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Senate asked to probe ‘high price’ of sugar

BACOLOD City – The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) asked the Senate to investigate the alleged manipulation of sugar prices. The  request was made  through a letter addressed to Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and signed by Atty. Emilio Bernadino Yulo, Sugar Board Farmers’ Representative; and Atty. Roland Beltran, Sugar Board Millers Representative In the letter, Yulo […] The post Senate asked to probe ‘high price’ of sugar appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianApr 28th, 2019

Is the problem in SRA?

So now there are moves to ask the Senate to investigate why prices of sugar in the shelves are high (P60/kilo) although the mill gate price is low and there is sufficient supply. If we go by economic theory then the end-user price should be low. This anomalous situation has only one explanation – there […] The post Is the problem in SRA? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

Senate urged to probe high sugar prices

The local sugar industry is seeking the Senate’s help to investigate the high prices of the commodity after the Department of Trade and Industry failed to look into the situation......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2019

FALSE: Sarah Elago’s ‘response’ to parents of student activists

Claim: Kabataan party-list representative Sarah Elago “responded” to the parents of student activists who are still minors, following the Senate probe into the disappearance of senior high school students allegedly recruited by leftist group Anakbayan. On August 8, a photo started circulating on Facebook which stitched a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men's soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup probably won't move the needle much, the Americans surely would benefit, simply, from winning. Their opening game against Guyana on Tuesday night at Allianz Field in St. Paul, the new home of Major League Soccer's Minnesota United, will mark the first competitive match for the U.S. since the infamous defeat at Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10, 2017, that kept the team for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. It follows a stretch of 18 consecutive friendlies. "There will be some nerves, but for us it's just about continuing to make progress throughout this tournament," Berhalter said last week after a training session at the National Sports Center in Blaine, a suburb of Minneapolis. "I think part of our profession is playing under pressure, playing in big events, and this is a great opportunity for us to learn." The 20-month gap between competitive games is the longest for the Americans since a 38-month span following a loss to Costa Rica on May 31, 1985, their final qualifier for the 1986 World Cup. Their next match that counted was a draw at Jamaica on July 24, 1988, their first qualifier for the 1990 World Cup. The U.S. won the biennial Gold Cup in 2017, a sixth title in 14 editions of the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Mexico, the clear favorite, has won seven such crowns. Before any mental energy can be spent on assessing the ability to compete with their border rival to the south, though, the Americans, who are ranked 30th in the world, must advance from the group stage. On the surface, Panama (75th), Trinidad and Tobago (92nd) and Guyana (177th) don't appear to be daunting competition, but the way the U.S. team played this month in exhibition losses to Jamaica (1-0) and Venezuela (3-0) there will be no guarantees of automatic wins. The Americans are missing injured players DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Tyler Adams, all first-choice starters. "If it doesn't go well you can just feel that more pressure is going to build, more questions will be asked, more scrutiny will be on Berhalter and the federation, and the outside noise is only going to get louder," said former U.S. midfielder Stu Holden, now a Fox analyst. "That's why it's really important that this team has a really good showing in this tournament." With the U.S. women leading their side of the world rankings and off to a dominant start this month in France at the Women's World Cup , the men's team won't be able to avoid the comparison game. The Americans can't mute the fan angst that has followed them for nearly two years, either, but they can at least take a meaningful step forward in the Berhalter era by displaying some potential within the pressing, possession-prioritized style he has rolled out . "We want to progress. Of course that also means winning the games, but we want to develop our style," midfielder Weston McKennie said. "Our goal is to make people see U.S. Soccer as something different as what they see now, probably." McKennie is one of the 20-year-old up-and-comers the program has staked itself to in the quest to not only return to the World Cup in 2022 but do some damage on the sport's biggest stage. The other, of course, is Christian Pulisic , who is joining English Premier League power Chelsea from Germany's Borussia Dortmund for a $73 million transfer fee. That is a record price for an American player. Veterans of the national side like Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are still around, among just six holdovers from the roster that went to Trinidad. They are joined by Pulisic, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream, and forward Paul Arriola on what has become a youngster's team. Getting this team in sync, socially and psychologically, might be just as important of a task for Berhalter as with the technical implementation of his system. "In warmups, they have to give each other high-fives," Berhalter said. "We do team events off the field, like going to movies together and going to restaurants together. I think that's really important to build that team chemistry." Now more than ever. "Everyone right now outside has their opinions about us, and the past couple of games, and that's perfectly fine," forward Paul Arriola said. "For us the message stays the game, and it's staying together as a team. That's how you're going to win an international tournament.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Cartel behind high sugar prices?

