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Twitter hammered as user losses overshadow improving finances

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter shares took a pounding Thursday, February 7, as an unsettling update on its global user base offset upbeat figures on revenues and profits in the past quarter. Shares skidded 9.8% to close at $30.80 following Twitter's 4th quarter update, which showed a consistent profit trend ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerFeb 8th, 2019

PBA: Setting career-high doesn t really matter for Jason Perkins

After setting a career-high in points, Phoenix Fuel Master forward Jason Perkins chose to shrug it off after his team got their first loss of the PBA Philippine Cup against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. 'The Hefty Lefty,' as he is known from his collegiate days at De La Salle, had an efficient day from the field, tallying 27 points on a scintillating 13/20 shooting clip, including the game-tying layup that forced overtime. Furthermore, he was big down the stretch, scoring 13 markers in the payoff period and the extra five minutes for coach Louie Alas' squad. "It doesn't really matter. At the end of the day, it's all wins and losses. We lost, and we're going to learn from it," said the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year. He also added that the final play of regulation was not really intended for him, but found its way to his hands after Matthew Wright returned the favor off a handoff pass, which led to the give-and-go. The shot was also spectacular in itself, as he contorted in mid-air over the outstretched arms of Raymond Almazan, and was able to tie things up 87 under 13 seconds left. For Alas, he was very much impressed with the stretch four's efficiency, which netted him a +22 even though he played for almost 41 minutes. "We just have to ano, keep on improving kasi siya naman yung pinakamasipag diyan eh," Alas said. The mentor also furthered that he had long been a fan of the then-Green Archer's game, seeing him in action at the Merlion Cup a couple of years ago, which solidified his decision at picking him up at fourth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. "...[G]rabe, almost double-double against imports sa Singapore. Kaya wala akong inisip na i-pick nun, i-draft nun kundi siya talaga." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Denver Nuggets face tough test in fight for playoff spot

