Alcantara, new partner in ITF finals

Francis Casey Alcantara and American partner Collin Altamirano bounced back from first set loss on Thursday to beat the second-seeded Australian pair of Maverick Banes and Blake Ellis, 5-7, 7-5, (1.....»»

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PBA: Ta-try kong kunin –- Guevarra on eyeing 5th Slam dunk title

BATANGAS CITY –- Phoenix high-flyer Rey Guevarra just got his fourth Slam Dunk title in five years Friday. Once again, the 31-year old forward dazzled the crowd that trooped the Batangas City Sports Coliseum here to watch the 2018 PBA All-Star Games with his aerial display of athleticism, which included a slam dunk over a man and a motorcycle. Currently, Guevarra is just a title away from tying the feat of legendary Slam Dunk contest phenom KG Canaleta. Now, the question is, will the Letran product gun to equal Canaleta’s five titles?     “In God’s time,” he answered, when asked about shooting for Canaleta’s record, which the current Meralco veteran did in 2005-2007, 2010 and 2012. “Tingnan ko kung kaya ko pa next year.” Guevarra, who made a three-peat from 2014 to 2016 before relinquishing his throne to Chris Newsome of Meralco last year, bested Renz Palma in the sudden death, 40-39, after a 75-75 deadlock in the final round.     Definitely, there is no stopping Guevarra.    “Kung mabigyan ako ng chance siyempre pupunta ako talaga, ta-try kong kunin (ulit ang title),” he said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Serena can come back and win tournaments, says Halep

PARIS — World number one Simona Halep said on Friday that she thinks Serena Williams is still capable of challenging for titles, as the American prepares to make her Grand Slam return at the French Open. Williams will be playing in her first major tournament since winning last year’s Australian Open, having taken time off […] The post Serena can come back and win tournaments, says Halep appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Apple s internal documents show iPhone 6 models more likely to bend

MANILA, Philippines – Apple's internal documents, revealed on Thursday, May 24, that the company has knowledge of an increased likelihood of bending within iPhone 6 models based on tests it had made. Motherboard , in its report, said Apple did not previously stated that the iPhone 6 and 6 ........»»

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Rappler CEO Maria Ressa wins 2018 Knight International Journalism Award

  MANILA, Philippines – The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) on Thursday, May 24, announced Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as one of two recipients of the 2018 Knight International Journalism Awards . Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight International Journalism Award "recognizes excellent journalism that has made an ........»»

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Work stoppage remains in effect at Hanjin Heavy, DoLE says

A work stoppage order remains in effect at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC) until it has improved its working conditions. The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) made this announcement after it issued the order regarding a May 12 accident that resulted in the death of two employees at its facility in Subic […] The post Work stoppage remains in effect at Hanjin Heavy, DoLE says appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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COA flags DOJ fund transfers worth P621 million

The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged as anomalous several undocumented fund transfers, payrolls, and unauthorized bank accounts in its 2017 audit report on the Department of Justice (DoJ.) “[W]e noted that there were transfer of funds (amounting to P621,646,352.48) where no corresponding payments were made while there were also payments (amounting to P305,390,659.08) with […] The post COA flags DOJ fund transfers worth P621 million appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Paul paves way for Rockets, but will he be there in the end?

