Zagat survey reveals biggest tippers, spenders in US dining

The results of Zagat's latest National Dining Trends survey for the United States sheds light on the country's most generous tippers, most expensive dining cities and the biggest deal breakers that put off diners today. For the survey, the burgundy guide asked 13,000 diners about everything from their spending habits to social media influences and dining do's and don'ts. Here are a few highlights: Nation's biggest tippers That distinction goes to Philadelphians, who tip an average of 20 percent, compared to the national average of 18 percent. Diners in Denver and Washington D.C. trail not far behind, at 19 percent. The trend to eliminate the practice of tipping, meanwhile, has...Keep on reading: Zagat survey reveals biggest tippers, spenders in US dining.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Confident and content, Paul McCartney rejuvenates sound

As perhaps the biggest living legend of rock, Paul McCartney would raise few eyebrows if he stayed in a comfort zone of rehashing Beatles tunes to adoring nostalgists. Instead, the 76-year-old has recorded one of his most ambitious albums in years, "Egypt Station," displaying not only a predictable confidence in his classic sound but an eagerness to freshen it for a new era. "Egypt Station," which comes out on Friday, reveals an artist who feels on top of his game and has rooted out whatever negativity has built up over the decades. "I used to drink so much / Forgot to come home / I lied to my doctor / But these days I don't / 'Cause I'm happy with you / I got lots of good t...Keep on reading: Confident and content, Paul McCartney rejuvenates sound.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Quick tips on how you can save your mobile data

  It's expensive to have unlimited mobile data. As much as Filipinos are an internet-loving bunch that would browse anytime, anywhere and even more so during rush hour traffic, it's just impractical and costly. So it's best to know how to maximize your data plan, and that includes knowing where your speeds are the highest and knowing how you use most of your data. This will make sure that you don't get those annoying data fees or worse, get your data throttled. A TechAsia survey in 2015 showed that mobile data in the Philippines was among the most expensive in the ASEAN region, and Smart released a statement in 2017 that mobile data is now its biggest source of revenue in ...Keep on reading: Quick tips on how you can save your mobile data.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

