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Duterte may sign 2021 budget before Christmas

Senators and congressmen comprising the bicameral conference committee may be able to settle their conflicting positions in the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget soon enough to allow President Duterte to sign it in time for Christmas......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News10 hr. 24 min. ago Related News

23 police officials get new assignments in PNP’s latest reshuffle

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-three police officials have been designated to new positions in the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the latest round of reshuffling within the agency. PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said Monday that the reshuffling was recommended by the Senior Officers’ Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) due to vacancies caused by seven retiring […] The post 23 police officials get new assignments in PNP’s latest reshuffle appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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

Waterfalls no. 1

The pandemic notwithstanding, tourists are back in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, particularly its famous “Seven Waterfalls.” This photo, taken early morning of November 29, is Waterfalls no. 1. The water from the lake empties to this falls and the water flows down to six more jumps until it reaches Rio Grande. Two of the seven […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2020Related News

The new normal for Filipino children

The Philippines is one of the poorest and most unequal societies in Asia. Elite-dominated policymaking and governance positions the poor at a perennial structural disadvantage, as political scientist David Timberman has pointed out. Those of us who live in this country know all too well that poor living conditions deeply affect the lives of Filipino […] The post The new normal for Filipino children appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 23rd, 2020Related News

Ayala Group to boost renewable portfolio to 2,500 MW by 2021

The Ayala Group plans to scale up its renewable energy portfolio to 2,500 megawatts next year as it positions AC Energy Philippines Inc. to become the largest listed renewables platform in Southeast Asia......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceNov 19th, 2020Related News

Job applicants increase five-fold amid pandemic

The number of jobseekers increased five-fold in recent months to as many as 300 to 400 per opening as available positions and salary offer fell by nearly half amid the pandemic and quarantine restrictions that limited the capacity of many companies, online hiring portal Jobstreet.com said Tuesday......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceNov 18th, 2020Related News

Tolentino: Let& rsquo;s preserve spirit of Olympism

Letters seeking the disqualification of Tagaytay Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and five other sports officials from running for positions in the Philippine Olympic Committee has been sent to the POC’s election body this week......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsNov 17th, 2020Related News

Students strike to demand proper aid for typhoon victims, hold the Duterte administration accountable for negligence

"National government officials must act now or step down from their positions. No compromises." The post Students strike to demand proper aid for typhoon victims, hold the Duterte administration accountable for negligence appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsNov 17th, 2020Related News

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2020Related News

Sinas reshuffles men in key positions

Philippine National Police chief PGen. Debold Sinas ordered the reshuffling of three key positions, the first of the “minor” revamp he said he will enforce in the coming weeks. In an order released last Friday, 13 November, former Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief Brig. General Ronald Lee was named as the new director […] The post Sinas reshuffles men in key positions appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2020Related News

DSWD Bicol pre-positions relief ahead of Tropical Depression Rolly

DSWD Bicol pre-positions relief ahead of Tropical Depression Rolly.....»»

Source: Bicolstandard BicolstandardCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2020Related News

SB19 ikatlo sa Billboard Social 50

Manila, Philippines – Naungusan ng P-Pop band na SB19 ang American singer na si Ariana Grande sa Billboard Social 50 ngayong linggo. Pumangatlo ang Pinoy Pride sa nasabing music chart category habang pang-apat si Ariana. Yaasss gusto  mo yun? ATin yan e. Ang SB19 ang natatanging music act na mula sa Southeast Asia na pumasok […] The post SB19 ikatlo sa Billboard Social 50 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2020Related News

Pamamahagi ng COVID-19 cash aid sa Catanduanes, sinimulan na – DOLE

  Manila, Philippines – Nagsimula nang mamahagi ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cash aid ang Department of Labor and Employment sa Catanduanes. “Ready na po kami na i-pay out ‘yung binigay niyo sa amin na P13 billion… to include ‘yung P3 billion from the tourism tsaka P300 million sa teachers, ‘yung mga non-teaching positions,” ayon kay […].....»»

Source: Balita BalitaCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2020Related News

Ariana Grande, umariba sa Billboard 200!

  Los Angeles, California – Sa panglimang pagkakataon, nag-number 1 sa Billboard 200 albums chart si Ariana Grande at ito ay para sa album niyang ‘Positions’ na nu’ng October 30 lang ini-release ng Republic Records. Nanguna ang album sa equivalent album sales na umabot sa 174,000 units sa unang linggo pa lang ng paglulunsad nito. […].....»»

Source: Balita BalitaCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2020Related News

Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff to be first ‘second gentleman’

When Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and first Black US vice president, her husband Doug Emhoff will break his own new ground: as the original “second husband.” Media and entertainment lawyer Douglas Emhoff is seen here with his wife Kamala Harris after she took part in the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 27, 2020; he will make history as America’s first “second husband” (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) Harris and Emhoff, who married in 2014 — she for the first time, he for the second — will also be the first mixed-race couple to occupy their positions. He is white while she is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Both are 56. The contours of Emhoff’s new role as the nation’s “second husband” — some prefer “second gentleman” — have yet to be determined; he has been vague about his plans so far.  Traditionally, the spouses of presidents and vice presidents have been expected to forge a careful balance of supportiveness and independence. Many pick a charitable cause to promote. Emhoff, who was credited as a “secret weapon” on the campaign trail for his wife — even earning his own following on social media — is an accomplished lawyer specializing in media, sports and entertainment law. He took leave in August from the multinational DLA Piper, which has lobbying offices in Washington. That could raise prickly conflicts of interest with Harris’s work. Emhoff has been publicly vague about whether he will stay with the firm, though he ha stold interviewers he might want to pursue pro bono legal work. Emhoff marks another milestone: he would be the first Jew to be part of America’s first or second families. Friends have described him as a less-than-observant Jew but one who identifies strongly with, and is deeply shaped by, Judaism.  The Jewish publication Forward embraced him as the “Second Mensch.” When its reporter asked Emhoff’s mother Barbara about his religious upbringing, she was coy, but offered: “He was bar mitzvahed in New Jersey, I can tell you that.” Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, he is said to have happy memories of Jewish summer camp, where he won athletic awards. While in high school, his father moved the family to Los Angeles. Emhoff earned a law degree at the University of Southern California, then worked at other law firms before reaching DLA Piper. When Emhoff met Harris on a blind date arranged by friends, it was “love at first sight,” he later said.  His children by his first marriage — Cole, named after John Coltrane, and Ella, named after Ella Fitzgerald — have embraced their stepmother as “Momala.”  Emhoff’s ex-wife Kerstin Mackin remains friendly and even joins the family at Thanksgiving. The “second husband-elect,” incidentally, shares one thing with Donald Trump: both are avid golfers.  .....»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2020Related News

COVID-19’s impact on banks manageable – BSP report

The banking system remains on “solid footing” in terms of assets, loans, deposits, profitability, capital and liquidity buffers despite the COVID-19 health crisis, a report from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.  “The impact of the pandemic on the overall condition and performance of the banking system, which remains the core of the domestic financial system, has been manageable,” according to the BSP’s second semester report on the Philippine financial system. The total assets of the banking system account for 81.9 percent of the financial system’s total resources. MB file photo. The banks remained resilient during the worst of the lockdown period because of the “timely, time-bound and crucial” regulatory relief measures that BSP granted to them during the most severe quarantine months of March until June. These relief measures “helped address the adverse repercussions of the pandemic.” One of these reprieves was the suspension of the submission of some bank reports while most of the country was on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) restrictions. Banks have had to adjust operations and deal with the slowdown in economic activities that affected their borrowers’ capacity to pay. Based on a set of financial soundness indicators (FSI) to assess banks’ health and soundness, it noted that the banking system is “stable and resilient despite global uncertainties related to the extent and path of COVID-19 menace.”  But, the BSP said that the FSI analysis also implies that “consequent risks from lending should be monitored especially in the event of excessive uncertainties that could place additional pressures on the banking system in the short and medium run.” As of the report timeline, banks surveyed have yet to determine the total impact of the grace periods under the Bayanihan law but generally, based on the BSP’s comprehensive baseline survey conducted in April, banks have proactive control measures that will ensure the continued delivery of financial services to the general public and also to protect their personnel, said the BSP. Banks’ business continuity plans, and previous efforts at digitalization, also helped them to respond quickly to conditions brought about by the ECQ. Despite the economy in recession due to the pandemic, the banking system’s total assets reached P18.6 trillion as of end-June, 98.8 percent of the GDP. The end-June tally was 7.9 percent higher year-on-year but was slower than the 9.8 percent growth recorded in June 2019 and the 8.4 percent growth as of end-December 2019. Assets continue to grow because of the expansion of funds that went to lending activities while funding came from deposits, bond issuances and capital infusion. In the meantime, the report said banks’ profitability or net income fell by 22.5 percent to P86.5 billion as of end-June 2020 because of higher provisioning requirements. This was a reversal of the 27.7 percent growth in earnings same time in 2019.  “Provisions on credit losses for loans and financial assets significantly increased, weighing heavily on bank profitability. Other income sources are expected to slow down due to lower volume of transactions, waiver of inter-branch and interbank fees as well as the temporary grace period moratorium on the imposition of bank fees, penalties and charges under the Bayanihan Act,” said the BSP. Based on the BSP survey, banks have measures to cushion the adverse impact of the pandemic on profitability such as banks’ plans to impose cost-cutting measures that includes deferred capital spending and freeze hiring of non-critical positions. The BSP said banks have also intensified loan collection activities and its loan monitoring. They have also become more prudent in loan releases, reduced the cost of funds and at the same time boosted marketing campaigns for new loans and deposits.  “Across banking groups, (the big banks) also intend to reduce their exposures to vulnerable sectors and to increase ancillary or fee-based business while thrift banks and rural/cooperative banks plan to fast track digitization initiatives to reduce operating expenses,” said the BSP......»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2020Related News

Marcos camp claims 2 & lsquo;wins& rsquo;

The camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday claimed victory over the positions manifested by both the Office of the Solicitor General and the Commission on Elections in their respective comments, which asserted the “sole” jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the pending electoral protest filed by him against Vice President Leni Robredo in 2016......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsNov 3rd, 2020Related News

Ariana Grande drops sultry new album, backs Biden

Pop superstar Ariana Grande had the twitterati abuzz Friday after dropping her third album in three years, a pandemic-era meld of juicy pop and soulful R&B that sees the superstar’s soaring vocals turn increasingly carnal......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesNov 1st, 2020Related News

P3.4 million shabu seized in Zamboanga

Anti-narcotics agents seized half a kilo of shabu with an estimated street value of P3.4 million in a sting in Sitio Logoy Grande in this city on Tuesday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 28th, 2020Related News

‘Still a long way for women’s equality’

While more of them are holding positions of power, women are far from having a voice equal to men as they are still subjected to various forms of violence and harmful practices in every region of the world, a new United Nations gender study revealed......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 25th, 2020Related News