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Diokno: Lawmakers want higher 2019 budget due to elections

MANILA, Philippines – Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speculated that lawmakers' opposition to the "smaller" cash-based budget for 2019 is due to the upcoming mid-term elections. "Probably [due to elections.] Most likely," Diokno said in response to Lyndia Jumilla's question on an ANC's Beyond Politics interview Tuesday night, August 14. Some lawmakers at ........»»

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Crop circles in Batangas, Nueva Ecija: ‘Ancient Aliens’ host sheds light

Giorgio Tsoukalos, host of History Channel’s longest-running show “Ancient Aliens,” said that crop circles usually happened in England, so he was surprised to know that there were “crop circles” reportedly found in the Philippines recently......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Viral recordings of Philippines crop circles are actually for a marketing ad

Viral photos of odd-looking crop circles claiming to be found in Batangas and Nueva Ecija farms turned out to be a marketing gig for an upcoming show. A video from Facebook page Spookify Pinoy showing drone shots of these crop circles had recently circulated on social media. However, a TV network posted on August 9 […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopAug 10th, 2018Related News

Trade gap persists, though smaller, as June imports surge, exports dip

EXTERNAL TRADE in goods likely dragged economic growth in the second quarter as sales abroad of locally made products dipped in June while imports continue to grow, based on data released by the government yesterday. The post Trade gap persists, though smaller, as June imports surge, exports dip appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News

PBA: Ginebra now the powerhouse, says San Miguel’s coach Leo

Ginebra put an end to San Miguel’s hopes for a Grand Slam this season. On Wednesday, Gin Kings dethroned the Beermen in six games in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Leo Austria, the head coach of the now-dethroned champions, only had high praises for the new kings of the conference. “We fell short because they played like a well-oiled machine. They kept on running. They kept on passing. They kept on making layups,” he told reporters post-game. The multi-titled mentor then went on to single out Ginebra reinforcement Justin Brownlee who was a thorn on the side of San Miguel all throughout and had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. “I think the big factor is Brownlee – he can do it all. He can play the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (positions),” he shared. He then continued, “Any team will have a problem matching up with him because if you put bigger guys on him, he will play in the perimeter and if you put smaller guys, he will play in the shaded area.” And so, with the Gin Kings winning the Commissioner’s Cup and all set to defend the title in the upcoming Governor’s Cup, for the first time in a long time, the Beermen are seeing another team ahead of them. So much so that coach Leo said that Ginebra is the powerhouse for the next conference. “They’re the team to watch next conference because the import height limit is only 6-5 and they will have a lot of advantage because they have the size,” he said before mentioning Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, and even big guard Scottie Thompson as reasons. He then continued, “I’m thinking that they are really a threat. They are emerging as the powerhouse team.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 8th, 2018Related News

Finale Art File reenters Philippine art auction scene as ‘third player’

There's no holding back the booming Philippine art market, and auctions are where the action is. A recent Inquirer article reported that the Philippines has emerged as the world's 17th-ranked art marketplace, just behind Belgium. Quoting the international art market website Artprice.com, the report noted that the average transaction price in the Philippine auction market is above $28,000 compared with under $6,000 for Japan. Driving this growth is the stiff competition between the country's top two auction houses, Len Gallery and Salcedo Auctions. There are several smaller auction houses. If the top two are the Globe and Smart of art auctions, could the venerable gallery ...Keep on reading: Finale Art File reenters Philippine art auction scene as ‘third player’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 6th, 2018Related News

Small dogs pee higher to disguise their size–study

Scientists found that smaller dogs tend to pee higher to disguise their less-threatening size. Researchers from Cornell University in New York found that a dog's habit of marking its territory with urine can be deceiving to other dogs. Their study observed that the height from which urine is spread could help indicate a dog's size. They found additional evidence that small dogs cheated by peeing just a little higher than they should, according to astudy publishedin Journal of Zoology. The team first established whether the height by which a dog would raise its leg to pee directly affected how high urine could be expelled. Once they proved this was so, they observed several male...Keep on reading: Small dogs pee higher to disguise their size–study.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 4th, 2018Related News

Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18

The moment Kai Sotto's lanky 7-foot-2 frame entered the international stage, Philippine basketball circles knew an immeasurable hype machine was born. Sotto, however, proved that he's more than a ballyhooed player producing the numbers that backed up his notoriety, as he became the center of the Mythical Team for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in Foshan. Batang Gilas' then 15-year-old centerpiece put up 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks, all of which were the highest marks for centers, during the competition but those numbers were against players who have yet to become 16-year-olds. Sotto, who turned 16 on May 11, will now be playing on a new age group come the Fib...Keep on reading: Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 3rd, 2018Related News

Bigger than basketball: Balkman’s foundation extends help to orphans

The famous phrase "Ball is life" gets thrown a lot in basketball circles, but for Renaldo Balkman basketball isn't everything. Despite being in the middle of an electric championship round in the PBA Commissioner's Cup where San Miguel is ahead 2-1, Balkman still found a way to give back to a community that embraced him during his Philippine stay. Balkman's Balkmania Cares Foundation has set up an outreach program for the children of the Alay Pag-asa Christian Foundation where he will donate school supplies and toys through the "Giving Love Back" program. READ:Renaldo Balkman shrugs off 'war wound' to keep Beermen going "It's not about basketball all the time, winning the...Keep on reading: Bigger than basketball: Balkman’s foundation extends help to orphans.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 2nd, 2018Related News

PVL: Tigresses move up to a share of the lead

University of Sto. Tomas shook off a rusty start to beat the smaller but very gritty University of Perpetual Help, 25-23, 25-22 25-16, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tigresses needed to comeback from deficits in the closing stretch of the first two sets before cruising in the third to pocket their second win in as many outings tied with Far Eastern University. Rookie Eya Laure scored 12 points with all coming off attacks while Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini scattered 11 markers and 10 digs for the Espana-based squad. Kecelyn Galdones and Ysabel Jimenez combined for 11 points for the Tigresses. “Yun na nga, slow start, medyo nagkakapaan pa ang mga bata kanina. Ganoon din sa Perps, ano lang kami, score kami ng isa, score sila ng isa, error kami, error ang kabila,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes. “Ganoon ang naging flow ng laro kaya taas-baba, taas-baba lang. Hanggang sa dulo, so nagkakatalo na lang pagdating ng 21, 22, doon nagkaka-angatan.” UST went behind 21-19 in the opening set before mounting a 6-2 rally to steal the frame. The Lady Altas again took a 19-17 lead in the second frame only to see the Tigresses overtake then once again in the closing stretch. UST controlled the third frame, jumping to an 11-4 lead to cruise to victory.      The Lady Altas dropped to 0-2 slate. Bianca Tripoli was the only Perpetual player in double figures with 14 points while Cindy Imbo got seven.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 25th, 2018Related News

Producers Savings Bank completes merger with 2 rural banks

Pasig-based Producers Savings Bank Corp. has gobbled up two more rural banks amid calls from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for smaller banks to consolidate......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 23rd, 2018Related News

PBA: James Yap on botched game-tying triple: Nasa huli ang pagsisisi

"Hindi naman araw-araw Pasko." That's how veteran gunner James Yap described his two missed opportunities to tie the game at 75 to force overtime against the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semis at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday. Yap, who had buried a dagger three from way beyond just two days before, did not enjoy the same fate this time around as he could not attempt a better shot against the defending Scottie Thompson. Had it gone in, the Elasto Painters could have made things more interesting, considering they had been down by 25, 43-18, in the late stages of the first half.  The two-time MVP, who had been the hero in so many occasions before, said that he realized in the locker room that he should have created more room with a smaller player guarding him. "Wala eh. Nasa huli ang pagsisisi. Dapat ginitigit ko muna. Binaba ko muna. Pero instinct na eh. Tsk. Sayang. Straight na sana eh, short lang. Nangyayari talaga yun. Ganoon talaga. Move on," Yap lamented after the game. His former coach Tim Cone even thought in the post-game presser that his two muffed shots were very makeable, as they were nearer compared to the 35-foot bomb that he successfully launched in Game 3. "James got two cracks at it and he usually makes that shot. I know him. We’re very, very fortunate that he missed that shot. Scottie did a good job in pushing him out a bit farther than where he likes to shoot it, but I’ve seen James take and make shots from that spot at the end of the game all the time. He makes more than he misses." Since missing the shot, 'Big Game' James assured that he had moved on, as he doesn't want to interfere with his thoughts for their do-or-die game against the Gin Kings on Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.  The guard also expressed disappointment at the team's early deficit, which they had tried so hard to claw back from, which came as close to two, 74-72, with 9.8 seconds left following a quick field goal by Reggie Johnson. "Hopefully sa next game, di na mangyayari yun kasi ang layo ng hinabol namin, sobrang laki. So, muntikan pa, muntikan pa kami tumabla. Dapat hindi na mangyayari dapat yung ganoon. Bounce back na lang."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 21st, 2018Related News

