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Macron hosts 140 CEOs in pre-Davos charm offensive

PARIS, France – President Emmanuel Macron's campaign for a "French Renaissance" kicks into overdrive Monday, January 22, as he welcomes 140 multinational business leaders before this week's jamboree of the rich and powerful in Davos. The business-friendly president will host executives at the Versailles chateau near Paris for an event ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 22nd, 2018

China hosts Saudi King, pursues charm offensive

China hosts Saudi King, pursues charm offensive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 16th, 2017

IMF, CEOs sound warnings as leaders gather in Davos

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND -- The International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecasts on Monday and a survey showed increasing pessimism among business chiefs as trade tensions and uncertainty loomed over the world’s biggest annual gathering of the rich and powerful......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Has Davos made the world better?

GENEVA, Switzerland – Klaus Schwab, who founded the World Economic Forum (WEF), has said his childhood during World War II inspired him to build an organization that would make the world a better place.  His foundation, which hosts many of the world's most powerful, famous and wealthy people at its annual ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

China’s charm offensive falling flat in SE Asia

CHINA’S efforts to present itself as a benign big brother to Southeast Asian nations are being met with widespread skepticism, according to a survey released earlier this week by a…READ The post China’s charm offensive falling flat in SE Asia appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Seahawks clinch playoff berth outlasting Chiefs 38-31

By Tim Booth, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Doubted before the season began, questioned even more after a 0-2 start, the Seattle Seahawks are back where they've spent most seasons since Pete Carroll arrived. The Seahawks are in the playoffs and perhaps as the type of opponent no one would like to see in the postseason. "You hear it. You hear the noise. You hear the 4-12 predictions, the 5-11 and that stuff motivates you," Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said. "We kept believing." Seattle clinched its spot in the NFC playoffs after toppling Kansas City 38-31 on Sunday night, thanks to three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and a pair of TD runs by Chris Carson. Wilson got the better of Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes and helped lead Seattle back to the postseason after missing the playoffs a year ago. Seattle's now made the playoffs in seven of the nine seasons with Carroll in charge, and six of seven with Wilson at quarterback. It was an unexpected accomplishment after Seattle overhauled its roster in the offseason. But the discovery of the best run game in the NFL, coupled with vets like Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Doug Baldwin was enough for Seattle to navigate its way into the postseason. "There's an emotion to it that's deep and it's because there wasn't very many people that thought we could do this," Carroll said. "Most everybody thought we didn't have a chance and to hang together, hang through it, we got it done before the season is even over." The Seahawks (9-6) can wrap up the No. 5 seed and a matchup with Dallas by beating Arizona in Week 17. Wilson was 18 of 29 for 271 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 7:31 left for his third TD. But it was Seattle's next drive that stood out as the best run team in the NFL put the game on the arm of its quarterback and receivers in the fourth quarter. Leading 31-28, Wilson hit David Moore for 7 yards to convert a key third-down and after Kansas City used its first timeout with 3:04 left. He followed