Best day ever: Destanee hits with Serena, her inspiration

MELBOURNE, Australia — Last week, Destanee Aiava became the first player born this millennium to win a main draw match at a WTA event......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2017

Federer deflects attention to Nadal, Djokovic in Australia

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer prefers to think of Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic as the favorites for the Australian Open title, despite entering as defending champion and coming off a worry-free preparation. "I play down my chances just because I don't think a 36-year-old should be a favorite of a tournament," Federer said Sunday on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam tournament, "It should not be the case. "That's why I see things more relaxed, you know, at a later stage of my career." The 19-time major winner can afford to relax slightly longer, given the half of the draw that he shares with Djokovic doesn't start until day two. Top-ranked Nadal will get under way Monday night against Victor Estrella Burgos on Rod Laver Arena, where he lost the final in five sets to Federer last year. All four singles finalists were 30 or older here last year in what became a tournament for the ages, and three of them are back. Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus Williams in the final to capture an Open era-record 23rd major here last year but decided against defending her title because she didn't have enough time to recover from health issues after a complicated childbirth in September. Venus Williams is seeded fifth and is second match scheduled on center court to get her 77th major under way with a challenging opener against Belinda Bencic. She's 4-0 in career head-to-heads against 20-year-old Bencic — who reached a career-high No. 7 ranking in 2016 and who helped Federer win the Hopman Cup title for Switzerland earlier this month — but is coming off an abbreviated preparation that included a loss in the second round to eventual champion Angelique Kerber at the Sydney International last week. At 37, Venus Williams among the top contenders at Melbourne Park. Others in action on Monday include seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, who meets Francesca Schiavone in a match featuring current vs. former French Open champions, No. 2-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, who opens against Mihaela Buzarnescu, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens against Zhang Shuai. Simona Halep is the No. 1 seed in the women's draw, and one of six women who can hold the No. 1 ranking at the end of the Australian Open. Halep, who has had back-to-back first-round exits on her last two trips to Melbourne Park, opens on day two against Australian wild-card entry Destanee Aiava. Only two men can hold the top ranking in the first week of February — Nadal or Federer — regardless of what No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov or No. 4 Alexander Zverev or anybody else does in Melbourne. Federer returns in contrasting circumstances to his appearance in 2017, when he was coming off a six-month break for an injured left knee and had low expectations about ending a Grand Slam title drought that dated to Wimbledon in 2012. "This year I hope to win the first few rounds and get rolling hopefully, whereas last year I was just hoping to win," a match, Federer told his pre-tournament news conference Sunday. "It was more of a 'let's see what happens' kind of tournament, maybe similar to what Novak or Stan (Wawrinka) or others are going through this year." Six-time Australian Open winner Djokovic has been sidelined for six months with an injured right elbow, returning with a remodeled service motion, and 2014 champion Wawrinka has also been out of the game since Wimbledon after surgery on his knee. Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Open titles last year, has also had a limited preparation restricted to couple of exhibition matches last week as he recovers from a sore knee. None of that makes them any less of a threat to Federer. "Rafa, with the year that he's had, and Novak with the six titles he's had here, even if it's unknown how he's feeling, they could very well be the favorites, too," Federer said. "If you're in the draw, you give yourself a chance. That's what happened for me last year — all ended up way better than I thought it would, as you know.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Where Did Moira Dela Torre Get Inspiration for her Hit Song ‘Malaya’?

You've been seeing a lot of Moira Dela Torre lately while you get LSS from her top hits. And you're probably thinking, "Wow! Did she get famous overnight?" And that's where I need to correct you. Moira's rise to fame and music virality did not happen overnight or let's say, a month. It took years of hard work, multiple covers, endless song writing sessions, a whole lot of prayers, a bunch of auditions, and even a few heartbreaks. Safe to say she made it her life's work and passion to pursue music and now she's finally reaping the benefits. I say this with excitement because I actually saw her put in all the effort! Before her songs like "Malaya," "Torete," or "Titibo-Tibo,"...Keep on reading: Where Did Moira Dela Torre Get Inspiration for her Hit Song ‘Malaya’?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Victory Liner bus hits power post at Tuba, Benguet; 2 dead

Two bus passengers died while at least 15 others were hurt when a Victory Liner bus lost control up the winding Marcos Highway at the town of Tuba on the way to Baguio City, hitting a power line post on Monday afternoon, January 22. The bus originated from Manila. One of the fatalities was reported […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News7 hr. 21 min. ago

