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‘Conflicts in schedule’ | Palparan hearing postponed anew

‘Conflicts in schedule’ | Palparan hearing postponed anew.....»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatJul 17th, 2017

Davao Chamber supports DENR Secretary Lopez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Local business leaders expressed support for the confirmation of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez by the Commission on Appointments amid objections by pro-mining groups and business organizations. Lopez’s confirmation hearing was scheduled for March 1 but was postponed due to the reorganization in the Senate. No definite schedule was set so [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

Lopez confirmation hearing moved to May

MANILA, Philippines — Confirmation hearings for Environment Secretary Gina Lopez have been postponed anew and pushed back two months......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Should Playoffs be seeded 1-16 by record?

em>NBA.com blogtable /em> A couple of outspoken NBA owners have proposed seeding playoff teams 1-16 by record, regardless of conference. What say you? * * * strong>Steve Aschburner: /strong> I say, calm down. The problem isn’t having weak clubs sneaking into the playoffs because of a lopsidedness in conferences. The problem is having 16 teams qualify from a 30-team league. The first round is going to reflect the difference between excellence and mediocrity no matter what. Besides, we’re supposed to get all bent out of shape and throw tradition overboard because of a couple of seasons of stronger low seeds in the West? Look, we’re still getting a Western Conference tournament. The order of the competition is a little off, from a traditional bracket standpoint. But if Kawhi Leonard hadn’t gotten hurt and Warriors-Spurs had been more thrilling than the Finals, big deal. Rivalries within the conferences still matter, and we’re only guessing how the potentially longer flights and travel time – think Boston vs. Portland on the tighter, early-round schedule -- might affect the quality of play. strong>Fran Blinebury: /strong>If I were Mark Cuban, I’d still be kicking myself for breaking up the 2011 championship team and wasting the end of Dirk Nowitzki’s career rather than pushing for a drastic realignment. Truth is, even if the playoffs went 1-20, the Mavericks still wouldn’t get in. As for the members of the media pushing the idea, I have listened to so many of my cohorts whine and complain about the grueling travel during the 2-2-1-1-1 format of The Finals the past several years. I really don’t want to start hearing their crying in April when they have to go Miami to Portland in the first round. Everybody should just relax and get back to trying to figure out how to beat the Warriors. strong>Scott Howard-Cooper: /strong> I say let's ask the outspoken owners what they're thinking when teams are flying coast-to-coast multiple times in the first round and then maybe again in the semifinals, greatly harming the product on the floor. It's an interesting idea to debate from a competition standpoint, but flawed and impractical in many ways. strong>Shaun Powell: /strong>Please, no! I understand the West is stacked right now and that LeBron could tilt the scales even further next season. But let it go. This is cyclical, and besides, the complications of such a realignment are several. You're only hearing this noise from owners and coaches of teams in the West who are fighting for the last few playoff crumbs. Nobody else cares. strong>John Schuhmann: /strong> If travel wasn't a factor, I'd be all for it. But the travel for a 2-2-1-1-1 series within the conference is difficult enough. The Finals is back to 2-2-1-1-1, but with extra off days when the series goes from one city to another. Doing that in every round when East played West would be difficult. It also could create a later-round advantage for a team that played a neighbor in the previous round against a team that went coast-to-coast in the previous round. strong>Sekou Smith: /strong> I say get outta here! (And this isn't exactly a novel approach. It's been discussed for years by people at all levels around the league.) I'm not a fan of the idea. Not at all. I love how people always want to the rules to change to accommodate their own interests and pursuits. How about you do a better job of putting together a competitive team? Don't blame the system, gentlemen, especially since you're a part of the body that put it together and benefit from it tremendously when you are among the playoff outfits. I wonder how those same 'outspoken' owners would feel if they were on the outside looking in of their proposed 1-16 ... I guarantee you they'd be singing a different song. strong>Ian Thomsen: /strong>It is shortsighted. The meeting of East vs. West in the NBA Finals is a big deal -- especially now that the divisions have lost significance and rivalries are so hard to find. By keeping the brackets separate until the very end, The Finals benefits from the cultural differences that so often emerge when East meets West. For those owners who are demanding change of some kind, I would suggest they focus on re-seeding after each round to account for upsets. But don’t mix the conferences. It would be heresy for the Celtics and Lakers (or Cavaliers and Warriors) to meet anytime other than the championship round. strong>Lang Whitaker: /strong> I guess I am something of a traditionalist, because I do not like this idea. Teams went into the offseason knowing there were two Conferences, and they had to build a team good enough to get out of their Conference, if they wanted to get to The Finals. If the goalposts as going to move, at least give the teams a year or two to let them change their plans. But if you're going to do away with Conferences, then do away with them altogether in favor of one big table of all thirty teams. And let's also do away with the All-Star Game, since there won't be East versus West to play against each other. For now, sure, the West is mighty. But at some point someone will come along and make the East great again.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2017

