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FX buffer steadies as of end-November but smaller than a year ago

GROSS INTERNATIONAL RESERVES (GIR) — which help shield the country from foreign exchange shocks — roughly steadied as of end-November from their end-October level, propped up by income from the central bank’s investments abroad, but was six percent less than the year-ago amount, according to data released on Friday by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineDec 7th, 2018

FX buffer edges up as of end-November but smaller than a year ago

GROSS INTERNATIONAL RESERVES (GIR) — which help shield the country from foreign exchange shocks — roughly steadied as of end-November from their end-October level, propped up by income from the central bank’s investments abroad, but was six percent less than the year-ago amount, according to data released on Friday by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

CJ Perez -- Baby Beast, or The Blur 2.0?

With a monicker such as "Baby Beast", this versatile swingman from Lyceum of the Philippines University conjures images of a young Calvin Abueva, the triple-double machine that was the heart and soul of the daunted Baste-triumvirate several years back. Abueva was an unstoppable force on both ends of the floor, chasing after loose balls and rebounds and dominating the game despite his generously listed 6’3” frame. CJ Perez, who is just a shade under 6’3”, affects the game very similarly as Abueva on both ends of the floor, but at his age, is a more polished scorer, and plays at a more controlled pace, whether it is because of the system run by Coach Topex Robinson, or because of his experience playing internationally at a younger age. His journey to Lyceum was not without its twists and turns. After suiting up for San Sebastian for two seasons in the NCAA, Perez transferred to Ateneo where he was supposed to play for the Blue Eagles in Season 79 of the UAAP. However, academic issues forced him to rekindle his playing career back in the NCAA, where, after another year of residency, he was finally able to debut for the Pirates in Season 93 of the NCAA tourney. There he made up immensely for lost time, bagging the NCAA’s season MVP award, with averages of 19.3 points on 45 percent shooting from the field, 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals a contest while leading the Pirates to a stellar 18-0 sweep of the elimination round. Their 0-2 defeat in the Finals at the hands of defending champion San Beda did little to tarnish the achievements of Perez, who many now consider as the best collegiate player in the country today, and a sure top three pick in the next PBA draft. Let’s break down his attributes as a basketball player and see just how good Baby Beast (or some may even conjecture The Blur 2.0), really is. STRENGTH AND ATHLETICISM Pound for pound, CJ Perez is as good as it gets in college basketball, athletically and talent-wise. A natural scorer and slasher, he’s a tremendous leaper, and his ability to get rebounds (great positioning and leaping ability) is what allowed Lyceum to play him at the four spot in their pressing line-up. He has wiry strength and an explosive first step. This allows him to get past defenders without the need for any fancy dribbling. His solid upper body also allows him to muscle his way in traffic, create enough separation for a jumper, or more often than not, finish strong with either hand. "UMUPO SA ERE!" CJ Perez edition #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/Haf8oXmAqs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 19, 2017   SLASHING AND SHOOTING While slashing is his primary scoring option, he’s also developed a respectable outside shot. Though he’s not a volume 3-pt shooter, he has throughout the season taken and made open threes, even of the step-back variety. And while his mechanics are not like those of a pure shooter (feet and shoulders are not perfectly square, has a habit of fading back on jumpers), his confidence and determination to make them have allowed him to shoot at a 45% clip from the field. Tough jumper for CJ Perez! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/9quJAhsazz — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) July 14, 2017 NO GO-TO MOVE? In terms of offensive moves, he has yet to show that he can regularly attack with his back to the basket, as he prefers starting from outside. We’ve not seen him regularly post up smaller defenders or use his athleticism to score on turnaround fadeaway jumpers. Another move he may have to master would be a mid-range floater, as he has not really had to play against much bigger opponents in the college ranks. This, together with a dangerous euro-step would definitely serve him well against bigger, more athletic competition. COURT VISION AND PASSING ABILITY Another positive is his willingness to make the extra pass. Because defenses are always keyed in on him, Perez has shown good court vision and an innate passing ability, many times hitting an open teammate, whether with a forward pass that leads to a fast break or an interior pass leading to an easy score under the basket. And while he is still prone to taking difficult and at times ill-advised shots because of his athleticism, his passing ability is something he can definitely capitalize on. ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT ON DEFENSE On the defensive end, CJ Perez knows how to make full use of his God-given talents. He is terrific at playing the passing lanes, in fact most of his steals are from reading the passing lanes and picking off cross court passes from their full court trap. Those are almost automatic transition baskets. His on-ball defense needs a little more improvement however, as one gets the sense that he relies more on his athleticism rather than solid defensive fundamentals, as seen when guys less athletic are still able to beat him off the dribble from time to time. Something that he’ll have to eliminate if he wants to excel in the next level. CJ Perez getting it done on both ends of the floor! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/RQVGAPnNtL — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 16, 2017 VERSATILITY In terms of intangibles, there is not much more to ask for. Perez has the motor of a Calvin Abueva, and his impact is felt on both ends of the floor. He can play all positions except center, bring the ball up like a point guard, slash like a wing, and rebound like a power forward. While his ballhandling still needs to be improved on (he’s shown to be vulnerable crossing over against smaller guards), there is little doubt that with his work ethic and attitude it’s only a matter of time before he tightens up those handles. Most importantly, he doesn’t showboat, but just goes about his business on the court -- a proven winner who still plays with a chip on his shoulder. #NCAASeason93 MVP CJ Perez's all-around brilliance was all the difference for the stunning Lyceum Pirates! pic.twitter.com/BH9uBYDwVl — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) December 19, 2017 An official from one PBA team thinks that if developed properly, CJ Perez could actually be the next Jayson Castro instead of a Calvin Abueva. That’s a scary thought; but what’s even scarier is that it’s actually not that farfetched to consider......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

