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UPDATE: Majority of Filipinos agree with revival of ROTC in ‘senior high, in college or in both’–Pulse Asia

MAJORITY of Filipinos favor return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Course (ROTC) in schools, a Pulse Asia survey said, the results of which Sen. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian released on Monday….READ The post UPDATE: Majority of Filipinos agree with revival of ROTC in ‘senior high, in college or in both’–Pulse Asia appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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UAAP Season 81: Eh dun na kami kilala -- Cheng on DLSU swag

Graduating De La Salle University hitter Des Cheng roared as she walked backwards while staring at Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino following a monster block in the second set. It was Cheng’s classic swagger that volleyball fans just love to love or hate depending on which side they're on.      But the open spiker cleared that it just came out naturally, especially in this kind of exciting and intense match between two proud schools.    “’Di ko alam kasi siyempre, hello! It’s Ateneo-La Salle. So parang kahit anong sabihin mo may rivalry talaga kahit sabihin mong wala,” said Cheng, who scored 13 points in the defending three-time champion Lady Spikers’ 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, victory over the Lady Eagles Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Cheng was very animated during the match smiling, laughing, doing the finger wag and whatever gesture she could think of to celebrate a point.   OH MY, DES CHENG 😱 #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/ePvIxjxREe — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019 “Uy, ang hirap kaya kumuha ng puntos kung mapapansin mo. Kaya sabi ko before mag-start ang game sabi ko, ‘Every point ise-celebrate natin. Hindi ‘yung every point makakapuntos ka tapos tatahimik ka tapos parang, ‘Yeheey!’ ganun lang,’” said Cheng, who added 14 receives and nine digs for an all-around performance. The veteran expected that non-DLSU supporters would think that the Lady Spikers went over the top with their on-court reactions but this is what they’re known for and they are not gonna change that. Des Cheng breaks out the finger wag ☝ #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/bbVBMIYoGK — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019 “Eh dun na kami kilala bakit kailangang (i-hold back),” said Cheng. “’Dun kami kilala eh. Sabihin nyo na mayabang kami, swag kami, whatever kung ano ang pagka-interpret nyo it’s OK. Eh kasi yun na ang pagkakakilala nyo sa amin eh di dun nyo na kami i-ano talaga. Pero hindi kami mayabang. Ayun lang po talaga.” Even head coach Ramil De Jesus got into the celebration during that second set highlight, exchanging high-fives with Cheng.       The mentor, according to Cheng, actually asked her to be the spark plug and energizer of the team. “Kasi kailangan. Sabi ni coach, ‘Hindi gagalaw ang team mo kapag walang mag-spark.’ Meaning, kailangan may gagalaw para magi-spark sa kanila tapos susunod lang sila. Kaya kapag nakapuntos ako parang kahit hindi nga ako nakapuntos naga-ano ako na ‘Yeheey, yeheey!’ ganun-ganun,” she said. “Kasi kailangan nila yun kasi kapag walang isang tao na ganoon sino ang magli-lead sa kanila.” And to end her night, Cheng finished off Ateneo with an ace... and a finger wag as exclamation point.   Des Cheng. FOR THE WIN. #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/KHyg6qECPs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

