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Everybody’s still waiting for Kia to be unconventional

Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not get the gift he wanted for Christmas. “Man, if Santa Claus had anything to give me, (I wanted it to be a) first win after 14 straight (losses),” he told reporters after the Picanto was routed, 102-125, by Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. May of this year was the last time the now third-year franchise had won a game in the PBA. Since then, they have dropped 14 games in a row. Their fortunes may have had a chance to begin to turn if they held on to the first overall pick of this year’s PBA Draft. Only, they opted to do the so-called unconventional route and traded the selection that turned out to be Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger for a package that included veterans Jay-R Reyes and Ronald Tubid and enigmatic Rashawn McCarthy. After two games in the season, that trade has yet to lead to a win. “Let’s say everything’s been conventional so far,” Gavina lamented. The mentor went on to say that failing to play as a team was what did them in. As he put it, “Ugly – really one word to describe it all today. A lot of me-ball and our guys felt like statistics were more (important) than team effort to win this game.” In his eyes, Gavina said that his players may be trying too hard in trying to prove themselves individually. “A lot of things have been said about, you know, that trade and guys are taking it as a challenge, but taking it the wrong way. Not one person is gonna deliver us a win,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s gotta be team effort. They know that. We know that.” In the end, however, with the season so young, the Kia coach said he and his team still have time to flip the script. “You can’t keep your head down. We will push forward, learn, and try not to relive those bad moments,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnDec 27th, 2017

Partially awarded T-bonds fetch higher rate

The Bureau of the Treasury yesterday made a partial award of the reissued 10-year Treasury bonds as investors asked for higher rates while waiting for further action from the US Federal Reserve and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News9 hr. 41 min. ago

Ranz Kyle, Niana Guerrero s manager on what it takes to be a social media star

MANILA, Philippines – Amron Lopez’s job is pretty unconventional — after all, part of it is taking care of the careers of social media stars, young talents who have built their careers on YouTube channels and Instagram feeds rather than the usual TV or print. Among his clients are Luke Korns ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News16 hr. 20 min. ago

Waiting in line

Government identification cards are being replaced with new versions that contain security chips. The way each agency is going about it should give President Duterte an idea of which ones are efficient and which are drowning in red tape......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Bruno Mars kicks things up a notch in Manila show

  Sporting colorful jerseys and sneakers, Bruno Mars, and his band, The Hooligans, looked liked their friendly basketball game had unexpectedly gone overtime, and had to dash straight to the club without changing, so they wouldn't get late for their dates with their respective girls. Actually, make that thousands of girls---all raring to move their bodies to sticky sweet funk-pop ditties, waiting to be serenaded with old-school R&B balladry, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, where Bruno held a two-night concert recently, as part of his ongoing "24K Magic" world tour. He opened the concert with "Finesse," the bouncy, new jack swing-inflected bop that evoked feel-good 199...Keep on reading: Bruno Mars kicks things up a notch in Manila show.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Shorter tenors to fetch lower rates at auctions

SHORTER-DATED government securities on offer this week are seen to fetch lower yields as investors track the movement of US Treasuries while waiting for the next move of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) is offering P15 billion worth of Treasury bills (T-bills) today. Broken down, the Treasury plans […] The post Shorter tenors to fetch lower rates at auctions appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

