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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

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

Unaccustomed to 1st-round holes, LeBron needs win at Pacers

LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself. Whatever concerns --- or confidence --- he might harbor about his Cleveland Cavaliers facing a 2-1 first-round Eastern Conference series hole heading into Game 4 at the Indiana Pacers on Sunday were not going to be made available for public consumption. James decided not to speak to reporters on Saturday. And he did not have a whole lot to say in the immediate aftermath of Game 3, either, when Indiana erased a 17-point deficit and then held on for a 92-90 victory over the Cavs. Not only has the four-time MVP and three-time NBA champ never lost an opening NBA postseason series, going 12-0 in the past, he had never even tra...Keep on reading: Unaccustomed to 1st-round holes, LeBron needs win at Pacers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 15 min. ago

Bible soon available in conversational Filipino

A new translation of the Bible in conversational Filipino, aimed at young readers, will soon be off the press. The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) is working on the “Pinoy Version” of the New Testament, using the contemporary Filipino language, as an alternative version to the various Filipino versions of the bible. “To capture the way [...] The post Bible soon available in conversational Filipino appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News17 hr. 41 min. ago

Austria lauds Standhardinger in first SMB practice

Prized rookie Christian Standhardinger finally joined San Miguel Beer for the first time since being picked first overall in the 2017 PBA Draft six months ago. The Beermen had waited long enough for Standhardinger but felt his new recruit had been with the team since the start of the season. "He's very approachable and he's very accommodating and he's trying his best to adjust that he even wants to learn how to speak Tagalog," Austria told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Saturday. The latest Standhardinger could've joined San Miguel was the first week of May but Hongkong Eastern lost to Alab in the Asean Basketball League semifinals on April 15 allowing the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German ...Keep on reading: Austria lauds Standhardinger in first SMB practice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

LONDON --- Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London. Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the celebration at Royal Albert Hall, billed as the "Queen's Birthday Party." Prince Harry is expected to speak at Saturday evening's event, in his new role as president of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust. Special gun salutes are also being staged midday Saturday in central London to mark the occasion. The queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on Aprril 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her "official birthday" in the summer. That usually falls on...Keep on reading: Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

FACT CHECK: CBCP never claimed Sister Patricia Fox didn t speak at rallies

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque claimed on Friday, April 20, that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was wrong in asserting that Sister Patricia Fox never spoke at any rallies in the country. To prove this, he even showed Malacañang reporters a photo, supposedly of Fox, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

The One Item that Will Make Cole Sprouse Stay in the PH

In the past couple of years, Cole Sprouse went from the guy that everyone swooned over on Instagram to thatRiverdalecharacter that everyone talks about. No matter how you look at it, he's on the radar even when he's not trying---I guess that's also a great way to describe his demeanor. Earlier, he had a press conference where he was able to articulate on topics that interest him and inject humor to them as well. He wore a simple white shirt, denim jacket, and jeans, which is a normal outfit for him since he gravitates toward his family's blue-collar background. (More on that later.) After the Q&A, he was also kind enough to accommodate a few selfies with the people in the room...Keep on reading: The One Item that Will Make Cole Sprouse Stay in the PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Lone opposition in Magic 12 : Bam stresses need to fight for people rights, democracy

Amid the strong performance of possible administration candidates in the latest senatorial election survey, Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino on Friday stressed that the political opposition would remain ready to speak out and oppose the government’s policies it deemed as detrimental to the public......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

ASEAN summit in Singapore to include talks on South China Sea

The South China Sea issue will be one of the topics to be discussed by leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the two-day summit this month, a top Palace official said. “Definitely the South China Sea is always a regular feature of our discussions,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary […] The post ASEAN summit in Singapore to include talks on South China Sea appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

‘God has a dad’s heart’, Pope Francis says to child

On Sunday (April 15) Pope Francis comforted a child who lost his father during a visit to a poor district of Rome, saying God has a “dad’s heart”. During a meeting Francis answered questions from children and one of them, Emanuele, was too shy to speak at the microphone so the pontiff decided to invite him onto […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Julia Barretto breaks silence on alleged split with Joshua Garcia

Kapamilya actress Julia Barretto finally came out to speak about her alleged breakup with rumored boyfriend Joshua Garcia......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Fake news flies when government officials go on trips

Even as social media's crackdown on fake news picks up steam, government junkets continue as a weapon of choice in the rotation of mudslinging topics......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Harden, Rockets pass first postseason test

