Senate OKs bill bringing back GMRC in schools

first_imgMANILA – The Senate approved a measureseeking to institutionalize values education, including Good Manners and RightConduct (GMRC), as a core subject in the K to 12 curriculum. The measure also called for a mothertongue-based multilingual education approach to be adopted in teaching valueseducation to make the subject more accessible and user-friendly to students. SBN 1224 states that values educationclasses would include clear, distinct, specific and concrete character-buildingactivities such as role-playing in the classroom, community immersion activities,teacher-parent collaborative learning activities, school initiated valuesformation activities, simulated activities, and other forms of experientiallearning activities. The DepEd must also establish linkagesand provide the necessary support to strengthen parent-teacher partnerships toenable parents to perform their vital role in the effectiveinstitutionalization of the values formation education./PN Under the measure, values education willbe integrated into their daily learning activities for kindergarten studentsafter GMRC was removed as a regular subject and was integrated with othersubjects, including Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao and Araling Panlipunan under theK to 12 curriculum. “This will allow students to gainreal-life experiences in applying their values to difficult situations, but ina controlled environment where experienced educators will help them process thelessons they learned in a constructive and nurturing way,” Gatchalian said. “The amount of time allotted to valueseducation was inadequate as it did not provide enough time for teachers toengage students in meaningful discussions and exercises on values formation,” saidSenate committee on basic education chair and bill sponsor Sen. SherwinGatchalian. In a 23-0 voting on Monday night, thesenators approved Senate Bill No. 1224, or the Comprehensive Values EducationAct, elementary and high school students in public and private schools would berequired to take a mandatory GMRC subject for an hour daily. The Department of Education (DepEd) willalso conduct an annual review of the institutionalization of comprehensivevalues education in the K to 12 program curriculum to ensure its properimplementation and assess student learning outcomes for the purpose ofdetermining its efficacy.last_img read more

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England complete innings win despite 99-run last-wicket stand

first_imgBy Mark GleesonPORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – England won the third test on Monday, but made heavy weather of wrapping up South Africa’s tail on the last day at St George’s Park to go 2-1 up in the series after a dominant innings and 53-run victory.England needed four wickets to win in their 500th overseas test, but had to overcome late resistance and feisty 71 from Keshav Maharaj and 39 from debutant Dane Paterson before completing the task 10 minutes before lunch.They bowled South Africa out for 237 in their second innings for a commanding victory after forcing the follow-on, when the home side were 209 all out in their first innings in reply to a mammoth 499 for nine declared.Maharaj and Paterson put on a ground Test record partnership of 99 for the last wicket as they frustrated the England bowlers. But it was only a matter of time before England completed their first away victory by an innings since success in Sydney in 2011.“It’s a great template for how we want to play our Test cricket with big first innings score and drive it on from there,” said England captain Joe Root. It took just three balls on Monday for England to claim their first victim as Stuart Broad forced Vernon Philander (14) to play an inside edge onto his pad that popped up for Ollie Pope to take his sixth catch of the match.Mark Wood’s first ball after replacing Broad saw him force Kagiso Rabada into a leading edge which flew up to mid-on where Broad took an easy catch. Rabada, who will miss the last test because of suspension, scored 16 off 24 balls. Dom Bess’ first over saw him skid a ball on to bowl Anrich Nortje (5), leaving Paterson to join Maharaj for a late cameo that proved the home side’s best partnership of a poor test performance.Maharaj was eventually run out, but not before smashing his way to a second Test 50. Root bowled 10 successive overs as he went in search for a first Test five wicket haul, having taken four overnight, but without success.He even tried his luck with the new ball but Maharaj hit him for three successive fours and then two sixes in an over before the England skipper took himself off.ENGLAND COMPLETE..ENGLAND 1st innings 499 for 9( declared)South Africa 1st inningsDean Elgar c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 35Pieter Malan c&b Dom Bess 18Zubayr Hamza c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 10Anrich Nortje c Joe Root b Ben Stokes 18Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 8Rassie van der Dussen b Dom Bess 24Quinton de Kock b Sam Curran 63Vernon Philander b Stuart Broad 27Keshav Maharaj b Stuart Broad 0Kagiso Rabada c Mark Wood b Stuart Broad 1Dane Paterson Not Out 0Extras 4b 0lb 0nb 0pen 1w 5Total (86.4 overs) 209 all outFall of Wickets : 1-50 Malan, 2-60 Hamza, 3-63 Elgar, 4-71 du Plessis, 5-109 van der Dussen, 6-154 Nortje, 7-208 Philander, 8-208 de Kock, 9-208 Maharaj, 10-209 RabadaBowling : Stuart Broad 13.4 – 6- 30 – 3, Sam Curran 11 – 2 – 32 – 1,Dom Bess 31 – 12 – 51 – 5, Mark Wood 11 – 4 – 31 – 0 (1w),Joe Denly 4 – 1 – 10 – 0, Joe Root 11 – 4 – 25- 0,Ben Stokes 5 – 1 – 26 – 1.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsPieter Malan lbw Joe Root 12Dean Elgar b Mark Wood 15Zubayr Hamza c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 2Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Joe Root 36Rassie van der Dussen c Ollie Pope b Joe Root 10Quinton de Kock c Mark Wood b Joe Root 3Vernon Philander c Ollie Pope b Stuart Broad 13Keshav Maharaj Run Out Sam Curran 71Kagiso Rabada c Stuart Broad b Mark Wood 16Anrich Nortje b Dom Bess 5Dane Paterson Not Out 39Extras 12b 1lb 1nb 0pen 1w 15Total (88.5 overs) 237 all outFall of Wickets : 1-18 Elgar, 2-22 Hamza, 3-44 Malan, 4-66 van der Dussen, 5-74 de Kock, 6-83 du Plessis, 7-102 Philander, 8-128 Rabada, 9-138 Nortje, 10-237 MaharajBowling: Stuart Broad 10 – 5 – 14 – 1 (1nb),Sam Curran 6 – 0 – 46 – 0, Mark Wood 16.5 – 6 – 32 – 3 (1w), Dom Bess 22 – 11 – 36 – 1, Ben Stokes 5 – 2 – 9 – 0, Joe Root 29 – 13- 87 – 4 .last_img read more

