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Ombudsman Morales: ‘Strong institutions needed, not strongmen’

Two months before her retirement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has broken her silence over perceived attacks on her office and other constitutional bodies, saying the country needs strong, independent institutions more than strong leaders......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News2 hr. 57 min. ago Related News

Miscues push Warriors to brink of elimination

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com HOUSTON — The hefty equipment bag sitting next to the visitor’s locker room entrance after Game 5 of the Western Conference finals never had a chance. Whack! went Draymond Green’s fist against it as he walked by. Well, at least the Warriors hit something as the night grew late. Once again, the defending champions, the team with four All-Stars, the franchise with a pair of former MVPs still in their prime and two of the most efficient machines of this generation went flatter than Texas when it counted. Missed shots, failed stops and poor decisions all piled on their heads. That fourth quarter was mostly a 12-minute mess. It doomed them at the finish, for the second straight game, and now has them on the brink — really! — in the conference finals. The Warriors awaken today with a pair of potential saving graces: Game 6 is in Oakland and Chris Paul is gimpy, and might be done for good. That could be enough to push this series to seven games. Yet nothing is for certain anymore in the Warriors’ world, if only because of the weird and uncharacteristic — for them — developments in the clutch. Simply put, their lack of composure and smarts is the reason they’re in a bind. Imagine: The Rockets don’t score 100 and James Harden missed all 11 of his three-pointers and the Warriors still lose. It was a strange, empty night for the Warriors where nothing made sense for them. Yes, Paul went nuts in the fourth quarter and Houston’s defensive rotations and traps are catching the Warriors — and especially Kevin Durant — by surprise, and yet the Warriors are also doing a good job of stabbing themselves. Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) 98-94 loss was another blown opportunity, another one that got away, and for the first time since The Finals two summers ago the Warriors are staring at elimination. The face of the Warriors in these back-to-back losses belongs to Durant, and it wears the look of a man confused and dumbfounded. He is 1-for-9 shooting over the last two fourth quarters, reduced to a supporting actor, a backup singer, instead of a beast. He’s not the total reason for this, but a strong symptom nonetheless. Could they fall short of The Finals, a place where they were all but destined to go? It’s a reality, obviously, and their margin for error is toothpick-like. But that’s not what coach Steve Kerr’s gut tells him. “I feel great about where we are right now,” he said. “That may sound crazy, but I feel it. I know exactly what I’m seeing out there … we got everything we needed. Just too many turnovers, too many reaches. If we settle down a little bit we’re going to be in really good shape.” Maybe some of Kerr’s mood has something to do with Paul grabbing a hamstring in the final moments, perhaps stripping the Rockets of their best player in this series. Maybe it’s just hard to fathom the Warriors losing four times in a best-of-seven. All that talent and past success can make a man stubborn, almost refusing to ponder the possibility of defeat. Fine, but Kerr and crew must find a way to clean up the bad choices they’ve made with the game on the line, before it becomes habit-forming. Eighteen turnovers isn’t a recipe for winning. “We can learn from it,” said Durant, “and we’ve got another opportunity at home. We’ll be ready to play.” Trailing by a point with 49 seconds left, here’s what the Warriors coughed up: * Quinn Cook missed a three-pointer. The big surprise is that the ball found Cook and he actually took a shot at that stage of the game. * Curry missed a driving layup, and rather than grab the rebound, Green slapped it out toward the perimeter, hoping a teammate would grab it. Trevor Ariza scooped the lose ball instead. * Then: Down three points and seconds left, the play was designed for Curry to spring loose for a three, but Green fumbled a pass that hit him in both hands. Game over. “We were supposed to score,” said Green. “I lost the ball. Nothing more, nothing less.” Before these self-inflicted misadventures, the Warriors were repeatedly punished by Paul, who recovered from an 0-for-7 first half with 18 points in the second half — complete with a payback shimmy aimed at Curry — before pulling up lame with 22 seconds left. Also, Eric Gordon dropped 24 points and went to the line 10 times, thanks to reach-in fouls by beaten Warriors defenders. “What we can’t live with is reaching and jumping on Eric Gordon’s pump fakes,” said Kerr. “We reached on James and he shot nine free throws. We’ve got to be a little more disciplined.” Overall, the Warriors withstood a manic Toyota Center and were locked in a tight finish against a 65-win team, but never led after the eight-minute mark and weren't nearly sharp enough to capture the lead. They were without Andre Iguodala again, but he’s a defensive specialist and for much of the night defense wasn’t a big issue for the Warriors; the Rockets shot 37 percent and Harden didn’t hurt them. Their problems were mistakes and missed shots. Anyway, Golden State has four All-Stars to Houston’s two, and now with Paul’s status questionable, maybe just one. That means, although the Warriors trail 3-2, they’re in a reasonably good position to keep the series alive. They’re not worried. There’s another emotion running through their bodies. “I think they’re angry,” said Kerr. “As they should be. They’re competitors.” This is new territory in the Durant Era. Remember, the Warriors lost only once last season and until the West Finals didn’t perspire much. As expected, the Rockets are indeed the biggest threat they’ve faced. It’s the series that’s meeting the high expectations for drama and suspense and a chance to see the mighty Warriors ousted. Does Paul’s injury linger and ultimately bail out the Warriors? Can Durant rediscover his touch in the clutch? Will the Warriors wise up or once again wig out? There’s nothing at stake, really, except a dynasty that a loaded team was created to become. Curry plans to remain cool and confident, and the Warriors really don’t have any other choice but to adopt that mentality. “We’ve played the last two games good enough to win but just haven’t gotten the job done," he said. "The way we played tonight, if we can repeat that, take care of turnovers, just stay mentally locked on the details for 48 minutes, we know we can get a win. “Just the talent we have on this team and the resiliency, you know we can get the job done. We know we haven’t been in this position before, so it’s a chapter we need to figure out and finish the story.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports14 hr. 31 min. ago Related News

