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PHL found among most improved in global competitiveness index

THE PHILIPPINES placed fifth among the nine economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) covered by the Global Competitiveness Report 2018-2019, which measures a country’s standing using a set of criteria that determine level of productivity, and 56th globally among 140 economies on the list. The post PHL found among most improved in global competitiveness index appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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The global competitiveness index 2018 ranking

THE PHILIPPINES placed fifth among the nine economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) covered by the Global Competitiveness Report 2018-2019, which measures a country’s standing using a set of criteria that determine level of productivity, and 56th globally among 140 economies on the list.  The post The global competitiveness index 2018 ranking appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Can falling in love with your best friend have a happy ending?

We're all a sucker for best friend plot lines, but what happens when feelings are revealed (after seven damn years) only to be busted in the end? That's what happened between Carson (Maja Salvador) and Dio (Paulo Avelino) duringI'm Drunk, I Love You. Carson revealed her feelings, but sadly, BFF doesn't feel the same way. It happens, but we're a tad bit shattered. Director JP Habac didn't want to leave us hanging and instead teased us with a sequel to his first long-form film. The title?I Love You, I Do. Magandang araw, mga bata! # # pic.twitter.com/gWju7XQMZ6 --- JP Habac (@jphabac) October 16, 2018 Theories and burning questions fill our heads. Will they end up together or...Keep on reading: Can falling in love with your best friend have a happy ending?.....»»

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More than 20,000 pass August 2018 civil service exams

          A total of 22,087 examinees passed the August 12 Career Service Professional and Subprofessional examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said on Wednesday.   Of the 159,283 examinees who took the Professional category exam, 19,510 passed with a passing rate of 12.25 percent. This was higher compared to the May 2018 examinations, where only 10.71 percent passed.   For the Subprofessional category, 2,577 out of 22,708 examinees hurdled the exams, translating to an 11.35 percent passing rate, slightly higher than the previous 11.20 percent rate.   READ:Only 10.7% pass March 2018 civil service exam ...Keep on reading: More than 20,000 pass August 2018 civil service exams.....»»

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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......»»

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Germany s struggles continue with loss to France

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Germany is out of contention for another international trophy after France handed Joachim Loew's struggling team its latest loss on Tuesday. The balance of power in European soccer is swinging even further away from the 2014 World Cup champion since its poor title defense in Russia. World Cup winner France rallied for a 2-1 win in the UEFA Nations League against Germany, which fell to a fourth loss in its last six competitive games. The result means Germany, eliminated in the World Cup group stage in Russia, cannot advance to the Final Four tournament in June for the Nations League top-tier group winners. Germany wasted its first-half dominance at Stade de France, having led via a 14th-minute penalty from Toni Kroos. Antoine Griezmann struck twice in the second half — a precisely guided header in the 62nd and a penalty in the 80th — to take France's unbeaten streak to 15 games and extend its lead in Group 1 of League A. Germany also risks an embarrassing relegation to the second-tier League B when it finishes the group program against the Netherlands on Nov. 19. Elsewhere in the Nations League, Ukraine won promotion to League A by beating the Czech Republic 1-0 in Group 1 of the second tier. Ukraine, coached by former star forward Andriy Shevchenko, also improved its chances of qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. Nations League group winners are assured of a place in the playoffs for the Euros, if they don't qualify directly. UEFA created the Nations League to replace most international friendly games, though Belgium's schedule was free Tuesday to host the neighboring Netherlands in a 1-1 draw in Brussels. France was overrun for a period in the first half after Germany converted a penalty that followed midfielder Paul Pogba being dispossessed too easily in his own half. German winger Leroy Sane was sent clear and his low cross hit the arm of defender Presnel Kimpembe. France drew level when left-back Lucas Hernandez crossed for his Atletico Madrid teammate Griezmann to guide a rising header beyond goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's dive. Griezmann later wrong-footed Neuer from the penalty spot after a foul was called on defender Mats Hummels against midfielder Blaise Matuidi. Television replays showed Matuidi appeared to stand on Hummels' ankle sliding into the challenge, but UEFA is not using video review in its competitions this season. UKRAINE UP A third straight win for Ukraine ensured it became the first League B team promoted into the top tier for the next edition of the Nations League. Ruslan Malinovskyi's long-distance shot in the first half was enough to beat the Czechs in Kharkiv. Wales now leads Group 4 in League B after beating Ireland 1-0 in Dublin through Harry Wilson's second-half free kick. Wales hosts Denmark on Nov. 16. In League C, Norway now leads Bulgaria in the four-team Group 4 after beating the Bulgarians 1-0 in Oslo. Slovenia staved off relegation by drawing 1-1 with Cyprus in a game featuring three red cards. GEORGIA PROMOTED Georgia ensured promotion from League De with its fourth straight win, 3-0 at Latvia, ensuring it will win Group 1. The No. 93-ranked Georgians will also have a chance to advance to Euro 2020. One of the fourth-tier League D teams is sure to reach the Euro through the playoff route for Nations League group winners. Gibraltar earned just its second ever competitive victory, beating visiting Liechtenstein 2-1. Gibraltar also closed to within three points of Group 4 leader Macedonia which lost its perfect record in a 4-0 loss at Armenia. The final rounds of Nations League games are played Nov. 15-20. The Euro 2020 qualifying draw, seeded by Nations League standings, will be held Dec. 2 in Dublin......»»