Jon Rahm has instant success and scheduling conflicts

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   One year and one week ago, Jon Rahm of Spain made his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National. He opened with a 64 at Congressional and tied for third, earning a spot in the British Open and putting him on the fast track to earning a PGA Tour card. The Quicken Loans National is this week, and Rahm is in Paris for the French Open. It raises the question of whether young players who receive sponsor exemptions fresh out of college owe it to the tournaments to return the favor by playing after they have established themselves. Rahm already is No. 11 in the world. He also has special circumstances, achieving so much so quickly that he has scheduling issues he might have not have expected. The 22-year-old Spaniard wants to play on the European Tour and play in the Ryder Cup, which next year is at Le Golf National, home of the French Open. 'I didn't have the luxury to have long-term goals at that point,' Rahm said Tuesday as he looked back on his anniversary of turning pro. 'So I really had my mindset in the next six events I was able to play. I knew I had to play my best golf possible. They were really good events and I had to get a minimum amount of money to be able to get my tour card. I didn't know my first event I was going to play that good.' In his fourth event, he was runner-up by one shot at the RBC Canadian Open to lock up his card. Rahm also took exemptions to the Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship, needing a victory to be eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The schedule was different last year because of the Olympics, and Rahm can't be expected to play them all this year. The John Deere is the week before the British Open (Rahm will be in Europe). The Canadian Open is the week between the Open and the World Golf Championship at Firestone, with the PGA Championship right behind it. The Wyndham Championship is a week after the PGA and a week before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin. 'Once I hit January and I win at Torrey Pines, everything changed again,' he said. 'I got into all the WGCs and majors, so I had to reschedule everything around those tournaments. And luckily for me, winning that opened up the possibility of being able to join the European Tour and play here in Europe.' Jordan Spieth was in a similar predicament, although most of his exemptions were earlier in the year. Without a card on any tour in 2013, Spieth earned special temporary membership in his second PGA Tour event (Valspar Championship) and wrapped up a card three starts later. He became a full member when he won the John Deere Classic in July. He took 13 sponsor exemptions in 2013. Spieth returned to nine of those tournaments, including Hilton Head, a week after he was runner-up at the Masters. The four tournaments he didn't play the following year were Puerto Rico (he played a WGC that week at Doral), New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the Greenbrier. Spieth played New Orleans this year. He still hasn't returned to Wells Fargo, which is a scheduling issue because he has The Players Championship, his two home Texas events and the Memorial right after that. ___ SECOND CHANCE: Charley Hoffman first good chance to become exempt for the British Open was at Colonial. He started the week at No. 53 and needed to crack the top 50 to secure a spot at Royal Birkdale. He wound up missing by three shots when he closed with a 72. He made good on his next chance thanks to the last two tournaments. Hoffman played bogey-free on his final nine at Erin Hills to finish eighth at the U.S. Open, and then he closed with a 64 at the Travelers Championship to tie for third. That was just enough to move up to No. 20 in the FedEx Cup. The leading five players (not already exempt) from the top 20 in the FedEx Cup after last week get into the British Open. Hoffman made it by 18 points over Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes. Also making it through the FedEx Cup category were Brian Harman and Brendan Steele. Hughes still has a few more chances. At the Quicken Loans National and The Greenbrier Classic, four spots are offered to players who finish among the top 12. Meanwhile, five European Tour members earned spots into the British Open by being among the top 20 in the Race to Dubai — Alexander Levy, Fabrizio Zanotti, Pablo Larrazabal, Dylan Frittelli and David Lipsky. ___ CADDIE BREAK: Paul Casey made a deal with John McLaren when he hired him as a caddie last year that family was first — for both of them. Casey can take a break whenever he wants. He's an independent contractor. McLaren's children have a summer holiday, and he asked off for last week off at The Travelers Championship. But there was more to the agreement. 'The only rule was that if Johnny wanted a week off, he wanted to pick who worked for me,' Casey said. McLaren signed up Mark Fulcher, the caddie for Justin Rose, to work for Casey in Malaysia last fall. And for the Travelers, McLaren picked Shannon Wallis. Wallis played the role beautifully, and not just because Casey tied for fifth. McLaren is known as 'Johnny Long Socks' because he wears mid-calf socks, usually with a theme on them. Wallis wore them at TPC River Highlands. 'I love the fact that he's channeled his inner 'Johnny Long Socks' this week and turned up with long socks to try to make me feel better,' Casey said. ___ DIVOTS: The U.S. Senior Open is going to Omaha Country Club in 2021 and Saucon Valley in 2022. ... So Yeon Ryu became the first player to go over $1 million this season on the LPGA Tour. ___ STAT OF THE WEEK: Jordan Spieth went over $30 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour. He turns 24 next month. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

