Fact check: Did Duterte give Atong Ang a PCSO post? (Philstar.com) - July 30, 2019 - 4:28pm MANILA, Philippines — An old story on gaming consultant Charlie "Atong" Ang has resurfaced amid talk of President Rodrigo Duterte's order to shut down gaming operations either run or licensed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office over allegations of corruption. In January 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte admitted he had called Ang to ask him to "stop everything illegal (at the PCSO) and help the government." He said he had called Ang, which according to him is the "number one gambler in Davao," because he is "involved in everything." Duterte was quick to parry criticisms on his dealings with Ang, who was notorious in the past for his gambling operations, including the Bingo 2-ball, which turf war between Ang and then Ilocos Gov. Chavit Singson led to the jueteng payola controversy that caused the downfall of the Estrada … [Read more...] about Fact check: Did Duterte give Atong Ang a PCSO post?
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - The European Union has called on Facebook and other platforms to invest more in fact-checking, but a new study shows those efforts may rarely reach the communities worst affected by fake news. The analysis by big-data firm Alto Data Analytics over a three-month period ahead of this year's EU elections casts doubt on the effectiveness of fact-checking even though demand for it is growing. Facebook has been under fire since Russia used it to influence the election that brought Donald Trump to power. The company quadrupled the number of fact-checking groups it works with worldwide over the last year and its subsidiary WhatsApp launched its first fact-checking service. The EU, which has expanded its own fact-checking team, urged online platforms to take greater action or risk regulation. Fact-checkers are often journalists who set up non-profits or work at mainstream media outlets to scour the web for viral falsehoods. Their rebuttals in the form of articles, blog posts … [Read more...] about Fake news fact-checks hobbled by low reach, study shows
How many steps should people take every day for good health?A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that the total could be lower than many of us expect and that even small increases in steps can be meaningful. The study also side-eyes the validity, utility and origin of the common 10,000-step-a-day exercise goals built into so many of our phones and activity monitors and suggests, instead, that any moving, whether or not it counts as exercise, may help to extend people’s lives.By now, almost all of us know that walking and other types of physical activity are indispensable to our well-being. Studies show that active people have lower incidences of heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes and usually live longer than people who are sedentary. But many of us remain confused about just how much exercise we need and how intense it should be.The official exercise guidelines in the United States and many other nations recommend that adults complete at least 150 … [Read more...] about Even one extra walk a day may make a big difference, says expert
SINGAPORE: One day at work, Ms Jamuna Raj was striking off “to-dos” from a neat hand-written list, thinking she had a lid on all her tasks at work. But the next day, she was bawling when her boss asked her if she was okay.The 31-year-old, who was handling multiple roles in client management, events, editorial management and production in a small publishing house, did not know what sparked it, but it was the start of her journey towards realising that she was experiencing burnout.“I was striking the to-dos off, but for every one that I did, there were five more. Still, because I was striking things out, I thought I could handle it,” she told CNA. At the time, she had multiple deadlines looming ahead of her.Her boss had checked on her because she had changed and her colleagues noticed it, said Ms Jamuna, a Singaporean who lives in Melbourne. From being cheery, she had become withdrawn.“As soon as he (her boss) asked me that, I started bawling. It … [Read more...] about Coping one day and crying the next: Work-related burnout is real
LAS VEGAS: Daniel Jacobs missed a fight-day weight check Saturday (May 4) ahead of his middleweight boxing showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, but the unification bout will be contested, ESPN reported.Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Oscar de la Hoya told ESPN that Jacobs tipped the scales at 173.6 pounds on Saturday morning after rehydrating following Friday's weigh-in, at which each man made the 160-pound middleweight limit."Jacobs came in heavy," De La Hoya told ESPN. "We spoke to Canelo and his attitude is, 'I don't care. I'm still going to kick his ass.'"The fact that Jacobs came in heavy tells you a lot. It tells you how unsure he is in himself."Mexican icon Alvarez risks his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles on Saturday in Las Vegas when he fights the American, who owns the International Boxing Federation crown.Jacobs was at 160 pounds, half a pound more than Alvarez, at Friday's weigh-in. But with Jacobs having a size advantage, Alvarez insisted on … [Read more...] about Boxing: Jacobs fails weight check but will fight Alvarez: Report