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Turkish leader Erdogan pushes to create powerful presidency

ANKARA — Turkey's president started campaigning yesterday for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, hours after a vote i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Federer gracious in praise of Sunday opponent at Aussie Open

DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As befitting his status as a 17-time Grand Slam champion and as an astute judge of the sport, Roger Federer's reply to a simple question about his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his stylish groundstrokes. The player in question was Kei Nishikori, who plays Federer in a fourth-round night match Sunday at Rod Laver Arena. 'I'm a big fan of his game,' Federer said. 'He's got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or cross-court. He's got wonderful second serve returns. He's fast on his legs. Strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm, he's tough to stop.' Federer said he'll need another strong service game if he's going to give Nishikori some trouble. In Federer's win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday, he didn't face a break point and he won points on 95 percent of the first serves he got into play — 39 of 41, and all 16 in the third and final set. 'This one's going to be completely different to Tomas ... there's going to be more rallies, even though the surface remains fast. I said it at the beginning of the week, it's not easy to control the ball. Today again, when you serve well, it pays dividends. I hope I can keep that up against Kei.' Asked if Nishikori should be considered the favorite because of the No. 5 seeding (Federer is 17th after a six-month left knee injury layoff) Federer replied, smiling: 'Yeah, sure, he's the favorite. Maybe. I don't know.' Nishikori said he watched some of the Federer-Berdych match and was impressed. 'Roger, it's a big challenge for me,' Nishikori said. 'I'm just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. Happy to see him back 100 percent.' Here are some other featured matches Sunday: ___ NO PRESSURE: Top-seeded Andy Murray plays Mischa Zverev in an afternoon match at Margaret Court Arena. Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, is heavily favored. The 50th-ranked Zverev, the older brother of 19-year-old rising star Alexander Zverev — who lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round — says Murray could go either way while pondering his ranking advantage. 'I don't know if it's more pressure on him or maybe it's a relief,' Mischa Zverev said. 'If someone like Novak (Djokovic) is out of the tournament, I feel like the whole rhythm of the tournament changes a little bit, so we'll see what's going to happen.' Zverev hopes to possibly rile the often volatile Murray. 'If he plays his best tennis, obviously I don't think I have a lot of chances, but it'll depend on the day,' he said. 'Let's see if I can annoy him a little bit. If I'm serving well and not missing any volleys, maybe I can do some damage.' ____ KERBER IN CONTROL?: Defending champion Angelique Kerber plays American CoCo Vandeweghe in the match following Federer-Nishikori on Rod Laver. Kerber holds a 2-0 career edge, although the last time the two played — in Wuhan, China in 2015 — Vandeweghe retired from the match with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-1, 3-1. 'CoCo is a tough opponent ... she's serving well,' Kerber said. 'I have to move good ... bring a lot of balls back, but also be aggressive.' ___ IN BRIEF: Venus Williams, who is appearing in her 73rd Grand Slam main draw — a record for the Open era — plays Mona Barthel in an afternoon match. U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka continues his quest for titles in consecutive Grand Slams — and his fourth major overall — when he plays Andreas Seppi. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza plays Sorana Cirstea. ___ Associated Press writer Justin Bergman contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Renz Valerio explains his stop-and-go courtship of Lindsay de Vera

Renz Valerio explains his stop-and-go courtship of Lindsay de Vera.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Nets stop 11-game losing skid by routing Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night. Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16.  br /> Their 29-point victory was 11 more than their previous largest. They also set season highs for points in the second quarter (37) and points in any quarter with 43 in the third. Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 22 points and nine rebounds despite leaving in the third quarter with a leg injury. The defeat was a huge comedown for him and the Pelicans a day after he was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Cavs' Irving shares inspirational message to motivate kids

