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He owns a resort, the famous La Carmela Resort and Hotel in Boracay Island. And he knows that every traveler must be served well......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 7th, 2017

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

NEW YORK, United States --- "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson's second installment in the third "Star Wars" trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gives "The Last Jedi" the second-best opening ever, slotting in behind only its predecessor, "The Force Awakens." The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically. Aside from "The Force Awakens" ($248.8 million), the others are "The Avengers" ($207.4 million) and "Jurassic World" ($208.8 million). Accounting for inflation, the debut of 2012's "The Avengers" would roughly tie...Keep on reading: ‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News2 hr. 44 min. ago

More cruise ships in Boracay by 2018

THE world-famous Boracay Island expects more international cruise ships next year to bring in more than 50,000 tourists, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT)-6. In a media release, DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said that Boracay Island is now becoming known as a premier cruise ship destination. “The increasing number of cruise ship arrivals […] The post More cruise ships in Boracay by 2018 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News3 hr. 18 min. ago

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with galactic $450 million box office

The eighth movie in the 'Star Wars' saga collected $220 million in North America and $230 million in the rest of the world......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News3 hr. 44 min. ago

LeBron gets third straight triple-double, Cavs trip Wizards

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James played the first half wearing a pair of shoes — one black, one white — reading “equality” in gold capital letters and finished with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) for their 18th victory in 19 games. James had his fourth triple-double in the past five games despite being called for four fouls in the final quarter. Kevin Love added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Cavs. Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points, and John Wall had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes in his third game back after missing nine with an injured left knee. In a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders, neither team led by more than seven until Wall turned the ball over, leading to a fast break for James, who was fouled at the other end and completed the three-point play for a 103-94 lead. The last time these teams played, at Washington on Nov. 3 (Nov. 4, PHL time), Cleveland won thanks to 57 points from James. That prompted Wizards coach Scott Brooks to joke before tipoff Sunday (Monday, PHL time) both that holding the four-time league MVP to “56 would be pretty good tonight” and “I have a lot of respect for Coach [Tyronn] Lue, but I think he’s making a bad decision if he doesn’t sit LeBron tonight. Back-to-back games, right? Our fans saw 57. They don’t need to see any more.” James did not carry that much of a scoring load this time, but he did a bit of everything. He also made his statement with his sneakers, wearing that pair for the first half, before switching gear at halftime. He sported a pair of black shoes with “equality” written on them for Cleveland’s opening game of the season. If it seems as if James climbs up some career list each and every night, well, that’s because he pretty much does. This time, he overtook Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth-most made field goals in NBA history and tied Nick Van Exel for 24th-most three-pointers. James made only 4-of-12 shots in the first half for nine points, but it was his triple with 1.1 seconds remaining that made it 60-all at the break. Wall’s three shortly before that moved him up to No. 5 on Washington’s franchise scoring list. He began the night at No. 7, but surpassed Phil Chenier and Gus Johnson in the second quarter. The game was still tied heading into the fourth period, at 83-all. TIP-INS Cavaliers: G Dwyane Wade was rested on the second half of a back-to-back. ... Finished with 24 assists, ending their streak of three consecutive games with at least 30. ... Cleveland made 14 three-pointers, its 20th game in a row with at least 10. ... The Cavs scored at least 100 points for the 24th straight game. Wizards: F Otto Porter Jr. sat out with an injured right hip. ... His replacement in the starting lineup, Kelly Oubre Jr., had 11 points and eight rebounds. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES There were three technical fouls handed out in the first 10 minutes, one apiece to Cleveland G J.R. Smith, Washington F Markieff Morris and Brooks. BROOKS AND ‘BIG Z’ Brooks was by turns earnest, nostalgic and funny while recalling former Cavs teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who will receive a lifetime achievement award during the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Show next month. “He took me in. I stayed with him for two months. A lot of interesting nights,” Brooks said with a chuckle. “What a great sense of humor. ... I don’t know why in the world did the state of Ohio give him a driver’s license. I mean, it was an adventure going to dinner every night. ... Just a horrible driver, but a great teammate. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.” UP NEXT Cavaliers: At Milwaukee on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). The Cavs have beaten the Bucks the last five times they’ve played. Wizards: Host New Orleans on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 31 min. ago

Let us fill our hearts with joy and gladness

I hate to spoil the Scrooges around the world but I think its time to heighten the yuletide spirit. The news around continues to depress us......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News6 hr. 31 min. ago

French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record

BREST — French sailor Francois Gabart broken the record yesterday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hour.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News7 hr. 18 min. ago