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com The Denver Nuggets seem to be a big beneficiary of the Blake Griffin trade this week. At the time of the deal, the LA Clippers were just one game behind the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the West. And if the Clippers were going to fade after trading their best player, the Nuggets' chances of ending a four-year playoff drought were going to increase dramatically. But the Clips are still hanging around, the Nuggets still have some work to do, and the work will be tough in February. Denver has one of the league's toughest February schedules, with seven of their 10 games against teams that are currently at or above .500. That includes six games against the Warriors, Rockets (x 2), Spurs (x 2) and Thunder. Denver has the league's toughest February schedule in regard to both opposing offenses and opposing defenses. Through January, the Nuggets are 8-16 against the other 15 teams that are currently at or above .500, having allowed more than 110 points per 100 possessions over those 24 games. Ten of those 16 losses (including two to Boston and San Antonio in the last three days) were games that were within five points in the last five minutes, though. And there is good news with the Nuggets' February schedule. Seven of their 10 games are at home, where they're 19-7 (6-5 against other teams that are currently at or above .500) and where they've been 10.9 possessions better than they've been on the road. Only Utah (13.4) and New York (11.9) have bigger home-road NetRtg differentials. The Nuggets also have just one February back-to-back, and the second game is in Phoenix. They have three games this month with a rest advantage (where their opponent played the night before but they did not). The Utah Jazz, coming off wins over Toronto and Golden State, could be Denver's biggest threat in regard to that last playoff spot. The Nuggets and Jazz have already finished their season series, with each team winning its two home games. But if the Clippers are still hanging around in a few weeks, the Nuggets' most important February game could be their last, when they host LA on Feb. 27 (Feb. 28, PHL time). Note: Every team has at least seven full days off for the All-Star break. Two teams - Dallas and San Antonio - have the longest All-Star breaks: nine days off between games. Rest advantage / Rest disadvantage: Games in which one team (at a disadvantage) played the day before and the other (at an advantage) did not. Teams are currently 120-82 (.594) with a rest advantage, 98-49 (.667) at home and 22-33 (.400) on the road. Here's a breakdown of every Western Conference team's February schedule... More Western Conference notes... - James Harden just scored 60 points against the league's 27th ranked defense and will get more bad defenses to pick on in February. The Rockets visit the second-ranked defense (San Antonio) on Thursday and will spend most of the month on the road, but they play a league-high seven February games against bottom-10 defenses. - With the All-Star Game in L.A., the Clippers and Lakers have the league's most road-heavy February schedules. Both will play seven of their 10 February games away from Staples Center. - The Timberwolves, with the league's third-ranked offense, are the only team that doesn't have any February games against teams that currently rank in the top 10 defensively. - The Thunder are one of four teams that doesn't play any February games against opponents on the second game of a back-to-back. But they have five games (only the Lakers have more) against the eight teams that are currently 14 or more games below .500. - The Spurs will play a league-low nine games this month, but that includes a league-high six games against the league's top 10 offenses, as well as the annual rodeo road trip, which is split by the All-Star break. After hosting the Rockets and Jazz this week, the Spurs will have a three-game trip going into the break and then another three-game trip coming out of it. But no team has a longer All-Star break (nine full days off between games). Their last game before their break and their first game before the break are both in Denver. - After visiting the Raptors and Celtics this weekend, the Blazers will play seven of their final eight February games against teams that are currently under .500. But their road trip concludes with a visit to Detroit on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and they'll have two important games against the 10th-place (and improving) Jazz. - The Jazz are coming off wins over the Raptors and Warriors, and have a chance to climb back into the playoff picture, with three games against two teams - New Orleans and Portland (x 2) - they're chasing in the West. Two of those games are on the road, where the Jazz will be for five of their first six February games. Utah won in Toronto last week, but as noted above, the Jazz have the league's biggest home-road NetRtg differential. They've been 13.4 points per 100 possessions better at home than on the road. They will play their last two pre-break games at Vivint Smart Home Arena, and they'll begin their post-break schedule with a four-game homestand.     Eastern Conference The Washington Wizards have not lived up to expectations this season, unable build off a trip to Game 7 of the conference semifinals last May. They're in fifth place in the East, but their bad losses (11 to teams that are currently at least six games under .500) have overshadowed their quality wins (they're 5-5 against teams with the league's eight best records). Now, the Wizards are dealing with an extended absence for John Wall, who had knee surgery on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Things could certainly come together for the Wizards if Wall returns healthier and stronger in April and May (they won't have to play the Nets or Mavs in the playoffs), but as they look to stay in the mix for a top four seed in the East, they'll have a difficult schedule to navigate without one of their All-Stars. Seven of the Wizards' 12 February games are against the other seven teams in playoff position in the East. That includes four games against the three teams - Indiana, Milwaukee and Philadelphia (x 2) - behind them and within two games in the loss column in the standings. Three of the Wizards' other five games are on the road. And they'll finish the month of February by hosting the Warriors on the second night of a road-home back-to-back (with the Warriors not playing the day before). But it doesn't end there. That Golden State game will be only the second game of 12 straight against teams that are currently over .500. The Wizards' March might be tougher than their February, and just staying in playoff position at all could be a challenge. More Eastern Conference notes ... - It's a big month for the Celtics and Sixers in regard to the Lakers' pick in this year's Draft. The Sixers get the pick if it lands at No. 1 or at No. 6 or higher, while the Celtics get it if it lands at Nos. 2-5. The Lakers currently have the league's ninth worst record, but the team with the fifth worst record (Phoenix) has just one fewer win. And L.A. will play six of its 10 February games against the eight teams currently below them in the combined standings. A bad month could have them slide into that range where the Celtics get the pick (while also increasing the Sixers' chances of getting the No. 1 pick). - After hosting the Hawks on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the Celtics will go into the All-Star break with six straight games against teams that are currently at or above .500. That includes big games against Toronto and Cleveland. And then they'll come out of the break with four straight games against teams with losing records, though that includes a visit to Detroit. - The Hornets are the only team with four back-to-backs in February. - The Pistons, with Blake Griffin set to make his debut on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), have the most home-heavy February schedule, with nine of their 12 games at Little Caesars Arena. And they'll have a rest advantage (with their opponent playing the second game of a back-to-back) in six of the nine home games, including each of their first four games this month. - Entering the month, only two games in the loss column separate the fourth-place Heat from the eighth-place Sixers, and Philadelphia actually has the stronger point differential. To settle the record vs. point differential debate, those two teams will play each other three times in February. Two of those meetings (including a matchup on Friday) will be in Philadelphia, and the second of those (Feb. 14) will be a rest-advantage game for the Sixers. In total, the Sixers have five February games against opponents playing the second game of a back-to-back, with three of those being rest advantage games. - The Bucks are one of four teams that doesn't play any February games against opponents on the second game of a back-to-back. John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. 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 NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

