Insulate veterans’ pensions from annual budgetary whims

Old soldiers never die; they’re just forgotten. Veterans’ pensions were in fact delayed for decades......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 4th, 2021

5,721 ‘ghost’ PVAO pensioners discovered

A total of 5,721 “ghost” pensioners received regular monthly pensions totaling P70,250,300 despite being reported to have died as of Dec. 31, 2018, the Commission on Audit has revealed. In the 2018 annual audit report for the Philippine Veterans Administration Office, CoA also ordered a halt in the grant of funds for the improvement of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

COA: Lapu’s education fund utilization under 10% in 2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the underutilization of education funds by the Lapu-Lapu City government for 2019.  The city government, in 2019, appropriated a total Special Education Fund of P366,184,000 and P375,944,031 for the current and continuing appropriations, respectively. The SEF is the funding source of the supplementary annual budgetary […] The post COA: Lapu’s education fund utilization under 10% in 2019 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Fil-Chinese seniors out to regain ASEAN title

Reinforced by two more former PBA players, the Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association leaves for Chang Mai, Thailand today, determined to regain its lost glory when the ASEAN Veterans Basketball Tournament stages its 28th edition starting tomorrow. FCVBA’s three-year reign in the annual event was snapped last year, prompting the association’s “godfathers” Terry Que of Rain […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 27th, 2019

‘PVAO paid P70 M to dead pensioners’

The Commission on Audit (COA) has directed the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to determine and hold liable its officials responsible for the payment of a total of P70.25 million in monthly pensions to deceased beneficiaries......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

