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SAP Bong Go visits AgSur

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) - In time for the Naliyagan Festival celebration in the province of Agusan del Sur, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go visited the municipality of Prosperidad.....»»

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Dr. Dre is working on a Marvin Gaye movie

American rapper and producer Dr. Dre has secured the rights to use Marvin Gaye's music in a film, reports Variety. This isn't the first time that someone has attempted to portray Marvin Gaye's life and musical achievements on screen. In fact, in 2016, there was talk of a limited series produced by actor and musician Jamie Foxx, although the project does not appear to have advanced. It was, according to Pitchfork.com, to be the first series about Marvin Gaye's life to be officially authorized by the musician's family. Prior to that, other figures from the music and movie worlds who have tried to get a Marvin Gaye biopic off the ground include F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, Scott R...Keep on reading: Dr. Dre is working on a Marvin Gaye movie.....»»

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Eventful fusion of politics, personal triumphs at Urian

If hip-hop artist Abra would do another movie, he said it would be "either sci-fi or fantasy, and with another badass director." Abra recently bagged the Gawad Urian best actor trophy for his performance in Treb Monteras II's "Respeto." He added that the time he spent off music while working on his first big-screen project "was all worth it. The film made me discover my love and respect for acting ... Yes, I'd love to do another one if the concept fits me." He said it would have been impossible for him to finish "Respeto" if not for the help of his colleagues in the hip-hop community. "We represent a culture that was once ignored by many, but is now being recognized on the silv...Keep on reading: Eventful fusion of politics, personal triumphs at Urian.....»»

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Cop shot dead in Toledo City

CEBU CITY -- Another police officer was killed in an ambush in early evening on Tuesday in Cebu. This time the shooting incident happened in Sitio Cabancalan, Barangay Daanlungsod, Toledo City in western Cebu where a gunman shot dead PO2 Melchizedeck Batomalaque, a police officer who was assigned in Mindanao. Batomalaque, 37, was heading out riding his motorcycle from his house when he was shot several times by an unidentified assailant at past 6 p.m., said SPO1 Roxam Enerio, desk officer of Toledo City Police Station, in a phone interview on Tuesday. Enerio said that the victim was hit several times in the body and head. The unidentified gunman fled after the attack. Batomal...Keep on reading: Cop shot dead in Toledo City.....»»

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England, Belgium strike

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AFP) - Harry Kane grabbed a dramatic late winner for England on Monday, powering home a header in injury time of their World Cup opener after Belgium had earlier swept past Panama. Kane’s second goal of the game secured a 2-1 victory after it looked as if England….....»»

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Grab to give fare subsidies amid drop in driver earnings

Ridesharing company Grab Philippines on Monday said it will spend around P100 million monthly for a “fare-subsidy scheme” to help offset the drop in driver earnings after transport regulators suspended its P2 per minute travel time charge......»»

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How possible is it to find love online?

  MANILA, Philippines – What are the odds that your soulmate is just one swipe away? Filipinos spend an overwhelming 9 hours and 29 minutes each day glued to the internet, and a good chunk of this time might just be spent looking for love. A survey conducted by Rappler showed that ........»»

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Ronaldo seeks encore against battle-hardened Morocco

MOSCOW, Russia – Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat.   A hat-trick from the 5-time world player of the year snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw for the European champions against Spain ........»»

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Samsung releases budget J6 for P13,990

MANILA, Philippines – Samsung followed up its midrange A6 series for 2018 with the less expensive Galaxy J6, a phone priced at P13,990 sporting a 5.6-inch HD display, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a dual-sim configuration.  Samsung's official communiqué for the low-cost midranger/budget unit highlights its ........»»

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LOOK: How Harry Kane thrilled England fans even beyond Russia

MANILA, Philippines – Memories of fan violence hung over England's first World Cup match in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, June 18, but these were all but forgotten after Harry Kane's injury-time winning goal against Tunisia. Three Lions fans called him a “hero,” in their match against Tunisia after ........»»

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Is timing right for same-sex marriage petition? Leonen warns of risks

MANILA, Philippines – For the Philippine LGBT or lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 19, was a most awaited moment until SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen gave them a dose of reality. For the first time, ........»»

