Today’s Front Page October 17, 2018

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DBCC cuts 2018 PH growth forecast

Inflation, peso-dollar estimates also revised Economic managers have cut their growth forecast for the year, citing factors such as above-target inflation, rising crude prices and monetary policy tightening. Following a...READ MORE The post DBCC cuts 2018 PH growth forecast appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Mabuhi ug Dugay Pa! A Solo Art Exhibit by Albert BET Vamenta at XU Museo de Oro

Kagay-anon Artist Albert “Bet” San Juan Vamenta opened his sixth one-man show Mabuhi ug Dugay Pa! Petition Insignias (Distortion In Pen And Ink: Minus Two: Part Two) at the Xavier University Museo de Oro last October 12, 2018. Recently retired from Museo de Oro, Abet has resumed pursuit of his life’s passion as a visual artist in the local art scene after an absence of some time......»»

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Inflation up, GDP down: Economic managers revise PH outlook

MANILA, Philippines – The country's economic managers revised the government's medium-term macroeconomic assumptions for 2018 to 2022 to reflect "developments at the national and global level." The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC)  announced on Tuesday, October 16, that they took into account the more expensive oil in the ........»»

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Despite no medals on last day, PH satisfied with Youth Games campaign

MANILA, Philippines – Archer Nicole Tagle closed out the country’s stint in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games without any medal to show on Monday, October 15 (Tuesday, Manila time) along with golfers Yuka Saso and Carl Janno Corpus. The pair of Corpus and Saso assembled together a score ........»»

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DAR Launches Farm Biz School in Cebu City

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) launched a Farm Business School (FBS) that will benefit 35 farmers who are members of the Morales Ouano Cosido Miradel Velasquez Farmers Association (MOCOMVEFA) in Brgy. Guba, Cebu City. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on September 21, 2018 for a partnership undertaking with DAR, Brgy. Guba, Cebu City, […].....»»

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6 Cebuanos Tops Chemist and Chemical Technician Board Exams

6 Cebuanos from different Universities in Cebu topped the Chemist and Chemical Technician Board Exams held on October 9 to October 11, 2018. Aaron Gabriel Buenconsejo from University of San Carlos (USC) sits on the top spot of the Chemist Licensure examination with a rating of 91.20%. Multiple Cebuanos also topped the Chemical Technician Licensure […].....»»

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Economic managers slash 2018 growth target

The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) yesterday slashed the Philippines’ economic growth target due to “new realities” in both the local and international landscape, including high domestic inflation, rising global oil prices, and tightening monetary policy in advanced economies......»»

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No more rate hikes possible in 2018

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas may take a breather after raising interest rates by a total of 150 basis points in four consecutive rate-setting meetings since May to anchor rising inflationary expectations......»»

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ABS-CBN to stop mobile service by end-November 2018

ABS-CBN Corp.’s mobile service will see its five-year operations officially come to a close by the end of next month, the broadcast giant announced yesterday......»»

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Radyo Mindanao October 16, 2018

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Philippines cuts 2018 GDP growth goal, raises inflation targets

MANILA — The Philippine government has shaved its economic growth target for this year and raised inflation forecasts for 2018 and 2019, reflecting caution as soaring consumer prices curb expansion in one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. The economy grew 6.0 percent in the second quarter, the slowest in almost three years, raising the challenge […] The post Philippines cuts 2018 GDP growth goal, raises inflation targets appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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Tough back-to-back bid for Alab Pilipinas as ABL continues to grow

No team in the ASEAN Basketball League has won back-to-back championships. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas hopes to be the first to pull off the historic feat as they defend their crown in the upcoming 2018-19 ABL Season. But Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag knows it's best for his team to avoid looking too far ahead. "You can run away from it. The ABL is growing and is continuing to improve the last nine years and no one has won back-to-back," Alapag told on Tuesday in a press conference at Marriott Hotel. "We're aware of it and it's something that we acknowledge, but I just want our guys focusing on every day trying to get better and putting ourselves in the position that each...Keep on reading: Tough back-to-back bid for Alab Pilipinas as ABL continues to grow.....»»