No need for Malone to sell Nuggets: Their time is now

By Sekou Smith, PORTLAND, Ore. — Give Michael Malone credit, the Denver Nuggets coach is as relentless a salesman as there is in basketball. Whether it’s moving speeches delivered to his own team or pleading with television audiences to stand up and take notice of the splendid compilation of talent the franchise has stockpiled in recent years, he refuses to let up. From building the legend of Jamal Murray or waxing poetic about the virtues of Nikola Jokic, the nimble giant prone to triple-doubles on the regular, Malone is prepared to use the bully pulpit to make sure no one overlooks the Nuggets. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] A seven-game series win over San Antonio in the first round produced some of Malone’s best stuff to date, including him trumpeting Jokic as not only a legitimate Kia MVP candidate (true, this season) but also a surefire future Hall of Famer (could be, the way he’s playing). So you had to know Malone was going to be on his Nuggets informercial grind after they refused to lose Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in Portland, bouncing back after losing a grueling four-overtime thriller to the Trail Blazers here Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) with a gritty 116-112 triumph to tie this series at 2-2 headed back to Denver for Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) critical Game 5. “I’m so proud of our group,” Malone said, after his talented crew showed off the chops needed to regain the homecourt advantage they surrendered in their Game 2 loss at Pepsi Center. “And in the closing moments, I really was confident because in close games this year we were 13-3 [in games] decided by three points or less, best record in the NBA. We’re 12-1 in the second nights of back-to-backs, best record in the NBA. Our guys are tough; to come in here and win this game some 36 hours after losing a four-overtime game speaks to just how tough we are. So I wasn’t worried, we had our starting group out there. “Jamal, who I thought was phenomenal tonight, goes 11-for-11 from the foul line in a hostile environment and really kind of with the series hanging in the balance. You go down 1-3, and we all know how that story ends. I think the confidence of doing the same thing in the first round against San Antonio helped us, but our guys stepped up. We never frayed. We stayed together. And I can’t speak enough about the resiliency and toughness of our team.” And he shouldn’t. The Blazers had won 12 straight games at home dating back to the regular season and were 22-2 on their home floor since January 5. When the Nuggets saw their 10-point lead shrink to just a point with 3:02 to play as Portland closers Damian Lillard (28 points) and C.J. McCollum (29) led the charge, Denver could have easily folded up under the emotional weight of Game 3 and their current predicament. But they proved to be as resilient and tough as Malone said they were. Jokic was brilliant again, collecting his fourth triple-double (21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in his first postseason, second only to the five Magic Johnson piled up during his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers. And Murray was even better, finishing with a game-high 34 points and draining six straight free throws in the frantic closing seconds to seal the win for a Nuggets team that didn’t allow fatigue, a raucous and sellout Moda Center crowd or the pressure to avoid that 3-1 hole rattle them. “It wasn’t the first time,” Murray said of his embrace of the pressure with the game on the line at the line. “I think free throws are my thing. My dad and I do a lot of training [on] free throws. Blindfolded, he’ll talk to me just like how the crowd is, put pressure on me. I take 1,000 free throws in practice to make or or two … and tonight, it ended up being six.” The number Malone focused on afterwards was 11, as in the number of playoff games Murray and Jokic have played in as they continue to establish themselves as postseason stars. “You think about how young we are and and what we are doing, going on the road and winning a tough game in a hostile environment,” Malone said, “and for Jamal to be the centerpiece of that has been phenomenal. If you’re a Denver Nuggets fan, how excited are you about this team now. More importantly, how excited are you for our future? We have a chance to be a really good team for many, many years and Jamal is going to be a big part of that.” The same goes for Jokic, obviously. He’s already an All-Star and is going to end up on the All-NBA first or second team as well as the top five of the voting for Kia MVP after the regular season he put together. That might explains why the entire Nuggets bench froze as they watched him limp to the sideline in the final moments after being kneed in the leg in the final seconds. “Your heart skips a beat,” Malone said. “Nikola is the face of our franchise, but he just got kneed, it was nothing serious and and we were able to hold on for the win.” For all of Malone’s bluster about his group, it’s not even necessary at this stage of the season. The Nuggets earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoff chase on the strength of a talented and deep roster that might not resonate with casual NBA fans, but is celebrated by those in the know. Touting their accomplishments in real time makes sense for a coach trying to empower his team to believe in themselves in what could and perhaps should be a nice stretch of playoff runs in the future. But anyone paying attention can tell that the future could be now for these Nuggets. A trip to the conference finals one year after they failed to make the postseason field on the final night of the season in what amounted to a play-in game in Minneapolis last April, is a hell of a start. Malone knows it. His team knows it. And so do the Trail Blazers, who are well aware of the opportunity they squandered in a series where wavering confidence by the Nuggets might have been the only advantage they could exploit. “The good thing for us is that we won a game on their court,” Lillard said. “So it’s not like we lose both games there. We’re in a good space, 2-2, we know we’re capable of winning on their floor and that’t what we’ve got to get done. Obviously, it’s disappointing … we didn’t want to let an opportunity like this slip, but it happens. It’s playoff basketball and we’ve got to move forward.” So do the Nuggets, which is where Malone the master motivator comes into play. And just so we’re clear about something, his sell job is genuine. He knows of what he speaks in assessing a young team on the rise, having spent time coaching in Cleveland and Golden State during the formative stages with what would turn out to be teams that made it to The Finals (2007 in Cleveland). He was on Mark Jackson’s Warriors staff when they turned the corner from a lottery team to  playoff outfit (2012-13 season), helping nurture the core group of a team that has won three of the past four NBA titles and become a potential dynasty that no one saw coming at the time. So if Malone sees special things in his current team, it’s his responsibility to shout about it every now and then, both to the basketball public and especially internally. Youngsters like Jokic and Murray, Gary Harris and Malik Beasley, Torrey Craig and Monte Morris and even veterans like Paul Millsap, Mason Plumlee and Game 4 hero Will Barton, who knocked down huge shots to help seal the deal, need to hear the positive reinforcement from their coach. And that’s not even taking into account what absorbing these moments means for Michael Porter Jr., who is spending his rookie season recovering from back surgery, and is certainly going to be a part of that bright future Malone is so passionate about. If anything, this Nuggets team is ahead of schedule, two wins shy of a trip to the Western Conference finals with three games to play. Two of those are coming on their home floor, where Denver compiled the best record (34-7) in the league during the regular season. Maybe Malone is right to speak the Nuggets’ success into existence rather than wishing and hoping for it to come to fruition without a word otherwise. But he won’t have to go all car salesmen on the final day of month much longer. A couple more performances like the one the Nuggets put on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) and this whole thing, the refurbished franchise with all the boxes checked on the roster -- now and for the foreseeable future -- sells itself. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