2019 NBA All-Star Diary: Day 1

5:20 A.M. – For some reason, I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm on my cellphone was scheduled to ring. Maybe it was jetlag. Maybe it was excitement. It didn’t matter, I had to get up from bed to prepare for the 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Durham to Charlotte. Me and my colleague, TJ Manotoc had taken a detour from our planned schedule to visit Duke University. Now, that we were done with that, it was time to revert back to our primary task of covering the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. During our drive back to Charlotte, I looked out the window to the sight of clear skies telling me that it was going to be a good day. 8:50 A.M. – The first task for journalists covering the NBA’s mid-season event is to secure a media pass. This is basically an ID that gives one clearance to all events that are happening throughout All-Star Weekend. After parking our rented car and walking to the designated hotel for the media credentials pick-up, we were ready to head to our first activity of the day. 9:35 A.M. – Hosting the best young players in the league was the Bojangles Coliseum where the first media availability session was about to take place. The Mountain Dew Rising Stars is first major event of All-Star weekend and we were given the opportunity to see the players from Team U.S. and Team World up-close to field in questions. Rookie sensation Luka Dončić drew the biggest crowd of reporters from all over the world. Because it would be tough for me to ask the Slovenian a question, I decided to go to another podium where this year’s number on overall pick, Deandre Ayton was sitting. “Deandre! Who’s the toughest center you’ve played against so far in your rookie season?” I asked. “Uuuhhh… nobody. Not yet. All the centers I’ve played against so far haven’t really went at me yet. I think they were just playing though the rhythm and not really going at me,” replied Deandre. I saw another player drawing a huge crowd and realized it was Ben Simmons, who is currently my second favorite NBA player behind Blake Griffin. After waiting for a little while, I pounced on the opportunity to field in a question. “Ben, with the current Sixers lineup, what do you think are the weaknesses that you guys need to improve on so that you can win the championship this year?” The 6’10” point guard from Australia looked right at me and said, “Offense. Defense.” Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed because I was expecting a more thorough answer but I guess that’s how it is sometimes. These athletes are asked a million questions and it might be a struggle for them to stay consistent with regards to being accommodating to people. Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and LA Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma were two other players I visited. With so many players on both rosters, it would be extremely difficult to get to converse with all. But, seeing them right in front of you and having an opportunity to talk to them was an amazing experience. 11:00 A.M. – All media had been requested by the organizers to clear the court so we could witness Team World practice for the night’s event. Even though I got a very short answer from Simmons, I still observed him. Watching him dribble the ball up the floor and make long strides to the basket for dunks was a sight to behold. He could even knock down three-pointers. 11:45 A.M. – It was now the turn of Team U.S. to take the floor for practice. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum looked like they could be the best players on the squad but I was particularly looking at Young and his ability to shoot the ball and handle it exceptionally well. Kuzma was also taking every drill seriously. Just like he would the Rising Stars. 1:06 P.M. – After gathering content, TJ and I decided to have a late lunch at Denny’s. We looked at the schedule and realized that our next activity would not be happening until nine in the evening. More time to sleep, I thought. 2:23 P.M. – TJ dropped me and our luggage off at Springhill Suites, our hotel for the next three days. He left me there to check-in while he returned the rental car to the airport. But, as I went to the counter, I was told by the front desk that our room would not be available until 3:00 P.M.. That’s when I decided to look around. 2:45 P.M. – I went to the Hornets Fan Shop to look at the NBA All-Star merchandise and saw an interesting selection of hats, jerseys and all kinds of memorabilia. And then, I noticed a man carrying a box which contained a pair of Nike Adapt BBs, the shoes I tested last month in New York. I asked him where he got them and told me to check out the “Jordan pop-up shop” across the Spectrum Center. 2:55 P.M. – While walking on the street, I saw a long line outside a building. It turns out, this was where that man got his Nike Adapt BBs. It was a Foot Locker – House of Hoops pop-up shop which sold various sneakers that were scheduled to be released specifically during the NBA All-Star weekend. Because of my unforgettable experience in Manhattan, I decided to join the line for a chance to get my own pair of the most futuristic basketball shoes Nike has ever made. Thankfully, I was given a wristband with a number, allowing me to leave the line to check into the hotel. 3:15 P.M. – I checked into our hotel room and felt thankful that it had such a great location. Springhill Suites was right across the Spectrum Center, the venue of NBA All-Star weekend and of course, just down the block from the pop-up shop. As soon as TJ arrived, I left to resume my quest to buy the shoes. 4:46 P.M. – Finally, I was a proud owner of my very own Nike Adapt BB. I felt like my trip to the New York was given more meaning now. Also, I felt like this was one of the reasons my journey has taken me to Charlotte. But, there was still more work to be done. 8:30 P.M. – Less than an hour before tip-off of the Rising Stars game, TJ and I did a Facebook Live discussion right outside the Spectrum Center to update fans back at home about what has happened so far at the All-Star event and what we should look forward to. 8:55 P.M. – We couldn’t believe it. Our assigned seats were located high up in the bleachers. On the very last row. I was breathing heavily after making the climb up the arena. All of a sudden, the players looked more like ants compared to the giants that they were during our morning sessions with them. 10:54 P.M. – Team U.S. defeated Team World behind the 35 points and 6 rebounds of Kuzma, who was named MVP of the Rising Stars. Kuzma was also one of the easiest players to talk to among his peers. 11:05 P.M. – Just when I thought we were given a lot of access to the players, we were given more. There was another media session which commenced right after the game! 12:11 A.M. – Another thing the NBA is very generous with is food. TJ and I ended our long day at a restaurant and bar that the league booked for us international journalists. As we chomped down our food, we talked about how the NBA All-Star weekend would take a lot of our time from us, including our sleeping hours. TJ has been covering this annual event since 2011. He’s used to the grueling schedule. Me, I’m just soaking it all in. I have a few hours left before I have to get up and work again. As always, I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible. After all, it’s the NBA All-Star. It’s supposed to be fun......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: Naga-adjust pa lang kami -- Bagunas