Cignal avenges loss to AMA; Flying V keeps rolling

Cignal HD rebounded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino with an 86-76 thumping of AMA Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. Showing signs of adjustment under the system of coach Boyet Fernandez, Davon Potts trotted out his best game to date for the Hawkeyes with 17 points and three rebounds on Tuesday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. Pamboy Raymundo corralled 16 markers and two assists while Raymar Jose had a near double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the victory. Fernandez was elated with how his players bounced back in the blowout, as he feels that his crew understands the sense of urgency his side has as Cignal nears the end of its sprint seven game-in-10 playdates schedule. “Medyo pagod lang, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track. We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer,” he said. It was also a revenge win for Fernandez’ wards whose only loss in the elimination round of last conference came at the hands of AMA. Potts sparked the early Hawkeyes assault as he got eight first quarter points to put his squad up, 22-16, before the rest of the team followed suit and broke off from the Titans, extending the lead to as much as 25, 64-39, after a Simon Atkins drive with 1:25 left in the third frame. Paolo Pontejos led AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat. Andre Paras also made his debut for the Titans, collecting five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists. In the other game, Gab Banal fueled Flying V in its 107-96 conquest of Wangs Basketball to stay on top of the standings. The 26-year-old bruiser took charge for the Thunder as he registered 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in the win. “Gab was consistent all throughout the game. He was our spark and he took it upon himself to shut down (Robbie) Herndon in the second half. But all-in-all, it was a collective effort from our players,” said coach Eric Altamirano. Jeron Teng bucked his foul woes and wound up with 20 markers, six assists, and four boards on a 7-of-20 sniping from the field. Aris Dionisio also added 14 points and 10 rebounds; Thomas Torres had 12 markers, four boards, and three assists; and Hans Thiele got 10 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks for Flying V. Lackluster anew in the first half, the Thunder were finally able to get the breathing room they craved for as Banal started the decisive 11-0 run to finish the third period and grab an 86-80 advantage. br /> The Couriers had no answer for the trio of Banal, Dionisio, and Oda Tampus as Flying V kept its record unblemished at 3-0. Herndon topscored for Wangs (1-2) as he poured 20 of his 24 points in the first half. Chris De Chavez got 13 markers, while John Tayongtong collected 12 points and five boards in the loss. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FLYING V 107 - Banal 29, Teng 20, Dionisio 14, Torres 12, Thiele 10, Salamat 8, Tampus 8, Cañada 4, Webb 2, Gamboa 0, Colina 0, Mendoza 0. WANGS 96 - Herndon 24, De Chavez 13, Tayongtong 12, Juico 11, Bitoon 9, Arambulo 7, Montemayor 6, Habelito 6, King 3, Asuncion 3, Ambuludto 2, Sorela 0, Riley 0. QUARTER SCORES: 31-31, 55-59, 86-80, 107-96. SECOND GAME CIGNAL HD 86 - Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0. AMA 76 - Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2017

DSWD's Taguiwalo faces confirmation hearing anew - Inquirer.net

DSWD's Taguiwalo faces confirmation hearing anew - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