Cebuano artist take typography to the next level

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — Food is life. We all know this. But did you know that food is art, too? Yes, read that right. Food can be presented in beautiful ways, too, like how freelance artist Niegel Paraz Delima from Cebu proved in an annual online typography challenge. “Doing food typography really shows the disciplines […] The post Cebuano artist take typography to the next level appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

BRIGHT KINDLE RESOURCES & INVESTMENTS, INC.: Notice of Postponement of Annual Stockholders Meeting

BRIGHT KINDLE RESOURCES & INVESTMENTS, INC.: Notice of Postponement of Annual Stockholders Meeting.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Serial killer nurse gets life over hospital murders

An American nurse was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday over the murder of seven veterans to whom she had given lethal doses of insulin while they were under her care in a hospital. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Solar tech company LONGi posts continued revenue, production growth in 2020 despite pandemic

LONGi, the world leading solar technology company, has released its 2020 annual report to shareholders worldwide, showing continued revenue growth and significant increase in global shipments. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021

‘Mabuhay, Pilipinas!’: Miss Brazil addresses Filipino Miss Universe fans in Tagalog

The 69th edition of the annual Miss Universe competition has already started. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Cortes: Don’t forget to observe health protocols

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Mandauehanons are reminded to always observe health protocols as they celebrate the annual feast of their patron saint, St. Joseph the Worker, this Saturday, May 8. In his fiesta message, Mayor Jonas Cortes said that safety should never be compromised even during the celebration. “Nanghinaot ko nga sa karong adlawa sa […] The post Cortes: Don’t forget to observe health protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

515 E-party slated for Mobile Legends fans

Different activities and surprises await Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) fans in the annual 515 E-Party, which is poised to be the biggest one so far......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

Energy Development Corporation: Amended Notice of 2021 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting

The annual meeting of the stockholders of Energy Development Corporation will be held virtually on May 11, 2021......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

Energy Development Corporation: Amended Notice of Annual Stockholders’ Meeting

The annual meeting of the stockholders of Energy Development Corporation will be held virtually on May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Ivermectin vs ASF

This is the time of the year when my dogs get their annual anti-rabies, five-in-one vaccination shots, and deworming......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation: Notice of Annual Shareholders Meeting

The annual shareholders' meeting of the Company for the year 2021 will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Miss Supranational announces 2021 schedule

The Miss Supranational Organization announced that it will hold the 2021 edition of its three annual pageants - Miss Supranational, Mr. Supranational, and Miss Polski - on Poland's Festival of Beauty from August 20 to 22......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

16 volleyball aspirants join Subic tryouts for PH team

The road to Hanoi started inside the Subic Gymnasium bubble on Wednesday with 16 aspirants—a mix of veterans and promising collegiate players—answering the whistle in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation tryouts for the women’s volleyball team......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Embattled Philippine journalist wins UN press prize

The UN's cultural agency on Tuesday awarded its annual press freedom prize to Philippine journalist Maria Ressa whose reporting has made her a target of her country's judiciary and online hate campaigns......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

AUK bags 18 gold medals in Hakuakai International Karate Championships

CEBU CITY, Philippines—One of Cebu’s vaunted karate-do team, the Association for the Upliftment of Karate-Do (AUK) put on a sterling performance in the recent 4th Annual Hakuakai International Karate Championships E-Kata & E-Fantom Kumite held last April 24 to 25, 2021.  The online karate-do tournament drew karate-do clubs from the Philippines, South Borneo, Iraq-Kurdistan, Macau-China […] The post AUK bags 18 gold medals in Hakuakai International Karate Championships appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021