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New coworking space opening in June

Amsterdam-based firm Spaces will open next month the country's largest coworking space, noting that the demand in the Philippines is 'exceptional.' In a briefing, country manager Lar.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 17th, 2018

PBA: Beermen close in on Finals after 16-point comeback win over Alaska

Chalk this one up as another sensational comeback for defending champion San Miguel. The Beermen erased a 16-point lead Monday at the Big Dome, scoring a 105-94 victory over Alaska in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals. With the win, San Miguel has taken a commanding 2-0 lead against the rival Aces. This semis series is only a best-of-3. After losing the series opener, Alaska came out hot, scoring 29 points in the opening period for an 11-point lead. The Aces continued to pound on the Beermen and Alaska eventually took a 16-point lead, 41-25, approaching halftime. However, the Beermen stormed back to start the second half with Renaldo Balkman and Chris Ross combining for 25 points in the third period as the champs took over. Alaska responded in the fourth with Vic Manuel at the lead, keeping things close before San Miguel turned to its usual strong finishing kick to secure the victory. "Nahirapan talaga kami ng first half. Buti na lang nag-step up and we realized na threatening ang kanilang nilalaro," head coach Leo Austria said. "Makikita naman natin na all out sila. We’re lucky na we’re able to come back. In this game, especially the end game, na-miss nila sila Banchero at Abueva, but diskarte nila yun. Wala silang magagawa dahil yun ang mga consequences na beyond their control," he added. Balkman led the Beermen with 31 points, 25 in the second half. June Mar Fajardo added 21 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Ross dropped 16 for San Miguel. For Alaska, Diamon Simpson and Simon Enciso scored 19 each but the no. 2 Aces, who are still missing Calvin Abueva (team-imposed suspension) and Chris Banchero (personal reasons) are officially on the brink. Game 3 is set for Wednesday still at the Big Dome.   The Scores: San Miguel (105): Balkman 31, Fajardo 21, Ross 16, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 8, Santos 5, Nabong 5, Heruela 3, Standhardinger 2 Alaska (94): Simpson 19, Enciso 19, Manuel 15, Teng 13, Casio 12, Thoss 6, Cruz 5, Galliguez 3, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Baclao 0 Quarterscores: 18-29, 41-52, 79-74, 105-94 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 45 min. ago

Krejcikova dedicates Wimbledon doubles title to Novotna

LONDON (AP) — Breaking and creating records weren't the most special parts of winning the Wimbledon women's doubles title for Barbora Krejcikova. Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, both 22 from the Czech Republic, won their second successive Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory over Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar on Saturday. As well as becoming the first pairing since 2003 to win the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back, they also became the first to claim both the girls' and women's doubles titles at the All England Club, after winning as juniors in 2013. But there was another piece of history that was more poignant for Krejcikova. Their title came exactly 20 years after her mentor and compatriot Jana Novotna won the Wimbledon singles title. Novotna died from ovarian cancer in November last year. As she did at the French Open in June, Krejcikova blew a kiss to the sky following the match. "I'm really, really proud," Krejcikova said. "I think she would be really proud, too." After winning their first major title at the French Open last month, the pair emphatically stopped a comeback attempt from fellow-Czech Peschke and Melichar, who was born in the Czech Republic but moved to Florida shortly after her birth and is a U.S. citizen. With just one point separating the teams after the opening two sets, the third-seeded Krejcikova and Siniakova raised their game against their 12th-seeded opposition to win 28 of 39 points and every game in the deciding set. It had been 15 years since Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama pulled off the 'Channel Slam' of triumphs in Paris and London. "At the beginning of the tournament, I wouldn't have expected this," Siniakova said. "Now I'm here, and we have two titles. It feels just amazing." The pair also created a record of their own by repeating their 2013 junior success. "Juniors, it was also amazing, the feeling," Siniakova said. "But this stage, it's much, much bigger.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Ruling from your home: Inside Australia’s micronations boom

Lounging on a sofa in his flowing robes, a gold crown resting on his snowy hair and a stuffed white toy tiger at his feet, Paul Delprat looks every bit a monarch. Delprat, 76, is the self-appointed Prince of the Principality of Wy, a micronation consisting of his home in the north Sydney suburb of Mosman. Micronations---entities that have proclaimed independence but are not recognized by governments---have been declared around the world. One of the latest is Asgardia, started by Russian scientist and businessman Igor Ashurbeyli, who in late June declared himself as the leader of the utopian "space nation". But the pseudo-states are particularly popular in Austra...Keep on reading: Ruling from your home: Inside Australia’s micronations boom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

90% done

THE New Bohol Airport is 90.14% complete as of end-June, according to the Department of Transportation. The airport, located in Panglao, is targeted for opening by August and is expected to accommodate two million passengers in the first year......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

