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Region 10 pursues more RE projects: Normin seeks to tip ‘Balance of Power’ in Mindanao

Northern Mindanao is walking the talk on sustainable development by pursuing more renewable energy projects during the past two years. Data monitored by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 and its attached Board of Investments show renewable energy taking the lion’s share of new energy investments for 2017-2018......»»

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DOC VOLLEYBALL: A Dilemma on Loop?

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

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports3 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week

LONDON --- Andy Murray is excited to be returning at the pre-Wimbledon Queen's Club event this week after the former top-ranked player in the world experienced the "lowest point" of his career during an 11-month absence from tennis. The 31-year-old Briton, who has been out of action with a hip injury since losing in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been drawn to meet Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Queen's. "I'm really looking forward to playing again," Murray said in his regular BBC Sport column. "While I will be nervous, it will be great to finally step back on the court. "With sport you play to win, but when you are away from something you love doing for almo...Keep on reading: Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 8 hr. 25 min. ago Related News

Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

SOCHI, Russia --- This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn't win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The "Selecao" had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after "The King's" farewell. Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 back then, the same score of its match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, when all the hype surrounding Neymar and his teammates turned into disappointment and concern. The result that ended Brazil's nine-match winning streak in openers left the national team two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 earlier Sunday. One of the main title fa...Keep on reading: Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup.....»»

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Let’s talk here, Du30 tells Reds

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte insists the peace talks with the Reds should be held here in the Philippines and not in a neutral country, even as Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison warned this could result in the end to the negotiations. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: News10 hr. 25 min. ago Related News

Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Authorities on Sunday, June 17, called off a search for the nearly 200 people missing since Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted earlier this month, devastating the surrounding countryside. Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News12 hr. 38 min. ago Related News

JR Smith s 2018 Finals game one jersey is being auctioned off

The jersey that Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith wore during game one of the 2018 NBA Finals is being auctioned off right now on NBA Auctions. As of writing, the highest bid is $1500, after starting at $250. The auction runs through 9:50pm EDT, June 21 (9:50pm, June 22). In game one of the 2018 Finals, with 4.7 seconds left, Smith's teammate George Hill missed the second of two free throws, tying the game at 107-all. Smith was able to collar the rebound, but seemed confused as to what the score was, as he failed to call a timeout or attempt a shot. As a result, the game went to overtime, with the Warriors winning 124-114. The Warriors went on to become back-to-back NBA champions, sweeping the Cavaliers.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 51 min. ago Related News

Shaq to LeBron: No need to chase titles anymore

Shaquille O'Neal has some advice for LeBron James: There's no need to chase championships anymore. Take it from someone who's been there. That's the advice the Hall of Fame center has for his one-time teammate, as shared by ESPN's Ian Begley. "My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy [for more championships]," O'Neal said in an interview with ESPN at a pre-draft event on Friday evening for teens from the Y in Brooklyn. "After I got to three [titles], everybody was saying I couldn't get another. So I got four. After I got the fourth, they were saying I couldn't get another one. So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston." O'Neal won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, but he didn't win any in the final three seasons of his 19-year career. He doesn't think James should try to chase championships at this point in his 15-year career. James can test free agency this summer if he declines the player option on his contract. "Somebody told me a long time ago -- they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. You can add index pages toward the end, but your book is already set. So LeBron's book is already set," O'Neal said. "He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark -- he has three rings. His mentality now is probably: I want to get four before [Golden State Warriors guard] Steph [Curry] does. That's probably his mentality now. But if I was him, I wouldn't be trying to get four, five and six because it ain't going to matter. It's just something else to talk about, something else to add to the pages. He's a legend, talked about as who is the best between he and Michael Jordan, so he's set." After getting traded to the Miami Heat in February 2008, O'Neal was subsequently dealt again in June of 2009 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then in the offseason of 2010, he signed with the Boston Celtics, which turned out to be his final season in the NBA. James has two championships with the Heat, and one with the Cavaliers, the franchise's sole title. He's also a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time regular season MVP, a 12-time All-NBA First Team member, a five-time All-Defensive Team member, and a former Rookie of the Year. As of the 2017-18 season, James is #7 on the NBA career scoring leaders list (31,038 points), #11 on the career assists leaders list (8,208), and #16 on the career steals leaders list (1,865). James has until 11:59pm on June 29 (11:59 am, June 30, PHL time), to decide whether or not he opts out of his current Cavaliers contract......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 51 min. ago Related News

