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Malaya: More heads will roll for those involved in cash aid fiasco

CALOOCAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) -- On the first week implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila, a senior Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsMay 23rd, 2020

Bong Go says heads will roll in Sanchez release controversy

MANILA, Philippines – "Definitely heads will roll," said Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, when asked what the President thinks about the now-botched release of rape and murder convict Antonio Sanchez. In a media interview on Monday, September 2, Go said that the President will launch an investigation whether there was corruption involved ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson craved a little calm. The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he’s ready to relax his mind. It takes consistent practice, just like that pretty jumper. [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] “I try to go 30 minutes,” said Thompson, who is joined for some sessions by bulldog bestie, Rocco. “It’s hard. It’s very hard. An hour would be nice, but you’ve got to work up to that.” Thompson is in a good place right now, going to a fifth straight NBA Finals and chasing a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors. Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant sat out injured for the entire Western Conference finals, leaving Thompson and Splash Brother Stephen Curry to take on an even greater load on both ends. Thompson heads into Game 1 at Toronto on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) averaging 19.1 points these playoffs, having scored 22.6 points per game in the five contests without Durant. Mental preparation off the court is a major reason Thompson no longer lets things fester or bring him down, such as a tough loss or bad outing. He has said that earlier in his career it was hard to let go after games. Now, he instead shrugs off a poor shooting performance with the simple notion of, “That’s the way the basketball gods can be.” Then, it’s back to work. Left off the All-NBA team? “Oh, I didn’t?” he replied when told he hadn’t made the cut. Thompson did allow himself a little eye roll in disbelief, before adding: “It is what it is. I can’t control it. Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No, but that’s the reason why we’re still playing. So, I don’t even want to get into it, honestly.” The more media shy, under-the-radar of Golden State’s sensational backcourt — Curry is a two-time MVP — a slumping Thompson once held his hand up near his face and uttered “I missed you” when he finally got on a roll again at Portland on Dec. 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time). He credits meditation in part for how far he has come in handling everything as he wraps up his eighth NBA season. Thompson added meditation and visualization into his routine the last couple of years. This is the typically stoic guard who plunged into the Pacific Ocean in Southern California before Game 4 of the first round against the Clippers following a performance that wasn’t up to his “standards.” He went out and scored 32 after that with six three-pointers, hitting his first seven shots. “The mind’s so powerful. Just try to train the mind to deal with adversity in situations that are unpleasant but make you better in the long run, that’s what I try to do,” Thompson said when asked how he got involved meditation. “Just a lot of reading on the internet and learning from coach (Steve) Kerr. Learned from Tony Robbins, too. It was cool talking to him last year. He had a great outlook on things. Just from veteran players. David West taught me a lot about that side of the game, the mental part.” Teammate Shaun Livingston can picture Thompson in a moment of complete serenity and peace — “100 percent, nothing would surprise me.” Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, USA Volleyball and other Olympic athletes, applauds Thompson taking up meditation on his own. “So often we hold up world-leading athletes on a pedestal for their physical abilities, missing the deeper and extraordinary commitment they make toward pursuing their potential,” Gervais said. “There are only three things we can train as humans: our craft, our bodies, and our mind. World-class athletes don’t leave any of those up to chance — why should the rest of us?” When he had a couple of days off after the Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference finals, Thompson noted, “I wish it was sunny” before adding, “A little overcast, but it’s all good.” Sure is. Thompson found out in April he will have his college jersey retired by Washington State, too. “Klay is always someone who everybody sort of marvels at his life, the simplicity of his life. He just needs a basketball and his dog, and that’s it. And we all laugh about it,” Kerr said. “But Klay is a lot deeper than people realize, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s meditating and he’s found ways to calm himself before games and keep himself going during the season.” The 29-year-old Thompson takes time the night before a game to think ahead. It doesn’t matter if he’s in the driveway or hanging out in his backyard with beloved Rocco — “just random,” he said. Sometimes he envisions each shot from a given spot on the floor that could present itself over the course of a game. “Andre Iguodala told me that Tiger Woods visualizes every single shot he shoots on 18 holes on the golf course, so if he can do that, that’s incredible,” Thompson said. “That’s so many golf swings. I try to do the same approach to basketball. I just try to visualize, get in my spots, what my opponent is going to do. Yeah, so when you come to the game, you’ve kind of seen it before.” He might go with some Mozart or Beethoven. “Try to put on classical Pandora or some nature sounds. Can’t listen to rap or hip-hop when I do it because then I just get distracted. Something pleasant in the background, it’s nice,” Thompson explained. “It’s a challenge. It’s much harder than working out. Especially for me, I’ve got like my mind racing. So it’s a good practice for me.” Kerr considers Thompson one of the most down-to-earth NBA superstars. “He’s a dream to coach. He’s zero maintenance,” Kerr said. “But he’ll surprise you with his depth. You may not think there’s a whole lot there, but there’s plenty there, he just sort of doesn’t let you in on it very often.” Thompson knows it’s not a perfect science to get his shot back on track after a poor outing. The meditation provides a focus. “I still will have bad days once in a while, but that’s just being human,” Thompson said. “It’s something I’ve incorporated in my routine for at least the past season, especially when I was going through that shooting slump. That really helped me. It’s just nice to manifest things. Kind of like speak into existence, just kind of think it into existence.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

