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Kaso ng carnapping sa bansa bumulusok ng 57% noong Mayo-PNP

Manila, Philippines – Bumulusok sa 56.8 porsyento ngayong Mayo ang kaso ng carnapping sa buong bansa kumpara sa kaparehong panahon noong 2018. Base sa datos ng Philippine National Police (PNP), sinabi ni PNP-Highway Patrol Group chief, Brig. Gen. Roberto Fajardo na bumaba ng 19 ang kaso ng carnapping noong Mayo kumpara sa 44 na kasong […].....»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: News8 hr. 22 min. ago Related News

Bohol poverty incidence drops by 5.3% in 2018

CORTES, Bohol, Jun. 8 (PIA)-Poverty incidence in Bohol continues to slide down in the last three years, from 31.3 percent in 2015 to 26 percent in 2018, recent data from the local Philippine Statis.....»»

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Boxing: Aston Palicte comes up short in WBO world title bid

Filipino boxer Aston "Mighty" Palicte came up short in his second bid at the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship, getting stopped by Japan's Kazuto Ioka at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.  Palicte was off to a strong start, but the hometown bet rallied back midway through the bout.  From the 6th round onwards, it was all Ioka as the Japanese star took over.  Ioka tee'd off on the Pinoy pug in the 10th round before the official called a stop to the bout.  Ioka, who makes good on his second attempt at the WBO's 115-pound strap, makes history as the first Japanese male boxer to capture a world title in four weight divisions. He improves to 24-2 in his career with 14 wins via KO.  Palicte, who battled Donnie Nietes to a Split Draw for the same WBO title back in 2018, drops to 25-3. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Land ownership issues derail school buildings construction

DAVAO CITY, June 18 (PIA)- A top city official cited land ownership issues as the primary reason for the non-construction of 34 school buildings in 2018 despite the availability of funds.Att.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News11 hr. 22 min. ago Related News

Bohol poverty incidence drops by 5.3% in 2018

CORTES, Bohol, Jun. 8 (PIA)-Poverty incidence in Bohol continues to slide down in the last three years, from 31.3 percent in 2015 to 26 percent in 2018, recent data from the local Philippine Statis.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News11 hr. 22 min. ago Related News

NFA-Siquijor hits 2018 collection target

SIQUIJOR, JUNE 13 (PIA)--The National Food Authority (NFA) in Siquijor hits its 2018 target as it reaches the 100% accomplishment for license renewals and applications.NFA Information Office.....»»

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Pag-IBIG illegally increased salaries in 2018 by P248 million – COA

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) said that P248.32 million in Pag-IBIG's salary increases in 2018 was illegal for not having the approval of the budget department and the Office of the President (OP). "The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) implemented the general ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News11 hr. 35 min. ago Related News

Self-rated poverty drops to record-low 38% in March — SWS

THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) polling organization reported that 38% of Filipinos rated themselves as poor in a March survey, the lowest in the history of the survey and down from 50% in December 2018......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: Finance11 hr. 48 min. ago Related News

Eddie Garcia, ginawaran ng “Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor” award ng Urian

Manila, Philippines – Ginawaran ng “Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor” award sa ika-42 Gawad Urian Awards nitong Martes, Hunyo 18, ang beteranong aktor na si Eddie Garcia, nananatili pa ring nasa kritikal na kondisyon dahil sa neck cervical fracture. Ang 90-anyos ay binigyan ng “Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor” award dahil sa kaniyang natatanging pagganap sa 2018 […].....»»

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France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

By John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." Also questioned Tuesday were two one-time associates of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, adding a layer of political intrigue to the investigation of the hugely controversial decision to hold soccer's showcase tournament in a desert country so scorching hot in June and July that the matches will be played instead in November and December. As head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent's top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar in 2010. The closed-door, secret-ballot vote baffled many at the time, not least because the Persian Gulf nation has no soccer pedigree to speak of. But gas-rich Qatar is pouring billions into the world's most popular sport and has the means to finance new stadiums. Platini, 63, was taken into custody after being summoned to a French police anti-corruption and financial crimes office outside Paris, a judicial official told The Associated Press, confirming a report by online publication Mediapart. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. French authorities did not announce any charges against the soccer legend or say exactly what he was being asked. He can be held for questioning for up to 48 hours, after which he can be either released or formally charged. It was the latest turn in a string of scandals in recent years that have brought down dozens of soccer officials from FIFA and other organizations over such offenses as vote-buying, kickbacks and bribery. French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships. Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14-8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who presided over the vote, has accused Platini of backing out of a secret "gentleman's agreement" to award the tournament to the United States after meeting with Sarkozy, France's president at the time. Platini's representatives said he was taken into custody only for "technical reasons." His lawyer, William Bourdon, explained that police wanted to ensure that Platini and other witnesses couldn't confer with each other about their accounts. Also detained Tuesday was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser in Sarkozy's administration, the judicial official said. She was released late in the evening. Claude Gueant, former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy, was questioned as a witness and not detained. French prosecutors previously questioned Blatter. Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games. Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. Blatter quoted Platini as saying ahead of the vote: "I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France." FIFA had no comment on Platini's detention and said it has made a "full commitment to cooperating with the authorities." As a player, Platini was one of the best ever, a creative midfielder who lit up the pitch for club and country. He helped France reach the World Cup semifinals in 1982 and 1986 and led his national team to the 1984 European Championship title. He also played club soccer for Nancy and Saint-Etienne before switching to Italian club Juventus. He won three straight Ballon d'Or titles as the best player in Europe while playing for Juventus from 1983 to 1985. Both Platini and Blatter were toppled from their positions at the top of soccer in 2015. Platini was banned by FIFA for financial misconduct in connection with a $2 million payment authorized by Blatter — a suspension set to expire in October. ___ AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris in Nice, France, and AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar in Geneva contributed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 19th, 2019Related News