No Bull: Buffalo pulls off big upset, knocks off Arizona

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (Friday, PHL time): ___ EAST REGION ALABAMA 86, VIRGINIA TECH 83 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 21 of his team-high 24 points after halftime to lead Alabama over Virginia Tech for the Crimson Tide's first NCAA Tournament win in a dozen years. John Petty kept ninth-seeded Alabama (20-15) in it while Sexton struggled during a sluggish opening half and finished with 20 points while shooting 6 of 8 on 3-pointers. Sexton found a rhythm in the second half, including a handful of big shots over the final five minutes to give the Crimson Tide a bit of breathing room in a game that featured 10 lead changes, with no team ever being up by more than seven points. Justin Robinson scored 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Hokies (21-12). FLORIDA 77, ST. BONAVENTURE 62 DALLAS (AP) — Egor Koulechov scored 20 points and Florida eased past St. Bonaventure, ending the Bonnies' postseason run two days after their first NCAA Tournament victory in 48 years. Jalen Hudson scored 16 points and Chris Chiozza had 11 assists for the sixth-seeded Gators (21-12), who have reached the Elite Eight the past five times they've been in the tournament. A whirlwind week finally caught up with the Bonnies (26-8), who finished at 35 percent shooting but were in the 20s when the outcome was in doubt. Courtney Stockard led St. Bonaventure with 14 points after scoring 26 in a win over UCLA in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday. VILLANOVA 87, RADFORD 61 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 16 points and top-seeded Villanova hit 14 3-pointers to rout Radford. The Wildcats (31-4) played to near-perfection for the first 30 minutes and led 44-23 at halftime. The Highlanders (23-13) posed no threat at becoming the first 16 seed to ever knock off a No. 1 in the tournament. TEXAS TECH 70, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 60 DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime and third-seeded Texas Tech ended the game on a 13-2 run. Evans' layup with 3:58 left put the Big 12 runner-up Red Raiders (25-9) ahead to stay. Texas Tech will next play the winner of the Florida-St. Bonaventure game. SFA (28-7), the Southland Conference tournament champion, led by eight early in the second half. ___ SOUTH REGION BUFFALO 89, ARIZONA 68 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and No. 13 seed Buffalo pulled off the biggest upset of the opening round, rolling over No. 4 seed Arizona. The smaller Bulls (27-8) used their quickness to zip around the Wildcats (27-8), scoring at the rim and on kickout 3-pointers. Defensively, Buffalo neutralized Arizona's size inside by collapsing on the paint, forcing the Wildcats to shoot from the perimeter. Arizona went 2 for 18 from beyond the 3-point arc, while the Bulls knocked down 15 of 30. CJ Massinburg had 19 points and Buffalo shredded Arizona's defense at a 55-percent clip for the program's first NCAA Tournament win. TENNESSEE 73, WRIGHT STATE 47 DALLAS (AP) — Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as third-seeded Tennessee advanced to the second round by overwhelming Wright State. Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for the Volunteers (26-8), SEC co-champions in the regular season after being picked in the preseason to finish 13th in the 14-team league. They'll next play Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. Wright State (25-10) was the Horizon League tournament champ. KENTUCKY 78, DAVIDSON 73 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Kentucky didn't make a 3-point for the first time in a game since 1988, but still did enough to top Davidson. Fifth-seeded Kentucky (25-10) went 0 for 6 from behind arc after hitting a 3 in a nation-best streak of 1,047 games. Kevin Knox scored 25 for Kentucky, which next plays the Arizona-Buffalo winner. Davidson (21-12) made 11 3-pointers, led by six from Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who finished with 21 points. LOYOLA-CHICAGO 64, MIAMI 62 DALLAS (AP) — Donte Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985. Ingram's long shot came from well above the key. The 11th-seeded Ramblers (29-5) matched