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Loving partnership behind ‘Remember Me,’ ‘Let It Go’

  LOS ANGELES---"I love Kristen more and more every day. She is my best friend. To get to spend as much time together, which is pretty much every day, I am the luckiest guy in the world," Fil-Am Robert "Bobby" Lopez gushed about his personal and professional collaboration with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, which has produced songs like "Remember Me" and "Let It Go." "I can't top that," Kristen quipped about her husband's outburst of affection. Married since 2003, Bobby and Kristen composed the songs for the Pixar films "Coco" and "Frozen," the stage musical "Up Here" and the Walt Disney World production of "Finding Nemo---The Musical." Their "Let It Go" (from "Froze...Keep on reading: Loving partnership behind ‘Remember Me,’ ‘Let It Go’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Death in drug war aborts a Father’s Day date for 4 kids

  In a small multipurpose hall in Sta. Cruz, Manila, where the shanties and houses rattle every now and then as trains pass through the neighborhood, Alexander Dimalanta's family mourns his death so close to Fathers' Day.   On June 14, the 25-year-old tricycle driver was shot dead inside the Manila North Cemetery after allegedly shooting it out with police officers during a drug buy-bust operation.   Dimalanta left behind a widow and their four young children, who remember him as a loving dad.   "I still don't know how to even begin, let alone explain to them, that their father is gone," Dimalanta's partner, Michelle, 25, said. "To be orphaned...Keep on reading: Death in drug war aborts a Father’s Day date for 4 kids.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Lourdes Corrales Razon—my kind, gentle, loving mother

Happy Mother's Day! I was in Florida last year and my children wired flowers. Thanks to bad delivery service, I never got them. What a shame. But it was the thought that counted and I felt the love.   More today than ever, I remember my mother, Lourdes Corrales Razon, kind, gentle, loving. She passed away suddenly when she was only 54. Papa grieved for her until the day he died, 20 years later.   This whole week with my sister has been full of memories of that beautiful woman. Both she and Papa are always part of our long, way-into-the-night conversations. When I think of what it means to be truly in love, they come to mind.   We always talk about Papa's ...Keep on reading: Lourdes Corrales Razon—my kind, gentle, loving mother.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Day to remember for art-loving nudists in Paris

