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PhilHealth workers want ‘corrupt’ execs ousted

For the betterment of the state-run health insurer, employees of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. have called on President Duterte to fire all officials facing investigation over alleged anomalies......»»

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Zamboanga City’s COVID-19 cases climb to 723

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in this city continued to rise as 35 new infections were recorded on Saturday, according to health authorities and the local task force on COVID-19......»»

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Vice mayor survives gun attack

A municipal vice mayor in Zamboanga del Norte survived an attempt on his life by unidentified men who opened fire at his farmhouse in Gutalac town on Saturday......»»

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Johnson grabs 1-shot lead at PGA Championship

San Francisco, United States— Dustin Johnson drained eight birdies to fire a five-under par 65 and seize a one-shot lead after a blistering third round performance at the PGA Championship on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time)......»»

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Michael Bolton on chasing the ‘Asian dream’

Subaru Asia has partnered with global music legend Michael Bolton to launch the first season of Asian Dream, a reality singing competition which spotlights six talented musicians from across Asia, who will compete for a spot on Michael’s Asian Dream tour and as a Subaru ambassador. The show should be streaming now exclusively on AXN......»»

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People abusing quarantine passes to travel anywhere, anytime , task force claims

“The main and only reason behind the exemption from community quarantine is for them to go to their places of work because the nature of their jobs is essential to provide the basic goods and services to our people under community quarantine, and for them to go back to their homes,” explained Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, commander of the JTF COVID Shield.  .....»»

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From ball games to video games, GDLs push each other to be better

Juan Gomez de Liano is the best GDL - in terms of NBA 2K, that is. "I am the 2K god no doubt. Nobody can beat me," he said in The Prospects Pod where he was the guest alongside brothers Joe, Javi, and Jordi. "Si Javi, plays off (ang) fatigue e tapos si Joe, laging nagpe-press and it's really easy to break the press." And Jordi? "I'd say kami ni Jordi top two." When it comes to one-on-one on the basketball court itself, though, the playing field is pretty much level. Asked who wins the most in head-to-head ball games, Juan answered, "Sometimes me, sometimes Javi, sometimes Joe, pero si Jordi has a lot of work to do." Of course, bragging rights matter to brothers - especially if there are four of them. For the GDLs, though, their fire and desire to be better than one another is nothing but a good thing. "Our competitiveness makes us better. Our competitiveness raises up our game," Javi said. He then continued, "Example, when we lift weights, kami ni Joe and Juan, laging nagpapabigatan ng bench press, shoulder press. Hindi kami magpapatalo kung sino pinakamabigat magbuhat e." Yes, for the brothers-slash-proud products of the University of the Philippines, working out is a competition in itself. Again, that is nothing but a good thing. As Javi put it, "Iron sharpens iron e." That is also exactly why when it comes to pick up games, the GDLs apparently do not like being teammates. "Siyempre, whenever we play with each other, gusto naming magkalaban. Bwakaw kasi sila e," Joe said, with a laugh. He then continued, "Saka gusto namin (makita) who's the best sa amin. Ganun. Pero of course, we don't take it personally. We just wanna prove na 'O, I'm the best.'" In the end, having their constant challengers living with them under the same roof has, indeed, only gotten the best out of the brothers. "For me, it's just a blessing na every day, we motivate each other. Yung competitive nature namin sa bahay, ibang level talaga ever since we were kids e so we like to compete," Juan shared. He then continued, "We are never afraid of anything. All we wanna do is win." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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11 killed in suspected arson at Czech apartment block

Three children were among 11 people killed in a fire Saturday at an apartment block in the Czech Republic that police believe was set deliberately. Police said one person was detained in connection with the blaze that saw five people jump to their deaths in the eastern city of Bohumin near the Polish border. Regional […] The post 11 killed in suspected arson at Czech apartment block appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Missile or negligence?