ONE: Danny Kingad happy to play gatekeeper if Geje Eustaquio wins ONE title

Macau, China - ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on June 23 is one of the deepest cards from top to bottom offered by ONE Championship for its 24-event calendar this 2018. From the preliminary portion to the main card of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, there are plenty of bouts with championship and ranking implications, including the three-round flyweight encounter between former title contender Danny Kingad and Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin. The winner of the aforementioned 61.2-kilogram tussle could earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, which will be on the line in the main event of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER as Adriano Moraes is slated to duke it out with Geje Eustaquio in a much-awaited rematch and title unification contest. Kingad is now trying to build some momentum towards a second crack at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, while Ma has aced six of his assignments since joining the promotion in 2016. However, the 22-year-old Baguio City native finds himself in a peculiar position if he and his teammate Eustaquio will walk out of the Studio City Event Center with respective victories. Kingad knows that he has to be relegated to a gatekeeping role if Eustaquio will be successful in unifying both titles against Moraes at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER. “I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. Although he could be knocking on the door for a world title shot again with a decisive win over Ma, Kingad stressed that he will gladly play gatekeeper to Eustaquio. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me,” he stated. “I am still young. I believe that my time will come.” Kingad is not fond of the idea of squaring off with Eustaquio for the flyweight crown, pointing out that he would not trade his treasured friendship with his Team Lakay comrade for a shot at the world title. “That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway. I'm happy that I get to spar with him all the time because he pushes me to the limit. We push each other, and we push each other to the next level,” he shared. “I will support coach Geje all the way. For now, I'll just keep getting better as a competitor. I'll wait for my time,” Kingad added. Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive triumph over a battle-tested veteran in Sotir Kichukov four months later. Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Kingad is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities. “Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense,” Kingad explained further. Despite the threat that Ma poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes on June 23. “I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is,” he disclosed. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.” Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds. What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje? I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time,” he ended......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 51 min. ago Related News

Report: Lakers, Clippers question severity of Leonard s injury

Just how hurt is Kawhi Leonard? That's the question the LA Lakers and the LA Clippers are asking, per a report by The LA Times' Tania Ganguli. Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and one-time Finals MVP, is reportedly seeking a trade away from the San Antonio Spurs, with an eye towards heading home to Los Angeles, where he grew up and played college hoops. However, per Ganguli, neither the Lakers, nor the Clippers, are rushing to assemble any trade offers: Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard’s injury. He spent several months away from the team while rehabbing, which led to public barbs from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Leonard’s absence — an unusual move for the Spurs. While the Lakers are open to trading any player on their roster, how much they are willing to give up depends on their confidence in his health. It’s also unclear if the Spurs would be willing to trade Leonard to the Lakers or any other team. If they are, other teams might have more significant assets to offer, especially given that the Lakers do not have a lottery pick this year. They will select 25th in next week’s draft, a pick they got in a trade with Cleveland. The Clippers have more to offer than the Lakers. They would be willing to create a package with forward Tobias Harris and the 12th or 13th pick in this year’s draft, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly. In game one of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, Leonard injured his ankle when he fell on the foot of Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia. He failed to play the rest of the series, and the Spurs lost in a sweep. Come the 2017-18 season, Leonard missed the first 27 games of the new campaign with what was described as a "right quadriceps injury." He figured in nine games, playing on a minutes restriction and avoiding back-to-back outings, and put up 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks. He didn't play past January 13, 2018 (Jan. 14, 2018, PHL time) though, due to the quadriceps injury flaring up again. That led to the tension between Leonard and the Spurs, as team doctors had cleared him to play again, while Leonard opted for a second opinion, and later, further rehab......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 51 min. ago Related News

Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino Year 2 Promises to Be a Bigger Celebration for PH Cinema

For the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the positive response to the first year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) was the beginning of a tradition that not only celebrates Philippine Cinema but actively support its growth and development. Launched in August 2017, PPP is a seven-day exclusive screening of quality genre Filipino […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: News19 hr. 38 min. ago Related News