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Simmons pulls out of T20 squad

first_imgDUBAI, UAE, CMC – Batsman Lendl Simmons has become the latest player to withdraw from the West Indies squad for next week’s Twenty20 World Cup in India.The 31-year-old has failed to recover from a back injury and missed the ongoing preparation camp here. He will remain in Trinidad and Tobago to recuperate.Simmons, one of the leading Twenty20 openers, joins Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo, who have all pulled out of the squad.Pollard withdrew because of injury, Narine requested more time to work on his action while Bravo opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship.last_img

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DD Fitness: When weight loss goes bad

first_imgAt what point do we start to question how far celebrities and companies can push the boundaries of what is morally right?For years, weight loss companies have used influencers and celebrities to help sell their products.This could be considered smart on the company’s part as they get a bigger reach to their target market and end up selling more product. But the issue comes when the influencer begins to make claims about using the product when they clearly haven’t.They are abusing the trust they have built up with their followers for their own financial gain.This isn’t new news and it is pretty much common knowledge that this happens, but last week, it reached an all new low and has finally crossed a line.A reality TV ‘Star’, (and I’m using that as loosely as possible here), called Jem Lucy had a post on her Instagram page advertising weight loss teas, coffees and hot chocolates by a company called The Skinny Caffee. What’s the big deal I hear you ask?She was doing it while 8 MONTHS [email protected]’ve been staying in shape with my go to @skinnycaffe products. I love the Coffee’s, Hot Chocolate’s and the Thermosyn capsules are amazing! I love to use them as me and some of the girls have been seeing great results and they work with or without exercise. You can lose up to 7lbs in 7 days with Thermosyn 🔥 The Advertising Standards authority has stepped in and investigated this, and the post has since been removed. But, while up, it had 15.7k likes.15 thousand and 7 hundred people liked this post?A post of a pregnant woman using weight loss products.We have moved to a new level of WTF! There are 2 issues here with this happening.She was willing to say she was using weight loss products while 8 months pregnant. This company was willing to have an 8-month pregnant ‘influencer’ promote their products. It would seem that whatever shred of morality there used to be in this marketplace has been pushed aside.Pregnant women are NOT and NEVER should be considered as a target market for any company selling weight loss products.The safety issues alone should have been enough for both parties involved to have had better judgement.Some may say that there was no mention of pregnant women in the post and that they weren’t targeting them with the ad.But that isn’t how marketing works.EVERY post is thought out by the company and their marketing team ahead of time.They knew that she was pregnant and sent her their products so she could do a paid promotion of them.This didn’t happen by accident.These companies have always used their products and marketing and unqualified sales reps to target the vulnerable.They make fantastic claims of what their products can do and leave out the parts where you have to starve yourself along with using their products, or suffer the side effects of drinking laxatives and diuretics disguised as teas, coffees and shakes, in order to get the unsustainable ‘results’ they promise.When they start to target pregnant women in such a blatant manner, it is time for something to be done.If a pregnant woman needs help with weight loss, it should ONLY be done by a medical professional and in a controlled situation.Taking weight loss products like this could have harmful effects on you and you baby, so please do not consider them AT ALL.Talk to your GP and get referred to a registered dietitian.#leanin2019If someone approaches you with any weight loss products while pregnant, they need to be reported to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Locall: 1890 432 432http://www.ccpc.ieAnd the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland Tel: +353 (0)1 613 7040Homepage: http://www.asai.ieEmail: [email protected] Fitness: When weight loss goes bad was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fitnesshealthy livingrushe fitnesslast_img read more