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Lebanon’s president Friday, 7 August, rejected any international probe into the catastrophic port blast, saying a missile or negligence could have been responsible as rescuers desperately combed the rubble for survivors. The entrenched ruling class has come under fire once again since the explosion on Tuesday, 4 August, which killed at […] The post Missile or negligence? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Churches, mosques, temples can now conduct services within 10% capacity in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Religious establishments in Cebu City may now hold services with more than 10 people present as the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has heeded the request of Mayor Edgardo Labella to increase the number of people allowed to attend religious activities. The IATF has allowed up to 10 percent capacity of the […] The post Churches, mosques, temples can now conduct services within 10% capacity in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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South Korean YouTuber sets private parts on fire during gaming livestream, gets 2nd-degree burns

A South Korean YouTuber shocked fans—and even impressed some—as he fulfilled his end of quite a dangerous deal that resulted in his getting second-degree burns. Shin Tae Il, also known as the infamous “angry Korean gamer,” set his crotch area on fire as a penalty for losing a “Fall Guys” game following suggestions of his […] The post South Korean YouTuber sets private parts on fire during gaming livestream, gets 2nd-degree burns appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Coach Tab calls Philippines the Mecca of basketball

Tab Baldwin has been in the Philippines for five years now. First brought here to coach Gilas Pilipinas, the brilliant tactician has since assembled a juggernaut in Ateneo de Manila University which has won the past three championships in the UAAP. It didn't take long for Coach Tab to fall in love with the Philippines and, of course, that was all because of Philippine basketball. "I love the Philippines and I think one of the most endearing aspects of the Philippines is this is a basketball paradise. Everywhere you look there are players, there are teams, there are competitions, there are fans, there are facilities," he said in the inaugural episode of Coaches Unfiltered. "I can tell you from the countries that I've been that much of what I've said isn't there, never is all of it there. That includes the US." The American-Kiwi had been around in the international basketball circuit and his most successful stint prior to the Philippines was in New Zealand. For him, though, the Filipino homeland is something special. "This, to me, is the Mecca of basketball," he said. And for him, the fact that Filipinos are not necessarily built for basketball makes all of this more special. As he put it, "You may say we don't have the greatest players in the world and that's true. Demographically, we are challenged with our size, but that doesn't really impact the passion for the game, the love for the game." That fire and desire, first and foremost, the reason why Coach Tab views the Philippines as the center of basketball. "When you put on top of that that this is one of the most hospitable countries in the planet with one of the kindest, gentlest, and friendliest populations, I start to ask myself where else would I wanna be and there aren't too many answers to that questions," he said. Does that mean that he will retire here - just like Tim Cone, Norman Black, and Alex Compton did? "Retirement? Why not," he said. "And if then, I can still continue being part of the basketball community to help coaches, to help young players, even if they have to push me around in a wheelchair, why not?" Of course, nothing is set in stone. What is for sure, however, is that Tab Baldwin loves Philippine basketball and will only continue to do so. "I love this country. I love the basketball landscape here even with its flaws and I hope to be a part of helping better every aspect of it because I know (Philippine basketball) has done so much to better my life," he shared. He then continued, "I think I can show my appreciation for that in no better way than to submit myself to what is good for Philippine basketball." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Rays hold Yankees to 2 hits in 1-0 win

