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Most powerful passports: Philippines in weaker half

MANILA, Philippines — Despite improving its position, the Philippine passport remained in the lower half of the latest annual rankings for world’s most power.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

Six killed in car bomb attack in Philippines

Six people, including a soldier and four militia men, were killed on Tuesday when a powerful bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded in the southern Philippines island of Basilan.A military re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

Van bomb kills 10 in Philippines

A Filipino soldier, five militiamen and four villagers died when a powerful bomb exploded inside a van the troops were inspecting in a southern province, military officials said. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

UPDATE: Car bomb kills 11 in Basilan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 31 July) – A car laden with a powerful bomb exploded at a military checkpoint in Basilan province in the southern Philippines Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 persons, including five government troops, officials said. The deadly blast came less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

HOF preview: Moss went deep to ignite Vikes, transform NFL

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The ball was flying down the field often for Minnesota during that drizzly night in Green Bay, and Randy Moss kept going over and past the defense to get it. Five games into his NFL career, Moss was a star. He was a revolutionary, too. There was no moment that better defined his arrival as the league's premier deep threat than that breakout prime-time performance against the two-time reigning NFC champion and bitter rival Packers. "Seeing Randall Cunningham smile, seeing him energetic," Moss said, reflecting on his five-catch, 190-yard, two-touchdown connection with Cunningham that carried the Vikings to a 37-24 victory. "It was just a great feeling." When the Vikings landed in Minnesota, his half-brother, Eric Moss, who was briefly his teammate, wondered about celebrating the big win. "I said, 'Going out? No, I want to go home,'" Moss said. Then defensive tackle John Randle tapped him on the shoulder. "Man, we're going to party tonight!" Moss said, recalling Randle's pronouncement to the rookie. "That's when I finally understood what it really meant to the guys for us to go into Lambeau and win." Twenty years later, with Moss set to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend after being elected in his first year of eligibility, the swift, sleek and sometimes-sassy wide receiver has finally understood the depth of his impact on the game and the privilege of opportunity to serve as a celebrant of the sport. "I came into the league with, I guess, my head not really screwed on my shoulders properly," Moss said recently on a conference call with reporters. Over time, the "homebody-type guy" from tiny Rand, West Virginia, who ranks second in NFL history in touchdown receptions (156) and fourth in receiving yards (15,292), learned how to soften some of the edges he's carried since he was a kid. "I've been able to open myself up and meet more people, be able to travel the world," said Moss, who's in his third season as an ESPN analyst. "Football here in America is a very powerful sport, and just being in that gold jacket, hopefully I can just be able to continue to reach people and continue to do great things." Moss will become the 14th inductee from the Vikings, joining former teammates Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Randall McDaniel and Randle. He'll be the 27th wide receiver enshrined at the museum in Canton, Ohio. That's a three-hour drive from his hometown, but it's sure a long way from poverty-ridden Rand where Moss and his sports-loving friends played football as frequently as they could in the heart of coal country next to the Allegheny Mountains just south of the capital city, Charleston. "It was something that just felt good. I loved to compete. I just loved going out there just doing what kids do, just getting dirty," Moss said. He landed at Marshall University after some off-the-field trouble kept him out of Florida State and Notre Dame, and he took the Thundering Herd to what was then the NCAA Division I-AA national championship in 1996. Several NFL teams remained wary of his past, but Vikings head coach Dennis Green didn't flinch when Moss was still on the board in the 1998 draft with the 21st overall pick. Moss never forgot the teams that passed on him, with especially punishing performances against Dallas, Detroit and Green Bay. "I just carried a certain chip on my shoulder because the way I grew up playing was just basically having a tough mentality," Moss said. "Crying, hurting, in pain? So what? Get up, and let's go." The Vikings finished 15-1 in 1998, infamously missing the Super Bowl by a field goal. The next draft, the Packers took cornerbacks with their first three picks. Moss never escaped his reputation as a moody player whose behavior and effort were often questioned. That led to his first departure from Minnesota, via trade to Oakland in 2005. The Raiders dealt him to New England in 2007, when the Patriots became the first 16-0 team before losing in the Super Bowl, to the New York Giants. After a rocky 2010 for Moss, including being traded by the Patriots and released by the Vikings, he took a year off. He returned in 2012 to reach one more Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. Moss was not a particularly physical player, but for his lanky frame he had plenty of strength. His combination of height and speed was exceptional, and his instincts for the game were too. Carter taught him how to watch the video board at the Metrodome to find the ball in the air, and he had a knack for keeping his hands close enough to his body that if the defensive back in coverage had his back to the quarterback he couldn't tell when the ball was about to arrive. In an NFL Films clip that captured a sideline conversation between him and Cunningham during one game, Moss yelled, "Throw it up above his head! They can't jump with me! Golly!" For Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who has lived his entire life in Minnesota, was a sports-loving 8-year-old in 1998 when Moss helped lead the Vikings to what was then the NFL season scoring record with 556 points. The first team to break it was New England in 2007 with, again, Moss as the premier pass-catcher who set the all-time record that year with 23 touchdown catches. "It's fun to look back at his career and watch his old film. I love when that stuff pops up on Instagram, to be able to watch some of those old Randy plays that made me want to play this game," Thielen said. "I try to emulate him as much as I can.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

