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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

NCAA: JJ Domingo s breakout performance gives CSB sigh of relief

"Ooh! Sa wakas, nabuhay ka rin!" That's how CSB Blazers coach TY Tang opened the post-game press conference as his longest-tenured player JJ Domingo finally showed up for the first time this season. Domingo, who is playing in his fourth season with the squad, had himself a breakout game of 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal, which helped steer CSB to their third win of the season. For Tang, it's been a long time coming for his most veteran player, who is averaging 2.2 markers in 23.5 minutes for the season. "JJ finally is back. We've been patient, even for this day to come. We know what JJ can do. It's just a matter of getting his confidence back and being able to contribute in a way we know he can," the second-year coach said.  The coach also added that he hopes that the game will a sign of greater things to come. As for the guard, his coaches' incessant desire to keep him going was the key for the breakout, and thanks them for their efforts. "Marami akong games na wala ako masiyadong na-cocontribute. Tapos, yun lang talaga, si coach nag-chchallenge sa akin everyday. Pag wala yung laro ko, masama, walang nangyayari. Tuloy-tuloy na yun. So, ang gusto lang nila coach sa akin, yung decision-making ko maging tama." Another inspiration for the senior is his infant son, who watched the game along with his girlfriend. Domingo kissed his son after the game, a reminder to keep his game going. "Kailangan sa bawat laro ko may parang mapatunayan ko sa anak ko na, kaya ko rin maglaro, ganoon. Sila inspirasyon ko paggising ko, ganoon. Naging emotional talaga ako pag nakikita ko yung baby ko ganoon. So parang nachchallenge ako, every game." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News17 hr. 17 min. ago

NCAA: Frankie Lim s green light gives Jielo Razon confidence in the clutch

Even as a rookie, Jielo Razon has shown that he can steady the ship. Tied at 72 with under two minutes to go, Razon took matters into his own hands and drilled two straight triples for the Perpetual Altas to keep the upset-conscious JRU Heavy Bombers at bay and got the 78-72 win at the Filoil Flying V Centre.  Edgar Charcos, NO! Jielo Razon, YES! THREE! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/oefWtv3PNO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 14, 2018 Jielo Razon ANOTHER triple. Cold-blooded. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/uP9LebO86N — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 14, 2018 Those shots are bound to stick with his name for the rest of his collegiate career, all thanks to a confidence booster from none other than head coach Frankie Lim.   "Si coach rin ang nagbibigay ng kumpiyansa, hindi lang sa akin, kundi sa lahat. Lahat naman po kami ready. Alam po namin nira-run namin. Siguro nangyari na yun. Sabi rin ni coach yun, kung open, wala nang hesitate-hesitate," the homegrown Razon said after the game. Lim previously gave praise to his poised rookie as he has made the most of set plays. "Great shots, great shots. Our offense keeps our shooters outside opportunities to take open shots. Nasa players lang on how they want to use it. Big shot from a rookie. He's been playing well for the past games." With the Altas rising to 4-2, Lim acknowledges that the gritty team's wins have never come easy. "Pero ano, a win is a win. Something remarkable happened in the second half. We had like just two turnovers. And I think we're beginning to take care of the ball. Mas maraming nangyayari."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News17 hr. 17 min. ago

Duterte rejects Robredo as his successor, says Naga a hotbed of shabu 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyhx0b3aRp0&feature=youtu.be     President Rodrigo Duterte saidon Tuesdaythat Naga City, the hometown of Vice President Ma. Leonor "Leni" Robredo, was once a "hotbed of shabu."   Duterte made this remark as he again belittled Robredo's abilities as a leader.   The President said he was ready to "step down and retire" should the military and the police find his right successor.     "The problem is, I cannot suggest to them that you follow the succession which is really the Constitution, but if they do it, I said go ahead. I am hesitant to suggest a constitutional succession," he said in a speec...Keep on reading: Duterte rejects Robredo as his successor, says Naga a hotbed of shabu .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News22 hr. 30 min. ago

