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SSI to resume operations in 60 days

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Jan) – The president of Information Communications Technology (ICT) Council in Davao said Survey Sampling International (SSI) plans to resume and expand its Davao operations in 60 days after being hampered for a few weeks now due to the NCCC Mall Davao fire incident last December 23. Samuel Matunog said […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJan 10th, 2018

Ayala Center Cebu reopens January 18 in time for Sinulog

  CEBU CITY----Ayala Center Cebu will reopen onJan. 18, just 12 days after it was forced to shut down its operation following the fire that gutted an adjacent department store. But a handful of stores and stalls inside the mall would not be allowed to resume operations, said Cebu Holdings Inc., (CHI) which owns and operates Ayala Center Cebu. These stores were located in the section of the mall that was connected to Metro department store, which was destroyed in a fire that ran for almost three days. "There are parts of the main mall which connects to Metro that will be boarded up. So the stores and stalls near this area will not be able to open yet," said lawyer...Keep on reading: Ayala Center Cebu reopens January 18 in time for Sinulog.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

SSI to resume operations in 60 days

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Jan) – The president of Information Communications Technology (ICT) Council in Davao said Survey Sampling International (SSI) plans to resume and expand its Davao operations in 60 days after being hampered for a few weeks now due to the NCCC Mall Davao fire incident last December 23. Samuel Matunog said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Less bloody drug war

PHILIPPINE police said Wednesday they have adopted special measures, including body cameras, to reduce violence in anti-narcotics operations as the International Criminal Court investigates allegations of thousands of extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. Five days after the ICC launched a preliminary examination of the alleged murders, authorities….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Trail Blazers hold off the Hornets 109-103 in overtime

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers returned home with a 109-103 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. The victory over the Hornets was their ninth straight at Moda Center. Kemba Walker, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 40 points for Charlotte. Marvin Williams, who returned after missing four games with a left ankle sprain, finished with 10. Portland pulled ahead 102-100 in the extra period before Dwight Howard fouled McCollum on a three-point attempt. McCollum made 2-of-3 to extend Portland's lead, and Maurice Harkless dunked with 37.4 seconds left to make it 106-100. Walker hit a three-pointer before McCollum's layup on the other end all but sealed it with 12.2 seconds left. After trailing 79-65 heading into the final quarter, Walker's layup got Charlotte within 92-88 with just over five minutes left. Walker pulled the Hornets closer with a pair of baskets that tied it at 95. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's pull-up jumper tied it at 97 with 1:45 to go, and neither team could score the rest of the way in regulation. At the trade deadline earlier in the day, the Blazers sent forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to center Milovan Rakovic. Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick by Charlotte in the 2014 draft, averaged 3.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 games for the Blazers this season, including 12 starts. The Hornets made a move the day earlier, acquiring center Willy Hernangomez from the Knicks in exchange for Johnny O'Bryant and two future second-round draft picks. Hernangomez averaged 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 98 career games with the Knicks, including 22 starts. Hernangomez was not yet with the Hornets and it was likely he would not be available for Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game in Utah. "I'm glad it's over," Portland coach Terry Stotts said about the deadline. "We've been getting ready for Charlotte. It really hasn't impacted what we've done over the last few days. Certainly [GM Neil Olshey] and his staff have spent a lot of time, hours on the phone, in leading up to this. It's probably more of a relief for the players because it is a stressful time." Portland jumped out to a 22-5 lead early, and went into the second quarter up 29-18, led by Nurkic with 10 points and five rebounds. Charlotte got within 44-42 on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer from Walker, but trailed 49-45 at the half after Meyers Leonard hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. Walker finished the half with 17 points, including 15 in the second quarter. Portland stretched the lead to 75-61 on a long jumper from Damian Lillard in the third quarter, and the Blazers kept the margin at double digits into the fourth until Charlotte's late run. Lillard finished with 18 points and eight assists. TIP-INS Hornets: Earlier in the day, Walker was selected as an All-Star reserve by Commissioner Adam Silver, replacing the injured Kristaps Porzingis. "It's surreal. It's my second one. I'm just very fortunate, very blessed," Walker said. Trail Blazers: The Blazers were thought to be considering a big move at the trade deadline, but Olshey, their president of basketball operations, told the team's broadcasters: "We looked into the rental market and as it turned out, a lot of the things on the rumor mill weren't true. Those guys just weren't available." ... Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers at small forward. CONDOLENCES The Blazers were stunned by traffic collision in Houston that claimed the life of R.J. Adelman, the son of former Blazers coach Rick Adelman. R.J. Adelman had been an assistant on his father's staff when the elder Adelman coached the Houston Rockets from 2007-11. He also was player personnel director for the Minnesota Timberwolves when his father coached there. "I would like to send out my sincere condolences to coach Adelman and his family for the tragedy of losing their son. Obviously it took everybody by surprise and certainly it's an emotional day," Stotts said. UP NEXT The Hornets visit the Jazz on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). The Trail Blazers visit the Sacramento Kings on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Wozniacki wins 1st major title at Aussie Open

