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Bishop from China s underground Catholic church steps down – state media

BEIJING, China – A bishop from China's underground Catholic church will step down at the request of the Vatican to make way for a candidate recognized by Beijing, state-run media reported, amid a thaw in relations. There are an estimated 12 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose ........»»

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Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

SYDNEY --- Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine's capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won't be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time, he said. While the embassy move is delayed, Morrison said his government would establish a defense and trade office in Jerusalem and would also start looking for an appropriate site for the embassy. "The Australia...Keep on reading: Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 4 hr. 52 min. ago Related News

Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors 128-122

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game slide with a confidence-boosting 128-122 victory over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-high 13, including three key tbhree-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter. Both were part of a Portland bench that outscored Toronto's reserves 58-26. Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and had 28 points for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five triples. Portland led by 16 in the fourth quarter but Leonard and C.J. Miles made consecutive three's to pull the Raptors to 117-113 with 2:44 left. Lillard hit a three-pointer for Portland before Leonard had another three and Fred VanVleet made a layup to get Toronto to 120-118. CJ McCollum and Al Farouq-Aminu answered with consecutive three's to extend Portland's lead to 126-118 with just under a minute to go. Leonard dunked on the other end, but the Raptors couldn't get any closer. Portland was in first place in the Western Conference after beating Washington on the road back on Nov. 18 (Nov. 19, PHL time) to improve to 11-5. But the team lost eight of 11 going into Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game to tumble into ninth in the conference. The Raptors, meanwhile, had lost just three previous games on the road this season. The victory snapped a six-game Portland losing streak to the Raptors. Lowry sat out with a left thigh bruise. VanVleet started in his place and finished with 21 points. Lowry led the Raptors with 23 points in a 113-93 win over Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The victory was costly, however. Jonas Valanciunas dislocated his thumb in the game and required surgery. He will be in a cast for the next four weeks. Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. Portland was coming off a pair of losses on the road to Houston and Memphis. The Blazers went up 42-31 in the first half after Meyers Leonard's alley-oop dunk from Evan Turner. Portland led by as many as 13 and went into the break in front 58-50. Leonard, who was 0-for-5 from the field in the first half, had eight points to open the third quarter and his jumper got the Raptors to 59-64. But Leonard picked up his fourth foul later in the quarter and went to the bench for a while. OG Anunoby's jumper closed the Raptors to 82-80 but Collins answered with a three-pointer for the Blazers. After Portland had a 91-89 edge going into the fourth, Curry made a pair of three-pointers and the Blazers pushed the lead to 101-90. Curry hit another triple to give Portland a 107-93 advantage. TIP-INS Raptors: Former Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher was called up from the G-League on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). He will help fill the void created by Valanciunas' absence. ... It was the third of a four-game road trip for Toronto. Trail Blazers: It was Portland's third straight win at home. ... There was a sizable contingent of Raptors fans and several Canadian flags at the Moda Center. One group sang along loudly to the Canadian national anthem before the game. UP NEXT Raptors: Play at Denver on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Trail Blazers: Portland has a one-game road trip to play the Clippers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

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Curry, Thompson help Warriors beat Kings 130-125

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson made a go-ahead three-pointer with 38.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry added four free throws down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors ended the game on a big run after a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, beating the Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Curry finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Thompson had 27 points and nine rebounds while Kevin Durant added 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Two days after a 20-point home loss to NBA-leading Toronto, the Warriors put up 103 points through three quarters, went stagnant for more than eight minutes in the fourth before outscoring the Kings 17-2 over the final 3:03. Durant had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including eight of the first 10 during Golden State's late surge, but Thompson came up with the biggest shot with his fourth three-pointer of the night. The Kings repeatedly left Thompson unguarded throughout the game and paid for it in the end when his 27-footer put the Warriors up 126-125. After De'Aaron Fox missed a jumper, Curry made two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining. Buddy Hield's desperation three-point try also missed, and Curry added two more free throws to close out Golden State's second win over Sacramento this year. Draymond Green had 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors. Hield scored 27 points for the Kings. Fox had 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The wild ending was in stark contrast to the first half when Golden State controlled the pace and the flow while leading by 16. The Warriors came out much crisper and sharper offensively than they had been in their 113-93 loss to the Raptors two nights earlier. Curry, Durant and Thompson combined for 51 point and nine triples, and Golden State had a 13-2 run late in the second quarter to go up 76-64. TIP-INS Warriors: Andre Iguodala (sore right hip) was held out for a third consecutive game, although coach Steve Kerr is hopeful that Iguodala will play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). ... Shaun Livingston did not play after suffering a pelvic contusion in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) loss to Toronto. Kings: Marvin Bagley III left in the first half with a left knee sprain and did not return. UP NEXT Warriors: Host Memphis on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Kings: Play at Dallas on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports12 hr. 30 min. ago Related News

