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Four face murder raps for Luzuriaga killing

FOUR persons were criminally charged for the killing of a lady town hall worker last Jan 11, 2018 in Concepcion, Iloilo. Police Officer 2 (PO2) Keven Piosca, Edmar Camangyan, Ramona Magbanua, and alias Toto were charged for murder under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, before the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutors Office. Piosca […] The post Four face murder raps for Luzuriaga killing appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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DU30 flies to India next week for ASEAN meet

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will embark on his first foreign trip this 2018 to attend the India-Association of Southeast Asian Summit (ASEAN) next week. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Duterte to visit India when they met in Manila during the ASEAN summit in November 2017, according to presidential spokesperson Harry….....»»

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Today’s Front Page January 16, 2018

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BoI targets fresh investment record

The Board of Investments (BoI) is aiming to approve P680 billion worth of investments this year, 10 percent higher than last year’s record P617 billion, a senior Trade department official said on Monday. “We are targeting P680 billion [in]investments this year. We continue to collaborate and monitor those investors who have expressed interest to invest [...] The post BoI targets fresh investment record appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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8 marathons to run before summer

Looking for a challenge in 2018? Look no further than these eight marathons, all coming up before the summer season. Tokyo Marathon (Japan), Feb. 25 The first major race of the year is the Tokyo Marathon in Japan. As part of the World Marathon Majors series, it's one of six of the world's largest and most renowned marathons, along with New York, Berlin, Boston, Chicago and London. It's also one of Asia's most popular marathons. Rome Marathon (Italy), April 8 From the Vatican to the Coliseum, the Rome Marathon --- held since 1982 --- is a great opportunity to catch some of the city's sights, soaking up the Italian city's stunning architecture as you run. Bosto...Keep on reading: 8 marathons to run before summer.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 16 hr. 7 min. ago Related News

Celine Dion to serenade PH fans on July 19

Pop diva Celine Dion is set---yet again---to hold her first Manila concert on July 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, according to local promoter Ovation Productions. The one-night show will be part of the Canadian singer's world tour, "Celine Dion Live 2018," which will take place after her ongoing residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas ends in June. The concert series will be her first in the Asia-Pacific region since her "Taking Chances" tour back in 2008. "We're playing some countries for the very first time ever---in my whole career. I will also be returning to some places that I have loved and been in before," Celine said in a video posted on her Facebook...Keep on reading: Celine Dion to serenade PH fans on July 19.....»»

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Wells Fargo raises US employees’ hourly pay

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many employers are boosting hourly pay, and Wells Fargo is the latest company to join the ranks. Wells Fargo announced an expansion of its ongoing investments in team members, communities, small businesses and homeownership, pledging the following actions to support economic growth with tax reform: Raising the minimum hourly pay rate for its team members to $15 per hour. The company's increased minimum hourly pay rate of $15 for U.S.-based team members goes into effect in March 2018. The new rate is an 11 percent increase to the current minimum hourly rate of $13.50 that the company announced in January 2017. Targeting $400 million in donations to co...Keep on reading: Wells Fargo raises US employees’ hourly pay.....»»

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Christianity’s arrival in PH – boon or bane?

  Any historicalreview would illustrate the seismic shiftsthe Philippine Catholic Church has been undergoing, including the earth-shaking scandals into which she has been dragged repeatedly.   Does it matter to me that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has declared 2018 as the "Year of the Clergy and the Religious" as part of the nine-year preparation for the 5thcentennial, or 500 longs years of the Christianization of the Philippines?   The predecessors of the Filipino clergy and consecrated persons today are the Spanish friars of old. And it appears that the arrival of Spanish clergy and consecrated persons 500 years ago was a ...Keep on reading: Christianity’s arrival in PH – boon or bane?.....»»

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CES 2018 | Google takes on Amazon in the fight for smart devices

Google is taking on Amazon’s Alexa to be the voice assistant of the future. At the Las Vegas CES tech expo, Google splashed out with flashy ads, colorful games, and a voice debut in an array of new smart home gadgets......»»

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CHR preaches caution in DILG order forcing bgay chiefs to submit drug personalities’ list

The Department of Interior and Local Government's threat of sanctions on barangay officials failing to submit a list of drug personalities could open the floodgates to abuse as a result of "unthorough submission of names," the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) warned Monday......»»

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CES 2018 | Robots shine at the Consumer Electronics Show

Robots of all shapes and sizes competed for attention at CES 2018......»»

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What’s in your first 2018 paycheck

A few days after President Duterte signed the first tax reform package into law, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC.....»»

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BOI sets sights on record P680-B pledges

MANILA, Philippines — The Board of Investments (BOI) said it expects approved investment pledges to further soar to P680 billion this year following a record.....»»

