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PT& T executive expects steady growth in second half as gov& rsquo;t rolls out vaccination program

Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. expects a steady growth towards the end of the year as the country rolls out its vaccination program, a top executive said over the weekend......»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardApr 19th, 2021

CHED to schools and universities: Follow guidelines

The Commission on Higher Education stressed the importance of putting the students’ safety first and to follow government guidelines and protocols after the alleged training sessions of some varsity teams amid the pandemic.   In a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board and Department of Health, which issued the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) on the conduct of physical activities and sports, CHED reminded universities and colleges to follow applicable guidelines. CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III mentioned that their agency, which supervises tertiary education in the country, has issued several advisories and guidelines since March advising the students to stay home.  These were consistent with the guidelines issued by the IATF and the tri-agency-issued JAO.  “Safety of our students is the topmost concern,” said De Vera. This statement mirrors the constant stand and reminder of PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez who, in his statement related to this issue, said that the life and safety of athletes is “important that no medal can ever equal.”  In the same statement, Ramirez also advised sports officials to always keep the safety of their athletes “top priority.” University of Sto. Tomas is in hot water following the alleged ‘Sorsogon bubble’ of its men’s basketball team conducted by head coach Aldin Ayo. UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag and Season 83 President Nonong Calanog said that the university in question is now finalizing their internal investigation and UAAP expects to receive the final report before their meeting on Friday.  The UAAP was also requested to seek clarification from National University, whose women’s volleyball athletes allegedly trained as well, despite government issued restrictions. PSC National Training Director Marc Velasco thanked De Vera and reiterated the PSC’s stance on the safety of athletes. “The PSC will always push to uphold the issuances regarding sports and physical activity and we are happy that CHED is a steady partner when it comes to sports in universities and colleges,” said Velasco. GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra appreciated the input of CHED saying that De Vera’s inputs “gave the group another perspective on these issues” and actively gave examples of how the GAB handles similar situation on professional sports. Also in the meeting were CHED Executive Directory Atty. Cindy Jaro and DOH Section Head of Policy and Technology Rodley Carza. The group expects to have representatives of the two universities join the next meeting set on September 1, where they hope to resolve the matter and take final action......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

FOOTBALL: Makati FC prepares for SingaCup with training camp in Japan

Makati FC sets its eyes on winning the SingaCup 2019 in Singapore this month, as the storied youth football team is currently training in Gotemba, Japan. “The MFC Japan camp puts our local Filipino talent at a very young age in a much higher level of training. This is necessary  to prepare them to compete in higher level tournaments,” said SeLu Lozano, Makati FC chief executive officer. Among those new recruits from U13 that were given the opportunity to train in Japan and compete in SingaCup are Koronadal natives Lance Pusoc and Daniel Cagaanan, and  Ron Moequin of Bacolod. Coming off a successful campaign in last month's Borneo Cup, Makati FC is using this momentum to continue its sound football program. In the Borneo Cup, Makati FC won the boys U15 gold to go boys U14 and U13 silver medals. “The continuous development of players is what the club aims for as we try to contribute in the efforts of strengthening the Philippine youth football. At the same time we are able maximise child’s growth and development using football as a school of life,” said Lozano. The team left for Japan over the weekend to train with the Japan Football Association (JFA) coaches. Aside from the SingaCup slated on Nov. 3-7, Makati FC is also preparing for Bangkok 7s set on Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Thailand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2019