Adamson, FEU keep proving UAAP 81 Jrs. no two-team race

STANDINGS Ateneo 5-1 NU 5-1 Adamson 5-2 FEU-Diliman 5-2 DLSZ 3-4 UST 3-4 UE 1-6 UPIS 0-7 While everybody’s eyes have been focused on last year’s Finalists, Adamson High School and Far Eastern University-Diliman continue sending statements they are contenders as well in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Both the Baby Falcons and the Baby Tamaraws finish the first round of eliminations in joint second-place after coming out on top against separate foes on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City. In the first game, Adamson made quick work of De La Salle Zobel, 72-57. Workhorse wing Adrian Manlapaz kept opening eyes with a career-high 18 points while Didat Hanapi and Andrey Doria also added 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Top gun Joem Sabandal made his presence felt elsewhere with 11 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and two steals as the Baby Falcons outscored their opponents 36-18 in the middle periods to come away with a convincing victory. Now at 5-2, they are assured of the league’s second-best record heading into the second round whatever happens in the clash between Ateneo de Manila High School and Nazareth School of National University, both 5-1, later in the day. Also standing on level ground with them is FEU-Diliman which tamed University of Sto. Tomas, 63-37. The Baby Tamaraws charged to a 14-2 start in the first eight minutes and never looked back en route to what was likewise their fifth win in seven games. The Tiger Cubs could only come as close as 11 points in the third quarter only to see RJ Abarrientos take charge and take back control for the green and gold. In the end, Abarrientos did it all once more with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three blocks while Bryan Sajonia chipped in 12 markers. Along with forging a three-way tie for the second spot, both Adamson and FEU-Diliman could boast of big-time wins over last year’s Finalists – the former having downed runner-up NU and the latter having defeated champion Ateneo. Meanwhile, University of the East got its first taste of victory at the expense of the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 74-72. Little-known Leo Almacen dropped a career-high 29 points off the bench while Sean Manaug posted a 20 marker-, 15-rebound double-double in the Junior Warriors’ long-awaited, much-wanted breakthrough win after seven games. For the Junior Maroons, Jordi Gomez de Liano, younger brother of Fighting Maroons Javi and Juan, also scored a career-best 27 points built on seven triples. That was far from enough, however, as they remain winless in the season. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ADAMSON 72 – Manlapaz 18, Hanapi 12, Doria An 11, Sabandal 11, Doria Ad 5, Prodigo 4, Padilla 3, Barcelona 2, Santos 2, Dominguez 2, Tulabut 2, Engbino 0, Nitura 0, Capulong 0, Berwite 0 DLSZ 57 – Jomalesa 15, Unisa 10, Subido 8, Macasaet 7, Marana 6, Pingol 4, Sevilla 3, Villarin 2, Milan 2, Buncayo 0, Dee 0, Luna 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 34-25, 54-35, 72-57 SECOND GAME UE 74 – Almacen 29, Manaug 20, Sullano 11, Dichoso 9, Alinsoring 5, Flores 0, Villarta 0, Agbas 0, Dy Tioco 0, Tajonera 0, Escamilla 0, Lima 0 UPIS 72 – Gomez de Liano 27, Torres 12, Tuazon 12, Labao 11, Vergeire 7, Lopez 3, Napalang 0, Armamento 0, Galotera 0, Estrera 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 51-39, 64-52, 74-72 THIRD GAME FEU-DILIMAN 63 – Sajonia 12, Abarrientos 11, Alforque 11, Ona 8, Tolentino 6, Torres 5, Armendez 4, Bagunu 2, Bautista 2, Sicat 2, Anonuevo 0, Barasi 0, Libago 0 UST 37 – Lina 11, Nonoy 7, Estrella 6, Marzan 3, Sumabat 2, Casingcasing 2, Dolendo 2, Gamboa 2, Barranco 1, Oliva 1, Manabat 0, Dumlao 0, Javier 0, Beliran 0, Amador 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-7, 34-18, 53-27, 63-37 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports12 hr. 30 min. ago Related News