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Sotto maintains ‘very good’ satisfaction rating — SWS

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III's net satisfaction rating remained "very good" with a 1-point increase in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS). Results from the September 15 to 23 survey revealed a +55 satisfaction rating, which was higher than +54 recorded in June 2018. SWS said 68 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Sotto's performance while 13 percent were dissatisfied. In the June 2018 survey, 67 percent were satisfied, and 12 percent were dissatisfied. They polled 1,500 respondents, aged 18 years old and above --- 600 from Balance Luzon and 300 each from Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. The SWS said the survey had a...Keep on reading: Sotto maintains ‘very good’ satisfaction rating — SWS.....»»

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LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections

FOURTH UPDATE: 7:50 P.M. / 16 October 2018 It seemed like the 70s all over again as an Aquino, a Roxas, a Diokno, a Taada, and a Marcos launched their formal efforts to become the nation's senators in next year's midterm elections. More familiar names in Philippine politics likewise surfaced on the fourth day of certificates of candidacy (COC) filing before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday, October 16. Former Senator Mar Roxas Roxas was first to file his COC on the fourth day of filing at the Comelec. The former Interior Secretary is seeking a return to the Senate in next year's midterm elections under the opposition Lib...Keep on reading: LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections.....»»

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Arroyo, De Castro get ‘neutral’ satisfaction rating – SWS

    Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and now retired Chief Justice Teresita De Castro gained "neutral" net satisfaction rating, results from the September 2018 Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed on Tuesday. SWS said that Arroyo got a -4 satisfaction rating while De Castro received +4 satisfaction rating. It also defined a net satisfaction rating from +9 to -9 as "neutral." About 34 percent of Filipinos were satisfied and 38 percent were dissatisfied with Arroyo's performance. Meanwhile, about 33 percent were satisfied and 29 percent were unhappy with De Castro's performance. The survey asked respondents on questions, such as "Maaari po bang pakisabi ninyo ku...Keep on reading: Arroyo, De Castro get ‘neutral’ satisfaction rating – SWS.....»»

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Government reduces economic growth target for 2018

Government reduces economic growth target for 2018.....»»

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Warriors dominance in the West shows no sign of relenting