BACOLOD City – Senator Cynthia Villar suspects that a cartel could be behind the spike in sugar prices recently. Villar told reporters here that the situation is bad for sugar farmers. Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, also wants the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to explain its failure to address what […] The post Cartel behind high sugar prices? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

Villar supports Senate probe on sugar prices

BACOLOD City – Senator Cynthia Villar on April 28, 2019 said she supports the request of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) for the Senate to investigate the alleged manipulation of sugar prices. Villar, however, noted that the call was made two weeks away from the May 13, 2019 elections The chair of the Senate Committee […] The post Villar supports Senate probe on sugar prices appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

SRA wants Senate to probe manipulation of sugar prices

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is requesting the Senate to probe the allegedly unreasonable increase in the retail prices of sugar despite sufficient local supply. The post SRA wants Senate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

Bangladesh seeks fresh Senate probe on heist

HIGH-LEVEL officials from Bangladesh met with Philippine counterparts this week to work for the return of the remaining chunk of the $81-million loot from February's cyber heist, demanding that the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) pay the sum and ask.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 30th, 2016

Probe on violent dispersal of anti-US rallyists called

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III asked yesterday the police leadership to investigate the alleged violent dispersal of demonstrators in front of the US Embassy in Manila last Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 20th, 2016

Leave NBP riot probe to DoJ, PNP – Lacson

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is cool to the proposal for a Senate investigation into the alleged “riot” that recently occurred inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that led to the death of one high-profile inmate allegedly involved.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2016

Senate asked to probe social media use in schools

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate was asked to conduct an inquiry on the proper education and development of responsible social media use in schools......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2016

Nation: Senate probe into penitentiary riot urged

A RESOLUTION was filed on Wednesday by Senators Antonio F. Trillanes IV and Leila M. de Lima, seeking an inquiry into a reported riot that day at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) which saw a Chinese drug lord killed and three other high-profile inmates wounde.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 28th, 2016

Gov’t told: Temper, trim tax proposals

By Mario B. Casayuran, Chino S. Leyco, and Charissa M. Luci Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto asked Malacañang yesterday to study the impact of fuel tax on the price of rice and fish after it announced its plan to increase the excise tax on gasolin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2016

Probe Isabela road project, ombudsman asked

Former mayor Manuel Siquian of Angadanan, Isabela has filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with an alleged anomalous road project in the province......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

LIVE: Senate hearing on revival of mandatory ROTC

A Senate panel on Thursday began public hearings into the proposal to make enrollment in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps mandatory for senior high school students......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

LIVE: Senate hearing on mandatory ROTC

Bookmark to watch the hearing live on Thursday, August 22, at 9 AM MANILA, Philippines – The Senate will conduct on Thursday, August 22, the first public hearing on the proposal to revive the mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program for senior high school students .  The Senate committee on basic education will hear the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Sotto says SOGIE bill has no chance of passing Senate

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III told reporters on Wednesday evening, August 21, that the SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) equality bill has "no chance" of hurdling the upper chamber. Asked whether the SOGIE bill will be approved in the Senate, Sotto said that an anti-discrimination bill that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Rookie Survey: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant early favorites to shine in 2019-20

