ABOUT 12,000 public school students in 6,000 households in San Juan had their free fiber optic internet connection fully activated this Friday, a year after its installation, the city government said in a statement. This developed after the local government partnered with internet service company Converge ICT Solution Inc. which also provided a learning management and communication system to help implement blended distance learning. The new system provides an application platform for students and teachers to manage their lessons, exams and homework. Teachers can also conduct their classes through the app. Mayor Francis Zamora said this would lessen students’ burden on online learning. The Department of Information and Communications Technology turned over 12,500 tablets, 1,000 laptops and 1,000 pocket Wi-Fi to the city government to be distributed to K to 12 public school students. … [Read more...] about 12K students get free internet connection in San Juan
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IMAGE: Australia's Ashleigh Barty is congratulated by Spain's Paula Badosa Gibert after winning their semi final at the Madrid Open at Caja Magica, Madrid, on Thursday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters World No 1 Ashleigh Barty swatted aside Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Madrid Open final and exact revenge for her shock loss to the Spanish wildcard last month. The Australian has advanced to her maiden Madrid final and will meet Aryna Sabalenka, who cruised past Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the second semi-final. Barty, who lost to Badosa in the quarter-finals in Charleston, struck 30 winners in an immaculate display that extended her winning run on clay to 16 matches. Badosa, the first Spanish woman to make the semis in Madrid, went toe-to-toe with Barty early on but her resistance crumbled while serving at 5-4 down. She saved two set points but gifted the 25-year-old Australian the opener with a double fault. Barty, who triumphed … [Read more...] about Tennis: Barty sets up Sabalenka final in Madrid
An enormous Cascadia earthquake that sent a tsunami all the way to Japan in 1700 may have been one of a sequence of dangerous quakes, instead of a single devastating temblor. The 1700 Cascadia earthquake is known from oral histories of local tribes living in what is today British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and northern California, as well as from geological records of broken rocks and tsunami deposits. Researchers are confident that the earthquake , with its estimated magnitude of 8.7 to 9.2, hit on Jan. 26: Written records in Japan tell of a tsunami on that date that corresponds to the oral histories and geological record on the other side of the Pacific. Now, though, new research suggests that the 1700 quake may have been slightly smaller than previously believed, and that it was just one of a series of several large earthquakes that struck within a few years. The study, presented April 20 at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America, used a modeling … [Read more...] about Was a humongous Cascadia earthquake just one of many?
Alejandro Cabading MANILA, Philippines — About P15 billion of the funds of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) fattened the wallets of a “syndicate’’ in the state-run health insurer in 2019 alone, according to a former antifraud officer of the corporation, who called it the “crime of the year.” Lawyer Thorrsson Montes Keith told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that all members of PhilHealth’s executive committee composed the “mafia,” which had been allegedly defrauding the corporation for the past several years. “My primary job as antifraud legal officer of PhilHealth is to spy on corrupt personnel … What I have discovered in PhilHealth may be called ‘crime of the year,’” said Keith, who quit his post on July 23. “I believe, based on my investigation, that the (public) money that had been wasted or stolen was more or less P15 billion,” he said, likening the rampant questionable transactions in PhilHealth to a pandemic. ‘Coddler’ Keith also disclosed that … [Read more...] about P15 billion went to PhilHealth ‘syndicate’ – whistleblower
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has placed 45 Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials on preventive suspension in connection with the so-called “Pastillas scheme,” which has rocked the agency. According to an order signed by Ombudsman Samuel Martires dated Monday but was released on Tuesday, the suspension would last for six months and would be without pay. “Whereas, in consonance with Section 9 of the Administrative Order No. 17 amending Rule III of Administrative Order No. 07, respondents […] are hereby placed under preventive suspension for a period of six months without pay,” Martires said in the order. The following BI officials are included in the Ombudsman’s order: Erwin Ortañez Grifton S.P. Medina Glenn F. Comia Benlado Guevarra Danieve H. Binsol Deon C. Albao Arlan Edward D. Mendoza Anthony D. Lopez Cecille Jonathan Orozco Dennis Robles Bradford Allen So Vincent Bryan Allas Rodolfo I. Magbuhos Jr. German T. Robin Gabriel M. … [Read more...] about Ombudsman suspends 45 BI execs over ‘pastillas scheme’