Stronger next time

  The Smart National Team dropped the first of three duels against a PBA Mindanao All-Star Team on Wednesday night in Digos City, but one of the stars of the winning team believes Gilas Pilipinas will only get better in their next two outings. "I'm sure they're not going to lose their next two games," said Mark Barroca, after scoring 20 points in the Mindanao All-Stars' 144-130 conquest of the Smart All-Stars at Davao Del Sur Coliseum. "They were just complacent. They are a very strong team." It will be the PBA Luzon All-Stars turn to test the national team at Batangas Coliseum in Batangas City on Friday night with Gilas stalwarts Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Jayson C...Keep on reading: Stronger next time.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 24th, 2018Related News

Morales says countries don t need strongmen but strong institutions

“All public officers, in wielding the vast powers of government, remain bound by the defined contours and clear-cut limitations set by law. No single branch can control the entire government. No single person could lord it over,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said. Source link link: Morales says countries don't need strongmen but strong institutions.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: May 24th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Sharon Cuneta excited over new movie after Sharon-Gabby project got scrapped

The clamor for another Sharon-Gabby movie grew strong back in February when Megastar Sharon Cuneta and ex-husband Gabby Concepcion reunited for a McDo commercial that upended social media. Diehard.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2018Related News

Morales says countries don& apos;t need strongmen but strong institutions - GMA News

Morales says countries don't need strongmen but strong institutions - GMA News.....»»

Source: Googlenews GooglenewsCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2018Related News

Philippines moves towards allowing divorce

The Philippines is one of only two places in the world where divorce is still illegal, the other being Vatican City. But the country is taking steps towards changing that. Despite strong opposition.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2018Related News

2 cops’ vehicles damaged by force majeure in police camp

CABANATUAN City -- Caused by an act of nature. This after a heavy downpour coupled with strong winds last Wednesday afternoon caused the antenna installed inside the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company office compound to accidentally bend and fall, damaging two motor vehicles parked inside, police said yesterday. Knocked down….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2018Related News

US: We have strong evidence China deployed missiles, bombers in Spratlys

Citing strong evidence that Beijing has deployed weapons and jammers in the Spratly Islands, Washington called out Chinese President Xi Jinping for violating his promise not to militarize the South China Sea......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2018Related News

Cebu Landmasters on track to hit P1.7-billion income target

Cebu Landmasters Inc. is on track to hit its net income target of P1.7 billion for the year as it continues to benefit from strong demand for its various housing projects, the property firm said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceMay 23rd, 2018Related News