Hayward helps Jazz hold off LeBron, beat Cavs

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Pres /em> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gordon Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to help the Utah Jazz beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-92 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Hayward had 22 points and went back and forth with James during a decisive third quarter. James brought the Cavs back from a 15-point halftime deficit before Hayward drove the lead back to 14. Hayward had 11 points while the Jazz used a 16-0 run midway through the quarter to lead 74-60. The Cavs had a 17-0 roll after halftime thanks an aggressive James and his 13 third-quarter points. Trey Lyles had eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers, in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz hold on. James finished with 29 points and Kyrie Irving added 20 for the defending champs. The Jazz led 56-41 at halftime after closing the second quarter on a 10-0 run highlighted by Hayward's alley-oop and three-pointers from George Hill and Rodney Hood. Utah dominated the second quarter 27-12 while shooting 50 percent in the first half. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em>Cleveland is 8-3 against Western Conference opponents. The Cavs shot just 36.5 percent and 29.0 percent from behind the arc. James is 5-9 on the road against the Jazz. em> strong>Jazz: /strong> /em>Rudy Gobert posted his franchise-best 25th consecutive game with 10-plus rebounds (14). He added 11 points for his 27th double-double this season. strong>DEBUT /strong> Kyle Korver made his first appearance with the Cavs after being traded in a deal that sent Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, a protected first-round pick and cash considerations to the Hawks. He scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes. 'I've always felt the better the players are around me, the better I can be,' Korver said. 'And this is the most talented team I've ever been on.' strong>HEALTHY /strong> The suddenly healthy Jazz started Hill, Hood, Hayward, Derrick Favors and Gobert for just the sixth time this season. The Jazz are now 5-1 when that unit starts. 'It's different, that's for sure,' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about having the full roster available. 'I hesitate to say it's more challenging. It's different for the players, too. We'll have to find out more about ourselves and guys individually and how they play together.' strong>QUOTABLE /strong> 'First thing I told him when he walked in the locker room the other day was, `If you want to fit in, shoot the ball every time you get it,' James said of Korver. 'Soon as it touches your hand, shoot it. We don't care.' 'We've got about four guys who have the ultra-green light. J.R. [Smith], Kev [Love], now Kyle, Channing [Frye] and Champ [James Jones]. And then you've got green lights for Kyrie. Then you have like a flashing light for myself. I've got to make sure I get everybody involved so I can decide if I want to stop at the light or I can just cruise through there. So, the fluorescent light guys, they can do whatever they want. They have no other responsibilities besides let it go.' strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em> Travel Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) to face a struggling Portland Trail Blazers team that had lost seven of 10 entering Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). em> strong>Jazz: /strong> /em>Host Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) in a matchup between two of the league's best centers. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Barangays to continue assisting in cash aid