with a 45-yard strike to Tyler Lockett, and Baldwin added a one-handed catch for 29 yards to the Chiefs 1. Carson capped the decisive drive with his second TD run with 2:29 left gave Seattle a 38-28 lead. Carson rushed for 116 yards, while Baldwin had seven catches for 126 yards and an acrobatic 27-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. "When it's our time to make plays and we're given opportunities to make plays, we are going to make them. We have shown that," Baldwin said. Mahomes had a few of his own magical moments that will enhance his MVP candidacy. But for the second straight week the Chiefs (11-4) were unable to come through with a victory that would have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and will go into Week 17 with the chance of being division champs for find themselves on the road for the opening weekend of the postseason. "I know if you take care of business, you don't have to talk about anything," Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. "When we play the way we can play, and we are going to play, we are a tough team." Mahomes was 23 of 40 for 273 and three TDs. Mahomes had only 83 yards passing in the first half. He had 76 and was 6 of 6 on Kansas city's first possession of the second half, finishing the drive with a scrambling, sidearm fling to Charcandrick West for a 25-yard touchdown that pulled the Chiefs even at 17-all midway through the third quarter. That was the last time they would be even. Harrison Butker's 32-yard field goal with 1:20 left pulled the Chiefs within seven, but the onside kick went out of bounds and Seattle ran out the clock. "It's frustrating knowing that we've had it so close both times," Mahomes said. "Luckily we are still in the position where we will have the opportunity to go out there and win it next week." Damien Williams rushed for 103 yards and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the first half. But Seattle managed to keep Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce from taking over and the Seahawks pass rush did enough to disrupt the Chiefs passing attack. Mahomes was sacked only once but was hit 11 times. Kelce had five catches; Hill had four. Neither scored. "We knew (Hill) and (Kelce) were the go-to guys and if you eliminate those two guys you have a good chance of winning," Wright said. RECORD WATCH Carson became the first Seattle running back since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 to have 1,000 yards rushing. ... Kelce passed Tony Gonzalez for most yards receiving in a single season by a tight end in Chiefs history. ... Mahomes has 31 touchdown passes on the road, most in NFL history. Tom Brady had 29 in 2007. ... Wilson is first QB in NFL history with winning record in each of first seven seasons. INJURIES Kansas City running back Darrel Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. Seattle's banged up offensive line saw J.R. Sweezy go down with an ankle injury in the second quarter and he did not return. D.J. Fluker, who was only supposed to play a limited number of snaps filled in and played the entire second half. KICKING IT Seattle had kicking concerns arise after Sebastian Janikowski was roughed on a field goal attempt in the second half. He was able to hit a 28-yard field goal later in the drive, but it was punter Michael Dickson handling the next two kickoffs with drop kicks. Dickson has done it in special situations this season. UP NEXT Chiefs: Kansas City hosts Oakland in Week 17. Seahawks: Seattle hosts Arizona to close out the regular season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to defuse a row with visiting US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday, November 10, hailing the "great solidarity" between their countries after Trump blasted his proposals for a European army. The two leaders held talks at the presidential palace in Paris ahead of World War 1 commemorations taking ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

