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NCAA: Blazers flex muscle in takedown of Cardinals

It took until its second game in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, but College of St. Benilde has lived up to all the preseason hype. Drawing contributions from up and down the roster, the Blazers grounded Mapua University, 90-79, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Yankie Haruna turned in his best game in recent memory with 19 points and four rebounds while first-year player Justin Gutang continued opening eyes with 17 points, 10 assists, and three rebounds. Haruna also had the steady hands in the endgame, scoring eight points in the 17-0 run that boosted CSB into evening its standing at 1-1. “All I know is that my role is to give energy to my team on both ends because, of course, we have to play with a lot of energy,” he told reporters post-game. The tally was tied at 71-all inside the seven minutes until Haruna and Gutang got together for the pivotal push. Their defense also held up its end, holding the Cardinals scoreless for five minutes. After an impressive preseason, the Blazers were tagged as the darkhorse of the tournament. However, they suffered a setback in their opener. This time around, they were able to put it all together. “I guess that was just first game jitters. Now, I’m happy with the win,” head coach TY Tang said. For now 1-1 Mapua, Justin Serrano and Noah Lugo paced them with 14 points apiece. BOX SCORES CSB 90 – Haruna 19, Gutang 17, Dixon 13, Leutcheu 8, Pasturan 8, Naboa 6, Domingo 6, Carlos 5, Young 5, Nayve 3, Barnes 0, Velasco 0 MAPUA 79 – Serrano 14, Lugo 14, Bunag 11, Pelayo 8, Bonifacio 8, Jabel 8, Victoria 6, Aguirre 6, Gamboa 3, Salenga 1, Biteng 0, Pajarillo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-15, 46-36, 61-59, 90-79 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases......»»

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Joining hands to protect children on the internet

  HANOI --- Nguyen Bich Ngoc, a junior high school student in Hanoi, started to use a smartphone when she was a 6th grader.   Seeing most of her classmates use Facebook, Ngoc (not her real name, to protect her privacy) managed to set up an account for herself.   Facebook regulates that people can set up an account only when they are over 13 years old, but Ngoc simply lied and said she was older than she was, because "no one inspected it", she said.   Being free to make friends with everybody around the world, Ngoc was happy when her friend list reached thousands of people.   "I did not know most of the people on my friend list in re...Keep on reading: Joining hands to protect children on the internet.....»»