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com Last season was the first time in 34 years (since 1984-85) that the top five picks of the previous Draft went on to be the five players who comprised the All-Rookie First Team. One year later, the teams that had those top five picks should feel pretty good about their decisions. Time will tell about the five teams that had the top five picks in this year's Draft. But it's clear that fellow rookies approve of the guys selected in the top two. In this year's NBA.com Rookie Survey, 62 percent of responders picked the New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson or the Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant to win the Kia Rookie of the Year award. Williamson made Rookie Survey history with how many votes he got in the "Most athletic" question, while Morant was a clear favorite for "Best playmaker." The two top picks received the most total votes on the survey, but it was No. 7 pick Coby White (of the Chicago Bulls) and No. 33 pick Carsen Edwards (Boston Celtics) who each received votes on a survey-high five questions. In total, 38 different rookies received votes on at least one of the seven questions about their class, a deep one if these guys got it right. For the 11th time in the last 13 years, NBA.com sat down with the rookie class at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot. In addition to the seven questions about their fellow rookies, this year's group (of 42) answered a few about the current player they most admire and what they're expecting as they make the jump to the NBA. * * * NOTE: Players were asked not to vote for themselves, college teammates or NBA teammates. (Some still did, and those votes were discounted.) * * * Who will be the 2019-20 Kia Rookie of the Year? 1. Zion Williamson, New Orleans -- 35% 2. Ja Morant, Memphis -- 27% 3. R.J. Barrett, New York -- 5%     Cam Reddish, Atlanta -- 5% Others receiving votes: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans; Goga Bitadze, Indiana; Brandon Clarke, Memphis; Carsen Edwards, Boston; Darius Garland, Cleveland; Kyle Guy, Sacramento; Rui Hachimura, Washington; Romeo Langford, Boston; Coby White, Chicago; Grant Williams, Boston Last year: DeAndre Ayton and Collin Sexton -- 18% Worth noting: Williamson feels like a strong pick, but in the previous 10 years of the survey, the top vote-getter has gone on to win the Kia Rookie of the Year award just once. That was in 2007 (the first year of the survey), when Kevin Durant received 54 percent of the vote. Williamson is the first player in the last five years to receive at least one third of the vote, and he might have had more if some of his fellow rookies (those that voted for the six guys selected outside the Lottery) had studied their history. Of the 67 Rookie of the Year winners (that weren't territorial picks in the 1950s and early '60s), 61 (or 91 percent) were selected in the top 10 of the Draft, and 52 (or 78 percent) were selected in the top five. Which rookie will have the best career? 1. Cam Reddish, Atlanta -- 19% 2. Ja Morant, Memphis -- 16% 3. De'Andre Hunter, Atlanta -- 11% 4. R.J. Barrett, New York -- 5%     Jaxson Hayes, New Orleans -- 5%     Coby White, Chicago -- 5%     Zion Williamson, New Orleans -- 5% Others receiving votes: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans; Jarrett Culver, Minnesota; Carsen Edwards, Boston; Darius Garland, Cleveland; Rui Hachimura, Washington; Keldon Johnson, San Antonio; Mfiondu Kabengele, LA Clippers; Romeo Langford, Boston; Cody Martin, Charlotte; Eric Paschall, Golden State; Tremont Waters, Boston; Dylan Windler, Cleveland Last year: Wendell Carter Jr. -- 13% Worth noting: This is the sixth straight year that a Duke player has earned (or tied for) the most votes on this question, with Reddish joining Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017) and Carter. The seven players who received multiple votes were all selected in the top 10, though there were another eight votes for players selected outside the Lottery. Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft? 1. Bol Bol (44), Denver -- 19%     Kevin Porter Jr. (30), Cleveland -- 19% 3. Carsen Edwards (33), Boston -- 5%     Nassir Little (25), Portland -- 5%     Isaiah Roby (45), Dallas -- 5%     Coby White (7), Chicago -- 5%     Grant Williams (22), Boston -- 5% Others receiving votes: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (17), New Orleans; Brandon Clarke (21), Memphis; Jaxson Hayes (8), New Orleans; Talen Horton-Tucker (46), L.A. Lakers; Keldon Johnson (29), San Antonio; Mfiondu Kabengele (27), LA Clippers; Romeo Langford (14), Boston; Jordan Poole (28), Golden State; Cam Reddish (10), Atlanta; Luka Samanic (19), San Antonio; Admiral Schofield (42), Washington; Quinndary Weatherspoon (49), San Antonio; Dylan Windler (26), Cleveland Last year: Keita Bates-Diop -- 13% Worth noting: As it often does, this question got the biggest range of answers, including each of the last six picks of the first round. But Bol and Porter, two of the six players from the Pac-12 Conference, clearly stood out among the group. Draymond Green is the only one of the previous 16 players to earn (or tie for) the most votes on this question (which was worded "Which rookie is being most overlooked" through 2014) that has ever been an All-Star, though Donovan Mitchell is certainly a potential All-Star in the years to come. Which rookie is the most athletic? 