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Doug Jones Takes on the Shape of Sexy Male Amphibian in Award-Winning “The Shape of Water”

Doug Jones has made a career out of playing monsters, ghouls and creatures of myth. The former contortionist is a legend in sci-fi, fantasy and horror circles for his unique ability to morph into roles as diverse as the Thin Clown in “Batman Returns,” Joey in “Men in Black 2” and the Silver Surfer in […].....»»

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2018 starts with smaller ‘hot money’ net inflows

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter MORE FOREIGN FUNDS entered the Philippines in January, compared to gross inflows the preceding month and a year ago, but a bigger increase in total outflows caused net inflows to shrink in those comparative periods, according to data the central bank released on Thursday evening. Foreign portfolio investments […] The post 2018 starts with smaller ‘hot money’ net inflows appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2018Related News

11-mth net FDI flows top 2017 target – BSP

Foreign direct investments (FDI) lost steam in November but were still enough to push the year-to-date tally past the 2017 target, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. The month’s $869-million net inflow — smaller than October’s $2.017 billion — was still 16.9 percent higher on an annual basis. The 11-month tally subsequently [...] The post 11-mth net FDI flows top 2017 target – BSP appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2018Related News

Philippines world getting smaller with Duterte

It was unfortunate that President Rodrigo Duterte turned down an invitation to join the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels in October just because he was a.....»»

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Smaller lenders seen equipped to meet new liquidity standards

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter SMALLER BANKS are well-equipped to meet new liquidity standards the central bank is looking to impose on them, parallel to a risk management tool which currently covers big lenders, a senior official said. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. said thrift, rural, and cooperative […] The post Smaller lenders seen equipped to meet new liquidity standards appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceFeb 5th, 2018Related News

Prominent baseball agent suggests spring training boycott

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent baseball agent said players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggested they consider boycotting spring training. Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball, floated the idea in a statement released Friday, less than two weeks before spring training workouts are to start in Florida and Arizona. He also raised the possibility of a collusion grievance, as did another agent, Seth Levinson of Aces. A rising tide... @MLB_PLAYERS pic.twitter.com/jwkoiiI0yt — Brodie Van Wagenen (@bvanwagenen) February 2, 2018 "The players are upset. No, they are outraged. Players in the midst of long-term contracts are as frustrated as those still seeking employment," Van Wagenen said. "I would suggest that testing the will of 1,200 alpha males at the pinnacle of their profession is not a good strategy for 30 men who are bound by a much smaller fraternity." J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, Greg Holland and Lance Lynn remain among the dozens of unsigned free agents. "A boycott of spring training may be a starting point, if behavior doesn't change. Players don't receive their paychecks until the second week of April. Fine them? OK, for how much? Sue them? OK, they'll see you in court two years from now." CAA represents more than 150 baseball players, including Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Buster Posey, Shohei Ohtani, Adam Jones, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Van Wagenen's free agents this offseason include Todd Frazier. Van Wagenen said he chose to speak out now because spring training was approaching. "The sentiment that I'm hearing from players is that something radical may be necessary to show the other side there is unity and strength in in their frustration," he said in a telephone interview. Spring training workouts begin Feb. 14, but participation is voluntary until the mandatory reporting date on Feb. 24 — the day after major league spring training games are to start. Levinson praised Van Wagenen and agreed with his conclusions. "It is disconcerting, and disheartening for clubs that are awash in revenue and or are fully capable of improving its product to choose to do otherwise," he said. "Further, it is deeply troubling to encounter that almost all clubs are operating in a strangely similar fashion. There are no coincidences in a monopoly." Large-market teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, are cutting payrolls to get under the $197 million threshold for luxury tax payrolls. "Every market's different. There's different players, different quality of players, different GMs, different decisions, new basic agreement, different agents who have particular prominence in a particular market in terms of who they represent," Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. "Those factors and probably others that I can't tick off the top of my head have combined to produce a particular market this year. Just like there's been some markets where the lid got blown off in terms of player salary growth, I think I can honestly suggest that occasionally you're going to have some that are a little different, not quite as robust." New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, speaking to fans at Citi Field on Thursday, said analytics contributed to the slow pace of negotiations. "Big data is the reason we've seen so little movement in the free-agent market, because as data becomes more pervasive in the game, as it has, it tends to narrow the range of different evaluations," he said. "The evaluations become much uniform." The average salary, according to the players' association, rose 3.3 percent last year to nearly $4.1 million following an increase of just 0.35 percent in 2016, the lowest rise since 2004. The new collective bargaining agreement, the first since Tony Clark succeeded Michael Weiner as union head, added surtaxes to the competitive-balance tax and additional penalties for high payrolls, including lesser choices in the amateur draft. "The CBT is designed to be a restraint on the spending of high-payroll clubs," Manfred said. "I think that the system, without singling out the CBT, actually is working pretty well in the sense that the standard deviation of our payrolls that are being projected next year has actually gone down significantly, suggesting that our payrolls are more compressed, top-down, the bottom-up, which we feel is important in terms of preserving the competitive balance in the game." Clark issued a statement that did not address a boycott or a grievance. "For decades free agency has been the cornerstone of baseball's economic system and has benefited players and the game alike," he said. "Each time it has been attacked, players, their representatives and the association have united to defend it. That will never change." Baseball has enjoyed labor peace since a 7.5-month strike in 1994-95 led to the first cancellation of the World Series in 90 years, and the labor contract runs through the 2021 season. The players' association won three collusion grievances against the clubs for behavior toward free agents following the 1985-87 seasons, cases management settled for $280 million. Van Wagenen, a former Stanford baseball player, says current behavior by teams "feels coordinated, rightly or wrongly." "Many club presidents and general managers with whom we negotiate with are frustrated with the lack of funds to sign the plethora of good players still available, raising further suspicion of institutional influence over the spending," he said. "Even the algorithms that have helped determine player salaries in recent years are suggesting dramatically higher values than owners appear willing to spend.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 3rd, 2018Related News

