Azkals eye Mid East training

first_img“I think, to be safe, 12 points should see us through to the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “It also depends on the other games, but for us the objective is to win all of our games which will give us a lot of confidence going to the finals of the Asian Cup.”After the Yemen match in Qatar, the Azkals still have two matches left in the third round—an away game against Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14 and a home duel with Tajikistan on March 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ BACOLOD CITY—Regardless of the result of the clash against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualifying Tuesday night, the Philippines is already planning another training camp in the Middle East next month to prepare for the return leg against the Yemenis who play home matches in Doha, Qatar.Azkals manager Dan Palami believes a more intensive buildup will be key against Yemen in their Oct. 10 match. The Filipinos currently sit on top of Group F with six points from their first two matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Can Sen. Pacquiao outfox the sly Bob Arum? Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

Ready to rise, shine earlier?

first_img Los Angeles officials on Wednesday worked to assure residents that city government is prepared and urged residents to take their own precautions. “A couple of years ago, people were concerned about the millennium and Y2K, and we were able to get through that. We are taking the same precautions here,” Councilman Tom LaBonge said. Still, there were no guarantees. “It’s impossible to predict if there’s going to be a glitch that day because we’re doing all we can to mitigate it,” said Cliff Eng, assistant general manager of the city’s Information Technology Agency. “Given the sheer number of devices we have, it’s possible that a few devices won’t get patched.” The Information Technology Association of America recently warned businesses to check their computer software and hardware, noting that glitches could disrupt security devices, financial services and scheduling. In Los Angeles, city information specialists have been working for the past month to install software patches on desktop computers, servers, BlackBerrys and other devices. Eng said any glitches likely won’t affect city services, although some city employees who fail to update their scheduling software could end up running late for meetings. In California state government, most information technology issues are handled by individual departments, so it was unclear this week whether all agencies are prepared. But officials in several key agencies said they are aware of the problem and have been working on it. The Department of Motor Vehicles, for example, has already fixed nearly 7,000 desktop computers and several hundred servers and is not expecting any glitches Sunday, officials said. Functions like scheduling appointments for driving tests through the department’s Web site should not be affected. “We’ve already implemented software necessary to account for the daylight-saving time … on all of our peripheral equipment and handheld devices,” said DMV spokesman Mike Marando. Many unaware In most cases, the daylight-saving shift is seen as a minor inconvenience. But because many consumers and businesses are unaware of the change, the inconveniences could be widespread. “It didn’t really register that much. But I think for a lot of businesses out there, this may catch them off-guard and, in many cases, cause some real problems,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Kyser, calling himself barely aware of the problem, said the situation might mark a rare occasion when people who aren’t heavily reliant on technology have an advantage. “A lot of people around here print out their schedule for the next day. I’m old-fashioned. I still use calendar books. “For us old fogies, this is no problem. But for the modern types, definitely a pain.” – Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this report. harrison.sheppard (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – As the owner of several electronic devices that use clocks and time stamps, Steve Frank fully expects to be annoyed this weekend. That’s when daylight-saving time kicks in – a full three weeks earlier than usual. And earlier than most of the multitude of devices that have been programmed to automatically adjust their clocks. Like millions of consumers and businesses across the country, Frank – a Simi Valley political consultant and blogger – is bracing to sort through various devices this weekend and manually adjust all of them. “Even now I have problems periodically with the time change on a normal basis. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to manually redo this (cell phone) Sunday night,” Frank said. “It’s a little annoyance.” Unlike the usual daylight-saving time switch – which typically involves just adjusting a few wristwatches and wall clocks – this one is different. Calling it an energy-saving measure, Congress last year mandated an earlier “spring forward” – and a one-week later “fall back” – to give the country extra hours of daylight. But millions of electronic devices manufactured before the mandate – everything from computers and BlackBerrys to clocks and cell phones – are still programmed for the old schedule. And experts say that could leave consumers and businesses across the country in some surprising pickles when the time change takes effect at 2 a.m. Sunday. City precautions last_img read more