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It took Caroline Wozniacki 43 majors and two failed attempts in finals before finally claiming her first Grand Slam singles title. One of the first things she did as a champion was apologize to top-seeded Simona Halep following her 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win in the Australian Open final on Saturday night. "I'm sorry, I'm just taking a second to hug Daphne," Wozniacki said as she clutched the winner's trophy in the on-court ceremony. "I dreamt of this moment so many years, to be here now it's a dream come true." More than seven years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 U.S. Open, Wozniacki can finally erase the "but never won a major" footnote that has long been attached to her resume. "I'm never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam," she said after leaving the court. Wozniacki will regain the top ranking next week for the first time in six years — beating Serena Williams' record of 5 years, 29 days between stints at No. 1 on the women's tour — in another benefit of beating the top-seeded Halep. Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" played over the stadium speakers as the 27-year-old Danish player carried the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup around Rod Laver Arena. Wozniacki lost two U.S. Open finals — in 2009 and 2014 — and Halep lost two French Open finals before their meeting at Melbourne Park. It was the first time in the Open era that players ranked No. 1 and 2 were meeting in a major final without either having won a Grand Slam title. So the pressure was on. It was the first time in the Open era that both Australian Open finalists had saved match points before reaching the final, also, so in some ways the pressure was off. In Halep's case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber. Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round win over Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was "playing with the house money." So both players rolled the dice in the 2-hour, 49-minute final, which featured some long, absorbing rallies and 10 service breaks — including six in an eight-game run in the third set. "I know that today is a tough day," Wozniacki said to Halep. "I'm sorry I had to win today but I'm sure we'll have many matches in the future. Incredible match, incredible fight. And again, I'm sorry." Halep, who was playing with an injured left ankle and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped, just ran out of steam. "It's not easy to talk now, she played amazing," Halep said. "It's been a great tournament for me. I started not very well with the ankle injury. I just wanted to give my best every match, which I did. Of course I'm sad I couldn't win today but Caroline was better than me. "Sad that I couldn't make it the third time, maybe the fourth time will be with luck." Wozniacki is the third first-time major winner in the four Grand Slam tournaments since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open for her record 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena Williams, who beat her older sister, Venus, in last year's final, took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in September, and is preparing to return to competition next month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Ilocos United FC becomes second PFL team to withdraw from league

MANILA, Philippines - Ilocos United FC announced on Thursday, January 18, it will not compete in the 2018 Philippines Football League, becoming the second team in the past two weeks to withdraw. The announcement comes 10 days after Meralco FC said it would fold up operations , dropping the number of teams remaining for the league's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

At least 15 players expected to show up for Gilas practice next week

At least 15 players are expected to show up Monday, Jan. 8, when Gilas Pilipinas officially opens camp to start 2018. According to head coach Chot Reyes, the team already got clearance from PBA OIC Willie Marcial for the release of the 15 players even if the league is just starting to pick up steam in the ongoing Philippine Cup. As per usual, Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo will lead Gilas to training to start the year followed by Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, and Gabe Norwood. The rest are Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, RR Pogoy, Matthre Wright, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Japeth Aguilar. For now, Gilas training is limited to once a week every Monday however, do expect the national team to resume its normal schedule very soon. For the next window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the Philippines (2-0) will travel to Australia to take on the Boomers (2-0) on Feb. 22. Three days later on Feb. 25, Gilas will host Japan at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

AFP to resume offensive vs NPA as truce ends

MANILA, Philippines — The military will resume combat operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

AFP to resume offensive vs NPA as truce ends

MANILA, Philippines — The military will resume combat operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) today. Source link link: AFP to resume offensive vs NPA as truce ends.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