Even if President Duterte has tapped soldiers and police for fund distribution, barangay or village officials would still be involved in the giving of aid to sectors affected by quarantine restrictions, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

DILG: Civil society groups behind Cha-cha campaign

Department of the Interior and Local Government spokesman Jonathan Malaya clarified that the signature campaign for amendments to the 1987 Constitution is ongoing even during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, but insisted the DILG is not involved in the effort by civil society organizations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

DOJ runs after SAP anomalies

The Department of Justice has directed all prosecution offices nationwide to give priority to the resolution of complaints filed against barangay officials involved in anomalies in the distribution of cash aid under the government’s social amelioration program......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 20th, 2020

Financial assistance begins to roll out for Filipino farmers

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Philippines, May 12 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture in partnership with local government units and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) is distributing a P5, 000 cash su.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

CIDG to go after erring local execs

The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) will go after local government officials involved in the anomalous distribution of the Social Amelioration Program cash aid to poor families affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis. In a virtual press briefing in Malacañang Palace on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said information or complaints […] The post CIDG to go after erring local execs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

Mga opisyal ng barangay na hahatiin ang cash aid sa mga pamilya, makukulong – DILG

Manila, Philippines – Mahaharap sa pagkakakulong o suspensyon ang mga opisyal ng barangay na kabilang ng ilegal na paghahati ng cash assistance ng pamahalaan sa dalawa o tatlong pamilya, babala ng Interior and Local Government (DILG) nitong Sabado, Mayo 2. Sinabi ni DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya na ang paghahati ng financial subsidy mula sa social […] The post Mga opisyal ng barangay na hahatiin ang cash aid sa mga pamilya, makukulong – DILG appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

DSWD-7: Family of person arrested for illegal activities still deserve to receive UCT

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There is yet no clear provisions that was drafted on how to go about with those Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) recipient who will be involved with illegal activities or will be arrested upon receiving the assistance. However, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) believes that the […] The post DSWD-7: Family of person arrested for illegal activities still deserve to receive UCT appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

ECQ violation disqualifies SAP beneficiary

Individuals entitled to cash aid from the government under its Special Amelioration Program (SAP) will no longer receive the benefit if they violate enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian warned on Tuesday night. Gatchalian said ECQ violators will be removed from the list of SAP beneficiaries after three individuals involved in illegal […] The post ECQ violation disqualifies SAP beneficiary appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Djokovic, Federer and Nadal to raise funds to help lower-ranked tennis players

Novak Djokovic says he spoke with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about working with the ATP to set up a fund to help lower-ranked tennis players financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. During an IG live session he held with three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka on Saturday, Djokovic described what he called “a long conversation” with Federer and Nadal about “how we can contribute and how we can help lower-ranked guys who obviously are struggling the most.” Djokovic talked about trying to amass somewhere around $3 million to $4.5 million to distribute, perhaps to players ranked from around 200th or 250th to around 700th. He said the ATP and “most likely” the Grand Slam tournaments would be involved. Djokovic also said there would be a system devised to determine which players were most in need of the cash. The men’s and women’s professional circuits have been shut down for more than a month because of the COVID-19 outbreak and are suspended at least until mid-July......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

DILG to LGU: Fast-track cash aid

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged the local government units (LGU) on Saturday to fast-track the release of the social amelioration program (SAP) cards and their constituents’ cash aid by coordinating with their respective Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) offices. In a briefing, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that the […] The post DILG to LGU: Fast-track cash aid appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

BSP to roll out person- to-merchant QR transactions in Q4

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is rolling out the person-to-merchant transactions via the national QR code standard in the fourth quarter of the year as it ramps up efforts to make the economy lite instead of cash heavy......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