National University top hitter Bryan Bagunas admitted that the Bulldogs are still adjusting with the absence of starting setter Kim Dayandante.    The Bulldogs’ struggles were just too obvious after suffering a shocking 12-25, 18-25, 17-25, loss at the hands of Far Eastern University Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOiul Flying V Centre in San Juan. Bagunas was the only NU player in double digits with 15 points on a 14-of-37 spiking clip.     “Siguro sa ngayon naga-adjust pa lang kami kasi late na nasabi na di makakapaglaro si Kim eh. Mga three days before this game saka sinabi na di makakapaglaro si Kim so nandun ang adjustment namin ngayon,” said Bagunas. Dayandante was dropped from the roster after the eligibility screening. Rookie Joshua Retamar got a baptism of fire as starter, tallying 18 excellent sets in 82 attempts. “Sa set play naga-adjust pa kami kasi sa mga laro namin sa labas ang ginagamit namin si Kim Dayandante nga so wala pa yung jell namin sa (bagong) setter namin,” Bagunas added. Another problem that plagued the ASEAN University Games gold medalists is the number of errors they committed. NU threw 32 points off their miscues. “Isa pa rin ‘yun ang errors na ‘di namin na-control na naman. Nandoon na naman ‘yung sakit namin bumabalik,” Bagunas said. “Siguro kailangan pa naming ma-maintan ‘yung dati na nali-lessen namin ang error namin.” Still, the Bulldogs remained positive despite the loss. “Sabi naman nila coach Dante (Alinsunurin) start pa lang ito hanggang May pa ito,” said Bagunas. “’Di pa rito natatapos ang season so umpisahan uli namin sa training. Talagang pupukpukin na namin ang jell namin para sa next game.” NU will face University of the East next week.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: They’re not an easy team -- Okumu on UE

