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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

The unending wars: Part of Obama legacy

In his farewell speech on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama tried to project confidence in America’s future, while saying economic inequality, racism, and c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

PBA: Calvin wants CJ to keep pushing: “Rookie pa lang”

Calvin Abueva is well aware of the Beast and Baby Beast comparisons between him and CJ Perez. He knows it, he sees it. He does not care pretty much, at least on court. Off of it, he’s good with his junior. But once both of them are playing, it’s all business. “Hindi ko naman masa-suggest na ganito gawin mo, hindi naman ganoon. Hindi naman kami magka-teammate di ba,” Abueva said. “Magkalaban kami sa court. Ang akin lang, sa labas, kapatid ang turing ko sa kanya, walang personalan sa akin. Walang personalan. Ang sa amin, sabi ko nga, improve mo pa ang sarili mo, sa laro mo,” he added. CJ Perez sizzled in his PBA debut, firing 26 points, 24 in the second half, as his Columbian Dyip took down 4-time champion San Miguel Beer. Against Phoenix, Perez was limited to 10 points though he did have eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. The Dyip lost however. In their win, Abueva fired 18 points on top of nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. “Ang sa akin naman, I want to win the game, hindi [match ups] lang ang pinag-uusapan. Eto yung game na mananalo kayo, hindi yung keso ganyan, keso ganito, ilang points ka, ilang points ako,” Abueva said.  “Ang bitter naman siguro noon. Ang ina-ano dito, kung ano yung team na mananalo, di ba?” he added. Still, the comparisons are fair to say the least and Abueva acknowledged it. Well sort of. “Actually, noong college nakikita ko. Pero wag siyang masyadong guarantee sa mga nilalaro niya ngayon,” Abueva said. “Dapat, i-force niya pa, i-push niya pa, para mas mag high level pa yung galawan niya sa loob. Kasi rookie pa lang eh, rookie pa lang. Siyempre marami tayong nai-isip about sa rookie, pero improve mo muna ang sarili mo sa pro, bago ka mag-high level. Okay. Thank you,” Calvin added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 34 min. ago

Regine Velasquez is the new face of BYS Cosmetics

Australian beauty brand BYS is thrilled to launch an exciting new campaign---and a new face to match. This season, BYS invites everyone to REIGN and "Be Your Own Expert" with none other than Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez. Besides reminding everyone that putting on makeup is a simple yet fulfilling process, the REIGN campaign champions the value of finding one's purpose, having the confidence to go after it, and embracing who you are in the face of adversities. For BYS, these qualities are best embodied by Regine, a quintessential diva and music icon who continues to win audiences over with her powerful voice, numerous hit songs, memorable films, and sold out concerts. Few p...Keep on reading: Regine Velasquez is the new face of BYS Cosmetics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Mindanao seen to grow by 7%-8% this year

DAVAO CITY -- The economy of Mindanao is forecast to grow by up to 8% this year with projects boosting agricultural output, investments in urban areas, and improved business confidence arising from the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Two letters: On tourism and Jose Rizal

I sometimes receive thoughtful letters that help extend my column or suggest contrary ideas. I want to share two different letters below with my readers......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Drug raid bolsters investors confidence -Tagum mayor

TAGUM CITY (PIA) -"Business people and the taxpayers will even be more confident to stay and locate in Tagum City."Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon expressed this optimism following the police.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

