US warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, Chinese navy to carry out combat drills

A US Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, US officials told Reuters. This, as the Chinese military’s official newspaper said on Friday its navy will carry out combat drills in the South China Sea, describing the move as part of regular annual exercises......»»

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La Salle Lipa reclaims NBTC Division 2 crown

La Salle Lipa is now the winningest team in the three-year history of the National Basketball Training Center Division 2. The Chevrons won their second division championship by getting the better of Letran Bataan, 49-44, in the ultimate matchup of the 2018 Exped SM NBTC Division 2 National Finals at the MOA Arena, Friday. Matthew Virtucio was the hero for the Batanguenos, scoring 15 points, including the back-to-back triples inside the last five minutes which erased a one-point deficit and erected a 44-40 lead in favor of his team. “They boys really gave it their all. In the end, because of experience, we were able to deliver,” said head coach J-Rex Atienza. Isaiah De Leon converted his own triple to pull the Squires back to within one, but Dale Lupac had the quick counter for La Salle Lipa with four straight points for a 48-43 edge with 52.2 seconds remaining. Letran Bataan would no longer threaten from that point. Virtucio was no one man show for the Chevrons as Lupac had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals and Ian Abila chipped in nine markers, 18 big boards, and three steals. The win reclaims for Batangas the NBTC Division 2 crown it last wore in 2016. “At the end of the day, it’s just God-given. Our motivation is that we have 10 players graduating and it’s our last time to get it done,” said Atienza. For the Squires, Kevin Raymundo topped the scoring column with 13 points while De Leon got 11 markers, six rebounds, and two assists. The NBTC Division 2 was inaugurated in 2016. It’s elite list of champions includes La Salle Lipa twice and Assumption Montessori Cagayan de Oro once. BOX SCORES LA SALLE LIPA 49 – Virtucio 15, Lupac 10, Abila 9, Javier 7, Platon 5, Dimayuga 2, Larosa 1, Aranda 0, Virrey 0, Cutanda 0, Natio 0, Baldovino 0 LETRAN BATAAN 44 – Raymundo 13, De Leon 11, Tolentino 7, Llamzon 6, Santos 4, Garcia 3, Handugan 0, Navarro 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 18-25, 31-33, 49-44.....»»

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Why the Philippines Remains a Poor Country

The Philippines has about 200 political clans spanning Apari up North to Jolo down South. These clans control most of the local politics in their bailiwicks. They wield tremendous power and have so for decades. A rich, powerful, and politically connected family makes up the core of each clan. Family members are treated like royalty and are well-known throughout their region. Clans also maintain a well-oiled and expansive political machinery, so it is no wonder they handily win in local elections. Clans can thus easily perpetuate themselves in positions of power. In the Philippines, they are also referred to as political dynasties ........»»

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China, PH agree to ‘prudent’ cooperation on joint sea exploration

BEIJING: China and the Philippines said Wednesday they will cautiously proceed with discussions on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, further reversing years of tensions over their competing claims to the region.The two states have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over the waterway – with China claiming nearly the [...] The post China, PH agree to ‘prudent’ cooperation on joint sea exploration appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage

PARIS, France – The food security of around 124 million people worldwide was under acute threat at the end of last year, mostly because of worsening conflicts and drought, the UN and EU said Thursday, March 22. The worst food crises in 2017 were in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South ........»»

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Waterfront Cebu turns 20

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter IN 1998, the Queen City of the South saw the opening of a new hotel, a hotel that was created from the outset to not just add 562 rooms to Cebu City’s capacity but to become the venue of choice for everything from large conferences to major concerts. Now celebrating […] The post Waterfront Cebu turns 20 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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PH, China agree prudent cooperation on joint sea exploration

BEIJING, China – Philippines and China said Wednesday, March 21, they will cautiously proceed with discussions on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, further reversing years of tensions over their competing claims to the region. The two states have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over the ........»»

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Cayetano meets Wang, BDO on Osmeña, Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: The Philippines and China say the two countries will cautiously proceed with discussions on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.  BDO Unibank Incorporated denies allegations by Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña that it bribed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.  Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vows to 'step up' ........»»