1. Zion Williamson, New Orleans -- 87% 2. Brandon Clarke, Memphis -- 8% Others receiving votes: Jaxson Hayes, New Orleans; Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland Last year: Zhaire Smith -- 24% Worth noting: The 87 percent that Williamson earned here is the greatest percentage of the vote that any player has earned on any question in the history of the Rookie Survey, surpassing the 79 percent that Stephen Curry got for "Best Shooter" in 2009. That's good company. Which rookie is the best shooter? 1. Tyler Herro, Miami -- 33% 2. Kyle Guy, Sacramento -- 29% 3. Cameron Johnson, Phoenix -- 13% 4. Ty Jerome, Phoenix -- 8% 5. Jordan Poole, Golden State -- 4% Others receiving votes: Ignas Brazdeikis, New York; Carsen Edwards, Boston; Darius Garland, Cleveland; Zion Williamson, New Orleans; Dylan Windler, Cleveland Last year: Trae Young -- 47% Worth noting: Guy made twice as many 3-pointers (120 at a 43-percent clip) for Virginia last season than Herro did in his one season for Kentucky (60 at 36 percent). Johnson (47 percent) shot better than both of them and the Suns could benefit from having two of the top four players here. Phoenix ranked 29th or 30th in effective field goal percentage from outside the paint in each of the last three seasons. Which rookie is the best defender? 1. Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia -- 37% 2. De'Andre Hunter, Atlanta -- 29% 3. Brandon Clarke, Memphis -- 8%     Jaxson Hayes, New Orleans -- 8%     Nassir Little, Portland -- 8% Others receiving votes: Bol Bol, Denver; Jarrett Culver, Minnesota; Bruno Fernando, Atlanta; Coby White, Chicago Last year: Jevon Carter -- 29% Worth noting: This is the only question for which Thybulle received any votes, but he received the greatest percentage of the vote on this question since Victor Oladipo (63% in 2013). While Thybulle is joining a team with a handful of guys that have already proven to be impact defenders, Hunter's defense is more critical to the success of the Hawks, who ranked 28th on that end of the floor last season. Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. Ja Morant, Memphis -- 40% 2. Darius Garland, Cleveland -- 15% 3. Ty Jerome, Phoenix -- 10%     Coby White, Chicago -- 10% 5. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans -- 8% 6. Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland -- 6%     Tremont Waters, Boston -- 6% Others receiving votes: Carsen Edwards, Boston; Kyle Guy, Sacramento Last year: Trae Young -- 35% Worth noting: Morant led the nation in assists by a pretty wide margin. In Memphis, the latest winner on this question is replacing the first; Mike Conley received 45 percent of the vote for best playmaker in the initial, 2007 survey. The Grizzlies would surely love to see Morant stick around as long as Conley did. Winning this category as a Laker -- as Lonzo Ball and D'Angelo Russell both once did -- apparently means that you're going to be traded less than two years after doing so. What will be the biggest adjustment for you, playing in the NBA? 1. Speed or pace of the game -- 40% 2. Physicality (athleticism, size and strength of opponents) -- 21%     Schedule/Length of season -- 21% 4. Lifestyle/Time management -- 12% Also receiving votes: Longer 3-point distance, Playing NBA defense Last year: Speed or pace of the game -- 31% Worth noting: According to the great Ken Pomeroy, the average pace in NCAA Division I was just 69.0 possessions per 40 minutes last season. When adjusted for a 48-minute game (82.8), that would be almost 18 possessions per 48 slower than the average NBA pace (100.7 per 48). So yeah, speed of the game should be an adjustment. What is the most important skill you need to develop? 1. Shooting -- 32% 2. Ball-handling -- 16% 3. Passing -- 9% 4. Strength -- 7% 5. Decision-making -- 5%     Defense -- 5%     Everything -- 5%     Money management -- 5% Also receiving votes: Leadership, Mindset, Patience, Playmaking, Playing off the ball, Post skills, Time management Last year: Ball-handling and shooting -- 19% Worth noting: Self-improvement is both a physical and mental thing. There are five votes in here for the mental aspects of improvement (even more if you consider "passing" and/or "defense" to be more of a mindset than anything else), and a few more for managing things (time and money) off the court. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 38% 2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn -- 20% 3. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 8%     Damian Lillard, Portland -- 8% 5. Devin Booker, Phoenix -- 5%     James Harden, Houston -- 5% Others receiving votes: Jamal Crawford; Kevin Garnett; Paul George, LA Clippers; C.J. McCollum, Portland; Steve Nash; Pascal Siakam, Toronto; Russell Westbrook, Houston Last year: LeBron James -- 29% Worth noting: In the 10-year history of this question, only three players have been the top vote-getter. James, named the top guy for the fourth time, separates himself from Durant (3) and Kobe Bryant (3). Interestingly, Bryant wasn't one of the two retired guys -- Garnett and Nash, this time -- to get votes. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Senate probe on missing minors not meant to harass activist groups — Dela Rosa

"We are here voluntarily because their children are being coddled by these organizations and they have grown desperate because their pleas have not been heeded by the said groups," Sen. Dela Rosa said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

LIVE: Senate probe into alleged recruitment of minors by leftist groups

The Senate  committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on Wednesday began its second hearing in an inquiry into students who allegedly went missing after being recruited by leftist activist groups......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019