Americans top Antetokounmpo, Greece at World Cup 69-53

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. contained NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, defeating Greece 69-53 in a second-round game at the World Cup on Saturday. Harrison Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S. (4-0), which can clinch a quarterfinal berth Monday in multiple ways. It needs either a win over Brazil or a Greece win over the Czech Republic or through a three-way tiebreaker, if necessary. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP, scored 15 points but Greece (2-2) was eliminated from contention for a spot in the quarterfinals. The U.S. national team has won 57 consecutive games in international tournaments with NBA players, starting with the 2006 world championships bronze-medal game and continuing through every FIBA Americas, world championships, World Cup and Olympic event since. The streak started after a 101-95 loss to Greece in 2006 — a defeat that forced the U.S. to change its program. The Americans haven’t lost in the biggest tournaments since. “I thought we played well,” Walker said. “Stuck to the game plan.” Antetokounmpo’s eyes were closed as he mouthed along with the words of Greece’s national anthem. After the U.S. anthem played and the rosters from both sides met at midcourt for the customary pregame exchange of gifts, the NBA MVP shook hands with Bucks teammate Brook Lopez and gave him a quick hug. Other than that, there was no pregame interaction between Antetokounmpo and the Americans. He was super-aggressive from the jump, spinning his way to a layup on the first possession, making a 3-pointer on Greece’s second possession and he got fouled on a baseline drive on the next trip down the floor. So that was five points in the first 43 seconds for Antetokounmpo. He scored four in his next 18 minutes of playing time. The Americans kept a steady stream of different looks coming at the MVP — who was guarded in the first half alone by Harrison Barnes, Khris Middleton, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Myles Turner. The Celtics players, perhaps mindful of what he did against them in last season’s playoffs, held him scoreless in the half and the U.S. went into the break with a 38-25 lead. Antetokounmpo had a steal and dunk late in the third, which got plenty of fans out of their seats and Greek fans waving flags. But the outcome was never in doubt, and the MVP was on the bench for the entire fourth quarter in a somewhat puzzling move. TIP-INS U.S.: Mitchell’s birthday came a day after Joe Harris turned 28. ... Smart, who has twice missed time with leg injuries this summer, slipped and fell as he chased a loose ball out of bounds with 1:11 left in the first. He stayed in the game. ... The U.S. shot only 36%. Greece: The outcome came five years to the day after the Greeks were ousted by Serbia in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. ... Nick Calathes became the third Florida player to be part of a loss to the U.S. this summer; Andrew Nembhard played in the Americans’ pre-World Cup win over Canada in Australia, and Scottie Wilbekin played for Turkey in its overtime loss to the U.S. in the group stage. HOLDING LEADS Through four games, the U.S. has trailed for all of 7 minutes, 48 seconds — out of a possible 165 minutes. The Americans have led for 147:02, and games have been tied for 10:10. CLAMPING DOWN The U.S. has held Japan and Greece to a combined 98 points in the last two games. That represents the fewest points the U.S. has allowed in consecutive games of a major international tournament since the 1988 Olympics, when the Americans gave up 92 in a two-game stretch against Egypt and Puerto Rico. UP NEXT U.S.: Face Brazil (3-1) in a second-round finale Monday in Shenzhen. Greece: Face the Czech Republic (3-1) in a second-round finale Monday in Shenzhen......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

GDP growth to accelerate next year — HSBC

British banking giant HSBC expects a faster economic growth for the Philippines next year as almost half of the flagship priority projects under the government’s Build Build Build program go on stream......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019

With the Raptors, a global game now has a truly global champion

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself “world champions.” These Toronto Raptors might actually be worthy of such a moniker. The new kings of NBA basketball are the first outside the U.S. to wear the crown. And they come from all corners of the globe. Team President Masai Ujiri was born in England and raised in Nigeria. Serge Ibaka is from the Congo. Gasol will play again for his native Spain this summer in the FIBA World Cup. Coach Nick Nurse won his first championship in Britain, where reserve OG Anunoby comes from. Even the team’s superfan, Nav Bhatia, comes from India. It’s a global game. It’s a global team. They’re the global champions. “It meant a lot, just having guys from different countries and speaking different languages,” Siakam said. “I think it kind of got us closer together. And you kind of have all those little kinds of friendship with guys that you can speak the same language with, and from Spanish to French to English, different cultures. I think kind of it represents Toronto in general, having that diversity.” He doesn’t even have the whole list. Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American, speaks Mandarin. The assistants on Nurse’s staff have backgrounds from stints as players or coaches in France, England, Germany, Italy, Australia, Israel and more. The director of sports science is Scottish. The head trainer is from Ontario. Jamaal Magloire, who has been on the staff since his playing days ended, is a Toronto native. “It means a lot,” Magloire said as he watched champagne spray all over the locker room. “Canada and Toronto especially are very diverse places. And this team, all the diversity that we have, it served us well.” There’s a parade — Ujiri said it was scheduled for Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), though he also wasn’t exactly certain at the time — coming to Toronto. The red and white flag with the giant maple leaf will wave. There will be plenty of other flags there as well. And more than a few proud Americans will be on that route as well, like NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the longest-tenured Raptors player, Kyle Lowry. “I’m very happy for them,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said, tipping his cap to the Raptors. “Winning a championship is the ultimate in this league, and they have got a lot of guys who have earned this. So congrats to Toronto, to their organization, to their fans. They are a worthy champion.” At NBA headquarters in New York, they truly didn’t care who won the series. That doesn’t mean they don’t realize the Raptors’ title is a good thing for the league’s future. Basketball Without Borders is the vehicle that basically helped Siakam start his journey to the league seven or so years ago. There are NBA academies popping up in Africa and Asia. The league is helping to establish a new pro league in Africa that’s set to begin play early next year. The sport takes every opportunity it gets to promote what it bills as the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a tournament for kids. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said before the series that the league is aware of 700 million cellphones being in use in Africa, more than half of those being smartphones. The NBA wants people watching on those phones, and the infrastructure is such now in many places that it is actually possible. “It’s been revolutionary in terms of the people of Africa’s ability to watch our games in real time on hand-held devices,” Silver said. “So we see enormous growth opportunities both in terms of players and for participation and ultimately an interest for the league.” Having champions from Cameroon and the Congo, having the executive who gets credited for putting it all together being from Nigeria ... it’s not going to hurt the game in Africa one bit. The NBA champions are, indeed, champions of the world. “As a kid, I didn’t have the opportunity to dream about this moment,” Siakam said. “I didn’t think I could make it. I didn’t think this was possible as a kid. And I think a lot of kids don’t think that it’s possible. Just me being able to be here today and telling them that, ’Hey, look at me, I was a little scrawny kid from Cameroon ... but here I am, as a champion.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Vax for athletes: PH lags behind in Southeast Asia