PBA: Lee on Magnolia s 0-3 start: 'Alam ng lahat sitwasyon namin ngayon'

Magnolia's rough start to the season continues. After capturing the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the Hotshots haven't won since, starting the 2019 Philippine Cup with three straight losses, the latest being a dramatic one-point loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. Entering the Gilas break, Magnolia remains as the only winless team in the All-Filipino. Still, despite the 0-3 record, the Hotshots are not dwelling on their poor card. "Siguro ano, di na lang namin titingnan na parang negative," guard Paul Lee said. "Kailangan kung ano yung nasa harap namin, doon kami mag-focus kasi baka lalo lang mapasama kapag inisip namin yung 0-3 kami," he added. While that's a great mindset to have, it doesn't change the fact that the Hotshots are 0-3. And if Magnolia is to build on its latest championship and have another strong playoff run, the team will have to turn things around and start winning games. The break to give way for Gilas is the perfect way for the Hotshots to recalibrate. "Laging nire-remind ni Coach Chito na yung sense of urgency, kailangan and yan na talaga. Kasi yun nga, mahirap malubog talaga. Kailangan next game, talagang next game pilitin namin na makuha yung panalo, kasi parang do-or-die na sa amin yun," Lee said. "Siguro alam naman ng lahat kung ano yung sitwasyon namin ngayon, so there's no point na magre-relax pa kami or what," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Espejo to join nat’l team tryout after Japan stint

Even with his credentials, Marck Espejo signified his intentions to join the tryouts for a spot in the men’s national volleyball team. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco said that the five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, who is currently playing in the Japan V. Premier League, has communicated with head coach Dante Alinsunurin regarding his interest to don the tri-colors. “Si Marck Espejo nakipag-communicate kay coach Dante, na he is willing to undergo tryouts pagbalik niya,” Cayco told reporters Sunday. Espejo, who last played for the national team back in 2015 Singapore Southeast Asian Games and Asian men’s U-23 in Myanmar, has been one of Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler’s go-to-guy. However, despite the efforts of Espejo, Oita Miyoshi continues to struggle and is currently ranked ninth in the 10-team field with only four wins and 19 losses. The Weisse Adler will close their elimination round on February 24 against FC Tokyo.   “Ngayon kung hindi raw sila pumasok sa semis, mukhang hindi eh, baka pauwiin siya ng maaga. Same case with the Santiago sisters (Jaja and Dindin),” said Cayco. Espjeo is one of the many hopefuls looking to land a spot in the national team that will compete in the AVC Men’s Club Championship, Asian Men’s Senior Championship in Iran and in the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the Philippines will host in November.     Almost 90 players joined the two-day national pool tryouts last weekend at the University of the East gym in Recto supervised by Alinsunurin, who steered National University to the UAAP throne last year and the country’s breakthrough gold medal in the ASEAN University Games. Alinsunurin was tapped by LVPI selection committee composed of the association’s vice president Joey Romasanta, treasurer Jeff Tamayo and chaired by Rod Roque as replacement for Sammy Acaylar.   The composition of the 20-man pool will be announced this week. “Next week ipo-forward na nila sa akin. Ang dami kasing nag-tryout. First was around 72 tapos kanina may nadagdag pang 15. ‘Yung Ateneo six of them nag-tryout together with their assistant coach,” said Cayco. LVPI is also finalizing an arrangement with a sponsor to form an U-23 team as well as forming a pool for the national beach volleyball team.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

PBA: Arwind after another big win: “3 losses parang enough na yun samin”

