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Ronald Cardema backtracks on statement vs ‘anti-government scholars’

Following backlash from his earlier proposal, Ronald Cardema of the National Youth Commission backtracked and said that only those who are members of the New People’s Army should be stripped of their scholarships. Cardema previously asked President Rodrigo Duterte that “all anti-government” scholars should be removed from state-provided programs. It later earned widespread criticisms and […] The post Ronald Cardema backtracks on statement vs ‘anti-government scholars’ appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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Free, fast wifi to open in BISU thru Google-Smart

Private sector partnership now joins in the government orchestrated move to provide the infrastructure for development in opening a fast and free wireless fidelity (wifi) connection at the government’s state college here. Thanks to Google’s Google Stations in partnership with Smart Communications, the ripples from the Presidential promise of making accessible free wifi hotspots anyone […].....»»

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Severe tropical storm monitored outside of PH – Pagasa

A severe tropical storm is being monitored outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the state-run weather bureau said on Thursday. The weather disturbance, with international name “Wutip,” was spotted…READ The post Severe tropical storm monitored outside of PH – Pagasa appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Abu Sayyaf threaten to execute 3 hostages 

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Abu Sayyaf militants, whose group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, threatened to execute two Indonesian and a Malaysian hostages, being held captive in southern Philippines if…READ The post Abu Sayyaf threaten to execute 3 hostages  appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the break to shore up their bench and to help propel them into the playoffs. Portland resumes its season Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at the Brooklyn Nets, the first of a grueling seven-game road swing. The game will likely mark the Blazers debut of Enes Kanter, signed just before the break. Kanter was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He was once a starter in New York but he fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players. The center from Turkey averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. “As far as the rotation, that should be pretty seamless. He’ll get the backup five minutes,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He’s a proven NBA player. He can score, he can rebound. He’s played in big games. So it shouldn’t be too difficult.” Kanter will join a second unit that, as it stands, includes Jake Layman, Seth Curry, Evan Turner and another newcomer, Rodney Hood. Acquired at the trade deadline in a deal with Cleveland, Hood has played in four games with the Blazers, averaging 9.72 points a game. The moves give Portland better depth as the team heads into the critical part of the season. The Blazers are 34-23 and in fourth place in the Western Conference. They’re seven games back of first-place Golden State, the team they bested by 22 points last week. “To go into the All-Star break and be confident knowing that we beat one of the best teams, if not the best team in the NBA, it’s huge for us,” forward Zach Collins said. There are still 25 games left, but for the past two years the Blazers have mounted post-break rallies. Last year at this time, Portland was 32-26, sitting in sixth place in the West, and also coming off a victory over the Warriors. The win touched off a 13-game winning streak that helped the team secure the West’s third seed for a fifth straight playoff appearance. The team’s streak matched the franchise record. The previous season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33, and an overtime loss at Detroit shortly thereafter put the Blazers 11 games under .500. But Portland caught fire from there and went 13-3 in March. Damian Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points in 16 games, and Stotts was named Coach of the Month. Following the latest victory over the Warriors, Lillard said he was happy with the team’s position heading into the remainder of the season, even if they let a few slip away. “I like it, I think it’s better than it has been in the past going into the break,” he said, referring to the team’s current record. “A big win going into the break. So that’s a positive, but obviously for us we look back at the opportunities we let slip away. The Dallas game, the Miami game at home. ... But all things considered, I think we all like where we are.”.....»»

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Deny activist studes state scholarships?

THE SUPREMO of the National Youth Commission, which banners itself as the “Voice and Advocate of the Youth,” seems to be taking his pro-Duterte administration views a bit too far......»»

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Hotter, drier El Niño ahead

Residents of Luzon, including Metro Manila, should brace for a hotter dry season due to El Niño, which is expected to become full-blown by the end of this month, the state weather agency warned yesterday......»»

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State funeral for Bobby Mañosa at Libingan ng mga Bayani

State funeral for Bobby Mañosa at Libingan ng mga Bayani.....»»

