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Makati releases cash gift to elderly

Makati Mayor Abby Binay yesterday said the distribution of mid-year cash gift for some 81,298 Blu Card holders has started. Binay said the distribution was conducted yesterday by the Elderly Welfare Section of the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) on scheduled dates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in each barangay until July 3. The […].....»»

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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......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: News2 hr. 48 min. ago Related News

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. 36 min. ago Related News

Tamayo, Abadiano complete ‘strongest’ Batang Gilas ever

The Philippine national basketball team is nothing but positive as it heads to Argentina for the FIBA Under-17 World Cup. “Hindi tayo pupunta dun na ‘di tayo tiwala na kaya nating manalo,” Batang Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes said in their send-off dinner on Monday in Ortigas. The Filipinos booked a ticket to Worlds after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship. That team featured talented tower Kai Sotto, court general Forthsky Padrigao, streaky shooter Terrence Fortea, rim protector Raven Cortez, and scoring guard RC Calimag After that tournament, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was nothing but proud that the boys have accomplished their mission. Now, Batang Gilas has also added heady guard Gerry Abadiano and versatile big Carl Tamayo. That is exactly why Batang Gilas is nothing but positive even as it has been grouped with eighth-ranked host Argentina, 10th-ranked Croatia, and seventh-ranked France. “This is the strongest U17 team that the country has produced. We’re very excited kasi ‘di na maliit ang Pilipinas,” Ronald Mascarinas, president of team backer Chooks-to-Go shared. Indeed, the country, ranked 34th in the world, now boasts of five players listed at or higher than 6-foot-5. Of course, fronting the effort is UAAP champion and Finals MVP Sotto. And for him, there is no doubt that the Philippines could go far in the Worlds. “Naniniwala ako sa team ko na kahit anong mangyari, nasa likod ko sila. Ako rin, lagi akong nandito para sa kanila,” he said. Rounding out Batang Gilas are Yukien Andrada, King Balaga, Kyle Bautista, Geo Chiu, Mac Guadana, Rafael Go, and Joshua Lazaro. They will be coached by UAAP Juniors champion coach Mike Oliver alongside Reyes and Gilbert Lao. They fly to Argentina on Thursday for the tournament running from June 30 to July 8. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports3 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

Almost perfect attendance in Gilas practice before flying to Taiwan

Both Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas cadets were out in numbers as they trained for the last time in Manila before going to Taiwan for the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Only the injured Mac Belo was not inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Monday for the Gilas Pilipinas practice in preparation for the third window of the Asian Qualifiers from late June to early July. Naturalized player Andray Blatche was in action and was joined by skipper Gabe Norwood, Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Also there were Calvin Abueva, Baser Amer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright. The Philippine national team is scheduled to depart for Chinese Taipei a week from now and they will take on the home team on June 29. They will then head home to gear up for a matchup with powerhouse Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Alongside the Gilas elite, Gilas cadets J-Jay Alejandro, Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter were also present in practice. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports3 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

Barangay Chiefs Warned: Activate Anti-Drug Council or Face Suspension

Newly-elected barangay captains who will fail to implement a functional Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) will be facing suspension, an official of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned Saturday. According to DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin B. Diño, all elected barangay captains who will assume their post starting July 1 should […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: News7 hr. 35 min. ago Related News

Grand Bloodletting 2018 1st Coordination Meeting

The first coordination meeting of the Grand Bloodletting 2018, a joint endeavor of the Philippine Red Cross, Rotary Club of Cebu, Department of Health (DOH), Cebu Chamber of Commerce Industry (CCCI), Philippines Air Force, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), and representatives from Robinson’s Galleria was held on July 29, 2018 at the Casino Español de […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: News7 hr. 35 min. ago Related News

‘Goblin’ actor and BTOB star Yook Sung-jae returning to Manila

K-pop idol and actor Yook Sung-jae is scheduled to return to Manila for a fan meeting on July 13 at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent. Viu Philippines, the leading video streaming platform for premium Asian content, made the announcement in a Facebook post. "We are very happy to bring Yook Sung-jae closer to his Filipino fans," says Viu Philippines country head, Arianne Kader-Cu. "Since its launch, Goblin has become a top-performing program on our platform, and we thank our Viu-ers for their support, she adds. Kader-Cu also revealed that Viu Philippines, together with Globe, are working on a special project with the Korean star. "We will make the announcement soon, we hope you stay up...Keep on reading: ‘Goblin’ actor and BTOB star Yook Sung-jae returning to Manila.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 8 hr. 22 min. ago Related News