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Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) to Speed up Issuance of Construction-related Permits Signed

  The Department of Trade and Industry sees improvement in the ease of doing business in the country, with the implementation of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) directing local government units (LGUs) to streamline the issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy.   For the first time, the JMC 2018-01, which was issued by […].....»»

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Nadal a straight-sets winner to begin Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a right knee injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, beating Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in a first-round match. Nadal, who won the French Open and U.S. Open last year, lost in last year's final here to Roger Federer. The Spanish lefthander has only lost in the first round at two Grand Slam singles tournaments — to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon in 2013, and to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne in 2016. Nadal will play Leonardo Mayer in the second round on Wednesday. Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3 earlier Monday. In other matches: Caroline Wozniacki was an easy 6-2, 6-3 winner over Michaela Buzarnescu in a first-round match at Melbourne Park. At No. 2, Wozniacki is playing here at her highest seeding since appearing as the top-seeded player at the 2012 Australian Open when she lost in the quarterfinals. Wozniacki, seeded 19th in Melbourne last year, is still looking to win her first Grand Slam singles title. Add Jack Sock's name to the list of Americans departing Monday from the Australian Open. On the same day the U.S. lost eight women's players, including 2017 finalist Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, Sock was defeated by Japan's Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 in the first round. Sock, who's never advanced beyond the third round at the Australian Open, was the highest-ranked American man at No. 8 and had his highest seeding at a major. The American, who retired from a match against Sugita at the Hopman Cup to start the season, had 52 unforced errors compared to just 30 winners in the match. Sock is coming off a career-best season in which he won his first Masters title in Paris and qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time. He lost his first match of the new season last week in New Zealand, however, and was criticized afterward in the local media for appearing not to give his full effort in the match. Third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the second round at the Australian Open for the seventh time with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over qualifier Dennis Novak. Last year at Melbourne Park, Dimitrov equaled his best Grand Slam result, reaching the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets. He also lost a Wimbledon semifinal in 2014 to Novak Djokovic. Dimitrov has never lost to a qualifier in seven matches at a Grand Slam tournament, and has dropped only one set. American actor and comedian Will Ferrell watched the Rod Laver Arena match......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports21 hr. 28 min. ago Related News