People take part in a nudist visit of the 'Discorde, Fille de la Nuit' season exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris on May 5, 2018. AFP No shoes, no shirt, no problem: A Paris.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Kings aim to bring NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California’s capital city for the first time ever. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and local tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in either 2022 or ’23 later Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and officially submit an application to the league on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Getting the All-Star game would cap a remarkable comeback for Sacramento, which nearly lost its franchise to Seattle in 2013 before Ranadive bought the team and put together a deal to build a state-of-the-art downtown arena. “I think it would be a recognition of the fact that the city went all-in on the Kings,” Ranadive said. “It would be the ultimate recognition that the city pulled it off. There’s a love affair between the Kings and the city and the NBA. It would be an exclamation point on that love affair.” Winning the bid won’t be easy. The Golden State Warriors are seeking the game for their new arena in downtown San Francisco that is set to open for the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee is also bidding to play the game in its new arena set to open next season and other cities also will get involved. Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star game last weekend in Los Angeles that he generally supports a bid from Sacramento with one major caveat. “Sacramento and the surrounding communities provide a tremendous opportunity for an All-Star. Wine country, great golf, great scenery, all kinds of wonderful things that I think people would love to visit around an All-Star. But at the end of the day, we have to have a sufficient number of hotel rooms,” he said. Ranadive said new projects will ensure that there will be enough hotel rooms to meet the NBA’s requirement of about 6,000 rooms in the area. But the bid will offer even more options with up to 1,000 rooms through a partnership with Airbnb, as well as two or three 300-room small luxury cruise ships in the Port of Sacramento. Silver said he would be open to that possibility, pointing out that USA Basketball players and guests have used cruise ships in the past for accommodations at the Olympics, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. “Not only will we meet the requirement but we’ll also give them a choice,” Ranadive said. “Do they want to be on a beautiful river? Do they want to be in a beautiful home? Or do they want to be in a hotel room? All of that will be accessible in less than 30 minutes.” The events surrounding the game will be anchored by the Golden 1 Center, with an indoor-outdoor Global Pavilion near the capitol to host concerts and food events that show off the region. The bid promises to be able to transport fans from transportation hubs to accommodations and venues in 30 minutes or less by the use of self-driving vehicles and dedicated traffic lanes. It also will show off arena that Ranadive believes raised the bar on technology and environmentalism for sports venues. There are “smart turnstiles” that allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed and the NBA’s first 4K ultra HD video board that stretches 84 feet long. The arena is the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, saves about 1 million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size, was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and gets 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles. “I think when we built the arena we had a goal that it would be the best arena that had ever been built,” Ranadive said. “It would be an iconic structure to look at. It would give the fans an experience like no other. To be able to share that with the entire basketball loving world is obviously a huge privilege and would be a treat for us to do that.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Griffin, Clippers help LA schoolchildren with vision issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District who needs an eye exam and glasses will be getting them in a partnership with the L.A. Clippers Foundation. The team, along with owner Steve Ballmer and star Blake Griffin, announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that over the next two years LAUSD students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be provided free exams and glasses. Of the district’s over 600,000 students, an estimated 15 to 20 percent need glasses, but don’t have them in part because their families are low income and have difficulty finding affordable vision care. “I truly believe in this program,” Griffin said. “If you get behind in first grade, then you’re behind every grade from then on.” Griffin says he was inspired to join the team’s efforts because his older brother Taylor struggled with poor vision as a child. Taylor Griffin accompanied his brother to Lovelia P. Flournoy Elementary in south Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I was always so jealous that he got to wear glasses and I didn’t. I wanted to do everything he did,” Griffin said. “I remember thinking about like the next time I go to the eye doctor I might just fudge this test a little bit so I could get some glasses, but I never did.” Blake Griffin put glasses on a succession of students who lined up to meet him. “The kids were very, very excited,” he said. “It’s also really cool because they get to pick out their glasses, they get to pick out the color, it makes it like personal for them. When you get to do something like that and not just wear a generic pair of glasses, I think they really take pride in it.” The eye exams are underway at all LAUSD schools. The program includes student visits to Clippers games and future school visits by Ballmer, Griffin and other Clippers. Three years ago, the Clippers worked with non-profit Vision To Learn to bring vision services to 12,000 students in Inglewood. Last year, the team helped 80,000 students in Long Beach, and now the program is expanding all over Los Angeles......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Duterte an ‘abusive father’ to the nation — Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros tagged President Rodrigo Duterte as an "abusive father" to Filipinos hours before he was to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday. As Malacaang earlier said Mr. Duterte would speak from the heart and as the "father of the nation," Hontiveros said he is "anything but a loving father to the country." "On the contrary, President Duterte is an abusive father," the Senator said in a statement. "Like the abusive father who lives in a decrepit house where he repeatedly maltreats, torments, and injures his wife and children, President Duterte is drunk with power, presiding over a broken country drowned by the blood of the poor," she added...Keep on reading: Duterte an ‘abusive father’ to the nation — Hontiveros.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News6 hr. 15 min. ago

India, Asean seek sustainable maritime cooperation

HANOI -- Maritime cooperation is key for India and Southeast Asian nations to bolster their strategic partnership as part of a larger Act East policy. That was the message delivered at the 10th ann.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News8 hr. 28 min. ago

PPP Center, PCC to strengthen review of PPP projects

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) have agreed to strengthen their partnership in reviewing PPP projects for anti-competition concerns......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News11 hr. 2 min. ago

Sustainable tourism is DOT’s priority

THE Promotion of sustainable tourism and not tourism for purely material gains is the priority of the Department of Tourism (DOT). Beautiful beaches and rich cultural heritage surround Western Visayas and the DOT aims to sustain and protect these tourism treasures. Several of programs have been implemented by DOT-6 alone or in partnership with other […] The post Sustainable tourism is DOT’s priority appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News11 hr. 28 min. ago

Call for ’emerging writers’ from Mindanao: Apply for 2018 CDO Young Writers Studio

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), a young artists collective of poets, essayists, fictionists, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, and translators from Northern Mindanao, in partnership with writers network Libulan Queer Collective and the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), is now accepting applications to the 2018 Cagayan de Oro Young Writers Studio […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News12 hr. 2 min. ago

Dutch expertise in agri tech for Normin eyed

The private sector and the Dutch government will seek ways to increase the scope of their partnership to improve agricultural production technology in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated News12 hr. 15 min. ago

Multiply by the power of two

Campus buddies spearhead emerging management house Sindikato Partnership molded from the idealistic, carefree miniature real world of school days can surely make a major impact on a business in a special way. It helps that young business partners Enzo Valdez and Edzon Rapisora have been friends since their fifth grade, were in the same theater [...] The post Multiply by the power of two appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Xi ends state visit to UAE with raft of deals signed

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Saturday said it agreed to set up a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with China as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a three-day visit to the Gulf country. “The UAE and China have agreed to enhance cooperation in all fields to higher levels and forge overall strategic partnerships,” the official WAM [...] The post Xi ends state visit to UAE with raft of deals signed appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Coca-Cola Foundation PH, PBSP Break Ground for First SHS Cookery Lab

