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BoI eyes declaration of Marawi as less developed area

THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) on Friday proposed to include the city of Marawi and the surrounding towns to be included in the list of the country’s less developed areas (LDA) to speed up its economic recovery after bearing the brunt of a five-month firefight between the Maute group and the military. The Department of […] The post BoI eyes declaration of Marawi as less developed area appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJan 12th, 2018

The 10 most intriguing free agents of summer 2018

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com The summer of 2018 promises to change the landscape of the NBA. It starts with the best player in the world having the ability to choose his next team, but it continues with good teams in Minnesota, Portland and Washington that might feel the need to shake things up, as well as a situation to monitor in San Antonio. The trade market can be unpredictable. It wasn't until late July last year that we learned that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and it wasn't until late August when he was dealt to the Boston Celtics, who finished the summer with only four players remaining from the team that reached the conference finals. The free agent market is a little more predictable, in that there are only so many teams with the available cap space to sign a premium free agent outright. Most of the big contracts signed in 2016 (when almost every team had cap space) are still on the books and a lot of teams just don't have much flexibility. LOOK: NBA.com Free Agent Tracker But the trade market and the free agent market are tied together. In 2014, the Cavs created the space to sign LeBron James by trading Jarrett Jack and Tyler Zeller. And after signing James, they traded for Kevin Love. With that in mind, the players listed below aren't the 10 best free agents (or potential free agents). They're the 10 most interesting in regard to where they're going and what kind of contract they get. For players to be on this list, there needs to be some intrigue regarding their (and/or their team's) decision this summer. Kevin Durant is the second best player in the NBA and has a player option on his contract, but there appears to be little chance that he's leaving the Golden State Warriors. Re-signing with Houston is probably Chris Paul's best path to another year of contention. It's hard to see Clint Capela or Jusuf Nurkic (both restricted as well) going anywhere. The same goes (to a lesser degree) for Aaron Gordon and Fred VanVleet. There's intrigue in the terms under which Nikola Jokic is in Denver next season - either with the Nuggets exercising a $1.6 million team option or declining it, making him a restricted free agent, and signing him to a new deal - but we can be sure that he will be in Denver next season. The market for centers seems particularly small, taking away some of the intrigue with DeAndre Jordan and Brook Lopez. 1. LeBron James, F, Cleveland (Player option) At 33-years-old and in his 15th season, James remains the best player in the world. Would he leave Cleveland a second time? This is clearly the worst team he's been on since the first time he left the Cavs, and there are teams out there who can give him a better secondary playmaker to take some of the offensive load off his shoulders. Whatever team he's on next season is a contender and if if it's a different team than the one he's on now, it would be fascinating to see what happens with Love. Number to know: James' true shooting percentage of 62.1 percent this season was the third highest mark of his career. 2. Paul George, F, Oklahoma City (Player option) In trading Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana last summer, the Thunder knew that they might have George for just one season. There's been speculation about his next destination since he arrived in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder season (which ended in the first round of the playoffs) has to be seen as a disappointment. George's free agency is tied to what happens in San Antonio with Kawhi Leonard, who is eligible for a max contract extension this summer. If that extension doesn't happen (either because the Spurs don't offer it or because Leonard doesn't accept it), Leonard will become a trade target for teams that are also in the market for George. And there are a couple of teams that have the ability to bring two of the George/James/Leonard trio together. Number to know: George ranked second in the league in steals (2.0 per game) and tied for the league in deflections (3.9 per game). 3. DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Just when the Pelicans were hitting their stride with Cousins and Anthony Davis together, Cousins tore his Achilles. And then the Pelicans hit their stride without Cousins, winning 20 of their last 28 games in the regular season and sweeping the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. If the Pelicans were to lose Cousins, they don't have the cap space to replace him. But there's obviously risk in giving him a big contract coming off an Achilles tear, and the the Pels' two bigs aren't a perfect fit together. As part of their February trade with Chicago, the Pelicans exercised the team option on Nikola Mirotic's contract for next season. So Mirotic is there as Davis' power forward complement for at least another year. Number to know: Cousins accounted for 47 percent of the fouls that the Pelicans drew while he was on the floor. That was the highest rate among 275 players who played at least 1,000 minutes this season. 