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Gilas exits FIBA World Cup 2023 with a bang, blows out China by 21

September 3, 2023 11:30 p.m.

Two days short of nine years since the Philippines saved its best for last in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 in Seville, Spain, the present-day Nationals produced a similarly exhilarating final day moment Saturday, September 2, for jubilant Filipino fans to long remember.

After four straight losses in the Group Phase, Gilas Pilipinas delivered an exclamation point at the close of a World Cup campaign laden with questions, overwhelming traditional Asian powerhouse China, 96-75, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The triumph was fashioned in the wake of heartbreaking losses to Dominican Republic, Angola, and Italy in group play, and to South Sudan in the first of two classification matches; lifting the crushing burden of a winless stint and averting a replication of the forgettable finish in the 2019 edition in China.

It may have also restored some faith in the national team, which became the object of public ridicule as a result of its struggles and failure to advance to the second round or secure a ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, who found himself in the middle of a blistering social media storm, took the microphone during the post-game press conference to indicate that he may be stepping down after the World Cup.

Reyes didn’t use the word “resign,” but he did say he was “stepping aside.”

“No, I haven’t heard anything from management. It is my decision. Like everybody knows, I didn’t apply for this job. I didn’t volunteer. I was given this mandate,” Reyes said.

“I already retired from coaching the national team and through all these times, I always said to judge us on our performance in the World Cup regardless of what happened between the time I was appointed and today.

“I said judge us by our performance. Obviously, we did not perform. We didn’t perform and like I said in the last game, I take full accountability, and because of that, I think it is time for me to step aside.

“I hate using the word ‘resign’ because I’m not a quitter. I would just like to emphasize that to everyone who is asking for that. But, at the same time, I signed up to do a job and I did not deliver the result, so I think it’s time to step aside, and allow the SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) to make a decision for the good of the team and the program.”

The 32nd Asian Games in Hangzhou, China is three weeks away and Reyes departing the national team at this juncture would leave the SBP scrambling in search of a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach.

For now, however, the Nationals have found themselves freed from anguish as they shared hugs inside the locker room, signed jerseys and balls, and doused themselves with celebratory champagne.

Both SBP president Al Panlilio and vice president Ricky Vargas glowingly spoke of their gratitude to the coaches and players, hailing their victory as a “gift to the Filipino people, whose support never wavered throughout the World Cup.”

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios bared that the two federation executives had urged the Nationals before the game “to give everything they’ve got and to dig deep for the sake of the fans in the Big Dome who braved the inclement weather to cheer for them.”

They were also advised “to have fun,” said Barrios.

Reyes confirmed that the pressure to perform and the accompanying expectation weighed heavily on the team from the start.

“Iba talaga, ang bigat e” he said. “Noong na-lift yung expectation, lumabas yung laro. Unfortunately, the results didn’t come out as we expected. But to end with a win, there’s no greater feeling.”

Reyes, along with June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar, remnants of the Gilas Pilipinas team in Seville, savored the feeling on September 4 nine years ago after the Nationals defeated Senegal 81-79 in overtime in the last game of their participation. It was also the Philippines’ first World Cup win in 40 years.

Under the glow of that historic moment, Jordan Clarkson erupted for 34 points – 24 of which he unloaded in the third quarter, including a stretch where he drilled four straight triples, as the Nationals pulled away from a tight back-and-forth affair.

Down by two, 46-48, early in the third frame, Gilas Pilipinas unleashed a scorching 27-2 run to take full control of the contest and establish a 73-50 lead the Nationals never relinquished until the final buzzer.

“It feels good. It’s been a tough tournament, but we kept fighting, kept competing, kept playing,” said Clarkson. “I really wanted to end this on the right note. We might not see the same guys in the locker room after this, but at the same time, we just wanted to show heart, fight, and resilience.”

Unlike in the first four games, it was not Clarkson who China needed to stop as the 11,080 crowd came alive and erupted in a frenzy at every defensive stop AJ Edu, June Mar Fajardo, and fan favorite Rhenz Abando pulled off to fuel the run.