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New EJK definition | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: A new law presents a new definition for extrajudicial killings or EJKs, especially when it comes to children in armed conflict situations. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra strikes down the proposal of National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Cardema to revoke government scholarships given to students with supposed links to leftist groups. State weather bureau ........»»

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Convoy plucks women, children from last ISIS holdout in Syria

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria – A convoy of trucks evacuated dozens of people including women and children from the Islamic State group's (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) last Syria redoubt Wednesday, February 20, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the "caliphate." The implosion of ........»»

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Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals as he delivered a state of the nation address Wednesday, February 20, aimed at boosting falling approval ratings. But while he took a combative tone with the West, he reached out to Russians with promises ........»»

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PDIC raises P15 million from sale of closed banks’ assets

State-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. raised close to P15 million from the sale of 52 properties of closed banks through a public bidding in Davao City last month......»»

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PNOC set to appraise assets as equity in Phoenix-led LNG hub

STATE-LED Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) is back to crunching numbers as it reviews the value of its assets and how these will translate into its equity in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub being led by Davao City businessman Dennis A. Uy......»»

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Economic team wants 145 projects off poll ban

The EXECUTIVE branch will release funds this year according to state offices’ spending capacity despite Congress’ opposition to the scheme, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said in a press briefing on Wednesday, adding that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s economic managers have signed a request for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exempt 145 infrastructure projects from the 45-day ban on public works ahead of the May 13 mid-term elections......»»

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UAAP: UST coach Kung Fu Reyes livid over late missed call

UST Golden Tigresses head coach Emilio 'Kung Fu' Reyes expressed his displeasure over a missed call that could have changed momentum late in the fourth set. Trailing late in the fourth set, 20-17, UST was on the verge of cutting more of the Lady Eagles' lead. Reyes then called out Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston for allegedly changing positions in the previous possession and thus should have been called for a rotation error.  Instead, what they got was a net touch violation on Janine Balcorta, and confusion ensued, as a timeout was called. Reyes fumed along the sidelines and got a yellow card for arguing with the second referee in the next possession.  "Kitang-kita. Wala na eh. Ewan ko ah. Ang interpretasyon nila parang basketball. Pag di daw nila nakita, di tinawagan. Kino-contest ko na," explained Reyes.  "Sinasabi ko na. Beforehand, nag-drdribble pa lang yung server natin, tapos sila rin nag-tripping. Ang masakit kasi, hindi naman kami ipapanalo kung yun ang tinawag. May chance na nakadikit," he added. The fourth-year coach for the Golden Tigresses however clarified that it was not the game-defining call, but suggested something else could have happened, especially with the way how momentum swung in their favor. UST ultimately lost the game the set and the game, 21-25, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25. "Na-receive na yung bola sa depensa, tapos tatawagan kami ng touch of the net? Lahat ng mali na naitatawag sa amin. Samantalang mali na doon sa harapan nila, di pa nagagawa yung action sa ano sa serve, 'di pa natatawagan hanggang sa matapos yung serve. Kitang-kita, ayaw nila i-correct yung sarili nila," a fuming Reyes exclaimed. He also called on the UAAP to get referees who have had playing experience to get a more personal feel of the game, to see the nuances that a regular spectator might miss. "Ang dapat unang tinatanong dyan kung volleyball player yung referee if they understand the nature of the game. Ganoon lang kasi yun. Biruin mo, nakikita ko yun, nagco-coach ako ng anim na taon, tinitignan mo yung kabila, nakikita ko. Ano ba ang nakikita nila? Yun net, check ball?" "Ang dami yung positioning ng tao, nagpalit lang ng dalawa di na nila alam kung tama o mali yung position? Tao tayo oo, pero they understand the nature of the game. Dapat alam nila ang rotation." He also added that acknowleding the error could have prevented him from blowing his top, but he never got the apology. "Dyan sila kumikita eh. Diba? Ganoon yun. Di yung sasabihin na nagkakamali. Oo nga nagkakamali pero ano yun very basic yung ano. Tapos magdadahilan pa sila? Ano ba naman yung sabihin nila na 'di ko nakita coach'? Yung pag-amin, ma-relieve ka kahit papaano. Pero they keep on denying. That's bullsh*t. Ganoon na yung nangyayari." Talking about his team's performance, he did note how his middle blockers underperformed since the reception was poor. He also praised Ateneo's counterparts for delivering, which was the main factor in the Lady Eagles' first win of the season. With his personal losing streak against Katipunan extending to seven games dating back to Season 78, he wishes that he could now end it in the next round. "Yun yung magandang motivation sana na maka-isa kami pero outstanding ang talo ng Ateneo, lalo na at the net." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