LeBron, Cavs overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3

By TOM WITHERS,  AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Outplayed during two losses in Boston, the Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup and re-grip this series. They built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, pushed it to 30 in the second half and overpowered the Celtics, who fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason. Any discussion of Cleveland's demise is premature. Kyle Korver made four of the Cavs' 17 3-pointers and Cleveland had six players in double figures. Game 4 is Monday night before the series returns to Boston. Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble all night and scored just 10 for the Celtics after averaging 23 in the first two games. Jayson Tatum scored 18 and Terry Rozier 13 for Boston. Only 19 of a possible 300 teams have ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs. James and the Cavs, who previously did it in 2007 and again in 2016 while winning the NBA title, took the first step toward a third comeback. To return to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, the Cavs have to win four of five and re-write Boston's illustrious history. The Celtics are 37-0 when they win the first two games in a series. "That doesn't bother me," Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 3. "The games have to be played. They won two games on their home court, which we know they've been playing well the whole playoffs, but we're not discouraged. "So, 0-2 doesn't really mean anything." Apparently not. The Cavs came in wanting to play faster and be more physical with the younger Celtics, who were the aggressors in Games 1 and 2. Lue also needed more from point guard George Hill after two poor performances (8 points, 1 assist) in Boston. Hill responded with a driving layup to start the game and drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Cleveland wasted no time taking control. Hill finished with 13, J.R. Smith 11 and Cleveland's supporting cast played so well that James only had to play 37 minutes. Boston coach Brad Stevens was confident his team would play better on the road than earlier in these playoffs, but the Celtics were shaky early, committing four turnovers and shooting 2 of 10 while the Cavs opened a 27-11 lead. James arrived at 5:45 p.m., greeted by the usual phalanx of cameras waiting to record his walk from the security entrance at Quicken Loans Arena to Cleveland's locker room. Earlier in the day, James said the fact he has twice rallied from 2-0 deficits in the postseason offered no relief. "There's nothing about the playoffs that's comfortable until you either win it all or you lose and go into the summer," he said. Summer might not be as close as it once seemed. FAMILY TIES Stevens has deep Cleveland roots, but he's slowly converting family members to pull for Boston's teams. His parents are from Northeast Ohio and his wife, Tracy, is from suburban Rocky River. Before the game, Stevens was asked what happens to all the Cavs, Browns and Cavaliers gear he gets as gifts. "My 7 1/2-year-old nephew was offered 10 extra-credit points (in school) if he wore anything regarding Cleveland yesterday, and he went all green," Stevens said. "And three years ago, I think he was all Cleveland stuff. So we're making strides with him. But yeah, we have a large contingent. Maybe they'll get some of those (Game 3 giveaway) yellow shirts and pass them around to some people who haven't completely converted to rooting for the Celtics yet." TIP-INS Celtics: Seeking to become the sixth No. 2 seed to win the East in eight years. Boston was a No. 4 seed when it advanced to the finals in 2010. ... Fell to 3-8 in playoff games in Cleveland, the most by a Cavs opponent at the Q. ... Stevens was relieved to learn that Boston legend Bill Russell was recovering after a hospital stay brought on by dehydration. Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Celtics. "He's the ultimate basketball winner," Stevens said. "The way he impacted winning, the unselfishness of a teammate, what he stood for off the floor — everything about him." Cavaliers: James needs six field goals to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) for the most in postseason history. ... Cleveland has won six straight playoff games at home. ... Improved to 14-6 vs. Boston in the playoffs. UP NEXT Game 4 is Monday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

‘Kasal’: Romantic roundelay goes for the jugular

  Love and its vagaries are given a winking makeover in Ruel Bayani's "Kasal." But, with tongue firmly in cheek and its heart transparently displayed on its sleeve, Bea Alonzo's romantic roundelay with Paulo Avelino and Derek Ramsey eventually manages to transcend kitsch and storytelling contrivances after a predictable start. As it breaks out of the confining limitations of traditional screen romances, the film introduces a different kind of relationship that refuses to apologize for the involuntary beating of its unconventional heart. Indeed, love in its purest form knows no gender, age or social status. Shot at happiness Lia Marquez's (Bea) fairy-tale romance w...Keep on reading: ‘Kasal’: Romantic roundelay goes for the jugular.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

PBA: Magnolia s frontline takes another hit with Sangalang injury

Magnolia is taking another hit in its frontline. With Marc Pingris practically out for the season with an ACL tear, Ian Sangalang is the latest to get bitten by the injury bug as the top forward is now dealing with an injury on his right wrist. Sangalang hurt his non-shooting hand in the first half of Friday's game against Meralco, an 81-79 win for the Hotshots. "Di ko talaga mailaro. Masakit," Sangalang said. "Feeling ko sumabit, di ko alam kung kanino. May nag-pop sa loob, parang may tumunog. Tapos na-feel ko talaga na masakit, mga ilang segunod di ko na maigalaw," he added. Ian had his hand heavily taped as the game went on. Sangalang and the Hotshots are now waiting official word regarding the severity of the injury. Hopefully, it's nothing serious. "Meron nagsabi na fracture daw pero ipapax-ray namin to confirm," he said. "Sana nothing serious naman. Ganun talaga, hindi maiiwasan. Basketball yan. Sana maging okay agad," Sangalang added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