Papua New Guinea under state of emergency after mob burns plane, gov’s house

Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency in its rugged Southern Highlands after an armed mob went on the rampage, torching a passenger plane and the local governor's house. Police said crowds were angered by a court decision to dismiss a petition against provincial governor William Powi's 2017 election, amid concerns of corruption. They burned down Powi's home and the local courthouse in the town of Mendi late last week and destroyed an aircraft belonging to the national carrier at the airport. No one was hurt, and Air Niugini said the crew of the Dash 8 airliner were safe and had returned to the capital Port Moresby. The airline said it was conducting "a full revie...Keep on reading: Papua New Guinea under state of emergency after mob burns plane, gov’s house.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 20 hr. 51 min. ago Related News

EAC Manila ISO 9001:2015 Internationally Certified by WQA

On May 19 and 22, 2017, Emilio Aguinaldo College – Manila underwent the Initial Audit by the Auditors from Worldwide Quality Assurance (WQA) Philippines for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. The implementation of the roadmap to ISO was directed by the school Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Quality Management Representative Dr. Ellen S.N. Salac. In… link: EAC Manila ISO 9001:2015 Internationally Certified by WQA.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jun 17th, 2018Related News

ARMM has highest January employment rate in PH

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) posted an employment rate of 97.4 percent in January 2018, the highest among the 17 regions in the country. ARMM has highest January employment rate in PH Davao City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) posted an employment rate of 97.4 percent in January 2018, the… link: ARMM has highest January employment rate in PH.....»»

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EAC Manila ISO 9001:2015 Internationally Certified by WQA

On May 19 and 22, 2017, Emilio Aguinaldo College – Manila underwent the Initial Audit by the Auditors from Worldwide Quality Assurance (WQA) Philippines for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. The implementation of the roadmap to ISO was directed by the school Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Quality Management Representative Dr. Ellen S.N. Salac. In [...] The post EAC Manila ISO 9001:2015 Internationally Certified by WQA appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Ocean s 8 review: Less a caper, more a slogan

Gary Ross’ Ocean’s 8 does the extremely difficult feat of both overdoing and underdoing. The result, unsurprisingly, is a film that both overwhelms and underwhelms. Crime does pay The film opens with Debbie (Sandra Bullock), the little sister of the more famous Ocean, Danny, in ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

MMDA: More than 24K jaywalkers apprehended in 2017

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority had apprehended more than 24,000 jaywalkers in 2017.   Source link link: MMDA: More than 24K jaywalkers apprehended in 2017.....»»

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Ambassador Heidt celebrated the sendoff of 26 Cambodian YSEALI members and their mentor as they headed to Manila for the annual 'YSEALI Summit. – Manila Picture

[U.S. Embassy photo by Adah] Image published by USEmbassyPhnomPenh on 2017-10-20 09:02:43 and used under Creative Commons license. Tagged: link: Ambassador Heidt celebrated the sendoff of 26 Cambodian YSEALI members and their mentor as they headed to Manila for the annual #YSEALI Summit. – Manila Picture.....»»

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Champions Ateneo, San Beda to be feted in 2018 Collegiate Basketball Awards

Before the collegiate wars commence anew, the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps is set to honor the heroes of the past season in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards. The group, made up of scribes from print and online outfits covering the beat, are set to distinguish the best players from last year when they hold the annual awards night on Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Set to be awarded are standouts from the championship teams of San Beda University in the NCAA and Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP. But the trophies aren’t just limited to them as the group will also hand out special awards to the breakout performers of this past season in the event sponsored by Chooks-to-Go and The Bayleaf Intramuros. The Red Lions, led by Robert Bolick and coached by Boyet Fernandez, were crowned as the NCAA Season 93 champion in 2017, copping the league’s crown for the 10th time over the last 12 seasons. The Blue Eagles, coached by Tab Baldwin, captured the UAAP Season 80 title last year after beating La Salle in a thrilling championship series with Thirdy Ravena capturing the Finals MVP. Both teams are also expected to figure prominently in the title chase for the coming season of their mother leagues......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2018Related News

MPBL warns Parks after controversial statements

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Commissioner's Office has issued a statement regarding Mandaluyong player Ray Parks' controversial statements right after his team's opening day loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers. In a letter addressed to Parks, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes told the budding hoops star that he has to abide by the league's rules and regulations now that he is "part of the MPBL family." Duremdes added that repetition of a similar incident would result into a more severe sanction. "While it's true that everyone can express their opinion, please bear in mind that you are now part of the MPBL family. You are now representing the MPBL," Duremdes wrote. ...Keep on reading: MPBL warns Parks after controversial statements.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 17th, 2018Related News