the school record for wins from their 1963 national championship team. Loyola was boosted by a pregame prayer from its team chaplain, 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The buzzer sounded as Ingram's shot went in, but officials put 0.3 seconds back on the clock. A desperation pass by Miami (22-10) bounced away harmlessly. ___ MIDWEST REGION KANSAS 76, PENN 60 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the first half, pouring in 29 points and lifting his top-seeded team. Lagerald Vick added 14 points for the Jayhawks (28-7), who trailed the Ivy League champs 21-11 with about 7 minutes left in the first half. Kansas advanced to play Seton Hall. A.J. Brodeur had 14 points to lead the Quakers (24-9). DUKE 89, IONA 67 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled. The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds. Grayson Allen scored 16 points as the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-7) powered past 15th-seeded Iona (26-7). Duke will next play Rhode Island. RHODE ISLAND 83, OKLAHOMA 78, OT PITTSBURGH (AP) — E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and Rhode Island topped dynamic scorer Trae Young and the Sooners. The seventh-seeded Rams (26-7) won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and will play Duke on Saturday. Young scored 28 points on 9-for-18 shooting with six turnovers. The freshman scored 13 straight points for Oklahoma (18-14) late in regulation and made two free throws to open OT. SETON HALL 94, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 83 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall won a foul-filled first-round matchup. Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 for the Pirates (22-11), who led the entire way a year after a late meltdown cost them against Arkansas. Allerik Freeman hit six 3-pointers and had 36 points to lead No. 9 seed North Carolina State (21-12). The only thing that slowed down the high-scoring, up-and-down matchup was the whistles. The teams combined for 53 fouls. ___ WEST REGION MICHIGAN 61, MONTANA 47 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Charles Matthews had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Michigan locked down on defense and the third-seeded Wolverines beat Montana in a plodding game. Michigan (29-7) trailed by 10 in the opening minutes, struggled to get into rhythm until late in the first half, and never really went on a big run to seize control of the game. Instead, coach John Beilein's team methodically drew away over a long period of the second half when No. 14 seed Montana (25-8) failed to score. Michael Oguine and Ahmaad Rorie scored 15 points apiece to lead the Grizzlies. GONZAGA 68, UNC GREENSBORO 64 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left to help Gonzaga escape a major scare. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) trailed 64-62 with 1:48 left after squandering a 12-point lead they took early in the second half. Gonzaga, in its 20th straight NCAA tournament, won its first game of March Madness for the 10th year in a row. UNC Greensboro (27-8) was the Southern Conference champ. OHIO STATE 81, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 73 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Kam Williams made a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:36 left, then added a trio of free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt to lift Ohio State. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (25-8) built a 13-point lead by reeling off 16 straight points midway through the second half. Ohio State advanced to play Gonzaga. The teams met in November and the Zags romped 86-59. Mike Daum scored 27 points for 12th-seeded South Dakota State (28-7). HOUSTON 67, SAN DIEGO STATE 65 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rob Gray scored 39 points, including a wind-milling layup that just trickled over the rim with 1.1 seconds left that lifted sixth-seeded Houston. Trey Kell's off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good for 11th-seeded San Diego State (22-11). Houston (27-7) posted its first tournament win since 1984......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Fiscal gap steadies in 2017, but falls short of program