Sotto asks Inquirer.net to remove Pepsi Paloma stories

Published: 7:14 a.m., July 17, 2018 | Updated: 11:34 p.m., July 18, 2018 The Inquirer.net articles linking him to the withdrawal of charges against the suspects in the alleged rape of movie starlet Pepsi Paloma were the "original fake news," according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Sotto said he expected these to be removed from the site. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which criticized his request to remove the articles from the website, do not know what really happened and should talk to the Inquirer, he said. "That is the original fake news, so do not make a big deal out of it," Sotto told reporters at the Senate on Monday. Asked if he ...Keep on reading: Sotto asks Inquirer.net to remove Pepsi Paloma stories.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 8 hr. 22 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. 22 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. 48 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. 48 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. 35 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. 48 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

PBA: Magnolia lost on wayward defensive sequences, says Chito Victolero

Magnolia Hotshots Chito Victolero says the game started to turn around for the worst when they failed to capitalize on defensive schemes, leading to easy baskets inside the paint. The Hotshots, who had lost their seventh straight game in the Manila Clasico, 104-84, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening, had fallen to a 4-5 slate, good for seventh, while Ginebra is slowly knocking on Columbian's door for eighth with a 3-5 record. Victolero rued that the defensive-minded team lost their way, along with their identity. With a 4-5 record and teetering towards the seventh seed and a twice-to-beat disadvantage if they don't clean up their act, his team will need to approach every game moving forward as a do-or-die game. However, if they want to treat such games as such, the team would have to make up their minds and make up for the task at hand, with a very long break until their next game, 17 days to be exact. "So 'yung effort naman, and'yan lahat eh. I think 'yung discipline lang namin. Iko-correct namin 'yun. Ang maganda, we have a chance pa naman. It's still in our hands, so we just try to prepare hard for our next game." The mentor brought good news to the table, as Ian Sangalang may return on their next game against the NLEX Road Warriors on July 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. "Malaking bagay 'yun, kasi nakita niyo naman, we don't have any inside presence with the loss of Ian and Ping eh. But with Ian, at least we have a post presence. Lalaki din kami. Nawala kasi sa amin is 15 points, eight rebounds a game, so talagang mahirap palitan 'yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2018Related 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 [...] 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

Air travel to Russia sees 330 percent increase

Air travel to Russia has spiked 330 percent for the World Cup, led by American, Spaniard and Canadian FIFA World Cup fans. That's according to data from online booking siteCheapOair, which looked at its booking data to come up with the numbers. Soccer fans from the United States, Spain and Canada make up 30 percent ofCheapOairpassengers traveling to Russia in June and July during the World Cup. But when it comes to the highest increase in ticket sales to Russia over a year-to-year period, it's Peru that shows the biggest spike. The majority of U.S. travelersare departing from New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC, and have ponied up fares that are 14 percent h...Keep on reading: Air travel to Russia sees 330 percent increase.....»»

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

Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue

Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday scored politicians for grandstanding on the issues in the West Philippine Sea exacerbated recently by China's increased militarization of the area and the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen in the disputed waters. Gordon urged President Rodrigo Duterte to convene members of Congress in a private meeting in Malacaang to shed light on the country's foreign policy on China. "Dapat sa Malacaang iyon at dapat mag usap-usap lahat na walang mag-grandstand. Walang magpapa gwapo. Pag-usapan muna para magkaintindihan na (It should be Malacaang's role and there should be an agreement to stop politicians from grandstanding)," he said over DZBB radio. ...Keep on reading: Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue.....»»

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

ConCom ready to submit new constitution draft by July 9 as regional road shows start this week

THE CONSULTATIVE Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (ConCom) is confident of meeting the August 19 deadline for the proposal on the Federal Constitution as stipulated under Executive Order 10 issued in 2016. The post ConCom ready to submit new constitution draft by July 9 as regional road shows start this week appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News