Abando went on to finish with 14 points, while Kai Sotto chipped in 12 points, and birthday boy Dwight Ramos added 11. Edu only finished with five points, but focused all of his energy on the defensive end, collecting 10 boards and a block.

More importantly, Gilas Pilipinas also kept its bid alive for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as it finished as the third-best Asian team in the global showpiece.

Li Kaier (Kyle Anderson) paced China with 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while Zhang Zhenlin added 13, as the Chinese badly missed the services of 7-foot-1 center Zhou Qi who exited the ball game in the second frame.

Gilas Pilipinas exits FIBA World Cup 2023 with a bang, blows out China by 21

Two days short of nine years since the Philippines saved its best for last in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 in Seville, Spain, the present-day Nationals produced a similarly exhilarating final day moment Saturday, September 2, for jubilant Filipino fans to long remember.

After four straight losses in the Group Phase, Gilas Pilipinas delivered an exclamation point at the close of a World Cup campaign laden with questions, overwhelming traditional Asian powerhouse China, 96-75, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The triumph was fashioned in the wake of heartbreaking losses to Dominican Republic, Angola, and Italy in group play, and to South Sudan in the first of two classification matches; lifting the crushing burden of a winless stint and averting a replication of the forgettable finish in the 2019 edition in China.

It may have also restored some faith in the national team, which became the object of public ridicule as a result of its struggles and failure to advance to the second round or secure a ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, who found himself in the middle of a blistering social media storm, took the microphone during the post-game press conference to indicate that he may be stepping down after the World Cup.

Reyes didn’t use the word “resign,” but he did say he was “stepping aside.”

“No, I haven’t heard anything from management. It is my decision. Like everybody knows, I didn’t apply for this job. I didn’t volunteer. I was given this mandate,” Reyes said.

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Toyota Motor Vietnam selects Synology as Data Management Partner

6:53 p.m. March 31, 2024

Toyota Motor Vietnam, one of Vietnam’s largest automobile manufacturers, has partnered with Synology to strengthen its data management infrastructure for its growing data storage and resiliency demands.

“Synology’s storage solution has increased our business resilience,” said Bui Ta Hoan, IT Division Head at Toyota Motor Vietnam. “Synology is reliable, secure, and provides future-proofing scalability for growing data needs.”

Toyota Motor Vietnam deployed Synology data management systems to securely store hundreds of terabytes of data that are generated from assembling over 10,000 vehicles per year. Together with Synology’s high availability and remote data protection features, Toyota Motor Vietnam’s IT infrastructure is more resilient than ever against disruptions.

“Synology solutions are widely adopted in the manufacturing industry for a few simple reasons,” said Jola Le, Synology Vietnam Sales Manager. “Its robustness and ease of use save our customers considerable time. We’re proud to be able to transform and help modernize Toyota Motor Vietnam’s data management and protection needs.”

To learn more about the deployment, please visit: Synology customer story – Toyota Motor Vietnam

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Kaspersky shares cybersecurity tips for a peaceful getaway during the Holy Week

5:18 p.m. March 28, 2024

As the holiday season approaches, the urge to unwind and kick back is natural. And it’s all too common for people to let their guard down completely when connecting to the Internet too– but shouldn’t.

Recently, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group shared their findings on identity theft cases in the country. Between November 2023 and February 2024, they uncovered 178 cases of “hijack profile” incidents. Half of these cases, eighty-nine (89) happened just in February. These cases mirror an upward trend seen throughout 2023, where the PNP recorded almost 3,000 cyber identity theft incidents.

Identity theft occurs when a fraudster obtains personal details from a victim, enabling them to commit identity fraud or fraudulently obtain goods/services. This stolen data can be used to open new bank accounts, take over existing ones, or impersonate the victim for criminal activities.