June Mar on Kai: Grabe yung potential niya

It's very rare for June Mar Fajardo to be the smaller person when taking a photo with someone else. Well that was the case Monday because the reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player was taking snapshots with high school phenom Kai Sotto of Ateneo. You see, the Kraken stands at 6'10". But Kai? The young buck is already at 7'1" and is still growing. "Na-amaze ako. Nakita ko na siya dati," Fajardo said of Sotto. "Dati halos konti lang lamang niya eh, ngayon sobra na," he added talking about their respective heights. While the two already met before, Monday was the first time Fajardo saw Sotto in action as the Ateneo high school star attended his first Gilas Pilipinas practice at the Meralco Gym. Sotto, with his combination of height, age, and potential, is seen as the future of Philippine basketball and Fajardo, the current star of the sport, couldn't agree more. "Grabe yung potential niya, sobrang bright ng future niya," Fajardo said. For the Kraken, it's simply a matter of Kai doing the right things to fulfill his potential. "Kailangan lang niya mag-practice ng mabuti. Kailangan ng disiplina sa sarili at kailangan niya magpalakas ng katawan din. Big man siya eh so banggaan yun," Fajardo said. "Pero so far naman, maganda naman. Grabe, kita niyo yung paano siya dumakdak? Talagang baon talaga yung bola sa dunk niya. Future siya ng Gilas at ng PBA," June Mar added. At 15 years old, Kai still has a long way to go, as early as now, he has caught the attention of the best player in the Philippines today. "Oo, malalampasan walang duda yun," Fajardo said when asked if Sotto can one day surpass his already-impressive resume. "Ang tangkad niya, 6'10" ako nasa 7'1" na ata siya. Nag-usap nga kami ni Japeth [Aguilar] ngayon pag-pasok ni Kai wala na dadakdakan na kami nun eh," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 29th, 2018Related News

