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Con-con to cost P7B – Nograles

MANILA, Philippines — The proposal of some lawmakers to elect a constitutional convention for Charter change will cost taxpayers at least P7 billion, the cha.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 7th, 2018

COA hits AMLC for splurging on pricey phones

The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for buying 16 "high-end" iPhone 7 units for its financial investigators in 2017, which meant it could only buy fewer phones with its budget.   In its annual audit report, COA said AMLC did not comply with its annual procurement plan that provided for the purchase of 24 cell phones at P25,000 each, or a total budget of P600,000.   AMLC instead bought 16 iPhone 7 units at P37,388.88 each, 49.55 percent higher than the approved unit cost. In all, AMLC spent P598,222.08 on the iPhone units.   "There was a reduction in the quantity from 24 to 16, with a difference of eight un...Keep on reading: COA hits AMLC for splurging on pricey phones.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 30 min. ago

Karl-Anthony Towns hoping to find rhythm in Game 2

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com HOUSTON -- Like any good movie or television show, the second viewing always provides a different perspective you might have missed the first time around. The same goes for the playoff debut of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau had one view in the immediate aftermath of the Timberwolves’ Game 1 loss to the Houston Rockets Sunday night (Monday, PHL time), when Towns struggled in his playoff debut, scoring just eight points on 3-for-9 shooting, well below his season average of 21.3 points. Thibodeau said his big man had to be more active to deal with he swarming and double-teaming defense the Rockets threw at him. But that uncharacteristic performance -- Towns was held to fewer than eight points just twice in the regular season -- looked much different after a thorough study of the film. “After watching the film I thought he made a lot of good plays,” Thibodeau said after the Timberwolves wrapped up practice Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at Rice University. “We’ve had a hard time guarding them in the regular season and there’s still a lot of things we have to do better. But offensively, I thought he made good plays. I think he understands what he has to do, he’ll be fine.” The Timberwolves need Towns to be better than just “fine” in Game 2 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), particularly if his Rockets counterpart, Clint Capela (24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in Game 1) continues to play at a high level in this series. Towns clearly didn’t take offense to Thibodeau’s initial review of his performance, agreeing with his coach after Game 1 that he’s “got to be better on both sides of the basketball.” But he reiterated several times Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that his objective is to stick with the game plan rather than getting caught up in any game inside the game, just to satisfy someone else’s expectations of what a player of his considerable talents should be able to do in this setting. He did, however, acknowledge the strategic differences between the regular season and postseason atmosphere, and he’ll be sure to adjust accordingly. “I felt good out there, and I never take anything too high or too low. I always stay even-keeled,” he said. “It felt to me like a regular game, but it’s more about playing chess this time, you know. It’s not about playing checkers, it’s about playing chess. And it’s a game about who is the more disciplined team, who sticks to their game plan the most and finds ways to adjust on the fly.” Those adjustments for Towns must include taking advantage of the Rockets’ endless switching on defense, situations where he ends up with a much smaller perimeter player matched up on him. He’ll need to be more aggressive offensively, even if it requires a slight tweak to the game plan he mentioned repeatedly Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “You’ve got to do it when the game seems that it can be taken, or when its getting out of hand,” Town said. “I have to do a better job of assessing the situations and adjusting on the fly quicker, especially in the playoffs.” It helps that the Timberwolves were within striking distance at the end on a night when they didn’t get the best out of Towns. The same way the Rockets don’t expect to struggle through another 10-for-37 shooting performance from beyond the three-point line or for their superstar point guard Chris Paul to turn the ball over the way he did, the Timberwolves don’t foresee another subpar performance from one of the league’s elite big men. “Just makes us more hungry, more confident,” Towns said. “We felt we played well, but we made some mistakes here and there and it ended up costing us in the end. But if we can tweak things here and there, I think we can be something really special and we could possibly win the series.” As for any suggestions that he needs to be more of a priority, as suggested by TNT analyst Charles Barkley after the game, Towns and his teammates were careful to sidestep any outside influence on the situation. Jimmy Butler issued a quick, “nope,” when asked for a response and ended his media obligation immediately after that. Towns took a more nuanced approach. “I mean, we almost won the game,” he said. “So you’ve got to take it as its given. You’ve got to go with the flow of the game. It’s about following the game plan. We went with the flow of the game, had ourselves a great chance to win at the end. We were up with six minutes left, so our game plans were working. We cost ourselves as players, not as coaches, late in the game not getting some stops and James [Harden] making some tough shots. You can’t control that. It’s just great defense and better offense. “It happens sometimes like that, it doesn't matter when it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s game one or game 82, playoffs or whatever. Sometimes the basketball gods don’t play in your favor that night. I think we did everything we could in that game to put ourselves in a position to win and that’s all you can ask for at the end of the day.” Well, that and maybe for the focus to shift just a little bit more on the best big man on the floor. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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 News18 hr. 17 min. ago

