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Numbers suggest inequality going down, confidence up

THE recent announcement of the Department of Finance regarding the lowering of inequality may raise eyebrows, but numbers seem to tell a different story from the dreary pessimism often peddled in many media outlets, or “fake news” purveyors. In its Economic Bulletin on Gross regional domestic product (GRDP) – growth rates, a measure of economic […] The post Numbers suggest inequality going down, confidence up appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJun 13th, 2018

A 7 and a 78: Ugly numbers for Tiger Woods in US Open

Tiger Woods hits an approach shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) SOUTHAMPTO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand announced plans Friday, June 15, to introduce a tourist tax and increase other fees for international visitors to fund infrastructure development in the face of a tourist boom. Tourism numbers in the country of 4.5 million have surged by nearly a third in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Tiger Woods digs for the week is more than a dinghy

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods brought his yacht, Privacy, to a U.S. Open in New York and missed the cut for the first time in a major. That was 12 years ago when the Open was at Winged Foot. He can only hope for a different outcome at Shinnecock Hills. "Staying on the dinghy helps," Woods said with a grin. The 155-foot yacht is said to include a Jacuzzi, gym and movie theater. It doesn't sound as though Woods has spent much time ashore except for being at Shinnecock Hills for his first U.S. Open in three years. "Sag Harbor is a cute little town," he said. "I've only been there for a few days now. I haven't really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but certainly will this week. So far, it's been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go there to my dinghy, and just really enjoy it." Woods at least has been able to avoid the traffic that has led to commutes of close to two hours from the official hotel depending on the time of morning. Most players have rented homes in the Southampton area. Woods said he stayed with Shinnecock Hills members when he played as an amateur in the 1995 U.S. Open, and near the course in 2004. The Hamptons has no shortage of yachts, and someone suggested to Woods that it must feel odd not to have the biggest ship in New York. "I'm not opposed to that," Woods said. ___ PLAYOFF FEVER Jordan Spieth now knows that when he's tied for the lead after 72 holes on Sunday, his work is not done. The USGA has changed its playoff format for all its open championships. If the U.S. Open goes to a playoff, it will be a two-hole aggregate playoff (followed by sudden death if still tied), instead of an 18-hole playoff. Spieth was asked about the two-hole playoff. "It's the first I've heard of that being an option," he said. "It's still 18 holes, right?" Wrong. "I guess the strategy changes a little from an entire round, but I honestly had no idea that it even changed," he said. "I was even looking at a weather forecast for Monday, thinking, 'What's it look like if you happen to work your way into a playoff?' So shows you what I know." He wasn't alone. Justin Thomas was asked about the new format and conceded that he wasn't aware it changed to a two-hole aggregate until he was at lunch. It wasn't clear if he read a memo from the USGA or the transcript of Spieth's news conference about four hours earlier. ___ BACK TO NO. 2 If you blinked, you might have missed Justin Thomas' reign atop golf's world ranking. The PGA champion took the top spot in May. It's gone, with Dustin Johnson's win at Memphis last weekend catapulting him to No. 1, with Thomas just behind. Of course, a win at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open this week would push Thomas back to the top. "It didn't affect me, or it wasn't that hard on me because I couldn't do anything about it," Thomas said. "I wasn't playing. I played one tournament and had a good tournament, finished eighth. And D.J. won, so it's not like he didn't play well and didn't earn it or anything. He won a golf tournament and a great tournament. So there's nothing I can be upset about for that." Thomas could even laugh a bit about the ranking. "I saw something that was just hysterical on social media," he explained, "how a lot of the times, you know, when teams or players or whatever it is go on long runs, like the last time this happened. I mean, a little biased but often a scenario is last time Tennessee beat Alabama in football, you know, like iPhones weren't alive yet and stuff like that." So what was Thomas' "last time" moment? "I saw something so funny yesterday," he said. "It was like the last time that I wasn't ranked No. 1 in the world, and it was like (Alex) Ovechkin didn't have a Stanley Cup and Rickie (Fowler) wasn't engaged. That was it. I thought it was pretty funny, whoever came up with that." ___ SPIETH AND HIS PUTTER For all the attention on the short putts Jordan Spieth has missed this year, he still is regarded as one of the best putters in golf. That's the club that effectively won the British Open for him last summer. Spieth faced a tough question Tuesday, however, when asked if there was someone he regarded as better. He paused. "A lot of great putters out here," he said, buying time. "That's why they're out here," he said, buying even more time. He finally took the safe way out by saying that no single players come to mind, though he made it clear his confidence isn't shaken on the greens. "I'd still like to bet on myself, if I can," he said. Spieth said he prefers to think about who makes putts in big moments, and whether the ball is holed with the right speed and right break. He has made plenty of those, not only at Royal Birkdale last summer but at Chambers Bay on the par-3 16th and even at the Tour Championship in 2015 when he won the FedEx Cup. And he hasn't forgotten Tiger Woods. "Nobody's done that better in the last 20 years than Tiger as far as clutch putting goes," he said. ___ TRAILER LIVING Jason Day has learned that life in a motor home can be rewarding on the PGA Tour. He also has learned it can be messy when Bubba Watson is around. Day is staying in what he calls "the bus" in a parking area close to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open. The Australian uses the RV for about 15 tournaments a season, and several other tour golfers have joined him. One is Watson. "Bubba just got one this year, and I'm very kind of more private, and he's, yeah, he's a little bit more outgoing," Day recalled, a wide smile on his face. "And I think we're at Augusta, and he walks under my bus, and he's like, 'Hey, man, what are you doing?' "I'm just sitting in the bus watching TV. He's like OK. And he's standing there. And I'm like, do you want to come inside? And he's eating a burrito, and he decides to come in and talk to me for about 30 minutes. He gets his burrito all over the ground and then just leaves. "Actually, it's nice to have people like that around, you know, to mess your bus up when you need them to." ___ AP Sports Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Foreign direct investments surge