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

Blockbuster trade not what Kawhi, DeRozan hoped for

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst Kawhi Leonard’s turbulent last days with the San Antonio Spurs ended Wednesday morning (late Wednesday, PHL time) with a trade that neither major party involved in the deal liked. The Spurs traded Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Star, along with veteran guard Danny Green, to the Toronto Raptors for four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan, second-year big man Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round Draft pick, which is protected from 1-20 next year. In doing so, San Antonio ended a relationship with the player that was poised to be the Spurs’ next lynchpin, but who had grown disenchanted with the franchise and wanted out. Leonard wanted to be traded to Los Angeles, closer to his hometown of Moreno Valley, Calif. He preferred the Lakers, and made that known in June, but was not averse to playing with the LA Clippers. However, the Spurs were adamant that they would not trade him to a Western Conference team, even though there was a strong likelihood that he would only stay with any team that traded for him until next year. That is when he would likely opt out of his contract, become a free agent and go to Los Angeles. Even though the 27-year-old Leonard told the Raptors in conversations between Toronto and his camp over the last week that he did not want to go there, the Raptors were willing to take the chance, anyway. DeRozan sought assurances from the Raptors that he wasn’t being moved in recent days. Both he and his representatives met with Raptors officials during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to a source, at which time Toronto insisted that it wasn’t going to trade him. Now, DeRozan feels “lied to,” the source said, and, while having no personal grudges with the Spurs, is extremely upset at the deal. Meanwhile, @DeMar_DeRozan not backing off of claim he was lied to by Toronto regarding a potential trade, per source. Extremely upset. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 18, 2018 Leonard also is not happy at going to Toronto, for several reasons, including the higher taxation rate in Canada than in Texas, which has no state income tax. Leonard’s camp had informed the Spurs he didn’t want to go there, but the Spurs made no promises either way. San Antonio had had significant discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers -- a team Leonard would have given a fair shake at convincing him to stay had it been able to make a deal with San Antonio. But the 76ers were unwilling to include guard Markelle Fultz, the former first pick overall in the 2017 Draft, or forward Dario Saric in any package proposals for Leonard. Leonard only played in nine games last season, citing an injured quad muscle that did not respond to treatment. But privately, Leonard was unhappy with what he thought was bad advice from the Spurs’ medical staff, and sought advice from his own group of doctors, removing himself from San Antonio to continue treatments in New York as the regular season ended and playoffs began. The Spurs did not push Leonard during his rehab, and referred questions about his status during their first-round series with the Golden State Warriors to his camp. Leonard’s uncle has acted as his agent for the last couple of years. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich informed Leonard’s camp of the trade early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in what was deemed a “cordial” conversation, according to a source. However, given the trade, Leonard is now contemplating not taking part in next week’s USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas. A final decision has not yet been made. For his part, the 28-year-old DeRozan let his feelings be known in an Instagram post early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time), saying in part, “Ain’t no loyalty in this game” after being dealt from the only team he’s played for in nine NBA seasons, and for whom he has been nothing but a first-class ambassador. The Raptors took DeRozan with the ninth pick in the 2009 Draft, during which time DeRozan became the franchise’s leader in several categories, including games, points and minutes played. He grew as the franchise did, helping lead it to the most successful period in its history alongside his close friend and All-Star teammate, Kyle Lowry. The backcourt did ads together, took vacations together with family and led Toronto to franchise records for wins, reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2016. At every turn, DeRozan expressed happiness at playing for and living in Toronto, even as he had to make several cross-country trips last season to be with his ailing father in Los Angeles. DeRozan remade his game as part of the “culture reset” demanded by general manager Masai Ujiri after Toronto was beaten in the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2017 -- a familiar outcome, as James and Cleveland beat the Raptors in three straight postseasons. DeRozan relied less on isolation sets than he had in years past, trying to move more without the ball and give it up so others could be more involved. Toronto won a franchise-best 59 regular season games last season and was the top seed in the Eastern Conference. However, Toronto suffered another playoff loss to Cleveland, this time a 4-0 sweep. It was especially galling considering the Cavaliers had been extended to a seventh game in their first-round series with Indiana, yet still managed to rally from a double-digit deficit to shock the Raptors in Game 1 in Toronto. The Cavs then cruised the rest of the way in the series. Ujiri fired coach Dwane Casey afterward, ultimately picking assistant coach Nick Nurse as Casey’s successor. But the reset of the team wasn’t complete. The Raptors believe strongly in their young core group of players, all of whom have been developed by Toronto the last few seasons -- guards Fred Van Vleet and Delon Wright, forward O.G. Anunoby and big man Pascal Siakham. Toronto initially opted to keep its existing vets around the kids, giving DeRozan a five-year, $138 million extension in 2016, then giving Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka extensions last summer – Lowry got a three-year, $100 million deal and Ibaka got a three-year, $65 million deal. However, after the latest playoff debacle, the Raptors let it be known around the Draft that none of their players were untouchable. If Toronto can get Leonard on board, the Raptors would have a potentially dynamic defensive group on the wings, with Leonard and Anunoby capable of guarding multiple positions. Ibaka isn’t the defender he was in Oklahoma City, where he was first team all-Defensive three years in a row, but he’s still a plus defender at his position. The 31-year-old Green is entering the final year of his contract. Long considered one of the best two-way guards in the game, Green was outstanding in the Spurs’ seven-game loss to the Heat in the 2013 Finals, making 27 3-pointers in the series en route to setting a Finals record. Poeltl, 22, was taken ninth overall by Toronto in the 2016 Draft. He worked his way quickly into the Raptors’ rotation, averaging 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds last season. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. 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......»»