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com HOUSTON — If the long road to June basketball is to come to fruition for the best regular-season team in basketball, it had to start like this for the Houston Rockets. That first step, that first foray into the great postseason abyss, required this sort of confirmation from the No. 1 overall seed in the entire tournament, so to speak. There’s no room for Cinderellas around here, no slaying of Goliath, not on Clint Capela’s watch. Not with James Harden on the case when the Rockets needed it most, and especially at crunch time. And not with Chris Paul, chip planted firmly on his shoulder as always, eyeballing bigger and better things than being the best from late October to mid-April. So it won’t be easy. Nobody said it would be. And let’s be clear, the Minnesota Timberwolves are not a normal eight seed. Not really. A healthy Jimmy Butler and the infusion of veteran talent that helped end the second longest playoff drought in NBA history this season makes that big a difference. They certainly did Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) at Toyota Center, when the Rockets were forced to battle until the very end for a 104-101 win despite a 44-point masterpiece from Harden. But like everyone else who dealt with these juggernaut Rockets all season long, Harden and his crew proved to be too much with the game on the line. With Harden on the bench and the game tied at 85 with 6:49 to play, the script was already written. He came in for Paul with 6:07 to play and the Rockets up a point, and promptly scored on a driving layup. He stole the ball and then scored on a driving floater. After a Capela block, he scored on a driving layup. By the time he knocked down a three-pointer with 4:27 left, the Rockets’ lead was back up to eight points, 94-86, and it was clear that Harden was going to do whatever it took — scoring, playmaking and even defending — to keep Game 1 from going awry. It was vintage work from the maestro who has owned the floor most every night since the season opener, when Harden and the Rockets went into Oracle Arena as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors hung another banner and collected those diamond-laced title rings and walked off the floor winners. “Another day for James,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said after Harden finished one point shy of his playoff career-high. “He’s done it all year and he really stepped up. We were struggling to make shots, struggling to really have any kind of rhythm of play and James put us on his back and he’s been doing it for a while now.” D’Antoni will have to forgive the rest of us, including the frontrunner for the Kia MVP this season, for not digesting his theory about the playoffs being something other than a referendum on his team’s magical regular season. Harden operated like someone keenly aware of what was at stake with the Timberwolves, each and every one of them, trying in vain to slow him down. “Honestly, I just try to be aggressive and make the right play,” Harden said. “Things got slowed up a little bit, just try to be aggressive with my shot and fortunately it went in.” Jimmy Butler is an All-Star and one of the league’s best two-way players. Derrick Rose is a former Kia MVP himself, and still has enough juice left to make things difficult for someone when he locks in the way he did on this night. And neither one of them had any luck slowing Harden down during his second-half blitz. He scored 25 of his points in the final 18 minutes, making play after play when the Timberwolves appeared to be on the verge of potentially pulling off a shocker. “There were several plays in which I thought we defended well and he made shots,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “James is that type of player and we’ve seen it all year, [he’s] very difficult to guard. Basically, you have to guard him with your whole team. And it’s not just his scoring, but his playmaking and all the things that he does.” The Rockets won on a night when they shot a brutal 27 percent (10-for-37) from beyond the three-point line, where they’ve feasted on the opposition all season. They roasted the Timberwolves from distance during their regular season match ups to the tune of 43.4 percent and more than doubled them up in three-point makes during those games, but made just two more Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Harden was 7-for-12 from deep, a playoff career-high for makes, while the rest of the Rockets shot a combined 3-for-25. And he was draining his shots with hands in his face routinely. “He’s an MVP candidate and you know why,” said Timberwolves big man Taj Gibson. “Every time the game was ‘mono e mono’ and they were in a tight spot, he just took over the game. He made some tough shots, he played phenomenal tonight. We were trying to throw everything at him, he’s a talented player.” He’s clearly much more than that. “I mean yeah, he’s a hell of a player,” Butler said. “Everyone knows that. But you don’t just guard him with one guy. It’s everybody out there, everybody has to be in the correct position. Challenge shots; contest them at the rim, but more than anything, if there is a miss we’ve got to get the rebound and take off the other way. But we didn’t do any of that tonight, we’ve got to be better [in Game 2] on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).” Thibodeau had to turn to his bench to stay in the game before halftime and they delivered, scoring 19 points and playing with an energy level that matched what the Rockets did regardless of who was on the floor. Rose (nine points), Jamal Crawford (seven) and Gorgui Dieng (three) did all that bench scoring, which was the only way to offset the furious 49 points Capela and Harden combined for before the break. Jeff Teague’s three fouls and Butler’s defensive task, trying to keep Harden under wraps, required so much of his attention that the scoring load had to be picked up by someone else. He went scoreless in the first quarter and just never seemed to get untracked early on, finishing with just 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting. It’s an issue the Timberwolves won’t be able to scheme their way out of in this series, not as long as Capela is the most energetic and effective young big man on either team. He outscored the All-Star Towns 20-3 before the break and out rebounded him 10-5, adding two blocks and a steal to drive home the point that he’s up for this challenge all series long. “Man, Clint was all over the place, both ends of the court offensively and defensively,” Paul said. “You see him defending KAT, who’s a tough cover in the post. You know I’m low, and I weak side and I’m watching him go up for the hook, and then I’m watching Clint block it, and then he’s running. he was unbelievable tonight and we’re going to need that all season.” Capela finished his night with 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Towns didn’t crack double digits in the scoring column (eight points on 3-for-9 shooting, 12 rebounds in a team-high 40 minutes of action). Chalk it up as a lesson learned for the playoff rookie. That must-win game the Timberwolves won at home over Denver Wednesday night had all the hype and intensity of a playoff game, only it wasn’t. Thibodeau credited the Rockets’ defense, the swarming and double-teaming of Towns, for slowing the big man down. “He has to be more active,” Thibodeau said, before praising the Rockets for perhaps their most underrated trait this season: The ability to lock down defensively. “They’re good, they’re very good. They’re tied together, they do a lot of switching and after the switch they read the ball extremely well. They react, they swarm, and so you have ti make good decisions, you have to make good plays. You have to have the ability to read and react.” Funny, that’s what the Rockets’ best player does perhaps as well as any other player in the league right now. Harden reads and reacts accordingly, always seemingly coming up with the right play at the right time. That’s how you know he’s in the moment right now, as are the rest of the Rockets. No matter how many times and how many different ways anyone tries to deflect attention from the obvious, they comprehend every bit of what lies ahead for a team riding into the postseason on the strength of a 65-win regular season that saw them run away from the competition. They wouldn’t have souls if they didn’t. They wouldn’t be human if they hadn’t already calculated the weight of the best regular season in franchise history times a wide-open postseason equaling something that’s never been done here, which says a lot for a franchise that has two Larry O’Brien trophies to show off. They know how important each and every step on this current journey is, starting with Sunday night’s very first choppy ones. Any suggestion to the contrary is, shall we say, a distant cousin of the truth. But we’ll play along for now, at the beginning. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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 NewsApr 16th, 2018