1st Philippine Cerebral Palsy Football Team to compete in upcoming ASEAN ParaGames

The Philippines is about to field its first cerebral palsy football team in the ASEAN Para Games. Known as the CP Rascals, the team was formed last year by the Henry V. Moran Foundation, the non-profit organization that has long focused on developing football programs for public school youth in the country. “Our search for players started in March last year after we were appointed by the PHILSPADA (Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled) to form a team to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN Para Games. Our special football arm, CP Football Philippines, toured 12 cities, coordinating clinics and tryouts with the heads and officers of local government units. By July, we had discovered some players and training for the team began,” said Danny Moran, head of the Henry V. Moran Foundation. The CP Rascals currently has 12 members, with plans to add two more before the ASEAN Para Games  Moran said that they are grateful for the support that private organizations have given for the new team players and coaching staff. He cited insurer Allianz PNB Life, in particular, for providing the CP Rascals’ life, medical, and travel insurance. “Our main concern was life and accident insurance as bringing football to persons with disability has its risks, especially since training would be from 3 to 6 months,” Moran said. Aside from the insurance coverage, Allianz gave cash support for the CP Rascals’ football camp and housing. “It is our honor to support a team that embodies Allianz’ ideal of overcoming life’s challenges in fulfilling one’s dreams. We are giving our para athletes the support to help them achieve their goals in their chosen sport, and we are looking forward to cheering them on in the 2020 ASEAN Para Games,” Allianz PNB Life Chief Marketing Officer Gae Martinez said. This is not the first time that Allianz and the Henry V. Moran Foundation have worked together in promoting football in the country. For the past three years, they have staged the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational (ANYFI), a grassroots football program held nationwide. Some of the kids who have participated in the program have gone on to train at the Allianz Explorer Camp in Germany under FC Bayern. Moran added that it is their dream to continue strengthening the CP Rascals so that they can also participate in the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Vietnam in 2021......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Chua heads Philippine bowling honor roll

Kenneth Chua recently claimed an unprecedented fifth straight Prima Pasta Bowler of the Year plum during the 2019 Team Prima Annual Awards at the V Corporate Centre in Makati City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

SEA Games snafus: Heads should roll

I chanced upon a few tweets of #Tokyo2020 about the Summer Olympics that Japan will host on July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020 and was instantly amazed. It is still 2019 and the South East Asian (SEA Games) Games hosted by the Philippines on Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 have just begun......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Police looking for remaining suspects in mall heist

Cebu City, Philippines—The police authorities are now looking for certain Ryan, Mark, Tony Boy, and Ranger, who are the remaining suspects involved in the robbery inside J Centre Mall in Mandaue City on Saturday night, October 19, 2019. Read: Six armed men staged daring mall heist, carted away jewelry, cash; one security guard hurt Police […] The post Police looking for remaining suspects in mall heist appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2019

