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A fun time was had by all

By Susan Claire Agbayani Concert Under the Glow of the Satellite featuring andwich April 13 Metrotent, Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Ave., Pasig City ANDWICH — the band — may have entered a bit late into what is perhaps the second golden age in the music scene, but that’s fine, as it may have worked to the […] The post A fun time was had by all appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 16th, 2018

DILG wants LGUs to pass ordinance on class suspension

Mayors and local government officials should pass their guidelines on the declaration of suspension of classes during rainy days without typhoon signals amid criticisms of some local chief executives for failure to suspend classes on time......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News41 min. ago

Josh Hart matures during summer league, wins MVP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Josh Hart wasn’t around to see the conclusion of the summer league as he was ejected from the championship game after criticizing the officials. The Lakers fell short in the title game, losing to Portland 91-73 on Tuesday night. Hart earned league MVP honors for a stellar two-week performance. He had a team-record 37 points in the double-overtime win over Cleveland in the semifinals on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Yet, his main takeaway from the game was that he, “missed two clutch free throws.” His performance on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) surpassed the 36-point effort by Lonzo Ball last year. “I don’t go for individual accolades,” said Hart, who finished with 12 points in the title game. “That’s never been a reason why I played this game. I play this game to win. That’s the biggest thing, I came here to win, I came here to dominate.” And while the Lakers couldn’t repeat as summer league champions, and he did anything but dominate during his disappointing appearance in the final, the 6'5" shooting guard’s evolution since the conclusion of his rookie season is what became apparent, and exactly what the Lakers needed to see. “We’ve been going since the middle of May, we focused on some things he needed to work on, talked about leadership qualities going into summer league because he was one of our veteran presence that has played legit NBA minutes, and he took all those things and carried into the three-week process here - and he was phenomenal every night,” Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon said. “I really love Josh for that because he fought to continue to play cause he’s a competitor and he’s a winner and we’re trying to build a championship mentality throughout our organization and we talk about those things every day. And Josh embodied all those things over this time.” He embodied the type of player Lakers coach Luke Walton is hoping will complement a lineup that is sure to be resuscitated with the most polarizing figure in sports - LeBron James. “Josh is a phenomenal player, I have fun watching him grow from school, it’s amazing,” said Portland’s KJ McDaniels, who scored 17 points and earned game MVP honors. “He did great leading his team every day. It’s always good going against the best guys in the league. He’s going to do great things with the Lakers.” Sidelined in March after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand, Hart finished the regular season averaging 7.9 points per game and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 39.6 percent from three-point range, leading the team in three-point percentage. Since the offseason Simon said the focus has been to push Hart with a few aspects of his game that needed improvement: ball handling, shooting off the dribble and working off a pick-and-roll. “Nothing that he did here surprised me, it’s things we concentrated on and that he’s worked on,” Simon said. “He brings it every day to the gym in the offseason with a tremendous work ethic and you can see the payoff here in summer league. And that is going to be a great springboard for him going into training camp.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 15 min. ago

‘Wiretapping’ drug , other crime lords to boost govt’s anti-drug, crime crackdown

WIRETAPPING suspected drug lords and manufacturers in the country as well as convicted big-time criminals now serving time at the national penitentiary with the court permission would greatly help the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies thwart and solve major criminal activities in the country, officials told the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News1 hr. 28 min. ago

Pia, susubukang mag-Hollywood

Back in showbiz (hopefully, for keepe this time) ang dating child actor na si Romnick Sarmenta. Together with good friend and fellow actor Cris Villanueva, they recently signed up with the Talent Management Team na Clever Minds, Inc. They will be seen together in the upcoming Kapamilya series topbilled by….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News1 hr. 28 min. ago

Thai cave boys, discharged from hospital, speak of ‘miracle’ rescue

Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference that was beamed around the world. The "Wild Boars" team members looked healthy and happy as they answered questions about the nine days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team. A packed crowd greeted the youngsters after they were discharged from hospital in Chiang Rai, and watched as they played with footballs on a small makeshift pitch before taking their seats. "It is a miracle," Wild Boars footballer Adul Sam-on, 14...Keep on reading: Thai cave boys, discharged from hospital, speak of ‘miracle’ rescue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News5 hr. 15 min. ago

P1.7M worth of shabu seized in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY --- Anti-narcotics operatives arrested a suspected big-time drug dealer here and seized from him an estimated P1.7 million worth of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride). Director Juvenal Azurin of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-ARMM) said Esrael Mamalangka, 36, a resident of Talayan, Maguindanao but residing temporarily in Barangay Rosary Heights 10 in this city, was arrested around3 p.m.along Don Rufino Alonzo Avenue. Seized from Mamalangka were four huge sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride with an estimated market value of P1.7 million, a pouch, the suspect's wallet, a mobile phone, ...Keep on reading: P1.7M worth of shabu seized in Cotabato City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News5 hr. 15 min. ago