PDEA tallies over 1,000 arrests, zero deaths under new chief

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted over 3,476 anti-illegal drug operations and netted over P228.81 million in drug and non-drug evidence in the first 100 days of its new chief, Aaron Aquino . In a press release on Aquino’s first 100 days, the country’s primary anti-illegal ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

PDEA chief’s first 100 days: 1,321 arrests, P228.81M seized, 0 deaths in 3,476 operations

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted 3,476 operations, seized P228.81 million worth of drugs and “non-drug” evidence, and arrested 1,321 suspects but recorded no deaths, in a report released Wednesday, Dec. 27, on the first 100 days of its director general, Aaron Aquino. The report covers the period from Sept. 12, when Aquino took […] The post PDEA chief’s first 100 days: 1,321 arrests, P228.81M seized, 0 deaths in 3,476 operations appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

PDEA CHIEF’S FIRST 100 DAYS: 1,321 arrests, P228.81M seized, 0 deaths in 3,476 operations

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted 3,476 operations, seized P228.81 million worth of drugs and “non-drug” evidence, and arrested 1,321 suspects but recorded no deaths, in a report released Wednesday, December 27, on the first 100 days of its director general, Aaron Aquino......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Communist Party declares separate holiday ceasefire

CPP orders the NPA temporarily suspend combat operations, days after the government declared a separate version of their ceasefire.....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Peace begets peace when both sides seriously seek it

The initiative of goodwill taken by President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to suspend combat operations against the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines throughout the Christmas holidays — despite his security officials’ recommendation to the contrary — has yielded the desired result. Two days later, the New People’s Army followed Duterte’s lead and declared [...] The post Peace begets peace when both sides seriously seek it appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Panthers sale sparks buzz in political, business circles

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The stunning news of the rare opportunity to purchase an NFL team has quickly garnered the attention of sports figures, business investors and politicians alike. Amid reports of sexual and racial remarks made by Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson in the workplace, he has unexpectedly announced that he is selling the NFL franchise after this season ends. It was a bombshell that rocked the Carolinas, and generated shockwaves inside and out of the organization. The team Monday promoted Tina Becker as COO and gave her full control of the day-to-day operations. Becker said in a release that “these have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers.” She added that her immediate focus will be on corporate side of the organization, “while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days.” Richardson, meanwhile, stepped away from daily responsibilities to focus on the sale of the team — which will come with a multi-billion dollar price tag. That’s what is known, but Richardson’s decision to walk away after nearly 25 years as owner has left more questions than answers about the franchise’s future — most notably, who will buy it and will they keep the team in Charlotte. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she is committed to working to keep the team in Charlotte. “The City of Charlotte values its long-running relationship with the Panthers after more than 22 seasons of NFL football,” Lyles said in a statement to The Associated Press. “The Panthers are part of Charlotte’s fabric. We’ve celebrated victories and anguished over defeats. We understand transitions are inevitable, and we look forward to working with current and future ownership.” The Panthers are tethered to Charlotte through the 2018 season because of an agreement on an $87.5 stadium renovation between the city and the team in 2013. That renovation is nearly complete. But a buyer could potentially purchase the team and move it in 2019. Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who was mayor of Charlotte when the Panthers settled into their new stadium, has seen both sides. He also was the mayor when the Hornets left town. He said another question might be about Bank of America stadium. “Will (the new owners) ask for government subsidy to continue to improve the stadium, or, in fact, even build a new stadium, like what’s happened in Atlanta and Dallas?” McCrory said. “That would be a tall order.” He said it will be a business decision— and the highest bidder will get the team, to possibly do with it as they chose. “Unless the NFL steps in and says, ’No, you need to have a local ownership group,’” he said, “which I’d encourage them to do.” Panthers coach Ron Rivera was “a little taken aback” when Richardson informed him Sunday night of his decision to sell the team. But he too believes the Panthers should remain in Charlotte. “This organization has been a source of pride and goodwill and I would like to it continue,” Rivera said Monday. “This is a great community with a very supportive fan base that has been out there for us. They have been here for me and this football team and I hope that somehow it is able to stay here.” The chance to purchase an NFL team has potential suitors coming out of the woodwork. Rapper and actor Diddy indicated his interest in purchasing the Panthers on Twitter moments after Richardson’s announcement. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, a Charlotte native, chimed in with “I want in!” NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has also expressed interest. Other businessmen with Charlotte connections could show interest as well. Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith and his son, CEO Marcus Smith, have previously expressed interest in purchasing the Panthers should the opportunity arise. And the Panthers are loaded with minority owners including real estate magnate “Smoky” Bissell, Family Dollar founder Leon Levine and members of the Belk family. Developer Johnny Harris, who was instrumental in luring the Wells Fargo Championship — and later the PGA Championship — to Charlotte, could also decide to increase his ownership stake in the team. Let’s not forget Michael Jordan. The six-time NBA champion owns the Hornets. However, Jordan’s interest level is unknown and his representative Estee Portnoy said she had no comment on the Panthers sale. More names will surely emerge over the next several weeks, but they need to be ready to write a big check. Forbes Magazine recently estimated the Panthers worth at $2.3 billion. And those numbers could be low. Forbes estimated the Buffalo Bills at a net worth of $935 million in 2013, but the team wound up selling in 2014 for $1.4 billion — nearly 50 percent higher than the estimate — according to magazine’s website. Before any sale can be finalized, it will need the approval of 24 of 32 NFL owners. The Panthers have a lot to offer potential suitors: — They are on the cusp of reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. — They have sold out 225 of their 227 home games in team history, including 157 straight. — They feature several recognizable stars including 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton and 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly. Panthers tight end Ed Dickson said fans don’t deserve to have a team ripped out from underneath them. “It’s growing, it’s definitely been growing,” Dickson said of the fan base. “We are striving to build something that Dallas has, and Pittsburgh has. We don’t have that much history here. But one of the reasons I came here was to be a part of something special. When we do get to the top of the mountain and win a Super Bowl — then we have something to celebrate here” in the Carolinas. At least in 2017 and 2018, after that, it’s unclear where the party would be. ___ AP Writer Skip Foreman contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

