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Readers speak on various topics

We have several letters from readers who deserve some space in this column......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarApr 16th, 2018

Leaps and bounds

Last Saturday, I conducted a six-hour lecture on Special Commercial Laws at the Legal Edge Bar Review Center attended by aspiring future lawyers. It was my first time to speak on substantial legal topics for hours before curious minds of all ages, including those older than me, yet courageous enough to take the grueling Bar […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Challenges of technologies

Some of my readers have asked me why my recent columns have been on emerging technologies rather than on what they consider as more relevant topics......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2017

More from insightful readers

We give way to more readers who have sent in their thoughts about the past topics that this column has tackled. Here’s one from Engr. Alex G......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2016

Readers speak on traffic, RH Law and taxes

We are featuring today a number of readers that had sent in their comments on my recently published BizLinks columns in this paper......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 5th, 2016

Isabel Allende to receive honorary National Book Award medal

NEW YORK --- Isabel Allende, winner of an honorary National Book Award, sees no reason to discuss her legacy. "I think legacy is a very masculine word," the author known for "The House of the Spirits" and other novels told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "I don't think women think in terms of legacy very much. We're more practical and we know trends don't last for too long. People and things are forgotten. I am just very happy to have so many readers right now." The National Book Foundation announced Thursday that Allende will be given a medal for "distinguished contribution to American letters." The Peruvian native is the first Spanish-language aut...Keep on reading: Isabel Allende to receive honorary National Book Award medal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News1 hr. 18 min. ago

‘Volun-told’

When dealing with high ranking government officials, I’ve gotten used to the filters and protocols where you first go through executive assistants, a chief of staff or at the very least a close-in security who calls you to say that Secretary so and so would like to speak with you......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Dozens rally for jailed Reuters reporters in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar--- Several dozen people rallied in central Yangon on Sunday against the jailing of two Reuters journalists, lamenting the shrinking space for free expression in Myanmar despite the advent of civilian rule. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced two weeks ago to seven years behind bars under the Official Secrets Act. The judgement sent shockwaves through the country's nascent community of journalists because it echoed life under the former junta, when the press was heavily censored and reporters routinely jailed. The ruling also sparked a global outcry against Myanmar's army and against de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to speak u...Keep on reading: Dozens rally for jailed Reuters reporters in Myanmar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

At least 25 dead in Philippines due to Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The number of people killed by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) as it tore a path of destruction through the Philippines has risen to 25, authorities said Sunday, September 16. "As we speak... there are 25 dead," Francis Tolentino, the government's lead disaster coordinator for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Call Centers Now Demanding ‘Near-Native’ English Speakers

Call center applicants should learn to speak English with American, Australian, or British accents as business process outsourcing (BPO) clients have expressed preference for “near-native” English speakers. During the formal launch of Teleperformance’s 19th site in the country on Thursday, Teleperformance Philippines Managing Director Travis Coates said hiring talents for voice-related services have become more […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