FOREIGN direct investments surged in March from a year ago and from the preceding month on the back particularly of equity capital placements amid sustained confidence in Philippine prospects, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. The post Foreign direct investments surge appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

FDI inflows up in Q1 2018

Net inflow of foreign direct investments rose to $2.18 billion in the first three months as investors continued to show confidence on the Philippine economy, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

All eyes on Fed, ECB as they tighten policy in tandem

FRANKFURT -- Tightening policy by a notch just one day apart, the world’s top two central banks will hope to signal confidence in global economic growth, despite risks of a trade war, currency swings and political turbulence. The post All eyes on Fed, ECB as they tighten policy in tandem appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PH gets high peace grade

A global survey on peace and security gave the Philippines an 82 rating for it to land on the top half of 142 countries graded in terms of their citizens’confidence in law and order. The 2018 Global Law and Order report of US pollster Gallup showed the Philippines was a notch behind New Zealand, two […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Strength in numbers vs lone superman

The Golden State Warriors (GSW) won their third National Basketball Association (NBA) crown in four years via a 4-0 sweep of nemesis Cleveland Cavaliers. They were the favorites to win the title but most expected a tighter battle between the two champion teams that met in the finals for four straight seasons. As great as [...] The post Strength in numbers vs lone superman appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Consumer confidence improves in Q2 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced that consumer confidence improved for the 2nd quarter of 2018, based on the results of its Q2 2018 Consumer Expectations Survey (CES). The results of the survey, released on Friday, June 8, showed that the overall confidence index (CI) was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

All about strength in numbers

A 2,000-strong workforce powered Royal Cargo to a P4.3 billion revenue last year Growth spelled in bold letters best describes the run Royal Cargo has taken in the past four decades of its existence. Literally everything in its track record has surged by the numbers. The company is leading the way in project and heavy [...] The post All about strength in numbers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

‘Citizen Jake’ could’ve been two movies

Your mantra for the week: "My acts of kindness make me healthy."   As more Filipinos turn health-conscious, getting into the keto and intermittent fasting diets, I suggest another system that does not involve food, but its practice could have immeasurable benefits in one's life, not to mention, its specific impact on one's health. It is what IAMISM calls planting-of-the-good, which means unlimited acts of kindness from one's thoughts, feelings, words and actions.   Here are 10 specific benefits one can expect:   1) An increased and enhanced immune system   2) Strengthened heart because you are doing loving things   3) Lower cholester...Keep on reading: ‘Citizen Jake’ could’ve been two movies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Confidence still high despite drop in foreign investments

Despite a dip in foreign investment pledges at the start of the year, investor confidence remains high, especially among domestic enterprises, the head of the Duterte administration's economic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Boxing: Albert Pagara dominates Odoi to reclaim WBO title in Maasin