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‘Sydney Declaration’ sends strong message vs aggressions in S. China Sea

      The Asean-Australia joint statement released at the end of the recently held summit in Sydney voiced out its "strongest position" yet against the threatening acts in the South China Sea, a political analyst said.   "The joint statement of the Asean-Australia Special Summit signed by member-heads of state aired the strongest position against aggressive acts in the South China Sea," Stratbase Group founder and managing director Dindo Manhit said in a statementThursday.   He added that the joint statement, otherwise known as Sydney Declaration, "raised the level of regional cooperation amid a changing geopolitical environment where the...Keep on reading: ‘Sydney Declaration’ sends strong message vs aggressions in S. China Sea.....»»

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MeToo takes off in South Korea, but justice harder to attain

SEOUL, South Korea — The #MeToo movement has taken off with surprising rapidity in South Korea, toppling male celebrities and a prominent politician in a cou.....»»

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Serena Williams loses in 1st round at Miami Open to Osaka

By Steve Wine, Associated Press KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — The match ended with Serena Williams grinning at the net. She saved the worst shot for last in a rare first-round defeat and had to laugh. Still rusty in her return from pregnancy, Williams was unable to overcome a tough opening draw at the Miami Open and lost Wednesday to Naomi Osaka, 6-3, 6-2. On the final point, Williams thundered forward to attack an easy shot at eye level, whacked the ball six feet past the baseline and responded with a sheepish smile. Not that motherhood has mellowed Williams. She left without talking to the media. The 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic Williams. Osaka had the stronger serve and worn Williams down in rallies working her from side to side. The matchup worthy of a final came about because both players were unseeded. Osaka is ranked a career-best 22nd, while Williams' ranking is 491st after a layoff of more than a year. Another new mother and former No. 1, three-time champion Victoria Azarenka, defeated Catherine Bellis 6-3, 6-0. Seeded players are in action beginning Thursday. Williams has been eliminated in the first round only four other times, most recently at the 2012 French Open. The latest defeat came at a tournament she has won a record eight times and considers her hometown event. The match was the last for Williams at Key Biscayne, 90 miles south of her home in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins' stadium, where Williams helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking Monday. Because of Williams' ranking, she entered the draw as a wild card, and looked the part. She needed only eight shots to win the match's first five points, but things became much more difficult after that. Playing her fourth match since returning to the tour, Williams was a step slow to balls in the corners and often late with her swing, while she put barely half her first serves in play. Early in the second set she resorted to her patented scream of "Come on!", but the outburst failed to turn things around and she lost the next three games. Typical of her struggle was an exchange midway through the last set. Williams scrambled forward to scoop a ball back, then retreated to hit an awkward, lunging overhead, and then stood and watched helplessly as a crosscourt forehand from Osaka whizzed past for a winner. Osaka, who has both American and Japanese citizenship and lives in Fort Lauderdale, was playing her idol for the first time but didn't seem a bit fazed. She improved to 14-4 this year. Things may get tougher for her in the second round, when she'll face No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina......»»

