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PNP recruits to undergo Special Action Force training

Police aspirants will now have to undergo rigid training meant for elite commandos of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News11 hr. 11 min. ago Related News

Marcos camp takes cudgels up for PET

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday called on Vice President Leni Robredo to stop accusing the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) of systematically reducing her votes and casting aspersions meant to debase its integrity. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesman, issued this statement when sought for his comment….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News

Marcos camp: Robredo should stop tainting PET s integrity

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos, in a statement, said that the vice president should stop “casting aspersions meant to debase [the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s] integrity.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News

COA hits AMLC for splurging on pricey phones

The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for buying 16 "high-end" iPhone 7 units for its financial investigators in 2017, which meant it could only buy fewer phones with its budget.   In its annual audit report, COA said AMLC did not comply with its annual procurement plan that provided for the purchase of 24 cell phones at P25,000 each, or a total budget of P600,000.   AMLC instead bought 16 iPhone 7 units at P37,388.88 each, 49.55 percent higher than the approved unit cost. In all, AMLC spent P598,222.08 on the iPhone units.   "There was a reduction in the quantity from 24 to 16, with a difference of eight un...Keep on reading: COA hits AMLC for splurging on pricey phones.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 19th, 2018Related News

Nicklaus cautions from experience against a Masters letdown

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press Tiger Woods built his comeback around the Masters, as was the case even in healthier years. He took a step back at Augusta National, not breaking par until the final round and finishing 16 shots behind Patrick Reed, the most he has trailed the Masters winner. Woods wasn't alone in his disappointment. Jordan Spieth geared his early part of the year toward being ready for the Masters, the major he says he most wants to win. He had a two-shot lead after the first round, and rounds of 74-71 meant even that closing 64 wasn't enough. Phil Mickelson took himself out of the hunt with a 79 in the second round. Jack Nicklaus can understand how they feel, and his message for anyone who puts so much emphasis on a green jacket is that the show goes on. "I had to learn that there were other tournaments in the country after Augusta," Nicklaus said at the Masters after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot. "I played Augusta a lot of times and lost. I won in '63, '65 and '66, and I just expected to win every year. I thought I would just continue to do that." Nicklaus missed the cut in 1967. He says that started a three-year trend in which it took him longer than it should have to get over not winning the Masters. "That was a humbling experience to miss the cut after you've won it twice in a row," he said. "But then the next couple of years, I think that it probably destroyed the rest of my year. Because I was so disappointed at not winning at Augusta that I had a downer most of the year." There's some truth to that. He didn't go more than two tournaments before winning again after the 1963, 1964 and 1965 Masters. After he repeated at Augusta in 1966, he ran off five consecutive top fives before winning the British Open at Muirfield to complete the career Grand Slam. But after missing the cut in 1967, he went five tournaments without winning and had one stretch of 10 straight rounds in which he failed to break 70. The following year when he tied for fifth at the Masters, Nicklaus didn't win again until the Western Open the first weekend in August. And after a tie for 23rd in the 1969 Masters, he didn't win again until the Sahara Invitational in October. "I put such a buildup to this tournament and the importance of winning that first major that it was to my detriment more times than a positive," he said. Nicklaus figured it out. Over the next four years, he never went more than three events after the Masters before winning again. Twice, in 1971 and 1973, he won in his next start after failing to win the Masters. CURTIS CUP Four years after Lucy Li qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at age 11, the Californian is headed to her first Curtis Cup. Li was among eight women selected for the June 8-10 matches against amateurs from Britain and Ireland at Quaker Ridge in New York. Li is the first 15-year-old to make the American team since Lexi Thompson in 2010. The other Americans selected for the team are UCLA star Lilia Vu, Andrea Lee, Jennifer Kupcho, Kristen Gillman, U.S. Women's Amateur champion Sophia Schubert, Lauren Stephenson and Mariel Galdiano. Lee and Galdiano played in the most recent Curtis Cup, which Britain & Ireland won in Ireland. AS THE WORLD TURNS For the second time since the World Golf Championships began in 