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

Raptors will need to work some magic now after Kawhi trade

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Raptors boss Masai Ujiri better have some magic plan. Because if he doesn’t, Lakers boss Magic Johnson certainly will. Before Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan — the headline pieces in a four-player trade between San Antonio and Toronto on Wednesday — play a single game for their new teams, this much is clear: The Spurs got better, the Raptors are taking a gargantuan risk and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to sit back and see what happens. San Antonio essentially swapped one All-Star for another, ridded itself of a headache — the Leonard-wants-out saga — and got a first-round draft pick as well. Hard to argue. In DeRozan, Toronto traded away a guard who led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last five seasons for a player who, without hardly ever saying a word, has made clear that he wants to be in Los Angeles. A bold strategy, but if Ujiri can win over Leonard in a year just like Sam Presti and Oklahoma City did with Paul George, it could work out like gangbusters for the Raptors. And if Leonard doesn’t see the virtue in making Toronto home for the long term, the Lakers will be waiting. Remember what Johnson said earlier this offseason about the Lakers’ strategy: that it will be a two-year mission. Getting LeBron James to sign with LA earlier this month was a big part of the plan, but it wasn’t the whole plan. Phase 2 is surrounding James with superstar talent, and it’s hard to see any reason why Leonard doesn’t end up in purple and gold at some point in 2019 — whether through a trade or free agency. Leonard probably isn’t happy, but he almost certainly can’t run the risk of sitting out another year. DeRozan clearly isn’t happy. That’s no disrespect to San Antonio — the Spurs are a model franchise and Gregg Popovich is a coach almost anyone would want to play for — but DeRozan rather would have stayed in Toronto. DeRozan got plenty of support from his NBA peers, including Dwyane Wade, who told The Associated Press that he hopes this trade reminds fans that teams will do what they want when they feel it’s time to move a player — so players shouldn’t be derided when they exercise their options to move on through free agency, either. “DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty,” Wade said. “That’s why I hate loyalty and sports, those two words, they shouldn’t go together. You just feel for guys and their family. He committed to them. It’s a business and you understand the business, but from a player standpoint, it just sucks.” The Spurs were never going to trade Leonard to the Lakers. It made no sense. Why would San Antonio help a fellow Western Conference team get better, especially when the best team in basketball — Golden State — seems to have a chokehold on the Larry O’Brien Trophy with no plans of letting go anytime soon? Plus, the Lakers didn’t have the sort of assets the Spurs would have wanted for an elite player like Leonard. He played in nine games for the Spurs last season and was barely a factor. DeRozan will almost certainly give San Antonio more next year than Leonard gave the Spurs last year. Hence, they just got a lot better. Boston had the required assets but apparently wasn’t willing to part with them. Philadelphia did, too. But Toronto, to its credit, saw no reason why it shouldn’t be bold this summer. Dwane Casey was the coach of the year who won 59 games and led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East last season. He got fired because the Raptors never figured out how to beat James in the playoffs. The Raptors are really good. Second-best record in the regular season a year ago, behind only Houston. But they know they’re not good enough to win a title, and while they stopped short of blowing up the team they sure gave the foundation a couple of good thwacks with a wrecking ball in dumping Casey and trading DeRozan. Can Leonard get them over the hump? Maybe. If he’s healthy, he could be the best player in the Eastern Conference, largely because of the way he can take a game over on the defensive end. That’s a player worth the risk. So now we see if Ujiri can work some magic. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

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

Thai cave boys, discharged from hospital, speak of ‘miracle’ rescue

Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference that was beamed around the world. The "Wild Boars" team members looked healthy and happy as they answered questions about the nine days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team. A packed crowd greeted the youngsters after they were discharged from hospital in Chiang Rai, and watched as they played with footballs on a small makeshift pitch before taking their seats. "It is a miracle," Wild Boars footballer Adul Sam-on, 14...Keep on reading: Thai cave boys, discharged from hospital, speak of ‘miracle’ rescue.....»»

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

Happy birthday, Daddy

This is what lies on my father Frank Mayor’s epitaph on the starkly simple marble marker on his gravesite at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2018Related News

Thirdy Ravena, Amanda Villanueva show off moves for 'InMyFeelingsChallenge

Perlas Spiker Amanda Villanueva and Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena have both submitted their entries to the viral 'In My Feelings' challenge. The trend entails people to dance to Canadian rapper Drake's eponymous song, and has evolved to require them to go out of a moving car before doing the dance. In Villanueva's video, she's seen jumping out of a drudging car, then showing off her stunning moves.   Take on anything, babe 🤙🏻#InMyFeelingsChallenge #DrakeChallenge #InMyFeelings #AmanDANCE @champagnepapi A post shared by Aᴍᴀɴᴅᴀ Vɪʟʟᴀɴᴜᴇᴠᴀ (@amandavillanueva.ph) on Jul 15, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT Ravena's take was equally impressive.   U had me in my feelings like... A post shared by Thirdy (@3rd_e) on Jul 12, 2018 at 6:53am PDT Some NBA stars have joined the challenge as well. Here's a look as some of them:  James Harden   Bro gassed me up but was too scared to get off 😂😂😂😂@meekmill Aye @theshiggyshow you did yo stuff with this one. A post shared by James Harden (@jharden13) on Jul 8, 2018 at 6:34pm PDT Lance Stephenson   Who want to sign up for my Keke classes #inmyfeelingschallenge aka happy bday momma @champagnepapi A post shared by Lance Stephenson (@stephensonlance) on Jul 13, 2018 at 8:45pm PDT   Victor Oladipo   Everyone been in their feelings lately so I decided to get “in my feelings” this morning. 😂#DoTheShiggy @theshiggyshow #InMyFeelingsChallenge @champagnepapi A post shared by Victor Oladipo (@vicoladipo) on Jul 10, 2018 at 10:07am PDT Drake's fifth album Scorpion immediately topped charts after its release, bringing with it a social media trend that has taken the internet by storm......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 17th, 2018Related News