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

Duke, Kentucky again rely on freshmen in NCAA Tournament

By Joedy McCreary, Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke and Kentucky are viewed as the masters of the one-and-done era, winning championships with extraordinarily young rosters. Both programs have a chance to do it again. After several potential one-and-done phenoms were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the opening weekend, the Blue Devils and Wildcats are the teams still playing that have rosters stacked with high-profile freshmen. Duke, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, starts four freshmen — led by Wooden Award finalist Marvin Bagley III — while Kentucky, the South’s No. 5 seed, features Kevin Knox as its centerpiece. The Wildcats (26-10), arguably the biggest beneficiary of a run of upsets in the South, play ninth-seeded Kansas State on Thursday night in Atlanta. The following night, Duke (28-7) faces a rematch with 11th-seeded Syracuse in a Midwest semifinal in Omaha, Nebraska. Hall of Fame Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said his freshmen are “not afraid of the moment. It’s how much preparation do they have for the moment? “We’re trying to condense about four years into eight months,” he said. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. You just kind of live it.” Among the star freshmen who didn’t make it to the tournament’s second weekend were Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Texas’ Mohamed Bamba. Young and Bamba have already declared for the NBA draft, and Ayton joined them Wednesday . Both the Blue Devils and Wildcats have previously had predominantly young teams cut down the nets at past Final Fours. Kentucky won a national title in 2012 behind top-two draft picks Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, while Duke’s most recent national title came in 2015 behind three one-and-done freshmen — Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. This Duke team has looked capable of joining that squad, with four freshmen averaging double figures in their two NCAA Tournament games, led by Bagley’s 22.0 scoring average. Another of those freshmen, forward Wendell Carter Jr., believes the Blue Devils are “reaching our peak at the right time” and have “developed into a team that can crush another team, our opponent. “I try not to look ahead about this being my last year or anything,” Carter said. “I’m just living in the moment.” The Blue Devils have three players — Bagley, Carter and point guard Trevon Duval — in the top seven members of the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. The fourth freshman, Gary Trent Jr., was rated No. 17 by the service. The highest-rated members of Kentucky’s class are Hamidou Diallo, Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt — who are ranked 10th-12th by 247Sports — as well as Nick Richards, who’s No. 18. (Point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander arrived as a relatively unheralded recruit.) No other top-20 ranked players are still playing in the NCAA Tournament. “No one really cares what the (NBA) is telling you to do, you’ve just got to come out and do what you do best,” Knox said. “And that’s why (coach John Calipari) has sat down with each and every one of us and told us what we need to do for the team, and that’s what we’ve been able to do.” Calipari has said his group “needed to fail as a team” to figure out how to win. The Wildcats in January dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2014, then in February lost four in a row to NCAA Tournament team. But Kentucky enters the Sweet 16 on a five-game winning streak and are the highest remaining seed in the South. Of his group, Krzyzewski said he doubts “they have ever felt pressure.” It showed last weekend when the Blue Devils beat both Iona and Rhode Island by at least 20 points to cruise into their 26th Sweet 16. “It’s not just pressure being off, it’s confidence growing,” Krzyzewski said. “We know (as coaches), if we lose, that’s it. But they don’t look at, ‘That’s it.’ No, the reality is, that’s it, and that’s a different way of looking at it. “Dealing with reality is good. Being nervous about it is not good.”.....»»

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

Former councilor gunned down in Talisay City in Cebu

CEBU CITY --- Former Talisay City Councilor Emil Go was gunned down inside his cockpit farm located beside his house at Mansueto Village in Barangay Bulacao, Talisay City, at least 12 km south of here, past6 p.m.on Wednesday. The police, however, had yet to identify the perpetrators and the motive behind the killing of Go, one of the first councilors to be elected when Talisay became a city in 2001. Based on the investigation, Go was seated on a chair while drinking coffee and talking to a friend identified as Arturo Navaes when two vehicles -- a dark blue Pajero and a red car -- arrived. A witness said the assailant got down from one of the vehicles and called Go's name. Go ...Keep on reading: Former councilor gunned down in Talisay City in Cebu.....»»

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Asia stocks advance ahead of Fed meeting

SEOUL, South Korea — Asian stock markets advanced yesterday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s first meeting since the appointment of its new chair, Jerome Powel.....»»

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Ahead of biggest match in history, Thomas Dooley wants the Azkals to go back to ‘enjoying football’