Warriors keep evolving in rivalry with Cavs

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- You might expect, given the familiarity from what’s gone on for four years now, that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have worked up some serious mutual contempt. They both covet what the other wants -- in fact, the Warriors or the Cavs could make a persuasive case that, if not for the other guys, one already would have notched a three-peat and be chasing Bill Russell’s Celtics in pursuit of a fourth consecutive championship. They both have poured buckets of blood, sweat, tears, money, Gatorade and offseason counter moves into their nouveau NBA rivalry. And they both, well, as Golden State coach Steve Kerr phrased it to the San Jose Mercury News Sunday (Monday, PHL time), “We just want to kick each other’s ass.” And yet the Warriors and the Cavaliers -- who play again Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena in the NBA’s prime-time MLK showdown -- have more in common with each other than they do with any of the league’s other 28 teams. Playing 100 games or so every year. Locking in mentally and surviving physically longer than anyone else. Showing up each night targeted as a measuring stick, even a season maker, by the opponents. While trying like heck to keep things fresh. Renew. Find and tap into a new source of energy, because old ones wane over time. “It’s the biggest challenge of this whole season,” Kerr told NBA.com late last week, with the Warriors starting a back-to-back in Milwaukee and Toronto on their way back to The Land. Even if it were possible -- and it realistically is not, given free agency, injuries, trades, the salary cap, luxury taxes, hirings and firings each NBA offseason -- playing a pat hand from one championship-level season to the next isn’t desirable. Voices, locker rooms, relationships get stale. Rivals adjust and escalate in the arms race. Some players ebb in the pecking order, others flow. It’s important to inject new faces, add skills and even find fresh themes to fend off monotony, even boredom, through the 82-game slogs. The Warriors, in winning 20 of 23 games over the past seven weeks, largely have managed to do that. The Cavaliers, at 26-15 after 2-7 stretch that started at Golden State on Christmas (Dec. 26, PHL time)? Not so much. Golden State shifts gears after each season It’s easy to think of Golden State’s success since Kerr’s hiring before the 2014-15 season as one uninterrupted run of excellence. Three-pointers, “death lineups,” and the rest. But the differences from one year to the next have been fairly pronounced. “In Year 1, we were trying to prove ourselves to the world,” Kerr said. “Then we win the championship -- it was all so fresh. There were no letdowns at all that year. It was the most exciting, it was the most energized, it was the most refreshing. It was brand new to all of us. It felt like we were riding this wave all year -- we were all giddy, like, ‘Oh my God, we’re really good!’ We didn’t know we could be like that. And for me, it was my first year coaching.” Steph Curry won his first MVP award. He and Klay Thompson generated considerable conversation about the best shooting backcourts in league history. Draymond Green forever changed the old NBA notion of “’tweeners.” The Warriors finished 67-15, ranked second in the league in offense (111.6) and first in defense (101.4) and beat Cleveland in the Finals in six games. “It was maybe like the first stages when you fall in love,” Kerr said. “You’re just on Cloud 9 and she can’t do anything wrong. There’s infatuation and then you truly fall in love, and it’s amazing. “The second year, we sort of rode that wave of euphoria of being the best team in the league and having won the title. The next thing you know, we’re 24-0 and we’ve got a chance to set an all-time record. That 73-win mark carried us all year. We were going to prove that, not only were we the champs but we were one of the best teams ever.” The Warriors were -- by regular season standards. Curry won his second MVP award. Kerr missed the first 43 games due to health issues but assistant coach Luke Walton steered them to a 39-4 mark. They bought into the chase for 73 victories fairly late, but instead of a 16-5 playoff run like the previous spring’s, the Warriors went 15-9 -- coming up one victory short when the Cavaliers became the first team to claw back from a 3-1 deficit. That led directly to Golden State’s next new wrinkle, a reconfiguration that came close to buckling the league’s knees. “We got KD,” Kerr said. “Now we’re changing our team, right? Last year was about incorporating KD, welcoming this incredible player into our organization and our roster. Figuring how to do it, how we were going to adjust. I felt like there were times last year that were tiring, where our guys were done a little bit. But it was ‘new’ again.” Even the challenges were fresh, like counting Curry’s or Klay Thompson’s touches relative to Durant’s or closing ranks around Golden State’s thin man as his reputation took blows for the first time in his NBA career. Not interested in shooting for 74 victories, the Warriors simply took care of business and stayed coiled for the postseason. Then it was a 16-1 dash to title No. 2, Durant snagging the Finals MVP trophy after the five-game dispatching of the Cavs. All of which just set the Warriors’ bar higher, requiring them to search for something new, somebody borrowed, presumably nothing blue. “This year it’s just survive and advance,” Kerr said. “It’s ‘let’s get to April, May, June in one piece.’ There’s a reason we’ve lost six home games already. We don’t have the driving force that we had the last few years. We’re dealing with what any team in NBA history that’s tried to do this has dealt with. The Lakers (1982-85), the Celtics (1984-87, 1957-66)... It’s just really hard and you need that driving force.” Said Warriors vet Andre Iguodala: “Your body is mindful of it, because it hurts.” A couple of young guys -- Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney -- have taken on bigger roles. Nick Young brings some sort of buzz into any locker room that will have him. Still, as veteran guard Shaun Livingston said: “We’re not chasing any records. We’re not adding another All Star. We’re just trying to make it through the marathon.” Cavs' challenges mount during 2017-18 The Cavaliers are just trying to make it through the marathon, too. But if they could, they might do it like Rosie Ruiz, the 1980 women’s “winner” of the Boston Marathon who perpetrated a hoax by hopping the subway and running only the final mile of Beantown’s famous race. The 2017-18 has been anything but fun for Cleveland so far. It began with the departure of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, a not-so-funhouse mirror image of Durant’s arrival a year earlier in the Bay Area. Irving, for reasons still not quite explained, made it known in the offseason that he wanted out. He wanted to be the man on his own team. Or he didn’t want to be left in the lurch if (when?) LeBron James took his talents elsewhere again. Or both. Or neither. Regardless, once the Cavaliers made his request come true by dealing him to Boston for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn’s coveted first-round pick this June, their task got tougher and their season longer. Losing one of the league’s best ball handlers and shot makers doesn’t qualify as “renewal” any more than what went on in Oklahoma City when Durant packed up. There’s been more. Shooting guard J.R. Smith seemingly got old overnight. Jae Crowder, who came from the Celtics in the Irving deal, hasn’t meshed with the Cavs’ style. Kevin Love has been moved to center but hasn’t done anything to satisfy the Cavs’ need for rim protection. Thomas only returned to action from a hip injury as the calendar turned to 2018 and has played only four games in these two weeks. Even with so many new faces -- seven of the top 12 in coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation weren’t here 12 months ago -- it’s a group heavy on veterans, players a little too established or mature to naturally instill raw energy. James said recently that none of this is new, it’s another case of the Cavs biding their time for the “second” season that means everything. But Lue also introduced the topic of “agendas,” suggesting that some of his guys were looking out for their own responsibilities and performances -- particularly on defense -- rather than the group’s. At best, this is another dose of the midseason blahs, the Cavs in their doldrums in need of an All-Star break. At worst, though, they might be honing some bad habits that won’t be so easy to break in May or June. Especially if East rivals such as Toronto, Boston or Washington are emboldened after witnessing or administering some of the Cavs’ more embarrassing beat downs this season. Will any of this matter come spring? It will if the switch each team is minding stubbornly decides not to flip. “That’s the key. You’ve got to find that balance,” Kerr said. “Are you flipping the switch or are you navigating? The idea is, don’t let bad habits slip in. Right now, this moment, we’re into some bad habits. Our defensive efforts  the last five, six games [before the weekend] were awful. We got away with it because Steph was going nuts.” The Cavaliers repeatedly have not gotten away with bad defensive habits, even on nights when James has been dominant. “It’s tough,” Livingston said. “They’re a team that’s built for the playoffs. But our core guys still are in there prime. Their core guys are still good. But we’re talking about ‘prime.’” Most still would pick both Golden State and Cleveland to advance all the way to a “Finals Four” (after last year’s “Rubber Match” series). But one of these years, most will be wrong -- about one or both. That alone might be motivation enough. 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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San Beda beats LSGH on penalties to retain Juniors football crown

