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Kazakhstan’s frozen billions sound alarm for sovereign funds

New 500 tenge banknotes are displayed in this picture illustration in Almaty, Kazakhstan November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Illustration.....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: Top6 min. ago Related News

Are KC Concepcion and Aly Borromeo still together?

It is unknown whether KC Concepcion and footballer and Kaya team captain Aly Borromeo have called it quits, but the absence of their posts about each other have been noticed by many. When Concepcion and Borromeo first got together, they were avidly posting pictures of each other often on social media, with Borromeo paying regular visits to Concepcion's family home. These days, however, the two have quieted down, even during Valentine's Day last week. It can be remembered, however, that last Valentine's Day, Borromeo and Concepcion attended a service in Victory Church together, looking all loved up, as shared by Concepcion in her Instagram page back in Feb. 15, 2017. This Val...Keep on reading: Are KC Concepcion and Aly Borromeo still together?.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 2 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

LOOK: Michael Martinez talks about Olympic journey on ANC s Headstart

After his appearance in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, two-time Olympian Michael Martinez sat down and talked with ANC's Migs Bustos about his journey and the things he endured before qualifying in the quadriennial affair. The Filipino, even though performing a flawless routine, just came up short, finishing 28th in a competition that took the top 24. Martinez was not even supposed to be in this competition, as he was named as a replacement for a Swedish skater that failed to meet requirements. The 21-year old revealed that he even thought of finally hanging up the skates for good after narrowly missing the cut in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, where the top six automatically booked a spot in the Winter Olympics. #ANCHeadstart: Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez reveals he considered hanging up the skates for good after narrowly missing the cut for the Olympics. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/1LJBDh9kOH — ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018 After failing to meet the cutoff, Martinez eventually ventured into bodybuilding to improve his body's strength, but eventually had to remove all his gained weight in order to retain the sleeker figure, which is more helpful in his sport. #ANCHeadstart: "Since I made it to Olympics, I have to lose everything." Michael Martinez talks about his preparations for the PyeongChang 2018 after switching to body building before the Olympics. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/idMPhbiOfp — ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018 When the Swedish skater's failure to qualify was announced, Martinez was in great shock since he only had a mere two weeks to prepare for an event that showcases the world's greatest athletic abilities and talents. #ANCHeadstart: Figure skater Michael Martinez recalls getting the call that secured his spot in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/C9kbUi3LAf — ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018 Martinez, who achieved a score of 55.56 points in the short program, added that simply being a representative of the Philippines is already an accomplishment for him, but rued that his placing could have been higher if he had a much longer time to prepare. Despite having asthmatic bronchitis as a child, Martinez says that it did not hinder him from pursuing sports, let alone figure skating, which entails a lot of stamina for a successful and flawless routine......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports7 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

Metals production hits P109 billion in 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s metals production inched up by six percent to P109 billion in 2017 following improved trend in world metal prices and rob.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Finance13 hr. 5 min. ago Related News

Barangay Babylon goes to Berlin

For filmmaker Keith Deligero, persistence has paid off, big-time. To be more accurate, being a persistent prankster has taken him places---most notably, to this year's Berlinale short film competition, ongoing in Germany until Feb. 25. Three years ago, he submitted material to QCinema fest. "But it was rejected on the first round. It was 'experimental' or just absurd, I guess." In the 2017 edition of QCinema, he "lifted" the material's third act and turned it into a short film. "I submitted it, almost as a prank. But this time, I got lucky." That was how "Babylon," the short film, was born. He admitted that he used to prefer making full-length features, like his Cinema On...Keep on reading: Barangay Babylon goes to Berlin.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 14 hr. 52 min. ago Related News

MSM’s link to HIV epidemic in PH

"There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex; people should be very free with sex and they should draw the line at goats,"Elton John declared in public after marrying his longtime partner in 2014.   In 2017, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)reported that our Christian nation has the fastest growingHIV epidemic in Asia-Pacific.   That males comprise 95 percent of the 1,962 new cases in 2018, and that 19 out of 30 male Filipinos who get infected every day are 15 to 24 years old.   That in early 2018 the PH National Youth Commission (NYC) is extremely alarmed, crying out: It's a "youth epidemic!" with Aiza ...Keep on reading: MSM’s link to HIV epidemic in PH.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 14 hr. 52 min. ago Related News