After an unfortunate case of food poisoning that sidelined him one game and cost him his PBA Ironman streak, Arwind Santos is now back to peak performance. The one-time MVP led a strong San Miguel attack Sunday, scoring a game-high 29 points as the four-time defending champion Beermen demolished Magnolia, 113-92. Playing almost 33 minutes, Arwind shot 65 percent from the field and drilled seven three-pointers. It was the announcement that he’s back and healthy. “Bumawi lang ako,” Santos said. “Talagang nag-double effort ako dahil nanalo nga kami noong last game namin pero hindi ako satisfied sa performance ko noon kaya talagang nag-gym ako, nag-shooting,” he added. Even though San Miguel posted another strong win against Blackwater just last Wednesday, Arwind only scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting. He made up for all of it Sunday, guiding the Beermen to their first winning streak and a 4-3 record. “Pinag-usapan namin na hindi na kami pwedeng matalo, 3 losses parang enough na yun para sa amin. Kaya sisikapin namin every game na manalo,” Santos said. “Kung susumahin mo yung team namin ngayon, mararamdaman mo na maganda dahil yung dating first 5, bumabalik, nagagawa namin uli yung mga dati naming nagagawa,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

PBA: Gin Kings crush Blackwater in Digos

Brgy. Ginebra just has too many weapons. The Gin Kings scored another impressive win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, going on the road to Davao del Sur to crush Blackwater, 85-67, Saturday at the city coliseum. With the dominant -point decision, the Gin Kings got their first winning streak of the year and improved to 3-2 in the All-Filipino. Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra with 20 points followed by Greg Slaughter with 17 markers. Scottie Thompson was phenomenal as usual with a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double. Kevin Ferrer came off the bench with 14 points. Blackwater has suffered back-to-back losses for a 1-5 mark. Mike Digregorio and Joseph Eriobu led the Elite with 14 points.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Vaccines: The body’s ‘antivirus program’ against diseases

A Twitter user compared vaccines to how much an antivirus program of a computer would work in defending its host and eliminate potential threats. Leonard Javier shared a tweet in relation to the measles outbreak and suggested that children, much like computers, need to be protected from viruses and other harmful elements through vaccination which […] The post Vaccines: The body’s ‘antivirus program’ against diseases appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

PBA: Ginebra overpowers upstart Columbian

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Brgy. Ginebra is finally back on track. The Gin Kings dominated an upstart Columbian team Saturday at the Ynares Center here, taking a much-needed 97-85 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Ginebra is up to 2-2 for the season, recovering from back-to-back losses to San Miguel and Rain or Shine.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

PBA: TNT shoots for third straight win against Bolts

Signal has been restored at TNT. After back-to-back losses to start the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, the KaTropa have bounced back to win back-to-back, including a convincing decision against defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer. TNT hopes to continue its rise in the standings with a third straight win and sister team Meralco stands in the way of that. The KaTropa battle the Bolts in teh first game Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome with Meralco (1-2) looking to recover following a beating suffered at the hands of the Beermen last week. Tip off will be at 4:30 p.m. before the 7:00 p.m. clash of Rain or Shine and Blackwater. The Elasto Painters are perfect after two games while the Elite are still winless after two outings.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

PBA: NLEX loses 31-point lead but holds on to beat Dyip

NLEX sure had to work extra to pick up its first win of the year. The Road Warriors survived a brave comeback from an upstart Columbian crew, holding on for a 107-97 victory in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the Big Dome. Dominant from the start and leading by as many as 31 points but nearly lost all of it in the fourth quarter as the Dyip mounted a spirited rally. Fortunately, the Road Warriors were able to settle down and recover in time as they pick up win no. 1 of the new season, improving a 1-3. Columbian’s on-and-off year continued as the team dropped to 2-2.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Spain not immune to problems in VAR s debut season