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The STAR Cover (October 17, 2018)

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Halep leads WTA ladder

MOSCOW — Romania’s Simona Halep said she was enjoying her position on top of the world standings after she secured the year-end WTA number one spot for the second consecutive year. “I feel great. I feel very happy that I am on top two years in a row,” Halep told a news conference at Moscow’s […].....»»

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BUSINESS — Wednesday, 17 October 2018

BUSINESS — Wednesday, 17 October 2018.....»»

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BUSINESS — Wednesday, 17 October 2018

BUSINESS — Wednesday, 17 October 2018.....»»

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UNO-R sprinters salvage two titles in athletics

The athletics team of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) stamped their class over the competition teams as they bagged the titles in tertiary men’s and women’s categories of the recent 2018 Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) Season 38 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, Oct. 15. […] The post UNO-R sprinters salvage two titles in athletics appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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2018 ISSA MEET: Ateneo pocket secondary girls’ crown

VOLLEYBELLES from Ateneo de Iloilo (AdI) are the champions of the secondary girls’ volleyball in the ongoing 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet. AdI they captured the crown during the finals on Oct. 15. The AdI Baby Dragons was led by captain ball Adi Via Resano in defeating Hua Siong College of Iloilo Red […] The post 2018 ISSA MEET: Ateneo pocket secondary girls’ crown appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Two dead, another injured in Molo stabbing spree

By: Gail T. Momblan TWO women were stabbed to death and another was left injured in a stabbing incident at Barangay San Antonio, Molo, Iloilo City, morning of October 15, 2018. The victims were identified as Teresita Tagruza, 74, Remedios Malaga, 52, and Julie Ann Peñafiel, 35. A commotion happened between Tagruza and the suspect Rene […] The post Two dead, another injured in Molo stabbing spree appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Manhunt on for suspect in teacher’s murder

A MANHUNT operation was launched against an ex-convict who allegedly killed a grade school teacher in Passi City, Iloilo. Supt. Arturo Fullero, Passi City police chief, said June Aguilar went into hiding hours after the body of Ma. Corazon Tionson was found inside her house on Oct. 15, 2018. “We have evidences to prove that […] The post Manhunt on for suspect in teacher’s murder appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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US-PHL cooperation leads to arrest of visa fixer

A JOINT investigation by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Office of Overseas Criminal Investigations (OCI) and the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division resulted in the arrest of a visa fixer, Manuel “Nonoy” Bala, on October 5, 2018. On October 5, 2018, OCI requested that NBI investigate two visa […] The post US-PHL cooperation leads to arrest of visa fixer appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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CARTOON FOR October 17, 2018

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As NBA season opens, is it Warriors-Celtics when it ends?

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grabs a rebound over Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA preseason basket.....»»

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Player of the Week: Jio Jalalon s impressive numbers fuel Magnolia

Jalalon was at his best the past week when he led the Hotshots to the top of the standings with his all-around efforts against Blackwater and Magnolia. ........»»

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Economic team cuts GDP growth target for 2018

Due to slower gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first half, economic managers on Tuesday cut the target range for 2018 to 6.5-6.9 percent even as they unveiled strategies to boost economic.....»»

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US commits P1.35B more to Marawi rehab over next 3 years

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