UnionBank earnings up 8% in first half of 2018

Earnings of Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines climbed eight percent in the first half on the back of the strong growth in consumer businesses......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Philippine rebels begin campaign for Muslims’ approval of autonomy law

MANILA- Leaders of the Philippines‘ mainstream separatist group on Sunday urged Muslims in the country’s south to support a new autonomy law designed to tackle extremism and defuse a half-century of conflict in a referendum later this year. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with the government four years ago, gathered […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Nigerian call center agent nabbed in Laguna buy bust

SAN PEDRO CITY -- A Nigerian, working as a call center agent in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna province, was arrested for selling more than half a million pesos worth of suspected "shabu" (crystal meth). The suspect Michael Amuchie, 28, was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in an operation around 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Barangay (village) Tagapo. The PDEA, in a statement Monday, said they recovered 100 grams of suspected shabu worth P680,000 that Amuchie tried to sell to an undercover agent. It was not immediately clear how long Amuchie had been staying in the Philippines. In a phone interview Monday, PDEA-Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon spokesperson M...Keep on reading: Nigerian call center agent nabbed in Laguna buy bust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

UnionBank’s first-half profit up by 8%

UnionBank of the Philippines’s earnings rose in the first half due to higher interest rates. In a disclosure to the bourse, UnionBank reported its net income for the first six months of 2018 reached P4.7 billion, 8% higher than the P4.4 billion recorded in the same period last year. Net revenues grew by 9.1% to P12.7 […] The post UnionBank’s first-half profit up by 8% appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Gender does not apply when it comes to corruption and thirst for power

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. If anyone needs more proof that the Philippines never quite moves forward without taking two steps backward, consider the events of the past week: In what some might deem a historic moment, the first female Speaker of the House of Representativeswas revealed when Congress opened its third and last sessionof the year ahead of the Rodrigo Duterte'sstate of the nation address. Normally, having a woman in such a powerful position should be cause for celebration.After all, women are sorely underrepresented in the Philippine Con...Keep on reading: Gender does not apply when it comes to corruption and thirst for power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