2 killed, 16 hurt when bus hits electric post on way to Baguio

BAGUIO CITY---Two passengers were killed while 16 others were injured when a bus rammed into an electric post on the way up to this city at1:30 p.m.on Monday (January 22).   The Victory Liner bus came from Manila when it met the accident at Marcos Highway along Tuba town in Benguet province, said Ivy Carasi, Cordillera information officer of the Office of Civil Defense.   Carasi said they have yet to identify the two fatalities, one of whom was the bus conductor. The identities of the injured passengers were not available at press time. They were being treated at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. Kimberlie Quitasol  ...Keep on reading: 2 killed, 16 hurt when bus hits electric post on way to Baguio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News11 hr. 34 min. ago

Filipino performing artists mourn the passing of tenor Otoniel Gonzaga, 75

Filipino artists mourn the passing away of tenor Otoniel Gonzaga who died in a Vienna hospital last Jan. 14. He was 75. Tenor Arthur Espiritu said Gonzaga was a steady hand and someone he looked up to. "I'm very saddened by his passing." Tenor Gary del Rosario said Gonzaga was his inspiration when he started singing opera. "Your glorious voice will be missed." Lea Salonga: "Rest in peace Otoniel Gonzaga. Sing with the angels now." Singer Dulce: "My condolences to the Gonzaga family. It was a big honor to share the stage with this great Filipino tenor." Gonzaga was last heard in the Philippines in 2006 when he came back for a visit and performed as soloist of the Phi...Keep on reading: Filipino performing artists mourn the passing of tenor Otoniel Gonzaga, 75.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Dengvaxia scare hits Davao

DAVAO CITY --- The health scare brought by the scandal over Dengvaxia, an antidengue vaccine, appears to have rubbed off on residents here during the implementation of a city government-sponsored measles vaccination program. A woman, who asked that she not be identified for privacy reasons, initially refused to have her 2-year-old son vaccinated against measles, saying the boy could suffer the same fate as children injected with Dengvaxia. Dengvaxia, of the pharmaceutical firm Sanofi, became controversial after it was found that even children who have had no previous exposure to dengue were given the vaccine, which makes dengue deadlier for those who have not been afflicted wit...Keep on reading: Dengvaxia scare hits Davao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

TRAIN hits poor farmers most

BAGUIO CITY — Local Farmers will be among those who will suffer the most from the implementation of the new tax law, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), according to Andres Wailan of the Alyansa dagiti Pesante iti Taeng Kordilyera (Apit Tako)......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Electrical glitch hits MRT early Sunday -

Electrical glitch hits MRT early Sunday -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Premiere: ‘The symbol of great entertainment’

In 1950, Premiere Productions announced its new offerings, billed ‘star-studded hits coming your way.’.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

The inspiration to write, according to Elydia Reyes

I remember the first time I met Elydia Reyes. It was the year 2008 and we were both in our early 20s, ready to explore the world. I was the overly energetic hyper employee while Elyds, as everyone near to her calls her, was the reserved and quiet one. We bonded over our love for [...] The post The inspiration to write, according to Elydia Reyes appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold

PARIS (AP) --- There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold. The Alexander McQueen fashion house mixed in flashes of red to an otherwise dark display of menswear. Some highlights to the fall-winter shows: A RAINBOW AT MAISON MARGIELA John Galliano studied the science of the rainbow for a colorful and typically quirky collection. A clinical white venue, populated by myriad staff in their signature white lab aprons, led the eye down to a bright yellow runway. Its large oval shapes brightly evoked the rays of sunlight and suggested the inspiration for ...Keep on reading: Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Turkey hits Syria Kurd militia again after ground attack threats

REYHANLI, Turkey – The Turkish army on Saturday, January 20, launched new strikes against Kurdish militia in northern Syria as preparations intensified for a cross-border ground operation that has alarmed the United States. Turkey has in recent days sent dozens of military vehicles and hundreds of troops to the border ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

‘Setting up for conflict’: Marcos hits House plan to go solo on ‘cha-cha’

Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday said the House of Representatives’ plan to convene as a constituent assembly without the Senate will be a “big mess.” Source link link: ‘Setting up for conflict’: Marcos hits House plan to go solo on ‘cha-cha’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