University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu was not surprised when it took his wards five grueling sets to shoot down the pesky University of the East. The mentor, actually, expected that kind of tough match. “No, we’ve always struggled with UE,” said Okumu after the Lady Maroons’ 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, escape over the Lady Warriors Saturday to open their campaign in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The sophomore coach recalled the same struggle they had against UE during their pre-season meeting in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam.     “I remember last season I was sitting here the same way we won against them. When we played in the PSL we won 3-1 but it was all struggle,” he said. UP needed to come back from a 1-2 match deficit before hanging tough in the tight fifth set behind the veteran trio of Isa Molde, Tots Carlos and Justine Dorog.   “Siyempre naga-adjust din sila sa amin. And lumakas din naman sila compared last season,” said Molde, who had 23 points with 19 coming off kills. “Lalaban at lalaban din naman sila kasi may iba sa kanila na ga-graduate na eh.” Okumu also stressed that UE’s best asset is its floor defense and the presence of graduating libero Kath Arado. The defense specialist scattered 32 digs and had 18 receptions. Me-Anne Mendrez got 18 digs while Judith Abil posted 21 receives. “They have a good libero, she’s doing a good job. We have to accept that it’s very hard to play against a very strong defense,” he said. “We have to think on how we will execute in spiking. They played well and they are a very good team. They’re not an easy team.” UP hitter Tots Carlos shared the same sentiment. “Iba kasi talaga kapag mayroon kang first ball eh. Sobrang galing ni Kath kaya medyo nahirapan kami kaya medyo nag-lay low din kami sa defense namin so nahirapan kami lalo na laging nagi-struggle ang setter kaya nahihirapan din siyang mag-distribute,” she said. Okumu also rued UP’s atrocious number of errors. The Lady Maroons threw away 42 points off their miscues. “The sets we won we’re very, very up to standard but the sets we lost we gave away balls easily, and we have many unforced errors that we should correct. That’s what we talked about the unforced errors,” he said. “I think in the fifth set the opponent had one unforced error and we have around five or six,” Okumu added. “You can see the difference there and we need to work on that.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

GENEVA --- Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland's groundbreaking online voting system --- and potentially earn tens of thousands of francs (dollars) if they succeed. The Federal Chancellery and Swiss regions, known as cantons, expressed satisfaction at the high response barely a week after launching a registration for IT experts to help crack a planned update to Switzerland's 15-year-old e-voting system. Among countries in Europe, only Estonia has a similar online voting program, a Swiss official said. As of Friday morning, more than 2,000 had been re...Keep on reading: Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 15th, 2019Related News

Robredo to Philippine press: Remain ‘firm and fair’ amidst ‘harassment’

NAGA CITY--- Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday encouraged media organizations in the country to remain "firm and fair" in their reporting despite the seeming "harassment" against Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa. Ressa was arrested Wednesday evening at Rappler headquarters in Pasig City for a cyberlibel case. Several Senators and lawyers denounced Ressa's arrest, calling it the administration's way of silencing its critics. In an interview with local media here, Robredo said Ressa's arrest was a similar case during the Martial Law in 1972. "Ito, nakakalungkot na nangyayari pa din sa atin after ng Martial Law, after noong dictatorship. Kasi iyong pakiramdam na...Keep on reading: Robredo to Philippine press: Remain ‘firm and fair’ amidst ‘harassment’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 14th, 2019Related News

Otso Diretso campaigns in Leni Robredo bailiwick

Most of the senatorial candidates of the opposition alliance Otso Diretso are unknown personalities but they deserve to win, according to Vice President Leni Robredo, who joined the team yesterday at a proclamation rally in her bailiwick of Naga City, Camarines Sur......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Google Maps rolling out update to help Manila cars on coding day

MANILA, Philippines – At the Google for Philippines event on Wednesday, February 13, Google announced an update to Google Maps that would help Metro Manila motorists who need to get around but fall under number coding on a given day. This number coding option on Google Maps will be available ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Opposition candidates face different challenges – Roxas

CAMARINES SUR, Philippines --- After dispelling speculations of disunity among Otso Diretso candidates, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is running for senator, said on Wednesday that each member of the opposition coalition faces a different challenge in the campaign for the May 2019 elections. "The candidates of Otso Diretso are very different individually. We all have our different challenges," Roxas told reporters in an interview at the tomb of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo at the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park in Naga City. "Ang iba sa amin nagpapakilala. Hindi kilala ng tao. Ang iba sa amin sa sobrang kilala may mga trolls na nga. Love you, trolls, hater...Keep on reading: Opposition candidates face different challenges – Roxas.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 13th, 2019Related News

