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Yellow towels scream: ‘One tough crew’

Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News13 hr. 35 min. ago Related News

Koepka gains control

I felt like I putted really well again, that was a big key and then just leaving myself with good looks JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — US PGA Tour Player of the Year Brooks Koepka seized the third round lead at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Saturday. The world number three shot five-under […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News13 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Salesforce cites achievements of Meralco Online

MANILA, Philippines - The world's number one customer relationship management (CRM) platform company, Salesforce, cited Meralco Online for its achievements and service to customers. Salesforce.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News14 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds

DES MOINES, Iowa --- If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It ties the largest lottery prize in U.S. history --- and is bound to continue growing --- and joins five other top 10 drawings in the last three years. Lottery officials changed the odds in recent years to lessen the chance of winning a jackpot, which in turn increased the opportunity for top prizes to reach stratospheric levels. A look at how the numbers work out: Why reduce the number of jackpots? The theory was that ...Keep on reading: Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 21 hr. 21 min. ago Related News

Brewers force NLCS Game 7 vs Dodgers

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy. A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee’s slumping lineup with three RBIs on a pair of two-out hits, and the Brewers beat the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 20th, 2018Related News

British relatives of Nazi victims seek German passport as Brexit looms

BERLIN, Germany – British descendants of refugees who fled Nazi Germany, including many Jewish families, are racing to have their German nationality restored so they can remain EU citizens after Brexit, official data showed Friday, October 19. The number of Brits applying for German passports using a special legal provision that ........»»

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

Second quarter number of constructions in Eastern Visayas up by 4.8 percent

The region’s total number of constructions in the second quarter of 2018 reached 1,244. This reflected an increase of 4.8 percent from the 1,187 constructions recorded in the same quarter of 2017......»»

Source: Samarnews SamarnewsCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2018Related News

MAJOR POINT: Has the PBA Solved Its Draft Problem?