Taller and leaner Michael Martinez looking for better finish in Pyeongchang

As the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea set to start around the corner, figure skater Michael Martinez continues to prepare for his training in the United States. The 21-year old Martinez has grown two inches taller since his apperance in Sochi, and has packed in ten more pounds of muscle. Martinez continues to hone his skills for the quadriennial event with coach Slava Zagor, while some of his supporters watched in Lake Forrest, California. 2xOlympic skater Michael Martinez. 🇵🇭⛸ gets a Sunday morning workout in. He leaves for #WinterOlympics next week .@abscbnsports .@ABSCBNNewsSport pic.twitter.com/rExEvHw0hC — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 28, 2018 The first Filipino to qualify to his second straight Winter Olympics said that he feels good coming in to the competition. "Practice has been really good I’m pretty excited to do my performance out there for me I’m really really excited super happy like I don’t know how to say it full of emotions every day just to qualify for the Olympics," Martinez said in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. Martinez adds that his performance has vastly improved since his stint in Sochi, as he continues to focus on polishing his skills on ice. Despite sporting a much better physique, Martinez laments that sports science may not be on his side when he tries to attempt the quad jump.  ""For my body type it’s just very very hard especially for my body type. It’s really hard to do the job. It takes years to really do it//trying striving to do it as fast as I can but it won’t be ready for the Olympics but if you look at the other skaters smaller compact body thinner, the skinnier body they can do it no matter what, it’s physics." Martinez will leave for Pyeongchang on Feb. 5 (US time), and will be competing on the 19th (PH time). H/T to ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles for the report......»»

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2017 hot money outflow smaller than expected

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter SUSTAINED investor optimism over enactment in December of the first of up to five planned tax reform packages drove more foreign funds to the Philippines that month, leaving the full-year net outflow smaller than the central bank’s projection. Foreign portfolio investments posted a $456.93-million net inflow last month… link: 2017 hot money outflow smaller than expected.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 19th, 2018Related News

2017 hot money outflow smaller than expected

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter SUSTAINED investor optimism over enactment in December of the first of up to five planned tax reform packages drove more foreign funds to the Philippines that month, leaving the full-year net outflow smaller than the central bank’s projection. Foreign portfolio investments posted a $456.93-million net inflow last month […] The post 2017 hot money outflow smaller than expected appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2018Related News

Back home to stay

  For years now, we've been admiring Joanna Ampil's performances---from a frustrating distance. Much more popular and valued in musical-theater circles abroad than in these parts, she's played and sung in the best roles and productions to great acclaim, but has been away for extended periods so often that local audiences haven't been able to savor and appreciate her unique musical gift---until "Ang Larawan" at the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Playing the plum role of Candida in the musical film, Joanna was finally able to sing her way into local viewers' heart of hearts, and they belatedly saw and heard for themselves what the "global" fuss over Joanna was al...Keep on reading: Back home to stay.....»»

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

Angeline Quinto receives replica of the Black Nazarene

Singer-actress Angeline Quinto was more than happy after she received a replica of the religious icon of the Black Nazarene. Quinto posted on her Instagram account a smaller model ofThe post Angeline Quinto receives replica of the Black Nazarene appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Source: Dzrhnews DzrhnewsCategory: Jan 9th, 2018Related News

‘No-El’ in 2019, term extension for DU30 et al send political circles abuzz

(UPDATE 2, 6:50 p.m) Talk of a "no election" scenario in 2019 and a possible extension of President Duterte's term thrust government critics in anxiety Wednesday, after leaders of the two chambers of Congress, both his partymates, left open such possibilities in the transition to federalism, which will involve Charter change......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJan 3rd, 2018Related News