By The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Michael Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning on his 28th birthday, six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading New York Yankees 1-0 on Friday night. Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a leadoff walk from Adam Ottavino (2-1) in the eighth and went to second with one out when Kevin Kiermaier walked. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Perez put the Rays up 1-0 on his fly to center. Chaz Roe (2-0) went the final two innings for the win. Masahiro Tanaka allowed one hit and struck out five over five innings, retiring his final 13 batters after giving up a first-inning single to Yandy Diaz. The Yankees’ right-hander needed just 59 pitches in his second start after beginning the season on the concussion list after being struck in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s liner during a July 4th summer camp simulated game. Three New York pitchers also limited the Rays to just two hits. MARLINS 4, METS 3 NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer, Humberto Mejia impressed in his abbreviated major league debut and Miami kept up its surprising surge. The Marlins won their sixth in a row and improved to 7-1 — they’re 5-0 since missing more than a week because of the team’s coronavirus outbreak. Cervelli waved and pointed to the imaginary fans in the seating areas after hitting his second homer of the season. Jonathan Villar added an RBI double in Miami’s four-run second. Dominic Smith homered for the Mets, who have lost seven of nine. New York scored its other runs in the eighth on a throwing error by third baseman Brian Anderson and RBI single by J.D. Davis. Stephen Tarpley (2-0) pitched two innings for the win. Nick Vincent escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and finished for his first save since 2016 with Seattle. Michael Wacha (1-2) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. WHITE SOX 2, INDIANS 0 CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Cease worked his way through five shutout innings, and the Chicago White Sox beat Aaron Civale and Cleveland. Cease walked the leadoff man four times and hit a batter, but wiggled out of trouble each time. The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out four. The Indians went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base, continuing a season-long problem and wasting a terrific start by Civale. They had won three in a row. Civale (1-2) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings. Cleveland played without manager Terry Francona and hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. Francona missed his sixth straight game while addressing a gastrointestinal issue he has been dealing with for months. The team announced before the series opener that Van Burkleo had opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3 BOSTON (AP) — Alex Verdugo hit two solo homers over the Green Monster, Mitch Moreland had a two-run shot and Boston’s beleaguered staff rebounded to lift the Red Sox past Toronto. Verdugo also robbed Travis Shaw of a homer with a leaping grab and Moreland had a bases-loaded walk to help Boston win its second straight following a four-game losing streak. Cavan Biggio hit a solo homer, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette each had an RBI double for Toronto, which has dropped five of six. Moreland’s homer sailed just over the 380-foot sign at the edge of the Blue Jays’ bullpen in right off starter Tanner Roark (1-1) in the third inning for his fourth homer. Reliever Heath Hembree (2-0) got three outs for the victory and Brandon Workman the final three for his third save. ROYALS 3, INDIANS 2 KANSAS CITY, Mo, (AP) — Ryan McBroom hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and Kansas City held Minnesota to a pair of solo homers. Nick Heath and Nicky Lopez also drove in runs for the Royals, who have won two straight after a six-game slide. Jakob Junis served up homers to Byron Buxton and Marwin Gonzalez before leaving with two outs in the fifth inning, and Greg Holland (2-0) led four relievers in holding down the Twins the rest of the way. Trevor Rosenthal retired the final three batters in order for his second save. Matt Wisler (0-1) served up McBroom’s homer as Minnesota lost a one-run game for the second consecutive night. REDS 8, BREWERS 3 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trevor Bauer turned in another stellar outing, and Matt Davidson and Nick Castellanos homered to lead Cincinnati. Bauer (2-0) gave up three hits and one run in six innings while striking out 12. The Reds scored six runs in the second off Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer (0-1), ending a 24-inning scoring drought. Cincinnati had pushed across three runs before Davidson’s three-run homer, his first of the season, which barely cleared the wall in center field. The Reds (6-8) lost 13-0 to Cleveland on Thursday night, failing to score in the last 23 innings of the home-and-home series. PADRES 3, DIAMONDBACKS O SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zach Davies retired the first 13 Arizona batters, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a leadoff homer and rookies Jake Cronenworth and Edward Olivares also went deep to lead San Diego. Davies (2-1) took a perfect game into the fifth before giving up consecutive one-out singles to Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta. He got out of the jam by retiring the next two batters on popups. Davies allowed three singles in 5 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked none. Four relievers finished the combined four-hitter for San Diego’s first shutout. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances. Luke Weaver (0-3) went only three innings, allowing two runs and two hits with three strikeouts and one walk. TIGERS 17, PIRATES 13, 11 INNINGS PITTSBURGH (AP) — Niko Goodrum drove in five runs, two on a double in a big 11th inning that sent Detroit past Pittsburgh. Both teams finished with 16 hits, surprising since each club had four players in the starting lineup batting under .190. Those numbers soon changed as Detroit played its first game in five days. Erik Gonzalez drove in six runs. He homered, doubled and singled twice as Pittsburgh lost for the eighth time in nine games and fell to 3-11. It was 12-all after nine innings and Jeimer Candelario broke a 13-all tie with an RBI single in the 11th. Austin Romine singled home another run and Goodrum capped the inning with his line drive to right field. Candelario finished with three hits and three RBIs. Rookie Bryan Garcia (2-0) got the win despite giving up the 10th-inning run. Dovydas Neverauskas (0-2) allowed all four runs in the 11th. ATHLETICS 3, ASTROS 2, 13 INNINGS OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 13th to lift Oakland to its seventh straight win in a game that matched the longest this season with baseball’s new extra-innings rule. Alex Bregman hit an RBI double in the top of the 13th inning only for the A’s to tie it on Austin Allen’s single in the bottom half against Cy Sneed (0-2). J.B. Wendelken (1-0) worked three strong innings and the A’s finally delivered after squandering bases-loaded chances in the 10th and 12th. Houston lost its third straight. The Astros were supposed to visit Oakland months ago in late March for their first road trip of 2020 after a sign-stealing scam that blemished baseball during the offseason. Coronavirus delayed the Bay Area trip. Robbie Grossman hit a tying homer in the seventh and Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman made a terrific stop on Jose Altuve’s sharp grounder to keep the game tied in the 10th. ROCKIES 8, MARINERS 4 SEATTLE (AP) — Daniel Murphy had a key two-run single and later hit a two-run home run, Garrett Hampson and Charlie Blackmon added solo shots, and Colorado won for the sixth time in seven games. Murphy’s hit with two outs in the sixth ended the night for Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi (0-1) and gave Colorado a 4-1 lead. Colorado then feasted on Seattle’s shaky bullpen. Hampson hit his first home run of the season with two outs in the seventh, and Blackmon led off the eighth with his third long ball. Murphy capped his night lining the first pitch from reliever Yohan Ramriez into the right-field seats with one out in the eighth. Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (3-0) threw six strong innings, allowing two earned runs and struck out five. DODGERS 7, GIANTS 2 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts homered for the first time at Dodger Stadium, and Max Muncy, Will Smith and Edwin Ríos went deep to lead Los Angeles. The Dodgers have won three in a row and eight of 10. Betts was back in the lineup for the first time since injuring his left middle finger last Sunday in Phoenix. He didn’t waste any time, doubling in his first at-bat. He homered into the left-field pavilion in the third, tying the game 1-all. Two batters later, Justin Turner’s RBI single gave Los Angeles the lead for good, 2-1. The Dodgers pummeled Jeff Samardzija in the fourth. Muncy homered to the right-field pavilion leading off. Smith slugged his second homer of the season — both against the Giants — that eluded a leaping Darin Ruf in left field, extending the lead to 5-1. Samardzija (0-2) struggled again in the fifth, and was pulled after loading the bases with no outs. Samardzija was charged with six runs (five earned) and seven hits in four-plus innings. Dylan Floro (1-0) got the victory, giving up one hit in one inning with two strikeouts. RANGERS 4, ANGELS 3 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Trout homered again on his birthday, but Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs without a hit and Texas snapped a three-game losing streak. Trout turned 29, and homered for the fifth time in the seven big league games he has played on his birthday. The three-time AL MVP put the Angels up 2-0 in the first with his 444-foot drive over their bullpen in left-center. Chirinos had a sacrifice fly in the second inning, then walked with the bases loaded as part of a three-run fourth when the Rangers went ahead to stay when all of those runs were unearned. Jordan Lyles (1-1), one of three offseason additions to the Rangers rotation, struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. Rafael Montero, activated from the injured list earlier in the day, worked a perfect ninth for his first career save capped by Trout’s game-ending strikeout. Angels starter Griffin Canning (0-2) threw more balls (45) than strikes (43) while walking six batters in 3 2/3 innings. ORIOLES 11, NATIONALS 0 BALTIMORE (AP) — Even Chris Davis got in on the act for the suddenly slugging Orioles, doubling his season total by collecting two of Baltimore’s 19 hits and raising his average from .087 to .143 in a big win over Washington. Seven of the Orioles’ nine starting position players each got at least a pair of hits. José Iglesias led the way by going 4 for 4 with three RBIs, and Renato Núñez added a three-run homer to back left-hander Tommy Milone (1-1), whose six-inning outing was the longest by an Orioles pitcher this year. Milone, who was drafted by the Nationals in 2008 and briefly pitched for them in 2011 and 2018, allowed just three hits and didn’t walk anyone. The Orioles were coming off getting swept in four games at home by the cobbled-together, coronavirus-struck Miami Marlins. But after scoring a grand total of once through the first three games of that series, Baltimore put up seven runs in the finale Thursday, then kept on swinging well Friday against the reigning World Series champion Nationals and starter Aníbal Sánchez (0-2)......»»