PBA: After ordeal, Jeron Teng happy to be helping Alaska on the court again

Monday night in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 2 loss to San Miguel, Jeron Teng finished with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes for the Alaska Aces. And while it was a loss that pushed Alaska to the brink of elimination, head coach Alex Compton saw a bit of a silver lining in Teng’s performance. “I thought he did a great job. It's been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don't think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we'd be worried about his life at the hospital.” A little over a month ago, Teng, along with former DLSU teammates Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were involved in a scuffle that led to all three getting deep lacerations.  Teng’s perfomance in Game 2 was his best since the unfortunate incident. “If you watched the game and didn't know the situation, you would have never thought that that happened. To be able to play 21 minutes and mix it up, I thought it was great.” Compton added. Indeed, it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Teng, but more than anything, he’s just thankful to be on the floor and contributing again. “Well siyempre, after the incident, sarap lang talaga maglaro ng basketball ulit, I’m just happy I’m back again, playing and helping my teammates.” And while he did put up solid numbers, Teng believes that he could do more, especially now that their backs are against the wall. “Next game lang, we just have to play better. I have to play better parin kasi siyempre we lost, may mga points of improvement pa ako from this game, and it’s another experience from me.” As thankful as he was to be back on the court again, Teng also expressed his gratitude to the Alaska organization, who has been with him through all of this. “Siyempre it feels great, with the incident, the whole Alaska organization was behind me talaga, they supported me, they visited me, even si Boss [Wilfred] Uytengsu and yung mga coaches, they visited me in the hospital and they’re really supportive with what happened and the case na on-going, so sobrang thankful ko talaga sa kanila, sa buong Alaska organization.” Now, with the bitter memories of that fateful night in BGC behind him, Teng is just hungry to win and hopefully to help his team to a title. “Ako, gustong-gusto ko talaga maka-abot ng finals eh, mag-champion.” For Teng, a title would help remove the sting of the ordeal. “After ng incident, siguro pag nag-champion kami, makakalimutan ko na yun.” It’s going to be an uphill battle for Teng and the Aces to even come close to a finals berth however, as they’re now down 2-0 in a best-of-five series against the defending champions. Teng and the Aces face San Miguel in Game 3 on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Alden Richards thanks AlDub fans on 3rd year anniversary

MANILA, Philippines – Three years after his tandem with Maine Mendoza first became a phenomenal hit on television, Alden Richards posted a short message for their fans, as they celebrated AlDub's 3rd year anniversary. On Monday, July 16, Alden wrote on Instagram: "Happy 3rd Anniversary, maraming salamat po sa lahat ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

By Elaine Ganley, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. "It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. "We've had lots of problems in France these past years," he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. "This is good for the morale ... Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good." Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged. Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day. Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon's triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks. A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon. Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets. As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France's two World Cup titles. The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words "Proud to be Blue," or French. The celebrations were spread across the nation. For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral. Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal's Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply. "We say it so little ... We should be proud to be French," Griezmann said. Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France's run to the title and the festivities it has sparked. Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe's home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament. "All this euphoria and effervescence, it's positive but it's emotional and ephemeral," he said ahead of France's win. Bourassi said sports is a "catalyst to bring people and nations together." But, he added, it must be built on. "What we're seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?" That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace. Revelers celebrated the moment. "We're happy. It took 20 years ... It's the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates," Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees. The win "shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France," said Omar Bzi. Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said "It's a way to bring the French people together, and also the world." ___ John Leicester in Moscow contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Saab Magalona marks son s baptism with memory of meeting him for the first time

Saab Magalona's experience with motherhood has been one marked with initial heartbreak, though raising baby Pancho with husband Jim Bacarro proves that she has much to be happy about. ........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Diaries from the field: How my village copes with the loss of a loved one

Losing a loved one is always painful, and my village recognizes this pain. A death in the village takes the whole community to celebrate the life and mourn the departure of one villager. People can skip happy gatherings like weddings but not gatherings for difficult times......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Sabrina the teenage wish

There's one name that's been thrown around so often when you ask the rising artists of the pop music scene who they want to collaborate with. It's Sabrina Carpenter.   The 19-year-old Disney star and American singer announced a new era for her music career with the release of "Almost Love," a tenaciously feisty and catchy bop about almost lovers taking it frustratingly slow. "It's falling for someone and knowing that you're inches away from love. It either has a happy ending, or no ending at all," Sabrina tells Super. "It was very easy to write because in these young years of our lives they always say you lose people along the way, sometimes for no reason other than they w...Keep on reading: Sabrina the teenage wish.....»»