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE PHILIPPINES incurred a slightly narrower budget deficit in 2017 that fell below program, with a double-digit pickup in spending matched by above-target revenue collections, according to latest Treasury data. The country logged a P350.6-billion fiscal gap last year, slightly smaller than 2016’s P353.4-billion deficit and 27% short […] The post Fiscal gap steadies in 2017, but falls short of program appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

11-mth net FDI flows top 2017 target – BSP

Foreign direct investments (FDI) lost steam in November but were still enough to push the year-to-date tally past the 2017 target, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. The month’s $869-million net inflow — smaller than October’s $2.017 billion — was still 16.9 percent higher on an annual basis. The 11-month tally subsequently [...] The post 11-mth net FDI flows top 2017 target – BSP appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Balance of payments deficit narrows in Nov

The country’s November balance of payments (BoP) position was a deficit of $44 million, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported late on Tuesday, smaller than the $368-million and $1.67-billion shortfalls recorded in October and a year earlier. “Outflows in November 2017 stemmed mainly from payments made by the national government for its maturing foreign [...] The post Balance of payments deficit narrows in Nov appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Germany looking good to defend World Cup title

em>By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press /em> BERLIN (AP) — With a European record of 43 goals scored, Germany is on its way to defend its World Cup title next year in Russia. The Germans completed their qualifying campaign with a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan on Sunday, but coach Joachim Loew expects bigger challenges ahead. 'It's a mistake to take this qualification campaign as a yardstick. Sure, it was good, it was a clear achievement,' Loew said of beating Spain's qualifying record for South Africa in 2010 by goal difference. 'But another other level awaits at the World Cup. 'That's why we need to keep the ball on the ground, there's still a lot to do. I want to achieve something really remarkable in a few months. It will be difficult enough to be world champion two times in a row.' Spain went on to win the title in 2010 after setting the previous record in qualifying, but Brazil was the last World Cup champion to defend its title in 1962 and Loew is eager to highlight the difficulty of the task at hand. 'Only we as world champion have something to lose. Everyone else can only win,' Loew said. Still, anything less than a second straight World Cup title would be a disappointment for Germany. Here are some of the areas Loew will need to address before next year's tournament: ___ strong>SQUAD SELECTION /strong> Arguably Loew's biggest headache is the sheer number of talented players he has at his disposal. Altogether, he played 37 different players in the 10 qualifying games. Only 23 can be selected for Russia. The Bundesliga website identified four separate teams that Loew can send out while remaining competitive. Injuries permitting, Loew would like to keep faith in the backbone of the team that won the 2014 title, with Manuel Neuer (currently out injured) in goal behind Bayern Munich teammates Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, with Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira in midfield. Timo Werner is likely to keep his place up front despite Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner making the most of his chance to impress with five goals in five qualifiers. Much will depend on the availability and form of Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Ilkay Gundogan - all have faced or are facing long injury layoffs. 'The door is open of course,' Loew said after Sunday's game. 'Every individual player's performances will be observed. Sometimes you have one or another coming through that you weren't expecting.' Maximilian Philipp, who didn't participate in qualifying, is another who could yet play his way into the coach's plans if he maintains his strong start to the season for Borussia Dortmund. ___ strong>CONCENTRATION /strong> Such is Germany's dominance at times that complacency can be a problem, especially against smaller opponents. After taking an early lead against Azerbaijan, the Germans conceded an equalizer in a lackluster first-half performance. 'We put ourselves under pressure because we didn't have the options going forward quickly when we were playing from the back,' Loew said. 'That's what we wanted. It wasn't optimal in the first half.' ___ strong>TEAMWORK /strong> One effect of so many changes in qualifying is that teamwork can suffer among unfamiliar teammates, as evidenced in the first-half display against Azerbaijan. 'You could see that we had never played in that formation before,' Loew said. 'We didn't play the game at tempo, we made minor technical mistakes. You also have to acknowledge that some young players are going through various stages of development. Not everything works out.' The Germany coach will hope to iron out any issues in the now customary pre-tournament training camp in South Tyrol, northern Italy. ___ strong>TOP OPPONENTS /strong> Loew wasn't being arrogant when he said that qualifying opponents Azerbaijan, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic and Norway were not at the same level as the teams that will be challenging for the World Cup title. 'The real work only starts when the qualifying is over,' said Loew, who has steered Germany to the semifinals or better in every major tournament since he took over the top position after the 2006 World Cup. To help fine-tune for Russia, Germany has November friendlies lined up against England at Wembley Stadium, then most likely France in Cologne, before it hosts Spain and Brazil for friendlies in Duesseldorf and Berlin next March. 'We have a good basis,' Loew said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