Intellectual property agency notes rise in seized fake goods

          As the value of fake goods seized for the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 amounts to P5.3 billion, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) projects that the total value for this year would grow by a three-digit percentage.   "The 2018 first quarter seizure reflects a triple-digit growth from the comparable period last year and attests to IPOPHL and NCIPR's (National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights) unflagging efforts to stamp out the spread of counterfeit and pirated goods," IPOPHL Director General Josephine Santiago said in a statement on Wednesday.   "With this strong showing in [the]e...Keep on reading: Intellectual property agency notes rise in seized fake goods.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 23rd, 2018Related News

Le Tour de Filipinas: Cariño brothers top laborious Stage 3

The Cariño brothers proved that excellence runs in the family as Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance’s El Joshua and 7-Eleven Cliqq RoadBike Philippines’ Daniel Ven made a historic 1-2 finish in the arduous Stage 3 of the 2018 Le Tour de Filipinas. The Cariño brothers thrived under sweltering conditions as they made a decisive breakaway in the town of Sta. Barbara, some 30 kilometers from Lingayen, before they engaged themselves in a mad dash to the finish in front of their fellow Pangasinenses near the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol. However, it was El Joshua who crossed the finish line first after the taxing 185.20-km trek that started in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, and ran through the crowded roads of the country’s cycling hotbed in four hours, 28 minutes and 56 seconds for his breakthrough lap win in the annual race. The impressive performance by the Cariños also caused big changes in the general classifications, with El Joshua, 25, jumping from ninth spot to the top of the general classification with an aggregate time of 8:17:23 that enabled him to wrest the coveted yellow jersey from fellow Navyman Ronald Oranza. Oranza, the Stage 2 winner, struggled this time and checked in at 15th overall, causing him to slip down to third spot, a minute and 41 seconds off the pace going to the fourth and final stage on Wednesday, a back-breaking 154.65-km trek to Baguio City made tougher by a Hors Category climb in the treacherous Kennon Road. Meanwhile, Daniel Ven, 19, remained in strong contention as he moved up from 11th spot to second overall, just four seconds behind El Joshua. However, the Cariño brothers, who both hail from Mangaldan, some 22kms away from here, already pulled off an astonishing feat by becoming the first Filipino siblings to make a 1-2 finish in the only International Cycling Union-sanctioned road race in the country. “Gusto namin gumawa ng history sa cycling na magkapatid na nanalo sa UCI,” said El Joshua, savoring the feat in the presence of their father Bienvenido, 78. “Madali sa aming dalawa kasi magkapatid kami. Dream come true kasi history talaga ‘yun.” Philippine national team Mervin Corpuz, one of the country’s promising riders, checked in a minute and 30 seconds behind the Cariños to cap another strong showing by local hopefuls who occupy seven spots in the Top 10 so far. Navyman Jan Paul Morales, still the green jersey holder as the best sprinter, is running at fifth with a clocking of 8:19:11, followed by 2014 champion Mark Galedo (seventh, 8:19:17) and Marcelo Felipe (eighth, 8:19:17) of 7-Eleven Cliqq RoadBike Philippines and Navy’s climbing specialist Junrey Navarra (ninth, 8:19:30). Korean Jung Hajeon of Uijeaongbu Cycling Team continued to be the best foreigner so far after he checked in at sixth in the stage. But he slipped two rungs lower down to fourth in the GC rankings with a total time of 8:19:11. A pair of foreign riders still in the Top 10 are Indonesian Aiman Cahyadi of Team Sapura, who moved a rung lower to sixth with an aggregate time of 8:19:14, and Terengganu’s Eritrean rider Metkel Eyo who slid down from fourth to 10th overall with 8:20:11 clocking. In the team classifications, the irrepressible Navymen continued to show the way with a total time of 25 hours, 56 minutes and four seconds, just three seconds ahead of Team 7-Eleven. Uijeongbu Cycling Team is at third, more than 12 minutes behind. It was the Cariño brothers, however, who put on a show as they pounced on their weary rivals in the homestretch, with the sweltering heat making it tougher on the field which has been split to several groups after repeated attacks early on. “Bago kami umatake, sabi ko, ‘Tara na!’” shared El Joshua. “Hindi naman maghahabol ‘yung 7-11 kasi 7-11 siya, tapos ganun din sa teammates ko. Kaya ‘yung gameplan namin, natuloy talaga. Hinayaan namin ‘yung mga foreigners na maghabol. Nagkataon siguro na pagod talaga ‘yung mga foreigners. Na-tsambahan namin.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