BanKo Perlas: Explosive on and off the court

While BanKo Perlas methodically pounded PayMaya into submission at the start of their Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Sunday, its throngs of fans, predominantly newcomers to the sporting scene, were filliing the inside of the Filoil Flying V Centre with their thunderous cheers and screams.     This new breed of fans were already serving strong notice during the Perlas Spikers’ final quarterfinal outing against the Petro Gazz Angels last June 23 also at the San Juan Arena.       Pitting clappers and lungs that would put to shame the nation’s most popular belters against the drum-assisted cheers of the other side, they, numbering only about 50 (see above photo), effortlessly overwhelmed their counterparts by the sheer volume of their collective voices, which could only be described as ear-splitting, to say the least.       To think that they are generally office workers who are supposed to be decorous and prim and proper! How could they shout, scream and shriek that loud?       Following the Perlas Spikers’ merciless 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 thumping of the Angels that gave them a sweep of the six-team quarterfinals and the no. 3 seed in the semifinals, a fanatic member of ALYfinity, Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez’ fiercely loyal fan club, overheard at the exits BanKo fans telling one another that they would fill the Arena in their team’s next games.       This Alyssa fan was also overheard quickly spreading the word around to her fellow ALYfinity members: “Hoy, pupunuin daw ng mga taga BanKo Perlas ang Arena sa susunod nilang laro.”       “Tingnan natin,” replied a disbeliever.       True enough, BanKo Perlas supporters were almost all over the box and ringside sections of the 5,000-seat San Juan Arena at the opening of the semifinal playoffs, 500 of them coming from the BPI head offices on Ayala and the BanKo main office in Greenhills in tees with BanKo Perlas emblazoned across the upper front sides.        They occupied three whole sections of the box seats, sat side by side with or behind or in front of fans of PayMaya and Pocari Sweat, failing to penetrate only the section taken over by ALYfinity.       When they collectively banged clappers against clappers, they produced sounds that rumbled across the playing venue.       Being newbies, they have yet to execute the wave. It will be a sight to behold if they finally do it, said a volleyball aficionado.       Word is around that BanKo Perlas is here to stay in the PVL.       That could only mean the volleyball community would see – and hear -- more of the BanKo Perlas fans......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Finance sees June inflation hitting a high of 4.9%

Inflation likely climbed to 4.9 percent year-on-year in June, which would be the highest in more than five years, due to a low base from last year, the higher prices of vegetable and "sin" products and increased education-related costs at the start of the school year, the Department of Finance said yesterday. In an economic bulletin, Finance Undersecretary and chief economist Gil S. Beltran said consumer prices last month inched up 0.35 percent from levels in May. "The month-on-month inflation adjustment may be due mainly to two items---the 2.43-percent month-on-month rise in prices of education[-related goods and services] during the opening of classes, and 2.27-percent rise in ve...Keep on reading: Finance sees June inflation hitting a high of 4.9%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- After an ugly free for all, Gilas Pilipinas was left with only three players to go up against the talented Australians at the Philippine Arena here. With four minutes to go in the third period, a brawl broke out between the Philippines and Australia. After the commotion settled and reviews were done, four players from the Boomers were ejected. Thon Maker, Nathan Sobey, Daniel Kickert, and Chris Goulding were thrown out on the part of Australia. For Gilas, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence, Romeo, Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz were ejected for disqualifying fouls, leaving Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Baser Amer to fend of themselves. The game naturally ended with an Australia win by default after Norwood and Fajardo fouled out. Final score was 89-53, leaving 1:57 on the clock in the third period. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] As it stands, Australia took over first place in Group B and will head to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers with a 5-1 record followed by Gilas Pilipinas (4-2) and Japan (2-4). In terms of the game before the brawl, Gilas kept it competitive after the opening 10 minutes but a 9-0 run by Australia in the second quarter opened things up. As the Boomers took a double-digit lead, the Philippines never recovered and the Australians cruising for a victory that could have been a fitting bounce back a suffering a shock upset at the hands of Japan last week. After nearly everything went right for Gilas in a dominant road win over Taipei, nearly everything went wrong for the Philippines in its home stand. Everything went wrong actually and the Philippines could be facing trouble with FIBA over the incident.   The Scores:   AUSTRALIA 89 — Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Brandt 8, Maker 8, Kay 7, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, Cadee 0, McCarron 0. PHILIPPINES 53 — Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Aguilar 6, Romeo 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Rosario 0, Wright 0.   Quarters: 23-18, 52-37, 89-53.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

TOKYO, Japan –  A sleek "Hello Kitty" bullet train festooned with images of the global icon from Japan began services on Saturday, June 30, drawing hundreds of fans to its opening ceremony. The special white and shocking pink shinkansen or bullet train departed from Hakata station in Fukuoka ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Canada hits back at U.S. with tariffs on metals, bourbon, orange juice