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Kane’s injury time header lifts England; Belgium wins

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA -- Harry Kane grabbed a dramatic late winner for England on Monday, powering home a header in injury time of their World Cup opener after Belgium had earlier swept past Panama. The post Kane’s injury time header lifts England; Belgium wins appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Turkey charges father of NBA’s Kanter as terror group member

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said. It’s unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin. Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who the government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. Cleric Fethullah Gulen has denied the allegation, but tens of thousands of people suspected of ties to his network have been arrested or fired. The elder Kanter, a professor, was purged from public service after the coup attempt and detained for five days last summer. Anadolu said the indictment alleges he contacted some 120 suspects with alleged links to Gulen, including dozens who were said to have communicated through an encrypted messaging application. Enes Kanter, a former Oklahoma City Thunder center, has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His Turkish passport was canceled last year. Prosecutors charged him in December with insulting the president in a series of tweets. They want to try him in absentia and have him sentenced to more than four years in prison, if he is convicted. I will continue to keep fighting for Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Justice and Democracy above all.I will stand for what I believe in.All I’m doing is trying to be voice of innocent people Keep my family,innocent people in your prayers 🙏#DictatorErdogan 🇹🇷@RT_Erdogan pic.twitter.com/i7kK3mwKND — Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 18, 2018 “Keep my family, innocent people in your prayers,” the basketball player tweeted Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) with the hashtag “DictatorErdogan.” His Twitter account is withheld in Turkey. Under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of the coup, Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 and sacked some 110,000 people alleged to have infiltrated state institutions for Gulen. The government said the crackdown was needed to fight alleged acts of terror......»»