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Sorry, 49ers fans: Why Malcolm Smith’s iconic interception never should have happened

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers visit the Seahawks on Sunday, marking the first time Richard Sherman will be back inside CenturyLink Field since he was released by Seattle in March.Naturally, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was asked Thursday about his favorite memory of Sherman when the two were both in the Emerald City.“Well, there’s plenty. I guess one of the last ones, the tip where Malcolm (Smith) intercepted it,” Saleh said. “Sorry Niner fans.”Ah, yes, perhaps the defining moment of …last_img

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March meat exports show positive momentum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exports of U.S. pork and beef gained momentum in March after starting the year slowly, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 metric tons (mt). This was 9% lower than a year ago, but a 10% increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18% year-over-year, but up 5% from February.March beef exports totaled 86,774 mt, down 7% from a year ago but a 5% increase over February. Export value was $527.3 million, up 2% year-over-year but down slightly from February.The March results reflect some degree of relief from the West Coast port congestion that plagued red meat exports in January and February. Port traffic began to improve after a tentative labor contract was reached in late February, though congestion lingered for several weeks at some major ports.“Port congestion remained an issue well into March — and even into April in the Southern California ports – but the announcement of the new labor contract certainly improved the business climate,” said Philip Seng, USMEF President and CEO. “After months of frustration, the U.S. meat industry was finally able to reassure Asian buyers that the worst of the crisis was behind us and that they could once again count on the U.S. to fulfill its role as a reliable supplier. This was especially important for customers purchasing chilled pork and beef, which require very prompt delivery due to product shelf life.”In addition to shipping concerns, U.S. exporters have found their competitive position in some key markets damaged by large volumes of lower-priced products from other supplying countries. In many cases, diminished purchasing power due to the strength of the U.S. dollar has made the price disadvantage even more severe. Market access barriers also remain a concern in some markets, most importantly China and Russia.“Closure of the Russian market to European pork continues to impact all major pork suppliers, as the EU has focused very aggressively on alternative markets in Asia,” Seng said. “In the beef complex, the projected slowdown in Australia’s production may still be coming, but certainly did not materialize in the first quarter.“These are unusual conditions that are made more difficult by the strong U.S. dollar, but now isn’t the time to dwell on the stiff headwinds we are facing. We must aggressively defend the customer base the U.S. industry has worked so hard to build over the years by reaffirming the value and quality delivered by U.S. red meat.” March pork export volume highest since April 2014March pork exports accounted for 25% of total production and 21% for muscle cuts only — the latter being the largest percentage since July of last year. First-quarter ratios were 23% and 19%, respectively. Export value per head slaughtered was $50.10 in March, down nearly $20 from a year ago, but roughly steady with the per-head value recorded in March 2013. For the first quarter, per-head export value was $49.48, down 19% from last year and down 7% from the first quarter of 2013.First-quarter pork exports to Mexico topped last year’s record pace by 7% in volume, reaching 179,507 mt, though value was down 6% to $321.2 million. Year-over-year growth in the first quarter was led by South Korea, where exports increased by 43% in volume (57,376 mt) and 55% in value ($180.4 million). Exports to Canada were up 2% in volume (48,905 mt) while export value was steady with last year’s pace at $192.4 million.Offsetting these results, however, were lower exports to Japan and China/Hong Kong. First-quarter exports to Japan declined 13% in volume (103,921 mt) and 19% in value ($386.6 million) as Japan’s total imports slowed after accumulating large frozen inventories of EU pork. Exports to China/Hong Kong fell 40% in volume (67,754 mt) and 42% in value ($152.1 million) in the first quarter, although March exports were the largest in 12 months. Results in Latin American markets were mixed, with year-over-year growth achieved in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, but exports declined to Colombia and Chile. Japan, Mexico still mainstays for U.S. beefMarch beef exports accounted for 10% of total production and 13% for muscle cuts only, slightly exceeding first-quarter ratios but down from 11% and 14%, respectively, from March 2014. Export value per head of fed slaughter was $284.30 in March, up 5% from a year ago. For the first quarter, per-head export value was $290.32, up 9%.So far in 2015, beef exports to Japan have performed extremely well despite significant obstacles – including the West Coast port situation, a weakened Japanese yen and a tariff advantage for Australian beef under the recently implemented Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. First-quarter exports to Japan increased 4% in volume (48,347 mt) and 11% in value ($322.8 million). Exports to Mexico increased 4% in value ($285 million) despite slipping 1% in volume (56,582 mt).Beef exports to Korea got off to a very slow start in 2015, but continued to gain momentum in March. First-quarter volume was still down 4% from a year ago to 27,624 mt, but export value was up 2% to $204.1 million. Exports to Taiwan trended in the opposite direction, slowing in March after a very solid start. First-quarter volume to Taiwan was down 10% to 6,382 mt, while value was up 11% to $64.1 million. Exports to Hong Kong, which were record-large in 2014 but slowed toward the end of the year, were down 21% in volume (27,841 mt) and 6% in value ($211.9 million) in the first quarter. March lamb exports steady; first-quarter totals lower year-over-yearMarch exports of U.S. lamb were down slightly in volume (728 mt) from a year ago but steady in value at $1.92 million – the largest monthly value total since November. First-quarter exports were down 14% in volume (2,271 mt) and 18% in value ($5.36 million) as growth in the Caribbean and Middle East was offset by lower totals for Mexico and Canada.last_img read more

