. "There's a lot of grass to navigate between now and potential matchups," she said. "This game is a crazy game, and you have to bring it every single match." No team has won consecutive Women's World Cups since the event began in 1991, a reason for sangfroid. "We're climbing up a mountain now," Lloyd said, "and it's only going to get harder.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019