Former FIFA head Blatter: Sarkozy meeting key to Qatar vote

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the 2022 World Cup vote to Qatar. Blatter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has insisted for years that the result of the 2010 vote was swayed by a meeting in Paris two weeks earlier involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Platini and Qatar's future Emir. Blatter spoke hours after Platini, the former France midfielder who was the UEFA president at the time of the vote, was detained in Paris on Tuesday by French authorities who also questioned two former Sarkozy aides. "It's all detailed — what I always said," Blatter told the AP in a telephone interview from Zurich, citing the twobooks he has published since being banned by FIFA. Qatar beat the long-favored U.S. 14-8 in a final round of voting by a since-discredited FIFA executive committee. Most of the voters have since been banned by FIFA — including Blatter and Platini — indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, or implicated elsewhere in financial wrongdoing. Two weeks ahead of the vote in Zurich, Platini had been hosted by Sarkozy at the French presidential residence, and met senior Qatari officials including then-crown prince Sheikh Tamim. According to Blatter, that Élysée Palace lunch changed the course of FIFA's plan to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to the U.S. on the same day. "Platini phoned me and said, 'Listen, president, our gentlemen's agreement which we have made inside the FIFA executive committee will have difficulties to work,'" Blatter said Tuesday. In Blatter's version, Platini — who in 2015 acknowledged switching sides — and three other voters from European soccer body UEFA changed their planned American support. "It was four votes which have disappeared," he said. "If you change the four votes then the winner will be the USA." Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But, in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. On Tuesday, Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." The 83-year-old Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee, was interviewed as a potential witness by French investigators in Zurich in April 2017. On a day of intrigue for Blatter, the attorney general for Switzerland was recused from overseeing a sweeping criminal investigation of FIFA officials. The Swiss, French and American cases have shared information and evidence over the past five years, since the Blatter-led FIFA filed a complaint in 2014 about suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Now, Switzerland's federal criminal court removed attorney general Michael Lauber from his department's case because of undeclared meetings with current FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The federal court says it upheld requests by two claimants it did not identify. "Now I get part of my trust and confidence in the Swiss justice back," said Blatter, who has been a criminal suspect since September 2015 but never charged. He denies wrongdoing in a case which ended his 18-year FIFA presidency, and asked Tuesday: "Why the hell is not all over yet?" Criminal proceedings against Blatter are among at least 25 opened by Lauber's federal prosecution team in the wider soccer probe. Lauber's job has been at risk since two 2016 meetings with Infantino were revealed last November in the Football Leaks series publishing confidential emails and documents from the soccer industry. A disciplinary case was opened against Lauber last month when an undeclared third meeting with Infantino in Bern in June 2017 was revealed. "This is an old story," Blatter said of the investigations against him, adding he is recovering from knee replacement surgery four weeks ago. "I do hope that the Lord will give me enough time to live and to have a look at the end of this story.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 19th, 2019Related News

Catriona nag-stay sa ‘Pinas dahil sa Hope

Nag-stay pa ng ilang araw sa Pilipinas si Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray pagkatapos niyang ipasa ang Miss Universe Philippines crown kay Gazini Ganados noong nakaraang June 9.The post Catriona nag-stay sa ‘Pinas dahil sa Hope appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2019Related News

This time, justice?

Since the new anti-hazing law or Republic Act 11053 was signed in mid-2018, there hasn’t been a single death due to fraternity hazing recorded in the country......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 18th, 2019Related News

Nueva Vizcaya folk, environmental advocates urge gov’t to cancel Oceanagold mining license

The mining company is also under investigation by nine United Nation special rapporteurs as Kalikasan PNE and Samahang Pangkarapatan ng Katutubong Magsasaka at Manggagawa Inc. (Sapakkmmi) filed a complaint last December 27, 2018. The post Nueva Vizcaya folk, environmental advocates urge gov’t to cancel Oceanagold mining license appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsJun 18th, 2019Related News