U.S. tops global competitiveness rating, despite worrying trends – WEF

GENEVA, Switzerland – The United States has the world's most competitive and innovative economy, a World Economic Forum ranking showed Wednesday, October 17, after a methodology shift helped unseat Switzerland after nearly a decade on top. The organization that hosts the annual Davos pow-wow of business and political elites said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Dominant debut for No. 1 pick Ayton in Suns exhibition game

By The Associated Press Deandre Ayton might be the NBA’s next great man in the middle. The No. 1 pick had a dominant debut Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Phoenix Suns’ 106-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings. The exhibition opener for both teams featured the top two picks in the most recent draft. Marvin Bagley III of Duke came off the Sacramento bench for seven points in 25 minutes. Ayton — Bagley’s one-time high school teammate — looks a little more NBA-ready. The former Arizona star leaped high for alley-oop and showed off a nice touch with a hook, finishing 9-for-16 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Joel Embiid, perhaps the league’s top current big man, matched up Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) with another top-10 center from the draft, Orlando’s Mo Bamba. Embiid kept Philadelphia unbeaten with 21 points in the 76ers’ final game before they head to China for a pair of games against Dallas. KINGS 106, SUNS 102 Yogi Ferrell had 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range, and Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento. Josh Jackson added 17 points and six assists for Phoenix, and TJ Warren scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Ayton missed his final four field-goal attempts and went 2-of-4 from the line with an offensive foul in the final minute. KINGS: Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), Kosta Koufos (hamstring), Iman Shumpert (calf) and Nemanja Bjelica (knee) did not play. ... Harry Giles III, who missed all of last season after being selected 20th overall in the 2017 draft, scored 14 points. ... Bagley shot 2-for-7 and grabbed two rebounds. SUNS: Mikal Bridges, the 10th overall selection in June’s draft, was scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes. ... Devin Booker, who had surgery on his right hand last month, did not play. He is expected to miss all of the preseason but expects to be ready for the start of the regular season. UP NEXT: The Kings (1-0) travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). ... Phoenix (0-1) will play host to the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). 76ERS 120, MAGIC 114 Joel Embiid had 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Ben Simmons added nine points, five rebounds, seven assist, two steals and a block. Furkan Korkmaz made 6-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, and finished with 18 points in 18 minutes for the 76ers. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and blocked two shots. Terrence Ross hit three triples and finished with 13 points and three steals. 76ERS: Markelle Fultz, the top pick in the 2017 draft who missed 68 games last season, had 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. ... Jerryd Bayless did not play after suffering a sprained knee during practice Sunday. He’ll be re-evaluated in 3-to-4 weeks. Wilson Chandler, who strained his hamstring in Friday’s preseason opener, did not play. MAGIC: D.J. Augustine and Mo Bamba, the No. 6 overall selection in June’s draft, scored 12 points apiece. Augustine hit 3-of-4 from three-point range and had six assists. ... Isaiah Briscoe had 11 points and Aaron Gordon added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. UP NEXT: The 76ers (2-0) play Dallas in Shanghai on Friday. ... Orlando (0-1) returns home to play Flamengo. KNICKS 124, WIZARDS 121, OT Rookie Kevin Knox had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks’ preseason opener. The No. 9 pick in the draft started and added three assists and two steals in 26 minutes. Lance Thomas scored 12 points. John Wall played just 9.5 minutes of Washington’s exhibition opener, scoring six points. Bradley Beal had 11, but shot just 3-for-12 in 22 minutes. KNICKS: Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, now coaching Georgetown, spoke to Knicks players earlier Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). ... Damyean Dotson scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime, making all three shots, including two three-pointers. ... Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points. ... Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson, who didn’t play in college last season, had six points and seven rebounds. ... Rookie Allonzo Trier, signed to a two-way contract, had 13 points. ... Courtney Lee sat out with a strained neck. WIZARDS: Dwight Howard remained out with a back injury that has sidelined him since training camp began. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. led Washington with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. ... Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 points. ... Markieff Morris was ejected after exchanging words with Mitchell. ... Austin Rivers had seven points off the bench in his first game with the Wizards. ... Jordan McRae was 4-for-4 for nine points in OT. UP NEXT: The Knicks visit Brooklyn on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Washington (0-1) hosts Miami on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). PELICANS 116, HAWKS 102 DeAndre’ Bembry had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists and John Collins scored 18 points for Atlanta. Rookie Trae Young had 11 points and eight assists, but was just 5-of-16 shooting. Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes, and Jrue Holiday hit 3-of-4 from three-point range and finished with 13 points. Julius Randle had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. PELICANS: Jahlil Okafor (ankle), Darius Miller (biceps), Nikola Mirotic (Achilles) and Alexis Ajinca (quadriceps) did not play. ... New Orleans shot just 36.5 percent (38-of-104) from the field, including 8-of-39 (20.5 percent) from behind the arc. HAWKS: Justin Anderson (leg) Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), Daniel Hamilton (rotator cuff) and Omari Spellman did not play. ... Alex Poythress had 13 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. ... Tyler Dorsey scored 11 points. UP NEXT: The Pelicans (0-2) travel to New York to play the Knicks on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ... Atlanta (1-0) plays the Grizzlies in Memphis on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

China s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive

China's Sun Yang competes in a heat of the men's 200m freestyle swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