Neda: PH expected to weather 2019 woes

With the ambitious "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program in full swing, the country's chief economist expects the Philippine economy to withstand looming global uncertainties.   "The government is making definite progress in its massive infrastructure program, we all know as 'Build, Build, Build.' We are certain that the government's efforts will pay off and we will see improvements in the state of the country's infrastructure over the medium-term," Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said in a statement.   Pernia, who heads the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), said that as of November, 35 of the 75 flag...Keep on reading: Neda: PH expected to weather 2019 woes.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 16 hr. 52 min. ago Related News

Houston, we have a problem

Last year, the Houston Rockets recorded a franchise best 65-17 record which made them No.1 in the Western Conference and in the league. They lost to the eventual champions Golden…READ The post Houston, we have a problem appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Vote for candidates who care about mobility

One reason why our transportation system is in this sorry state is because we elected leaders who cared little about our mobility or applied wrong or antiquated policies in dealing…READ The post Vote for candidates who care about mobility appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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IS not defeated, just transforming

Washington — Even as the last pockets of resistance in eastern Syria hold their ground, the Islamic State group is shapeshifting into a new, but no less dangerous, underground form, experts warn. Also known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the group had long been ready to cede the territory it […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News20 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will be out at least four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated left thumb on Thursday, the National Basketball Association team announced on Twitter. Valanciunas was hurt in the second quarter of Wednesday's 113-93 win over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors. The 26-year-old Lithuanian is averaging 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 18.8 minutes in 30 games this season. He has led the team in rebounding 11 times and recorded five double-doubles. The Raptors also announced they have recalled Chris Boucher from their minor league Raptors 905 team. Boucher is averaging 29 points per game with the G-Le...Keep on reading: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 14th, 2018Related News

13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

GAUHATI, India --- Thirteen young miners were missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were digging illegally in India's remote northeast, police said Friday.   Efforts were being made to pump water out of the mine, which flooded Wednesday, police said. National Disaster Response Force workers joined local authorities in the rescue effort.   Police said digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife. The area in Meghalaya state is about 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Shillong, the state capital.   Police said rescuers...Keep on reading: 13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 14th, 2018Related News

Islamic State says Strasbourg shooter was one of its soldiers, gives no evidence

PARIS/CAIRO — Islamic State said the man who killed three people in Strasbourg was one of its soldiers, the group’s Amaq news website said on Thursday, although it provided no evidence for the claim. An online statement from the group’s Amaq news agency said the attacker “was an Islamic State soldier and carried out the […] The post Islamic State says Strasbourg shooter was one of its soldiers, gives no evidence appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopDec 14th, 2018Related News

‘Amihan’ brings rain to Metro Manila, parts of Luzon — Pagasa

PARTS of Luzon will experience light to moderate rains as the northeast monsoon or “amihan” continues to affect these areas, the state-run weather bureau said on Friday morning. According to…READ The post ‘Amihan’ brings rain to Metro Manila, parts of Luzon — Pagasa appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Strasbourg Christmas market gunman shot dead by French police

STRASBOURG, France – The gunman who killed 3 people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday, December 13, as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its "soldiers". More than 700 French security forces had been hunting for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt since the bloodshed ........»»

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Sison’s Communist Party must be outlawed

THE primordial duty of any nation-state is to defend its existence. This is the reason why all nations in the world, except for the pseudo-state called The Vatican, each have…READ The post Sison’s Communist Party must be outlawed appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Fallen Warriors

OAKLAND — Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka combined for 43 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in 14 years with a 113-93 victory on Wednesday. Lowry finished with 23 points and 12 assists and Ibaka tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds as […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

FoI yields results

Recent recognitions handed to local media personalities attest to the vibrant state of the news industry that, in turn, speaks of the high level of transparency that has not been achieved previously. Time magazine naming Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa as among the “guardians” featured in its 2018 Person of the Year cover story […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Suspected Maute rebel arrested

A suspected member of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group involved in the beheading of two sawmill workers in Lanao del Sur in April 2016 was arrested in Caloocan City on Wednesday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Suspected Maute rebel arrested

A suspected member of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group involved in the beheading of two sawmill workers in Lanao del Sur in April 2016 was arrested in Caloocan City on Wednesday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Gov t ensures benefits not only to state workers but private as well

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Dec. 13 (PIA) -- While the government workers are being assured of the benefits during and after employment through the Government Service Insurance System, much more bene.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News