PVL Finals By The Numbers: Atin ‘To

The University of the Philippines Lady Fighting Maroons made history on a rainy Wednesday evening after capturing their first major title since 1982. The Diliman-based squad survived a wild match and Finals series against a hobbled yet determined Far Eastern University squad to clinch the Premier Volleyball League season 2 Collegiate Conference championship. While the title showdown was epic in itself, the Lady Maroons’ journey to supremacy, and the numbers behind it will speak about their long, hard road to ending an extended drought. As the Diliman volleybelles celebrate their hard-earned title, let’s take a look at some interesting statistics from their championship run. 0-3 The Lady Maroons’ record against UAAP teams in the elimination round. UP was always on the brink of getting kicked off the Final Four race after failing to beat any of its fellow UAAP-based squads. All of their wins came at the expense of NCAA teams, but they were just enough to lift them to the semis, where they eventually showed what the Utak-Puso spirit is all about. 10  Number of sets played in the Finals. UP’s run to the title was nothing short of astounding. All two matches went the distance, and then some. Standing toe-to-toe against FEU, a squad that flee under the radar, all the way to the Finals of the UAAP season 80 volleyball tournament, the Lady Maroons fought tooth-and-nail to the very last point. In the series opener, UP climbed back from down two sets to steal the advantage from the George Pascua-led Lady Tamaraws. In the second game, UP came oh so close to surrendering their two-set advantage after a meltdown of epic proportions caused by FEU’s proven spirit. But the Lady Maroons somehow survived.  8-0 UP’s opening lead in the third set. FEU was in shambles after the Lady Maroons flew to a 2-0 match lead in Game 2. In the third, and what many believed was the final set, UP zoomed to a commanding 8-0 advantage, prompting fans in the arena to already start celebrating. UP fans starting to feel it 👀 #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/2k0MbNaNLk — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 12, 2018 But Coach Pascua pleaded to the Lady Tams during a timeout to continue fighting. And they did, eventually erasing UP’s lead late in the set to stay alive. Rejuvenated by that enthralling comeback in Set 3, FEU claimed the fourth frame, and then took a commanding lead in the final set to make the hopes of a rubber match for all the marbles possible. 13-7 FEU’s lead in the fifth and final set. Stunned after giving up two sets, UP was at the wrong end of a historic comeback. Now facing a six-point deficit in a deciding point in the series, UP unloaded a spirited 8-0 run to once again stun FEU, and to snap a 36-year drought for UP volleyball. 6  Combined points for Finals MVP Isa Molde and team captain Ayel Estrañero in that final 8-0 burst. 🏆 Moment for the UP Lady Fighting Maroons!!! #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/91vPP5TsCG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 12, 2018 Once again, the Lady Maroons’ veterans came through. After willing the squad through the Final Four and the Finals, it was Molde who led the fightback with emphatic hits before Estrañero‘s steady serve clinched the championship. 19 Isa Molde’s scoring average in the Finals. MVP ✅ Finals MVP ✅@IsaMolde10, everyone 👏 #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/EZnfeo6jjD — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 12, 2018 With everything on the line, UP’s golden girl stepped it up. After earning the MVP award after norming 15.14 points in the elimination round, Molde came through in the championship series, dropping 16 and 22 points respectively to finally deliver a long-awaited volleyball title to Diliman......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Finding your call through Project Purpose

MANILA, Philippines – Project Purpose Philippines founder Boris Joaquin and corporate trainer Renz Mansujeto are launching their latest book Project Purpose: Find Your Why to Find Your Way. Written for students and young professionals, the book aims to guide readers and help them discover not only their purpose but also themselves. In ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Pussy Riot activist treated for possible poisoning

MOSCOW --- Russian news reports say a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning. Ekho Moskvy radio and online news portal Meduza reported Wednesday that Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, as saying Verzilov's symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak. Nikulshina said Verzilov was being treated in the toxicology unit of a Moscow hospital, indicating a suspected poisoning. Verzilov, Nikulshina and two other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July's World Cup final. Th...Keep on reading: Pussy Riot activist treated for possible poisoning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Duterte and Panelo’s têtê-a-têtê falls short of expectations

President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘national address’ that was done through a têtê-a-têtê has left some people dissatisfied since he failed to share concrete solutions for the country’s problems such as the high inflation rate which is affecting the prices of basic commodities. While he talked about various topics with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Duterte repeatedly […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Miss America ratings fall amid drop of swimsuit competition

NEW YORK --- The Miss America ceremony subtracted the swimsuit competition for the first time in its 98-year history, and subtracted one million television viewers, too. The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, down 19 percent from the 5.35 million viewers last year. Declining viewership has been a consistent trend for the pageant over the past few years. With Miss America now under the leadership of former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson, the swimsuits were left behind. Instead, they were replaced by onstage interviews where contestants talked about President Trump, the NFL player protests and other topics. Yet the decisi...Keep on reading: Miss America ratings fall amid drop of swimsuit competition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Trump dismisses Woodward book as joke