4. Julius Randle, F, L.A. Lakers (Restricted) Randle is still just 23-years-old and developed into a pretty efficient scorer in the final year of his rookie deal. Among 126 players with at least 500 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, he saw the fifth biggest increase in true shooting percentage (from 54 percent to 61 percent). But the Lakers' have their eyes on bigger names and might have to renounce their rights to the restricted free agent to clear as much cap space as possible. Number to know: Randle ranked fifth with 802 total points scored in the restricted area this season. 5. Marcus Smart, G, Boston (Restricted) Marcus Smart is intriguing more for what his departure would mean for the team he's leaving than for any other team he might join. And it's quite possible that he doesn't have the same value outside of Boston. Putting value on a bad shooter who makes "winning plays" is difficult in the first place. What happens with Smart affects how the Celtics deal with Terry Rozier, who will be a restricted free agent next year and would draw more interest from other teams as a starting point guard (if the Celtics don't give him an extension this summer). It's hard to imagine the Celtics keeping both behind Kyrie Irving long term, but the decision could be delayed a year if Smart were to accept the one-year qualifying offer. Number to know: Smart is one of six players who averaged at least 20 minutes in 40 or more games and with their teams allowing less than a point per possession with them on the floor. 6. J.J. Redick, G, Philadelphia The Sixers are another team that will be big-name shopping in July, which affects the status of Redick, who was signed to a one-year $23 million deal last summer. The Sixers don't have his bird rights, but wouldn't have to pay nearly that much (per year) on a long-term deal. Redick is a terrific complementary player on offense (an aggressive shooter who draws the defense's attention with relentless movement), but can be targeted on the other end of the floor, as was the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston. Number to know: Redick shot 45.9 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers, the fourth best mark among 101 players who attempted at least 200. 7. Derrick Favors, F, Utah There were times this season when the frontline duo of Favors and Rudy Gobert wasn't working out, and Utah had some success with smaller, more versatile players at the four. But overall, the Jazz outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions with the two bigs on the floor together, and having both gives them a rim-protecting center on the floor at all times. Utah could create cap space and go free agent shopping, but that would require them to renounce their rights to Favors and Dante Exum. Number to know: Among 160 players with at least 400 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, Favors saw the third biggest increase in effective shooting percentage (from 49 percent to 57 percent). 8. Isaiah Thomas, G, L.A. Lakers Thomas' stock fell precipitously from being a top-five MVP vote-getter last season to being a liability in Cleveland upon returning from his hip injury, and then requiring surgery in March. Still, the Lakers' offense was pretty efficient (scoring 110 points per 100 possessions) with him on the floor and the last time he was healthy, he had a historically good season. There are teams (Orlando and Phoenix, especially) in need of a starting point guard, but Thomas may have to settle for a short-term deal and a bench role in order to restore his value around the league. Number to know: Among 160 players with at least 400 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, Thomas saw the biggest drop in both in effective shooting percentage (from 55 percent to 44 percent) and true shooting percentage (from 63 percent to 51 percent). 9. Dwyane Wade, G, Miami No, Wade is not one of the 10 best free agents out there. But he's a future Hall of Famer who has said that Miami is the only team he'll play for going forward. We saw in Game 2 of the first round against Philadelphia that he can win a game for you on any given night. But over a full season, he'd be a much better fit with the Heat (who have a handful of versatile non-shooters) if he had, at some point, developed a three-point shot. That he hasn't increases the chances that his career is over. Number to know: Wade had an effective field goal percentage of 36.8 percent from outside the paint, the second worst mark among 207 players who attempted at least 200 total shots from the outside. 10. Jabari Parker, F, Milwaukee (Restricted) Parker should look much better in the fall than he did in playing just 38 games (including playoffs) after returning from a second ACL tear in his left knee. He has issues to fix on both ends of the floor and isn't an ideal complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo in that neither shoots very well from the perimeter. Parker still has top-two-pick talent, but injury issues and defense issues make him a fascinating case in restricted free agency for a team that's looking to take a step forward with an MVP candidate and a new coach. Number to know: In the playoffs, the Bucks' offense was more than 14 points per 100 possessions better with Parker off the floor (scoring 114.9 per 100) than it was with him on the floor (100.6). John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

DA eyes ending illegal agri land conversions

The Department of Agriculture (DA) seeks to end the illegal conversion of agricultural lands in the Philippines, as the government is losing about 50,000 hectares of these to industrial and residential companies annually. These include irrigated areas that were part of the National Irrigation Administration’s (NIA) service area, developed at an estimated P400,000 per ha. [...] The post DA eyes ending illegal agri land conversions appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Could North Korean, US threats of destruction cause an accidental war? – CNN News

