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State Department report: EJKs still chief human rights concern in Philippines

The alleged cases of summary execution in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war remains a major human rights concern in the Philippines, amid rising impunity following a dramatic surge in police killings, the US State Department said in its global rights report for 2017......»»

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PBA: Standhardinger excited to 'win some championships' with SMB

Less than a week after his elimination from the Asean Basketball League, Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger is already in the Philippines preparing for the PBA with San Miguel. The no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft joined the Beermen in practice for the first time Saturday. Standhardinger arrived in the country from Hong Kong Friday. While the Beermen, the defending Commissioner's Cup champions, are yet to be complete in training as most of the key players are still on vacation following a successful title defense in the All-Filipino, Standhardinger says that his first session with San Miguel was near flawless. "It was great," Standhardinger said. "Great guys. The last two years I've only had great teammates so that's very good. I think that's a little blessing. I hope that'll continue," he added. The Beermen's vaunted starting 5 missed practice Saturday but Standhardinger understands why. He's just looking forward to having them back soon enough. "I think they're somewhere else, on vacation or something," Standhardinger said. "They need to recover as well, I mean, they all played a lot of minutes. I can't wait until they're here," he added. Standhardinger also can't wait to win titles with the Beermen, especially after his failed stint with Hong Kong in the ABL. "Yes, yes. I think so far, what can I say, they're all great guys," he said. "I'm excited that we're gonna go together and try to win some championships," Standhardinger added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Your next pilot could be drone software

Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as the ........»»

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Donaire, Frampton make weight for WBO Interim title bout

Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. and Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton both made weight for their upcoming WBO Interim Featherweight World Title fight set for the SSE Arena in Belftast, Northern Ireland.  Donaire tipped the scales at 125.5-pounds, while Frampton came in at exactly 125-pounds, making their title bout official.  The 35-year old Donaire is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez, and is looking for another run at the top-tier of the featherweight division after most recently holding the WBO Super Bantamweight Championship.  Frampton, 31, is also looking to get back to the top of the 125-pound rankings after losing his WBO ttile to Leo Santa Cruz back in 2017. The hometown boy Frampton is coming off a unanimous decision win over Horatio Garcia.    You can catch Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World title on Sunday, April 22nd, 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! You can also catch the fight LIVE on Sunday, April 22nd, 2:30 AM on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View for only P199!.....»»

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429 HIV-AIDS cases in Iloilo province

ILOILO province has the second highest number of confirmed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Western Visayas. Dr. Maria Socorro C. Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office said Iloilo has 429 confirmed HIV-AIDS cases as of 2017. Iloilo City tops the list with 531 cases. “This is very alarming but the […] The post 429 HIV-AIDS cases in Iloilo province appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Industry revenue growth rises 8.9% in Q4 2017

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher COMPANY revenues grew faster in the fourth quarter as stronger sales were reported across key industries, the government reported on Friday. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) latest Quarterly Economic Indices report showed that the total gross revenue index — a measure of sales generated by companies — […] The post Industry revenue growth rises 8.9% in Q4 2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Comey memos show Trump s obsession with Russia probe

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump repeatedly complained to FBI director James Comey in early 2017 that the Russia meddling investigation was a cloud over his young administration, weeks before firing him, leaked memorandums showed Thursday, April 19. Trump "said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of ........»»

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DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach

This story was originally published on May 7, 2017 De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions. The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters. From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michel Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program. Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country. Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila. Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.   De Jesus shared the secret of his success. “Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said. His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike. DLSU embraced him as one of its own. “Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).” De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.                He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him. De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens. He means business all the time.   Brilliance of De Jesus 246-65. De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all. The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.   It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.           He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition. Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons. Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.   De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad. In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed. The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more. With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown. Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do. He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title. A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill. But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy. In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history. DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.     It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.              Grand Slam After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU. Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat. Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest. With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat. DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam. A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.       When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson. But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place. It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU. With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns. DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year. The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat.   DLSU-Ateneo rivalry Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today. Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into. A continuous rivalry, perhaps? For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that. The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball. De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back. Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times. Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit. For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76. DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games. De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics. He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game. Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always. When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance. Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis. It was a devastating loss to say the least. But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust. Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78. Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination. The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row. De Jesus was ready for Ateneo. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener. The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.                  Road to back-to-back Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.  Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew.  “Sa laht nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.” DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo. “Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.” “Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.” When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown. And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.    “Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.” In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little. He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena. De Jesus won his tenth title. When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome. Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 20th, 2018Related News