Duterte administration releases national security strategy

The Duterte administration has published a national security strategy for the first time, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Wednesday. Copies of the 70-page document were released at a forum on security held at the Philippine International Convention Center. "Tatak ng Pagbabago: Tatak ng Pag-unlad" is part of a series ahead of the third State of the Nation Address that President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver on Monday, July 23. "[This] is the first time that the national security strategy will be published in the Philippines," Esperon said "But this is not to say that there have been no national security strategies. Ayaw na lang isulat or ayaw nilang ilaba...Keep on reading: Duterte administration releases national security strategy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News5 hr. 15 min. ago

PBA title hopes help Jeron Teng move past stabbing incident

MANILA, Philippine – For Jeron Teng, what better way to put behind the stabbing incident that nearly spoiled his rookie year than winning a PBA title.  The No. 5 overall pick has been making up for lost time since he returned for the Alaska Aces off a month-long hiatus caused by the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News6 hr. 27 min. ago

Webcam catches young cutie with his pants down

The sex video scourge has claimed another not-so-innocent victim. This time, the cutie pie who was caught with his pants down is much too young, though. Mole got spooked upon seeing the vid that fe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News9 hr. 40 min. ago

Player of the Week: Fajardo closes in on another finals stint

Fajardo earned his second Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup after what had been a dominant stretch for the reigning four-time MVP.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News9 hr. 40 min. ago

Two China-funded bridges in Metro Manila start construction – Manila Video

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnesses the lowering of a time capsule, signaling the start of construction of two China-funded bridges in the Philippine capital Manila. source link: Two China-funded bridges in Metro Manila start construction – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News12 hr. 40 min. ago

UB: Weather update as of 5:52 a.m. (July 17, 2018) – Manila Video

Palabas na ng Philippine Area of Responsibility ang Bagyong Henry. Alamin natin ang update mula kay GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz. Unang Balita is the news segment of GMA Network’s daily morning program, Unang Hirit. It’s anchored by Rhea Santos and Arnold Clavio, and airs on GMA-7 Mondays to Fridays at 5:15 AM (PHL Time).… link: UB: Weather update as of 5:52 a.m. (July 17, 2018) – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News12 hr. 40 min. ago

As MLB mulls rule changes, union hints at work stoppage

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games, an initiative likely to be met by a testy union stung by declining free-agent prices and already raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the 2021 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred and players' association head Tony Clark outlined their differing agendas during separate sessions with the Baseball Writers' Association of America before Tuesday night's All-Star Game. "There is a growing consensus or maybe even better an existing consensus among ownership that we need to have a really serious conversation about making some changes to the way the game is being played," Manfred said. "We are not at the point where I can articulate for you what particular rule changes might get serious consideration. I can tell you the issues that concern people: I think that the period of time between putting balls in play, the number of strikeouts, to a lesser extent the number of home runs, the significance of the shift and what it's done to the game, the use of relief pitchers and the way starting pitchers are going to be used." Clark repeatedly maintained players are reluctant to change as "stewards of the game." "We may get to a point where those coming to the ballpark or have an interest in coming to the ballpark for whatever reason aren't 100 percent certain that what they are see is the type of game that they want to see," he said. More than 100 free agents remained unsigned when spring training began this year. Many agreed to deals at a fraction of the price they thought they were worth and for fewer years than they expected. "What we experienced last offseason was a direct attack on free agency, which has been a bedrock of our economic system, and if that is going to be different, then we have some very difficult decisions to make moving forward," Clark said. Baseball had eight work stoppages from 1972-95 but has had labor peace since. The current five-year contract runs through the 2021 season, and Clark left open a possible return to the era of strife. "To the extent there are challenges to those rights, historically I would suggest those have manifested themselves in a particular way," he said. The union filed a grievance in February against Miami, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money in an effort to improve their on-field product. Manfred dismissed the allegations, saying the grievance was filed "really for publicity reasons." Manfred said the lack of interest in free agents was due to the dearth of quality. "At the end of the year you'll look at the performance of those players," he said, "I'm pretty sure, based on what's already in the books, you're going to make the judgment that the clubs made sound decisions as to how those players should be valued." Management is alarmed by what is taking place on the field. Strikeouts (24,537) are on track to surpass hits (24,314) for the first time. Strikeouts also are likely to set a record for the 12th straight season, and this year's average of 17.0 per game is up from 12.6 in 2005. The current big league batting average of .247 would be the lowest since 1972. There have been 20,587 shifts on balls in play, according to Baseball Info Solutions. That projects to a full-season total of 34,668 — up 29.8 percent from last year and an increase from 6,882 for the entire 2013 season. That has decreased the batting average of stars such as Washington's Bryce Harper, who is hitting just .214. And the average attendance of 28,568 is down from the 30,159 at the break last year, when the final figure was 30,042. MLB has not dropped below 30,000 since 2002. Manfred blamed early season bad weather. "We've made up some ground," he said. "We were down as much as 8, 9 (percent) early, we were back to like 5.5 percent down, and I'm optimistic." Lack of competitiveness among rebuilding teams also is a likely factor. Three teams are on track to lose 100 or more games, which would match the record set in 2002, and five others are on a pace for 90 or more defeats. Clark called the attendance drop "dramatic" and said while weather is partly to blame "the concerns that fans have in regards to the competitive integrity piece is one of them" along with "players being moved from teams that fans had a connection with." While he wouldn't cite teams for tanking, he said it appears many clubs are deciding to rebuild if analytics tell them they can't compete to win the World Series. "This is only what I am hearing, that teams are making decisions against the backdrop of what they believe their roster is going to yield and the landing place of where their team is going to be at the end of the year, that those data points suggest if you're not in a particular place, then it may make more sense not to look to be the last team standing," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 27 min. ago