2018-19 Rookie Survey

By John Schuhmann, It will be difficult for this year's rookie class to live up to the standard set by the class of 2017. Last season, we saw the debuts of Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum, future All-Stars who not only put up good numbers in the regular season, but also impacted in the playoffs as well. De'Aaron Fox averaged more points and assists than 2016-17 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and didn't even make Second Team All-Rookie last season. This year's class, at least according to the class itself, has the potential to be just as deep. In the annual Rookie Survey, 20 different players were tabbed as the answer for one -- or both -- of the first two questions: "Who will be the Rookie of the Year" and "Which rookie will have the best career." Big men were taken with five of the first seven picks in the Draft, but a lot of eyes will be turned toward Atlanta, where 6-foot-2 guard Trae Young will hope to make Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk look smart for trading the No. 3 pick (Luka Doncic), picking up an extra pick, and selecting Young at No. 5. For now, Young has the support of his fellow rookies, who named the 19-year-old former Oklahoma star as the class' best shooter and best playmaker. For the 10th time in the last 12 years, sat down with the rookie class at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot at the New York Knicks' practice facility. This year's group (of 36) answered seven questions about their class, as well as a few about the current player they most admire and what they're expecting as they make the jump to the NBA. NOTE: Players were asked not to vote for themselves, college teammates or NBA teammates. (Some still did, and those votes were discounted.) * * * Who will be the 2018-19 Kia Rookie of the Year? 1. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix -- 18%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 18% 3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 9%     Kevin Knox, New York -- 9% 5. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 6%     Devonte' Graham, Charlotte -- 6%     Michael Porter Jr., Denver -- 6%     Trae Young, Atlanta -- 6% Others receiving votes: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento; Troy Brown Jr., Washington; Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago; Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City; Harry Giles, Sacramento; Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis; Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Last year: Dennis Smith Jr. – 26% Worth noting: In the first nine years of this survey, at least one player got at least 24 percent of the vote. The only time the rookies got this right was in 2007 (the first year of the survey), when Kevin Durant received 54 percent of the vote. Which rookie will have the best career? 1. Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago -- 13% 2. Kevin Knox, New York -- 10%     Jerome Robinson, LA Clippers -- 10% 3. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix -- 7%     Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 7%     Mikal Bridges, Phoenix -- 7%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 7%     Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio -- 7% Others receiving votes: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento; Miles Bridges, Charlotte; Troy Brown Jr., Washington; Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City; Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LA Clippers; Devonte' Graham, Charlotte; Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis; Michael Porter Jr., Denver; Trae Young, Atlanta Last year: Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum -- 18% Worth noting: This is the fifth straight year that a Duke guy has earned the most votes on this question, with Carter joining Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Tatum. Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft? 1. Keita Bates-Diop (48), Minnesota -- 13% 2. Michael Porter Jr. (14), Denver -- 10%     Lonnie Walker IV (18), San Antonio -- 10% 4. Jalen Brunson (33), Dallas -- 6%     Gary Trent Jr. (37), Portland -- 6% Others receiving votes: Grayson Allen (21), Utah; Mohamed Bamba (6), Orlando; Miles Bridges (12), Charlotte; Bruce Brown (42), Detroit; Jevon Carter (32), Memphis; Hamidou Diallo (45), Oklahoma City; Donte DiVincenzo (17), Milwaukee; Luka Doncic (3), Dallas; Jacob Evans (28), Golden State; Devonte' Graham (34), Charlotte; De'Anthony Melton (46), Houston; Svi Mykhailiuk (47), L.A. Lakers; Jerome Robinson (13), LA Clippers; Mitchell Robinson (36), New York; Mo Wagner (25), L.A. Lakers; Robert Williams III (27), Boston; Trae Young (5), Atlanta Last year: Donovan Mitchell -- 19% Worth noting: This question got the biggest variety of answers, and we'll see if Bates-Diop gets a chance to crack Tom Thibodeau's typically-short rotation in Minnesota. Last year's rookies certainly got this one right. Which rookie is the most athletic? 1. Zhaire Smith, Philadelphia -- 24% 2. Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City -- 15%     Josh Okogie, Minnesota -- 15%     Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio -- 15% 5. Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento -- 6%     Miles Bridges, Charlotte -- 6% Others receiving votes: DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix; Mikal Bridges, Phoenix; Bruce Brown, Detroit; Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee; Michael Porter Jr., Denver; Collin Sexton, Cleveland; Robert Williams III, Boston Last year: Dennis Smith Jr. -- 44% Worth noting: We'll have to wait to see just how athletic Smith really is. He just had foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture, the same injury that forced Simmons to miss the season after being drafted. Which rookie is the best shooter? 1. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 47% 2. Kevin Huerter, Atlanta -- 13%     Svi Mykhailiuk, L.A. Lakers -- 13% 4. Gary Trent Jr., Portland -- 9% 5. Grayson Allen, Utah -- 6%     Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee -- 6% Others receiving votes: Aaron Holiday, Indiana; Kevin Knox, New York Last year: Luke Kennard -- 49% Worth noting: As usual, this question garnered the closest thing to a consensus. In fact, Young received more votes on this question (15) than any other player received on the first seven questions total. Which rookie is the best defender? 1. Jevon Carter, Memphis -- 29% 2. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 14% 3. Josh Okogie, Minnesota -- 11% 4. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix -- 9% 5. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis -- 6%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 6% Others receiving votes: DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix; Bruce Brown, Detroit; Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago; Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City; Melvin Frazier Jr., Orlando; Mitchell Robinson, New York; Omari Spellman, Atlanta; Gary Trent Jr., Portland; Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Last year: Josh Jackson -- 26% Worth noting: Carter is another rookie who just had surgery. But it was to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and he's such a good defender that his fellow rookies gave him twice as many votes as any other player despite his absence at the Rookie Photo Shoot. Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 35% 2. Jalen Brunson, Dallas -- 15% 3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 9%     Shai Gilgeous-Alexander -- 9%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 9% 6. Troy Brown Jr., Washington -- 6%     Aaron Holiday, Indiana -- 6% Others receiving votes: Devonte' Graham, Charlotte; De'Anthony Melton, Houston; Michael Porter Jr., Denver; Jerome Robinson, LA Clippers Last year: Lonzo Ball -- 72% Worth noting: Young is the first player in the 10 years of the Rookie Survey to get the most votes in both the "Best shooter" and "Best playmaker" questions. He's also one of five rookies – Diallo, Porter, Sexton and Walker are the others – to receive votes on five of the first seven questions this year. Sexton was the only one to receive more than one vote on at least four questions. What will be the biggest adjustment for you, playing in the NBA? 1. Speed or pace of the game -- 31% 2. Schedule/Length of season -- 24% 3. Physicality (size and strength of opponents) -- 19% 4. Travel -- 10% 5. Lifestyle/Time management -- 8% Also receiving votes: Conditioning, Playing NBA defense, Not having the ball as much Last year: Physicality (size and strength of opponents) -- 37% Worth noting: The top four answers on this question have been pretty consistent over the last few years. What is the most important skill you need to develop? 1. Ball-handling -- 19%     Shooting -- 19% 3. Defense -- 14% 4. Playmaking/Reading the defense -- 11% 5. Everything -- 8% 6. Motor/Work ethic -- 6%     Strength -- 6%     Time management -- 6% Also receiving votes: Basketball IQ, Communication, Confidence, Leadership Last year: N/A Worth noting: Good news for coaches: "Defense" got five times as many votes as it did last year. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 29% 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 9%     Kevin Durant, Golden State -- 9% 4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 6%     Chris Paul, Houston -- 6%     Dwyane Wade -- 6%     Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City -- 6% Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant; DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State; Anthony Davis, New Orleans; Paul George, Oklahoma City; James Harden, Houston; Jrue & Justin Holiday, New Orleans/Chicago; Kyrie Irving, Boston; Jusuf Nurkic, Portland; John Wall, Washington; Nick Young, Last year: LeBron James -- 31% Worth noting: James has been on a different team each time he has led this category, while Bryant is still getting votes two years after his retirement. John Schuhmann is a staff writer for 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 NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Jaya reveals biggest realization about her 30-year show biz career