By Sekou Smith, HOUSTON — If he doesn’t take another step on that tender right hamstring in these Western Conference finals, Chris Paul did what he came here to do. That won’t be enough for him, of course. No Hall of Fame-level competitor is ever satisfied with just reaching the precipice of a dream. They want it all. And you know Chris Paul’s every intention is to get to the summit. You don’t wait as long as he has, fight through as many barriers as he has throughout his career and get to the final seconds of a defining game like Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, and not feel the burn when you have to watch the outcome from the bench. Paul’s right hamstring didn’t allow him to take in the final, frantic 22.4 seconds of the Houston Rockets’ 98-94 win over the Golden State Warriors Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) at Toyota Center. He tweaked it trying to drive to the basket on Quinn Cook with the Rockets clinging to a 95-94 lead. Another injury for the man who has seen so many of his playoff dreams vanish in a haze of different injuries over the course of his career. It has to sting. He went from shimmying at Stephen Curry after knocking down a wild three-pointer to being forced to watch the end unfold without him on the court to finish what he’d started. But the Rockets are here, up 3-2 in this series and four quarters away from dethroning the defending three-time Western Conference champion Warriors. Paul's availability for Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) Game 6 remained a mystery late into the night; he received treatment after the game and did not speak to the media. “He’ll be evaluated tomorrow,” said Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who for the second straight game in this series relied on just a seven-man rotation. “But obviously you saw him limp off, and he’s a tough guy. So they’ll do whatever they can do. If he’s there, great, good for him. If he isn’t, we have enough guys, it’s time for somebody else to step up. We’ve got plenty of guys over there that will have some fresh legs, that’s for sure. So we’ll be alright. We’ve just got to continue doing what we’re doing and we’ll find our way.” The Rockets found their way with Paul lighting the path of another heavyweight fight. Rockets fans left the building on an emotional high thanks to Paul, who scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime, after a brutal 1-for-7 shooting performance in the first half that made you wonder if he came into this game injured already. Once again he willed these Rockets past adversity, the same way he did in the close-out game of the conference semifinal against Utah when he piled up 20 of his playoff career-high 41 points down the stretch of a Game 5 masterpiece. “Well his spirits aren’t great,” D’Antoni said. “He wanted to be out there, and for sure he’s worried and all that. That’s normal. And like I said, we’ll see [Friday] how it goes. But what he did was remarkable. When we were kind of teetering, he made two or three three's. That’s just his heart. He made something out of nothing. His heart, his will to win, I don’t know how many times everybody’s got to see it in this league. He’s one of the best players that have played the game. Just his will alone and what it means to basketball, I don’t know. If you can’t root for him, I think you’ve got some problems.” The Warriors are loaded with problems then. Because they’ve surely seen enough of Paul in the deciding moments of the last two games in this series. Paul led the charge in Game 4 at Oracle Arena and did it again in the third quarter of Game 5, keeping the Rockets right with the Warriors during the period they’ve owned by draining three of his four attempts from beyond the three-point line during an unconscious third-quarter stretch. “It was well-deserved,” Curry said, a showman tipping his cap to a fellow showman. “It was a tough shot. If you can shimmy on somebody else, you’ve got to be alright getting shimmied on. So I’ll keep shimmying and maybe he will too, so we’ll see what happens.” It was more than just the shimmying, though. Time after time Paul got the switch he wanted, backed up and went at bigger Warriors defenders and got whatever he wanted. “Well, Chris is a Hall of Fame player, this is what they do,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “They put James [Harden] and Chris in pick-and-roll every single time. So they’re going to challenge you. We did a great job. They combined to shoot 11-for-40. He hit two 35-foot three's that were just unbelievable. You’ve got to live with that.” The Rockets have lived off of it all season. They knew it would the moment Paul was acquired in that blockbuster trade with the LA Clippers that set this Rockets’ Western Conference takeover attempt in motion. The aesthetics be damned. Keep your analytics. Sometimes the biggest moments require the unthinkable, unbelievable shots Kerr spoke of. “That’s the most difficult shots you can imagine,” Harden said of Paul’s three-point heroics and his entire arsenal of shot-clock beating artistry. “He’s been doing it all year, and he just manages to get those shots off and make big plays. He was built for it.” If only his body was built for the pounding that comes with the work he has to do, often as the smallest man on the floor. Paul’s body always seems to betray him at the very worst times. Dragging up the long list of bumps, bruises and season-derailing instances won't do any good now. It won’t do the Rockets any good, with or without him in Game 6, or even a Game 7, back here Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) if needed. Paul’s right leg will be on the minds of each and every one of his teammates as they prepare for the next step on this wild ride that began with a humbling Game 1 defeat that temporarily cost them home court advantage they’ve since snatched back. Can they win three straight and finish this? Is it even a realistic possibility without Paul available? “There is concern, obviously,” Rockets veteran Trevor Ariza said. “I hope he’s healthy. I hope he gets better and if not, somebody else has to step up and do what we’ve been doing all year, step in and try and help this team win.” Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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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Miscues push Warriors to brink of elimination

