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Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsApr 12th, 2018

Philippine Seven Q2 earnings jump

THE local licensee of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain saw its net income jump by 18.9% in the second quarter of 2018, driven by higher sales and more operating stores for the period......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Oppo Find X priced at P49,990

MANILA, Philippines – Oppo announced the Philippine retail price for its striking new flagship, the Find X: P49,990. It's Oppo's most expensive phone to date, and represents a huge jump for the brand that made a name for itself with affordable but solid phones whose selfie cameras were marketed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Kobe Bryant welcomes LeBron to Lakers family: I had a gut feeling

MANILA, Philippines – No one was more excited by LeBron James' contract signing  than the man who placed the Lakers back on the map, 5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant. In an interview with Rachel Nichols on ESPN’s The Jump, Bryant shared his thoughts on the Lakeshow hosting “The King.” “I had a gut ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

PH, US renew interest in exploring free trade agreement

Manila and Washington have renewed their interest in exploring a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between two longstanding allies, but a US senior representative raised several concerns before they can jump-start discussion. PH, US renew interest in exploring free trade agreement Manila and Washington have renewed their interest in exploring a possible free trade agreement… link: PH, US renew interest in exploring free trade agreement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Morning Tip Q& A: Mohamed Bamba

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst They have come seemingly all at once -- new, freakish size in the NBA with the ability to put the ball on the floor, shoot from deep and block everything that moves. Kristaps Porzingis begat Joel Embiid, who begat this year’s group of young big men who have grown up facing the basket rather than with their backs to it. Among the most intriguing of the 2018 Draft class is Mo Bamba, the 20-year-old from Texas via Harlem, where he grew up -- fast, as city kids tend to do, learning the game on the hardtops around New York City, while his parents, natives of Ivory Coast, wondered what the increasing fuss was around their son. He, on the other hand, has tended to handle the attention with aplomb and a smile. In a group full of long, tall people, Bamba still stands out, with an insane wingspan of 7'10" that allows for court coverage the likes of which hasn’t been seen. Bamba has been in the spotlight for a while -- the Westtown (Penn.) High School team on which he played featured teammates like Cam Reddish, a blue-chip guard who’ll play for Duke next season -- and played against the likes of the No. 1 pick in 2018, Deandre Ayton. At Texas, he starred for Coach Shaka Smart, himself among the biggest names in the sport. After one season in Austin, where he shattered the school record for blocked shots in a season, Bamba declared for the Draft, assured he’d be a high Lottery pick. But Bamba has also shown a willingness to work on what he doesn’t -- or, at least, didn’t -- do that well. He went to California for weeks with noted player development coach Drew Hanlen, who deconstructed Bamba’s jumper from the ground up. Hanlen lowered Bamba’s shot pocket, adjusted his fingers on the ball and eliminated a hitch Bamba had before shooting. Bamba displayed much improved form before the Draft, but even if he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, he was going high -- and, he did, to the Orlando Magic with the sixth pick overall. Desperate to regain relevance in the East, the Magic hired Steve Clifford after he was fired by Charlotte to try and improve their awful defense. At the least, Clifford inherited ridiculous size on his roster, with Bamba joining 6'10" second-year forward Jonathan Isaac and newly re-signed 6'9" forward Aaron Gordon. Bamba must show he can be a killer on the floor like Embiid, and will work to make that happen. The only significant question about him coming into the Draft was the consistency of his motor at Texas. In Las Vegas this week for Summer League with his new team, Bamba is getting his feet wet while keeping them firmly planted to the ground. David Aldridge: I know you’ve spent a lot of time with Drew on the shot. What feels better now? Mo Bamba: Everything. The mechanics are so much cleaner now than they were in college. I think the difference between college and now is just a matter of just repetition, being able to change my jump shot dramatically because of how much I’ve gone in and worked on it. DA: So with time, you can basically improve anything? MB: Yeah, my jump shot is night and day. DA: He also told me that one thing he wanted to keep working with you on after the Draft was, you have a little jump to your left when you shoot? MB: Yeah, that’s a bad tendency that I have. That’s something Drew didn’t want to change. He changed a lot of things, and that’s one of the best things about working with Drew -- he knows boundaries, and he knows how much is too much. That’s one of the things he didn’t want to change right off the bat. But that’s something I’ve been conscious of and something I’ve been working on since he pointed it out. DA: Given where you played high school, was there more pressure on you playing for Westtown or playing for Texas? MB: I’d say there was more pressure playing -- well, actually, it was both, equal. My sophomore year at Westtown, there was a lot of pressure, because I was at a program that had never won a state championship, and had gotten to the finals three or four years in a row. At Texas, I was coming to a team that hadn’t made the NCAA Tournament the year before. So I’d say it was pretty equal. DA: I would imagine playing on a team like that in high school, with Cam and all the others, maybe prepared you not only for college, but playing in the pros. MB: Yeah, Cam can go. He’s a really good basketball player. And I know for a fact I’ll see him here next year. DA: What was Harlem like to grow up in, day by day? MB: It was, when people ask that, I pretty much tell them that you just grow up fast. You’re making decisions at a very young age that most kids don’t even come close to making. I credit a lot of my success to being from Harlem, growing up there. DA: Harlem’s changed a little the last few years. MB: Yeah, gentrification is real. It’s real. DA: What was it like seeing that demographic shift? MB: Well, I was kind of there before gentrification kind of really hit. Obviously there was a bunch of condos that went up and it was pretty cool to see. It was every time I came back home -- I’d see a new development going up. DA: Best advice your parents ever gave you? MB: I wouldn’t say it was direct advice or a quote. I’d say the best thing my parents passed on to me was to let me make my own mistakes and figure out on my age how to kind of see the world on my own. Growing up as the youngest child, one or two years after your siblings, obviously that’s great. You’re learning without truly making the mistakes on your own. But at some point in your life, you’re gonna have to learn on your own. You’re gonna have to fall to rise. DA: Conversely, then, what’s the biggest mistake you’ve made so far? MB: I’d say that the biggest mistake I’ve made so far was not committing to Texas earlier. I think waiting was awesome. I was very methodical about waiting, very strategic about what I wanted in a university. But at the same time, if I could go back, I probably would have committed my junior year, so I could hit the ground running and build the relationships, get to know people. DA: How much freedom did Shaka give you when you were there to try things on the floor that might not necessarily be good for the team, but could be good for you individually down the road? MB: Coach Smart, he’s given me so much freedom to sort of grow into who I was. That’s been a big thing in my life -- my parents and all of my coaches. Coach Smart did a great job of just letting me come to terms with myself, as a basketball player and a person. DA: I saw in one of your interviews before the Draft that you don’t think people really understand you when you say you’re a unicorn. So define that for me as you see it. MB: Well, I mean, people kind of have a concept of what it means. To me, it’s just someone who makes plays that have never been seen before -- a seven-foot big guard, those are all unicorns to me. DA: You played against Ayton and guys like Jarrett Allen (the Nets’ first-round pick in 2017) in high school, and I know how much you’ve looked at Joel Embiid on tape. Are you guys the new normal when it comes to the next generation of bigs? MB: Yeah, I think this is becoming a theme, and you’ll see it more and more with guys coming out of high school. One of the guys you’ll see coming up is James Wiseman (the 6'11" rising senior center currently playing at East High School in Memphis, and who is considered by many to be the top college prospect in the Class of 2019). He’s younger, but he does a lot of the things that I do, that Deandre does, that Jarrett does. It’s refreshing to see so many people that can do what I do. DA: If you were six-feet tall instead of seven, what would you be doing? MB: I’d have to be around the game, like a scout or a GM, something around the game. DA: How did the basketball bug bite you so hard growing up? MB: Honestly, it’s just my competitive nature. It bleeds over into other aspects of my life. But basketball is just something that I really excelled at, and whenever I hit kind of adversity, or whenever I do something that makes me vulnerable enough to get better and to ask for help, I just took this and ran with it. DA: Since you’re a kid, I have to ask you how good you are at Fortnight? MB: I play recreationally. One of my best friends is really good at it, and whenever I play him I get Ws. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. 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 NewsJul 9th, 2018

Ten dead as Turkey train derails

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Twenty-four people were killed when a train derailed in northwest Turkey this weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said on Monday, a sharp jump from the previous toll of 10. The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Akdag as saying search operations this morning had now been completed at the wreck of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. reservation sales jump 61%

Reservation sales of Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) jumped by 61% in the first half of 2018, keeping the company on track to hitting its full-year targets. In a statement issued Monday, the Cebu-based property developer said reservation sales—revenue generated from accommodations booking—reached P4.6 billion between January and June, putting the company at 65% of its […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial

For generations, children would play kickball, hide-and-seek and jump rope on a stretch of concrete at Weccacoe Playground, unaware the remains of 5,000 black Philadelphians were buried 18 inches beneath their feet. Now, a portion of that playground will become a memorial to the dead. Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial For… link: Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

8 towns, 2 cities mourned their mayors under the Duterte administration

Ten mayors were killed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, himself a former mayor and the only Philippine president to jump from being a local executive to being the chief execut.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Marestella Sunang, PH athletics team find new home