May pera sa ‘Goto’ at dapat repasuhin ni Comm. Sid

“NANINIWALA” ba kayo, dear readers, na may “pera” sa “goto?” Sa tanong na ito, alam nating ‘Yes-Na-Yes’ ang sagot ni kasamang Mentong Laurel, na ang ‘Goto King’ ang isa sa mga “paborito” nating “tambayan” sa Quezon City sa nagdaang panahon. Kilala nating “parehas” at “disente” itong si Ka Mentong kaya….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Facebook partnership goes beyond Rappler

  Dear readers and viewers, Reality based on facts – that’s what keeps our conversations vibrant and allows us to make informed decisions and hold power to account. Holding facts sacred is a collective effort and should transcend politics, and that's the foundation of our partnership with Facebook......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Women in the World Summit: Weinstein accusers speak out

NEW YORK (AP) --- An Italian actress who was one of the first women to speak out against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein said Thursday that the #MeToo movement is "the most important thing" to happen to women since the right to vote. Asia Argento spoke at the opening panel of the Women in the World summit in New York City. She was joined by Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian model who has accused Weinstein of groping her, and Laura Boldrini, a member of Italy's parliament who is an outspoken advocate for women's rights. The panel was moderated by Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker magazine article in which Argento and others spoke out. The three women...Keep on reading: Women in the World Summit: Weinstein accusers speak out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Hawks coach Budenholzer gets permission to meet with Suns

NBA.com staff report Three years after guiding the Hawks to a franchise-record 60-win season, coach Mike Budenholzer's time in Atlanta may be coming to an end. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks have granted Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns about their head-coaching job. Budenholzer, a native of Arizona, is planning to meet with Suns officials early next week, reports Wojnarowski. The Suns still are considering interim coach Jay Triano, who replaced Earl Watson three games into the regular season. While Budenholzer did not sign up for a rebuild when he left Gregg Popovich's staff to come to Atlanta, there was no indication he was ready to move on during Wednesday's exit interview. "I love what I do. I love this team. I'm focused on what we just did and how we can get better going forward," Budenholzer said. Budenholzer won four NBA titles as a member of Spurs' staff and led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons at the helm......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

The best 'Tweetanaga entries for the second week of April 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Are you a poet and don't even know it?  To celebrate this year's Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month), Rappler once again challenges our readers to tweet their very own tanaga – an indigenous Filipino poem featuring 4 lines with 7 syllables each.  This year, we'll be featuring ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018