Heads will roll as Taiwan bridge probe begins

The head of an agency that oversees a steel arch bridge that collapsed Tuesday in northeastern Taiwan, killing six people, resigned on Thursday. Transportation minister Lin Chia-lung told a legislative committee that Taiwan International Ports Corp. failed to check the cables of the steel arch bridge that collapsed Tuesday at Nanfangao, a fishing township in […] The post Heads will roll as Taiwan bridge probe begins appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's pair of aces dealt the Astros a pair of wins. Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October with a 15-strikeout performance and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved. The Astros survived a wild ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. Houston is one win from reaching the AL Championship Series for the third straight year. "We've got a lot more work to take care of," Cole said. "There's a few months this winter that maybe we can sit back and have a drink about it. Right now, it's on to the next one." Cole, 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in six starts last month, set an Astros postseason strikeouts record over 7 2/3 scoreless innings to win his franchise-record 17th straight decision. The strikeouts tied for third-most in a postseason game, behind only Bob Gibson's 17 in the 1968 World Series and Kevin Brown's 16 in a 1998 NL Division Series. "He was incredible," manager AJ Hinch said. "He had complete command of the entire game." Cole's performance came after fellow ace and Cy Young Award contender Justin Verlander pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Astros to a 6-2 win in Friday's opener. Throwback performances from another era. "Whether it's about the new-age opener or pulling guys third time through, most of the people that support that haven't had Verlander or Cole on their team," Hinch said. "It's hard for me to relate to having to pull guys early or wanting to pull guys early when these guys are putting up these kinds of performances. ... I'm going to roll with these boys while we have them." Cole (1-0), who led the majors with 326 strikeouts in the regular season, extended his big league record with his 10th straight game with at least 10 Ks. The Rays were unable to string anything together off of him on a night he induced 33 swings and misses — the most in a postseason game since MLB started tracking the stat in 2008 — and threw a career-high 118 pitches. "I don't think anything he did was surprising," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He's just that good." "He was majestic," the Rays' Willy Adames said. Kevin Kiemaier doubled with two outs in the eighth and Cole was lifted after putting on Adames with Tampa Bay's first walk. The right-hander received a standing ovation as he walked off the mound and waved to the crowd just before he reached the dugout. Roberto Osuna took over and struck out Yandy Díaz to end the inning before loading the bases with no outs in the ninth. Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham hit consecutive singles, Ji-Man Choi walked and Avisaíl Garcia grounded into a forceout that scored Meadows. Osuna walked Brandon Lowe, reloading the bases, and Hinch brought in Will Harris. Travis d'Arnaud worked the count full, then struck out on a high cutter. Kiermaier grounded to first baseman Yuli Gurriel, who flipped to Harris, who stepped on first for the save. Tampa Bay is hitting .177 with two extra-base hits. Game 3 of the best-of five series is Monday in Florida. "I don't think there's a real message," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "They know what's at stake." Bregman, who hit a career-best 41 home runs in the regular season, homered off Blake Snell (0-1) leading off the fourth. "It's just lack of a pitch," Snell said. "I'm still finding it, still trying to get there. I know I can, so that's why it's frustrating." All seven of Bregman's homers have come off All-Stars, including two against Chris Sale and one each vs. Trevor Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber and Kenley Jansen. His shot gave the Astros a home run in 27 straight games, extending a franchise record. After Lowe's error at second gifted Houston two runs in the opener, another error on helped in the seventh. Adames bobbled Gurriel's leadoff grounder to shortstop, then bounced the throw to first. Carlos Correa doubled and Martín Maldonado blooped a run-scoring single to left. Correa added a two-out RBI single off Nick Anderson in the eighth for a 3-0 lead. Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, sat out from July 22-Sept. 17 after arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow. He didn't get out of the third inning in any of his three September starts, but said he hoped to give the Rays five innings on Saturday. Instead he was lifted one batter after Bregman's homer, finishing with four hits and a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings. "I wish I would have gone deeper," Snell said. "When you face a guy like that, you want to be out there as long as him."    DAZZLING DEFENSE Correa helped Cole out with a fantastic defensive play to start the game. Díaz led off with a grounder toward Correa, who grabbed the ball backhanded while on the run and spun around for the throw to Gurriel that just beat a sliding Díaz. "It's stuff that people don't see, but for me I always say that if you are going to win championships you have to pitch and you have to play defense, and then the offense comes," Correa said. UP NEXT Former Astro Charlie Morton, who got the win in the Rays wild-card victory, will start against Zack Greinke. Morton pitched for the Astros from 2017-18 and played a big role in their 2017 World Series title. He won Game 7 of AL Championship Series against the Yankees and Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium to give Houston its first championship. Morton had a tough time in his last start against Houston when he gave up a season-high six runs in four innings, which tied his shortest start of season, in a 15-1 win by Astros on Aug. 27. Greinke, acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, went 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts after the trade capped by a gem in his last start when he came two outs shy of his first no-hitter on Sept. 25 against Seattle......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2019