SM Prime recurring profit up 16%

NEW MALLS and sales of residential properties continued to drive SM Prime Holdings, Inc.’s earnings higher in 2017. In a statement issued Monday, SM Prime said recurring profit grew 16% to P27.6 billion, after a 14% increase in consolidated revenues to P90.9 billion. The company attributed the growth to higher rental revenues from malls opened […] The post SM Prime recurring profit up 16% appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: Finance17 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

Jan. external payment balance back in deficit

THE COUNTRY’s balance of payments (BoP) position reverted to a deficit in January amid bigger outflows due to debt payments and as the central bank smoothed out foreign currency swings. The Philippines posted a $531-million BoP deficit last month, a reversal from December’s $917-million surplus and widening from the $9-million deficit logged in January 2017, […] The post Jan. external payment balance back in deficit appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: Finance17 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

Arnold Schwarzenegger named to ‘Kung Fury’ cast

Action hero actor of the 1980s and '90s, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is joining the cast of action comedy "Kung Fury II," a feature-length sequel to 2015's cult hit short. As with the free 2015 short "Kung Fury," Swedish creative David Sandberg returns as director, producer and star for a feature-length riff on the titular time-traveling kung fu cop. Together with the producers from 2017's $700m-grossing Stephen King adaptation "It," Sandberg has recruited David Hasselhoff, Michael Fassbender, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger. The "Austrian Oak" (and ex-Governor of California) was synonymous with the action movie genre in the 1980s and '90s thanks to leading role appearances in the ...Keep on reading: Arnold Schwarzenegger named to ‘Kung Fury’ cast.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 19th, 2018Related News

BIR-Bicol surpasses 2017 tax collection target

BIR-Bicol surpasses 2017 tax collection target.....»»

Source: Bicolstandard BicolstandardCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2018Related News

AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work under sunny skies in the Arizona desert. Hosmer reached a preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the Padres, pending a physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the tentative deal, speaking on the condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's potential signing. It would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday — most were already in spring camp — ahead of Monday's first full-squad workout, Hosmer wasn't expected in the desert until at least Monday. Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million. Padres manager Andy Green could only discuss the acquisition of Hosmer in generalities since it isn't final, but was hopeful of having his full team together Monday. "I can't replicate the magic of the first day twice, so, yeah, you want him or anyone to be there when you're talking," Green said. "... Not that there is any real magic on the first day, but it's always nice to have your camp settled as early as possible." The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs. A four-time Gold Glover and All-Star in '16, he drove in 94 runs and scored 98 for the Royals last season. He also had a career-best .385 on-base percentage. Veteran right-hander Chris Young also came to the Padres this offseason after most recently pitching three seasons for the Royals, calling Hosmer "one of my all-time favorite teammates" who brings "a competitive fire" that will be much-welcomed. He hadn't been in touch with Hosmer in recent days but they did communicate earlier in the winter when Young chose San Diego and discussed that it was among Hosmer's top choices, too. Young said he didn't want to add any pressure to Hosmer making a decision. "Hos is a legitimate All-Star," Young said. "I think he brings a veteran experience, he's a winner, he's a champion and a great mentor for young guys. So I think he fits all the categories I think you're looking in terms of a teammate, a leader, a competitor. I think he makes any clubhouse better, much less this one." While most every club feels a sense of optimism this time of year with a fresh slate as spring training begins, the Padres were especially upbeat as they got going early Sunday at the idea of the power-hitting Hosmer in their lineup and at first base. San Diego went 71-91 last season for fourth in the NL West above only the San Francisco Giants, and the Padres haven't been to the playoffs since losing in the 2006 NL Division Series. Green knows what someone such as Hosmer could mean to a club's chances of turning it around. "It was always time to start contending for me," said Green, beginning his third season as San Diego skipper. "It was always go out and win opening day and go out and win every game. I haven't been very good at that, I have to acknowledge that. At this point in time, opening day has been cruel to me so far. "But I think we show up with the expectation of winning the first game of the season and don't waver from that no matter who's in that clubhouse. Does it get easier if certain people are in that clubhouse? Yeah, it sure does." Wil Myers, who played 154 games at first for San Diego last season, was ready to move positions as needed. He can play elsewhere in the infield and all three outfield spots and Green said he would be "magically" taking fly balls in right field Sunday. "Wil's been great with everything that's ever been asked of him," Green said. Myers said the Padres communicated with him during the offseason about the possibility of adding Hosmer, saying: "When I saw that possibility I was very excited. To be able to add a player like that I think is very cool." Myers played in 2010 with Hosmer in the minors with the Royals. "I know nothing's definite right now but just to be able to hopefully add a guy like that is pretty special," Myers said. "He's a great guy. He's going to be a guy that fits really well in this clubhouse. ... You've heard a lot of great things about him, what he does in the clubhouse and who he is as a person.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Chris Tiu displays piano skills

Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, who is also known to teach basic basketball drills in a segment on television, takes us off the court, where he displays his prowess in the piano. The former Blue Eagles skipper showcases his musical playing skills, as he served as background music player to Roadfill and Princess Sevillena's rendition of the Ed Sheeran hit 'Perfect'. The veteran again showed his great musical taste, playing a piano cover of  'Never Enough', a song from the soundtrack of the movie 'The Greatest Showman', a musical starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, among others. See for yourself how he fares as a piano player!   Because you guys requested it... Here's our cover of Perfect with Roadfil and super talented Princess Sevillena. A little late for Valentine's but hope you guys like it 😄😄🎤🎵🎶🎼 @roadfillsparks @wishfulprincessliezl A post shared by Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Feb 16, 2018 at 12:35am PST   Never Enough from The Greatest Showman. Love this movie and the soundtrack ❤️❤️🎶🎶🎼🎼 pic.twitter.com/ovB9ih63M3 — Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu) February 18, 2018 A long-time piano player, Tiu has also played the theme song of Disney classic 'Beauty and the Beast' on the musical instrument.      (1/3) Beauty and the Beast piano cover. Still high from the movie! Brought back childhood memories. Thanks to my brother Christian for patiently helping me record this 😄🎹🎶🎼🎵 A post shared by Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Mar 26, 2017 at 7:38am PDT     (2/3) Beauty and the Beast piano. 🎶🎶🎶 A post shared by Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Mar 26, 2017 at 7:44am PDT     (3/3) Beauty and the Beast piano. 🎵🎵🎵 hope you guys like it 😁😁 A post shared by Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Mar 26, 2017 at 7:47am PDT Maybe when his playing career's all said and done, Tiu can become a successful recording artist of his own.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2018Related News

Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra

BOCAUE --- Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory. After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra's 2017 Governors' Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco. But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night. "I'm just disappointed that we lost, especially since it's my first game back," Devance said. The most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form. "I'm okay. I still have quite a bit to go," he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebo...Keep on reading: Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 18th, 2018Related News

General gov’t debt rises to 36.4% of GDP at mid-2017

GENERAL GOVERNMENT (GG) debt as share of the economy inched higher at the end of June 2017, the Finance department said yesterday. The Department of Finance reported that the general government debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio slightly rose to 36.4% as of end-June 2017 from 35.3% a year earlier. GG debt consolidates the outstanding debt […] The post General gov’t debt rises to 36.4% of GDP at mid-2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceFeb 18th, 2018Related News

PLDT expands ultrafast broadband coverage in 2017

PLDT, Inc. continues to ramp up its fixed broadband connection, with four million homes passed as of end-2017. In a statement, the telecommunications giant said its “fiber-fast Internet connection” reached four million homes passed nationwide, 43% higher than end-2016. PLDT also doubled the capacity of its fixed broadband network to over one million ports at […] The post PLDT expands ultrafast broadband coverage in 2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceFeb 18th, 2018Related News