PBA: Sean Anthony cops year s first Player of the Week award

Fil-Canadian forward Sean Anthony emerged as the first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the 2019 season after contributing huge numbers in NorthPort’s strong start in the Philippine Cup. A known hardworker on both ends of the floor, the 6-foot-4 Anthony registered averages of 20.5 points 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals as NorthPort beat Blackwater followed by NLEX in its first two assignments in the All-Filipino conference. In the Batang Pier’s opening game, Anthony came off the bench and scored 19 points, hauled down five rebounds, issued the same number of assists and one steal as they ripped the Elite, 117-91 last January 16. Four days later, the PBA’s sixth overall pick in the 2010 rookie draft sizzled with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists to power NorthPort to a 95-90 win over NLEX. NorthPort’s back-to-back wins marked the franchise’s best season start in two years. “We know Sean, laban lang ng laban,” NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio said after his team’s five-point win over NLEX on Sunday.  “Sixth man nga namin, pero nag-deliver, nag-double double, tapos 'yung hustle di tumitigil.” Anthony bested teammates Mo Tautuaa and Robert Bolick, along with Phoenix’s Jason Perkins, Alex Mallari and Justin Chua for the weekly citation. NorthPort will be gunning for a third straight win this Friday when it collides with Columbian Dyip at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019
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Twitter mocks Broner after robbery claim

His antics and denial of his defeat came after a dominant performance by Pacquiao. Based on the numbers, Broner only made half of the punches his opponent landed and was forced to stay on the defensive through all 12 rounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

China population rises 15.23 million in 2018, but rate slows

BEIJING --- China's population rose by 15.23 million people in 2018, marking a continued decrease in the growth rate of the world's most populous nation. Numbers released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday put the population at 1.395 billion in 2018, marking a growth rate of 3.81 percent over the previous year. The total included 30 million more men than women, considered a long-time outcome of the recently abandoned one-child policy under which boys were favored over girls for cultural reasons. The government estimates China's population will peak at 1.442 billion in 2029 before beginning to decline the year after. India, the world's second most populous nati...Keep on reading: China population rises 15.23 million in 2018, but rate slows.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Stats don t lie: Manny Pacquiao dominates Adrien Broner in punches | Inquirer Sports

MANILA, Philippines---Adrien Broner may have felt he won a lopsided fight and oppose the judges' ruling, but he can't ever argue with numbers. Punch stats showed that Manny Pacquiao dominated.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Locsin on Pacquiao victory: Ill slap anyone who suggests he retires | Inquirer Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. threatened to slap those who would again suggest that "eternal hero" Manny Pacquiao should retire from boxing. "I told.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Broner claims he beat Pacquiao, but numbers show otherwise

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao may be the clear-cut winner, but not in opponent Adrien Broner's eyes. The American boxer claimed he beat the sport's only eight-division world champion despite succumbing to a unanimous decision loss in their title bout at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Where numbers lie

As a matter of course, truth is conceded in the adage "Numbers don't lie." Well, not the numbers served up by our pollsters these days.  The fact is, any polled number, no matter if arrived at by simple counting or some complex scientific ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

ONE Championship: Edward Kelly wants to prove that he can beat Christian Lee

Team Lakay featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly is coming into his rematch against Singaporean star Christian "The Warrior" Lee at ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia with a hightened sense of motivation.  While indeed he was victorious in their first fight back in September of 2018, the win didn't come the way Kelly would have wanted.  After landing a slam that was deemed illegal, Lee was disqualified becase Kelly was unable to continue.  Now, the hard-hitting Pinoy striker wants, more than anything, to prove that he can beat Lee without the help of a disqualification.  "A win is a win, but parang walang tamang closure yung laban namin, so gusto ko ipakita na talagang ako dapat yung nanalo sa laban namin," Kelly told the media a day before his highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday night. "Of course, siya din may gustong patunayan, makikita na lang natin sa Saturday kung mag-eeffect yung good gameplan." While their first encounter lasted just a little over two minutes, Kelly says that he was able to take some things away from what he saw from Lee that night. The 34-year old hopes to be able to use those things in their do-over at the Istora Senayan.  "Yung napansin ko nung unang laban namin is aggressive siya, masyado siyang agresibo, and pasok ng pasok," Kelly explained. "Mabilis nga lang yung laban pero at least may nakuha ako na points sa aking pag-ensayo, sana magamit ko yun para ma-kontra yung pagka-explosive niya tsaka yung speed niya sa laban." The 20-year old Lee, who's a former title contender, is coming into this fight having bounced back with a first roudn win over Kazuki Tokudome. Kelly knows that right now, the kid's confidence is riding high, and is banking on the possibility that it's that same confidence that could lead to Lee's downfall.  "Alam ko naman na sky-high yung confidence niya, and I know na parang kokontrahin ko na lang sa isip ko, and yung confidence niya ay pwedeng magpa-talo sa kanya." While largely regarded as the underdog heading into the bout, Kelly says that he prefers to be in that position. That way, the victory becomes a bit sweeter.  "Mas gusto ko pa nga na underdog, kasi mas maganda yung pagka-panalo, yun yung nasa isip ko. Kailangan ko talaga kunin yung panalo, and gagawin ko lahat sa laban na ‘to," he expressed.    Edward Kelly and Christian Lee face off in a highly-anticipated rematch at ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday, January 19th, 11:00 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