1999, the PGA Tour is converting one of its regular tournaments into one of the four WGCs with a big purse ($10 million this year) and a limited field with no cut. Doral had been longest-running PGA Tour event on the Florida Swing until it morphed into the WGC-CA Championship in 2007. Now it's happening in Memphis, Tennessee. Bridgestone chose not to renew its increasingly expensive title sponsorship of the WGC at Firestone, which had hosted an elite event since 1976. Starting next year, the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will move to the TPC Southwind in Memphis. That will assure the strongest field for Memphis, which dates to 1958. But much like Doral in 2007, it becomes off-limits to PGA Tour regulars. Based on this week's world ranking, only 16 players in the field for the St. Jude Classic last year would be eligible at a World Golf Championship. BALANCE AT THE TOP Each generation believes it had stronger and deeper competition, though there at least appears to be more balance. Perhaps one way to measure that is through Tiger Woods. When he won the 2008 U.S. Open for his 14th major, only seven other players in the top 20 in the world ranking had combined for 13 majors. Phil Mickelson (No. 2), Ernie Els (No. 5) and Vijay Singh (No. 9), each had three majors. Geoff Ogilvy (No. 4), Jim Furyk (No. 10), Padraig Harrington (No. 13) and Trevor Immelman (No. 15) each had one. Just like then, four of the top five in the world have won majors (all but 23-year-old Jon Rahm). However, 12 of the top 20 in the world from this week's rankings have won majors. The top 20 includes Mickelson (now with five majors), Rory McIlroy (four majors), Jordan Spieth (three majors) and Bubba Watson (two majors). Eight other players have won at least one major. It's certainly younger at the top. Woods was 32 when he won his last major, and only three players from the top 10 were in their 20s — Scott, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. This week, seven of the top 10 in the world are in their 20s. MANAGEMENT MOVES Jordan Spieth's manager has come full circle and is returning to IMG, and Jay Danzi is bringing his top client with him. Danzi has become a partner with California-based William Morris Endeavor, which owns IMG. Included in the move is Jordan Lewites, who was handling much of Spieth's day-to-day operations, and Laura Moses, who heads up Spieth's foundation. Spieth will be represented by WME and IMG. "Jordan is a world-class talent, and we're excited to welcome him to the family," said Patrick Whitesell, executive chairman of Endeavor. "When you look at what he and Jay have already accomplished and consider WME and IMG's ability to amplify Jordan's reach across entertainment and sports, the possibilities are endless." Danzi previously worked for IMG as global head of recruiting for its golf business. He left the Cleveland-based agency for Wasserman, and then started his own company (Forefront Sports Group) when he signed Spieth. The centerpiece of getting Spieth was a bold endorsement with Under Armour. Lagardere bought Forefront in 2013. Along with managing the three-time major champion, Danzi was in charge of Lagardere's brand consulting, sales and golf consulting groups. He left Lagardere last month. DIVOTS Ted Potter Jr. tied for 16th in the RBC Heritage, notable because he had missed his last five cuts dating to his victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. ... Satoshi Kodaira was the first player without PGA Tour status to win a regular PGA Tour event since Arjun Atwal at the Wyndham Championship in 2010. ... Cameron Smith, a 24-year-old from Australia, tied for 32nd at Hilton Head last week and moved past Jack Nicklaus on the PGA Tour career money list. ... Bryson DeChambeau moved into the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time, at No. 48. ... With his tie for fifth in the Masters, Bubba Watson became the 16th player to surpass $40 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour. STAT OF THE WEEK Rickie Fowler has been in the top 10 on the leaderboard in 20 out of the 32 rounds he has played this season. FINAL WORD "I will probably not wear it every day. But it is special." — Satoshi Kodaira on the tartan jacket he received for winning at Harbour Town......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 18th, 2018Related News

PERSONAL ESSAY: My Journey Back To Wellness

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 April) — What started out as a short Facebook post meant to inspire and encourage friends, eventually evolved into an essay narrating my journey the past few months. Although I was very hesitant to post this story(and some photosshowing ‘progress’) —  trying to avoid appearingvain and self absorbed — I […] The post PERSONAL ESSAY: My Journey Back To Wellness appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsApr 17th, 2018Related News

PH Women’s Football team bows down to S. Korea, fails to qualify for World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – The World Cup wasn't meant for the Philippines this year. The Philippine Women's National Football team failed to clinch the 5th spot that could've catapulted it to the 2019 FIFA World Cup as it lost to South Korea, 0-5, on Monday, April 16 (Tuesday, Manila Time) at the ........»»