Late last week on October 12th, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) made an announcement that the PBA Board of Governors voted and agreed unanimously that starting 2019, the number 1 overall draft pick can no longer be traded and is exclusively for the worst team in the league to pick who they choose. At first glance, the PBA’s announcement looks like a solution to the draft problem that has gone on for over a decade. If you just read the headline or skimmed through the press release or an article written on the subject maybe you think the PBA has found its solution to the draft problem that caused division in the PBA Board and led to the hiring of a new commissioner after another draft debacle last year. Ever the skeptic, I read more than the headlines. Instead of skimming through the press release and articles, I read the fine print. After my readings and a few discussions with basketball people, do I feel the PBA has found a solution to its draft problem? I’m skeptical. I have questions. But before we get to my questions, lets take a look at how the PBA got itself in a situation where they had to make an actual rule that the worst team in the league CAN’T trade the number one overall pick: 2005: Anthony “Jay” Washington gets drafted number one overall by Air21 Express. Washington gets traded on draft day to the Talk ’N Text Phone Pals. Talk ’N Text was second in wins in the PBA in the three conferences leading up to the 2005 draft. 2008: The Talk ’N Text Phone Pals have picks 2 and 4 in the first round of the draft despite being tied for the most number of wins in the 2006-2007 season. They draft Jared Dillinger and Rob Reyes with those picks. TNT trades Jay Washington to the San Miguel Beermen and acquires the third overall pick, which turns out to be Jayson Castro. 2009: Japeth Aguilar is selected number one overall by the Burger King Whoppers. Aguilar plays one game for the Whoppers, before he is shipped to the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in a three-way trade also involving Barako Bull. Burger King was able to get Barako Bull’s 2010 (previously acquired by Talk ‘N Text) and 2012 first-round picks along with Talk ‘N Text’s 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. 2010: Noy Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini are selected first and second overall by Air21 Express. Midway through their rookie season both Baclao and Al-Hussaini along with Rey Guevarra are traded to Petron Blaze in exchange for Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Peña and Paul Artadi. Baclao and Al-Hussaini help the Petron Blaze win the 2011 PBA Governors’ Cup. Al-Hussaini wins Rookie of the Year. 2012: The Petron Blaze Boosters (from Barako Bull via Air21) select June Mar Fajardo number one overall. 2013: Barangay Ginebra (from Air21) selects Greg Slaughter number one overall. Barako Bull had the fourth, fifth and sixth picks in the first round. Barako Bull decides to trade away all three first round picks. The fifth pick turns out to be Terrence Romeo. 2014: Despite winning the Philippine Cup in a 4-0 sweep, Talk ’N Text lands the second and fourth picks overall and selects Kevin Alas and Matthew Ganuelas-Rosser before the 2014-2015 PBA season begins. Alas & Ganuelas-Rosser help Talk ’N Text win the 2015 Commisioner’s Cup. Kia Sorento with their first pick in franchise history selects Manny Pacquiao 11th overall. 2015: Despite winning the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, Talk ’N Text has the number one overall pick (from Blackwater). Talk ’N Text selects Moala Tautuaa number one and then two days later trade for the number two overall pick, Troy Rosario (Mahindra). 2016: The “Special” Draft. Gilas players are selected behind closed doors. One Gilas cadet per team, not to be traded for two years. Draft order was never released to the PBA fans/public. 2017: The San Miguel Beerman, despite winning two championships, having the most wins and the best win percentage, select Christian Standhardinger number one overall after a trade from Kia. Losing out on the Standhardinger sweepstakes, TNT blasts Commissioner Narvasa for approving the trade. The PBA divides where seven teams declare they have a “loss of confidence” in Commissioner Narvasa. Five teams support Commissioner Narvasa. After a three-month stalemate, Commissioner Narvasa steps down and the PBA Board appoints a new commissioner, Willie Marcial. As you can see, it is a little more complicated than having the number one overall pick protected from a trade. While the number one overall pick has been traded seven times in the last 13 years, which has to be some kind of record, there have been other issues as well. And that is where my long list of questions begins: -    What’s to stop an already winning team from stacking up multiple first round picks other than the number one overall pick, like in 2008 and 2014? -    This "no trading of the top pick rule" becomes effective in 2019. Why the wait? Why can’t it apply this year? Columbian Dyip has the first pick this season. History says they could likely trade that pick to a championship team. Why do we have to go through this make-believe world another year? -    Hypothetically, how would the PBA handle this situation: Phoenix trades an active player to Rain or Shine for ROS’s 2021 1st round pick. Unfortunately, in 2020, ROS has a variety of injuries and acquires the number one overall pick. What happens then? Who gets the first pick? ROS or Phoenix? -    After the first pick is drafted, when does that player selected first become tradeable? Can it be traded after the draft? If not, for how long? Looking at the draft history of the last 13 years, you have to wonder, what were the objectives of teams like Air21, Barako Bull & Kia? Were those teams in the league to form competitive teams? Were they attempting to build championship teams? Why were those teams trading so many of their top picks? Columbian justified its trading of the number pick last year by saying they were going to play in an “unconventional” way. Their unconventional way has led them to five wins in 31 games so far this season. It has also earned them the number one overall pick for the second year in a row. The PBA Draft is supposed to be fun. It used to be fun. Before 2005, the PBA Draft was a legitimate event. It was something to look forward to. The idea of the draft is still special in theory. It’s a day where dreams come true. Drafted players lives change that day. Many times, the lives of a player's family change forever when their son or husband or father is drafted in the PBA. It's an opportunity for teams who have struggled to get better. It's supposed to give hope to teams drafting high and a challenge to teams drafting low. That is how the draft system is supposed to work. Unfortunately, in the PBA that system has been broke for a long time. I like the idea and the spirit of the draft. However, last year on my podcast, Staying MAJOR, I argued that the PBA should scrap its draft. That made me sad. It made me sad because I feel like the spirit of the PBA Draft has been lost. It's been lost by teams manipulating the system for the improvement of their individual team or their team's objective, but not for the betterment of the league. I’m tired of the PBA Draft getting hijacked every year. And now we have to likely go through it again this year. Even after what happened last year. Not being able to trade the number one pick sounds good. It’s a nice blanket statement. I even think it might be a step in the right direction. But, sometimes when you're bleeding, you need more than a band-aid. Fans aren’t naive. They can figure out what’s going on when year after year the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. Maybe some of my questions will get answered here as the draft approaches? Maybe Columbian Dyip won’t trade their pick again? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part? If there is a silver lining, it is at least the PBA and its Board have acknowledged that there is a problem. At least there was an attempt to fix it. I’d say vetting of new potential franchises, so the PBA doesn’t have members who want to trade their draft picks to already successful teams is the bigger issue, but hopefully this is a start of trying to level the playing field. Wouldn’t it be fun to have teams that haven’t won in a while, keep their picks and build contending teams? Or at least not give them to the already strong teams? Wouldn’t that be fun? Wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate the draft spirit of hope on draft day without trying to figure out how the best teams ended up with the top picks again? The PBA is a professional, competitive, sports league. That’s what it’s supposed to be. The PBA is supposed to be fun too. However, it’s NOT fun or competitive when the top teams keep picking high every year. That’s not real competition to me. So will the PBA’s new rule regarding the number one overall pick change anything? This year, no. Starting next year, maybe. I’d like to be optimistic that there will be change or that this rule will initiate an on-going conversation of how to make the draft better. Unfortunately, we still have a full year of waiting before we find out. Eric Menk played in the PBA from 1999 to 2016. Menk is a four-time PBA champion, three-time PBA Finals MVP and one-time PBA MVP (2005). He will be writing for ABS-CBN Sports weekly. Menk also has his podcast Staying MAJOR as welll as his own YouTube channel ......»»