Thai Q1 GDP expands at best pace in five years; gov’t raises 2018 forecast

BANGKOK — Thailand produced its fastest economic growth in five years in the first quarter, boosted by strong exports and tourism plus a slight firming in long-weak private consumption. With the robust January-March performance, the national planning agency raised its 2018 growth forecast to 4.2-4.7% from 3.6-4.6% seen three months ago. The agency said on […] The post Thai Q1 GDP expands at best pace in five years; gov’t raises 2018 forecast appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

LOOK: Bangs Garcia’s baby Amelia gets baptized in England

An overjoyed Bangs Garcia with her British-Filipino businessman husband Lloyd Birchmore celebrated their baby daughter's May 20 christening in England. The parents were beaming with pride, as their darling Amelia became the charming center of attention for the day. Garcia shared the best photos from her little one's special day on Instagram yesterday, May 21. The elated Garcia had this wish for Amelia for her christening: "My precious daughter, Amelia, may your heart be kind, your spirit strong to see the good and right the wrong. May Lord Jesus create an [armor] of grace and luck around you that will protect and keep you safe all your life." "This is just the beginning of your ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Bangs Garcia’s baby Amelia gets baptized in England.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 22nd, 2018Related News

Business of Football - Philippines highlights football s growth in the country

MANILA -  The recent success of The Azkals, with their Asian Cup qualification, and their FIFA ranking at its highest at 111, has given football a renewed confidence, and a positive outlook in terms of the growth of the sport in the Philippines.   Football is now tipped to become the fastest growing sport in the country, with the largest potential for success commercially, and in terms of on-pitch success.  The sport which is currently number 3 in the Philippines in terms of popularity and participation, after basketball and boxing, is said to be still further behind compared to other sports, such as volleyball, billiards, etc., in terms of TV coverage. These were among the insights and trends gathered from top-notch executives of organizations such as AFC, PFF, PFL, LaLiga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, Globe Telecom, RSportz, Toby Sports and Manila Times, at the ‘Business of Football - Philippines’, organized by MMC Sportz.  The sold-out event was attended by more than 185 local and foreign delegates on 18 May 2018 at the New World Makati Hotel.   MMC Sports CEO Eric Gottschalk says, “Research in this market, shows that TV is still the number one platform here in the Philippines, and is the number one medium that advertisers are looking for, to spend their budgets on.  We also learned that live TV coverage actually stimulates stadium attendance, and not vice versa.  If there’s more football on TV, we will see more fans in the stadium.  Currently football is not ranked among the top 100 TV programmers in the Philippines and is only number 3 sport in terms of participation and popularity after basketball and boxing.  Football needs media in order to drive commercial revenues for the clubs.”   “Now is also the perfect time to get involved in football since sponsorship and advertising opportunities are currently very affordable compared for example to basketball, but this is predicted to change within the next 6-12 months, as values are expected to increase sharply.  Football also needs to create more idols and heroes to attract more media coverage overall, other than just covering game scores. Each team has a unique story which just needs to be told,” says Gottschalk. Following the presentation about the Philippines Football League (PFL) it was agreed that the PFL now fills the lack of regular created football content as the leagues matches (87 in 2018/19 season) contribute year-round stories to keep football in the news. In the past, the main talking points were around the Azkals which only play very few home matches each year.      Public education about the game of football is also needed on all levels as many people in the Philippines are still not aware about the rules or aware of programs available like coaching academies, amateur competitions, or how and where to follow the professional league.  Ten thousand (10,000) qualified grassroots coaches are also needed to satisfy the local demand and to trigger strong football development and growths. Investors on the other hand are looking for consistency and credibility of the football product but with the PFL in the second season and foreign sponsors expected to invest in the Philippines, local brands should consider to follow suit.  On the sports retail side, only 1.5% of current retail sales are attributed to football, while basketball enjoys a healthy 46% market share. As a result, only limited line items and stocks are available in stores and entry level boots and replica jerseys are too high priced to be affordable for the average consumer. The national player registration program, MY PFF, has been launched with the objective to collect vital statistics and data about the football community which is urgently needed to support the youth football development strategy of the PFF and to develop a players pathway.  As FIFA has mandated to register the estimated 1.5 million players in the Philippines, the PFF has urged organizers and players to already register online as by next month only registered players will be allowed to participate in sanctioned events. The “Business of Football – Philippines” conference also announced 36 career opportunities related to sports and football, including positions in marketing, legal, competition management and coaching, with all these listing being available online with MMC Sportz or for direct inquiries with the PFF. In his closing remarks, MMC Sportz CEO Eric M. Gottschalk stated that “More importantly, Don’t Break the 12th Man! It is important that all stakeholders don’t forget to engage with the fans. The fans are the most important aspect of the development of football in the Philippines – if there are no fans of football then there is no media, no spectators, no players, no games, no business. Everyone is required to ensure we keep the fans (football consumers) engaged year-long and the first step would be to get the media behind the game. There is a strong football - community out there already and hopefully, we the TV broadcasters will take another look at football and give them at least some consideration on the program schedule.  I believe today’s conference was a great success.  We brought the football community together, stimulated thinking, exchanged ideas and transferred a lot of knowledge. Now it is up to the football stakeholders to continue the progress.  From our end (and with the approval of the PFF) we will stage the 2nd edition of BOF early 2019 and hopefully we will be able to report on some of the changes initiated today.”    Speakers who shared their insights include LaLiga Managing Director for South East Asia, Japan, Korean and Australia Ivan Codina, AFC Head of MA Services Domeka Garamendi, SMG Insight Managing Director Frank Saez, Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami, Globe Director for OIC, Citizenship and Advocacy Marketing Miguel Bermundo, PFL CEO Lazarus Xavier, PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes, Ignite Sports Group Managing Director Michael Reyes,  Asian Replica Designs Founder & Owner Jonathan Mallinson, Quorum Group President & COO Jose Claudio, Jr., Mediapro Asia Director of Sales and Sponsorship Salauddin Sinnakandu, and MMC Sportz Marketing CEO Eric Gottschalk.  Organized by MMC Sportz Asia, the event was sanctioned by the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) and the Philippines Football Federation (PFF), and sponsored by La Liga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, RSportz, Globe Telecom, Toby’s Sports, Manila Times and Platinumlist. - RELEASE  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