The war of words between North Korea and the United States could be pushing the region closer to the brink of an accidental conflict. While neither country is outwardly moving towards an actual war footing, military displays of power, mixed with threats and counter threats may result in an ugly outcome, Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker told CNN. &'8220;The North Koreans assume that the threats will be enough to restrain US action but the US might be thinking the same thing, so you end up in a situation where a provocation from one side is seen by the other as an actual move towards war,&'8221; he said. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho announced on Monday that US President Donald Trump had &'8220;declared a war&'8221; on his country by tweeting that North Korea &'8220;won't be around much longer.&'8221; Ri's interpretation of Trump's tweet was roundly dismissed by the White House later that day. The South Korean government has been desperately calling for calm on both sides, as the country's citizens would be among the first to suffer in any war. Speaking in Washington on Monday, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the United States has to help to reduce tensions on the peninsula. &'8220;It is very likely that North Korea will conduct further provocations,&'8221; she said. &'8220;It is imperative that we, Korea and the US together, manage the situation &' in order to prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control.&'8221; Foreign Minister Ri told reporters Monday North Korea would shoot down any US bombers which flew near the Korean Peninsula, even if they didn't enter North Korea's airspace. &'8220;In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK,&'8221; Ri said, according to his official English translator. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was quick to respond, saying Monday the US had not declared war and any suggestion along those lines was &'8220;absurd.&'8221; Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said while the physical threat of war had not increased, every unfulfilled threat from the US did damage to its international position. &'8220;When threats are made and not followed through US credibility suffers both in the eyes of North Korea and its allies,&'8221; Graham said. &'8220;The US is very unlikely to engage in a preventative war against North Korea, so it's more the risk of stumbling into this because the North Koreans decide they have to escalate or they believe something US is doing is a preventative strike or a decapitation attack (against the leadership).&'8221; Over the weekend, North Korea moved airplanes and boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, quoting intelligence agencies. It followed a flyover by US bombers close to North Korea on Saturday. US B-1B bombers from Guam flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, according to the Pentagon, a move they said underscored the seriousness of Pyongyang's &'8220;reckless behavior.&'8221; It was the furthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the area of land between North and South Korea, which US fighters or bombers had flown in the 21st Century, the Pentagon said. Stratfor's Baker said he was concerned any moves by North Korea to shadow US planes or to engage in displays of military might could lead to accidental conflict. &'8220;There haven't been many incidents where they've engaged in this sort of behavior so they don't know how to deal with each other in this situation, they don't know how to read the way that each side is acting, so you can get accidents and the North Koreans, again, they may overestimate their hand,&'8221; he said. But Baker added it was important to note that neither side had engaged in the large movement of troops or evacuation of civilians which would precipitate a full blown war. &'8220;We don't see the US taking action to rapidly reduce the number of civilians and non military personnel in South Korea &' at the same time, rhetoric is working to increase the potential of an accident.&'8221; The latest standoff between Washington and Pyongyang came as a North Korean Foreign Ministry official flew to Moscow to meet with a representative of the Russian government. According to state media KCNA, director general at the Foreign Ministry's North American Department Choe Son Hui left for Moscow on Monday. She'll meet with Oleg Burmistrov, a &'8220;roving ambassador&'8221; with Russia's Foreign Ministry. The meeting comes amid cooling relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, with China's Ministry of Commerce announcing on Saturday it would immediately restrict petroleum exports to North Korea in line with UN sanctions. &'8220;Russia has been a supplier of petroleum products either directly or not paying attention to what it's own countries are doing in regard to North Korea,&'8221; Baker said. The latest round of sanctions, agreed to on September 11, were reportedly amended by the US after it became clear Russia and China wouldn't allow stronger restrictions. &'8220;Russia is a potential helpful card for the North Koreans to use particularly if they're worried that China is going to get more hostile and especially as secondary sanctions (from the US) come into play,&'8221; Graham said.(&'8220;Russia is a potential helpful card for the North Koreans to use particularly if they're worried that China is going to [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Eyes of a child

A Maranao boy observes his elders during a noon prayer on Friday (23 June 2017) at the mosque inside the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol complex in Marawi City as clashes between government forces and the Maute Group continue to rage in the city's downtown area. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2017