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

EDITORIAL - Preventing a repeat

Soldiers and police who fought in the siege, a number of whom suffered permanent disabilities, as well as relatives of the security forces and civilians killed in the fighting gathered in Marawi this week to mark the first year since the city was officially liberated from Maute terrorists......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 18th, 2018Related News

Polio-like illness among kids baffling doctors, scaring parents

A spike in the number of children with a rare neurological disease that causes polio-like symptoms has health officials across the country scrambling to understand the illness. Yet, more than four years after health officials first recorded the most recent uptick in cases, much about the national outbreak remains a mystery. Acute flaccid myelitis(AFM) affects the gray matterin the spinal cord, causing sudden muscle weakness and a loss of reflexes. The illness can lead to serious complications--- including paralysis or respiratory failure --- and requires immediate medical attention. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 127 cases of possi...Keep on reading: Polio-like illness among kids baffling doctors, scaring parents.....»»

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

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES | CEBU-MANILA | ECONOMY CLASS | AIRBUS A321-200 – Manila Video

Flight Report # 8 Airline: Philippine Airlines (PAL) Aircraft: Airbus A321-200 Registration: RP-C9902 Flight Number: PR1842 Flight Duration: 57 minutes ATD: 6:46am PHT ATA: 7:43am PHT Distance: 565 kilometers (351 miles) Airports: Mactan Cebu International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) Seat: 69K Route: Cebu to Manila Camera: iPhone 7 Plus Editor: iMovie for… link: PHILIPPINE AIRLINES | CEBU-MANILA | ECONOMY CLASS | AIRBUS A321-200 – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 18th, 2018Related News

Finally, that LPU monkey is off of San Beda s back in NCAA 94

The last time San Beda University defeated Lyceum of the Philippines University in the elimination round was in 2016. Since that time, the Pirates have had the number of the Red Lions – again, in the elimination round. The traditional powerhouse finally got one over the upstart contenders on Thursday, imposing its will en route to a well-earned 75-68 win. This is the first time in the last two years that they have triumphed over their new challengers in the eliminations. For that, of course, San Beda is nothing but glad. “We’re happy we got this one and that the monkey is finally off our backs,” head coach Boyet Fernandez told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Everybody’s been saying that we cannot beat LPU so that was really our motto for today. Naging barometer namin yun and I’m happy the guys stepped up today.” Humble as always, coach Boyet deflected credit for the win to his boys. “I salute the boys and sana, we continue playing this well,” he said. In fact, the always amiable mentor even gave credit to other coaches. As he put it, “I do thank the coaches from other teams because I watch their games. I say how the two teams beat Lyceum so I think we got the cue from that.” Coach Boyet was referring to University of Perpetual Help and Colegio de San Juan de Letran, which both beat LPU before the Red Lions. “Ayan naman ang trabaho at saka ng scouting,” he said. Nonetheless, the defending champions still had nothing but respect for the felled foes. “It’s a tough game, they’re a really tough team. Good job to coach Topex [Robinson] and the rest of the LPU team,” their head coach said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