By Shaun Powell, 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. 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Duterte: Some jobs not appropriate for women

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday, May 24, that not all jobs are for women. The President made his remarks during the inauguration of the Davao River Bridge Widening Project in Davao City on Thursday evening. Last week, Mr. Duterte also said that he will not choose a woman […] The post Duterte: Some jobs not appropriate for women appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Lady Warriors bounce back, sink Oragons

American Arielle Love and Jeanette Panaga imposed their will at the net as defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force repulsed Iriga-Navy, 25-8, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, to bounce back in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan late Wednesday......»»

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North Korea demolishes nuclear site ahead of Trump summit

Just weeks ahead of a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish North Korea's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on......»»

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Duterte asked to certify BBL as urgent measure

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has formally asked President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or House Bill 6475. Alvarez made the request in a letter to the Chief Executive hoping the bill will be approved in Congress before the adjournment sine die next week.….....»»

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Almadro joins Ateneo

ATENEO made it official yesterday, appointing multi-titled men’s coach Oliver Almadro as its new women's volleyball mentor. University president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ, made the announcement, as Almadro will fill in the big shoes left by Tai Bundit to bring the Lady Eagles back on top in the UAAP. Almadro….....»»

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Why Rita Moreno chose to wear her Pitoy gown at the Oscars again

LOS ANGELES---"Well, let's see, I was there (in Manila) in '62 because '62 was when I came to America to attend the Oscars," Rita Moreno began when we asked her recently how the late great Filipino designer Pitoy Moreno created the gold and black gown that she originally wore when she won the Academy best supporting actress for "West Side Story." The fabulous member of EGOT---that elite group of only 12 talents who have won all four major American entertainment awards---Emmy, Grammy, Oscars and Tony---wore Pitoy's dress again to the Academy Awards last March. That Rita looked stunning on the red carpet in a gown she wore to the Oscars more than half a century ago---56 years, to be...Keep on reading: Why Rita Moreno chose to wear her Pitoy gown at the Oscars again.....»»

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SRA moves to beef up sugar supply for local market

The Sugar Regulatory Administration is boosting domestic sugar supply by reallocating sugar earmarked for exports to stabilize the supply and prices of the commodity in the market. The SRA ordered on Wednesday the immediate conversion of all remaining and unshipped "D" sugar, or those allocated for export to the world market, to "B' sugar, or the stocks for local consumption. The decision was made in response to the call of industry stakeholders who were "alarmed" by the rise in sugar prices, which hit P1,750 per 50-kilo bag (LKg) from the standard rate of P1,450 per LKg. Given the projected decline in sugar production this crop year, prices have been escalating. This was despit...Keep on reading: SRA moves to beef up sugar supply for local market.....»»

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BDO now carries Diners Club cards

BDO Unibank further widened its consumer lending portfolio by becoming the exclusive issuer of Diners Club credit cards in the Philippines. Diners Club, a storied American charge card brand, now targets a diverse range of clients, from young professionals who are first time card users to high networth individuals. "BDO carries the most number of credit card brands, and the widest range of credit cards in the country," said Rolando Tanchanco, BDO executive vice president and consumer lending group head. "We introduce the BDO Diners Club Credit Cards to further expand the dining and travel perks and privileges we offer our cardholders." Under the auspices of BDO---which acqu...Keep on reading: BDO now carries Diners Club cards.....»»

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Disputed pipeline backed by Trump is focus of court hearing

Trump administration attorneys were due in a Montana courtroom to defend the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline against environmental groups and Native American groups that want to derail the project. Disputed pipeline backed by Trump is focus of court hearing Trump administration attorneys were due in a Montana courtroom Thursday to defend the disputed… link: Disputed pipeline backed by Trump is focus of court hearing.....»»

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Local squad bags 14 golds; Chicano, Kilgroe rule triathlon

CEBU CITY--On a day that the home team made a spirited charge, national team members John Chicano and Kim Kilgroe ruled the triathlon competition of the Philippine National Games on Wednesday. The.....»»

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