‘Bato’ to Albayalde: Keep flames of gov’t war on drugs burning

OUTGOING Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa has called on his most worthy successor, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde, to continue their massive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse at all cost. “I am calling on all of you….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

DND warned from buying Korean choppers

THE Department of National Defense (DND) is being cautioned from even considering an offer from Korea Aerospace Industry, Limited (KAI) to purchase its own version of a “multi-role” military helicopter, the ‘Surion,’ over issues of safety, cost and reliability. “If despite the warning, the government still proceeded with the purchase,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

SFA Semicon Philippines net income plunges in 2017

SFA SEMICON Philippines Corp. (SSPC) reported its net income plunged by 71% to $1.83 million in 2017, amid stiff competition and higher costs. In a statement, the local arm of one of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s South Korean suppliers said its profit was hurt by a 29% jump in cost of sales to $201.07 million. […] The post SFA Semicon Philippines net income plunges in 2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

5 overnight beach trips for P2,000 or less

While there are beaches like Palawan’s – or even Boracay’s – that are most likely on many people’s bucket lists, there are some beautiful beaches that can be easily reached from Manila, too. These beaches are accessible via a land trip, plus a boat trip, in some cases. These trips can cost ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Cebu Pacific helps cadet pilots reach for the stars

  Cebu Pacific wants to scale new heights with a larger fleet that can bring its low cost carrier brand to more destinations. That goal can only be reached with the participation of aspiring pilots like Martha May De Leon. Even as a child, De Leon said her place was always meant to be in the sky. "For me, it is the ultimate goal, to become a pilot," she told the Inquirer in an interview. De Leon, who earned her degree in aeronautical engineering from the PATTS College of Aeronautics, was among 16 individuals that hurdled steep requirements to be selected by Cebu Pacific in its Cadet Pilot Program. Launched last year, the initiative aims to select a total of 240 ca...Keep on reading: Cebu Pacific helps cadet pilots reach for the stars.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Meralco, coal companies pushing high-cost, dirty electricity this summer

Higher consumer demand for power during the summer is now being utilized by Meralco and its affiliate coal generation companies to push for the approval of their power supply agreements sourced from coal......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Fridays Boracay resort counts cost of 6-month closure

MANILA, Philippines – The owner and operator of 4-star Fridays Boracay Beach Resort expects to forego millions of pesos in revenues and lay off most of its staff due to the impending 6-month closure of top tourist draw Boracay. Because of the "impulsive" decision to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

The cost of being a single mother in the Philippines

By Regine Cabato/CNNPhilippines – Filipino culture still largely upholds a sprawling family that, despite size, keeps tightly knit — but more and more kids are growing up in non-traditional family structures. In 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority estimated about three million household heads without a spouse — two million of Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