ARMM employees concerned over Bangsamoro government transition

COTABATO CITY – A number of employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) raised their concerns to members […].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsOct 18th, 2018Related News

DA temporarily bans PH importation of birds from California

      The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily banned the importation of domestic and wild birds including game fowls from California in the United States following incidences of virulent newcastle disease (VND). In a memorandum circular, the agency cited data from the country's agriculture department confirming a number of VND cases in Southern California affecting backyard chickens. Cities that were affected include Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol has also suspended the processing and evaluation of import permits from the mentioned state, including the transfer or shipment of any product from all...Keep on reading: DA temporarily bans PH importation of birds from California.....»»

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

Facebook told to notify 700k Filipinos hit by data breach

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has ordered Facebook to individually notify the more than 700,000 Filipino users who had been affected by a data breach about two weeks ago. In an order dated Oct. 17, NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro compelled the social networking site to notify the affected data subjects from the breach, and submit a more comprehensive data breach notification report to the Commission. The NPC also asked Facebook to provide identity theft and phishing insurance for affected Filipino data subjects, or establish a dedicated helpdesk/help center located in the Philippines and with a local number, within six months from receipt of the order; and implement a p...Keep on reading: Facebook told to notify 700k Filipinos hit by data breach.....»»

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

Lions, Pirates duel for Number 1 spot in semis

San Beda and Lyceum of the Philippines University gun for the top seeding as the two collide today in what looms as a sneak preview to the finals of the 94th NCAA basketball tournament......»»

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

Roque, Revilla pull off surprise, file candidacies for senator

THE five-day filing of certificates of candidacy for senator ended Wednesday with a number of surprises — former Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. changing his mind and finally throwing his […] The post Roque, Revilla pull off surprise, file candidacies for senator appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Oct 17th, 2018Related News

Japan, Thailand, US are the most vacation deprived, says report

The world is tired, as global vacation deprivation is on the rise, with workers in Japan, Thailand and the United States taking the fewest number of vacation days in the world, according to the latest report from Expedia. That's the overarching takeaway from the 18th edition of the Vacation Deprivation study, which found that globally, 58 percent of workers describe themselves as very or somewhat vacation deprived, up from 53 percent last year, and 49 percent in 2016. Of the 19 countries studied, Japanese, Thai and American workers were found to take the fewest number of vacation days at 10 days a year. Over in the U.S., the latest figures show that of the 14 vacation days a...Keep on reading: Japan, Thailand, US are the most vacation deprived, says report.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 17th, 2018Related News