Students, parents, and teachers of Lopez Jaena National High School (NHS) in Murcia, Negros Occidental witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of a two-classroom laboratory for senior high school cookery students. The building is donated by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI) in partnership with PBSP. This is the first Coca-Cola Little Red School House (LRSH) in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

SUPER 8: Inside the Asia League s grand basketball plans for the region

MACAU --- The Summer Super 8 is just the beginning. The Asia League may only have eight teams, including two Pinoy teams, in its tournaments now with the Super 8, but the FIBA-recognized offseason competition platform for club basketball is targeting bigger and better things. All for the continued development of basketball, particularly in this part of Asia. Matt Beyer, CEO of the Asia League, noticed a couple of years back that there's pretty much no international club-to-club basketball competitions in Asia so he made some things happen. While football has tournaments like the UEFA Champions League, basketball has no such thing. There's the FIBA Champions Cup, but that includes all of Asia. What the Asia League tries to focus on is the East Asia and Southeast Asian territory, where top teams from China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines can go after each other in high-level tournaments. "I just think there's a huge lack in international club-to-club basketball competition in Asia," Beyer said. "And if you look at China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, if you add the population of these geographies, it's over 2 billion people. So there's a lot of fans but no high level club-to-club competition. That's the reason this was created," he added. For Beyer, Macau seems to be the perfect setting to stage such tournaments and for the Summer Super 8, he's looking at it as something that could become Asia's version of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. Asia League has eight teams competing for the Super 8 this year with two teams each from China, Korea, and the Philippines plus one each from Japan and Taipei. Next year, the Super 8 may no longer be as the plan is to have 16 teams see action. "What we're aiming for is to become the East Asian version of the Las Vegas summer league," Beyer said. "Our July events, we will expand the scale of the teams. The eight teams this year, I wanna have 16 next year and that means more PBA teams if that's logistically possible," he added. Speaking of the PBA, the Asia League is aggressive is trying to work with getting Filipino teams to its events. Why? Pinoy teams attract crowds and they generally perform well with these kind of tournaments. For the ongoing Super 8, both NLEX and Blackwater ended up with identical 2-1 records. The Road Warriors are in the semifinals and the Elite missed the playoffs by one basket and ended up with an inferior quotient. And despite group play being played on weekdays, a decent Filipino crowd have showed up to watch the action at the East Asian Games Dome. "We started the dialogue with the PBA and Commissioner Willie (Marcial)," Beyer said. "We're trying to coordinate being able to make things work with the schedule and have teams released for the tournaments or just fit into the windows where they're available. I think we can work it out long term and I think this is good for the PBA and to the teams to play against different types of teams for a technical perspective and it should help to get the news out about PBA teams in other markets," he added. Aside from the Super 8 this year, the Asia League also has the Terrific 12 coming up in September. More than the number of teams involved, that tournament should be fiercer with club teams being allowed to have imports. Beyer ideally wants to have the PBA participate in that as well but with the Governors' Cup ongoing at that time, it might be difficult at least for this year. Still, the Asia League wants Pinoy teams, but not just any Pinoy teams. That's why Alab Pilipinas has been in consideration to compete in September though it's yet to be seen if Jimmy Alapag's crew can join. Ultimately, Beyer's goal is to have the Asia League be a hub for teams across Asia to compete with one another in such a way that their own mother leagues aren't being disrupted. The Asia League wants its July event to be the premier offseason joust. "The ideal situation that I look at is the July event be the summer league and expand it to 32 teams in three years. And that becomes the premier offseason forum just like the Las Vegas summer league is in the West," Beyers said. "September, we can't expand it above 12, that might be a little too big but let's see how it goes. That's gonna be the biggest preseason party for teams. We're gonna have the best rosters, tons of media, and broadcast on over 30 platforms all over the world," he added. That seems grand enough for the Asia League but there's more. Soon enough, full integration is going to be Beyer's target. "What we want starting the 2019-2020 season is to have integration into the seasons. What I look at is a pilot project where we take teams that are on the region and put them into two small groups that play home and way through the season, maybe one game per month to start," Beyer said. "And then we do a Final Four event, probably here in Macau to start. And then maybe that Final Four event can be like Euroleague Final Four before it moves around the region at an annual basis. That would be what I like to see. That would require a deep partnership with FIBA and the associations like the PBA," he added. Ultimately, the Asia League would like to stay true its mission to raise the standard of basketball in the region through greater collaboration with different leagues. It helps that for the current Super 8, teams are in it to win it and are taking things seriously. There should be more to come. "This isn't a one off tournament. We want to have a series of events. FIBA's mandate is a little different than ours but I think the goal is the same, we want to develop basketball and make the level of competition better in the region," Beyers said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Global peace network seeks continuation of GRP-NDF talks amidst escalating Duterte-Joma word war