OTTAWA, Canada – Canada hit back at the United States on Friday, June 29, with retaliatory tariffs on American summertime essentials including Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump. As temperatures and tensions increase, the measures targeting Can$16.6 billion ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space

By Shaira Panela/rappler.com – Maya-1, the Philippines’ first cube satellite (CubeSat) has flown into space through SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 rocket. The rocket was launched into space on Friday, June 29, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the United States. As of April 2018, at least 800 CubeSats have been launched Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space

MANILA, Philippines – Maya-1, the Philippines’ first cube satellite (CubeSat) has flown into space through SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 rocket. The rocket was launched into space on Friday, June 29, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the United States. As of  ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Hope as divers find possible opening to rescue Thai children

MAE SAI, Thailand – A newly-discovered opening to a flooded Thai cave where 12 children and their football coach have been stuck for six days raised hopes for the massive rescue operation for survivors on Friday, June 29. The harrowing around-the-clock search for the boys has been hampered by torrential rains ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas Pilipinas dominates Taipei to set up Australia rematch

First-quarter woes continue to haunt Gilas Pilipinas but time and time again, the Philippines is finding ways to recover and win in the end. This time the victory was convincing as Gilas Pilipinas masterfully beat Chinese Taipei on the road, scoring a 93-71 decision Friday at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium for the third window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Philippines got off to a slow start anew and was down by as many as nine in the opening period. But with Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche at the lead, Gilas managed to settle down quickly and kept things close until the second quarter. Just before the end of the first half, the Philippines unloaded a telling 11-1 run to finally take over. Gilas was never truly threatened after that. June Mar Fajardo dominated the second half, scoring 11 points in the third as the Philippines slowly pulled away. Taipei kept things manageable heading to the fourth but Gilas finally dropped the hammer, taking the fight out of the hosts with a 25-11 bomb to win by 22 points, easily the best win for the national team in these Asian Qualifiers. "Well I think it was just due to some good preps," head coach Chot Reyes said. "Coming into this ball game we knew Chinsse Taipei will start strong. We just stayed with our game plan, our second unit played well," he added. Fajardo scored 22 points, his new FIBA career high, to lead Gilas in scoring while Jayson Castro added 15 points. Terrence Romeo came off the bench and added 14 points while Blatche had 13 points, 12 reboubds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks for a nice all-around performance. The win pushed Gilas to a 4-1 record, setting up the highly-anticipated rematch against Australia Monday at the Philippine Arena. With the Boomers taking a shock 78-79 loss to Japan on the road, the Philippines-Australia rematch will be for first place in Group B. Meanwhile, Taipei (1-4) and Japan (1-4) will square off to decide who moves on to the second round. For Taipei, Quincy Davis scored 17 points to lead the hosts.   The scores: Gilas Pilipinas (93) - Fajardo 22, Castro 15, Romeo 14, Blatche 13, Norwood 8, Wright 6, Rosario 5, Jalalon 2, Pogoy 0, Aguilar 0, Abueva 0, Malicsi 0. Chinese Taipei (71) - Davis 17, Lu 13, Chen Y. 11, Chou Y. 9, Chen K. 9, Yang 7, Tseng 3, Chou P. 2, Liu 0, Chiang 0, Su 0, Creighton 0. Quarters: 16-19, 44-37, 68-60, 93-71.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Gilas Pilipinas By the Numbers: Release the Kraken

That's two teams Gilas Pilipinas has now swept in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Despite limited preparation once again, the national team only started daily practice last Monday for their Friday game in Taipei, Gilas Pilipinas dominated Taipei on their home floor, scoring a masterful 93-71 victory to start the third window of the opening round of these qualifiers. Despite first-quarter woes persisting, the Philippines played its finest game of the tournament to date, setting up the highly-anticipated rematch against Australia. But before the Boomers come to town, let's take a quick look back at Gilas Pilipinas' impressive win over the Taiwanese.   22 Number of points for June Mar Fajardo, his new FIBA career high. The Kraken came off the bench and played just a shade under 21 minutes for Gilas Pilipinas. He was dominant. Fajardo made nine of his 12 shots from the field and scored 11 points in the third period, helping Gilas Pilipinas establish its dominance. By the way, June Mar's previous FIBA high was 17 points, also against Taipei back in the first window. We're guessing Fajardo likes playing the Taiwanese.   14 Number of points for Terrence Romeo. In his debut game in these Qualifiers, the Bro also came off the bench, playing 25 minutes. With Kiefer Ravena suspended, Terrence has regained his spot as the main backup point guard for the national team, just behind his TNT teammates Jayson Castro. Against Taipei, Romeo was calm and cool, collecting 14 points on 54 percent shooting all while dishing out six assists. The Bro had zero turnovers.   51 Number of bench points for Gilas Pilipinas. The bulk came from Fajardo and Romeo of course but the rest of the bench came through as well with RR Pogoy adding eight points and Troy Rosario adding another five. Gilas' second unit came to play.   12 Number of turnovers for Gilas Pilipinas. Despite the slow start, the national team was never really erratic, they were just missing shots. Gilas did a great job of being in control all game. In comparison, Taipei had 22 giveaways.   14 Number of steals for Gilas Pilipinas. The Philippines was in control on offense but the national team was absolutely chaotic on defense. Gilas forced 22 turnovers, 14 from steals. Gabe Norwood led the pack with five, proving that he's still the country's premier defended. Andray Blatch had three steals as he capped a fine all-around performance. He also had two blocks to go along with 13 points and 12 rebounds, easily his most productive and active performance in the Asian Qualifiers.   4 Number of wins for Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Qualifiers, same as Australia. With the Philippines dominant win and the Boomers' shock loss to Japan, the Gilas-Australia rematch will be for first place in Group B. Game is set for Monday, July 2, at the massive Philippine Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