The sitcom that captivates world audiences

MANILA, Philippines — It sure feels like it wasn’t too long ago when The Middle launched on the ABC network in the US. Or was it?.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated News7 hr. 57 min. ago

Global trade order in a wobble as Washington snubs status quo at World Trade Organization

BERLIN — The frustration of Roberto Azevedo was evident when, as director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), he summed up the results of a three-day ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in the past week. There were simply none. The delegates of more than 160 countries from around the globe failed to reach any […] The post Global trade order in a wobble as Washington snubs status quo at World Trade Organization appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News9 hr. 18 min. ago

Ceres PFL title heralds a brave new world for Pinoy club football

MANILA, Philippines – There is so much to discuss following Ceres Negros' dominant performance on Saturday, December 16, when they dismissed Global Cebu 4-1 in the PFL Final in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium. Ceres Negros' roster overkill paid dividends in the final. One look at the Ceres Negros roster and you can ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News16 hr. 18 min. ago

Cake for joyful pope on his 81st birthday

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday, December 17, with a hero cake and a message urging the world – and children in particular – to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. The Argentine pontiff thanked the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Angelus ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News16 hr. 18 min. ago

Where have all IS fighters gone? They’ve run away to fight another day

WASHINGTON---An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State (IS) group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014.   A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as IS struggles to survive, having lost most of its territory to campaigns by Western-backed Syrian and Iraqi coalition armies.   But what happened to the rest?   Some have traveled to other jihadist fronts, according to Thomas Sanderson, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Transnational Threats Project.   For example, he said, at least 80 IS fighters from Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arab...Keep on reading: Where have all IS fighters gone? They’ve run away to fight another day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Vatican returns shrunken ‘warrior’ head to Ecuador

  VATICAN CITY, Holy See --- The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary. The grisly body part -- which belonged to the Shuar indigenous people -- was handed over during Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno's visit to Pope Francis on Saturday after months of negotiations, the Vatican said. It is very rare for a historical artifact to be returned by the Vatican museums, which boast one of the largest collections of art and archaeology in the world. The fist-sized capitulum, which never went on show, is believed to have been a war trophy for the Shuar...Keep on reading: Vatican returns shrunken ‘warrior’ head to Ecuador.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin, United States --- A plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II has been saved from a junkyard and is being carefully restored in Wisconsin. The C-47, called "That's All, Brother," carried the first paratroopers who were dropped behind German lines at Normandy. The aircraft led the more than 800 other C-47s also carrying paratroopers. The plane was lost for 70 years and was accidentally discovered by an Air Force historian at the Basler Turbo Conversions junkyard in Oshkosh in 2015, WLUK-TV reported . The historian was researching Col. John Donalson, the man who flew the plane on D-Day. "The airplane is much more than an aircraft. It's a t...Keep on reading: Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

What happened to all the foreign IS fighters?

WASHINGTON, D.C: An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State (IS) group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as IS struggles to survive, having lost most of its territory [...] The post What happened to all the foreign IS fighters? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Neymar, Mbappe score as leader PSG wins 4-1 at Rennes

PARIS (AP) — The world's two most expensive soccer stars both scored as Paris Saint-Germain restored its nine-point lead in the French league with a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday. Brazil forward Neymar scored twice and turned provider for Kylian Mbappe and striker Edinson Cavani, while Mbappe set up both of Neymar's goals. Neymar put PSG ahead in the fourth minute, turning in Mbappe's cross from the right. Roles were reversed when teenage star Mbappe then netted from Neymar's cross in the 17th. Neymar and Mbappe joined in the summer transfer window, with PSG paying Barcelona a world record 222 million euros ($262 million). Mbappe, who turns 19 next Wednesday, joined from defending champion Monaco in a deal worth 180 million euros ($216 million). Rennes pulled a goal back early in the second half through striker Firmin Mubele, but then had influential midfielder Benjamin Andre sent off in the 63rd minute for a second yellow card following a late challenge on center back Presnel Kimpembe, who was also sent off late on. Andre's red card prompted an angry reaction from Rennes coach Sabri Lamouchi, who argued with referee Antony Gautier. PSG profited from the extra man to make it 3-1 when Cavani ran onto Neymar's pass to brilliantly flick the ball over goalkeeper Tomas Koubek in the 75th for his league-leading 18th goal of the season. A minute later Cavani released Mbappe down the right, he crossed quickly, and Neymar slid in at the back post to grab his 11th of the season. PSG was ruthless in attack but its poor defending — which had also been seen in a recent 2-1 loss at Strasbourg — let Rennes back into the game in the 53rd. From a corner, midfielder Morgan Amalfitano was left unmarked and his header hit the front post. The ball rolled across the goal and presented Mubele with a tap-in. Kimpembe was sent off in the 89th. He was beaten by a pass played behind him and clumsily chopped down midfielder James Lea Siliki. But winger Wahbi Khazri blazed the penalty over the top. Second-place Monaco won 4-0 at Saint-Etienne on Friday night. ___ OTHER MATCHES Despite having one of the smallest budgets in Ligue 1, Strasbourg is up to seventh place after beating Toulouse 2-1 at home. Midfielder Jonas Martin and center half Kader Mangane scored either side of an equalizer from winger Max-Alain Gradel. Striker Wesley Said netted twice as Dijon climbed up to eighth place by beating 18th-place Lille 3-0, with all the goals in the first half. Mid-table Caen and Guingamp drew 0-0. Troyes moved further away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 home win against Amiens. Last-place Metz secured a rare success by winning 3-1 at Montpellier. ___ SUNDAY'S GAMES Third-place Lyon plays at fourth-place Marseille on Sunday night, with both sides three points behind Monaco. Also, fifth-place Nantes takes on Angers, and Nice hosts Bordeaux......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Ronaldo goal gives Real Madrid its 3rd Club World Cup title