In the coming week, the Philippine Azkals find themselves back on the pitch as they’re set to play twice, in an International Friendly match against Fiji on Thursday, March 22nd, in their final 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Tajikistan on Tuesday, March 27th, both at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. While the match against Fiji is just a friendly and will serve as a tuneup, the match against Tajikistan is quite possibly the most important match in Philippine football history. A win next Tuesday sends the Azkals into the AFC Asian Cup tournament for the first time in history. And to make sure that they Azkals play at their best in both those games, head coach Thomas Dooley wants to see his boys having fun on the pitch. “The most important thing that I want to see is the players having fun, enjoying the game, enjoying football, because that’s the main focus that we had in this camp, we want to have a positive camp,” said Dooley during the pre-match press conference, Wednesday. After beginning the Group Stage of the qualifiers with back-to-back wins against Nepal and Tajikistan in early-mid 2017, the Azkals went on a three-month stretch that saw them draw all their succeeding Qualifiers matches, including a 0-0 draw in their second round go-around against Nepal. A win would have already sealed the Philippines’ spot in the AFC tournament. Now, ahead of their upcoming matches, Dooley says that he’s liking what he’s seeing from the team. “I can see that in the last couple of days, we only had two days, three and a half, but I can see that it’s a great atmosphere that we have, and just would see that in the game [Thursday] that they’re enjoying to be there, playing nice football, and the playing the way we would like to play against Tajikistan.” While having fun is an important aspect of the game, Dooley isn’t losing sight of the ultimate task, which is to get wins. “We want to win those games of course, we want to win any game, but if I have to make a choice between winning games tomorrow and Tajikistan, I would rather lose [on Thursday] and win against Tajikistan, but it’s not like that in life. You have to always prepare for every single game.” “Players have to take it serious, and the most important thing I want to see is the players enjoying to be back on the field, with a fresh mind and a fresh brain and fresh legs and bodies, and this is something I would like to see, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to see that.” Dooley added.   Catch the Azkals as they take on Fiji in an International Friendly Match on Thursday, March 22nd, LIVE on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.  .....»»

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Goldwin Monteverde staying with Bullpups; UE still without a coach

Coming from a loss in the UAAP Juniors Finals to Ateneo de Manila High School, Nazareth School of National University will be back next season bigger, brighter, and better than ever. While Michael Malonzo, Robert Minerva, and Migs Oczon will be graduating, the Bullpups will be welcoming with open arms 23 for ’23 Gilas cadet Carl Tamayo, heady guard Gerry Abadiano, and mobile big Kevin Quiambao. Add to that battle-tested returnees in versatile wing Rhayyan Amsali and scoring dynamo Terrence Fortea. More importantly, however, the boys from Sampaloc will still have the head coach who made it all happen. Asked if he’s staying on with NU Juniors, Goldwin Monteverde answered, “Yes.” He then continued, “Mag-stay ako rito kasi may commitment ako rito. Kailangang tapusin kasi mahirap naman yung biglang aalis.” This is the first time the so-called master recruiter spoke about his job status with the Bullpups. A month ago, reports broke out that Monteverde was leaving and heading to University of the East. The development, and later clarification, was first reported by Reuben Terrado of With this categorical statement, however, the NU faithful can rest assured that their high school program remains in good hands. Monteverde made his name in the high school ranks, leading Chiang Kai Shek to multiple titles as well Adamson High School and NU to contention. Along with his on-court results, he also has an impressive track record in terms of player recruitment and development with the likes of Gerry Abadiano, John Galinato, Migs Oczon, Encho Serrano, Carl Tamayo, and Jonas Tibayan having blossomed under his tutelage. Meanwhile, the development also means that the Red Warriors are still without a head coach. UE has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Derrick Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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North Korea denies sanctions prompted diplomatic thaw

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has broken its silence on the diplomatic thaw with Washington and Seoul, saying it is driving the "peace offensive" and rejecting suggestions that sanctions forced it to the negotiating table. The commentary from the state-run KCNA news agency came with a rapid rapprochement on ........»»

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South Korean K-Pop singers to perform in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Tuesday it will send a 160-member artistic group to North Korea, including about 10 celebrated K-Pop singers, for rare.....»»

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Philippine Impression '2 – Manila Picture

South East Asia is full of smiles.! Image published by achimvoss on 2017-03-05 01:07:20 and used under Creative Commons license. Tagged: , Black and White , Philippines , Asian , Asia , Manila , Woman , South East Asia , Achim Voss , Worker , restaurant link: Philippine Impression #2 – Manila Picture.....»»

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Cayetano off to China for talks on joint exploration

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is flying to Beijing on Tuesday evening, March 20, to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and discuss possible joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea. The West Philippine Sea is the part of the South China ........»»

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