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Scramble for Olympic tickets in Japan; rest of world waits

first_imgOrganizers extended the application period by 12 hours, citing high demand.Overseas residents will have to wait until June 15, when tickets can be put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOrganizers estimate 7.8 million tickets will be available, with 20-30% dedicated to sales outside Japan.This is the first phase of sales in Japan, with other chances available as the games get closer. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Tokyo organizers say 50 percent of the tickets will sell for 8,000 yen ($70) or less, with the cheapest ticket costing 2,500 yen ($22).Organizers hope to generate about $800 million from ticket sales, a large source of revenue for the $5.6 billion privately funded operating budget. Overall, Japan will spend about $20 billion to prepare for the games, and about 70 percent is public money.Japan recently passed a law that bans selling tickets at above the original prices. Violators face fines of up to 1 million yen ($9,100), or a one-year jail term — or both.The International Olympic Committee was embarrassed in Rio de Janeiro when IOC member Patrick Hickey was arrested and charged with ticket scalping, which is also illegal in Brazil. He denied any wrongdoing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Player of the Week: Ray Parks taking Blackwater to new heights Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fans earlier this month complained to soccer governing body FIFA about buying tickets for next month’s Women’s World Cup in France, and then learning that friends and family were not given seats together.The same thing can happen buying Olympic tickets.CoSport says on its website that it cannot guarantee seats together.“While CoSport will make every effort to seat parties together, it is not possible to guarantee that all tickets for a given session and seating category will be seated together,” the company said.It also warns that tickets are sold by price category, not by exact seat location.Buyers outside Japan might get some deals if they are patient. It happened at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and also at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang a year ago.Tokyo organizers will open sales globally in the spring of 2020, meaning any remaining, unsold tickets can be purchased at the prices offered in Japan. In Rio de Janeiro, many tickets were unsold as the games neared, and some desirable tickets were put back into the pool after they were sold but never paid for.Ticket prices in Japan vary greatly and are listed in the competition section on the organizers’ website.The opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket — 300,000 yen ($2,680). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($1,965).The most expensive ticket for the men’s 100-meter final is 130,000 ($1,160), while the men’s basketball final goes for 108,000 yen ($970). DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – In this June 20, 2016, file photo, a man handles the Olympic tickets he just purchased at a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tokyo Olympic organizers say millions of Japan residents have shown interest in buying tickets for next year’s games. Organizers closed the first phase of ticket applications on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for Japan residents, and applicants will be told on June 20 what tickets they have been allocated through a lottery system.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)TOKYO — The scramble is underway by residents of Japan to land tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. It begins for the rest of the world in a few weeks.Tokyo Olympic organizers said millions had shown interest by Wednesday when the first phase of ticketing closed for Japan residents. Applicants will learn on June 20 what tickets they were allocated in a lottery system.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Tokyo Organizers on Wednesday declined to say how many tickets had been applied for through the on-line system. They say only that 7.5 million “ID registrations” have been recorded, which allowed people to apply and enter the lottery.“Tokyo 2020 is not disclosing additional details at this stage,” organizers said in a statement.Buying tickets in Japan is not cheap. But it’s more expensive outside Japan where the resellers — appointed by each national Olympic Committee — can add a 20% percent “handling fee” to the cost of each ticket.In addition, many tickets are packaged by resellers with top hotels and other perks, and the markups can be more than 20%. Many of these packages are aimed at corporate buyers, for whom price is not always a concern. The resellers also run the risk of getting stuck with tickets they can’t sell.The reseller for the United States is CoSport , which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

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