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid complained about it. Barcelona defended it. Fans are struggling to understand it. Video review is not escaping controversy in its first season in Spain. As in other countries, the implementation of VAR hasn't been smooth in the Spanish league, with confusion and criticism coming along with the process. The system's debut had not prompted major discussions early on, but two controversial decisions involving powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona were enough to make it a hot topic. First it was a non-call of a penalty on Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior in the team's 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad in the beginning of the month. Then came the confirmation of a goal by striker Luis Suarez in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Leganes on Sunday. Madrid felt the images clearly showed a foul on Vinicius Junior, while Leganes was sure the review would mean a foul by Suarez on its goalkeeper before the goal. But both decisions stood, prompting complaints by the clubs and confusion among fans and analysts. "It's a tool we welcomed with excitement," Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said Wednesday. "We want it to be used correctly. The less people talk about it, the better it is. This is the first year, it will be improved. What is important is that we all get used to it." The Spanish federation analyzed the use of the VAR in the first half of the season and concluded it was a positive debut although more than 120 mistakes were not corrected by the system, including seven penalty calls. It said the VAR intervened in 30 goal situations, confirming half of them. The number of overall mistakes was significantly reduced, officials said. The biggest complaint by fans and clubs has been the lack of criteria by the officiating crews when using — or not using — the video review. Audio from the conversation between the officials during the Madrid game was made public, with the VAR official telling the referee that "everything was OK" on the play involving Vinicius Junior, when it looked like he had his leg touched by the goalkeeper inside the area. Fans didn't seem satisfied with what they heard, and they have been booing loudly every time the announcer at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium mentions information about the VAR before games. "When a top team is affected, the impact is greater," Spanish league president Javier Tebas told Spanish media. "We are happy with how things are going so far." There had been plenty of controversy with video review before the decisions involving Real Madrid and Barcelona. Valladolid owner Ronaldo, the former Brazil great, took to Twitter to talk about VAR after his team's Copa del Rey elimination against Getafe, when a late offside call hurt his team. "The VAR is here to correct mistakes, but it won't eliminate all of them," he posted. Levante had already issued a statement asking for an explanation about the VAR criteria after a penalty was awarded against the team in a loss against Atletico Madrid. Last year, Atletico also released a statement criticizing how the video review was being used. Atletico felt a hand ball by a Real Madrid player was not called in its match against the city rival, despite images clearly showing it. Spain was one of the late adopters of VAR, although the Premier League will only start using it next season. Italy was one of the countries which struggled the most with video review after it started using it last season, although things have improved significantly since then. "Referees make mistakes and the VAR is not perfect," said Carlos Velasco Carballo, head of the referee's technical committee in Spain. "But the numbers so far have shown that we are improving. We have to be proud of it.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

Maine Mendoza: It’s never right to hate people

"Hate is such a strong feeling. And I hope we don't let it get the best of us."   Thus said Maine Mendoza in response to a fan's Twitter post, accusing actress Ria Atayde of using the 23-year-old star's name to create hype for her projects.   "It's never right to hate ... people---whoever they may be," Maine's reply to the said netizen read. "Masyadong mabigat sa puso. Huwag sana tayo magpalamon."   Ria is the sister of Arjo Atayde, who's being linked to Maine.   Maine also urged the Twitter user to show "some respect" for the Atayde family. "Just stop this nonsense and let us all do better instead. They get projects because of their talent...Keep on reading: Maine Mendoza: It’s never right to hate people.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Gase s eyes the star during new Jets coach s intro

By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Adam Gase's wide-eyed gazes were the star of his Big Apple welcome. The New York Jets coach was formally introduced Monday at the team's facility, and social media was quickly abuzz. No, not with his vision for the team or where he sees quarterback Sam Darnold's progress going. It was all about Gase's eyes, which were intensely focused at times throughout the nearly 20-minute news conference. So, of course it took social media no more than a New York minute to notice — and excitedly create sudden memes and gifs that poked fun at the new Jets coach's eyes. A Twitter account called Adam Gase's Eyes — @Crazy_Gase_Eyes — featuring TV screen grabs and various photos, was also quickly created by an unknown user — and had nearly 200 followers and 27 tweets in just two hours. "Just keeping my eyes on the prize, guys," the account tweeted. Just keeping my eyes on the prize, guys. — Adam Gase's Eyes (@Crazy_Gase_Eyes) January 14, 2019 The 40-year-old Gase was hired last Friday to replace the fired Todd Bowles. Gase was fired by the Miami Dolphins after three years, going 23-26, including a playoff loss in his first season. ESPN reporter Cameron Wolfe, who covers the Dolphins, said he got four texts about Gase's eyes during the new Jets coach's news conference. "Those are normal," Wolfe tweeted. "He's an intense guy, but he'll probably be more relaxed in less formal settings." I've got four texts about Adam Gase's eyes during his 15-min NYJ pressers. Those are normal. He's an intense guy, but he'll probably be more relaxed in less formal settings. — Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 14, 2019 Still, that didn't stop the Twitterverse from making a spectacle of Gase's eyes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