Crabbe has 25 points as Blazers beat T-Wolves 105-98

em>By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press /em> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Allen Crabbe had 25 points, including a career-high eight three-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-98 Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to snap a two-game losing streak. Damian Lillard added 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Portland, which held onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference ahead of the Denver Nuggets with three games to go. Andrew Wiggins had 36 points for the Timberwolves, who have already been eliminated. Karl-Anthony Towns added 24 points and 16 rebounds. After trailing by 15 points in the third quarter, Crabbe's running three-pointer gave the Blazers a 92-89 lead with 8:25 left. Lillard added a layup and Crabbe made another triple to push the lead to 97-91 while the Timberwolves went cold. Wiggins' pull-up jumper narrowed it to 99-94 with 2:40 left. Lillard made a pair of free throws with just under a minute to go and the Timberwolves couldn't catch up. It was the third time the teams played in two weeks. On Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), Towns had 34 points and Minnesota snapped Portland's six-game winning streak with a 110-109 home victory. The game at the Target Center was originally scheduled to be played on March 6 (Mar. 7, PHL time), but condensation on the court forced it to be postponed -- the reason for the quirky schedule between the two teams. The Blazers beat the Timberwolves 112-100 on March 25 (Mar. 26, PHL time) in Portland. It was the fourth game for Portland without big man Jusuf Nurkic, who sparked the team after coming over in a trade from Denver at the deadline. He will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a fractured right leg but was out on the court putting up practice shots about 90 minutes before tip on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Minnesota outscored the Blazers 34-20 in the first quarter, led by Ricky Rubio with 13 points. Portland struggled from the field throughout the first half and couldn't close the gap. The Timberwolves led 61-53 at the break, led by Wiggins with 21. Minnesota extended the lead to 70-55 in the third quarter on Brandon Rush's dunk. Portland rallied to get within 72-65 on Lillard's layup. Evan Turner got the Blazers closer with a layup before CJ McCollum hit on a three-pointer that cut Minnesota's lead to 72-70. Noah Vonleh made a pair of free throws to tie it and cap a 17-2 Portland run. The Blazers pulled close again with 9:13 left when Crabbe's three-pointer and free throw narrowed it to 87-86. Portland finally went ahead on another triple by Crabbe. The Blazers outscored Minnesota 25-11 in the fourth quarter. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that of course he'd like to have already sewn up a spot in the playoffs, but this time of year is exciting for the league. 'It's fun to be a part of it. You look at the East with three or four teams playing for a spot,' Stotts said. 'It's a fun time of year.' strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Even though the Timberwolves have been eliminated, coach Tom Thibodeau said the team was taking steps in the right direction. 'You have to build a foundation, and you have to do it step by step,' he said before the game. em> strong>Trail Blazers: /strong> /em> Al-Farouq Aminu had his sixth straight game scoring in double digits, a career high. He finished with 14 points. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Minnesota visits the Jazz on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). em> strong>Trail Blazers: /strong> /em> The Jazz turn around and visit Portland on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2017