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

Palace: Panglao’s prospects good, unlike Boracay’s

There is still hope for Bohol's Panglao Island because it has a waste water treatment facility that can service the area, according to Malacaang.   The Palace issued the statement on Monday following reports that Panglao might suffer the same fate as Boracay after the environment department discovered a cesspool off the island, as well as off Mactan island in Cebu.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the wastewater treatment facility covering Panglao could be found under the new airport.   Roque said this meant Panglao would not be the next Boracay, which is set to be shut down on April 26 for cleanup and rehabilitation after authorities found th...Keep on reading: Palace: Panglao’s prospects good, unlike Boracay’s.....»»

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

Turns out, not being second-seed was a good thing for Finals-bound Alab

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Renaldo Balkman remained fired up even after Alab Pilipinas completed an emphatic semifinals sweep of now-dethroned champion Hong Kong. “Everybody kept talking about (how) they (were) the number one team,” he told reporters post-game. “Hey, they got a great team, but I know how good we prepared for these games and I think we had an edge on them.” Apparently, that edge is a winning streak which has now stretched to seven games, dating back to the tail-end of the elimination round. Then, the Filipinos won all of their last three assignments and gave themselves a good chance at the second-seed and the automatic advance into the semifinals. All they needed to happen was for Eastern to defeat Chong Son in their own last assignment. That didn’t happen, however, and Chong Son got the top-seed, Hong Kong got the second-seed, and the Philippines was relegated to the third-seed. That meant that there wouldn’t be any rest for Alab and they would be matched up with dangerous Saigon in the quarterfinals. For Balkman, continuing to play – and continuing to roll – was just what they needed. “Well, not being arrogant or what, I just know how my guys are. We’re playing well, we’re playing together, and I think the best thing that happened to us is that we played in the (quarterfinals),” he shared. He then continued, “If we sat home and rested, I mean, it would hurt us, but since we played in the (quarterfinals), we got better going into the (semifinals). Indeed, Balkman and company have only gotten better and better as they followed up a blanking of the Heat with a sweep of Hong Kong. Now, the Filipinos are back in the Finals of the Asean Basketball League. “I’m just really proud of our guys. They have fought and clawed their way into the Finals,” head coach Jimmy Alapag said. He then continued, “We have a confident group that deserves to be in the Finals. Like I’ve been telling them in the beginning, let’s give ourselves an opportunity, let’s get to the end and let’s see what happens there.” The Philippines will face either top-seeded Kung Fu of China or resurgent Mono of Thailand in the best-of-five championship round. Whatever happens there, Balkman promised that the show would go on. “The next step for us is to win the championship so we gotta prepare. I’m gonna tell it one more time, it’s gonna be another show whoever we gonna play,” he said. He then continued, “Win or lose, no matter what, it’s gonna be a show because it’s the last three games we got to win and it’s all over.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 16th, 2018Related News

For your eyes only

Nonverbal communication is quite prevalent in our culture. Maybe it’s the nuance of our language or the avoidance of possible misunderstanding that leads to a nonverbal settling of issues. (That’s not what I meant.) Body language is learned from childhood and an extended period of observation and sensitivity to what emotions are being expressed. Foreigners […] The post For your eyes only appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2018Related News

ConCom elevates CHR as constitutional body

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution voted 16-1-1 on Monday to elevate the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as an independent constitutional body under its proposed draft Charter. This meant the CHR would be a constitutional body similar to the Commission on Audit (CoA) and Commission on […] The post ConCom elevates CHR as constitutional body appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2018Related News