DOTr-CAAP announces resumption of full ops at Tacloban airport

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 16 -- Tacloban Airport is set to resume normal operations tomorrow, 17 December 2017 at 5:00 AM, after the swift action of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) person.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

DOTr-CAAP announces resumption of full ops at Tacloban airport

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 16 -- Tacloban Airport is set to resume normal operations tomorrow, 17 December 2017 at 5:00 AM, after the swift action of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) person.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Tacloban airport to resume operations on Sunday, Dec. 17

Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City will resume full operations on Sunday, Dec. 17, as Tropical Storm "Urduja" continued to weaken on Saturday, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Airport operations were halted on Friday, Dec. 15, due to persistent heavy rains brought by Urduja. Domestic flights bound for Tacloban at the time were turned back to Manila due to strong tail winds. In a statement forwarded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Saturday evening, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said that repairs at the airport's ceiling were nearly finished. Despite heavy downpour that caused floods in the city's streets, Sy...Keep on reading: Tacloban airport to resume operations on Sunday, Dec. 17.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

1,200 MRT commuters offloaded due to electrical failure

      About 1,200 Metro Rail Transit (MRT) passengers were offloaded from a southbound train on Friday evening after an electrical failure.   According to a service report, the train stopped at the GMA Kamuning Station at 6:58 p.m. MRT personnel removed the train for maintenance and deployed another to accommodate the offloaded passengers.   This is the second time this week that a southbound train unloaded passengers at GMA Kamuning Station due to an electrical failure.   This is also the 17th recorded glitch in the MRT's operations in December.   There have only been five days this month that the congested railway ...Keep on reading: 1,200 MRT commuters offloaded due to electrical failure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Cards Piscotty dealt to A s after mother diagnosed with ALS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty has been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's home in Pleasanton, California, following his mother's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease. Gretchen Piscotty was diagnosed in May with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks nerve cells. Her son left the Cardinals for five days after the diagnosis and returned May 31. "You are never making a player trade simply for geographic or sentimental reasons," John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, told St. Louis media. "It had to be something that made sense for us. There were certainly some opportunities to move him elsewhere. When you are looking at how to break a tie, clearly that did play into it." St. Louis receives Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock in the deal announced Thursday. The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season, spending stretches on the disabled list because of a strained hamstring and groin. He was selected by St. Louis from Stanford with the 36th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, made his big league debut in July 2015. Piscotty hit 22 home runs with 85 RBIs in 2016, and has batted .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2½ major league seasons. Piscotty agreed in May to a $33.5 million, six-year contract. Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017