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free-kick as Real Madrid claimed its third Club World Cup title after beating Brazilian team Gremio 1-0 Saturday. The Ballon d'Or winner fired his right-footed shot between two players in Gremio's defensive wall, leaving goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe no hope of reaching the ball before it bounced inside the post in the 53rd minute. "(Ronaldo) is always there at the key moments," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "Nobody can do what he does." Madrid became the first team to retain the FIFA Club World Cup title, and collected its fifth trophy of 2017, along with the Champions League, Spanish league, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo celebrated the goal by rushing to Madrid's dugout where he was embraced by his teammates. The goal increased Ronaldo's record to seven goals in the competition. He also scored in Madrid's 2-1 comeback win over Al Jazira in the semifinals. "What am I going to say? The numbers speak for themselves. I am very happy. The team played fantastically well and it has won another title," Ronaldo said. "We played a very good game and deserved the victory." Madrid equaled Barcelona's record of three titles for the short knockout tournament between the champions of FIFA's six continental confederations and the host nation's league winner. European clubs have won 10 of the last 11 Club World Cups, with only Brazil's Corinthians interrupting that streak in 2012 when it defeated Chelsea. Zidane played the same starting 11 from last season's Champions League final in June, when Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 — led by Ronaldo's double. The European champions outclassed Gremio throughout the match, but the closest they got to scoring in the first half was Dani Carvajal's goal-bound volley in the 20th that was cleared by Pedro Geromel. Gremio had to scramble on several occasions to stop Madrid inside its own area. At the other end, a free-kick by Edilson for the South American champions swerved onto the top netting near the half-hour mark. Geromel had tried to set the tone early on with a hard tackle that left Ronaldo writhing in pain, and hoping for a booking that never came. Ronaldo had a poor first half. He twice erred in short passes with his back heel that failed to reach his teammates, and he squandered a good opportunity when he took too long to shoot when a loose ball fell to him close to the net. All that changed after the interval. Ronaldo baited Jailson into fouling him outside the area with some fancy dribbling, setting up his winner. Ronaldo thought he had another goal moments later, but Karim Benzema was ruled offside before he passed the ball back to Ronaldo. Marcelo Grohe kept his side in the game by pushing Luka Modric's shot onto his post and denied Ronaldo a second goal, but Gremio never mounted a serious response to get the equalizer. Mexico's Pachuca beat Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place match earlier Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Kemp back in LA, Gonzalez out in 5-player deal with Braves