As the NBA season winds down, so many races are undecided

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> With just over a week left in the NBA regular season, there's still a ton to be decided before the playoff field is set. In the East, four spots remain unclaimed. In the West, two are up for grabs. And while some seedings look wrapped up, none are officially clinched. Want drama? It's not hard to find. 'To be in competition like this, it's a privilege,' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) was a most-needed day for most of the NBA to catch its breath. The league always tries to avoid scheduling games on the day of the NCAA men's championship game and would have done so this year if a Portland-Minnesota game didn't have to be postponed because of floor conditions earlier this season. Things pick up in earnest again Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). So to get ready for the final nine days of the season, here's a primer on playoff chases. ___ strong>TOP OF THE EAST /strong> Boston (50-27) Cleveland (49-27) The Celtics host the Cavaliers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), with the winner assured of leaving that night with the No. 1 spot in the East standings. If Cleveland wins, it essentially becomes two victories since the defending champions will also own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Boston. LeBron James got his first ring in 2012 as a No. 2 seed in the East with Miami, so it's not as if he'll be deterred even if the Cavs don't get that top spot. Boston is trending up, going 9-2 in its past 11 games. The Cavs have nine wins in their past 20 games. ___ strong>BEST OF THE WEST /strong> Golden State (63-14) San Antonio (59-17) The Warriors have won 11 straight, might get Kevin Durant back this weekend and face only one playoff-bound team in the final five games. It's only a matter of time before Golden State wraps up the No. 1 seed in the West and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. San Antonio can't be caught for No. 2, and coach Gregg Popovich has two full weeks to get his players rested and his rotation ready. ___ strong>EAST NO. 3 /strong> Toronto (47-30) Washington (46-31) Toronto took the season series 2-1, so it's like the Raptors have a two-game lead with five left. But the Raptors play four of their last five on the road, and still don't have Kyle Lowry back from wrist surgery. Washington still has to play Miami twice, Detroit and Charlotte, teams very desperate right now to get in. Both the Raptors and Wizards have wrapped up home-court advantage for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. ___ strong>WEST NO. 3-4-5 /strong> Houston (52-25) Utah (47-30) Los Angeles Clippers (47-31) The Rockets' magic number for clinching the No. 3 spot is 1, and the only mystery is if MVP candidate James Harden will get some rest. The Jazz are in the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and now have to hold off the Clippers in order to host Game 1 of the postseason for the first time since 2001, when John Stockton and Karl Malone were still starters in Utah. The Clippers won the season series against Utah 3-1, big if tiebreakers are needed. ___ strong>EAST NO. 5 /strong> Milwaukee (40-37) Atlanta (39-38) Milwaukee's schedule is brutal with four road games in the final five, including ones at Oklahoma City, Indiana and Boston — teams all playing for something. Atlanta took the season series 3-0, but the Hawks have a three-game, four-day stretch this week that goes Boston, at Cleveland, Cleveland. ___ strong>REST OF THE WEST /strong> Oklahoma City (43-33) Memphis (42-35) Portland (38-39) Denver (36-40) New Orleans (33-44) The Thunder are in, the Grizzlies are on the brink of getting in, and the No. 6 seed might come down to the winner of the Oklahoma City at Memphis game on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Portland's six-game winning streak was snapped in Minnesota on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), though the Trail Blazers still own the No. 8 spot for now. Denver still has to go to Houston, plus plays Oklahoma City twice in the final three games. New Orleans is alive only in the mathematical sense. ___ strong>EAST NO. 7 /strong> Chicago (38-39) Miami (37-40) Indiana (37-40) Charlotte (36-41) Detroit (35-42) The Bulls won't play another playoff team until the playoffs, if they get in. Chicago's final five games are at New York, at Philadelphia, at Brooklyn, then home for Orlando and home for Brooklyn again. Miami goes to Charlotte on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), in an enormous game for both teams. Indiana's next two games are against playoff-bound Toronto and Milwaukee, and the Pacers go to Orlando on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to face former coach Frank Vogel. All five of Charlotte's remaining opponents are playoff-bound or hoping. Detroit needs a miracle. ___ strong>TO THE LOTTERY /strong> New York, Philadelphia, Orlando, Brooklyn, Dallas, Minnesota, Sacramento, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix have been eliminated. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 4th, 2017

Half a million OICs

We have been hearing President Rodrigo Duterte raising the alarm bells anew over alleged narco-politicians linked to the illegal drug trade down to the baran.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 30th, 2017
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Republicans lose patience with FBI on Russia, Trump campaign ties information – CNN News