Mapua’s Clint Escamis reigns anew in NBTC NCAA 24 Week 5

After getting tripped by San Beda, Mapua has taken flight once again in the 94th Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. Of course, at the controls of the Red Robins ascent is Clint Escamis. The graduating guard averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 steals in their back-to-back wins over San Sebastian and EAC. Those numbers were, far and away, the best ones any player had for the week. And so, Escamis now finds himself atop the Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 – the second time he has been there in the last four weeks. Coming next after him is JRU’s rising star John Amores who fired 27 points, five rebounds, and four assists, in their upset of powerhouse Arellano. Amores, the frontrunner as the league’s Most Improved Player, also made one of the bigger leaps in the rankings by moving from 11th a week ago to second this time around. Rounding out the top five are King Brave Aaron Fermin, Perpetual pillar Joshua Gallano, and LSGH lead guard Joel Cagulangan. From outside the rankings, Mapua’s Jonnel Policarpio pumped in norms of 15.0 points and 13.0 rebounds to place at eighth – sandwiched between teammate Dan Arches and Arellano’s Rom Junsay at sixth and seventh, respectively, as well as LSGH’s RC Calimag and Perpetual’s Emman Galman at ninth, and 10th, respectively. Meanwhile, San Sebastian rookie stud Milo Janao and Lyceum stalwart Mac Guadana suffered big drops and now stand at 15th and 18th, respectively. Here are the complete Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Clint Escamis (MU) (2) 2. John Amores (JRU) (11) 3. Aaron Fermin (AU) (4) 4. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (13) 5. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (1) 6. Dan Arches (MU) (8) 7. Rom Junsay (AU) (15) 8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (N/A) 9. RC Calimag (LSGH) (N/A) 10. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A) 11. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (6) 12. Joshua David (CSB) (5) 13. Penny Estacio (SBU) (18) 14. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (16) 15. Milo Janao (SSCR) (3) 16. Paolo Hernandez (MU) (N/A) 17. John Delos Sanos (JRU) (22) 18. Mac Guadana (LPU) (7) 19. Kai Oliva (SBU) (20) 20. Kent Pelipel (SBU) (N/A) 21. Cjay Boado (EAC) (19) 22. John Barba (LPU) (21) 23. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (9) 24. CJ Balowa (EAC) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

NCAA: Domingo comes alive as CSB cops much-needed win

With College of St. Benilde desperate for a win in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, its most senior player delivered the goods. The veteran guard played his best game in two years to jolt the Blazers back to life at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 84-71, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Domingo scored 22 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists to help the Taft-based team return to the win column now at 3-4. “I hope we get some momentum going because we really need it to, at least, be in the middle of the pack,” a satisfied head coach TY Tang said post-game. The streaky shooter fired eight of his output in the final frame, just as the Generals were mounting a rally. “Finally, he got his confidence back. Hopefully, this will just be the start for him,” coach TY said. CSB’s edge, though, was gotten courtesy of a 13-0 run that turned a two-point lead to a 41-26 advantage late in the second quarter. Unique Naboa capped off that run with a triple and eventually ended with six points, five assists, and three rebounds. Yankie Haruna also added 11 markers. That was more than enough to overcome the loss of Cameroonian Clement Leutcheu who was ejected due to two technical fouls. He had nine points and four rebounds before being sent out in the final frame. For EAC, Juju Bautista and Hamadou Laminou both had double-doubles as the former finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and the latter ended with 13 markers and 13 boards. They saw their two-game win run come to a stop and now stand at 2-5. BOX SCORES CSB 84 – Domingo 22, Haruna 11, Leutcheu 9, Gutang 9, Naboa 6, Dixon 6, Nayve 5, Begica 4, Pasturan 4, Young 3, Velasco 2, Barnes 2 EAC 71 – Bautista 17, Laminou 13, Tampoc 10, Garcia 9, Diego 5, Mendoza 5, Bugarin 5, Maguliano 4, Gonzales 2, Cadua 1, Natividad 0, Robin 0, Neri 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-20, 44-31, 61-49, 84-71 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

La Salle finishes fourth in South Korean tournament

While De La Salle University fell short of a podium finish in the 2018 Asia Pacific University Challenge, the experience they earned there will still go a long way as they commence a new era. The Green Archers fell to host Yonsei University, 80-92, last Saturday to wind up their campaign with a 2-3 record. That standing was only good for fourth-place in the invitational. Still, the Taft-based team welcomes the promising showings from the likes of scoring dynamo Aljun Melecio, hardworking forward Santi Santillan, and super rookie Encho Serrano. “Malaking tulong ‘to sa amin cause, first of all, we all know na yung team na ‘to is rebuilding so kailangang mabuo namin yung confidence namin sa isa’t-isa,” Melecio shared. He then continued, “Both on and off the court, yun yung nagawa namin.” In particular, Serrano, playing for the first time in green and white, showed several flashes of why he was once considered the top high school player in the country. “Masarap at masaya na makapaglaro na finally sa La Salle. Sobrang thankful ko rin kasi big experience para sa aking makalaro at makalaban yung mga team sa ibang bansa,” he said. A fully healthy team captain Kib Montalbo, who sat out much of the 2018 Filoil Preseason due to injury, was also a welcome sight. “Man’s greatest victory is to conquer himself. We learned a lot about mental toughness there,” he remarked. Now, La Salle will bring that experience to the looming UAAP Season 81. The Green Archers opened the tournament with back-to-back wins against Japan and Chinese Taipei before falling to UC Irvine, Russia-select, and Yonsei. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