MANILA, Philippines – Tired of Manila traffic? The country’s long jump record holder Marestella Torres-Sunang feels the same way as she braves through the Ortigas traffic from her home in Bacoor just to train at the PhilSports complex.  But the Olympian has finally found a solution with the inauguration of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Maja Salvador flaunts toned figure, Sharon Cuneta reacts 

        Kapamilya actress/dancer Maja Salvador once again proved why she deserves to be the boys' fantasy and girls' envy as she shows her incredibly toned body during "ASAP's" visit to Hawaii. Megastar Sharon Cuneta just jokingly ranted how she struggles in weight loss whereas the "Wildflower" star just does it flawlessly. Cuneta said, "Maja naman eh! Hirap na hirap magpapayat tapos popost ka ng ganyang pose at suot mo! Gudbye world. Tatalon na ako sa balcony. Huhuhuhu. Hahahaha!" (Maja please! I struggle losing weight and then here you are exposing that sexy body in that swimsuit! Goodbye world. I'll jump off the balcony. *cries and laug...Keep on reading: Maja Salvador flaunts toned figure, Sharon Cuneta reacts .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Nassar, trainer charged with sex assault; Karolyis cleared

By David Warren, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday filed sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar and a trainer who worked at his side, expanding the worst abuse scandal in U.S. sports history beyond Michigan while also clearing world-renowned gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi whose ranch served as a training site for Olympians. Nassar, a former sports doctor, was charged with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County, home of the Karolyi ranch, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston. A grand jury also indicted former sports medicine trainer Debra Van Horn on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, making her the first person other than Nassar to be charged in direct connection with the assaults. She had worked at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics for 30 years. Walker County District Attorney David Weeks said Van Horn was charged as "acting as a party" with Nassar. He didn't elaborate. Efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful, and the name of her lawyer wasn't immediately known. In Michigan, Nassar was sentenced earlier this year to decades in prison, after hundreds of women and girls accused him of molesting them with his hands under the guise of medical treatment. They said the abuse went as far back as the 1990s while he worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. A victim, Mattie Larson, told a judge in January that Van Horn "would be in the room many of the times Larry abused me. If a trainer, a professional trainer, doesn't say anything about it, I should trust her. At least that's what I thought." The Karolyis have denied wrongdoing . They couldn't be reached for comment Friday; a call to the number listed for Bela Karolyi wasn't answered. "The Karolyis were and remain fully cooperative with this investigation. There is no corroborated evidence of any criminal conduct" by the couple, said Stephanie Stroud, a Walker County prosecutor. Stroud said investigators tried to determine if anyone at the ranch knew about Nassar's conduct and didn't report it. But the two-year statute of limitations had already lapsed on any possible misdemeanor charges of failure to report. "That in no way means there was no wrongdoing at the ranch or within the ranks of USAG," Stroud said, referring to USA Gymnastics. "It is our belief that there was a total failure by USAG to protect the athletes that were part of their program and to take appropriate action once they were made aware of Dr. Nassar's actions." In a statement, USA Gymnastics said it is cooperating with Texas investigators and is committed "to doing everything possible to prevent this from happening again." Nassar, 54, probably won't be free again due to his long prison sentences for assault and child pornography crimes. But Weeks, the district attorney, said he still wants to bring him to Texas to face the charges. "There are a number of hoops we have to jump through to get him here," Weeks told reporters. The Karolyis are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, seeking more than $1 million for the canceled sale of their training center near Huntsville — a transaction that tanked in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Several former gymnasts have also filed lawsuits. One of them, Sabrina Vega, filed a lawsuit in May alleging USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Karolyis failed to protect her and other athletes. Vega, who was on the team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, alleges the organizations and the Karolyis ignored signs about Nassar's behavior or should have known he posed a risk. She said Nassar molested her hundreds of times during medical treatments from 2008, when she was 12 years old, until 2012. Vega said the abuse occurred during competitions and at the Karolyi ranch. Congress passed a bill in January that makes members of amateur sports organizations, including those that run Olympic sports, mandatory reporters of sexual abuse. It also requires the organizations to implement standard protections for athletes. ___ Associated Press reporters Ed White and Corey Williams in Detroit, Terry Wallace in Dallas and researcher Monika Mathur in New York contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Philippine track bets find new home in Vermosa

Philippine long jump queen Marestella Torres Sunang spends three to four hours a day in traffic as she drives back and forth from her home in Bacoor, Cavite to her training venue at the Philsports Arena in Pasig......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

DBM reports 42.4% jump in 5-month infra spending of gov t

Government spending on infrastructure jumped by a fourth to P58.1 billion in May, from P46.2 billion a year ago, according to the Department of Budget and Management. The amount spent in May, howev.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Air Asia unit in PH posts P392-M loss