Marawi Rehabilitation Groundbreaking Rescheduled

The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the rehabilitation of the most affected area (MAA) Marawi City’s has been rescheduled from Wednesday, October 17, to the last week of this month, according to top officials of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM). “TFBM is ready and well prepared for October 17 but we will […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

STATEMENT: Suara Bangsamoro on the 1st anniversary of the ‘liberation’ of Marawi City

Statement of Suara Bangsamoro, National Executive Council(NEC) 16 October 018 Homelessness and landlessness, the result of President Dutertes liberation of Marawi City A year after President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Marawi Citys liberation from the siege mounted by Maute and other ISIS-inspired groups, more than 27,000 displaced Marawi City residents continue to suffer homelessness and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Marawi residents to gov’t: ‘we want to return to our homes’

MARAWI  CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – After a year of living with their relatives and in evacuation camps, and saying they have enough of government promises, Marawi residents and students displaced by the fighting last year marched toward the Main Affected Area to demand that they be allowed to return and rebuild their homes. “Please, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Meranaws to Duterte: “Let us go home;” Groundbreaking reset to Oct. 28

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Oct) — Displaced from their homes and source of livelihood since15 months ago, Marawi residents who have yet to return home, particularly those from Ground Zero, the former main battle area between government and the IS-inspired Maute Group, have launched a new movement to collect on a year-old promise of President […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

CSC Western Visayas eyes computerized exam in November

ILOILO CITY – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Western Visayas hopes to offer the computerized examination (COMEX) to interested examinees this November. In an interview Monday, CSC Western Visayas Director IV Rodolfo Encajonado said the COMEX was stalled for a while due to connectivity problem with their central office. The record area of the regional […] The post CSC Western Visayas eyes computerized exam in November appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Marawi’s debris management contractor named; Oct. 17 eyed for ‘Ground Zero’ groundbreaking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 October) —  October 17, the first anniversary of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Marawi City’s “liberation” after a five-month war, is the new target date for the groundbreaking rites that would mark the start of rehabilitation in Marawi’s ‘Ground Zero.’ “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Low pressure area outside PAR becomes tropical depression

What's the weather like in your area? Report the situation through Rappler's  Agos  or tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) developed into a tropical depression on Friday morning, September 21. In bulletin released noontime on Friday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Tropical depression off Southern Luzon to enter PAR Sunday

A low pressure area outside the Philippine area of responsibility developed into a tropical depression Friday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

DENR eyes safer Minahang Bayan sites after Itogon landslide

One of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' long-term plans following the landslide in Itogon, Benguet is to establish "Minahang Bayan" sites in the area......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

DENR eyes safer Minahang Bayan sites after Itogon landslide

One of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ long-term plans following the landslide in Itogon, Benguet is to establish “Minahang Bayan” sites in the area. Source link link: DENR eyes safer 'Minahang Bayan' sites after Itogon landslide.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

BTr eyes Marawi bond issuance by October 2018

The Bureau of the Treasury is targeting to issue Marawi bonds by October or November this year, a top official said yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Residents of Marawi’s most affected area to visit site for validation

DISPLACED FAMILIES from 24 barangays in the most affected area (MAA) of war-torn Marawi City will be visiting the site on Sept. 15 and 17-21 to identify their homes as part of the ongoing validation process. The post Residents of Marawi’s most affected area to visit site for validation appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Displaced Marawi residents to return to Ground Zero for Kambisita 2

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) — Displaced families from Marawi City’s Ground Zero or the Main Affected Area (MAA)  will be allowed to return to their villages during the second “kambisita” (visit) in September to establish ownership of the destroyed properties before government starts the debris clearing. Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chair of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Avida eyes P2.7B in sales from new Davao project

Avida Towers Abreeza Launch (from left) Herbert Herrero, AVP Project and Strategic Management group; Jay Sebastian, Sale Business Area Head for Vismin; Rica Donato, Vismin Project Manager; Tess Tat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Tropical Depression Luis seen to enhance southwest monsoon

A low-pressure area northwest of extreme Northern Luzon has entered the Philippine area of responsibility and has developed into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

The PowerChina puzzle: Newly registered ‘domestic firm’ bids for P17-B Marawi deal

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism LAST JULY 2, after being declared ineligible to bid for the multibillion-peso contract to rebuild Marawi City’s conflict zone or “most affected area (MAA),” a consortium led by a China state-owned enterprise filed a motion for reconsideration with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM). As of this […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018