NCAA volleyball: Racraquin powers San Beda to 4th straight win

Cesca Racraquin was her usual dominant self as she captained San Beda to a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Mapua in the NCAA Season 93 women's volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The open spiker unleashed 19 points, 17 of which off kills, on top of 17 digs and 13 receptions to steer her side to a share of the top spot with Arellano at 4-0. Ma. Nieza Viray added 14 markers, Trisha Paras had 13 points, while Satriani Espritu and Maria Jiezela Viray both got 10 hits to aid the Lady Red Spikers' cause. Mapua, meanwhile, continued its search for a breakthrough win after falling to its fourth straight loss. Dianne Latayan carried the Lady...Keep on reading: NCAA volleyball: Racraquin powers San Beda to 4th straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Cha-cha hits snag; SC ruling needed -

Cha-cha hits snag; SC ruling needed -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

DND hits Alejano for ‘innuendos’ on frigate deal

THE Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday hit back at Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano for alleging irregularities on the purchase of Navy frigates, saying the lawmaker only had “innuendos” and no proof. DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said there were no grounds to terminate the frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy. “We must [...] The post DND hits Alejano for ‘innuendos’ on frigate deal appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Hot money outflow hits $205 M in 2017

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign portfolio investments or hot money recorded an overall net outflow of $205.03 million in 2017, a reversal of the net inflow of.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Satisfaction with Rody government hits record high – SWS

MANILA, Philippines — The number of Filipinos satisfied with the performance of the national government under President Duterte rebounded by 12 points and re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

SWS: Duterte admin hits record-high ‘excellent’ in Q4 poll

MANILA, Philippines — The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte obtained an all-time high “excellent” rating during the last quarter of 2017, surpassin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Bazemore hits winning shot, Hawks beat Pelicans 94-93

By Paul Newberry, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Hawks rallied from 19 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) before a sparse crowd on an icy night in Atlanta. With the score tied at 92, DeMarcus Cousins drew a blocking foul on John Collins with 13.7 seconds remaining, earning a trip to the foul line. Cousins made only one, giving the Hawks a chance to pull out the victory. .@24Bazemore comes up BIG for the @ATLHawks in #CrunchTime! 🔥 — NBA TV (@NBATV) January 18, 2018 Bazemore knocked down the winning shot with Anthony Davis in his face. New Orleans had one last chance, inbounding the ball to Cousins near the hoop. He came up short on a quick shot, pleading with the officials for a foul call while the Hawks celebrated. Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points, while rookie John Collins added 18. Jrue Holiday paced the Pelicans with 22 points, while Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds. But Davis was held to just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting. Coming off a victory over San Antonio, the Hawks won back-to-back games for only the second time this season and snapped the Pelicans’ three-game winning streak. The Hawks started quickly, knocking down four of their first six shots — including a couple of three-pointers — but it was all Pelicans the rest of the first half. The Hawks missed seven straight shots during two different stretches in the first quarter and endured another long drought at the beginning of the second period, going nearly five minutes without a field goal. New Orleans ripped off 12 straight points to erase Atlanta’s early edge and pushed ahead twice by as many as 19 before settling for a 60-45 lead at the break. The Hawks wiped out that big deficit by the end of the third quarter. The Pelicans made only 3-of-18 shots in a 10-point period, allowing Atlanta to grab a 71-70 lead heading to the fourth. The game was played after a winter storm moved through Atlanta, leading most schools and businesses to shut down for the day because of treacherous roads. The upper deck wasn’t even used, allowing everyone in the estimated turnout of around 5,000 to watch the contest from the lower level. The announced attendance was 10,894, the smallest crowd of the season at Philips Arena. TIP-INS Pelicans: Davis, coming off a 45-point effort in a win at Boston, and was held to single figures for only the second time this season. ... New Orleans had a season-low 33 points in the second half, missing their first eight shots after the break. Hawks: C Dewayne Dedmon fouled out with 4:48 remaining after playing 20 minutes off the bench. He had 10 rebounds. ... F Luke Babbitt, who was on the inactive list, hasn’t played in five straight games. In fact, he’s gotten in only two of the last 13 games — scoring five points in just over 13 minutes of playing time — after making nine starts early in the season. ... The Hawks came into the night ranked last in the league with an average attendance 14,239 — more than 1,300 less per game than the next-lowest team, the Indiana Pacers. UP NEXT Pelicans: Return home Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to face the Memphis Grizzlies. Hawks: Continue a six-game homestand by hosting the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018