NFA s Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – In a confidential memorandum to President Rodrigo Duterte, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr accused National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino of diverting NFA rice meant for typhoon-prone Eastern Visayas to select Bulacan rice traders. The memorandum obtained by Rappler was supposed to have been given to Duterte ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2018Related News

Dying woman donates eyes to see son missing for over 20 years

A woman who has been desperately searching for her son had one dying wish: to see him again, even if it meant being in another's person body. The desperate mother, 55-year-old Wang Shiqun from central China, donated her corneas after succumbing to cancer in the first week of April, Chengdu Economic Daily reports. On June 4, 1996, her nine-year-old son Zhu Hai disappeared while walking home from school at 5 p.m. With his parents divorced, he was living with his father at Yibin city in Sichuan province. The family began to search for him when he hadn't returned by 9 p.m. Wang wasn't in the city and knew no details of the disappearance. She set out on a mission to find her son, traveli...Keep on reading: Dying woman donates eyes to see son missing for over 20 years.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 16th, 2018Related News

Paul and Harden lead No. 1 seed Rockets against Wolves

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — So far the trade for Chris Paul to give the Houston Rockets another superstar to help James Harden has worked famously. Now the two, who have both had their fair share of playoff disappointments, will try to carry their regular-season success into the postseason when the Rockets open a first-round series with Minnesota on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The guards have been effusive in their praise for one another, with Harden recently joking that his relationship with the nine-time All-Star was "love at first sight." Paul didn't go quite that far, but a huge smile crossed his often serious face when asked how their pairing has worked. "Unbelievable," he said. "You just [don't] get this opportunity too often in a career to play with somebody like James ... you get a chance to appreciate greatness. "What he's doing on a nightly basis and stuff like that, it's crazy and I'm in awe," Paul continued. "I'm grateful I get to play alongside him." When told of what Paul said about him, Harden was quick to answer. "You can tell," he said. "It feels like it's been forever but it's not even been a year yet." Their work in the regular season led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 wins, their first No. 1 seed and sixth straight playoff appearance. They are looking to win the title for the first time capturing back-to-back championships in 1994-95. For the 32-year-old Paul, it's a chance for him to finally shake off years off playoff woes after making nine playoff trips without advancing past the second round. But if he is haunted by the ghosts of playoffs past, he wouldn't acknowledge it and was dismissive when asked if he thought this was his best chance to win it all. "I don't know," he said. "I don't think about all that." What he and the Rockets do know is that they're facing a talented team in the eighth-seeded Timberwolves, who had to win their last regular-season game to get into the postseason. They ended the NBA's longest active playoff drought with their berth, putting them back in the postseason for the first time since 2004 when they lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals. Getting the Timberwolves into the playoffs is a huge accomplishment for the entire team, but might mean just a little more to star Karl-Anthony Towns, who made a vow the night Minnesota selected him with the top overall pick in the 2015 draft. "It means more than I think words can express honestly," he said. "I made a promise to ... Flip Saunders and it meant a lot to me that I was able to keep my word." Some things to know as the Timberwolves and Rockets open their series: BACK HOME The series is a homecoming for Minnesota's Jimmy Butler, who grew up in Tomball, a suburb about 35 miles from downtown Houston. But he insists he won't have any time to get back out there this week. "Nope," he said. "Zero [time]. I ain't even going home. I'm here to work." But he did spend a little time on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) reminiscing about his high school days when he idolized a former Rockets star. "I used to walk around the hallways and in the gym thinking I was Tracy McGrady," he said. "I remember it like it was yesterday. He was my favorite player. I wanted to wear his number, wear his tennis shoes, all of that good stuff." Butler, who returned on April 6 (April 7, PHL time) after missing 17 games with a knee injury, said he's fully recovered from his injury and is "well-rested" entering the playoffs. PLAYOFF HISTORY This is the second time these teams have met in the playoffs. Their other meeting came in Minnesota's first trip in 1997, when the Timberwolves were swept in three games. That Houston team was led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley, and the Wolves featured Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury and Tom Gugliotta. LIMIT KAT FROM LONG RANGE The Rockets are resigned to the fact that Towns, who led the NBA in double-doubles, will get his points under the basket and plenty of rebounds. "He's going to get a double-double," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "That's who he is." However, they are not OK with letting him shoot three-pointers. The seven-foot Towns ranked 14th in the league with a 42 percent average from three-point range and knocked down a career-high 120 three-pointers this season. "We [can't] leave him open or let him walk into a 3 because we're not guarding him," D'Antoni said. "We have to be aware of that. You can't take away his post-ups and his moves in there. He's going to score on anybody, but you can do a really good job on the three's." HARDEN'S MOTIVATION Despite finishing as the runner-up for MVP last season and being a front-runner for this year's award, Harden still faces plenty of criticism for some of his past performances in the playoffs, notably, a terrible performance in an embarrassing 114-75 elimination loss to San Antonio in the conference semifinals last season. But he has never been motivated by criticism, and he finds his drive in a far different place. "Just going out there and being the best that I can be," he said. "There's no negativity that someone can say that can motivate me. Some people can get motivated by that. I don't really care.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 15th, 2018Related News