120 Afghanistan forces, civilians killed in battle with Taliban

Kabul, Afghanistan --- Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians, the defense minister said Monday. The staggering numbers provided by Gen. Tareq Shah Bahrami were the first official casualty toll since the Taliban launched a massive assault on Ghazni, the capital of Ghazni province, last Friday. The multi-pronged assault overwhelmed the city's defenses and allowed insurgents to capture several parts of it. It was a major show of force by the Taliban, who infiltrated deep into this strategic city barely 120 kilometers (75 miles) from t...Keep on reading: 120 Afghanistan forces, civilians killed in battle with Taliban.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency keeps falling

ANKARA, Turkey --- Turkey's central bank took action Monday to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States. The Turkish lira has nosedived over the past week and tumbled another 7 percent on Monday as the central bank's measures failed to restore investor confidence. The uncertainty pushed down world stock markets and briefly caused a sharp drop in the currencies of other emerging economies, like South Africa and India, amid concerns that the financial trouble could spread. The lira hit a record low of 7.23 per dollar...Keep on reading: Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency keeps falling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Red Warriors win confidence-boosting title in Taipei

The University of the East is nothing but confident that its rebuild is on the right path. The biggest boost thus far for the confidence of the new-look Red Warriors came when they triumphed in the recently concluded 2018 BK Squad Invitational in Taiwan. There, Alvin Pasaol and company downed a Taiwanese club team boasting of one player from the Chinese Taipei national team, two former veterans of the Asean Basketball League, and one former pro from the Australian State Basketball League to win the championship. The champions 🏆🏀🥇 ue red warriors! #ballaholic #23 #taiwan pic.twitter.com/30lIynMwaN — alvinpasaol (@wisha112) Agosto 10, 2018 For UE’s main man Pasaol, who famously scored 49 points in a game last season in the UAAP, the title in Taiwan grants them a mental edge heading into Season 81. “We believe in ourselves and we are unstoppable,” he said, full of confidence. While sharing the same confidence Pasaol has, head coach Joe Silva preferred to say that the championship is primary proof that the Red Warriors will not be pushovers in the looming collegiate wars. “Our championship in Taiwan just shows that we can compete with any team in the UAAP as long as we follow the system and do our jobs,” he said. Hopefully the first of many. #culture #discipline #family #sipag — joe silva (@joesilva18) Agosto 10, 2018 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

UK Muslim convert admits plotting carnage with Oxford Street attack

LONDON — A Muslim convert has admitted plotting to kill more than 100 people by driving a truck into pedestrians on London’s Oxford Street, the capital’s major shopping thoroughfare. Lewis Ludlow, 26, had planned to rent the vehicle and plough it into shoppers in the bustling retail district, which attracts large numbers of tourists, during the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

MMDA lifts number coding scheme — report

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lifted the number coding traffic scheme for Monday because of bad weather, according to a radio report. This means that vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 can travel. The MMDA announcement, however, does not include Makati and Las Piñas. Heavy rains, induced by the southwest monsoon, [...] The post MMDA lifts number coding scheme — report appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

MMDA lifts number coding scheme — report

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lifted the number coding traffic scheme for Monday because of bad weather, according to a radio report. This means that vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 can travel. The MMDA announcement, however, does not include Makati and Las Piñas. Heavy rains, induced by the southwest monsoon,… link: MMDA lifts number coding scheme — report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Eya Laure fights through shoulder injury to carry Tigresses to 5-0

Eya Laure has been nothing short of remarkable for University of Santo Tomas in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference with the rookie putting up big numbers despite a lingering right shoulder injury. The 18-year-old open spiker has averaged 16 points a game for the Golden Tigresses despite dealing with a right shoulder that had been dislocated twice in the past few days, Managing to fight through the pain, Laure helpedUST blank College of St. Benilde, 26-24, 29-27, 25-17, to stay perfect with a 5-0 card in the tournament. READ:PVL: UST earns semis spot with fifth straight win "I just fought the pain and I tried to play in the third set but it was best to res...Keep on reading: Eya Laure fights through shoulder injury to carry Tigresses to 5-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Woodland sets PGA record but leads by only a stroke at PGA