Total Domination. In front of a hometown crowd in Maasin, Southern Leyte, ALA Boxing star ‘Prince’ Albert Pagara stopepd Ghana’s Laryea Gabriel Odoi in three rounds to reclaim the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship in the main event of Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte, Saturday evening at the Maasin City Gym. Coming out confident and loose, Pagara battered Odoi throughout the first two rounds of action, dropping the Ghanaian on multiple occasions. In the third round, Pagara pressured Odoi into the corner with a couple of body shots, eventually forcing the Ghanaian’s corner to throw in the towel in with thirty seconds remaining in the round. #PinoyPride44 || Final sequence of the fight. Laryea Odoi's corner throws in the towel in the third round after multiple knockdowns from Albert Pagara. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/dl7k2tr6eh — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) June 9, 2018 The stoppage came in at the 2:30 mark of round three, with Pagara reclaiming the title he lost to Cesar Juarez back in 2016. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa whole Maasin City, sa pagsuporta nila sa Pinoy Pride at sa Pagara Brothers,” Pagara said after the match. “Grabe yung confidence ko, nanalo ako sa laban, nakuha ko yung belt, ang sarap sa feeling na maging champion,” The 24-year old Pagara improves to 30-1 in his professional career with 21 wins coming via KO or TKO and handing Odoi his first loss via stoppage. Also leaving Pinoy Pride 44 with a championship is up-and-coming ALA Boxing super bantamweight Jeo ‘Santino’ Santisima after stopping Thailand’s Likit Chan-e in the third round to become the new WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Champion. Chan-e hung tough in the first two rounds, keeping his head down and pushing the action while trading shots with the Pinoy.   Midway through round three however, Santisima unloaded a combination that Chan-e out on his feet, forcing the referee to step in and save the Thai from further damage.   The official stoppage came in at 1:43 of the third round, giving Santisima his first boxing championship. “Masaya ako na nabigay sa akin itong pangarap ko na matagal ko nang hinintay, ngayon binigay na sa akin ng Diyos,” an ecstatic Santisima said after the bout. “Sobrang saya.” Also scoring wins at Pinoy Pride 44 were former world title contender “King” Arthur Villanueva, who defeated fellow Pinoy Renren Tesorio via TKO in the seventh round, and Jason “El Niño” Pagara, who defeated Indonesian Wellem Reyk via KO in the third round.   Complete Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte Results Albert Pagara def. Laryea Gabriel Odoi via TKO - 2:30, R3 (New WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champion) Jeo Santisima def. Likit Chan-e via TKO - 1:43, R3 (New WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Champion) Jason Pagara def. Wellem Reyk via KO - 1:15, R3 Arthur Villanueva def. Renren Tesorio via TKO - 1:42, R7 Melvin Jerusalem def. Philip Luis Cuerdo via TKO - 1:12, R8 Go Hosaka def. Holly Quinones via KO - 2:47, R1 Joyjoy Formentera def. Lobert Bayo via KO - 0:43, R3 Carlito Antaran def. Jeno Macapobre via KO - 0:26, R2   Catch the telecast of Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte on Sunday, June 10th, 12:00 NN on S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA Finals 2018 Game 4

MANILA, Philippines – Golden State clearly boasts all the tools to win another NBA championship. And Cleveland, despite LeBron James' monster numbers, now faces a win-or-go-home scenario. Kevin Durant and the Warriors shoot for a Finals sweep in Game 4 of the best-of-7 series, but the Cavs still hope to dig ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

With new career best, Almazan credits coach for giving him confidence

Raymon Almazan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net He may have reached a milestone in his career Friday night, but for Raymond Almazan, it was just another day in the office. Almazan put up a car.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Consumer confidence rebounds in Q2 – BSP

CONSUMER confidence rebounded in the second quarter following a dive during the first three months of 2018, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday. The overall confidence index (CI) climbed to 3.8 percent compared to the 1.7 percent recorded in the first quarter (down from 9.5 percent at the end of 2017) and [...] The post Consumer confidence rebounds in Q2 – BSP appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Consumers turn more optimistic in Q2 2018

Filipino consumers turned more optimistic in the second quarter as the confidence index showed improvement, reversing three consecutive quarters of decline on the back of expected higher income as well as family savings and improving peace and order situation, according to a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

After the 2017 Finals, Warriors looking for sweep this year

The Golden State Warriors know that if they give the Cleveland Cavaliers an opportunity to extend the series in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals, they're going to take it. They don't even need to look too far for a reminder - that's exactly what happened a year ago. Just like in 2017, the Warriors are up 3-0 in the Finals, needing one more win to clinch the championship. This time though, they're determined to avoid having to fly back to Oakland and win on their homecourt. "Anything can happen if you give a team confidence," said Klay Thompson after practice, Friday (PHL time). "Nothing is ever guaranteed in this league. So might as well leave it all out there on the floor, not think in the back of your mind [that] all we have to do is get one of the next four. Just play your absolute hardest, exert all the effort you've got, and we should be good." "Just understand the opportunity that we have," Draymond Green said of the Warriors' situation. "You never know, crazy things that can happen, turn of events in a series that could take place. So you have the opportunity to close out, you want to do that. So you come in, take full advantage of the opportunity in front of us." The Cavaliers took Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals, 137-116. LeBron James exploded for a triple-double, 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, Kevin Love added 23 markers, and Kyrie Irving notched 40 points in 40 minutes. For Kevin Durant, going through what happened last season gives the Warriors an edge towards avoiding a similar 3-1 result. "It's different man. I keep telling people. It's just a different vibe because we've already been through a season with each other already as champions.So we know exactly what we need to do in order for us to win." Stephen Curry though knows it's not going to be easy, no matter what experience can teach the Warriors. "Game 4 is going to be the toughest game that we've played in the series, to close it out. We're going to need energy, effort, focus from every guy that steps foot on the floor for 48 minutes. "Whether shots go in or they don't, or calls go your way or they don't, no matter what the score is, you've got to keep fighting, keep playing. Because close-out games are the hardest thing that you can ever experience in the Playoffs.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

As aid dries up, Gaza families pushed deeper into poverty

Large numbers of Gaza families have been pushed deeper into poverty in recent months by Palestinian political infighting and the freezing of U.S. aid......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

As aid dries up, Gaza families pushed deeper into poverty

Large numbers of Gaza families have been pushed deeper into poverty in recent months by Palestinian political infighting and the freezing of U.S. aid......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018