Pelicans extend coach Gentry’s contract through 2021

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin says the club is exercising its option to extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through the 2020-21 season. Gentry has coached four seasons in New Orleans and made one playoff appearance, when New Orleans swept Portland in the first round in 2018 before falling to eventual champion Golden State. Griffin worked with Gentry in Phoenix when the veteran coach helped the Suns reach the Western Conference finals in 2010 and says Gentry is “exactly the right coach at the right time” for the Pelicans. Griffin says he and Gentry have a “shared vision” for the Pelicans on and off the court, which will enable them to build a roster that “fits both culturally and tactically.” New Orleans has the top pick in Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) draft and is expected to select Zion Williamson of Duke. The Pelicans have also agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices. Gentry has coached more than 1,000 games in 16 seasons with Miami, Detroit, the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix and New Orleans......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 18th, 2019Related News

Belmont Hotel Boracay at Boracay Newcoast soon to open

A haven of white sands and crystal-clear waters After six months of rehabilitation in 2018, the Philippines’ most famous tourist destination is once again open to the world. The pristine beauty of the white sands and crystal-clear waters of Boracay Island has been restored, and now the area is expected to reclaim its throne as […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJun 18th, 2019Related News

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.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 18th, 2019Related News

James Spencer ready, raring to don different kind of Pilipinas

James Spencer was made to wait a little longer for the golden opportunity to represent the Philippines. The Filipino-Australian came to the Philippines last year with the primary purpose of suiting up for Gilas Youth - then still known as Batang Gilas. "I've been eyeing the (youth) team since before I was even thinking to play college basketball out here. Batang Gilas was my first connection to the Philippines," he shared. However, he fell short of being eligible for the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Thailand. "I got to practice with the team a bit before they went to the qualifiers. Unfortunately, my Filipino passport, basically, wasn't in line then," he recalled. Spencer made it clear, however, that his Filipino passport was actually good to go before that regional meet, but some complications apparently arose when it was forwarded to FIBA. The 6-foot-3 promising prospect would have been a much welcome addition to a Batang Gilas side that reached the semifinals of the qualifiers. Not only is he a big-bodied guard, he is also a knockdown shooter. He showed that sort of promise in last season's UAAP where he was part of the University of the Philippines' Cinderella run to the Finals. Spencer totaled two points, 10 rebounds, and 40 minutes in nine games that gave him a taste of how it feels like to have "Pilipinas" on his jersey. Fast forward a year and now, he is all set to contribute to Gilas Youth who will wage war in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup as he has been named into the 14-man pool going to Qatar for training camp and then to Greece for the tournament proper. For that, the 19-year-old is nothing but thankful. "Once the new coaching staff was in place, coach Sandy [Arespacochaga] gave me a call and said I should try out with my team. That's what I did and I've been given an opportunity to play in Qatar to play in a few tuneup games and participate in training camp," he said. He then continued, "From there, they're gonna make a decision on who will play in Greece. I'm just glad to be part of it all and I'm just excited to play for the country." And so, Spencer is now cherishing the golden opportunity to wear "Pilipinas" in international competition - "Pilipinas" without "Unibersidad ng" accompanying it. If and when he makes the cut for the national youth team, he hopes he can be part of the process that will smooth over relations between the Philippines and Australia. After all, a Fil-Aussie is the ideal candidate to prove that Filipinos and Australians can play nice once more. "I don't think people outside the Philippines understand Filipino hoops properly. I think it's something they really have to experience firsthand to appreciate how we play," he said. He then continued, "There might be that stereotype that we're rough players who are not skillful and just wanna be rough. But really, we're just physical." Whatever it is, Spencer promises to go all out for his family who have roots in Fairview, Quezon City. "I'm just happy for all of this and thankful my family is with me for all of this," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2019Related News

Julie Ertz scores 1st World Cup goal with husband looking on

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Julie Ertz scored her first Women's World Cup goal in the United States' 3-0 victory over Chile, and she was cheered on by her husband, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Zach wrapped up Eagles' minicamp this week and got to Paris in plenty of time for Sunday's match at Parc des Princes. Julie scored in the 26th minute on a leaping, twisting header and blew a kiss in her husband's direction. The 27-year-old scored her 19th goal in 84 international appearances. Although Julie played on the U.S. team that won the World Cup in Canada four years ago, she had a more defensive role on that team — and she was still known by her maiden name, Julie Johnston. She has since shifted to midfield as the United States seeks its fourth overall title. Julie, who plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League, got her World Cup championship before Zach's team won the Super Bowl in 2018. She was in Minneapolis rooting for him when he made the go-ahead touchdown catch in Philadelphia's 41-33 win over New England. "It's very similar to how she would feel watching me play," Zach told The Associated Press last week. "It's special. It's definitely unique in a sense as an athlete, you always feel you have control of the game or of the situation. When I sit in the stands, I'm just a casual person with a vested interest in seeing a team succeed, seeing Julie succeed." The two were married in 2017......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2019Related News

11 American fugitives nabbed in the Philippines - ABS-CBN News

11 American fugitives nabbed in the Philippines ABS-CBN News MANILA - The US Department of State said Saturday it has arrested 11 American fugitives in the Philippines from Aug. 2018 to April 2019......»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2019Related News