‘Serial rapist’ nabbed, charged

A MAN accused of raping two girls was arrested afternoon of Feb. 17, 2019 in Oton, Iloilo. Jethro Antonio, 28, who hails from Barangay Magdungao, Passi City, allegedly molested a 14-year old girl since November 2018. The last sexual abuse happened on Feb. 15. On Monday, a case for violation of Republic Act 8353 or […] The post ‘Serial rapist’ nabbed, charged appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News3 hr. 38 min. ago

PHISGOC Inks Deals with 30th SEA Games Sponsors

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) on Wednesday formally signed partnership agreements with the first group of sponsors for the 30th SEA Games slated November 30 to December 11 this year. The signing of the memorandum of agreements (MOA) between PHISGOC chairman Allan Peter Cayetano and representatives from Philippine Airlines (PAL), Atos, GL […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Cancer survivor ready to rumble again

Boxing announcer Michael Buffer survived a serious bout with cancer in 2008 and when HBO decided to leave the fight game last year, the speculation was he had nowhere to go since the other network Showtime was linked to his rival Jimmy Lennon Jr. But just as Buffer overcame cancer, he has weathered the storm of HBO’s departure......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

No official venue yet for SEA Games volleyball

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will have to wait until February 15 to know which venue will be used for the sport in the 30th Southeast Asian Games late this year. Volleyball association head Peter Cayco cleared that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee will be the one to arrange the playing venue for the competition set to begin on November 28. PHISGOC originally considered the Araneta Coliseum as the venue of the crowd-drawing sport but Cayco revealed that reservation problems with the 16,000-capacity arena could force them to look for an alternative. “It’s PHISGOC, sila ang in charge na mag-secure ng venue. More on technical ang LVPI,” said Cayco on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. “When the inspection committee arrived this December our Secretary General Mr. (Ariel) Paredes and Mr. Shanrit (Wongpasert) of the AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) went to Smart Araneta and there we found out that they cannot give us all the dates kasi mayroon silang foreign bookings na concerts na last year pa raw naka-book.” Cayco said that there are three other alternatives with the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna being the most feasible of option.  “Worst case scenario is Alonte. Kasi kasado na sa level of playing field ng AVC. OK na sila doon kasi ilang beses na ring naglaro doon,” the LVPI head said. The Laguna venue has hosted international volleyball tournaments before including the AVC Asian Club Championship in 2016 and the Asian Women’s Senior Championship back in 2017.  Other venues considered to hold the volleyball games are the PhilSports Arena (Ultra) in Pasig and the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, which serves as an alternative venue in during the Asian Seniors two years ago.   “Ang problem with Ultra is we won’t get the maximum number of games per day kasi may ka-share tayong ibang events. So we will not finish in the number of days of competition,” explained Cayco, who added that Ultra will also be used by netball. Around 11 countries are on tap to participate in the competition. The contest will have a rest day on November 30 to give way for the opening ceremonies.   Meanwhile, Cayco announced that the beach volleyball event will be held in Subic.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