  One of Jaya's biggest personal realizations about being in show biz for many years is that her talent is merely "borrowed" from God. With this in mind, she makes sure that she sings, not to prove that she's good, but to glorify Him. "At one point in my life, I found myself asking, 'What am I doing with this gift? Am I singing just to earn money or make a difference?' I'm singing for God. I don't think I would have lasted 30 years in this industry on talent alone, because my attitude, life and career weren't perfect," she said at a recent press con for her upcoming concert, "Soulja." "It's not about who or what you are---it's about who's running your business, who's...Keep on reading: Jaya reveals biggest realization about her 30-year show biz career.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Traveloka rounds up the 75 best hotels in the Philippines

When it comes to traveling, one of the biggest and perhaps most difficult decisions you have to make is picking a hotel. Apart from budget considerations, you also have to check if the place is clean, safe, and has access to necessities like water and dining options. This might take a while, especially if you’re […] The post Traveloka rounds up the 75 best hotels in the Philippines appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Meralco rates still 3rd highest in Asia – IEC

Average rates of Manila Electric Co. remained the third highest in Asia, but rates have already gone down in the past six years due to continued decline in power generation cost, according to a survey commissioned by the country’s biggest power distributor......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Tokyo stocks open lower as global trade worries weigh

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday amid worries about global trade as a key business sentiment survey showed confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers has slipped. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.21 percent or 47.85 points to 22,256.66 in early trade while the broader Topix index was down 0.23 percent or 4.00 points to 1,726.89. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Japan business confidence slips in June survey: BoJ

Confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers has slipped for the second straight quarter, a key central bank survey showed on Monday. The Bank of Japan’s Tankan report — a quarterly survey of about 10,000 companies — showed a reading of 21 among major manufacturers in its June survey against 24 in the March report. The latest […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

2019 elections preview: New names and alliances, old faces and surprises

With just around a year before the country heads back to the  polls, the recent Pulse Asia survey on possible senatorial hopefuls has set politics-savvy Filipinos abuzz. The list of 58 possible candidates for next year’s race reveals not just the turning of the tide through new alliances, but an old guard that refuses to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Zagat on the menu for restaurant review site Infatuation

SAN FRANCISCO — Restaurant review new-comer The Infatuation announced Monday a deal to buy veteran Zagat from Google for an undisclosed amount. Since Google bought Zagat a little more than six years ago for a reported $151 million, the long-established service for evaluating dining experiences has seen appetites turn to Internet age services such as […] The post Zagat on the menu for restaurant review site Infatuation appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Donnie Nietes open to moving up to 115-pounds

