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There's a new volleyball tournament in town and it's reserved for the young ones.Jerry Yee, the head coach of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, will spearhead the Crosscourt Volley Tournament where eight teams from Metro Manila and Laguna will compete to see who among them has the best volleyball aspirants.CVT will only feature volleyball players aged 13 to 19."This is something I'm very passionate about, and through the CVT we hope we can discover the next Alyssa Valdez, the next Kim Fajardo, or the next Jaja Santiago," said Yee Friday at Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club."I'm happy that young players, whether they are varsity players or not, get the chan...Keep on reading: UP coach Yee spearheads Crosscourt Volley Tournament
Marcus Simmons isn't blaming anything or anyone but himself after Phoenix suffered its third straight loss Saturday night.Simmons had a nightmarish outing, scoring measly seven points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field in a 106-89 setback at the hands of Rain or Shine in a game where the Fuel Masters led by as much as 11 points late in the third quarter."I played like s**t and I gotta man up to it and I'll be ready to play next game," Simmons told reporters.The 28-year-old Simmons rued his poor start, a scoreless opening quarter that he couldn't recover from."I started off bad from the first quarter. I gotta be more prepared for the game and just bring it. I can't sta...Keep on reading: Simmon blames self after Phoenix’s third straight loss
LOS ANGELES---Many actors like to proclaim that they are shy away from the stage or cameras. In the case of British actor Ben Whishaw, he appears to be genuinely bashful and seemingly ill at ease talking about himself. When he's performing, Ben is a different animal, of course. He just finished commanding a Broadway stage as the iconic John Proctor in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Ben, who plays Q in the last two James Bond movies and will play Freddie Mercury in a movie about the rock band Queen, consistently earns acclaim in indie films, including the recent "The Lobster." He's just as compelling in BBC's thr...Keep on reading: Ben Whishaw on why his gay character resonates with him
Three days after a combat-trained police force was put in charge of New Bilibid Prison (NBP), reports of maltreatment have reached the Catholic priest who ministers to the inmates. Msgr. Roberto Olaguer, the NBP chaplain, said many inmates had complained that their new guards from the Special Action Force (SAF) were using violence to enforce prison rules. He said a SAF officer allegedly punched a prisoner in the stomach for not wearing the orange NBP uniform. Another inmate also took a punch just for saying "good morning" to an officer, while a Muslim inmate was called out for sporting a beard, which a SAF member allegedly pulled. "These are just th...Keep on reading: SAF’s heavy hand grips Bilibid
The Quezon City Police District has issued the following traffic advisory in view of the road closures and security measures for President Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the Batasang Pambansa complex tomorrow, July 25.12:01 a.m., July 25---Commonwealth Avenue (north- and southbound) from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) / Philcoa to Fairview (Fairview Center mall) will be cleared. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed. Commonwealth northbound shall be partially closed from AFNI Building to San Simon U-turn slot; concrete barriers will be put up in front of AFNI Building. The southbound lanes will remain open.5 a.m.---Motorists coming from QMC to Fai...Keep on reading: Sona traffic advisory for QC
Fresh blood was spilled on the streets with the killing of six men---two of them shot by the Manila police and four by unidentified gunmen in Pasay City. The four victims of apparent vigilante attacks were found in different locations in Pasay between late Friday night and early Saturday. The body of 50-year-old Redentor Manalang, a tricycle driver, was found by bystanders around 9:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of Zamora and Protacio Streets, according to the city police chief, Senior Supt. Nolasco Bathan. Manalang was shot three times in the body and, like many others killed in this manner over the past few weeks, had a carton sign placed on his bod...Keep on reading: Pasay hitmen leave cardboard signs; Manila cops find ‘drug-using robbers’
The city government of Manila has entered into a joint venture agreement with a construction conglomerate for the P7.4-billion expansion of Manila North Harbour Centre (MNHC) in Tondo through reclamation.The JVA, signed at City Hall on Thursday by Mayor Joseph Estrada and R-II Builders Inc., involves the reclamation of 50 hectares of Manila Bay on the western side of MNHC, which currently sits on 79 hectares of reclaimed land.Under the agreement, Manila will be "appropriated with a 15-hectare portion of the soon-to-be-reclaimed area which the city government is planning to develop as a new industrial complex," City Hall said in a statement on Saturday.Phase 1 and 2 of the rec...Keep on reading: Manila OKs another reclamation project