MPBL still waiting on Ray Parks Jr.’s papers to see if he’s a local

Whether or not Ray Parks Jr. will play in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is yet to be determined. The 25-year-old star’s stint for the Mandaluyong El Tigre is far from final as the upstart league has not yet decided if he is a local or a Filipino-foreigner. “We would like again to make it straight for everybody and of course, kay Ray na ‘di pa namin nakikita yung papers (niya),” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati.  The MPBL has instituted a rule that states that only one Filipino-foreigner will be allowed for each team. As such, there is a question if Parks Jr. is a local or a Filipino-foreigner as Mandaluyong also has another Filipino-American in Lo Domingo. Explaining the rule, Duremdes said, “We’re just a growing league. The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. ‘Di naman natin sinasabi na bawal (ang Fil-foreigners) kaya nga we’re allowing one and 6-4 ang limit sa height.” He then continued, “‘Di naman kasi ganun kalaki ang players sa probinsya kaya ganun. Step-by-step tayo kasi nga we’re striving to be a place for homegrown players.” With that, the El Tigre will have to choose between Parks Jr., if he will be considered a Filipino-foreigner, and Domingo. For the recently-crowned Asean Basketball League champion and back-to-back Local MVP, however, Mandaluyong should not even have to do that. Questioning the controversial rule, he took to Twitter earlier in the day to say, “First time in my life I was considered an American in my own home country. Dito ako lumaki. Dito ako pinanganak. May Filipino passport ako.” Parks Jr. is the son of legendary PBA import Bobby Ray Parks Sr. He was born and bred in Paranaque and eventually suited up for National University in the UAAP. He also had stints with Gilas Pilipinas and the Hapee Fresh Fighters in the PBA D-League before taking his talents to Alab Pilipinas where he played as a local and not an Asean Heritage import. The MPBL made it clear, though, that it wants nothing more than to have the younger Parks playing in the league. “As much as we want Ray to play kasi malaking attraction siya and one of the players, again, meron tayong guidelines na na-set. Kung meron na silang pinasang papers, saka natin malalaman,” Duremdes said. As for when his fate will be finalized, the league commissioner said the deliberations for the lineups of all teams will come sooner than later. “Owners’ meeting ngayon then next nito is coaches’ meeting. Dun na namin ise-set yung technical guidelines,” he said. He then continued, “Dun na namin ise-set yung submission ng final lineup para ma-screen na ng committee.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Comment on Bloodline: A family drama gets swamped in the telling by Bisaya Short Films

After watching Lav Diaz' stupendous and chills-giving Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, no slog can seem to get into my nerves. Cebu traffic. Waiting in a kind of queue that David Foster Wallace tackled in his This Is Water Speech, waiting for love, and watching Bloodline are now nothing in post-Hele consumer life. Ah, what if Infinite Jest's weapon of mass destruction can now be possible because we can now get through any kind of drag!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Special polls, appointment for vacant SK posts

VACANT Sangguniang Kabataan positions will be filled in either by special election or appointment, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). DILG-6 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said they are still waiting for the final pronouncement from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as well as guidelines from the DILG Central Office. “Ideally, […] The post Special polls, appointment for vacant SK posts appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Battle Royale bonus round: ‘Avengers’ in ‘Fortnite’, ‘PUBG’ names map, ‘Dota 2’ mode

"Avengers: Infinity War" villain Thanos enters "Fortnite" as a playable character, "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" welcomes Sanhok, and enormous tournament eSport "Dota 2" announces an Underhollow mode as of May 11, 2018. If the initial imagery for Season 4 of "Fortnite: Battle Royale" made obvious reference to superhero couture, we now know why that was. Not only did update v4.0 arrive shortly after "Avengers: Infinity War" started rolling up box office records, but developer Epic Games had an official "Fortnite x Avengers" crossover waiting in the wings. May 8 brought with it a new limited time mode called Infinity Gauntlet, named after an item central to the "Infinity War...Keep on reading: Battle Royale bonus round: ‘Avengers’ in ‘Fortnite’, ‘PUBG’ names map, ‘Dota 2’ mode.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Artist, poet publish book about heroin overdose victims

PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) --- A partnership between a poet and an artist who both lost loved ones to heroin overdoses started with similar phone calls at separate beaches four years ago. Mary Ellen D'Angelo-Lombardi was waiting out a rainstorm in July 2014 when her husband called to say her son's best friend was dead at age 18. Three months later, Anne Marie Zanfagna was on Cape Cod for the weekend when she heard from her husband that their 25-year-old daughter, Jackie, had overdosed. For months afterward, D'Angelo-Lombardi struggled to return to her writing, and Zanfagna's paints and brushes went untouched. But after eventually finding separate solace in their art, they came togethe...Keep on reading: Artist, poet publish book about heroin overdose victims.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

McDo’s ‘Wait Lang Po’ wins YouTube’s best ad

McDonald’s “Wait Lang Po” online commercial — released for last year’s Father’s Day celebration — won Ad of the Year at the YouTube Ads Awards 2018. The fast food firm’s one minute and 25-second commercial features different fathers patiently waiting for their children: a father waiting to fetch his daughter after her JS Prom; another […] The post McDo’s ‘Wait Lang Po’ wins YouTube’s best ad appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

The (he)art of traveling alone –you can do it

When I first told my friends that I would be traveling alone abroad, the initial reactions I got were "Wow, I can't do that," "Aren't you scared?" and "That's going to be lonely."   Their remarks didn't bother me, as there was really something that made me want to try it---I just didn't know what it was yet.   Since this trip was about spontaneous solo travel, I didn't have enough time to fix my itinerary and must-see places; I didn't even know what to expect in Korea. All I did was to ask for help a day before my flight from my friend, Mika, who recently went to Korea, to send me a copy of her itinerary.   I was already in the airport, waiting to boa...Keep on reading: The (he)art of traveling alone –you can do it.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Waiting is investing in God

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD. – Psalm 27:14.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Cavs vs Warriors?

Kibitzer AND so the two NBA Finals that the basketball world have been waiting for -- Cleveland Cavaliers versus Boston Celtics in the East and Golden State Warriors versus Houston Rockets in the West -- are finally here. Two heavyweight title fights to showcase another action-packed but injury-riddled NBA season….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Long-awaited matchup arrives for Rockets, Warriors