Kiefer making the Philippine Arena his own personal playground

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- It could be safe to say that Kiefer Ravena likes playing at the Philippine Arena. The Phenom has only played two games at the massive INC-owned facility and those two are some of his better performances so far in his rookie season. His first time at the Philippine Arena in Christmas of 2017, he scored 20 points, dunked for the first time in the PBA, and got a win. The second time on Sunday, he scored 23 points, punched his ticket to his first PBA playoff appearance and oh yes, he got another win. Not too bad. "It's not so often you play in this kind of atmosphere. Bihira lang maglaro PBA dito so make the most of the opportunity here," Ravena said. Sunday at the Philippine Arena also gave the league a glimples of what the "K and K" backcourt could do. While Ravena had 23 points, it was actually Kevin Alas that led NLEX in scoring with 25, a new PBA career-high. If the duo ends up being a powerful combination for the Road Warriors, this game against Blackwater would be a nice origin story. However, there's more important business for NLEX to handle right now and that's taking care of its playoff bid. "Even though we're secured of the quarterfinals, we want to continue the momentum and finish as high as we can," Ravena said.   --- Follow this writer on  Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 18th, 2018Related News

Bolts get back at Ginebra in the PH Arena to stay alive in the All-Filipino

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Meralco and Ginebra delivered another classic at the Philippine Arena here. However, unlike Game 7 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, it was the Bolts that took a crucial win Sunday, walking away with an 84-82 win to stay alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Jason Ballesteros played hero for Meralco, scoring the go-ahead putback in the final 36 seconds after Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan failed to find the bottom of the net for the Bolts. He also secured a crucial rebound on the other end and drilled one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go to help Meralco pull through. Japeth Aguilar missed a game-winning triple for the Gin Kings to end the contest. "It's just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we're out of the tournament," head coach Norman Black said. "The guys just came out there and played to get the win," he added. Coming out of nowhere, Ballesteros played 31 minutes and finished with seven points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Meralco. Meanwhile, Garvo Lanete led the Bolts in scoring with 19 points and Anjo Caram dropped 16, also a career high. Hugnatan and Newsome drilled 12 points apiece for the Bolts who are now tied with TNT and Blackwater for 9th place with identical 4-6 records. As for Ginebra, the Gin Kings failed to punch their ticket to the playoffs and are currently stuck in 6th place with a 5-5 mark. Japeth Aguilar led the way for the barangay with 20 points while Scottie Thompson added 17 and 13 rebounds.   The Scores: MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0. GINEBRA 82 — Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0. Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 18th, 2018Related News

Government debt at 36.4% of GDP

The country’s ratio of General Government (GG) Debt to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at 36.4% as of end-June 2017, slightly up from the 35.3% recorded in the same period in 2016, the Department of Finance (DOF) reported on Sunday, Feb. 18. In a report submitted to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the DOF […] The post Government debt at 36.4% of GDP appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2018Related News

Kagitingan Reef may be China’s ‘intelligence hub’ in Spratlys — US think tank

The Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), the smallest of the "Big 3" artificial islands of China in the Spratlys, is likely the "intelligence/communications hub" of the regional superpower on its man-made islands, a US-based think tank said.   A large communications/sensor array was completed on Kagitingan Reef in 2017, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI).   On Friday, the AMTI released its analysis comparing their satellite photos with the aerial photos released by the Inquirer early this month.   "None of the other bases in the Spratlys so far has a comparable array, thou...Keep on reading: Kagitingan Reef may be China’s ‘intelligence hub’ in Spratlys — US think tank.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 18th, 2018Related News

Ecija drug suspect killed, dumped in irrigation canal

  STO. DOMINGO, NUEVA ECIJA -- A suspected drug trafficker, who surrendered to the police in October 2017, was killed and dumped in an irrigation canal, police said on Sunday. The body of Delfin Matias, a 54-year-old resident of Talavera town, was fished out of the canal in San Pascual village around 10:30 p.m. Saturday by responding policemen. Matias bore a gunshot wound in the head. He ranked fifth in the municipality's drug watch list, according to police. Two farmers, who were tending to their rice field about 300 meters away from the crime scene, said they saw a maroon van stop in the area where Matias' remains were discovered. They claimed to have then heard a guns...Keep on reading: Ecija drug suspect killed, dumped in irrigation canal.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 18th, 2018Related News