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Solon proposes ‘pass or fail grading’ for first term of classes this school year

MANILA, Philippines — House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr. has called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to pilot test first its planned learning modes as he also proposed the adoption of a “pass or fail” grading system for the first term of classes as teachers and students adjust to the “new system.” In a […] The post Solon proposes ‘pass or fail grading’ for first term of classes this school year appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: News7 hr. 22 min. ago Related News

We top C-19 deaths per 1-M population

The Philippines was in the limelight this week after being described in a press report as having the fastest-growing number of COVID-19 infections among the countries and territories in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News15 hr. 5 min. ago Related News

MLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts near

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Yoán Moncada has spent the past couple of months working out in what he called a “controlled and limited environment” in Florida, where the White Sox slugger could continue to get at-bats while protecting himself from the coronavirus. That's a good description of the environment that greeted him upon his return to Chicago. Players began reporting to their teams and home ballparks Wednesday in the most significant step yet as Major League Baseball presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. “We were doing workouts by time, you know? You have to reserve a time. I wasn't interacting with a lot of people there,” Moncada said of his sessions in Florida. “The last couple of weeks I started lifting a little bit. I was hitting with limitations that we had during this situation. But I feel good. I'm ready to go.” Much like other clubs, the White Sox intend to split their 60-man roster into two groups, one working out in the morning and the other in the afternoon. All players will have their temperatures checked multiple times each day, observe increased social distancing and get accustomed to stringent safeguards that MLB has put into place for the season. “That's going to be different to see and feel as a team,” Moncada said. “We'll have to wait and see Friday how it goes.” The Yankees won't hold their first full-team workout until Saturday, even though manager Aaron Boone said players began intake testing Wednesday. That's when he plans to address the team for the first time — also in waves. “We’ll have to get creative with how we communicate,” said Boone, who plans to make the same speech three or four times. Faced with the prospect of playing 60 games in 66 days, time-consuming safety protocols, the responsibility to remain diligent health-wise off the field and the general anxiety of working amid a pandemic, Boone believes focus and toughness can be as important to a team this season as baserunning or bullpen management. “How do you deal with that mentally and emotionally?” Boone asked. “How you’re able to separate that out when you take the field each and every night? There’s an advantage to be had there." After gauging workloads for pitchers during the shutdown, Boone expects his starters will be ready to face live hitters on the first day of summer camp. He plans to stay flexible on usage and may consider using a six-man rotation or openers, but nothing has been determined yet as all teams adjust to a new norm. “An injury can wipe out a season in a hurry,” Boone said, adding that he’s likely to be cautious with players early after New York placed a major league record 30 players on the injured list a total of 39 times last season. Orioles general manager Mike Elias said there had been no positive tests for COVID-19 among players and staff who were examined Wednesday, but he acknowledged that “it's going to be an ongoing process.” Elias has thus far named only 44 players of the 60 available to participate in the preseason workout. He will decide later which prospects will fill out the preseason roster in advance of a projected season-opener July 23 or July 24. And despite rising numbers of COVID-19 across the country, and a few players opting out, most players and executives have been bullish on the season taking place. They believe in protocols hammered out during lengthy negotiations between MLB and its players' association and are eager to provide fans with some much-needed diversion. “We’ve got to make sure we understand best practices in social distancing, make sure we know we are keeping ourselves not only apart from one another but also behaving in a way that’s consistent to what’s going to keep us all healthy," Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “Provided we can all work together to comply with these protocols and respect — as I said earlier —- respect each other and respect the rules, I’m optimistic that we can make this happen.” ___ AP Sports Writers David Ginsburg, Jake Seiner and Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports17 hr. 5 min. ago Related News

LeBron James group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day. The idea, which comes after Kentucky used large facilities in its June 23 primary, is to use large spaces that allow for in-person voting while still enforcing social distancing guidelines. It also underscores the attention on the mechanics of voting amid the pandemic, with the intensity already reflected in both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden warning that state and local officials have the power to “corrupt” the election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called her “partnership” with the Pistons an “blueprint for other teams and leagues seeking to advance our common goal of protecting access to the vote for all.” Lloyd Pierce, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, said the arrangement in his city ensures “high turnout” in a safe environment. Benson, Pierce and David Fizdale, former New York Knicks head coach, will advise NBA franchises and arena management entities around the country on how to replicate the existing deals. The Milwaukee Bucks also confirmed they are willing to use their home arena as a voting site in the most populous city in the key battleground of Wisconsin. The coordinated push is a turnabout, of sorts, in the often-partisan jousting over voting procedures. Some Democrats panned Kentucky elections officials for limiting in-person June primary voting in the state’s two most populous counties to Louisville’s Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. Voting rights advocates argued in federal court that the plan, part of culling voting sites statewide amid coronavirus concerns, would harm minority voters. A federal judge rejected their claims, and voting proceeded without the melee that some advocates had forecast. Now, Benson, a Democrat, is pushing the arena model not as an example of potential voter suppression, but a way to fight it. “One of our greatest challenges in protecting voters’ access to democracy this November is identifying accessible locations where citizens can safely vote in person,” she said. Amid COVID, that could outweigh potential logistical difficulties of large sites. Lines for such venues can still be long — just as with normal polling locations — as was seen in Lexington at some points on primary day. Voters also could face traffic jams or public transit hiccups given the number of people involved. General elections also have considerably larger turnout than primaries. Nonetheless, there’s a growing bipartisan push for large-venue voting. NFL executive Scott Pioli last week presented the National Association of Secretaries of State a plan for widespread use of professional and college sports facilities. James’ group is officially nonpartisan. But the NBA star has been open about its emphasis on the Black community, where Trump faces intense opposition for his white identity politics. James has not endorsed Biden, but he endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Bucks owners, the Lasry family, are major Democratic Party donors. Bucks executive Alex Lasry helped lead the effort that landed the Democratic National Convention in the city.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports17 hr. 5 min. ago Related News