LTFRB summons Grab to attend hearing on alleged P2 per minute charge

  The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a show cause order against Grab Philippines, compelling it to explain why its accreditation should not be suspended or cancelled for allegedly charging P2 per minute of travel time without the Board's approval. The show cause order, issuedon Wednesday, is asking the transport network vehicle service provider to appear on the hearing scheduled onApril 17, at 9:00 a.m.       On Tuesday, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) part-list Rep. Jericho Nograles said Grab should refund its customers some P1.8 billion as it allegedly "illegally" charged customers P2 per minute of travel time, acc...Keep on reading: LTFRB summons Grab to attend hearing on alleged P2 per minute charge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Nograles: Grab owes riding public ₱1.8-B

Nograles: Grab owes riding public ₱1.8-B.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Are the Sixers too young for playoff success?

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The learning curve of the Philadelphia 76ers has taken on a new, more direct and simpler geometric shape. It’s now a straight line, pulled and yanked that way by an impatient team determined to take the expressway from now on. And so this is where The Process has led them, to the NBA playoffs, a place exclusively reserved for Big Boy Basketball, where we get to see if the Sixers will skip another floor in their rapid developmental rise or if youth is about to get served a lesson. Hey, if nothing else, it beats wiping away the stench of losing, which is what coach Brett Brown was doing this time the last few years before this club finally grew up and as we now see, blew up. "This year we exceeded 50 wins and when you do that, you get into NBA elite territory which is something different for us,” he said. “But what’s interesting is we want more. We have more room to grow and we want to do that now.” Yes, the Sixers, finally sprung free of the dark ages, have crashed the annual spring show and are doing so rather emphatically in addition to surprisingly. Surely you saw this coming this quickly, no? On Christmas Eve they were 14-18. Their sensational big man, Joel Embiid, was getting the kid glove treatment, rarely playing extended minutes or consecutive games because of his brittle injury history. Their top draft pick, Markelle Fultz, was out with a bad shoulder and a broken jumper. Obviously, they’d just emerged from their four years of Tankapalooza with the trepidation of a chick stumbling from the nest. And quite simply, four months ago they just weren’t good enough to be lumped with the lead pack. Yet. But since then, what the hell just happened? “This group has come together from a toughness standpoint, a spirit standpoint,” Brown said. To say the least. The Sixers are 50-game winners, with a strong Kia Rookie of the Year candidate in Ben Simmons and a top-10 talent in Embiid, whose orbital injury that cost him the final eight regular season games should be healed for the playoffs at some point. Everything has fallen into place to make Philly a basketball destination once again, and these Sixers find themselves in a unique situation heading into the weekend. That’s because the playoff landscape in the East is favorable for someone like Philly to pull a surprise or two. Can they last a round? Of course; they’ll be a favorite initially. How about reaching the Eastern Conference finals? That’s trickier, and it’ll come down to matchups, but stranger things have happened. And, the NBA Finals? Well. Consider that there’s no true beast taking up space in the East and sending shivers everywhere. All of the contenders are showing a scratch or two: Toronto brings a blah playoff history; some of LeBron James’ supporting cast in Cleveland is untested; the Celtics are without Kyrie Irving, not to mention Gordon Hayward. The Sixers are the wild card in the playoff picture. Their wart is their inexperience in these matters. And so: Are they too young to be taken seriously? “I understand why people might think that, but I think we’ll be fine,” said JJ Redick, the resident senior citizen at age 33. “I don’t expect any of us to play differently than we have lately. These young guys are all gamers.” The Sixers are uniquely built; their twin core of Simmons and Embiid has played a combined three NBA seasons. Redick is the only starter with playoff experience and is also the only player in the rotation who ever played a major role in the playoffs. The Sixers are cubs compared to most of the East, even those teams below them. Essentially, the veterans on the Sixers orbit around the youngsters, instead of vice versa. Brown regularly takes the temperature of his players and has yet to pause at the results he’s seeing. For the most part, this has worked out better than he and they expected. “At this stage you figure how you deliver a team to the playoffs, how do you arrive at the playoffs,” Brown said. “Well, you can check three boxes: Their health, their spirit and their form. And finally: Are they playing good basketball? They’re all very interconnected, they’re all closely intertwined. Those things rule my day when I watch