Madaming nag-eexpect pero tao din ako, rookie pa lang ako -- Eya Laure

UST Golden Tigresses rookie Eya Laure asked fans to temper expectations as she continues her UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball campaign. Laure scored 12 points in the 21-25, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25 loss against the Ateneo Lady Eagles Wednesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre, just five points less from her debut Sunday. "Sinasabi ko naman every game na kailangan mahanap mo yung confidence mo as a player kasi nga importante yun nga lang parang gasoline ang tagal kong uminit and ang tagal ko rin nahanap yung confidence ko kung paano ko ilalaro yung normal kong laro," the rookie said. "Madaming nageexpect pero tao din ako, rookie pa lang ako," she added. Laure also mentioned that she had been reading comments about her in social media, mostly positive, but asks for patience as she treads along her inaugural collegiate campaign. When asked on what area of her game she needs to improve on, she noted that a healthy mind will be most integral. "Siguro yung swag. I mean hindi naman swag sa kalaban pero yung kunwari confidence ko sa sarili na chinicheer up ko yung sarili ko, chinicheer up ko yung teammates ko nagsasalita ako na nadadala ko sila kasi kapag nila nakita ako na nginingitian ko minsan yung kalaban, hindi naman personally, pero dun ko lang nakukuha yung confidence ko na maglaro kung ano yung nilalaro ko." The 19-year-old, who is part of the roster that should have seen action in the Asian U23 Women's Volleyball Championships in Thailand, expressed her sadness at the sudden pullout. "Nalungkot ako pero pinagpray ko na lang din yun kasi siguro hindi pa time ngayon pero madami pa naman, madami pa namang dadating na mga liga-liga sa international kahit papaano siyempre as a player sino ba namang hindi gusto na parang irepresent yung country," shared Laure.  "So yun for me nalungkot pero sabi ko nga ipagpe-pray ko na lang kung ano yung plans ni God sa Philippine volleyball. Dito muna tayo magfofocus sa UAAP na lang."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

Guevarra: NYC move restrains youth s freedom of speech, expression

State universities and colleges should take pride in socially aware students and not drop them from school, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said, hitting the proposed move of National Youth Commission chair Gian Caderma......»»

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Full blown El Niño to develop this year

El Niño is expected to go “full-blown” as early as the end of February, the state weather bureau PAGASA announced Wednesday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

PRRD signs law creating Philippine Sports Training Center Manila Bulletin News

PRRD signs law creating Philippine Sports Training Center Manila Bulletin MANILA - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law establishing a state-of-the-art and highly-scientific sports complex t.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

El Niño on its way, says Pagasa

MANILA --- The state weather bureau said its alert system is now in the "El Nio Advisory" category, which is one step closer to declaring a full-blown El Nio phenomenon. "Weak El Nio is present in the tropical Pacific; with this development, the PAGASA ENSO Alert System is now upgraded to El Nio Advisory. Varying impacts may occur," the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its advisory on Wednesday. ENSO refers to the El Nio Southern Oscillation, a naturally occurring phenomenon of the climate system resulting from the interaction between the ocean and atmosphere in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. It lasts 8 to ...Keep on reading: El Niño on its way, says Pagasa.....»»

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