Police changes tune on Sulu ‘misencounter’ but military cries ‘cover-up’

THE plot thickens. After insisting that the death of four soldiers in Sulu in the hands of police was a “misencounter”, the Philippine National Police (PNP) changed its tune on Wednesday and said that what happened was a “shooting incident”. Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman, said that based on a review of the police report on the incident on Monday, […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2020Related News

Groups urge UN rights council to deliver strong resolution on Philippines

In a joint statement, Karapatan and international monitor CIVICUS said Bachelet’s report underscored that the country’s “once-vibrant and open tradition of civil society activism is under serious threat.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2020Related News

Urea kinks dispelled

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the alleged overpriced fertilizers procured by the Department of Agriculture (DA) is above board in his recent report to Congressional Oversight Committee on the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. “As to the alleged overpricing in the procurement of urea fertilizer, the DA has reported that the centralized fertilizer bidding […] The post Urea kinks dispelled appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2020Related News

DA on new swine flu strain: Report pig deaths

Hog raisers should report any unusual pig death after a new strain of swine flu with pandemic potential was discovered in China......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2020Related News

P700-M internet project for public schools launched

  BY GENALYN KABILING   *   THE government has launched a P700-million project to provide in­ternet connection for 7,000 public schools, President Duterte said in his latest report to Congress. The President said the Depart­ment of Education (DepEd) has started to procure internet con­nection for these public schools to increase the number of educa­tional […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

22 new COVID-19 cases in Talisay City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Talisay City recorded 22 new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) based on a report by the Talisay City Public Information Office (PIO) on June 30, 2020. The city now has a total of 291 cases, but only 143 of these are considered as active cases. According to the Talisay […] The post 22 new COVID-19 cases in Talisay City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

Grave violations : Bachelet presents report on Philippines to UN rights council

“Findings of the report were very serious. Law and policies countering national security threats and illegal drugs have been crafted and implemented in ways that severely impact human rights,” Bachelet said as she formally presented her office’s report on the situation in the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council during its 44th session......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

China, Russia disagree with UN rights chief s report on Philippines

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented her office’s report detailing “serious” human rights violations in the Philippines, including extrajudicial killings, to the UN Human Rights Council during its 44th session Tuesday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

Glupteba malware hides in plain sight

Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, published a report on a malware family whose infection numbers have been steadily growing since the beginning of the year. This malware has been getting regular updates and feature enhancements that seem to be focused on its ability to conceal itself from detection on infected computers.  .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechJun 30th, 2020Related News

NTT Ltd. Philippines announces new CEO

NTT Ltd., a world-leading global technology services provider, today announced the appointment of Ireen Catane as CEO for NTT Ltd. in the Philippines. She assumes the leadership role with immediate effect and will report to Kim-Meng Png, ASEAN CEO for NTT Ltd. â€‹.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechJun 30th, 2020Related News

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February

Donald Trump received a written briefing about alleged Russian bounties offered to Afghan militants to kill American troops as early as February, The New York Times said Monday in a new report undercutting the US president’s assertion that he was not told of the threat. Trump has come under increasing pressure to explain mounting media […] The post Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

Duterte: DepEd allocating P700M for internet connections of 7,000 public schools

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is allocating P700 million to provide internet service to 7,000 schools nationwide, in preparation for the country’s shift from basic education system to online learning in view of the coronavirus pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress. According to Duterte’s 14th weekly report to Congress, which was made public on […] The post Duterte: DepEd allocating P700M for internet connections of 7,000 public schools appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

COVID-19 may increase illicit activities via darknet — UN

As the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is prompting drug traffickers to find new routes and methods, illicit shipments by mail and activities via the so-called “darknet” may increase, according to the United Nations’ latest annual World Drug Report......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

At least 122 children killed in government’s drug war — report

In a report released ahead of the three-week session of the UN Human Rights Council, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Philippine-based Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center documented 122 killings of children—aged one to 17 years old—between July 2016 and December 2019......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

Duterte to submit report to Congress

Duterte to submit report to Congress.....»»

Source: Cnnphilippines CnnphilippinesCategory: NewsJun 29th, 2020Related News

Senators: Gov’t ‘mishandling’ led to fast rise in PH virus cases

MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) report that the Philippines had the fastest rise in new coronavirus cases in the Western Pacific region in the past two weeks was the result of the government’s “mishandling” of the pandemic, several senators said on Sunday. “Something is very wrong,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said […] The post Senators: Gov’t ‘mishandling’ led to fast rise in PH virus cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 29th, 2020Related News