By Shaun Powell, We have reached the point in this Golden State Warriors’ chokehold on the Western Conference where it turns spooky: The last team out West to deny the Warriors (technically) no longer exists. Yes, the LA Clippers are still right where they’ve always been. But all other traces of May 3, 2014, when they beat the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, have turned to dust. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford -- they’re all gone. Usually, it’s the loser who feels the cold repercussions and fallout of a first-round defeat in the playoffs. But what’s often lost as the Warriors run the table in the West is how they’ve shattered so many teams, schemes and dreams along the way. In hindsight, four years ago was not the beginning of “Lob City” and the Clippers. It was the beginning of their end. The wreckage left behind by the Warriors over the ensuing 53 months underlines the undeniable truth: They’ve taken ownership of their very own West Side Story. They had a record-setting 73-win regular season. They’ve won 12 straight West payoff series (and 15 of 16 playoff series overall). Only twice – the West finals in 2016 and '18 -- did they endure the indignity of needing to survive Game 7 in the West playoffs. In short, this dynasty shows no signs of dying this season. If anything, the argument can be made -- even before it’s proven as fact -- that the 2018-19 Warriors are their most talented team yet. All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson welcomed a fifth, DeMarcus Cousins, to their mix this summer. That is not typical in the NBA, folks. “This," Durant said, "is going to be an exciting season. Fun.” The Warriors’ five All-Stars (two of whom are former Kia MVPs) are still in their prime. And given that Andre Iguodala tends to transform from a fossil to an X-factor when spring arrives, perhaps only injury or another uncontrollable circumstance will keep the Warriors from making it an NBA-record five straight Western Conference crowns. “In terms of encouraging each other, being in tune with some of the things that might be thrown at you, whether it's injuries, whether it's a couple of slumps on the court, whatever the case is, we adapt really well and we don't stay down for too long,” Curry said. The Rockets, who won 65 games a season ago, are perhaps the most realistic challenger to the Warriors out West. But it's quite possible that Houston is weaker than it was in 2017-18. To understand how high the Warriors are sitting on the throne, you must survey what they’ve left behind. Just look at how the biggest threats in the West have either hit dead ends or maxed themselves out trying to chase the Warriors since 2014. Memphis Grizzlies: At one point, they were considered the toughest matchup for the Warriors because they were polar opposite in style. Half-court and methodical, the Grizzlies took a switchblade to the basketball, slowing the tempo. And they exploited Golden State’s lone weaknesses: Interior size and overall strength. They physically beat up the Warriors in the paint (Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol) and on the perimeter (Tony Allen). Additionally, Mike Conley was at times a handful at point guard at a time when Curry was winning MVP awards. But health and age wore the Grizzlies down and eventually forced them into a current reinvention that likely won’t reap benefits until after the Warriors are finished. Oklahoma City Thunder: As one of only two West teams (Houston being the other) to force the Warriors into a seventh game, OKC was prime for a takeover in 2016. That season, OKC eliminated a 67-win San Antonio Spurs team in the West semfinals. Durant and Russell Westbrook were healthy, humming and helping the Thunder to a 3-1 lead in the West finals. That, however, was their apex, and the costly collapse was heightened by the “Klay Game” (41 points in Game 6). Imagine, if not for a fateful turn of events -- Klay’s 3-point rampage, KD’s second-half Game 7 vapor and the Warriors losing the 2016 Finals to Cleveland -- maybe Durant sticks around in OKC. At any rate, the post-2016 West finals reconstruction being done by the Thunder (Exhibit A: The short-lived Carmelo Anthony experience) is falling short so far. Portland Trail Blazers: They were never seriously considered a thorn to the Warriors, and still aren’t. It’s just that they played themselves. They were fooled by the events in 2016, when they beat the injury-hampered Clippers in the first round. They were then somewhat competitive against the Warriors in the West semifinals (winning one game by 12, losing another in OT and the elimination game by just four). Flushed with false hope, that summer the Blazers handed out rich extensions to rotational players and, unfortunately, locked themselves into a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since. San Antonio Spurs: Like the Grizzlies, the Spurs caused trouble for the Warriors because of their disciplined style that put the brakes on the pace. San Antonio ruled the West just prior to the Warriors’ run and the proud franchise wasn’t willing to relinquish its hold so easily, causing the Warriors to shiver by winning the regular season matchup from 2014-16. Still, like Memphis, the Spurs turned gray almost overnight. Tim Duncan retired, Tony Parker lost some zip and then, of course, came the sneaky Zaza Pachulia foot plant that KO’d Kawhi Leonard in the first game of their 2017 series. It hasn’t been the same for the Spurs, who shipped off the disgruntled Leonard this summer. Houston Rockets: While the Warriors were able to build around Curry to create a dynasty, the Rockets are in their third attempt to do likewise with James Harden. The Dwight Howard experiment was an exploding cigar, and then the strategy of turning Harden into a point guard failed to draw blood. Chris Paul arrived last season and the best record in the West followed, but Paul has always limped at the wrong time. True to form, his body failed him in the conference finals, just when the Rockets were up 3-2 on the Warriors and primed to issue a stunning statement. The conference-wide process of teams searching for the formula to bring an end to this “Golden” era has taken on an interesting twist. Except for the Rockets, who shuffled their deck slightly this summer, other West contenders are on a semi-defeatist two-year plan. As in: We’re not ready now, but look out in a coupla years! LeBron James joined the Lakers this summer, but it’s hard to take them seriously when LeBron himself says his new team isn’t breathing the same air as the defending champs. His supporting cast is a mix of pups with no playoff experience and vets who’ve seen better days. It’s foolhardy to doubt the potential of any team with LeBron — eight straight trips to the championship round is no joke, even if it came through the East. But they’ll stand a better chance next season, especially if they’re bringing Kawhi or Jimmy Butler by then. There’s also the Utah Jazz, a Spurs-like operation led by a pair of Spurs alums in GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a star in the making, but you need more than one of those to match Golden State. Perhaps in time, Mitchell will get a shotgun rider, but Utah is a tough sell for A-list free agents. Houston stands out from the pack with Harden, Paul and center Clint Capela, who gave the Warriors fits last spring. They’re still an attractive, turnkey team. Adding Anthony provides scoring, but does he impact a potential West finals rematch in 2019? With Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute gone, where is the perimeter defense coming from? Is it possible that Houston, with Paul aging, had its best chance last spring and didn’t cash in? It’s also possible the Warriors will do everyone in the West a favor and destroy themselves in the very near future. Durant can become a free agent next summer. Thompson’s contract is up, too, although he’s been very clear about his preference to stay even if that means making below market value. “What’s happening right now is going to be really tough to replicate for anybody,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You have the proverbial window, however you want to put it. We have an incredible opportunity that’s just not always going to be here. We want to take full advantage not only from a success standpoint but from an enjoyment standpoint. “We’re well aware that it’s not going to last forever.” But that’s getting ahead of the story here, which is whether the Warriors will fall shy of The Finals for the first time since 2014. A three-time champion is bringing everyone back and will add a bonus whenever the healing Cousins returns. Basketball can sometimes be a funny game and anything can happen to throw this scenario for a loop. Until then, however, it's hard to imagine anything derailing another season of Warriors dominance. 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. .....»»