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Q& A: Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com A year ago, on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls switched gears. Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota, taking with him any pretense that the Bulls were a legitimate playoff team. In that moment, Chicago committed to a rebuild, which is to say, a dive into the draft lottery where coach Fred Hoiberg and his team presumably would be rewarded not for how many games they won but how many they lost. By whatever means necessary. Soon after Butler was moved to the Timberwolves, veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was waived. A few months later, Dwyane Wade was cut loose (via a handsome buyout) to bounce through Cleveland to Miami. The Bulls moved forward with three young pieces courtesy of the Wolves -- wing Zach LaVine, guard Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in 2017, rookie forward Lauri Markkanen -- and a general acceptance that getting from there to here was going to bring a lot of pain. Some of that was literal: Bobby Portis slugged teammate Nikola Mirotic in a preseason practice, breaking two facial bones and putting Mirotic on the shelf for 23 games. Some of it was figurative: the frustration of a season that began as a 3-20 mess and ended in a 10-28 slog. In between, though, the Bulls somehow put together a 14-7 stretch that offered a glimpse of what 2018-19 might be. It also cost them precious lottery balls, eventually leaving them with the No. 7 pick (and No. 22, after dealing Mirotic in February to New Orleans) in Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) Draft. Hoiberg, who went from an alleged coaching “hot seat” during two .500 seasons, wound up with more job security as a coach headed toward 50 defeats and beyond. He spoke with NBA.com about his and the Bulls’, er, challenging season. This is edited from a pair of longer conversations, one at the end of the regular season, the other within the past week. NBA.com: So you go through everything that was 2017-18, dutifully lose 55 games and wind up at No. 7 instead of in the top three for the Draft. The inevitable question is, was it worth it? Fred Hoiberg: Obviously you’re disappointed. You were hoping to move up. But we’re confident we’re going to get a good player with the No. 7 pick and we’re confident we’ll get a good player with the 22nd pick. NBA.com: C’mon, this isn’t our first rodeo. I get that people don’t like to use the word “tanking,” but the Bulls’ marching orders last season were pretty clear. FH: I don’t think you can look at it that way in the midst of your season. The players are competitive, your staff is competitive. You want to play as well as you can and put yourself in a position to win. When you look at the successful stretch that we had in December and January, you think about carrying those things forward and then adding, based on who we get, to the roster. There was some real frustration that we didn’t get a lot of wins at the end. But we developed some younger players and saw what we had with some of our guys. NBA.com: When you guys had that run before the season’s midpoint, winning seven in a row (first team in NBA history with such a long winning streak immediately after a losing streak of 10 in a row) and 10 of 12, did you and the front office ever consider a Plan B? As in, maybe, show potential free agents how good your supporting cast could be, in hopes of luring big-name help this summer? FH: I think we did. What we showed was a really good foundation and a young core that we can build around. When I look back at it, I just wish we could have had more opportunity to work with it and see what it would have looked like. When Zach LaVine came back [Jan. 13 from ACL knee surgery], the plan was for him to play about 20 minutes a night. Then his third game, Kris Dunn fell against Golden State and had that concussion [that cost him 11 games, before missing the final 14 with a toe injury]. It’s too bad we didn’t get the full look. But players like Cam Payne, Denzel [Valentine], Bobby, Robin [Lopez], Justin Holiday all had career years.   NBA.com: You had a lot of injuries down the stretch. Not to suggest that they weren’t all legit, but were you instructed at any point by VP John Paxson or GM Gar Forman to dial it back after that 14-7 success? FH: No, we weren’t. And the big thing from the very beginning of last season, the two things we wanted to see, was competing at a high level every night and the development of our players. I think we accomplished that. NBA.com: What -- in your background as a player, coach, competitor, you name it -- prepared you for this past season? FH: Part of what prepared me for this was, I had been through this as a player. I went from four really competitive teams in Indiana, playing with someone as driven and helpful as Reggie Miller, taking me under his wing. There were other great veteran players who helped me just to survive and taught me a lot. Larry Brown was the coach, then Larry Bird my last two years.   Then when I came to Chicago, I knew it would be an opportunity to play. But it was a rebuild. Eventually I got thrust into the role of captain, as the oldest player on team at 28. It really helped me with what we’re going through now. I learned how important it is to keep guys’ morale up and be positive through the ups and downs. I give our guys all the credit in the world for remaining so positive, keeping up a great work ethic and still being sponges in wanting to learn. NBA.com: What were the takeaways from the best and healthiest part of last season? FH: We got a pretty good feel for what Kris Dunn can be. He really evolved into being a closer for our team. Lauri was closing games for us, taking big shots as a 20-year-old kid. Zach had the game against Minnesota. What people fail to remember about Zach, he averaged over 22 points a game in February and really got into a pretty good rhythm. Then he had some knee soreness and wound up sitting for the rest of the year. But we had some flashes of what this can turn into. NBA.com: Niko paid for his role in sparking that hot streak. FH: Niko was great. He missed those first 23, and I thought our team handled that adverse situation about as well as anybody could, not letting it affect us in a negative way. We were able to move past it. You even saw the chemistry that Niko and Bobby played with when they were out there together. NBA.com: How hard was it personally downshifting from a team that had gone to the playoffs