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving spent a day dedicated to transition and big speeches by delivering a message from the heart. Cleveland's All-Star point guard, whose own life has undergone major changes over the past year or so because of fatherhood, an Olympic gold medal and NBA championship, spoke to hundreds of school kids on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) about following their dreams. To kick off a program promoting physical fitness, Irving shared some wisdom and experiences he hopes will help motivate kids to reach their potential. He urged them to listen to their parents, follow their own path and reminded them that life's journey never ends. 'I'm still figuring it out,' he said. 'I'm still you.' Teaming with Kids Foot Locker, Irving visited one of the city's Boys & Girls Clubs to launch a six-week fitness challenge which promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages kids to excel outside and inside the classroom. Not far removed from their age group, the 24-year-old Irving easily connected with the kids, who wore 'Go Big' T-shirts and could barely contain their excitement when the Cavaliers' star was introduced and walked to the middle of the basketball court. 'Listen to your parents,' Irving told them, but not in a preachy way, rather the way an older brother would tell his siblings. 'Make sure you cherish the friendships you have and family is first — always.' Before the event, Irving, who was named an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), spent a few minutes with the Associated Press discussing the motivation to support his community and aspirations beyond basketball. Irving understands both his place and platform and wants to maximize it. And as the nation looked toward Washington, D.C., Irving simply wanted to make a positive impact on some kinds in Cleveland. 'I want to be a generational leader and I am that already,' he told AP. 'I have to accept that and to do that you have to acquire as much knowledge and still grow every single day, make sure I'm living the truth and share that with the rest of the world. It's not necessarily opening up to the media or anyone else, but it's about opening up to the kids that matter — that are going to be changing our world in a few years. 'I'm OK with this, man. As long as I can shape a kid's day or shape a kid's life in any way possible, and help them realize their potential is endless, you are limitless. You can be your own decider in your life. Whatever else is going on, you have to take control of it.' Irving was raised almost exclusively by his father, Drederick, after his mother, Elizabeth, died when he was four. The elder Irving didn't have to push his child, who was driven from an early age. It's that independence, the strength to be unafraid and willingness to fail but learn, that's at the heart of Irving's message. 'I want them to think bigger,' he said. 'It's a lost simpler for me now as I've gotten older. There were things that I thought were going to stop me and limit me, but those things aren't necessarily real, they're false and created by whatever it is that tells us what we can't do, the outside influences. Never listen to that, man. I've always figured it out one day at a time. 'As long as you can see through it, and find your own truth, you'll be fine. I try to give kids the truth. I still am that kid that was growing up in Boys & Girls Clubs in New York and New Jersey, going to different neighborhoods. I'm that same kid. I've never changed and being able to acquire the knowledge that I have from other people helps me — and hopefully resonates with the kids.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Stop tokhang for ransom

Stop tokhang for ransom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

GRP, NDFP urged: Fast-track social, economic reforms - Inquirer.net

GRP, NDFP urged: Fast-track social, economic reforms - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Judge not inclined to delay Aaron Hernandez murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — A judge presiding over the double murder case against former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez says he's not inclined to delay the trial, scheduled to begin next month. Hernandez' lawyers sought a delay Thursday among several other motions during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing two men in 2012. Prosecutors say he followed the men and opened fire on their car at a stop light after one of them accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub and spilled his drink. Hernandez' attorney Jose Baez says the defense is working around the clock but 'simply can't keep up' with evidence being turned over by prosecutors. The judge took the defense motions under advisement. Hernandez is serving a life sentence in a 2013 killing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Duterte to Pinoys: Be assertive vs corruption

President Duterte has asked Filipinos to be assertive to stop corruption in dealing with government employees and transactions......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Duterte to governors: Stop drugs, or else . . . - Inquirer.net

Duterte to governors: Stop drugs, or else . . . - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Exec: SRA can't stop importation of corn syrup - Sun.Star

Exec: SRA can't stop importation of corn syrup - Sun.Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Socioeconomic reforms up in 3rd round of peace talks - Bulatlat

Socioeconomic reforms up in 3rd round of peace talks - Bulatlat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

President dines with tycoons

President Duterte has encouraged the country’s business tycoons to help promote inclusive growth by generating jobs and supporting tax reforms, among others......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Tax reforms enter legislative mill

THE FIRST PACKAGE of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s tax reform program has finally hit ground in the House of Representatives, with the Department of Finance (DoF)-backed proposal filed as a bill by the head of the Ways and Means committee......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Palace reporters to Andanar: Stop bad habit of blaming media for Duterte's loose lips - InterAksyon

Palace reporters to Andanar: Stop bad habit of blaming media for Duterte's loose lips - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

World Sports: KaTropa stop the bleeding with win over Floodbuster

THE TNT KaTropa wiggled their way out of a telling funk in the PBA Philippine Cup yesterday albeit struggled anew in fending off the Mahindra Floodbuster, 104-92, in their opening encounter at the Cuneta Astrodome......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Front Page: Tax reforms enter legislative mill

THE FIRST PACKAGE of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's tax reform program has finally hit ground in the House of Representatives, with the Department of Finance (DoF)-backed proposal filed as a bill by the head of the Ways and Means committee......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

China tells local weather bureaus to stop smog alerts

China tells local weather bureaus to stop smog alerts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Palace reporters to Andanar: Stop bad habit of blaming media for Duterte's loose lips

Palace reporters to Andanar: Stop bad habit of blaming media for Duterte's loose lips.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017