ONE: Joshua Pacio amazed Renzo Gracie with his Baguio Jiu-Jitsu

Friday night's ONE Championship: Reign of Kings card saw the Philippines pulling off a complete four-for-four sweep, capped off by Kevin Belingon's dominant five-round decision win over Martin Nguyen to capture the Interim ONE Bantamweight World Championship.  Arguably most spectacular win however, came from 22-year old Team Lakay strawweight star Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio, who steamrolled through undefeated Thai striker Pongsiri Mitsatit.  Pacio needed just needed three-and-a-half minutes to mount, brutalize, and submit Misatit with a modified armlock, which he playfully christened 'The Passion Lock." "My gameplan is really to get the Rear Naked Choke," Pacio said during the post-fight press conference. "That submission that I did a while ago, I tried it once in training, and tonight I’m so happy that I showcased it on the international stage." After punishing Mitsatit from the mount, Pacio took the Thai's back, and as he said, tried to go for the choke, but ended up grabbing hold of Misati's arm and torquing it back applying pressure on the shoulders and forcing the tapout.  It was a pretty slick submission on the fly for the kid from Baguio City, who's steadily shown improvement in his ground game, and it's all thanks to a special discipline of martial arts.  "It came from that BJJ - Baguio Jiu-Jitsu." Pacio said, with a laugh.  And while it initially started out as a play on words with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Team Lakay's Baguio Jiu-Jitsu is now becoming a massive part of their game, and it has won the team a number of fights, and world titles.  From Eduard Folayang's submission defense against Shinya Aoki, to Geje Eustaquio's well-rounded approach against Adriano Moraes, and Pacio's seven wins via submission, the Baguio-based warriors have taken what was once their supposed weakness and turned into a pivotal part of their game.  “Please don’t underestimate our BJJ, or what we call Baguio Jiu-Jitsu,” Eustaquio warns. “In more time, we will submit you guys.” Eustaquio said after his world championship win over Moraes in Macau last June.  While striking will always be Team Lakay's bread and butter, as they've shown in their performances as of late, their ground game can hang with the best of the best in ONE Championship.  That improvement was the result of years of coming up short and getting criticized for it.  "Of course, we learned from our past. Yung mga criticism na kinain namin noon, hindi namin tinake as a negative, but we take it as a positive thing, and we worked our ass hard." said former ONE Lightweight World Champion Folayang. "Siyempre kaya may Baguio Jiu-Jitsu ngayon, kasi that’s how we do it. We keep on learning from other people that will help us improve the things that we know we are weak on." Making it even more memorable for Pacio, was the fact that one of the legends of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was there to see him pull that crazy submission off.  According to Pacio, sixth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and grappling royalty Renzo Gracie, who was scheduled to fight later on in the card, gave the young Pinoy some props after the win.  "Ayun nga, sa dugout kanina, na-amaze siya. Nagpa-picture siya sa akin," Pacio said jokingly, drawing laughs from the media. "Baliktad, nagpa-picture ako sa kanya, tapos tinuro niya din yung depensa nun." Quite the moment for the kid they call "The Passion. "Syempre napaka-laki, kasi once-in-a-lifetime lang yun.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

NCAA: Perfect Pirates outrun and outgun Cardinals

Ahead or behind, Lyceum of the Philippines University will keep using the same formula in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. At the end of the day on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, that same formula still led to a 94-81 triumph for the Pirates over Mapua University. CJ Perez did it all with 19 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three rebounds while Mike Nzeusseu posted a powerful double-double of 16 markers and 16 boards. Jaycee Marcelino and MJ Ayaay also added 13 and 11 points, respectively, as LPU increased its lead in the standings to 5-0. Behind a 29-point third quarter, they mounted a 15-point lead early in the final frame before the Cardinals battled back to as close as 76-80 inside the last four minutes. “What’s important is how we pick ourselves up. More or less, it’s just a matter of how we’re always gonna be on the same page,” head coach Topex Robinson said post-game. It was at that point, however, that four different players contributed in an 11-2 counter that put the Pirates back on top by double-digits, 91-78. They would not be threatened the rest of the way as their perfect record remained intact. “We know that teams are not gonna take us lightly anymore so we expect all these games to be tighter. It’s gonna benefit us because we’re always gonna be on our toes,” coach Topex said. On the other hand, Mapua suffered its second straight setback following a win to start the season. Laurenz Victoria topped the scoring column for them with 20 points while rookie Eric Jabel also shined with 18 markers, five assists, and three rebounds. BOX SCORES LPU 94 – Perez 19, Nzeusseu 16, Marcelino JC 13, Ayaay 11, Santos 8, Caduyac 5, Lumbao 5, Tansingco 4, Valdez 4, Pretta 3, Marcelino JV 2, Ibanez 2, Yong 2, Cinco 0, Serrano 0 MAPUA 81 – Victoria 20, Jabel 18, Serrano 8, Aguirre 8, Lugo 7, Bunag 7, Pelayo 7, Bonifacio 4, Biteng 2, Pajarillo 0, Gamboa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 24-18, 39-41, 68-55, 94-81 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