NCAA Season 94: Para kay coach Nes –- Javier

Arellano University head coach Obet Javier was teary-eyed as he mentioned the name of the late legendary volleyball mentor Nes Pamilar during the Lady Chiefs post-game interview moments after completing a grand slam in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition.   “Itong game na ito kung mapapansin natin one month ni Coach Nes ngayon eh,” said Javier, whose squad beat University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, Tuesday in the decider of the best-of-three Finals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.  “Itong game na ito inaalay ko talaga sa kanya.” The multi-titled Pamilar died due to heart failure exactly a month ago. Javier worked as one of Pamilar’s most trusted deputies with his club teams Power Smashers and Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League. Arellano U's title conquests have been a bittersweet experience for Javier. The Legarda-based squad reclaimed the crown it lost in 2016 in Season 92 just two weeks after he lost his wife, Amy Marie, to cancer while the Lady Chiefs dedicated their second straight title last year to another legandary coach Kid Santos, father of Javier's lieutenant  Mike, who died November 2017 from cardiac arrest.      The Lady Chiefs won their fourth crown in five years and became the third winningest team in the league behind San Sebastian College (23) and Letran (8). Arellano U surpassed Perpetual, which earned three titles from a three-peat feat it did from Seasons 87 to 89.        The Lady Chief have cemented their dynastic rule in the NCAA but head coach Javier is not resting on their laurels. “Sinasabi nyo nga na dynasty, pilit naming panghahawakan kasi minsan lang dumating sa isang team ‘yan eh,” he said. “Hangga’t maari di namin dapat pakawalan.” “Continue pa rin kami, hindi porke’t nag-three-peat kami hihinto kami,” Javier said. “Patuloy kaming mag-aaral, magi-improve dapat para sa school sa susunod na taon.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

PH posts 4th straight month of weaker long-term investment inflows

Long-term equity capital entering the Philippines from overseas slowed for the fourth straight month in November 2018a trend that reversed the record-high investment levels reported earlier that year,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Net FDI hits 2-mth high in Nov – BSP

NET foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows hit a two-month high in November 2018 but were still lower from a year earlier, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. Net…READ The post Net FDI hits 2-mth high in Nov – BSP appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Nov. FDI net inflow down for 4th month

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) net inflow into the country slid for the fourth straight month in November, the central bank reported on Monday, bringing 2018’s running tally lower than a year ago......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Espejo to join nat’l team tryout after Japan stint

Even with his credentials, Marck Espejo signified his intentions to join the tryouts for a spot in the men’s national volleyball team. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco said that the five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, who is currently playing in the Japan V. Premier League, has communicated with head coach Dante Alinsunurin regarding his interest to don the tri-colors. “Si Marck Espejo nakipag-communicate kay coach Dante, na he is willing to undergo tryouts pagbalik niya,” Cayco told reporters Sunday. Espejo, who last played for the national team back in 2015 Singapore Southeast Asian Games and Asian men’s U-23 in Myanmar, has been one of Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler’s go-to-guy. However, despite the efforts of Espejo, Oita Miyoshi continues to struggle and is currently ranked ninth in the 10-team field with only four wins and 19 losses. The Weisse Adler will close their elimination round on February 24 against FC Tokyo.   “Ngayon kung hindi raw sila pumasok sa semis, mukhang hindi eh, baka pauwiin siya ng maaga. Same case with the Santiago sisters (Jaja and Dindin),” said Cayco. Espjeo is one of the many hopefuls looking to land a spot in the national team that will compete in the AVC Men’s Club Championship, Asian Men’s Senior Championship in Iran and in the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the Philippines will host in November.     Almost 90 players joined the two-day national pool tryouts last weekend at the University of the East gym in Recto supervised by Alinsunurin, who steered National University to the UAAP throne last year and the country’s breakthrough gold medal in the ASEAN University Games. Alinsunurin was tapped by LVPI selection committee composed of the association’s vice president Joey Romasanta, treasurer Jeff Tamayo and chaired by Rod Roque as replacement for Sammy Acaylar.   The composition of the 20-man pool will be announced this week. “Next week ipo-forward na nila sa akin. Ang dami kasing nag-tryout. First was around 72 tapos kanina may nadagdag pang 15. ‘Yung Ateneo six of them nag-tryout together with their assistant coach,” said Cayco. LVPI is also finalizing an arrangement with a sponsor to form an U-23 team as well as forming a pool for the national beach volleyball team.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

BSP sees little inflation risk from El Niño

INFLATION will not zoom past target this year despite threats of a dry spell, a senior central bank official said, citing ample buffer stocks of rice to keep price hikes at bay......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