UP TO 5,000 members of leftist groups now on their way to Quezon City to hold a rally near the Legislative Building during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Duterte Monday have been given a clear path to their destination.Pastor Dan Balucio, secretary general of the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) in Bicol, said in an interview during the groups' stopover in Naga City that 191 buses carried delegates from different leftist groups from areas in Mindanao and Bicol region and were not blocked by soldiers or policemen on the road.Leftist groups headed for past Sona under the Arroyo and Aquino administrations had been blocked...Keep on reading: Left encounters no cop, soldier in trek to Sona
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT---A steel industry group said the public should be warned about a shipment of deformed steel bars from China which passed through this free port recently.In a statement, the Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (Pisi) said allowing 4,929 metric tons of deformed steel bars to be released into the market without proper testing would expose the public to "unnecessary risk.""People's lives are at stake here. Why was there a concerted effort to release the shipment before proper testing and put people at risk?" Roberto Cola, Pisi president, said.Cola said substandard steel bars were found in collapsed buildings and structures in 2013 when an earthquake struck Cen...Keep on reading: Group says Chinese steel bars in Subic not tested properly
TENG Andal grew up in the village of Bual in this town seeing a vandalized sign that says "place of no return."Now 51 years old and a village councilor, Andal said he had witnessed the transformation of his once perilous place into a "zone of peace."Andal said living in the village in the past was a risky venture. Not because of armed clashes."Residents, especially farmers, refuse to live in this area because the road is unreliable," Andal said."It was pockmarked and muddy that at one time, an engineer surveying the road got stuck waist-deep in the quicksand-like earth," he said.When the roads are clear, only carabaos with makeshift carriages, ...Keep on reading: Living in Isulan ‘budlay’ no more
GENERAL SANTOS CITY---Environment Secretary Gina Lopez vowed to stop issuing new and renewing existing mining permits in Sarangani province as long as she is head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).The DENR, prior to Lopez's appointment, had given a permit to 88 Kiamba Mining and Development Corp. to explore copper, gold and silver deposits in Sarangani and the nearby province of South Cotabato.Kiamba is headed by Mohamad Aquia, former head of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group in Mindanao and said to be a close ally of Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao.Constancio Paye Jr., MGB Central Mindanao director, confirmed that the exploration permit was the first t...Keep on reading: Lopez vows to stop mining in Sarangani
Triggered by the success seen with the winning of five new clients in the last few quarters, Ramco Systems, a leading enterprise software provider on Cloud, Mobile and Tablets, has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in Philippines under the name Ramco System Inc. As the second largest populated nation in Asean, Philippines has been witnessing the fastest economic growth among the Asean countries. To better address the market opportunity arising in Philippines, Ramco Systems has set up an office, its fourth in the region and 21st, globally. Ramco's new office will employ local innovators, at a time when the Philippines IT sector...Keep on reading: Ramco Systems enters PH
WADING RIVER, N.Y. --- A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. "Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is just plain stupid," said Dick Amper, of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. "Solar is very important to fight global warming and beyond, but I'm afraid we're making false choices when you destroy portions of nature and the environment to accomplish that end." ...Keep on reading: Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?
BEIJING --- Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, officials said Saturday, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood. The rains, which began on Monday, have flooded streams, triggered landslides and destroyed homes across the country. Most of the fatalities were reported in the northern province of Hebei, where the provincial Department of Civil Affairs said 114 people were killed and 111 others were missing. More than 300,000 people were evacuated in Hebei, and the province made a...Keep on reading: Floods kill at least 154 across China, leave scores missing