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com James Harden and the Rockets must get past the Warriors to reach their first Finals since 1995. Finally, it’s here. The series the NBA world has been waiting for from the moment Chris Paul requested a trade last summer that sent him to the Houston Rockets to join forces with James Harden has arrived. It's the Rockets vs. the four-time Western Conference and two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors for West supremacy. The Rockets had a feeling they could see this journey through to this point, even when the teams met on opening night at Oracle Arena. Houston was built to beat the champs, and did it twice in their three regular season encounters. Rockets center Clint Capela voiced his opinions on the matchup after a January win, saying his team was superior to the champs. And he’s just as eager for this match up, in which the Rockets hold home-court advantage. “I’m real excited,” Capela said. “This [Warriors] team is going to be hard, it’s going to be a fight. There’s going to be a lot of adjustments after every game. It’s going to be a chess game. Of course, we’re going to be ready. They’ve been to The Finals three straight years. So we’re just excited. Everybody's excited about it. I’m sure all the NBA fans are excited about it, too.” The Warriors are fired up, too, and have heard all the chirping. “Now you’ve got to play the game,” All-Star forward Draymond Green said. “You wanted us, now you’ve got us.” The Warriors are attempting to conquer the West for a fourth straight season, but this will be their first West finals without home-court advantage. Doing it against a team specifically designed to take them down just adds to a battle wrought with connections. Harden, Paul, Green, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all won gold medals together, be it on the Olympic or World Cup of Basketball stage. Harden and Durant were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder team that lost The Finals in 2012. Paul’s LA Clippers squad in 2014 was the last West foe to knock the Warriors out of the playoffs before The Finals. And the Rockets were the team the Warriors beat in the 2015 West finals to jump-start their would-be dynasty. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni pioneered the style the Warriors have used to dominate the league while he was coaching in Phoenix, where Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the Suns GM. The three-pointers will fly from all directions. Both teams are capable of defending at a championship level. The personnel on both sides is ideally matched. Perhaps best of all, though, is that both teams are healthy and without any ready-made excuses overshadowing this showdown. It’s best on best, a test of collective wills between the “cream of the Western Conference crop,” as Curry declared after the Warriors and Rockets each won their West semifinal series just hours apart on May 8 (May 9, PHL time). The NBA world has been waiting on this heavyweight showdown. Now, it’s finally here. 3 quick questions and answers 1. Who flinches first, Kerr with his “Hamptons Five” lineup or D’Antoni with his Harden-Paul-Capela trio? Against every other team in the league, the Warriors’ small-ball unit of Durant, Thompson, Curry, Green and Andre Iguodala has a clear advantage. No one else has three shooters like Durant, Curry and Thompson playing alongside the versatile Green and Iguodala. The Rockets come close with Harden, Paul and Capela alongside defensive specialists and three-point marksmen Trevor Ariza and P.J. Tucker. It’ll be a fascinating study in styles watching them matchup against each other. But advantage Warriors ... until we see someone crack the code against the "Hamptons Five." 2. What’s more valuable -- Houston's home-court advantage or Golden State's experience? Home-court advantage is always preferred. The Warriors know that. It’s been good to them in each of the past three seasons grinding through the West playoffs to The Finals. But it’s not infallible (as the Cleveland Cavaliers taught us, rallying from a 3-1 Finals deficit to take Game 7 at Oracle Arena). Which is exactly why the Rockets need to have the threat level turned all the way up for Games 1 and 2. Lose either one of the first two games at Toyota Center and the Warriors will pounce in this series. 3. Who is the biggest wild card for each team? And, are they capable of swinging this series? It’s Eric Gordon for the Rockets and whichever big man (JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Kevon Looney or perhaps Jordan Bell) that Kerr taps for service for the Warriors. Gordon has to shoot more consistently than he has thus far in the playoffs (34.2 percent overall, 31.4 percent on three-pointers) if the Rockets hope to match the Warriors basket for basket. The Warriors have a big man for basically every season, it’s just a matter of which one will fare best against a much-improved Capela. He has outplayed two more heralded bigs (All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns and the Jazz's Rudy Gobert) in each of the Rockets’ series to date. Overall, though, there's too much star power in this series for any role player to swing the momentum for more than a few minutes. The number to know 100.7 --The two best offensive teams in the regular season have been the two best defensive teams in the playoffs, combining to allow just 100.7 points per 100 possessions on their way to the conference finals. In the first round, the Rockets and Warriors held the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs to 5.6 and 5.2 fewer points per 100 possessions than they scored in the regular season, respectively. And in the conference semifinals, they held the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans to 7.0 and 16.2 fewer points per 100 possessions than they scored in the first round, respectively. The Rockets' starting lineup has allowed just 92 points per 100 possessions in its 153 minutes, having forced more than 21 turnovers per 100 (the best mark among lineups that have played at least 75 minutes). The Warriors' "Hamptons Five" lineup, meanwhile, has allowed less than 87 points per 100 possessions in its 54 minutes, and the champs have allowed just 94 points per 100 possessions in 250 total minutes with Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala on the floor together. These teams aren't just here because of how potent their offenses are, and the team that advances to The Finals will be the one that continues to defend at a high level. -- John Schuhmann Making the pick The Rockets made it their mission to put together a group to avenge their 2015 and 2016 playoff failures, with the Warriors serving as their primary target. They’ve got home-court advantage, an inspired Paul and what appears to be all of the requisite parts needed to interrupt the Warriors’ dynasty plans. But do they have the nerve to snatch it all from Golden State, which took a measured approach to 2017-18 and has seemingly flipped the proverbial with another championship run on the line? Experience over ambition this time. Warriors in 6. 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 NewsMay 11th, 2018

PNP to ‘Tokhang’ barangay officials in PDEA drug list

MANILA, Philippines – After landing in the  infamous drug list  of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), over 200 barangay officials will now find themselves waiting for the day when cops come to knock on their doors to plead with them to surrender. The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday, May ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

PH Navy to acquire Pohang-class corvette from Korea within the year

The Philippine Navy is finally set to receive the decommissioned Pohang-class corvette from South Korea later this year.   Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said they are expecting the delivery of the ship within the third quarter of 2018.   "We will receive a Korean corvette within this year and we are just waiting for the fund requirements," he told reporters on the sidelines of a maritime security symposium in Manila.   Empedrad said they are expecting of the approval of the budget in June and the ship will be delivered in three months' time.   He said the transfer process is estimated at P250 million.   "O...Keep on reading: PH Navy to acquire Pohang-class corvette from Korea within the year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018