NFL wants players to play with a free mind

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL doesn't want players worrying about getting flagged or fined. "You gotta play," NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings. "You hope that no player is thinking about a rule. We want them to play (with a) free mind where you're just free and you play." Chiefs rookie linebacker Breeland Speaks said he didn't take Tom Brady down because he was concerned about a roughing-the-passer penalty in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 43-40 loss at New England on Sunday night. Brady eluded Speaks and ran 4 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots the lead. "We watched that video and watched that play and Tom did what we've seen Tom do a thousand times," Vincent said. "He stepped up in the pocket and the defender didn't make a play or didn't create a sack, but you don't want any player thinking about a penalty or being fined but you hope that he would make that adjustment on some of the things we've put in place and that's not just for his opponent's protection but for his as well." Overall, roughing-the-passer calls are down since the competition committee clarified to game officials the techniques used in such hits during a conference call last month. There were 34 roughing calls through the first three weeks and 19 in the three weeks since the call. Vincent said the league didn't advise officials to cut down on the calls, but emphasized to them making sure they see it clearly. "If you don't see the complete play, don't call it," Vincent said. "That was a directive from the competition committee. That was always the point of emphasis but after the (conference) call and after watching the video, the committee and our coaches (said): 'If you don't see the complete play, we ask that you leave the penalty in your pocket.'" Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was penalized three times in the first three weeks for roughing the passer, including two of which that appeared to be normal tackles. Matthews suggested the league has gone soft and argued that defensive players no longer know what constitutes a legal hit. Dolphins defensive end William Hayes tore his right ACL trying to avoid landing on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. "Every time we emphasized a call, you see more calls in the preseason and first (few) weeks and then you see an adjustment, and a leveling out of calls," said Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee. "We're not going to apologize for trying to protect players we think are in a vulnerable state." Some other things we learned on the first day of the NFL's fall meetings: MORE FINES THAN FLAGS: There have been only six penalties for illegal use of the helmet, but Vincent said between 10-12 players have been fined for such hits and almost 70 warning letters have been issued to players about using the crown of their helmet to initiate a hit. "We told officials if they don't see all three elements of it, we can fine it on Monday and we'll get the conducted corrected," McKay said. "I think the players have adjusted, the officials have adjusted and I know the coaches have adjusted." CONCUSSIONS DOWN: Concussions in preseason were down from 91 to 79, a 13 percent decline. Concussions on kickoffs were zero in the preseason, down from three. Concussions in practices were down from 23 to 9. Jeff Miller, the league's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, credits a reduction plan the NFL put into place last year, improvements in helmets in part spurred by the league ratings of helmets and banning of some, rules changes such as the "helmet rule" and the kickoff rules, and the education of players. "We're certainly optimistic about the results," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's medical director. "We'll continue with more in-depth analyses of concussions." HELMET BAN: Miller said there were some 230 helmets players used in 2017 that ranked in the red area, meaning they were banned for new league players in 2018 and will be banned for every player next season. Through Week 3 of this season, about 40 were still in use that were grandfathered in. He noted "it's sometimes hard to make a change," but added that players won't have a choice after this season regarding those helmets. ADVANTAGE, OFFENSE: Teams are scoring more than ever. The number of points (4,489), touchdowns (504) and touchdown passes (328) are the most in league history through six weeks. McKay credited the performance of young quarterbacks and the emphasis on calling illegal contact and defensive holding penalties. Illegal contact penalties are up from 11 to 36. After six weeks in 2016, there were 30 such calls. "We didn't like the way it was going last year and it led to passing yardage going down," McKay said. "As defenses get more aggressive and grab more, yards go down." Vincent said he expects scoring to "normalize" as teams see more film on the young quarterbacks and he noted weather conditions later in the season could make an impact. "I believe some of the defenses and coordinators will adjust," Vincent said. "Players are adjusting all the time and you just need game footage to see what people can and can't do." PARITY IS GOOD: Games have been closer through the first six weeks. So far, 54 games have been decided by one score, tied for the most in league history at this point. There have been 28 games decided by three points or fewer, second-most at this point. "Those are good stats for us because fans want to watch and attend close games," McKay said. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report......»»

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

Bradley s slam helps Red Sox beat Astros 8-2 in ALCS

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam, Nathan Eovaldi hushed Houston a day after some social media trash talk and the Boston Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Steve Pearce hit a tiebreaking solo homer for Boston off Joe Smith in the sixth inning, a drive that sailed just inside the foul pole in left field for a 3-2 lead. Bradley's slam capped a five-run burst in the eighth against Roberto Osuna. The Astros closer got two outs but allowed two singles and plunked consecutive batters to force in a run. Bradley then crushed a 1-1 fastball into the right field seats to send Houston fans streaming toward the exits. Game 4 is Wednesday night, with Boston's Rick Porcello opposing Charlie Morton. With his childhood hero and fellow Alvin, Texas, native Nolan Ryan sitting behind the plate, Eovaldi turned in another solid start. Red-hot slugger Alex Bregman had shared video Monday on Instagram of Houston hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs off Eovaldi in his previous outing against the Astros......»»

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