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ABL: Alab Pilipinas has a dream team in its coaching staff

Alab Pilipinas will now have three Philippine basketball legends in its coaching staff for the upcoming 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. When “Mighty Mouse” Jimmy Alapag was named head coach a year ago, “Dynamite” Danny Seigle joined him. Now, they will also have “Major Pain” Eric Menk by their side. As it turns out, this is a tale of better late than never. “I almost joined them last year, but I was busy with some things. It was a bit of a tough decision but I can only say no to Jimmy so many times and even more when management joined me as well,” Menk shared in the league’s preseason press conference on Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay. And so, the reigning and defending champions in the ABL will now have three coaches with a combined 48 years of experience in the PBA – and, more than that, a combined 18 championships. Just imagine if they were still at the peak of their powers and they were the ones playing? At some point, they themselves already have. “We always used to talk about that. I think the three of us would have worked very, very well on the court,” Menk said. Alapag could only agree. “You know, not a bad team. They would’ve made my job pretty easy because I’d just give the ball to them,” he said. Unfortunately, that may very well be already a long shot as Menk is already 44, Seigle is already 42, and Alapag is already 40. What matters more now, though, is that these three Philippine basketball legends impart their wisdom to Alab Pilipinas. And that is exactly why Alapag never quit on recruiting Menk. As the former put it, “From all our times competing against each other and even our brief time playing for the national team, he was always one of the players whom I had an incredible amount of respect for what he did in the league, his work ethic, and how he carried himself.” He then continued, “But what a lot of people don’t know is he’s a great basketball mind. He’s very, very knowledgeable about the game and I think his ability to not just work with our big guys, but really, our entire team is gonna be big for us.” For his part, Menk just wants to do what they weren’t able to do as players – get together and win a championship now as coaches. “We couldn’t form a ‘dream team’ while we were playing, but hopefully, we can form a ‘dream team’ while coaching,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Longing for Home

Meranaw leader Agakhan Sharief airs the desire of Marawi City residents who are still living with their relatives or in evacuation centers, to return home a year after the end of the 5-month battle between government forces and ISIS-inspired militants, in a rally in the city on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Sharief was cited for […].....»»

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