Carroll still believes Seahawks can be title contender

By Tim Booth, Associated Press RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll insisted again that he's not going anywhere. He's intent on remaining the leader of the Seattle Seahawks even if it means many of the faces he spoke to this week while closing out the 2017 season are gone by the time Carroll finally gets to coach his team again. "I'm pumped up about it. I'm excited about that challenge," Carroll said Tuesday. "I'm upset that we have to face it this early. I'd like another six weeks here, that would be nice. But that's not what this one is. We got to go after it. Nothing's going to change other than maybe our resolve." For just the second time in his eight years in Seattle, Carroll spent Tuesday explaining why the Seahawks were not in the postseason. It's the first playoff miss for Seattle since the 2011 season and with the rapid rise of division foe Los Angeles indicated — at least for one year — a significant change in the hierarchy of the NFC West. Injuries played a major role in Seattle's slide to 9-7. So, too, did inconsistency on offense, continued problems with penalties and salary cap constraints that limited adjustments the Seahawks could make during the season. It's likely to be a busy offseason as Seattle attempts to manage its tight cap situation while making key decisions about how to move forward and if it still is a championship contender needing slight tweaks or a major overhaul. "I think there is a championship team sitting in this meeting room right here," Carroll said. Here are some of the issues to know about Seattle's 2017 season and going into next year: REDISCOVER THE RUN: Perhaps nothing irritated Carroll more, or had a great impact on the efficiency of the offense, than Seattle's inability to run. It's been a staple of Carroll's program from the day he arrived in Seattle. This year the Seahawks had one rushing touchdown by a running back. Quarterback Russell Wilson was the leading rusher with 586 yards, 346 more than any other player. Seattle had hopes for promising rookie Chris Carson, but he was sidelined by an ankle injury early in the season and never made it back. The lack of a running game affected Wilson as a passer as well, as defenses didn't have to commit an extra safety to stopping the run, leading to smaller throwing windows and some tentative decisions by Wilson. "There are tremendous examples of teams around the league that have turned their fortunes around with a formula that should sound familiar to you: teams running the football, playing good defense and doing the kicking game thing," Carroll said. INJURY CONCERNS: Carroll wouldn't get into specifics, but there is a chance Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor have played their final games. Avril and Chancellor suffered neck injuries during the season. Carroll said on the radio Tuesday that both would have a "hard time" playing football again. A couple of hours later, he softened his stance, saying each have quality-of-life decisions to address with their football future. "Both those guys are marvelous people and competitors and all that. We'd love to see them through the rest of their career. I don't know what's going to happen there," Carroll said. LEGION OF WHOM: If Chancellor does not return, it could be the start of a major makeover for Seattle's secondary. Richard Sherman is coming off a torn Achilles tendon and was openly shopped by Seattle last offseason. Earl Thomas is entering the last year of his contract and his actions toward the end of the season indicated a desire to be elsewhere for the 2018 season. A big key will be if Seattle can re-sign versatile safety Bradley McDougald after he played both free and strong safety this season. HOME-FIELD AVERAGE: Seattle went 4-4 at home, its first .500 record at CenturyLink Field since 2011. The Seahawks have always thrived at home, but some of their uglier performances this year came in front of their own fans. OFF THE FIELD: Seattle was among the most active teams in the league with a significant number of players participating in national anthem protests. The protests, on top of the incident Michael Bennett had with police in Las Vegas in August, created a number of unexpected issues. Carroll said he believed that only once this season — Seattle's loss at Tennessee — did discussions of off-field issues affect the team's performance. Seattle had long discussions following comments by President Donald Trump about NFL players and opted to remain in the locker room as a team during the anthem before that game. "That was an extraordinarily heated time," Carroll said. "I think that was a different amount of emotional output that occurred before the game and it looked like it the way we played.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 3rd, 2018Related News

Why the world is even more curious of Guam after nuclear threats

  It takes a mere two-hour drive to go around the entire island of Guam. This charming little island in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean covers an area of 544 square kilometers---that's 153 sq km smaller than Singapore. But, as any Guamanian or Chamorro would say, it's never about the size. For this diminutive US territory, unfazed by the nuclear threats of North Korea's dictator only a few months back, has remained sunny as ever, attracting tourists not just for its sea, surf and sand, but for an immersion of sorts with the Chamorro culture---its crew of proud, indigenous people---and shopping, lots and lots of shopping. Guam, after all, is a tax-free destination. ...Keep on reading: Why the world is even more curious of Guam after nuclear threats.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 30th, 2017Related News

Smaller contractors eyed for gov’t infrastructure projects

THE Department of Public Works and Highways will seek to increase the participation of smaller contractors in the government’s big-ticket infrastructure projects next year, possibly by setting aside quotas. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Group Ruth B. Castelo said that the program will identify the pathways […] The post Smaller contractors eyed for gov’t infrastructure projects appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsDec 27th, 2017Related News

Pope Francis needs a microscope to eye Lithuanian crib

VILNIUS — Lithuania has given Pope Francis a Christmas present invisible to the naked eye: a Nativity scene where baby Jesus is smaller than a human cell......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 23rd, 2017Related News

Balance of payments deficit narrows in Nov

The country’s November balance of payments (BoP) position was a deficit of $44 million, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported late on Tuesday, smaller than the $368-million and $1.67-billion shortfalls recorded in October and a year earlier. “Outflows in November 2017 stemmed mainly from payments made by the national government for its maturing foreign [...] The post Balance of payments deficit narrows in Nov appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Dec 21st, 2017Related News