The San Beda College Red Cubs survived a valiant College of Saint Benilde-La Salle Greenhills effort, beating the Greenies 3-1 on penalties to retain the NCAA Juniors football title, Monday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  While San Beda dominated the shots in the first 45 minutes of action, it was CSB who came the closest to scoring, getting the ball into the back of the net but the goal was ruled off side.  The Greenies eventually took control in the second half, with Vin Dela Cruz scoring in the 63rd minute.  Senior Red Cubs striker JR Suba needed only six minutes to respond, as he drained the equalizer in the 69th minute.  Two minutes later, the Greenies would take the lead once more, courtesy of a Kobe Del Rosario conversion.  Again, it was Suba to the rescue for the Red Cubs, pulling the defending champions even in the 73rd.  Neither side would manage a deadlock-breaking conversion and the match headed into extra-time.  In the 109th minute, LSGH would again take the driver's seat as Dela Cruz's brace gave the Taft-based side a chance to extend the finals series.  For the third time in the match, Suba would rise to the occasion as he headed in a 118th minute equalizer to ultimately force a penalty shootout.  LSGH was the first to get on the board in the shootout thanks to a Jethro Borlongan attempt, but that would be the only time they'd get past San Beda keeper Jessie Semblante, who successfully denied all of the Greenies' succeeding penalty attempts.  With the title one conversion away, it was Semblante who stepped up to the spot and calmly beat LSGH keeper Joshua Gatchalian to clinch the championship.  "Hindi parin ako nawalan ng pag-asa," said Suba, talking about being down 3-2 with mere minutes left in the match. "Sabi nga ni coach Aris Caslib, hangga't hindi pinipito ng referee yung final whistle, wag kang susuko, may chance pa din." "Ayun nga, dumating yung chance. Patience lang. Dumating yung goal." continued Suba, who finished with a hattrick in his final match as a Red Cub. Suba was also named the season Most Valuable Player, and the season's Best Striker, with 20 conversions to his name.  San Beda's Semblante was named Best Goal Keeper, while teammate Eldwin Escoro was named Best Defender.  Red Cubs coach Jeff Cuayong was named Coach of the Year.  Other awardees include LSGH's Raphael Santos, who was named Best Midfielder, and University of Perpetual Help, who took home the Fair Play Award.  This is the 17th juniors football title for San Beda and their fourth in the last six seasons.   .....»»

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Almond Vosotros to debut in Thai League, but dreams of PBA return

  MANILA, Philippines – Former Gilas Pilipinas cadet Almond Vosotros has joined Mono Thewphaingarm (Mono Thew) Basketball Club in the Thailand Basketball Super League (TBSL), which opens its 2018 season on Saturday, January 20.  While he looks forward to playing abroad, Vosotros laments that the lack of opportunities he found ........»»

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Viva Sto.Niño

Policarpio Peodos, 77, a resident of Madaum in Tagum City,  a devotee of  Sto.Niño, is one of thousands who flocked to the Sto.Niño shrine in Matina, Davao City on January 15, 2018 for the Golden Jubilee of the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of  Prague. The 77-year old Peodos was accompanied by his family. […].....»»

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PERSONAL ESSAY: New Year’s Reflection: My Farewell amid Stalking Dangers in Year 2018

My use of possessive pronoun    Since this work contains my purely personal reflections, there are times that I will be using the pronoun “I” or “me”, etc. and not “we” or “us”, etc. in some parts of this article. For this, I sincerely apologize. At this juncture, however, I wish to clarify that my […].....»»

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