“In 2023, we monitored 26,164,699 web threats attacks in the Philippines, which made the country 4th with the highest web threats attacks globally, and when we looked at it closely, we found out that Filipinos were facing one (1) attack per second. These numbers are a reminder of the importance of remaining vigilant at all times,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

Web threats are browser-based attacks used by cybercriminals to spread malware. This includes common dangers like phishing and viruses, along with offline data theft.

To help Filipinos enjoy a peaceful holy week vacation, below are some of Kaspersky’s recommendations to follow:

General travel tips:

  1. Be skeptical of tantalizing offers
  2. Check to make sure your connection is secure before entering any personal information on a website
  3. Always check the address bar to make sure you are actually on the website you are supposed to be on
  4. Buy tickets and book hotel rooms either from the company directly or through a well-known ticketing or hotel site
  5. Do not participate in questionable giveaways
  6. Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication wherever possible
  7. Checking the address bar is always a good idea, but it may be insufficient; some malefactors know how to fake addresses. So always use a security solution like Kaspersky Premium that scans malicious links. 

Avail up to 20% discounts on Kaspersky’s consumer solutions like Kaspersky Premium, Plus and Standard for the whole month of March at  https://www.kasperskyph.com/.

On protecting your personal data against identity theft:

  1. Keep things to a minimum: Use social media sparingly. Don’t use your real name, never post any personal information and don’t share any personal data via social messaging services.
  2. Keep your computer up to date: Many hackers now use malware to steal your information. Keeping your computer up to date with security patches and antivirus software helps protect against existing vulnerabilities and detect new attacks.
  3. Browse safely: To limit the chance of a malware infection, don’t open unknown email attachments or browse suspicious websites.
  4. Be self-aware: Take the time to check your credit card statements for any strange charges, and contact your credit card bank provider the minute you notice that something’s awry.
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Kick off your UEFA EURO 2024 adventure and watch games live with GCash

6:06 p.m. March 15, 2024

GCash, the Philippines’ top finance app, joins forces with Alipay+ to bring an exciting opportunity for Filipino football fans to take part in this year’s UEFA EURO 2024. As the premier football tournament kicks off once again, GCash is making it possible for you to witness the action live with the launch of its new raffle promo. GCash is a partner of Alipay+, which is the exclusive Official Payment Partner of UEFA EURO 2024.

Captivating millions of fans globally each year, the UEFA EURO 2024 tournament is set to take place from 14 June to 14 July 2024 across ten iconic host cities in Germany, including Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, and Stuttgart.

By simply using GCash to pay, whether locally or internationally, users can earn raffle tickets and get the chance to experience the thrill of watching the UEFA EURO 2024 games live in Germany.

According to Paul Vincent Albano, General Manager for GCash International, “We are delighted to announce our partnership, together with Alipay+, the exclusive Official Payment Partner of UEFA EURO 2024, a collaboration that celebrates a shared passion and commitment to connecting with Filipino football fans. With GCash, users can unlock opportunities for more enriching experiences, and having the chance to attend the biggest sporting event of the year is just one of the ways we make this possible for our users. Through Alipay+, Filipino fans can pay at thousands of retail stores, F&B outlets and attractions across Germany and Europe, simply with GCash.”

GCash is now available internationally, through its partnership with Alipay+, ensuring seamless transactions for users even while they’re abroad. Through its Scan-To-Pay feature, users can enjoy hassle-free payments with zero service fees at millions of merchants worldwide, including restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, and more!

The benefits of paying with GCash extends to gaining access to exclusive discounts and promos, including the opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Germany for UEFA EURO 2024. From March 1 to April 30, GCash users can earn raffle entries for every complete payment transaction made with Scan-To-Pay.

Payments made abroad earns users 10 raffle entries, while transactions within the Philippines earn one raffle entry each. The official winners’ draw will take place on May 4, 2024 with 16 lucky GCash users 2 winning tickets, giving them & their friends who love football the chance to watch the games with them!

Be part of football history and don’t miss out on the chance to witness Europe’s top nations in action this year. For more information and updates on the UEFA EURO 2024 promo, visit the GCash website or follow GCash online through @gcashofficial.

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