PBA: Kevin Alas sees improvement in NLEX return

Returning NLEX Road Warriors guard Kevin Alas sees that his team and even himself still need fine tuning as the action in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup continues to unravel. Alas, who is playing in his first game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last March, came off the bench and contributed 12 points and 4 assists in 29 minutes of playing time. However, his side was not able to carve out a win against the gritty Rain or Shine Elasto Painters side, falling 96-87 at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday evening. “It felt good pero syempre I wanted the win sana kasi we've been doing well sa offseason. They were the better team, personally. But sa akin personally it felt good kasi 8-10 months ako nawala,” said Alas. The team also paraded new big man Poy Erram, who added 10 markers and 5 rebounds to the team. Though it may it may not be impressive numbers in Erram's debut for his new squad, the former Ateneo big man sees opportunity, as he stressed improvement of chemistry with one another. Alas also shared that he was almost sleepless in anticipation of his return, as it was comparable his feelings before his own pro debut some few years back. With his return to the squad, Alas knows he still has a lot to improve upon as he will only get better in time. “I felt comfortable naman kanina. Pero siguro yung hangin ko kulang pa kasi iba yung hangin na nakukuha mo sa practice iba eh so kanina I felt kulang na kulang pa yung hangin ko,” he shared.   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Vietnam may host Trump, Kim summit | The Manila Times Online

Vietnam may host Trump, Kim summit The Manila Times According to a report by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, the US may suggest to hold the second US-North Korea summit in Vietnam next month......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

ONE Championship: All Hands On Deck For Team Lakay As They Brace For Hectic Week

As Mark Sangiao focuses on Joshua “The Passion” Pacio's ONE Strawweight World Title defense this weekend, two of his World Champions are holding down the fort for him back in the Philippines.   Sangiao has delegated the coaching duties to ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon after the Team Lakay head coach left for Jakarta, Indonesia for Pacio’s bout on early Tuesday morning.   Pacio is slated to defend his ONE Straweight World Title against Yosuke Saruta at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY at the Istora Senayan on 19 January, which kicks off the string of title defenses for Team Lakay.   Six days later,  Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s turn to defend his  ONE Flyweight World Title when he battles Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes in the main event of ONE: HERO’S ASCENT at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 25 January.   Given the hectic schedule of the stable, all hands should definitely be on deck for Team Lakay.   "Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon will oversee Eustaquio's training while I'm away for Joshua Pacio. I asked Folayang to stay behind for Geje while I work Pacio's corner in Jakarta," Sangiao revealed.   "We have a ready program. The boys will know what to do while I'm away. The thing about our team is we work and help each other all the time. Geje and Honorio are being trained by two world champions right now. Our team being a family is an advantage."   Sangiao assures that no one gets overlooked in the team despite his busy schedule.   He cited that athletes under his watchful eye are given equal priority, and it’s hard to argue against the results of their unified training camp which they have been accustomed to since the gym’s inception in 2003.   "Training camp has gone really well for Joshua Pacio, we're just doing light training in fight week. We were able to get what we wanted for him physically and mentally. We came up with a game plan and his conditioning for his first title defense is superb," said Sangiao.   "Geje started training camp for Moraes in November. Geje's confidence is already there, and his training has been really good so far. We expect a hungry Moraes in the third fight so we're putting in a lot of time to prepare for that."   With expectations getting bigger and bigger with every achievement, Sangiao is just thankful to have a family he can rely on during those days when his plates get too full for his own good. o   "We always teach unity and team work in Team Lakay," stressed Sangiao. "All of our achievements are a collective result of our hard work. Each man and woman in the team deserve equal credit for all the success we've had.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Australian men s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants

