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World-class volleyball coming to PH with FIVB Nations League

June 7, 2022 7:33 p.m.
THE build up for Week 2 of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) shifted to high gear, as Asian powerhouse Thailand and Japan arrived Tuesday for the June 14-19 VNL Quezon City women’s leg at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.       

Week 2 of the men’s event will be from June 21-26 also at the Big Dome.       

The Philippines is hosting the world’s biggest volleyball event for the first time as the country pulls all the stops for the successful staging of the VNL.     

“The VNL is only the top 16 teams in the world. So, we are not there, but I hope some day, we will be there, and we will be a world-class team like Thailand,” said Philippine National Volleyball Federation President Ramon “Tats” Suzara during Tuesday’s presser at the Big Dome’s Green Gate lobby.     

Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, representing Mayor Joy Belmonte, was also present in the VNL press conference and said that the host city will provide the antigen tests for all the participants, as well as ambulance in the venue.     

“We are here to make sure everything will be safe,” said Sotto.      Japan, which went perfect in four matches in the opening week in Shreveport-Bossier City in United States, leads the women’s cast, which also includes Tokyo Olympics gold medalist USA, Belgium, Thailand, China, Bulgaria, Poland and  Canada.       

Despite the stunning five-set loss to the Thais in Ankara, Turkey, the Chinese hold second place at 3-1 with 10 points. Also sporting a 3-1 record, Americans are sitting in fourth place with nine points.       

Thailand and Poland, with identical 3-1 records, have eight points each, Canada tallied a 2-2 slate, while Belgium and Bulgaria will head the Quezon City leg with a 1-3 card.       

Fan favorite Japan banners the men’s cast, which also has Argentina, Slove, Netherlands, France, China, Italy and Germany. 

They are playing in Ottawa, Canada and Brasilia, Brazil for the opening week of the men’s VNL.              

Suzara said the Japan and Thailand women’s teams are arriving early as part of their VNL build-up, as they play the Philippine national team in the PNVF International Challenge this weekend at the Filoil Flying V Centre.       

The Filipinas will play the Thais at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the Japanese at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the San Juan arena.        

The Philippine men’s national team will have its turn against Japan on June 16 at 4 p.m., and Germany on June 27 at 4 p.m.       

Suzara says tickets for the VNL games, especially for the Japan men’s matches, are selling well. 

There have been challenges logistically since a lot of the playing and broadcast equipment to be used will be coming from out of the country, but Suzara said everything is going smoothly.

PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara and Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, representing Mayor Joy Belmonte, pose during Tuesday’s Volleyball Nations League press conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.


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. 

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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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