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict urge both the GRP and NDF to continue finding constructive ways to work together in order to renew official negotiations and find joint understanding of settling their differences at the table......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Competition body eyes early review of PPP projects

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will start flagging anti-competitive practices in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects as early as the initial phase of the bidding process. On Friday, July 20, the PCC signed a memorandum of agreement with the PPP Center that would allow the competition body to review ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Environmental NGO calls out TV host and guide for inappropriate caving practices, outfit

An environmental organization called out the host and tour guide of a TV program titled “My Philippines” after they entered a cave without helmets and wore “inappropriate” attire, among others. The program is under CNN Philippines in partnership with the Department of Tourism. It aims to highlight some of the country’s unique destinations and show […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Raptors will need to work some magic now after Kawhi trade

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Raptors boss Masai Ujiri better have some magic plan. Because if he doesn’t, Lakers boss Magic Johnson certainly will. Before Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan — the headline pieces in a four-player trade between San Antonio and Toronto on Wednesday — play a single game for their new teams, this much is clear: The Spurs got better, the Raptors are taking a gargantuan risk and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to sit back and see what happens. San Antonio essentially swapped one All-Star for another, ridded itself of a headache — the Leonard-wants-out saga — and got a first-round draft pick as well. Hard to argue. In DeRozan, Toronto traded away a guard who led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last five seasons for a player who, without hardly ever saying a word, has made clear that he wants to be in Los Angeles. A bold strategy, but if Ujiri can win over Leonard in a year just like Sam Presti and Oklahoma City did with Paul George, it could work out like gangbusters for the Raptors. And if Leonard doesn’t see the virtue in making Toronto home for the long term, the Lakers will be waiting. Remember what Johnson said earlier this offseason about the Lakers’ strategy: that it will be a two-year mission. Getting LeBron James to sign with LA earlier this month was a big part of the plan, but it wasn’t the whole plan. Phase 2 is surrounding James with superstar talent, and it’s hard to see any reason why Leonard doesn’t end up in purple and gold at some point in 2019 — whether through a trade or free agency. Leonard probably isn’t happy, but he almost certainly can’t run the risk of sitting out another year. DeRozan clearly isn’t happy. That’s no disrespect to San Antonio — the Spurs are a model franchise and Gregg Popovich is a coach almost anyone would want to play for — but DeRozan rather would have stayed in Toronto. DeRozan got plenty of support from his NBA peers, including Dwyane Wade, who told The Associated Press that he hopes this trade reminds fans that teams will do what they want when they feel it’s time to move a player — so players shouldn’t be derided when they exercise their options to move on through free agency, either. “DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty,” Wade said. “That’s why I hate loyalty and sports, those two words, they shouldn’t go together. You just feel for guys and their family. He committed to them. It’s a business and you understand the business, but from a player standpoint, it just sucks.” The Spurs were never going to trade Leonard to the Lakers. It made no sense. Why would San Antonio help a fellow Western Conference team get better, especially when the best team in basketball — Golden State — seems to have a chokehold on the Larry O’Brien Trophy with no plans of letting go anytime soon? Plus, the Lakers didn’t have the sort of assets the Spurs would have wanted for an elite player like Leonard. He played in nine games for the Spurs last season and was barely a factor. DeRozan will almost certainly give San Antonio more next year than Leonard gave the Spurs last year. Hence, they just got a lot better. Boston had the required assets but apparently wasn’t willing to part with them. Philadelphia did, too. But Toronto, to its credit, saw no reason why it shouldn’t be bold this summer. Dwane Casey was the coach of the year who won 59 games and led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East last season. He got fired because the Raptors never figured out how to beat James in the playoffs. The Raptors are really good. Second-best record in the regular season a year ago, behind only Houston. But they know they’re not good enough to win a title, and while they stopped short of blowing up the team they sure gave the foundation a couple of good thwacks with a wrecking ball in dumping Casey and trading DeRozan. Can Leonard get them over the hump? Maybe. If he’s healthy, he could be the best player in the Eastern Conference, largely because of the way he can take a game over on the defensive end. That’s a player worth the risk. So now we see if Ujiri can work some magic. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Sharpening the Saw: Region 10 Designer Pool to level-up small business competitiveness

Thanks to a the vision of three dedicated professionals, Northern Mindanao (Region 10) has taken the first in a journey of a thousand steps to instill world-class design philosophy among its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Last month, a partnership between a university based think-tank, a government agency and a local design atelier graduated the first batch of 19 junior designers in what would hopefully the first of many aimed at creating a pool of local designers who would assist small businessmen gain a competitive edge in the design of their products......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018