In two days, Donnie Nietes has arguably has one of his biggest fights in front of him, as he makes his HBO debut in an IBF Flyweight world title defense against Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco on the Superfly 2 card in The Forum, Los Angeles. Against Reveco, Nietes will be taking on a two-division world champion and someone who has an almost identical record, so it won’t be a cakewalk by any means. While Nietes isn’t taking anything for granted, nor is he taking Reveco lightly, talks of the future have surfaced, and the three division champion says he’s open to moving up in weight, should he be victorious against Reveco on Saturday. Speaking through ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer, Nietes reveals that he’s always intended to move up to Super Flyweight, and has his sights set on either of the Superfly 2 main eventers, reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai or challenger Juan Francisco Estrada. “He’s always had plans to move up in weight, he wants to see what’s out there.” Aldeguer said. “If Ruingvisai is available, or Estrada, he’s always wanted to fight Estrada, even before, he wanted to fight Estrada at 112 but now he’s moved up to 115. He’s focused on Saturday, but he’s also open to move up in weight. If he wins on Saturday, he wants to move up to 115 and fight anybody out there.” Another intriguing matchup for Nietes at 115, should he decide to make the jump, is former pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales. Nietes has long called for a match against the Nicaraguan, but it has never come to fruition. After losing back-to-back fights against Rungvisai for the WBC title, Chocolatito has expressed interest in fighting Nietes for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title in Nicaragua. Nietes says that should the fight happen, it should happen in neutral ground. “He’s always wanted to fight Chocolatito, but with Chocolatito being a champion and him being a champion, we think it’s best to fight in a neutral country, maybe in the US.” And while consecutive losses has bumped Chocolatito off the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, Nietes believes that the Nicaraguan is still a stern test for anyone, including himself. “He still feels that Chocolatito is one of the great fighters. He just felt that maybe he wasn’t training or wasn’t in top shape in the last fight, but he knows he’s still a great fighter.” For Aldeguer, nothing is set in stone and everything would depend on Saturday’s contest against Reveco. “If he does win impressively on Saturday, hopefully we’ll see if he has to stay at 112 or move up to 115.”  “Of course names have always been there like ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales, he wants to fight the winner of Rungvisai versus Estrada, Cuardas is there, so there’s a lot at stake for Donnie, he knows what’s there, he just has to take care of business on Saturday.” Aldeguer added.   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News   Donnie Nietes defends his IBF Flyweight World Title agaisnt Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco on Superfly 2! Catch the telecast on Sunday, February 25 at 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 (Replay February 28, 7:00 PM).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Ad Summit Pilipinas 2018 Reveals Roster of Speakers

[Editor's note: The following is a press release from Ad Summit Pilipinas] MANILA, Philippines – The biggest advertising and marketing event of the year is fast coming! Ad Summit Pilipinas 2018 is definitely jam-packed with ROI, as it announces its latest batch of speakers who will grace the event. Themed "DIY Your ROI," this year's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

MMFF reveals 2017 box office sales, ranking

MANILA, Philippines — Vice Ganda regained his throne as the biggest star of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) when his movie “Gandarrapido: The Revenger.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Mindanaoans most optimistic about Christmas, until...

MANILA, Philippines – Mindanaoans were the most optimistic among Filipinos about Christmas 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). Up to 84% of the residents in the country's second biggest island expected a "happy" Christmas, even higher than their 78% from 2016.  The survey, however, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Factory output expansion slowest in nearly 6 years

By Christine J. S. Castañeda Senior Researcher INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION saw its biggest drop in almost six years in October, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday. In its latest Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI), the PSA said the volume of production index — a measure of factory output — contracted by 6.5% in […] The post Factory output expansion slowest in nearly 6 years appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Oct. sees less jobs, but quality improves

THE RANKS of jobless Filipinos grew in October, but job quality saw the biggest improvement in more than a decade, according to latest labor data which the government released on Tuesday. The preliminary results of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) put the unemployment rate at five percent in […] The post Oct. sees less jobs, but quality improves appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Oct. sees less jobs, but quality improves

THE RANKS of jobless Filipinos grew in October, but job quality saw the biggest improvement in more than a decade, according to latest labor data which the government released on Tuesday. The preliminary results of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) put the unemployment rate at five percent in… link: Oct. sees less jobs, but quality improves.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

US, China and France were biggest overseas spenders in Canada this summer

International tourists to Canada helped pump US$4.4 billion into the local economy over the summer months, thanks in large part to American, Chinese and French visitors who were the country's top three spenders. According to the 2017 Summer Travel Snapshot report released Wednesday, visitor spending rose 12 percent during the months of May to September, compared to the same summer period last year. The report was prepared jointly between Visa Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and is based on international Visa cardholder spending. The United States, China and France represent the biggest overseas spenders in Canada. A further breakdown of U.S. s...Keep on reading: US, China and France were biggest overseas spenders in Canada this summer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

French chef leads top 100 chefs ranking

Michel Troisgros, of the storied Maison Troisgros restaurant in southwest France, has been voted this year's top chef by his fellow Michelin-starred colleagues, in an international survey which was revealed in Monaco on Sunday. Organized by the French industry magazine Le Chef, the 2018 edition of the "100 Chefs" list asked 552 international chefs who hold two to three Michelin stars to name the five chefs they believe represent the best of the profession, create the most influential cuisine, and helm a must-visit restaurant. Winners were announced at the Chefs World Summit in Monaco Sunday night. This year, Troisgros earned the biggest respect of his peers, taking the top s...Keep on reading: French chef leads top 100 chefs ranking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

“STEM Education in Asia Pacific” Research Reveals Students’ Interest in STEM is Strong in the Region, But Students and Teachers Need More Resources

Amgen Asia and the New York Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Alliance (GSA), today announced the results of the “STEM Education in Asia Pacific“ survey. The survey, conducted by an independent third-party research firm, polled... The post “STEM Education in Asia Pacific” Research Reveals Students’ Interest in STEM is Strong in the Region, But Students and Teachers Need More Resources appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017