to one that didn’t put a priority on winning? FH: When the move was made on draft night, when those three kids came in, right away there was an excitement. Everyone had seen what Zach had done. He was a highlight reel and had those slam dunk championships. He plays the game with ease on the offensive end. His athletic tools and ability to get up and down the floor. Kris, everybody absolutely loved coming out of the draft [in 2016]. Then he had an up-and-down rookie season. Helping him to get that swagger back that he had coming out of Providence took some work, but he was aching to put that work in. Markkanen, I know the guys upstairs knew how good he was but I had no idea. I didn’t study him because we had the 15th pick. He comes over after a grueling summer -- summer league, Eurobasket with all that pressure in front of his home fans -- and he was exhausted. But then you saw every day, “Man, this kid is really good.” You’re thinking, we could probably put the ball in this kid’s hands. Then he goes up and dunks over a whole team and you say, “My God, this kid’s more athletic than we thought. He uses his feet, he’s got anticipation, he’s got toughness.” He showed a little more every day. NBA.com: Was it difficult asking a proud veteran like Robin Lopez to put it in idle over the final 25 games? FH: I think he understood. He’s been a part of a lot of different situations. He was great. He continued to lead. He continued to practice hard. He talked to the bigs as they came off the floor. NBA.com: Was your own health challenged at all by the stress of this season? Your past issues related to your heart are widely known, and coaching an NBA team even in the best of times is a demanding job. FH: After two open-heart surgeries, I do have to sometimes check myself. There are so many things you can over-concern yourself with in this business. Then you look back a week or two later and say, “My God, why did I put so much effort into that one stupid thing that happened?” You have to let go sometimes. My family is so important for me with that. You get some normalcy in your life. [At night, lying in bed, Hoiberg can hear a valve in his heart every time it beats. He let a visitor listen, too, and sure enough... ] If this ever affected me to the point where I had to throttle back, I would move on to something else. When I had my first surgery and they removed the diseased tissue from the aorta that had an aneurysm in it, they got rid of the problem. The valve deteriorated after they put a new valve in and they had to go in again, but the diseased tissue no longer was there. If it was a risk, I’d be doing something else. But it’s a constant reminder. You think you’re going to get used to it, but you never really do. My wife will be lying next to me and she hears it. NBA.com: When you look back on 2017-18, is it like “Casablanca” for you guys? As in, you’ll always have December? FH: It was fun to see how much the work paid off. Everyone was putting so much into it to get out of that slump. You can say, we had something to build on there. But whenever I talked to our team, before or after, it was all about competing on a nightly basis. Being consistent with their effort. I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled it. They were on time. They kept trying to get better. They worried about what they could control. I didn’t have to have even one of those conversations where I sat a guy down and said, “You’re not playing hard enough.” I did have a few conversations where I said, “You need to move the ball more.” [laughs] NBA.com: Big difference, coaching relative kids after the so-called “three alphas” of Butler, Wade and Rondo? Jimmy seemed eager to stay here to win. FH: Jimmy did so many things for this team. He was great to coach. You knew every night you were going to get an unbelievable effort. A guy who never backed down. Who never shied away from the big shot. And was going to defend at a high level every time he stepped on the floor. So Jimmy was missed in a lot of ways. But when you look at the young guys’ abilities, it’s exciting. NBA.com: What do you make of having better job security now that the losses are mounting, compared to those .500 seasons? FH: I don’t think any one of the 30 guys in our position pay attention to that. You can’t do your job if you do. You go in and try to improve as an individual, as a staff, as a team. Our first year, Derrick Rose suffered an orbital fracture in the first workout. We had 10 rotation players who missed double-digit games. Two starters missed 50 or more [Mike Dunleavy, Joakim Noah]. Niko had that botched appendix surgery. The next year was a completely different team. Nobody predicted we’d be a playoff team but we were and had a good chance to beat Boston before Rondo got hurt. NBA.com: When you’re not coaching veterans, is it a purer form, as far as installing “your” system vs. tailoring things to them? FH: You always look for the best system, the best approach. The basics don’t change, but [in 2016-17] we had a lot more isolation players, so we ran more of those types of actions. This [past] year, more ball movement, player movement fit this group better. We had longer, harder practices as opposed to a veteran group as the year went on. NBA.com: Since the end of the season, how much time have you put in on developmental activities and draft preparation? FH: We’ve had a lot of guys in and gotten a lot of work in, in the early part of the offseason. We’re looking forward to working again after the draft with some new young players as part of the roster. It’s all about moving forward. NBA.com: As you look back over the past year, with the script flipping to the point where the Bulls wanted to win by losing and maybe lost -- some draft position, anyway -- by winning, what goes through your mind? FH: What was Donovan Mitchell [the Rookie of the Year finalist chosen by Utah]? The 13th pick? You just never know with the draft. You play hard, you get the culture established the way you want it and things take care of themselves. What really would have been devastating would have been ending the season with negativity, with your team not playing hard, with your team disinterested. That’s something that would be a real cause for concern going into an offseason. But our guys felt good about themselves. Some were sacrificing in a big way and pulling for younger guys. They were playing hard, they were cheering for each other. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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......»»