The Philippines lags behind its Southeast Asian neighbors in the vaccination program for athletes, even as local sports officials have renewed their call for inclusion of the national players in the government’s priority list......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Nickel Asia addresses anti-vaxxers

As the Philippine government rolls out its vaccination program across the country, Nickel Asia Corp. steps up to connect employees from all its subsidiaries across the country in a virtual conference that directly tackles all issues about the vaccines against COVID 19......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 29th, 2021

All the help we can get

“Absurd” is the word the Senate President used to describe a draft administrative order from the Department of Health (DOH) that would bar industries deemed “unhealthy” from buying COVID-19 vaccines for their employees under the government’s vaccination program. We can think of a few more words---“stupid” and “crazy” spring immediately to mind......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 24th, 2021

Gov t can t assume liability for COVID-19 jabs bought by private sector, Duterte says

Last month, the chief executive signed Republic Act 115251 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, which gives indemnity to vaccine makers if their COVID-19 shots cause adverse side effects......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2021

Vax rollout comes up short

As the country logged a six-month high of 4,578 new COVID-19 cases in one day, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted that the country’s vaccination program was “not as quick” as the government wanted......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 13th, 2021

IMF: US stimulus offers huge lift to global economy

Washington----US President Joe Biden’s stimulus program is being hailed as both boosting domestic growth and spurring the global recovery, but the IMF warned that policymakers will need to be alert to risks posed by the massive spending as well as low interest rates......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 12th, 2021

Duterte chides Leni for sending wrong message

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he could have been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, but Vice President Leni Robredo’s wrong message pushed him to pull out from the vaccination program last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

Frontliners now free to choose what vax to get

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque has described the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout last week as slow thus far because health workers, the top priority in the vaccination program, were given the opportunity to choose their preferred brand......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 8th, 2021

San Juan City rolls out vaccination of medical frontliners

CALOOCAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) -- San Juan City launched on Saturday its vaccination program with the inoculation of its medical frontliners from the San Juan Medical Center (SJMC) and the City Healt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 8th, 2021

PLDT& rsquo;s profit climbs by 8% to P24.3b on record sales

PLDT Inc. said Thursday it expects to sustain growth this year after a “year from hell” brought about by the global pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 5th, 2021

Isko okays release of P38.4 million to AstraZeneca for jabs for Manila

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso authorized the release of P38.4 million from the city’s budget on February 19 in line with Manila’s COVID-19 vaccination program......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Gov& rsquo;t assures no disruptions in vax purchase, distribution

The government is fully prepared for an orderly coronavirus vaccination and to ensure that there  won’t be any  “monkey wrench” to disrupt the program in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

British economy shrank by a record 9.9% in 2020

London—Britain’s economy shrank by a record 9.9 percent last year on the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic despite managing strong growth in the second half, official data showed Friday......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

Vaccine drive needs military precision

It appears that a well-thought out plan and preparations are in place for the rollout of the country’s COVID-19 mass vaccination program. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

Asia Pacific export recovery hinges on advanced economies

The rebound in economic growth in advanced economies in North America and Europe due to the rapid rollout of vaccination programs in the first half is expected to improve export orders from the Asia-Pacific, according to market intelligence company IHS Markit......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2021