China’s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive

China's Olympic champion Sun Yang showed a softer side to his gnarly public image on Sunday by lavishing compliments on rival Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino at the Asian Games. The towering Chinese topped the time sheets in the morning's 200 metres freestyle heats in Jakarta in a leisurely one minute, 47.58 seconds before being reminded about an unseemly diplomatic row he sparked at the last Asian Games in 2014. Furious after being ambushed by Hagino in the 200m free in Incheon, Sun branded Japan's national anthem "ugly" -- not the first time the three-time Olympic gold medallist has become involved in a war of words. "Look, I think Hagino is a good guy," Sun told reporters. "The wa...Keep on reading: China’s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is "official." All it needs now is a time and a place. Fury, the former world heavyweight champion, cleared the way for a fight with Wilder, the current WBC titleholder, by winning the second bout of his comeback on Saturday. Wilder was ringside at Windsor Park in Belfast to see Fury taken the full 10 rounds by Italian journeyman Francesco Pianeta before being awarded the victory on points, 100-90. Wilder then entered the ring and said: "We are ready now. This fight will happen. It is on. This fight is official. It's on. It's the best fighting the best." Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, who was standing near the two fighters in the ring, said an announcement will be made next week. "They called, I answered. I said send me a contract, they sent me a contract. I said yes and now he gets a chance to fight the lineal champion of the world," said Fury, who now has a 27-0 record. "One thing I promise in Las Vegas is that I am knocking you out." After shocking the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become WBA, IBF and WBO champion, Fury was out of the ring for 2 1/2 years because of mental health and drug problems. He regained his boxing license in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban the previous month for elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples. The first fight of his return was an almost comical bout against Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi in June, which ended after the fourth round when Fury's opponent quit. Pianeta offered better but still limited opposition and didn't have the power to worry Fury, who was light on his feet and showed good movement and reflexes. Fury took this fight more seriously but still showboated at times, like in the first round when he held onto the rope with one hand and aimed punches with the other. His ringwalk was to the song "Sweet Home Alabama." Wilder was born in Alabama. After being awarded the win, Fury paraded in the ring with Wilder's WBC belt. "I think it was a calculated boxing performance," Fury said. "We came here to get the rounds in with a tough man, quite durable. We were happy with the performance. I thought that was a step-up and a better boxing display. It's no secret that I need the rounds." Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts, has been in Northern Ireland for the last few days and on a charm offensive with fans and the British media. His team had been negotiating to fight WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua but talks fell through. "I can't wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out," Wilder said to Fury. "You are going to feel the experience of being knocked out by the Bronze Bomber.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Kim Jong-un charm offensive overshadows N. Korea rights abuses

SINGAPORE, Singapore – Kim Jong-un's charm offensive and his historic summit with US President Donald Trump have overshadowed a more sinister side of his regime – widespread human rights abuses, activists say. The meeting in Singapore offered a dramatic image makeover for Kim, previously known for his apocalyptic threats of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

MANILA, Philippines – Tindig Pilipinas held a general assembly on Tuesday, June 12, Independence Day – its biggest yet since it launched in September 2017 as a coalition that will resist the Duterte administration. The purpose was to send a message that the opposition is alive and strong. It was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

North Korean military may benefit from Kim’s charm offensive

TOKYO --- While raising hopes for denuclearization and a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's newly found focus on diplomacy comes with an ironic flipside: It could be a godsend for his generals. Kim's thinking on how his military fits in to his plans to foster detente on the Korean Peninsula and negotiate security guarantees from Washington may become clearer when he sits down with President Donald Trump next week in Singapore. But one thing is already clear. Kim cannot survive without his loyal troops. Whatever grand strategy he has in mind will strongly reflect their interests --- and that includes the ability to make lots of money. ...Keep on reading: North Korean military may benefit from Kim’s charm offensive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Mending fences: Will China succeed in its charm offensive?

THE world—in particular China’s neighbors—has been anxiously watching Beijing’s increasing assertiveness over the past decade, especially since the rise of Xi Jinping. Quite a few countries are taking steps to enhance their own security by linking up with others in a similar situation. Their concern was heightened last October when the Chinese leader announced that [...] The post Mending fences: Will China succeed in its charm offensive? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Duterte hopes for more graduation rites with my lady Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Was it part of a charm offensive?  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia's crown prince lands in Egypt on Sunday, March 4, on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power. Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

North Korea general wraps up controversial visit to South

SEOUL, South Korea – A powerful North Korean general Tuesday, February 27, wrapped up his visit to the South as part of an Olympics charm offensive by Pyongyang that has drawn angry protests calling for his arrest. General Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

CEO optimism booms despite increasing anxiety over threats to growth

(Second of two parts. The first part was published 26 January 2018.) We continue this week the other key findings of PwC’s 21st survey of almost 1,300 CEOs around the world, launched at the recent World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Jobs and digital skills: headcounts to increase; leaders concerned about availability of digital [...] The post CEO optimism booms despite increasing anxiety over threats to growth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea s Moon to Pyongyang

SEOUL, South Korea (2nd UPDATE) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang on Saturday, February 10, Seoul said, even as the US warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong , said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018