Cebu Pacific helps cadet pilots reach for the stars

  Cebu Pacific wants to scale new heights with a larger fleet that can bring its low cost carrier brand to more destinations. That goal can only be reached with the participation of aspiring pilots like Martha May De Leon. Even as a child, De Leon said her place was always meant to be in the sky. "For me, it is the ultimate goal, to become a pilot," she told the Inquirer in an interview. De Leon, who earned her degree in aeronautical engineering from the PATTS College of Aeronautics, was among 16 individuals that hurdled steep requirements to be selected by Cebu Pacific in its Cadet Pilot Program. Launched last year, the initiative aims to select a total of 240 ca...Keep on reading: Cebu Pacific helps cadet pilots reach for the stars.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 14th, 2018Related News

So true, man: ‘You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook’

Your mantra the week: "A lesson learned is a blessing earned." In IAMISM, we believe that in life, there are seven lessons to be learned: The first is to know that God can be found within each man. If you're an atheist, you may want to consider that good is existent in every individual--- what Iamists call man's original Goodness. Second is the realization that making a living is not the same as making a life. When Jesus said, "I have come so that you may live a life more abundant," he meant that we all have the capacity to live a life doing what you love to be divinely happy and prosperous. Third, if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your famil...Keep on reading: So true, man: ‘You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 14th, 2018Related News

Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes

DAMASCUS, Syria --- Hundreds of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital Saturday, honking their car horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed unprecedented joint airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain. A few hours earlier, before sunrise, loud explosions jolted Damascus and the sky turned orange as Syrian air defense units fired surface-to-air missiles in response to three waves of military strikes meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons. Associated Press reporters saw smoke rising from east Damascus and what appeared to be a fire light up the sky. From a dista...Keep on reading: Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 14th, 2018Related News

400 cops to be deployed in Boracay to prevent entry of tourists, petty crime

AT LEAST “400 policemen” will be deployed to Boracay “to prevent” local and foreign tourists from entering the island beginning April 26, incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar D. Albayalde announced on Friday. The deployment is meant “to secure the area, to prevent the tourists from getting on the island,” Mr. Albayalde said in […] The post 400 cops to be deployed in Boracay to prevent entry of tourists, petty crime appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsApr 13th, 2018Related News

Origins

By Noel Vera DVD Review Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Directed by Angela Robinson PATTY JENKINS’s Wonder Woman makes no reference at all to the subject — partly I suspect because the multi-million dollar production is meant to earn that crucial PG-13 rating pulling in as many kids as permissible and still have Warner […] The post Origins appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsApr 13th, 2018Related News

Comelec to use 2017 ballots for barangay, SK elections

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Western Visayas said ballots that were meant for the postponed October 23, 2017 barangay and SangguniangKabataan elections will be used on May 14, 2018. Lawyer Dennis Ausan, Comelec-6 regional director, said the move is meant to save on public funds and resources. It is also a consequence of the […] The post Comelec to use 2017 ballots for barangay, SK elections appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsApr 11th, 2018Related News