Top Republicans in Congress expressed their dissatisfaction Wednesday about getting answers from the FBI, as lawmakers trying to investigate Russia's meddling in the US election say they've continued to see no evidence of President Donald Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor. The FBI's decision to brief the Senate Judiciary Committee comes after the committee's Chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, threatened to not schedule a vote for Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general unless his panel got the FBI briefing he and the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, requested weeks ago. Grassley &'8212; a stalwart Republican with a powerful post &'8212; expressed his exasperation the FBI hours before a private meeting at the Capitol with Comey. He called the scheduled meeting a &'8220;positive step,&'8221; but also added: &'8220;I don't want to say that's enough at this point.&'8221; Grassley said he was frustrated that officials haven't been as forthcoming as lawmakers would like, and said his committee hasn't been given the respect it deserves for its oversight of the executive branch. &'8220;That's very irritating,&'8221; Grassley told CNN. He wasn't the only Republican venting his displeasure: Sen. Lindsay Graham, who sits on a subcommittee that's seeking FBI answers, said earlier that he would subpoena the agency for information if it wasn't provided to him and fellow subcommittee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. &'8220;We wrote a letter &'' Sen. Whitehouse and myself &'' wanting to know if there's evidence of a warrant issued by the Trump campaign,&'8221; the South Carolina Republican told CNN's Chris Cuomo on &'8220;New Day. &'8220;He hasn't answered that letter or confirmed if there's a real investigation of the Trump campaign.&'8221; &'8220;He needs to answer the letter and give the nation some information about what's going on here,&'8221; Graham said. Whitehouse and Graham said later Wednesday they had received a letter from the FBI saying they would respond to their questions next week in a classified letter. It was also announced Wednesday that Comey will testify at the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 hearing and there will be a second hearing in the committee March 28, the committee's chairman said. In a Fox interview with Tucker Carlson Wednesday, the President defended his decision to tweet about wiretapping before producing evidence by hinting &'8212; again without evidence &'8212; that more information will emerge in the weeks to come, presumably proving his point. &'8220;Wiretap covers a lot of different things,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.&'8221; House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said he does not believe Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped him, but said it's possible Trump communications may have been gathered in &'8220;incidental&'8221; intelligence collection. &'8220;I don't believe Trump Tower was tapped,&'8221; Nunes told reporters Wednesday. &'8220;We don't have any evidence that that took place and, in fact, I don't believe &'8212; just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to &'8212; I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,&'8221; Nunes said at a news conference in reference to the claim originally made by Trump several weeks ago. Nunes and Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said they want to see any evidence of wiretapping by their March 20 hearing or they may also issue a subpoena for the records. Asked if he had seen any evidence that Trump aides spoke with Russian officials other than Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, Nunes said, &'8220;Not that I'm aware of.&'8221; But Schiff added: &'8220;I wouldn't answer that question as categorically as my colleague. We're not privileged to talk about the contents of the investigation but, you know, I think we need to be very precise when we talk about this. And I just don't think that we can answer it categorically in this forum.&'8221; Nunes and Schiff also sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency demanding information on the leaks regarding Russia's contact with Trump advisers by Friday. The two leaders of the House investigation said their work has been stalled so far by trouble accessing computers used by the director of national intelligence &'8212; Schiff said he has been taking handwritten notes when he views evidence. The two have not yet interviewed former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and declined to say whether he would appear at a public hearing. Schiff added that he is very concerned about Trump adviser Roger Stone's admission that he communicated with &'8220;Guccifer 2.0&'8221; &'8212; who was later determined by intelligence agencies to be a Russian hacker or group of hackers. Stone has described his contact with Guccifer as limited to a &'8220;brief exchange with him on Twitter&'8221; and any suggestion otherwise, he told CNN, is &'8220;a fabrication.&'8221; The White House has vacillated on Trump's claims in the last two days. Press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump did not mean literally that Obama personally wiretapped him. But on Tuesday, Spicer said Trump was &'8220;extremely confident&'8221; he would be vindicated by the evidence. &'8220;I think there's significant reporting about surveillance techniques that existed throughout the 2016 election,&'8221; Spicer said, without providing any examples. &'8220;He feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him,&'8221; Spicer said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday he never gave Trump any reason to believe the GOP candidate [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2017

Towns, Rubio lead Timberwolves to 107-91 win over Clippers

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were well-rested after having their game against Portland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) postponed because of condensation on the court. The Wolves held Los Angeles to 42 percent shooting and scored 23 points off of 17 turnovers. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 16 points for the Clippers. Chris Paul had 10 assists, but scored just seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. Los Angeles was out-rebounded 50-36, and out-scored 62-40 in the paint and 20-2 in transition. Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and six rebounds, and Rubio outplayed Paul from start to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Clippers. The Timberwolves started the day 3.5 games behind Denver for the eighth seed with just 20 games to play. Facing a daunting schedule full of road games down the stretch, they desperately needed this one against a Clippers team that has been outstanding when fully healthy. Los Angeles is 22-11 this season when all five of its regular starters are healthy and were coming off an impressive win over Boston on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Rubio got off to a flying start, feeding Muhammad for two fast-break dunks in the first quarter and injecting some energy into the arena, and Towns slammed the door with a three-pointer midway through the fourth to turn back the Clippers' final charge. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em>Paul hit a 46-footer to beat the halftime buzzer after going 0-for-3 in first 16 minutes of the game. Marreese Speights scored 12 points off the bench, his first double-digit scoring effort since Feb. 6 (Feb. 7, PHL time). em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Towns had his 100th career double-double. He is the second-youngest player in league history to reach that mark, behind only Dwight Howard. Muhammad started for G Brandon Rush, who missed the game with an illness. G Lance Stephenson, recovered from an ankle injury, signed a second 10-day contract. strong>TESTY GAME /strong> Both sides were charged up and spent much of the first half jawing at each other and the officials. Griffin and Gorgui Dieng picked up technical fouls after getting into a shoving match in the second quarter, Kris Dunn got another technical for chirping at Austin Rivers and Tyus Jones was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for a horse-collar foul in transition on Rivers. It carried over to the second half when Rubio ran through a Griffin screen, eliciting an objection from the Clippers forward. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em>Los Angeles travels to Memphis for a game against the scuffling Grizzlies on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Minnesota wraps up a three-game homestand on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) against Golden State. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2017