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Report: Jamal Crawford to become a free agent

Per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, guard Jamal Crawford has declined his player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves and will thus become a free agent this offseason. Minnesota's Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5M player option for 2018-19 season, league sources tell Yahoo. Crawford averaged 10.3 points in 20.7 minutes for T'Wolves last season. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 18, 2018 Crawford played in 80 regular season games for the Timberwolves, all coming off the bench, and averaged 10.3 points (41.5 FG%, 33.1 3FG%), 1.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. In the team's five playoff games against the Houston Rockets, he normed 11.8 points (44.7 FG%, 41.2 3FG%), 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.0 steals. Crawford is a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, having won the award once with the Atlanta Hawks, and twice with the LA Clippers. The 38-year-old was drafted eighth overall in 2000 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was traded on draft night to the Chicago Bulls. Last offseason, Crawford was targeted by both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, but explained in an interview that "Sometimes it's more gratifying to help teams go from one point to another point," something he achieved when he helped the Timberwolves reach the postseason for the first time since the 2003-04 season. .....»»

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Afril Bernardino is first woman awardee in Collegiate Basketball Awards

Honoring the heroes of season’s past, the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards is set to distinguish three outstanding performers in college basketball on Thursday at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Alvin Pasaol, the Lyceum Pirates, and Afril Bernardino will be the recipients of special awards in the ceremony organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and supported by Chooks-to-Go and The Bayleaf Intramuros. The Breakout Player award will be given to Pasaol for his exceptional rise as one of the most prolific scorers in the collegiate ranks for University of the East, highlighted by his 49-point explosion in a single game. The Lyceum Pirates, meanwhile, are set to accept a Special Citation for their record-setting 18-0 run in the NCAA Season 93 eliminations, making the inspiring turnaround from league cellar-dwellers to legitimate title contenders. The Pirates of head coach Topex Robinson also ruled the Philippine Collegiate Champions League earlier this year for the first time in school history, stamping their mark as one of the top college basketball programs in the country. Bernardino, a former member of the National University Lady Bulldogs, will also be recognized as she will be receiving the Award of Excellence for her contributions to women’s college basketball. Already a legend as a three-time UAAP MVP, Bernardino also became a pioneer in her sport, winning the inaugural UAAP 3X3 tournament in Season 80. Now, she will be making history as the event's first-ever woman awardee. Pasaol, LPU, and Bernardino join Isaac Go of Ateneo and Donald Tankoua of San Beda, who are also set to receive the Pivotal Player awards during the awards nights before the collegiate basketball season resumes next month with the NCAA wars......»»

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Unilever is done working with influencers who buy followers

Scrolling through social media, it is almost impossible to avoid paid posts from influencers. With the influencer market growing strong, many brands have allocated large budgets to acquire sponsored posts from them. One company that understands this is Unilever. In a statement on their website that said, "The scale and scope of influencer marketing is growing at pace and holds increasing importance in the marketing mix as a way for brands to reach consumers given influencers' deep and direct connections with their audiences." Despite this, they also see the cons of working with influencers, "At the same time, we as an industry need to put in place all possible controls to avoid pract...Keep on reading: Unilever is done working with influencers who buy followers.....»»

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Kim Jong Un heads to Beijing—reports

SEOUL --- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may visit Beijing soon to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss cooperation after his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a media report said Tuesday. A special Air Koryo flight headed to Beijing from Pyongyang on Tuesday, fanning speculations that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is making his third trip to China. Japanese media had reported earlier in the day that Beijing and Pyongyang were making arrangements for a meeting between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the reports, Kim is scheduled to arrive in Beijing some time Tuesday. If the meeting is held, it will be the third time for Kim to meet ...Keep on reading: Kim Jong Un heads to Beijing—reports.....»»

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Japan, China, South Korea planning next summit

TOKYO - Japan, China and South Korea have begun arranging a trilateral summit meeting aimed to be held within this year, it has been learned. China, the next host country, suggested the meeting, and the Japanese government is expected to accept the suggestion. The summit, if realized, would be the first time the meeting was held twice in a year, following the one held in May in Tokyo. The Japanese government aims to forge solidarity with China and South Korea through the meeting in order to proceed with the denuclearization of North Korea. With the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election scheduled in September, a trilateral meeting is likely to be arranged sometime bet...Keep on reading: Japan, China, South Korea planning next summit.....»»

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Duterte: I was harsh to Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he was "a bit harsh" to Chinese President Xi Jinping the first time they met in October 2016......»»

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