By Beth Harris, Associated Press Matt Kemp is returning to the place where he began his major league career, reacquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves that creates more financial flexibility for the reigning NL champions. The Dodgers sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for the 33-year-old Kemp. Gonzalez agreed to waive his no-trade clause after receiving assurance from the Braves that he would be designated for assignment since they are already set at first base with Freddie Freeman. “This allows him the opportunity to go and find some playing time,” new Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. After sitting on the sidelines during the recent winter meetings, the Dodgers moved quickly to dump nearly $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018. Kemp is owed about $43 million over the next two seasons. Los Angeles was looking to reduce baseball’s highest payroll of $240 million last season as a way of lowering exposure to higher luxury taxes. The deal made sense for the Braves, too, since the players they acquired all have expiring contracts. “It puts us in an even greater financial position going forward and going into next offseason as well,” said Anthopoulos, who was hired from the Dodgers. Kemp played for the Dodgers from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, fourth-most in Los Angeles history. The outfielder hit .276 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 doubles in 115 games last season with the Braves. Moving Kemp opens up a potential roster spot for top Braves prospect Ronald Acuna, who turns 20 on Monday. He was the most valuable player of the Arizona Fall League and Baseball America’s minor league player of the year. “We expect Ronald Acuna to be a very good player for a very long time,” Anthopoulos said. “When he’s ready to go, we’re going to look to make room for him and certainly a deal like this won’t hurt.” The 35-year-old Gonzalez helped the Dodgers win five straight NL West division titles after being acquired from the Red Sox in August 2012. He was an All-Star in 2015 and led the NL in RBIs in 2014, but went on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back last season for the first time in his career. He was usurped at first base by NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger. Gonzalez is owed $21.5 million in the final year of a $154 million, seven-year contract that the Dodgers absorbed in the 2012 trade with Boston. Kazmir didn’t pitch last season because of a hip injury, one of many in his career. The 33-year-old left-hander went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts in 2016, his first with the Dodgers. He is owed $15 million in 2018. “I spoke to him and he’s pretty encouraged and excited about the work he’s been able to do in the offseason, so we’re excited to get a look at him in camp,” Anthopoulos said. “If we can get him back and he can bounce back, there’s certainly some upside there.” McCarthy was 11-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 29 starts over three seasons with the Dodgers. The 34-year-old right-hander missed most of 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went on the DL three times last season, when he was limited to 19 appearances and went 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA. McCarthy was added to the Dodgers’ World Series roster after missing the first two rounds. He gave up a home run in extra innings of a Game 2 loss to Houston in his only appearance. He is owed $12 million in the last year of a $48 million, four-year deal. Anthopoulos said he sees McCarthy being in the Braves’ rotation, which needs a veteran arm after not re-signing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and releasing Bartolo Colon during last season. “He came back at the end of the year and was on the World Series roster because of how good he looked, how good his stuff was, up to 94 (mph) and he started throwing a slider that he just added at the end of the year,” Anthopoulos said. “I’m excited about him, think there is an upside to him.” ___ AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

WASHINGTON, D.C.: An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as IS struggles to survive, having lost most of its territory to [...] The post Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

World Health Organization certifies Gabon as polio-free

LIBREVILLE, Gabon – The World Health Organization has declared Gabon a "polio-free country," given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country. According to a WHO statement obtained by the Agence France-Presse on Saturday, December 16, the UN health agency nonetheless recommended taking the necessary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Perez dedicates Grand Prix win, MVP award to deceased brother

F2 Logistics ace setter Kim Fajardo saw Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez open on the left side. The reinforcement soared and smashed a thunderous kill. Petron’s Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan went up simultaneously to erect a wall but came a bit too late. American import Hillary Hurley was the Blaze Spikers’ last line of defense but Perez’s missile slipped off her hands as the Cargo Movers celebrated their impressive come-from-behind series win to conquer the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix in the deciding Game 3 Saturday at the MOA Arena. Perez joined her team in celebration. She’s now a champion and was named Conference Most Valuable Player. Perez did her best to win for the team. This despite a searing pain in her heart brought by a sad news she received the day before from halfway across the world. Her older brother, Daniel, passed away Friday after a bout with cancer.         Knowing that they needed to stay focused on the game, Perez chose to keep the news from her teammates. Confiding only to skipper Cha Cruz, who then told head coach Ramil De Jesus.  “Very professional ni Maria kasi kakamatay lang ng oldest brother niya kahapon dahil sa cancer," said De Jesus during the post-game interview after F2 Logistics captured the crown in a 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, win over the Blaze Spikers that completed their comeback from a 0-1 series deficit.         “Sobrang saludo ako, di niya sinasabi sa team, di ko nga alam pano nya nadadala,” De Jesus said. “Kasi di umiiyak, di malungkot, di nadala sa performance. Saludo talaga ako sa kanya.” The 2008 Beijing Olympian scored 24 points all from kills, averaging 21 markers in the Finals. “I didn’t think about my loss I know I have a big responsibility with my team,” said Perez, a woman of strength and high professionalism. “I didn’t share it with my team. I just smiled and tried to be strong because I know we had this opportunity to win this game.” “I don’t want my teammates to be saddened with my loss,” she added.  Perez’s voice cracked and held her tears back during the interview as she dedicated the win and MVP to her brother. “I was thinking about that,” she said. “I know that’s the only that will make my family happy.” Perez will return to Venezuela before flying to Utah to play in another tournament. Asked if she’ll return next year, Perez said that she wants another run with the Cargo Movers. “We have talked about it (going back to F2). I really want (to come back) but I haven't talked to the management,” said Perez. “I think after this we will decide and we will see my final decision.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017