Budget airline Philippines Air Asia saw its revenues jump by some 46 percent in the first quarter of the year even as its bottom line swung to a loss due to foreign exchange volatility. Philippines Air Asia, a unit of Malaysia's Air Asia Berhad, said revenues during the period hit P5.27 billion, up from P3.62 billion in the first quarter last year. The airline, which competes with larger domestic carriers such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air, carried about 1.6 million passengers from January to March 2018, up by almost 40 percent over the same period in 2017. Philippines Air Asia managed to keep costs under check despite the higher price of oil. Its operating prof...Keep on reading: Air Asia unit in PH posts P392-M loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Brian Harman takes 1-shot lead in Travelers

By Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brian Harman shot a 4-under 66 on Friday to move to 10-under par and watched that hold up for the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship, thanks in part to a 10-second rule. Harman finished a stroke ahead of Matt Jones and first round co-leader Zach Johnson, who lost a stroke during his round of 68 when his birdie putt hung on the lip of the cup at the third hole for longer than the maximum allowed 10 seconds before falling in, giving him a par. "After 10 seconds, the ball was moving and at that point even if the ball is moving, It's deemed to be at rest, because it's on the lip," Johnson said. "Don't ask me why, but that's just the way it is." Harman had his short game working for the second consecutive day, taking 26 putts after needing only 23 during the first round. "The putter has been really good so far, but I've been in position a lot," he said. "I've had a lot of good looks at it. I'm just able to put a little pressure on the course right now, which is nice." Jones hit 16 of 18 greens for the second consecutive day, following up his first round 65 with a 66. Bryson DeChambeau (66), Paul Casey (67) and Russell Henley (65) were two strokes back going into the weekend. But Johnson, who started on the 10th tee, had the day's most interesting round, which included just two birdies, but one amazing par save. He hit the ball into the TPC River Highland's signature lake on No. 17, dropped across the water near the 16th tee box and then put his third shot within 8 feet of the hole from 234 yards away. "You can't hit that shot and then not make that putt," he said. "It felt good to get away with that four. That's as good an up and down as I've ever witnessed or performed." Lanto Griffin and two-time Travelers champion Bubba Watson were at even par coming into Friday. But both shot a 63 to move into contention heading into the weekend, three shots behind the leader. Watson jump started his round with an eagle on his third hole, the par-5 13th. "I had some mental mistakes yesterday, and then I didn't make some putts," said Watson. "Today I started out hotter. I made a good shot on 11, our second hole, made the putt, making a solid par putt on 12, and then that freed me up a little bit. Gave me some confidence going into the next hole where I made the eagle." Rory McIlroy also is at 7 under after a 69. McIlroy, Watson and Justin Thomas (5 under) were grouped together Thursday and Friday, drawing large galleries. "I definitely helps, Thomas said. "It's fun playing with good friends. You definitely get more momentum when guys are playing well. I obviously couldn't get a whole lot of momentum out there. I was kind of hovering around 1- or 2-under. It was pretty much just Bubba today. Rory didn't play great either and both of us definitely could have had a lot lower rounds" Defending champion Jordan Spieth, tied with Johnson after an opening 63, had a 73 to drop into a tie for 25th at 4 under. His round, which started on the back nine, included a triple bogey on the par-5 13th hole and an eagle on par-5 sixth, when he put his second shot within 2 feet of the hole from 276 yards away. "I don't go to the range after 63s very often, and I was there for an hour yesterday trying to figure out the golf swing," he said. "So it's not like things are on. Sometimes it can get disguised by rounds, but it's not far off. It really is close." Masters champion Patrick Reed, coming off a fourth-place finish in the U.S. Open, shot a 67 to miss the cut by a shot at minus-1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, and Switzerland's Granit Xhaka jump for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Budget for arming bgy chiefs better used on cops

Direct hit Once again, some were quick to jump to various conclusions when President Rodrigo Duterte spoke of possibly allowing barangay captains to carry firearms so they could help the governmet in its war against all forms of criminality. Duterte made the pronouncement during the recent oath taking of newly-….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Pensive

An elderly man is in a pensive mood in his house in Sitio Pedtad, Barangay Midpandacan in General SK Pendatun town in Maguindanao on June 13. While residents in neighboring villages fled to safer grounds, most residents here have opted to stay on in this area which also serves as jump-off  for troops entering the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

What’s in a name? Online debate reveals colorful history and names of bread

A Twitter user from England who posted a photo of bread and calling it a muffin has sparked an online debate about the different types of bread made by cultures all over the world and the various names they go by. Filipinos were quick to jump in on the debate saying that it’s either “monay” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018