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn't as reliable, he didn't see many putts drop and he didn't hit the ball quite as well as the day before. "I can live with that," he said Friday after a 4-under 66. That put him at 10-under 130, breaking by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole score for all majors. And it was only good for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner. There were two rounds of 63, one 64 and six 65s. And that was only half of the 156-man field. Still to be determined was whether Woodland's score even holds up as the lead. Storms arrived forcing a two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the rest of the day a wash when rain pounded the course. Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th hole and was at 7 under. Tiger Woods had three birdies through seven holes as he tried to get in range. "I felt I was headed in the right direction," said Woods, who was at 3 under. "Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us." The second round was to resume at 7 a.m. local time. The greens would be slightly smoother, the course slightly longer, the approach unchanged — see flag, aim at flag. Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed. He was playing with Kisner, who shot 29 on the back nine and was in the middle of the ninth fairway — his final hole — needing a birdie to become the first player to shoot 62 in the PGA Championship. He came up short of the green, chipped too strong and made bogey for a 64, leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday. Right in front of them was U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he wanted to make for no other reason than he likes to make birdies. This one missed, and only later did Koepka realize it was for 62. Instead, he was the 15th player to shoot 63 in the PGA Championship. "My caddie said something walking off," Koepka said. "I didn't even think of it. I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are." And then Charl Schwartzel made it 16 players with his eight-birdie round of 63. No one from the afternoon draw completed more than 12 holes. The plan was to finish the second round, make the cut and then immediately start the third round in threesomes off both tees. "I feel like we're in a good spot," Fowler said. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens." Bellerive really had no defense. Woodland and Kisner played in the same group, and they offered a great example that Bellerive is accommodating to just about any game. Woodland is among the most powerful players in golf. Kisner is not. He relies more on a clean hit with his irons and a great short game. The course is so soft — not so much from Tuesday's rain, but the extreme heat that requires more water on the turf — that every flag is accessible provided players find the ample fairways. "Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron," Kisner said. "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags. But being receptive, that's my only hope." Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol. It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open. Koepka was at 8-under 132, two shots behind. Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player, had a 66 and joined Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters (66) at 133. Spieth still has hope in his second try at a career Grand Slam. Spieth didn't get under par for the tournament until his seventh hole Friday — the par-3 16th hole — and he managed to do enough right for a 66 to get within seven shots of the lead. Spieth has battled with his game all year, and his confidence isn't at its peak. It's the nature of the course that makes him feel he has a farther climb than the seven shots that separate him from Woodland. "A little frustrated at this place in general," Spieth said. "This course would be phenomenal — and probably is phenomenal — if it's not playing soft. You get away with more. You don't have to be as precise. ... Personally, I would prefer more difficult and firmer, faster conditions on the greens. Having said that, I would have shot a much higher score yesterday." Defending champion Justin Thomas was at 2 under through seven holes, while Rory McIlroy was frustrated with all pars in his seven holes. On a day like this, that meant losing ground. "It's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning," McIlroy said. Midway through the afternoon round, the cut was projected to be even par. Woodland, even with the lowest 36-hole score in 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship, still had a long way to go. In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe. "I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is," Woodland said. "I'm not too worried with what anyone else is doing out there.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals

MONTREAL (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens romped into the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday, beating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2. The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in Miami in March and lost the French Open final to top-ranked Simona Halep. In the semifinals, the American will face fifth-seeded defending champion Elina Svitolina or 14th-seeded Elise Mertens. Preparing for the U.S. Open, Stephens also reached the event semifinals last year in Toronto. "When you're playing good matches in big tournaments like this, I don't think it's peaking too soon. It's just getting confidence and playing good tennis," Stephens said. "Leading up to the U.S. Open, obviously last year it worked pretty well." The top-seeded Halep advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia. Halep will face 15th-seeded Ashleigh Barty, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Kiki Bertens. Sevastova, ranked 19th, won last month in Bucharest......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

BLOGTABLE: Biggest storylines during first month?