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

Billionare Manny: I’m ready, I’m hungry

KUALA LUMPUR --- Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao weighed in at a comfortable 146 pounds, well under the 147-pound (67-kilogram) limit on Saturday, and said he was "ready" to win back the welterweight belt against World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.   "I am ready. I am motivated, I am happy and I am hungry," said the 39-year-old Pacquiao, the only man to have won world titles in eight weight divisions in a glittering 23-year career.   Amid the noise inside his packed VIP room, now Senator Pacquiao briefly reflected on his phenomenal career.   "Back then only true boxing fans watched my fights," he said. "Now heads of stat...Keep on reading: Billionare Manny: I’m ready, I’m hungry.....»»

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

PBA: Balkman s birthday celebration is postponed for now

Renaldo Balkman has never beaten Alaska until now. As the defending champion Beermen rolled past the Aces Saturday to start the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals, Balkman finally had his breakthrough win. But none of that is important now as Renaldo has some bigger things to look forward to in his comeback PBA stint. More than anything, Balkman wants to win the title he never got five years ago. "Tonight, we won. We’re not looking to the past. We’re looking to the future. We got two more left," Balkman said. "Back in the gym tomorrow and practice, working hard for Game 2 on Monday," he added. Saturday is doubly special for Balk as he celebrated his 34th birthday. He wished that a championship came as a guft but he'll settle for one win for now. "It's always good when you get the win and celebrate your birthday at the same time. I wish it was a championship that we won on my birthday. But we got a long series left. We got two more left. Next game on Monday," he said. The celebration will be postponed as well as Balkman is looking forward to rest up and prepare for the semis grind again. "We just won a game, go back home, get some rest, and get back on Monday. I’m not young anymore so I’ll get my rest," he said. "I’ll save my celebration later this year when I get a couple days off, when I’m not playing basketball. What counts right now is winning a championship. Everybody says happy birthday to me, great win for us and it’s a great day for me," Balkman added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 14th, 2018Related News

Feature: Ati Community in Boracay Happy Despite Closure

It’s not all gloomy in the island of Boracay despite its temporary closure. In fact, the people living in the island are smiling and happy. These happy people, who are members of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO), reside in a 2.1hectare ancestral domain located in the island. They have all the reason to be […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News

How new is the New Manny Pacquiao?

There was one report on Thursday which claimed the legendary Manny Pacquiao wanted to show the world "a New Manny Pacquiao."   It won't be a simple comeback, after Pacquiao dropped his world welterweight crown in Brisbane where he suffered a hideous controversial defeat last year.   "I am motivated, I am happy, I am hungry, I am excited to show the world a new Manny Pacquiao on July 15 here in Kuala Lumpur," Pacquiao told BoxingScene.com.   Wouldn't that be equal to magic: Turning plain recycling into full-fledged regal resurrection?   "Just watch me," Pacquiao remarked.     Prior to that, the best that his handlers could pro...Keep on reading: How new is the New Manny Pacquiao?.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News

Mini-me dressing: The mother-baby pieces for matchy days

The saying, "Like mother, like child" doesn't just apply to the latter's physical appearance and attitude. Sometimes it pertains to their similarity in style---and many moms take it very literally. You've probably seen mothers and kids who are wearing matching or complementary clothing. Personally, I find myself fawning over how these ensembles come in miniature sizes. If you're a new mom or a mom-to-be who wants to do the same with their children, we found celebrity inspiration and items you can cop too. Happy shopping for you and your little one! Marian Rivera and Zia Dantes A post shared by MARIAN RIVERA's STYLE (@marian_ootd) on Mar 26, 2018 at 7:15am PDT Mari...Keep on reading: Mini-me dressing: The mother-baby pieces for matchy days.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News

‘I am ready’

Motivated. Happy. Excited. Those were the adjectives that found space in the answer of our beloved Manny Pacquiao when asked to describe himself during a press conference three days before crossing mitts against Lucas Matthysse of Argentina. “I’m ready. I’m motivated. I’m happy. I’m excited,” said Pacquiao, a picture of… Source link link: ‘I am ready’.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News