PBA: Is June Mar the GOAT?

June Mar Fajardo has played six seasons in the PBA. He’s won five straight Most Valuable Player awards. June Mar stands alone as the player with the most MVP awards in history, breaking a three-way tie with legends Mon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio. Which begs the question, has Fajardo established himself as the PBA’s one true GOAT with a record five MVPs and counting? A lot of people may say yes but June Mar gives his own take on the matter. “Syempre honored ako na mapa-sali sa conversation na yun, pero di ko ike-claim yun,” Fajardo said on his status as the possible GOAT of the PBA. “Para sakin, yung MVP hindi basehan kung ikaw na ba yung pinakamagaling sa lahat. Para sakin, kung ano na-contribute mo sa league,” he added. With five straight Most Valuable Player awards, is June Mar Fajardo the Greatest? June Mar himself gives his take #PBA2019 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/lJRTE2DGP5 — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 13, 2019 Fajardo paid his respects to those that came before him and paved the way. He says he’s still not quite there yet and he’s just striving to keep on improving as he enters his 7th PBA season. “May mga nauna pa sakin, may mga legends na nauna pa sakin, sila yung maituturing na GOAT. Sila yung greatest, kasi mas nauna sila sakin, mas marami sila na-achieve sakin in terms of championships di ba?” Fajardo said. “Hindi ko rin naman sila nakalaban, baka pag nakalaban ko sila hindi ako maka-porma. Para sakin, hindi pa, malayo pa ako,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Independent experts to advise PG& E on more wildfire safety best practices

SAN FRANCISCO-- PG&E Corporation announced it is making changes to bolster the company's commitment to safety and improvement. In addition to prior actions taken to confront the growing wildfire threat, the PG&E Board is assessing the company's operations, finances, management, structure and governance and remains focused on improving safety and operational effectiveness. Among other Board actions: conducting a Board refreshment process that includes searching for new directors at both the holding company and its utility subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Company (the Utility). The Board is looking to add fresh perspectives to augment its existing expertise in safety, o...Keep on reading: Independent experts to advise PG&E on more wildfire safety best practices.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Free rides, candies delight passengers of this tricycle

A Twitter user shared that he encountered an extraordinary tricycle that offered free candies and free rides to select people in what could probably be Tayabas, Quezon province. Aaron narrated that he and his companions were having a hard time hailing a tricycle when this one stopped by and offered them a ride. To their […] The post Free rides, candies delight passengers of this tricycle appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Duterte considering road user’s tax for disaster relief in Bicol

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to use the road user’s tax collected by the Road Board to fund infrastructure and flood control projects aimed at improving Bicol region’s preparedness against disasters......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019