‘Game of Thrones’ final season to air in first half of 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Start polishing your Valyrian steel swords Game of Thrones fans: the final season of the HBO hit series may return in a matter of months. According to several reports, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said on July 25 that Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere in the first ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

WATCH: UAE vlogger defends OFWs against Kuwaiti influencer

MANILA, Philippines – An Emirati video blogger has taken up the cudgels for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) following the viral rant of Kuwaiti beauty blogger Sondos Al Qattan against a new policy giving domestic workers in Kuwait a weekly day off and the right to keep their passports. In a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

NCAA: No upsetting LPU on the watch of ‘special’ CJ Perez

Lyceum of the Philippines University has won 22 elimination games in a row. On Tuesday, though, that streak was in real jeopardy as the Pirates found themselves trailing Arellano University by as much as 16 early on. Little by little, the league’s pacesetters battled back starting in the second quarter. Of course, they followed the lead of main man CJ Perez. “He’s special. You have to love him, you have to trust him. I just told him, ‘I’m gonna win and lose games with you,’” head coach Topex Robinson shared. He then continued, “I don’t even care what’s gonna happen as long as you gave your best.” Perez gave his best – and then some. He dropped a new career-high 31 points, 23 coming in the second half, to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and five steals. “Ginawa ko lang po yung best ko para makabalik kami,” he told reporters post-game, modest as always. Behind him, LPU dominated the Chiefs by a score of 63-32 in the second to fourth quarters. And he did all that, because his always amiable mentor kept him focused. “I always told him lang na he’s gonna make mistakes and that’s okay. That took out the pressure sa kanya,” he said. In the end, the Pirates dodged an upset ax because their main man just wouldn’t let them take it. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

BTr reports P193 billion deficit over 6 months

The Philippines reported a budget deficit totaling P54.29 billion in June which was 65 percent higher than the shortfall in May when this stood at only P32.87 billion. This allowed the budget imbalance to widen to P193.02 billion in the first half of the year. According to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr), the main […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Weak peso drags Isuzu truck sales

ISUZU Philippines Corp. posted lackluster truck sales in the first half due to the depreciating peso, but demand could recover in the second half with the government’s jeepney modernization program and heightened safety standards, a company official said......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PLDT, Smart win Speedtest awards for fastest internet in Philippines

The Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications (PLDT) company and its subsidiary Smart Communications earned recognition from Ookla Speedtest for having the fastest fixed and wireless internet service in the Philippines. The Speedtest awards covered service performance for the first half of 2018 for fixed and mobile networks. PLDT won the award for the fixed network category in the Philippines and received a speed score of 17.31. The score is calculated by taking the download and upload speed value into consideration. Top download speeds for PLDT were recorded at 53.07 megabits per second, while upload speeds were at 54.31 megabits per second. Meanwhile, its subsidiary Sma...Keep on reading: PLDT, Smart win Speedtest awards for fastest internet in Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Philippines hits 3.7 million foreign tourists mid-2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday, July 19, announced that foreign visitor arrivals reached an all-time high of 3.7 million for the first half of 2018. In a statement, the DOT said tourist arrivals from January to June this year rose by 10.4%, compared to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Jones Cup: Ateneo escapes Japan to end two-game skid

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines-Ateneo Blue Eagles fended off a furious second-half assault from Japan to hack out an 80-74 win and end a two-game skid in the 40th William Jones Cup in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on Wednesday, July 18. Ateneo squandered a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

‘The Crown’ season 3 first look: Olivia Colman as the queen

MANILA, Philippines – Claire Foy and her powerful portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II may not be coming back for the third season of The Crown , but the role seems to be in good hands with Olivia Colman. On July 16, Netflix released a first look at the actress as Queen ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018