film and see how hard and long we’re going to go in practice. These guys have embraced and improved in those areas. Our defense has been excellent and we’re regularly getting 30 assists as a team, another example of a team enjoying each other’s company.” This makes for an interesting postseason baptism. There’s hope in Philly that Simmons and Embiid and Robert Covington and Dario Saric won’t know the difference between March basketball and May basketball. “We’ll just come and play the same way we’ve been doing,” Simmons said. The other advantage for Philly is Simmons appears well beyond his years. His expression is stoic, no matter the game circumstances, and his poise has yet to shatter memorably and cost the Sixers when it counts. He’s giving 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists a night and had at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in 58 games, second only to Russell Westbrook and LeBron James. He is the first rookie in NBA history to average eight assists on a 50-win team. It remains to be seen how a 56-percent free throw shooter will respond if he’s put in that situation with the game on the line. Otherwise, his court direction and ability to reach the rim should not suffer from springtime stage fright. “Ben sits behind a glass wall and watches everyone else on the other side,” Redick said. “There’s nothing that affects him. He plays with the same demeanor and purpose no matter what’s going on around him. He brings a calm presence, and the maturity he plays with is beyond his years. Impressive.” Brown said: “He’s the stone cold Rookie of the Year and to me it’s not even close.” Philly’s best player is Embiid, though, and he’ll play with a mask once he does return, perhaps sometime in the first round. If he doesn’t suffer any lasting effects from the facial injury (vision, lack of balance), he’ll be the premier big man on the floor in the East. This allows the Sixers to exploit their low-post advantage over the Celtics, Raptors and Cavs should Philly meet any of those contenders along the way. The Sixers are also working with a pair of bonuses in Fultz and Ersan Ilyasova, two players they didn’t anticipate being in the playoff mix just a few months ago. Fultz is finally free of his shoulder woes and his shooting is starting to come around, to the point where Brown says he’ll find a role for Fultz in the rotation. Basically, the Sixers feel safe enough to put him on the floor, something that would’ve been a reach before he was activated, when he showed a nasty mechanical hitch in a jumper that somehow went south on him. “We don’t feel we’re going to be caught off guard with him,” Brown said. Ilyasova was gift-wrapped to Philly by the Hawks at midseason and has since been a solid source of scoring (17 points in a two-point win over Cleveland last week) and deepened the Sixers’ bench, allowing Brown to use a variety of different lineups and strategies. In all, the manner in which the season has come together is paying off at the right time for Philly. “We didn’t have this level of maturity in November and December,” Redick said. “If you look at some of our losses early in the season I felt they were immature losses. We’re more focused, more together, developed a mental toughness. Sometimes in life and in this league you have to go through things and experience things to grasp how to do them. There’s no better learning tool than the actual experience. So blowing a lead or coming back from a large halftime deficit, you have to do those things to understand that you can do it. Having those lessons early in the season has prepared us to have a great run since Christmas; we have the second best record in the league since then. This is better than what I expected or even hoped for. It’s been a long sustained growth period.” What does it all mean? Well, even though they’re entering the playoffs with the force of a hurricane, this isn’t the NCAA tournament. This is best-of-seven basketball, which means a team must prove itself worthy of moving on, instead of hoping to get lucky or hot. In the case of Philly and others in the East, that means beating LeBron four times in a series, and that hasn’t happened since 2010. You could also make the case the Sixers are playing with house money at this point, no matter what happens; after enduring The Process and painful progress, this is a blessing, a reward. The Sixers aren’t seeing it that way, though, not after growing up in a hurry. They want to seize the opportunity now, and any playoff success will largely depend on how they handle this as first-timers. Your guess is as good as Brown’s. “You really don’t know what to expect,” Brown said. “There’s no body of work. I will give our guys the benefit of the doubt. The poise they have shown in the regular season, the poise they’ve shown in big games and key moments, gives me tremendous confidence that we will handle this stage with a greater level of poise than what I might have guessed in October, or what I might have guessed not so long ago if you asked me questions about how will rookies and young guys handle this very different part of the season.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or 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 NewsApr 11th, 2018