New luxury river cruise ships set to sail Nile and Mekong rivers next year

Some of the world's most famous river bodies including the Nile in Egypt and the Mekong in Vietnam will become the playground for new luxury river cruises set to launch next year. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is expanding its fleet with the addition of three new luxury ships that will set sail along the Nile, Mekong and Douro rivers beginning in 2020. Its ship anchored in Italy is also slated to undergo major renovations and re-emerge as the S.S. La Venezia early next spring. Unlike behemoth cruise ships that are built to carry thousands of passengers, river cruise ships are designed as smaller, more intimate alternatives. Uniworld's fleet has an average capacit...Keep on reading: New luxury river cruise ships set to sail Nile and Mekong rivers next year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Markkanen leads Bulls to 125-106 rout of Nets

By DENIS P. GORMAN,  ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 125-106 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Markkanen scored at least 30 points in his third straight game, while Chicago scored more than 100 points for the 17th straight game. Zach Levine added 23 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 18 in his first game with the Bulls, Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn each had 12, and Wayne Selden Jr. finished with 11. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Bulls. Chicago has still lost three of five, seven of nine, and 16 of 19 dating to Dec. 30. D'Angelo Russell, named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team earlier in the week, led the Nets with 23 points but Brooklyn dropped to 29-28 with its third loss in five games. Allen Crabbe and Joe Harris each finished with 19 points. At first glance, the game seemed liked a mismatch. The Nets have been one of the NBA's surprise stories as they find themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, while the Bulls are in a heated race with Atlanta, Cleveland, Phoenix and the New York Knicks to be in the best position to win the NBA draft lottery and potentially select Duke power forward Zion Williamson. But, the Bulls led 55-48 at halftime. Chicago's biggest lead in the first half was 10 at 40-30, but the Nets used 17-6 run spanning 6:28 to go up by 1 at 47-46, before the Bulls ended the first half by outscoring Brooklyn 9-1. Chicago made 21 of 44 shots from the field in the first half, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range, while the Nets struggled at 16 for 43 overall, and 5 of 17 from beyond the arc. Chicago extended its lead to as many as 14 in the third quarter, and had a 93-80 advantage going into the fourth. Among the keys to the Bulls strong third quarter was the play of their starting front court of Robin Lopez, Markkanen and Porter, who combined for 25 of the Bulls' 38 third-quarter points. The lead grew to 18 in the fourth after Timothe Luwauw-Cabarrot made two free throws with 8:09 left. TIP-INS: BULLS: The win snapped Chicago's six-game losing streak to Brooklyn, and its four-game losing streak at Barclays Center. The Bulls had lost the three previous meetings this season. NETS: About 45 minutes before the opening tip-off, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks spoke to reporters about the state of the team. While he spoke cautiously, Marks was unquestionably proud of how his team has played through the first 56 games. "I give our players a heck of a lot of credit for how they've handled this first, you know, over half of the season," he said. "It's really been led by them. They took the reins of this thing and they've been pushing and believing." COMEBACK CARIS Third-year guard Caris LeVert played for the first time since suffering a subtalar dislocation of the right foot in the Nets' 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on November 12. He had missed 42 games. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson announced after Thursday's practice LeVert would play, and the third year guard finished with 11 points in 14:56. LeVert checked in for the first time 1:21 into the second quarter and received a nice ovation from the 15,267 in attendance, and he scored his first basket on a floater with 5:15 left before halftime, which prompted chants of "Welcome back!" from the crowd. BULLS CALLED ON PORTER: The Nets weren't the only team welcoming a fresh body. Friday's game was Chicago's first since trading Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 protected second round pick to Washington for Porter on Wednesday. Porter started at small forward. "I think we'll have a limited package when he's in there," Bulls coach Jim Boylen said before the game. "We're not going to add anything for him. I met with him last night (when) we got in and met with him at our walkthrough. We'll try to get him up to speed as fast as we can." UP NEXT: Bulls: Host Washington on Saturday night. Nets: Visits Toronto on Monday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Forex buffer hits 20-month high

The country’s foreign exchange buffer increased for the third straight month to hit a 20-month high of $82.13 billion in January due to strong inflows after the national government issued $1.5 billion worth of 10-year global bonds, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019