WATCH: Sleeping car passenger gets funny wake-up call, lesson on how to sit properly

A Taiwanese girl sitting in the passenger seat of a car gets a funny wake-up call and a hard lesson on how to sit properly while strapped with the seatbelt. The clip of the sleeping girl has been going around Twitter since June 14 through a tweet by Japanese user Ton-chan (@10ntyan). Ton claimed he got the video from a Taiwanese Line group. The video has been viewed almost nine million times as of this writing. The video started innocently enough with a girl peacefully sleeping in the passenger seat of a car. She had both legs propped up the dashboard while she slouched down without the seatbelt. The car suddenly stops, causing her to slide down into the leg space under the das...Keep on reading: WATCH: Sleeping car passenger gets funny wake-up call, lesson on how to sit properly.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

PH to launch first Filipino cube satellite into space this Friday, June 29 — DOST

The Department of Science and Technology's Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) recently announced that the country will be launching its first ever cube satellite (CubeSat), the Maya-1, into space on Friday, June 29. The DOST-ASTI Facebook page shared yesterday that the Maya-1 cube satellite will be rocket-launched to the International Space Station (ISS) at exactly 5:41 p.m. this Friday, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States. As per the DOST-ASTI's website, the MAYA-1 will be transported to the ISS through the SpaceX CRS 15 mission aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. "One of the missions of the 1-unite (1U) CubeSat is the Store-and-Forward (S&F) System. It will co...Keep on reading: PH to launch first Filipino cube satellite into space this Friday, June 29 — DOST.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Defending champ Cignal routs Cherrylume in opening game

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational defending champions Cignal HD Spikers earned their first win and handed the Cherrylume Lady Warriors their second loss in 4 sets, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22 , on Tuesday, June 26 at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Mylene Paat's crucial ace sent her team to match ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Soccer fans bond by singing ‘One Piece’ anime opening song

Soccer fans went home smiling as they sang the opening theme for popular anime "One Piece" after the Japan-Senegal match. A curious and heartwarming exchange of culture happened after the FIFA World Cup 2018 match between Japan and Senegal on June 24. Despite the scores being tied at 2-2, several fans happily exited the stadium singing the opening song "We Are!" from the popular series "One Piece." Twitter user John Sulo (@JohnSulo) tweeted a video clip of this extraordinary moment on June 25. The video has since gained over 3 million views as of this writing. In the video, Sulo could be heard and seen singing the anime song with Japanese soccer fans. Fists high in the air, ...Keep on reading: Soccer fans bond by singing ‘One Piece’ anime opening song.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Small luxury hotels finds winning formula for rapid growth

BANGKOK --- Small luxury hotels of the World (SLH) sees growth potential for its luxury hotel brands in Southeast Asia, according to its chief executive Filip Boyen.   "Southeast Asia is an emerging region for luxury boutique hotel operators as governments are starting to recognise the economic potential of the tourism industry and more destinations are getting developed for tourism," says Boyen in an exclusive interview with The Nation.   "As a result, we see more luxury boutique hotels opening in the Southeast Asia region including 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat Lombok, Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok (June 2018) and Cape Fahn Koh Samui (August 2018). At SLH, w...Keep on reading: Small luxury hotels finds winning formula for rapid growth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

TESDA Opens 175 Technology Scholarships for Women

MANILA, June 21 — In celebration of National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) month, the International Labour Organization and the Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) , has announced the opening of 175 scholarships for women for Information Technology. The scholarship programme is part of the #womencandoIT scholarship programme under the Women in Science, Technology, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018