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – US President Donald Trump dismissed journalist Bob Woodward's bombshell book as a "joke" on Monday, September 10, a day before readers get their first full look at his detailed account of a White House in disarray. "Fear: Trump in the White House" hits US bookstores on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Here s why Chris Webber should be in the Hall of Fame

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst C-Webb needs to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. My Turner colleague Chris Webber has always brought out polarizing opinions -- first as a player, and now as a broadcaster. And I’m not objective when it comes to him, either. I love the guy. He’s a true student of the game, not afraid to speak his mind on and off the court, and is someone whose love for the game knows no equal. It’s just a matter of time before he gets his chance to run a team, either in the front office or as a part-owner. But it will and should happen. And, after his impactful career as a player, he should be enshrined in Springfield. Everyone’s criteria for the Hall is different. To me, getting in the Hall as a player requires a yes answer to two questions: 1) were you among the very best at your position for a substantial period of time during your career, and 2) did your presence and/or play change the game in a meaningful way while you played? (This is why a guy like Sixers guard Andrew Toney, in my view, is HOF-worthy, even though “The Boston Strangler” played from 1980-88 and was limited significantly by injury in two of those seasons.) Webber is a “yes” to both of those questions. In the NBA, Webber was a five-time All-Star, four times with the Kings, and was Rookie of the Year in 1993. He was first- or second-team All NBA four times. His career PER of 20.9 is the highest of any non-retired and Hall of Fame eligible player that isn’t currently in the Hall. (Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett each have higher PERs than Webber, and each is an obvious HOF lock, but they aren’t Hall of Fame eligible until 2020.) Webber’s career PER is better than those of Hall of Famers including Allen Iverson, Bob McAdoo, Ed McCauley, George McGinnis, Billy Cunningham, Steve Nash, David Thompson, Connie Hawkins, Alex English, Walt Bellamy, Cliff Hagan and many others. Yet in his fifth year of eligibility, Webber was again passed over by the Hall of Fame voters this year. That needs to change. His impact on the game, from high school to being a member of the “Fab Five” at Michigan in college and during his 15 NBA seasons, is undeniable. The Hall encompasses all of a person’s basketball achievements, and Webber’s career is Hall-worthy. At Country Day High School in Michigan, he led his team to three state championships, averaging 29 points and 13 rebounds per game his senior season, when he was a consensus national player of the year. He then decided to cap an incredible recruiting class, which had three of the top 10 players in the country, among a group of freshmen that came to be known as “The Fab Five.” (Also on that Michigan team was a junior guard who averaged 2.9 points per game, who had no future as pro player, but who carved out a place for himself nonetheless in the NBA -- Rob Pelinka, who became a high-powered agent representing the likes of Kobe Bryant before becoming the Lakers’ General Manager in 2017.) “The Fab Five”, like it or not -- and, I liked it very much -- changed basketball forever. And Webber was the lynchpin of those Michigan teams that reached consecutive NCAA championship games in 1992 and ‘93. Across the board, the Fab Five had long-lasting impact. Aesthetically, they were vanguards, wearing long, loooong shorts that became all the rage throughout basketball.  And while trash talking has been at the heart of hoops for generations, Michigan raised it to a team-wide art form. It drove traditionalists crazy, while kids watching at home loved it. They were the accelerant to the “one-and-done” era, even though none of them left Michigan after their freshman season. But seeing five freshmen start games and play the lion’s share of minutes rippled throughout the college game. Going forward, teams didn’t just recruit blue-chippers, they put them on the floor immediately. What John Calipari does annually at Kentucky now is but the logical conclusion to what Michigan started, and every Power 5 team in college basketball has had to follow suit or get left behind. Of course, “The Fab Five” era wound up being star-crossed. I’m well aware of the penalties assessed to the Michigan program because of the money that Ed Martin gave to players, including Webber. The university vacated the ‘92-93 season, including all of its NCAA Tournament games that year, and took down the banners commemorating “The Fab Five” and their two Final Four runs. (Michigan also vacated all of its games from 1995-96 because of Martin’s associations with other players on teams during those seasons, and its ‘93, ‘96 and ‘98 NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as its ‘97 NIT title and ‘98 Big 10 Tournament championship.) It’s obvious to me that if not for his involvement with Martin, Webber would have been on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal in Australia, as well -- another potential feather in his cap that would bolster his Hall of Fame credentials. I will say, as delicately as I can, that there are coaches and players in the Hall that have been accused of doing some of the very things that got Michigan and Webber in so much trouble. That, in and of itself, should not be disqualifying. Webber’s NBA career also did not include a championship. But he was just as impactful on the pro game. Beginning in Golden State and Washington, C-Webb was a category all his own -- a big man with catcher’s mitts for hands who could pulverize in transition, yet was also an incredibly deft passer, both from the post or out front. As a rookie, Webber elevated Golden State from a 34-48 record in 1992-93 to 50-32 the next season. Traded to Washington after that one season with the Warriors, having conflicted mightily with Coach Don Nelson, Webber helped get the then-Bullets to the postseason for the first time in nine years. Once there, the Bullets went toe-to-toe with the defending-champion Bulls in a tough, three-game first-round series in ’97. But it wasn’t until Webber was sent to what was then the equivalent of Siberia in the NBA -- Sacramento -- that his game reached full flower. Playing with another excellent passing big man in Vlade Divac, and a flashy savant of a point guard in Jason Williams, Webber and the Kings were the vanguard of the modern NBA game, coming to fruition years before the Suns’ Seven Seconds or Less attack led by one of last week’s Hall of Fame inductees, Steve Nash. The Kings moved the ball with flair and purpose. The Warriors have changed the game forever by stretching the floor to the breaking point for opposing defenses with their 3-point proficiency, but even they didn’t have what Sacramento possessed -- two bigs who could initiate and finish from anywhere inside the 3-point line. No one could do what the Kings could do, and with Webber, Sacramento changed almost overnight from perennial joke to perennial championship contender. The Kings made the playoffs six straight seasons, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2002 before losing in controversial fashion to the Lakers in seven games. Webber’s knee injury during the Kings’ semifinal playoff series with Dallas in 2003 marked the beginning of the end for him and the Kings. If he hadn’t gotten hurt, Sacramento probably would have beaten the Mavericks and played San Antonio in the West finals. And while San Antonio would have been favored in that series, the Kings would have had a chance, with the winner facing the Nets in The Finals that year. And a championship would also have made C-Webb’s pro career look much different. But, that didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter, though. Webb’s career stands on its own merits. At all levels, he has had impact and changed the game, and he deserves to have his moment in the sun in Springfield. Sometimes it takes players of merit a little longer, for various reasons -- think Spencer Haywood, or, this year, Mo Cheeks. Chris Webber is a Hall of Famer, and it isn’t a close call. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Duterte speaking to nation on September 11

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 11, but Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque himself is clueless as to what would be the topic. "He announced in Davao that he wants to speak to the nation and if I'm not mistaken, it is scheduled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Duterte to ‘speak to the nation’

MALACAÑANG ON Monday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will “speak to the nation” on Tuesday afternoon. The post Duterte to ‘speak to the nation’ appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Duterte wants to speak to nation, Roque says

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness to “speak to the nation.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

‘There are some things worth risking everything for’

It has been a week of sad TV viewing. I watched as much as I could of the memorial services at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for Sen. John McCain.   The spunky senator had time to come to terms with his terminal illness and planned his funeral. He took care of every detail and decided whom to invite and who would speak. He asked each of them personally.   I admired John McCain. He had that look of dogged determination in his eyes. I liked how he often crossed party lines, never mind how it would affect him personally or politically. He clearly followed the dictates of his conscience.   A lot has been written about his life and career in the servi...Keep on reading: ‘There are some things worth risking everything for’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018