Otso Diretso bets land in Naga for sortie

CAMARINES SUR, Philippines -- Otso Diretso senatorial bets arrived here at the Naga airport Wednesday to continue their back-to-back campaign in the bailiwick of Vice President Leni Robredo, a day after conducting door-to-door persuasions in Caloocan City.   Rep. Gary Alejano, incumbent Sen. Bam Aquino, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Marawi civic leader and peace advocate Samira Gutoc, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and former congressman Erin Taada arrived via the airport here, while former Presidential candidate and Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas mounted Monday a se...Keep on reading: Otso Diretso bets land in Naga for sortie.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 13th, 2019Related News

Sara Duterte, Hugpong kick off campaign where father won big

President Rodrigo Duterte was nowhere to be found when senatorial candidates supporting his administration launched their campaign on Tuesday in vote-rich Pampanga, a province that gave him a "landslide victory" in 2016. But his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, attended the campaign kickoff of senatorial aspirants of her political party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), in the City of San Fernando. The rally drew some 20,000 people and stalled traffic around the venue in the Pampanga capital. Mayor Duterte told Inquirer.net that her father would not be present during the event, saying he had more important things to do as President. "He will just have selected campaign so...Keep on reading: Sara Duterte, Hugpong kick off campaign where father won big.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 13th, 2019Related News

May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

    LONDON --- British Prime Minister Theresa May was urging restive lawmakers Tuesday to "hold their nerve" and give her more time to rework a divorce agreement with the European Union. With Brexit just 45 days away, May was due to update the House of Commons on the state of negotiations, a day earlier than planned to give lawmakers more time to "digest" the remarks before a series of votes on Thursday. Some lawmakers want to use those votes to impose conditions on May's government in an attempt to rule out a cliff-edge "no deal" Brexit and steer the U.K. toward a close relationship with the EU after Brexit. May is seeking to buy time. The prime minister'...Keep on reading: May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 12th, 2019Related News

May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit talks

LONDON, United Kingdom – Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, February 12, will plead with MPs to give her more time for talks with EU officials on her Brexit deal, telling them they must hold their nerve. May is set to update parliament on her latest meetings in Brussels and Dublin ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

P47-M Worth of Drugs Nabbed in Mandaue

A 24 year old drug peddler was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Cubacub, Mandaue City on February 8, 2019. Operatives from PDEA RO VII, RID 7, RSOG 7, PDEG 7, Mandaue CIB, and Cebu City DEU conducted the buy-bust operation and arrested Charlie Fortuna, a resident of Naga City, Cebu. Fortuna yielded 8 […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsFeb 11th, 2019Related News

Told of MRT ban on liquids, Chinese woman throws drink at Filipino police officer - ABS-CBN News

Told of MRT ban on liquids, Chinese woman throws drink at Filipino police officer ABS-CBN News MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Police held a Chinese woman Saturday after throwing a cup of taho (soy bean custar.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 10th, 2019Related News

Robredo urges gov’t to aid people displaced by Manila Bay rehab

MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday praised the ongoing rehabilitation of the hyperpolluted Manila Bay but urge the government to help the people displaced by the program. "Sana sila iyong nabibigyan ng, parang, priority Dahil sa rehabilitation," Robredo said in an interview after she led the turnover of classrooms at Tabuco Elementary School in Naga City. [I hope they are given priority because of the rehabilitation.] Robredo said likened the situation to the rehabilitation of Boracay, which lacked preparation for providing employment for those who were displaced by the six-month closure of the island. "Napakaganda iyong ginawa, pero may mga n...Keep on reading: Robredo urges gov’t to aid people displaced by Manila Bay rehab.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 9th, 2019Related News

Duterte to armed forces, cabinet: stay neutral in elections

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the military not to engage in partisan politics in the upcoming election during an event in Naga City on Friday. .....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2019Related News

Twitter hammered as user losses overshadow improving finances

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter shares took a pounding Thursday, February 7, as an unsettling update on its global user base offset upbeat figures on revenues and profits in the past quarter. Shares skidded 9.8% to close at $30.80 following Twitter's 4th quarter update, which showed a consistent profit trend ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2019Related News

SSS Naga, bukas sa calamity loan

SSS Naga, bukas sa calamity loan.....»»

Source: Bicolstandard BicolstandardCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2019Related News