FFA cool on Usain Bolt s A-League bid

SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia has responded cautiously to reports Usain Bolt hopes to play for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. Reports on Tuesday said the 31-year-old Bolt, an eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist, has agreed to trial with the Mariners next month and may receive a one-season A-League contract if he impresses. However, in order to make a deal possible the FFA would have to top up any salary offered to Bolt from its $3 million fund to attract "marquee" players. The Mariners owner reportedly has offered to meet 70 percent of Bolt's salary but the FFA's contribution might still be around $900,000. In a statement late Tuesday, the FFA said, "While Usain Bolt is one of the most famous athletes on the planet, he's not a professional footballer. "If the trial goes ahead and Central Coast Mariners decided it stacks up and they want to offer him a contract, then we will have a discussion with them around that and what might be possible." Bolt, who quit the track last year, has already trialed unsuccessfully with Germany's Borussia Dortmund and South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns. Many regard reports he might trial with the Mariners as a public relations stunt. His previous trials were with clubs which shared his major sponsor. Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said he hoped to have details of any trial finalized by late August. "It is crucial to note that all discussions between the Central Coast Mariners and Bolt require an initial six-week trial period and no contract is guaranteed," a club statement said. Bolt's long-time agent, Ricky Sims, confirmed the Jamaican athlete is considering the Mariners' offer of a trial. "Usain has made it quite clear that he's interested in playing professional football," Simms told the Australian Associated Press. "We're looking at a number of options and this is one of them." Australian player agent Tony Rallis, who first revealed Bolt's interest in playing in the A-League, said Bolt was genuine in his desire to play for the Mariners. "If he meets the benchmarks set by the coaches, he'll be given a contract," Rallis said. "He'll be treated like another one of the players and he doesn't want to be treated like a different player. "He's got a point to prove and he's determined to prove he's worth a contract.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 27 min. ago

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 27 min. ago

Eastmincom says Chinese vessel cleared to dock in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – The Philippine government cleared the Chinese research/survey vessel which docked at the Sasa Wharf at 9:40 p.m. on Monday for replenishment, an official of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said on Tuesday. The Chinese vessel came only weeks after Chinese military aircraft Ilyushing Il-76 from New Zealand landed for the second time at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News13 hr. 40 min. ago

Duterte: Not yet time to raise West Philippine Sea issue with China

It’s not yet time to discuss the country’s maritime dispute with China, President Duterte said yesterday as he stressed he would rather allow the Asian giant “sufficient period to sort things out” first......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News15 hr. 28 min. ago

Duterte: Not yet time to raise West Philippine Sea issue with China

It’s not yet time to discuss the country’s maritime dispute with China, President Duterte said yesterday as he stressed he would rather allow the Asian giant “sufficient period to sort things out” first......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News15 hr. 28 min. ago

Sprint star Bolt chases new dream

“He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy. SYDNEY, Australia — Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will undergo a six-week tryout with the Central Coast Mariners, hoping to land a deal that could see him play for a season in Australian […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News16 hr. 53 min. ago

Teens glued to phones risk ‘modest’ rise in ADHD symptoms – study

TAMPA, United States -- Could teenagers suffer symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after engaging in excessive smartphone use? A new study out Tuesday says digital overload could be linked to a "modest" but significant rise in new ADHD behaviors, offering a warning to parents about the potential dangers of too much screen time. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association were based on nearly 2,600 Los Angeles teens who answered survey questions over a two-year period -- making it one of the largest and longest studies on the topic to date. The more social media, streaming video, text messaging, music downloads or online chats they engag...Keep on reading: Teens glued to phones risk ‘modest’ rise in ADHD symptoms – study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News17 hr. 15 min. ago