Towns, Rubio left Timberwolves to 107-91 win over Clippers

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were well-rested after having their game against Portland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) postponed because of condensation on the court. The Wolves held Los Angeles to 42 percent shooting and scored 23 points off of 17 turnovers. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 16 points for the Clippers. Chris Paul had 10 assists, but scored just seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. Los Angeles was out-rebounded 50-36, and out-scored 62-40 in the paint and 20-2 in transition. Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and six rebounds, and Rubio outplayed Paul from start to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Clippers. The Timberwolves started the day 3.5 games behind Denver for the eighth seed with just 20 games to play. Facing a daunting schedule full of road games down the stretch, they desperately needed this one against a Clippers team that has been outstanding when fully healthy. Los Angeles is 22-11 this season when all five of its regular starters are healthy and were coming off an impressive win over Boston on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Rubio got off to a flying start, feeding Muhammad for two fast-break dunks in the first quarter and injecting some energy into the arena, and Towns slammed the door with a three-pointer midway through the fourth to turn back the Clippers' final charge. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em>Paul hit a 46-footer to beat the halftime buzzer after going 0-for-3 in first 16 minutes of the game. Marreese Speights scored 12 points off the bench, his first double-digit scoring effort since Feb. 6 (Feb. 7, PHL time). em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Towns had his 100th career double-double. He is the second-youngest player in league history to reach that mark, behind only Dwight Howard. Muhammad started for G Brandon Rush, who missed the game with an illness. G Lance Stephenson, recovered from an ankle injury, signed a second 10-day contract. strong>TESTY GAME /strong> Both sides were charged up and spent much of the first half jawing at each other and the officials. Griffin and Gorgui Dieng picked up technical fouls after getting into a shoving match in the second quarter, Kris Dunn got another technical for chirping at Austin Rivers and Tyus Jones was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for a horse-collar foul in transition on Rivers. It carried over to the second half when Rubio ran through a Griffin screen, eliciting an objection from the Clippers forward. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em>Los Angeles travels to Memphis for a game against the scuffling Grizzlies on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Minnesota wraps up a three-game homestand on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) against Golden State. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2017

Lopez confirmation reset to May 3

MANILA, Philippines - The confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has been postponed anew and reset to May 3......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

Lopez Confirmation reset to May 3

MANILA, Philippines - The confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has been postponed anew and reset to May 3......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