NBA.com blogtable What (or who) will you be watching intently during the first 4-6 weeks of the season? David Aldridge: Like many, I'll be an amateur Kawhiologist all season, looking for any clues -- all non-verbal, as we know Leonard won't be contributing his thoughts on the matter at any point -- of his future intentions. Will he develop a sudden love of poutine? Start telling reporters, "take off, eh, you hoser?" Any other lazy Canadian narratives I can think of? Seriously, the potential fit between Leonard and the Raptors could really change everything, starting with the Lakers' fever dreams of a second superstar to pair with LeBron. If Toronto convinces Leonard it's a place in which he can put down long-term stakes, the Eastern Conference changes dramatically. All of a sudden, the Boston Celtics' assumed rise to the top for the next several years would not be guaranteed. A Leonard-led Toronto franchise, with the young ballers the Raptors have in support, would be formidable. But if it becomes clear he's going to bounce, won't the Raps have to seriously think about moving him before the deadline? His first days/weeks there will be crucial. Tas Melas: Kawhi Leonard in Toronto. He was unanimously a top-five player when his playoffs ended on the foot of Zaza Pachulia in 2017. What is he now? Will he smile ALL THE TIME just to troll us? I’m very intrigued. Darkhorse: Speaking of great players, also very intrigued to see what Giannis Antetokounmpo does in coach Mike Budenholzer’s offense. Giannis needs some help and better synergy around him so he can win a playoff series already. Is a new coach, growth within, and Brook Lopez enough? Dark-Darkhorse:There seems to be something happening very quietly in Indiana. Will Victor Oladipo take it to another level? Is Myles Turner gonna follow Oladipo’s lead by both getting cut like him and producing a career season? Will Pacers fans be chanting: “Doug-ie! Doug-ie!” (McDermott). Shaun Powell: A trick question, right? Well, of course it's the Lakers, not necessarily to see if LeBron James is still great, but to see if the team's transitional path is laced with banana peels. Remember, the first few months of the Big Three in Miami was rocky, and the Oklahoma City Thunder never really meshed last season. New faces often translate into awkward moments. There's no reason to suspect the young pups and LeBron and the wacky supporting cast of Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson won't eventually work out the kinks, but seeing them try to do so initially -- and checking out the social media (over)reaction to that -- will be fascinating. John Schuhmann: The Lakers and Markelle Fultz. The Lakers, because of their youth and because playing with LeBron James is a big adjustment for a lot of players, should be a better team in February and March than they are in October and November. That doesn't mean that they won't be fascinating to watch, especially on offense where it's not clear how the pieces fit together, from Day 1. On an individual basis, Fultz is the player to watch early in the season. If his shot is fixed, if his confidence is restored, and if he can play alongside Ben Simmons, the Sixers will have a better bench (to go along with what was the league's best high-volume lineup last season), a more potent offense and a higher ceiling. Sekou Smith: In addition to keeping an eagle eye on the Los Angeles Lakers from the first whistle of training camp until the final buzzer in their season finale (and that includes the first 4-6 weeks of the season), I am genuinely intrigued by the Boston Celtics. We all assume they'll insert Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back into the mix and elevate above the rest of the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James is with the Lakers. I know that's the way things are supposed to go. But I want to see it. I want to see if Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continue to thrive with those veterans back in the mix. I want to see how coach Brad Stevens handles the minutes for Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart now that they've had a taste of the spotlight, a real taste. I need to see if their chemistry can survive the gathering storm of all that talent that's been assembled. We didn't get a chance to see it in action last season with Hayward going down five minutes into the season opener. It's a potentially fascinating group that could prove to be a true rival for the Golden State Warriors on the other side of the conference divide......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further

      ANKARA, Turkey --- A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey on Friday, when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Donald Trump stoked further with a promise to double tariffs on the NATO ally. The lira tumbled 14 percent in one day, to 6.51 per dollar, a massive move for a currency that will make the Turkish poorer and further erode international investors' confidence in the country. The currency's drop --- 41 percent so far this year --- is a gauge of fear over a country coming to terms with years of high debt, international concern over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's push ...Keep on reading: Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Pakistan s Imran Khan to be sworn in as PM August 18 – party

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan's World Cup cricket hero Imran Khan will be sworn in as prime minister next week, his party said on Friday, August 10, announcing it has the numbers to form a coalition government in the nuclear-armed nation. Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said the entire squad that Khan ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

TOKYO (AP) - With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. T.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

FDI net inflows grow by 142.9% in May 2018

FOREIGN direct investments (FDI) net inflows rose more than twice in May 2018 to US$1.6 billion from US$677 million recorded last year. This reflects continued investor confidence in the Philippine economy’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals and growth prospects. All FDI components yielded higher net inflows during the month. About eighty percent of FDI net inflows were […] The post FDI net inflows grow by 142.9% in May 2018 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018