10 best airlines in the world listed by TripAdvisor

European airlines aren't flying high with passengers, it seems. In the Travelers' Choice awards for airlines, announced by TripAdvisor Monday, April 9, British low-cost carrier Jet2.com is that continent's only representative in the global top 10. After seeing Singapore Changi named world's best airport back in March, the island-state's flag carrier is now being hailed as travelers' favorite airline in the world. Singapore Airlines takes first place in the list of world's best airlines compiled by Tripadvisor's algorithm, which takes into account the quantity and quality of user reviews. Singapore Airlines also wins Best First Class and Best Economy for its cabins. Asian airlin...Keep on reading: 10 best airlines in the world listed by TripAdvisor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Appetite for peso green bonds limited — ADB

THE MARKET for so-called “green bonds” remains unattractive for issuers even with the availability of environmentally friendly projects to fund, due to cost and demand issues, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. The bank said that the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 opened a many doors for the development of renewable energy technology, such as […] The post Appetite for peso green bonds limited — ADB appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Oil firms to cut gasoline, diesel prices tomorrow, April 10

After two straight weeks of big price increases, oil companies this week will be cutting the cost of gasoline and diesel while keeping unchanged the price of kerosene. Gasoline prices will decrease by P0.40 per liter while diesel prices will be down by P0.30 per liter. “This is to reflect movements in the international petroleum […] The post Oil firms to cut gasoline, diesel prices tomorrow, April 10 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Summer classes on first aid, rescue training can help save lives

    Nothing to do this summer? Why not train to save lives?   The Philippine Red Cross, the country's largest humanitarian arm, is offering first aid, basic life support training and humanitarian law - related courses through its Summer Safety institute (SSI).   A program of the PRC's Safety Services, SSI aims to educate and train people from different age groups in various lifesaving courses.   SSI director Von Ryan Ong said that aside from first aid and basic life support training, the institute also offers courses like basic swimming, water safety, and rescue and lifeguarding.   Ong said that the P2,000 to P4,000 cost per pac...Keep on reading: Summer classes on first aid, rescue training can help save lives.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

LTFRB worried about continued operation of Uber despite deal with Grab

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is concerned that the Philippine Competition Commission's (PCC) order to Grab and Uber to continue to operate independently in the country, even if the latter has already shuttered its Southeast Asian operations, may adversely affect the riding public. "PCC is focusing on the competition aspect," LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said on Saturday. "Our concern is how will the complaints, road crashes, if any, will be handled by Uber if they no longer have employees? Who will pay for the cost to operate? In an order released on Saturday, the PCC said the two transportation network companies (TNCs) should "maintain t...Keep on reading: LTFRB worried about continued operation of Uber despite deal with Grab.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

With Boracay closure, airlines and hotels scramble for ‘interim plans’

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of hotels and the country’s 3 major airlines have begun counting the cost of President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to temporarily close Boracay Island , the Philippines’ top tourist draw, for an urgent major environmental rehabilitation. Duterte on Wednesday, April 4, ordered to shut down Boracay ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

657,448 membersavailed PhilHealth benefits

A total of 657,448 members have availed of PhilHealth benefits amounting to more than P6.6 Billion in claims payment for CY 2017, according to PhilHealth-6. “Amidst the increasing cost of care in using health services, PhilHealth makes sure that its programs and services are relevant to the lives of its growing members, especially the poor,” […] The post 657,448 membersavailed PhilHealth benefits appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018