PBA 43 Review: Suspended surge at NLEX

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we take on the NLEX Road Warriors.   SUSPENDED SURGE After a problematic first season under new head coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX hit the jackpot in the 2017 PBA Draft. Armed with the no. 2 pick, the Road Warriors made the obvious choice and took guard Kiefer Ravena, arguably the most PBA ready prospect to make the jump in forever. He was PBA ready alright. Kief wasted little time in helping NLEX turn things around. With Ravena at the lead, the Road Warriors had their best tournament in the PBA so far and made the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, pushing the Magnolia Hotshots to six games. That’s pretty much the best part of NLEX’s season though. The Road Warriors failed to have a strong finish in the semis series against the Hotshots after Kevin Alas tore his ACL early in Game 5. With Alas out, NLEX’s emerging K&K backcourt tandem was decimated. And after Ravena’s shock suspension from FIBA, the K&K, and in essence NLEX’s whole season, was lost. Ravena was slapped with an 18-month ban by FIBA for doping. Ravena took a protein drink with prohibited ingredients prior Gilas Pilipinas’ home win over Japan in the 2019 FIBA Asia Qualifiers in February. The suspension covers all basketball activities, including the PBA. With that development, NLEX naturally spiraled out of control in the Commissioner’s Cup, leading to an early elimination. The Road Warriors did well enough in the Asia League Summer Super 8 in Macau, finishing in the semifinals, to help set up a strong run in the Governors’ Cup. But with most of its key pieces gone, NLEX flamed out in the quarterfinals and a season that started with so much promise ended in bitter defeat. Patience will be a virtue for NLEX moving forward, but once the Road Warriors finally feature a complete lineup, the team’s suspended surge can hopefully continue in 2019 and beyond.   NLEX ROAD WARRIORS in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 6-5 (6th place) Commissioner’s Cup: 2-9 (11th place) Governors’ Cup: 5-6 (8th place) Overall: 13 wins and 20 losses. Two playoff appearances, 1 Semifinals.   POST DRAFT NOTE: NLEX used two first round picks to select Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. Both rookies didn’t play one game for the Road Warriors. NLEX used the two rookies as trade bait and eventually nabbed center Poy Erram from Blackwater. Erram certainly gives the Road Warriors a top center and he should be instrumental in NLEX as the team waits to feature a complete lineup with the K&K tandem.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

PBA 43 Review: What’s Blackwater’s ceiling?

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we take on the Blackwater Elite.   SUPER ELITE Blackwater’s first two conferences were frustrating and forgettable. The Elite’s Philippine Cup as frustrating as Blackwater just couldn’t catch a break. Towards the end, the team had to rely on others in order to advance to the playoffs. Usually, those kind of scenarios don’t end well. It didn’t end well for Blackwater. The Elite missed the playoffs due to inferior quotient. The team didn’t even have the chance to play for a knockout, that’s how bad their quotient was. The Commisisoner’s Cup was worse. Blackwater finished with a 1-10 record and the only win came during a last-second dunk by import Herny Walker. The Elite needed a change of scenery, they needed a spark. Enter Asia League. Blackwater competed in the Super 8 tournament in Macau along with NLEX. And while the Elite were plagued witn inferior quotient once again and missed the semifinals, the team played well and forged some strong chemistry. It was evident when the Elite returned for the Governors’ Cup and Blackwater had its best conference to date. There was still some growing pains for the team, they missed a twice-to-beat edge by one game, but the Elite have made themselves into a true playoff contender. Blackwater has since made changes to its team, but for the upcoming season, it appears that the Elite have a higher ceiling to reach. That’s super.   Blackwater ELITE in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 5-6 (10th place) Commissioner’s Cup: 1-10 (12th place) Governors’ Cup: 7-4 (5th place) Overall: 13 wins and 30 losses. One playoff appearance.   POST DRAFT NOTE: Blackwater had quite a haul in the 2018 PBA Draft. Following an approved trade, the Elite got their hands on Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter for JP Erram. The loss of Erram hurts for sure but Abu joins a versatile frontline that also has Raymar Jose and Mac Belo. That’s a young core but it helps build Blackwater’s future. Desiderio is a strange case as the Elite have more proven players ahead of the rotation. Still, the former UP captain should take over the spot of Paul Zamar in the team. Blackwater technically still has the rights to no. 2 pick Bobby Ray Parks Jr. Pending any deals, the Alab Pilipinas MVP is still headed to the Elite once he jumps to the PBA for real.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

US, China talk ‘progress’ after phone call on trade

WASHINGTON,United States--- Both the US and China spoke of progress Saturday after telephone talks between their leaders over a trade war that has rattled global markets. "Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China," US President Donald Trump said on Twitter after his chat with China's President Xi Jinping. "Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Big progress being made!" For his part, Xi told Trump that China places "great importance" on improving bilateral ties and "encourages and supports further talks between the United States and the Democratic people's Republic of (N...Keep on reading: US, China talk ‘progress’ after phone call on trade.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018