For Rubio and more, passing of trade deadline brought relief

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — Ricky Rubio was trying desperately to take his own advice. Minnesota's point guard told anyone who would listen to him not to worry about the trade deadline, or fret about what moves might be coming. Practicing what he preached was a little difficult. 'Until it doesn't go down,' Rubio said, 'you don't believe it.' In his case, nothing went down Thursday (Friday, PHL time) — and that brought a clear sense of relief. Trade deadline day came and went with only seven deals involving 14 players, the smallest number of players affected since only four got moved on the big day in 2007. Rubio was one of many linked to various moves in the days leading up to the deadline, though nothing wound up happening in most of the high-profile cases. 'It was, like, boring,' said Miami President Pat Riley, whose team looked and listened but made no deals. Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose all stayed with their various teams. Cleveland, Golden State, San Antonio and Boston — the top two teams in each conference — didn't make any last-minute trades either, though the Cavaliers are likely to add Deron Williams once he clears waivers in the coming days. The day wasn't much ado about nothing. But it came close. 'Like we always say, a lot of times very little happens at the deadline,' Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said before New York opened the post-All-Star schedule with a loss in Cleveland. 'Now that it's over, guys can just go out and play.' That's what they're hoping in Indiana, Chicago and other points around the league as well. George and Butler were believed to be under serious trade consideration — with Boston linked to both players, the thinking there being that either could seriously enhance the Celtics' chances of challenging Cleveland for Eastern Conference honors. But the Pacers kept George, Butler stayed with the Bulls, and both have games on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). 'You know, it's kind of a dark moment of uncertainty,' said George, who didn't know what was really going on regarding any trade talks the Pacers were or weren't having. 'That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, I thought I'd have been in the loop a little more on that.' It's been a trying season for Anthony: The Knicks are struggling, some cryptic tweets from Phil Jackson created headlines, and the situation between Madison Square Garden chairman and former Knicks star Charles Oakley — who was dragged from the arena, arrested and briefly banned — created headaches. So that led to talk that Anthony might waive his no-trade clause and look to begin anew elsewhere. It didn't happen. 'I'm at peace. I've been at peace,' a smiling Anthony said Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). 'I'm happy I won't be talking about trades or any of this stuff the rest of the season.' The most prevalent rumor on the Rubio front involved a swap for Rose, who played for Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau for years in Chicago. Rose never heard anything from the Knicks or his agent about the prospects of a move, so he figured nothing would happen. Turns out, he was correct. 'I'm happy that it's over,' Rose said. 'This is the first time I've been through this.' It wasn't the first time Rubio has been through this. That didn't seem to make things any easier, and Rubio knows that it's likely his name will be in trade talks again before long — probably when the draft rolls around in about four months. 'There's people who decide where you're going to play,' Rubio said. 'You can't control that.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2017

Trillanes opposition defers Aguirre confirmation hearing

MANILA, Philippines – The congressional Commission on Appointments on Wednesday postponed the confirmation hearing of Vitaliano Aguirre II as Justice secreta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Jinggoy pre-trial for plunder reset anew

The Sandiganbayan again postponed yesterday former senator Jinggoy Estrada’s pre-trial for plunder and graft in connection with the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2017

Pichay, Gatchalian arraignment over bank deal postponed anew - Inquirer.net

Pichay, Gatchalian arraignment over bank deal postponed anew - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

A decade older, Hughes all praises for 23-year-old Parks Jr.

Just like he has done throughout the 2016 Asean Basketball League, Ray Parks Jr. yet again proved last Sunday that he was the star of the show. Stuffing the stat sheet anew with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, Parks Jr. lifted Alab Pilipinas back over .500. The Filipino-American impressed so much that he even had teammate 33-year-old James Hughes, a longtime veteran of basketball, gushing. “He’s a tough guy. I’ve seen a lot of guys throughout my career and he’s one of the tougher guys,” Hughes expressed. He then continued, “Not only is he talented, but he’s also smart. He knows the game at such a young age.” That young age, 23 to be exact, is also what the American reinforcement jokingly hoped to take away from his new teammate. “He’s really young. I wish I could steal some of his youth,” he quipped while chuckling. Still, even with Parks Jr. forming a new bond with Hughes and rekindling his relationship with also new import Sampson Carter, head coach Mac Cuan said it’s far from smooth sailing for Alab. “There’s a concern for us kasi we really can’t gauge kung nasaan kami sa liga kasi dalawa pa lang yung team na nalalaro namin,” he shared. The Filipinos have played five games in the tournament and have gone three-of-three against Kaohsiung and zero-for-two against Singapore. That means that defending champion Malaysia, strong-starting Hong Kong, and dangerous Saigon are yet to come in the schedule. Nonetheless, Cuan was nothing but glad that they already have three wins to show – considering they only held their first-ever practice with one week to go before the season. “Blessing din na we played Kaohsiung kasi nag-aadjust pa lang din sila. So kahit nag-aadjust pa lang kami, nakakuha na kami ng dalawang panalo,” he said. Even the defeats at the hands of the Slingers had a silver lining in the Alab mentor’s eyes. As he put it, “Yung two losses naman, just really mental lapses in the end. We were there in the game and that’s why I believe we can match up with everybody.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017