Towed

A bigger multicab gets towed by a smaller one along the national highway in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Thursday, 19 July 2018. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO.....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2018Related News

Man vs Machine

KUALA LUMPUR---For so long, Manny Pacquiao has been The Man in boxing circles. And nowadays, he may be very well compared to an ageing rockstar on a greatest hits tour.   Lucas Matthysse, however, refuses to be a mere spliced footage in the Pacman's career highlight reel.   On the tailend of a long, glorious boxing career marked by fame, big money and extravagance, Pacquiao has reached a point where he has to implore boxing fans to watch his fight and make pleading guarantees that there will be a lot of thrill and excitement.   "I hope all Filipinos will watch the fight," said the 39-year-old Pacquiao on the eve of his WBA welterweight title fight aga...Keep on reading: Man vs Machine.....»»

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

Trump ready to help some NATO states buy US arms

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was ready to help smaller NATO countries to buy U.S. weapons as he pushed them to spend more on their own defense. Source link link: Trump ready to help some NATO states buy US arms.....»»

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

PBA legend Atoy Co proud of Mapua s team-first mentality

MANILA, Philippines – Even though he's individually known as a legend in basketball circles, Mapua University (MU) Cardinals head coach Atoy Co still highly values star-less, team-first basketball. And this was clearly evident in the retooled Cardinals' 72-60 win over the Jose Rizal University (JRU) right on the Heavy Bombers' home ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

US Ambassador Sung Kim: The quintessential diplomat

Tall, handsome and charming, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim has, unsurprisingly, grown quite popular in the social and diplomatic circles of Manila ever since he arrived in late 2016......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

Akbayan solon tells SF seniors federalism poses threat to PH sovereignty

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rep. Barry Gutierrez spoke with Filipino senior citizens, including World War II veterans during a livestreamed forum on the West Philippine Sea, Saturday, July 7,warning that the federalism being pushed by the Duterte administration poses a threat to Philippine sovereignty.   "Federalism could break up the Philippines into smaller states that could be more susceptible to China's influence (on the West Philippine sea territorial conflict)," said the Akbayan Partylist representative to the 16thPhilippine Congress. Gutierrez spoke via livestream video to a large group of Filipinos at a senior residence in downtown San Francisco, at a forum hosted by t...Keep on reading: Akbayan solon tells SF seniors federalism poses threat to PH sovereignty.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 10th, 2018Related News

No rescue for Dakar s homeless and mentally ill

DAKAR, Senegal – On Dakar's sunny avenues, troubled souls wander aimlessly alongside busy traffic, often muttering to themselves, sometimes begging, as the rest of the city ignores them. Clad in an electric-blue woolly hat and traditional white robes, looking deep in thought, a man walks around in circles across the Senegalese ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 9th, 2018Related News

Upcoming iPhones may have 5 new color versions

Upcoming iPhone models expected to be released later this year may have five new color variations including red, orange, blue, white and gray. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that an entry-level line of 6.1-inch LCD display iPhones may sport these new color schemes. Meanwhile, a larger and more high-end 6.5-inch iPhone may be offered in black, white and gold, as reported by 9to5Mac. Kuo estimated the 6.1-inch line would be priced around $700, or about P37,000, and resemble the iPhone X's design. Apart from new colorful iPhones, Kuo also reported on a new "iPhone X Plus," which sports a 6.5-inch OLED screen. At the same time, the analyst also predicts a smaller 5...Keep on reading: Upcoming iPhones may have 5 new color versions.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 6th, 2018Related News