BIRON CUP 2018: Dumangas score wins in volleyball, basketball

DUMANGAS, Iloilo is going strong in the Biron Cup Season 2 tournament after capturing victories in volleyball and basketball matches over the weekend. The men’s volleyball team unleashed the heart of a champion as they rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win in a classic semifinals clash against the municipality of San Miguel, 17-25, 23-25, […] The post BIRON CUP 2018: Dumangas score wins in volleyball, basketball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

Kagay-anon Boxer wins Gold in Elite Russian tournament

Local hero Carlo Paalam joined Team Pilipinas in a strong showing at the recently concluded Elite Category 10th Kostantin Korotkov Memorial International Tournament organized by the Russian Boxing Federation held at the Regional Sports Complex (Stadium im. Lenina) in Khabarovsk, Russia from May 15-20, 2018......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2018Related News

Short term T-bill rates lower on strong demand

The Bureau of the Treasury yesterday fully awarded 91-day and 182-day Treasury bills, but only partially awarded one-year securities as the market continued to show preference for shorter tenors......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceMay 21st, 2018Related News

Europe investors still keen on Philippines

Investor interest from Europe remains strong amid prevailing concerns on political stability and possible changes in the country’s incentives system, the head of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceMay 21st, 2018Related News

Cirtek net income up by 14% on strong revenue growth

Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp. (CHPC) grew its net income by 14% in the first quarter of 2018, driven by a double-digit increase in revenues following the consolidation of its recently acquired firm alongside higher sales in its semiconductor unit. In a regulatory filing, CHPC reported a net income of $1.94 million in the January to […] The post Cirtek net income up by 14% on strong revenue growth appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceMay 21st, 2018Related News