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Jordi GDL feeling good about following in footsteps of kuyas

Jordi Gomez de Liano is next in line in the University of the Philippines' homegrown talents. Alongside UAAP 82 Mythical Team member Aldous Torculas, Collin Dimaculangan, and Ray Allen Torres, the 6-foot-5 swingman has high hopes for the Jr. Maroons' next season - and, looking further, the possibility of moving on up to the Fighting Maroons. More personally, however, Jordi is next in line in the GDL brotherhood in basketball. With kuyas Joe, Javi, and Juan having already made names for themselves, the spotlight is now being shone on the 17-year-old as he enters his last year in high school. Is an MVP in his final season, just like Juan did so in Season 79, on his mind? "No promises, but I'll give my best," he said in The Prospects Pod. "What matters is we get better from last year especially because no one graduated on our team." Whatever happens, what's certain is that Jordi is on the very same path his older brothers had already gone through. And he wouldn't have it any other way. "Both playing basketball and playing for UP are influenced by my brothers and dad," he shared. "My first sport was swimming, but you know, my brothers play basketball so I follow their footsteps." If so, Diliman could only feel good about its future, with yet another GDL on the way - yet another GDL who may very well be just one of four wearing the maroon and green for UAAP 84. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Rare eagles propel Bianca Pagdanganan to joint 8th

It was one big achievement indeed as the SEA Games double gold medalist became only the second player this season to record consecutive eagles, her exploits the 23rd known occurrence in LPGA Tour history......»»

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Lebanon president rejects global probe into port blast

Lebanon’s president has rejected any international probe into the catastrophic Beirut port blast, saying a missile or negligence could have been responsible as rescuers desperately combed the rubble for survivors. The entrenched ruling class has come under fire once again since Tuesday’s explosion, which killed at least 154 people and devastated swathes of the capital. […] The post Lebanon president rejects global probe into port blast appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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An overpowering stench

Even before he took his oath as president, Rodrigo Duterte famously said that he would not tolerate even a whiff of corruption from government officials. He added he would not hesitate to fire such public servants even if they were his allies or appointees. .....»»

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Recto: Constant audit, appointment of resident Ombudsman to prevent corruption at PhilHealth

Senator Ralph Recto on Saturday pushed for wider reforms a day after President Rodrigo Duterte formed a task force to probe allegations of anomalies and corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation......»»

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Kinaray-a News: Modernization program ginapatigayon kang BFP

SAN JOSE, Antique, Agosto 6 (PIA) -- Ginkalipay ni Fire Senior Superintendent kag Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-6 regional director Jerry Candido ang ginapatigayon nga modernization program kang.....»»

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Task force seen to ‘weed out corruption’

Sen. Bong Go has asked all agencies of government to cooperate and support the efforts of the newly formed task force to weed out deeply rooted and systemic corruption in government......»»

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