By Dennis Passa, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The situation seems mostly nasty these days in Australian men's tennis. Compared with the genteel nature of past stars like Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall and more recently, the likes of Pat Rafter over-ruling line calls and giving points to his opponents long before video replays existed, Australian men's tennis is filled with Twitter rants, calls by one player for Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt to resign, embarrassing on-court comments. And, to make matters worse, few decent results. The exception, in a big way, is Alex de Minaur, who advanced to the third round at the Australian Open and will play 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal on Friday. And John Millman gave a top performance before losing Wednesday in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut. After that, it's not pretty. Sure Hewitt wasn't always the consummate "good bloke" — as Australians like to say — in his day, arguing with chair umpires and fellow players and media, but he seems mild mannered compared with the likes of the self-imploding, dynamite-like duo of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios. After Tomic lost in the first round, he called on former No. 1-ranked, two-time major winning Hewitt to resign as Davis Cup captain. The two have been feuding for more than a year after Tomic claimed that Australia couldn't win without him and Hewitt countered by saying Tomic wouldn't be chosen for further international duty as long as he was in charge. Tomic's form wouldn't see him chosen anyway for Australia's Davis Cup first-round tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide in February, but Tomic went a bit further, suggesting Hewitt has a personal interest in players he is promoting. "No one likes him anymore," Tomic said of Hewitt. "We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about. We all know who those players are. Myself, (Thanasi) Kokkinakis, (Nick) Kyrgios." Hewitt wasn't about to get involved in a stoush with Tomic, saying it was "Bernie being Bernie and losing and going on and complaining." After Tomic's comments, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios denied that they had any issue with Hewitt, but Kyrgios's Twitter comments on Wednesday night during de Minaur's match appeared to suggest otherwise. Kyrgios posted a screenshot on Instagram of Hewitt doing television sideline commentary from de Minaur's players' box during the Australian player's five-set win over Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen. Kyrgios posted a poll to his followers, asking whose match Hewitt was watching. He provided two options: "Demon" (de Minaur's nickname) and "No one else". Australian No.2 Millman and No.3 Matt Ebden were playing second-round matches at the same time as de Minaur. Kyrgios appeared to suggest that Hewitt only is interested in de Minaur, the teenager who Hewitt has been mentoring along with his Spanish coach Adolfo Gutierrez. Tomic and Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals as teenagers — Tomic in 2011, Kyrgios in 2014 — but neither has been past that stage at a major since. Kyrgios, who is Australia's fourth-ranked player now, removed his Instagram post not long after. He also criticized Hewitt during the Brisbane International for not watching him or Kokkinakas play. John Newcombe, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960 and 70s, including Wimbledon three times, urged Hewitt not to get involved in the argument. "I said to Lleyton the other day: 'Things that are being said and all that, take the high ground," Newcombe told the Australian Associated Press. 'You don't have to defend yourself. Everyone sees what you're doing out there.'" "The general public can see what Lleyton's doing, but every time Bernie (Tomic) gets a microphone he attacks Tennis Australia or someone in it." Millman said after his loss to Bautista Agut that he's felt "quite well-supported by the captain, by the coach, by the support staff," but said he liked Tomic, describing him as "larrikin," and Kyrgios, a "top bloke." Perhaps Millman has the best solution. "This stuff," Millman said, "it's in one ear, out the other.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

British PM faces confidence vote after Brexit humiliation | The Manila Times Online

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday face a confidence vote after MPs overwhelmingly rejected her deal to leave the European Union, leaving Britain with no plan as itREAD The post Brit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019