PBA: Standhardinger in better mood as he joins Beermen from Hong Kong

Christian Standhardinger is almost here. The Fil-German forward, the no. 1 pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, is coming home to join the mighty San Miguel Beermen. Standhardinger had a flight today and is set to join the flagship SMC franchise for practice starting this weekend. Posting on his Instagram stories, Standhardinger thanked the Hong Kong Eastern basketball club for the seven months he spent with the team. "It was a pleasure playing for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, we had a great journey and it was a lot of fun," Standhardinger said. Unfortunately, while the former Long Lions headed into the current ABL season as defending champions, they got swept in the semifinals by, ironically, the San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas. More comfortable now than a couple of days ago when his ABL team was fresh from elimination, Standhardinger was jolly as he made his way to the airport to travel from Hong Kong to Manila. Standhardinger was worried about his baggage, saying he only had "300 bucks with me" and was hopeful that he won't be charged for his extra backpack. He also complained about Instagram stories' 30-second rule, saying it was "stupid" and "pointless." Yep, Christian's mood is definitely better now... expect he's just a litle upset on IG. The Beermen have no schedule yet for their title defense but the 2018 Commissioner's Cup will open Sunday, April 22, at the Big Dome.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 20th, 2018Related News

PBA: Ginebra, NLEX already change imports for Commissioner s Cup

The 2018 Commissioner's Cup is yet to start and two PBA teams already changed imports. Brgy. Ginebra decided to let go of temporary import Shane Edwards as the former Alaska reinforcement asked for a leave to attend some sudden personal issues. According to resident agent Sheryl Reyes on Twitter, who represents Edwards, her client asked for permission to return home to deal with his emergency back home in the US. 6'10" Charles Garcia is now Ginebra's import for the mid-season joust. Garcia is an NBA G-League veteran, last playing for the Austin Spurs in the 2016-2017 season. Meanwhile, NLEX also replaced imports as Arnett Moultrie is yet to arrive, held up by his team in Bahrain. Instead, the Road Warriors will go with Adrian Forbes, a 6'10" Jamaican, for the meantime as they await the development surrounding Moultrie.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 20th, 2018Related News

BDO profit steady in first quarter

Sy-led BDO Unibank, Inc. reported flat growth in its net income during the first quarter, as the bank sets sights to rake in P31 billion for 2018. The bank made P5.9 billion in net profits between January-March, slightly higher than the P5.8 billion which it made during the same period in 2017. “Additionally, BDO disclosed […] The post BDO profit steady in first quarter appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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ITCZ to Bring Rain Showers in Mindanao, E. Visayas

An intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In its 24-hour forecast, Pagasa said the ITCZ will bring moderate to at times heavy rains that may result in flooding or landslides. Metro Manila and the […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsApr 20th, 2018Related News

Cebu Landmasters Books P2.7 Reservation Sales in Q1, On-track to Surpass 2018 Target

Leading VisMin property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) is on-track to meet its P7 billion reservation sales target this year after sales rose 24 percent in the first three months. From January to March, the listed company sold P2.7 billion of its ongoing developments, reaching already 38 percent of its full-year goal. “I’m happy to […].....»»

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Approval Ratings: More than just Numbers

IN THE March 2018 SWS survey, the president retained his "very good" net satisfaction rating despite dipping two points from his December 2017 mark. Most news reports highlighted these numbers with.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsApr 20th, 2018Related News

West gets wilder

IN the wild, wild West, the top two teams -- the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors -- have been the best teams throughout the 2017-18 season mainly through the MVP-like performances of their superstar-players. The Rockets’ James Harden and Chris Paul and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant,….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News

Infra spending jumps 44% to P50 billion in February

The government’s infrastructure expenditures in February jumped by nearly 44 percent to P50.5 billion from a year ago level of P35.1 billion as a result of road project completions and other capital outlays of various agencies, the Department of Budget and Management reported yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceApr 19th, 2018Related News

Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) put focus on flagging terrorism money in 2017, including freezing and investigating bank accounts and assets of the ISIS-associated Maute group that waged war in Marawi City last year. The AMLC said it ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News

A musical resurgence has Hollywood changing its tune

NEW YORK, USA – Hollywood is falling back in love with the movie musical, seduced by the success of Oscar winner La La Land and buoyed by a wave of live-action Disney adaptations. In a Tinseltown landscape largely dominated by superheroes, 2017 still saw La La Land , The Greatest Showman , and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News

Online hiring activity up in February, January — report

E-recruitment activities in the Philippines further picked up in the first two months of the year on the back of bullish outlook on the country’s economy, according to online hiring website Monster.com......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceApr 19th, 2018Related News

Robust Government spending seen in 2017

Department of Budget and ManagementFiscal Planning and Reforms Bureau Director Rolando Toledo said the national government spending continues to be robust in 2017, which ended up at 2.8 trillion or an.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsApr 19th, 2018Related News