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More Filipinos say their lives have improved SWS

THE number of Filipinos claiming that their lives had improved rose in the first quarter of 2019, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found. The polling firm said 38 percentREAD The post More Filip.....»»

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4 in 10 Pinoys say quality of life improved — SWS

Nearly four in 10 Filipinos believe their personal quality of life improved in the last 12 months, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in its latest survey......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2019Related News

50% of Filipinos see life improving over next 12 months — SWS

FIFTY percent of Filipinos foresee a good year ahead while only 4% expect it to to get worse, according to the First Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey conducted by the Social Weathers Stations (SWS)......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2019Related News

SWS: Gumanda ang buhay nadagdagan

DUMAMI ang mga Filipino na gumanda ng buhay ngayon kumpara noong nakaraang taon, ayon sa survey ng Social Weather Stations.  Sa survey noong Marso, sinabi ng 38 porsyento na gumanda ang kanilang buhay kumpara 12 buwan na ang nakakaraan. Humirap naman ang buhay ayon sa 21 porsyento kaya mayroong net gainers na 17 porsyento. Sa […] The post SWS: Gumanda ang buhay nadagdagan appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2019Related News

SWS: Half of Filipinos expect life to improve

Half of Filipinos expect their quality of life will get better, the Social Weather Stations first quarter survey showed......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2019Related News

3 sa 10 Pinoy, gumanda ang kalidad ng pamumuhay noong 2018 – SWS

Manila, Philippines – Tatlo sa 10 Pinoy ang naniniwalang gumanda ang kalidad ng kanilang pamumuhay noong 2018 habang mas kaunti naman ang nakaramdam ng pagbaba, ayon sa resulta ng survey na inilabas ng Social Weather […].....»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2019Related News

PBA: One game at a time for Anthony, Northport

With a strong opening win, things are looking up for Northport in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. However, the Batang Pier are not too high on this one, even if they just blasted a team like the Alaska Aces. Northport also had a strong opening win in the Philippine Cup — the team had two in fact — and then went on to lose six straight, eventually missing out on the playoffs. And so while a 22-point victory against the Aces was nice, the Batang Pier are keeping things grounded. “We just want to take games one game at a time. We don't want to get too up or too down,” forward Sean Anthony said. “We just go back to the drawing board tomorrow and we'll scout this NLEX game on the way home and we'll get ready for them and try to do more of the same stuff,” he added. This early in the new conference, Northport does have some key stuff to capitalize on to avoid a mid-tournament collapse like last time. The Batang Pier were impressive against Alaska even without top star Stanley Pringle and a “decent” game from import Prince Ibeh. Northport’s defense was a bright spot as well. “You saw the ball move to open guys and guys hitting big shots. A lot of assists, a lot of ball movement. But more than that, great defense. I think last conference, we had one of the worst defenses in the league and here, we held Alaska to 81,” Anthony said. “We held a great team like Alaska to that and we made sure we brought in Prince [Ibeh], who stepped up huge and is a great rim protector,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 23rd, 2019Related News

Marcos Highway Bridge closed for 4 months

The planned closure of the Marcos Highway Bridge will finally push through tomorrow, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 23rd, 2019Related News

PAGASA warns of heavy rains in Metro Manila, other parts of Luzon - ABS-CBN News

PAGASA warns of heavy rains in Metro Manila, other parts of Luzon ABS-CBN News Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon may experience heavy rain showers Monday afternoon onwards, state weather bureau P.....»»

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‘Violent tornado’ touches down in Missouri capital

JEFFERSON CITY: A “violent tornado” touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage, according to the National Weather Service, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The service…READ The post ‘Violent tornado’ touches down in Missouri capital appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsMay 23rd, 2019Related News

Get ready for rainy days

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Soon the days of being drenched in sweat because of hot weather will be replaced by raindrops and umbrellas. READ: Pagasa Mactan says transition in season to bring hot days and cold nights As the weather bureau announced that we are officially in transition from summer to the rainy days, here […] The post Get ready for rainy days appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2019Related News

Taiwanese in full force for PGTA

Taiwan is coming in with a full-packed roster with all but one of the Top 10 in the current PGA of Taiwan (TPGA) money rankings ready to slug it out with best of Philippine Golf Tour Asia in the Daan Taiwan Open which blasts off tomorrow at the Ching Chuan Kang Golf Club in Taichung......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 21st, 2019Related News

A visit to England and Denmark

COPENHAGEN – It was truly a great week to be in London with the weather giving us a sunny week......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2019Related News

Expect hot, humid weather in PH this week-Pagasa - The Manila Times Online

GENERALLY hot and humid weather conditions will prevail in the country this week with chances of isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, according to the state-run weather bureau. A low pressureREAD T.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2019Related News

Winning senators may be proclaimed tonight

As canvassing of votes resumed late last night after another delay, the proclamation of winning senators may take place tonight, and the party-list tomorrow......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2019Related News

Antetokounmpo learning how to deal with playoff disappointment

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com TORONTO – Whenever LeBron James struggled through the sort of playoff performance Giannis Antetokounmpo had Sunday (Monday, PHL time), he seemed to want to put it behind him as swiftly as he could. His routine – assuming it wasn’t The Finals, where he got summoned to the podium, win or lose – typically went like this: the door to the Cleveland or Miami dressing room would swing open and there James would be, ready to face the questions, antsy to move on ASAP. Once he ‘fessed up to the shots he’d missed or the plays he’d botched, that was it. Oh, you knew he’d be looking plenty at video of that game in the hours before he played again, as a way to find and fix the flaws. But for public consumption at least, he shed it fast, like an ill-fitting suit. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ young star, is still learning this face-of-the-franchise and cutthroat competitor stuff. He took his time afterward in the spartan visitors’ room at Scotiabank Arena. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] There he sat, with his knees wrapped and his feet plunged into an ice bath. The Kia MVP candidate stared at the score sheet that had been handed to him, the one bearing all sorts of dreary news from the double-overtime setback that cut Milwaukee’s lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1. Antetokounmpo barely looked up as the semicircle of cameras, microphones and reporters around him grew with media people tip-toeing that fine line between giving him some space and blocking out for position whenever he’d finally take their questions. (“Talk,” as we say in the trade). Heck, Antetokounmpo barely looked up when Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer strode through the dressing room and tapped him on his left knee, a little atta-boy bonding near the end of a long, disappointing night. While teammates poked habitually at their phones in the aftermath of Milwaukee’s 118-112 loss, Antetokounmpo mostly let his lie there on the seat next to him. By the standards he set this year as an MVP favorite, he knew he’d had a lousy night. The reporters standing there, like fans everywhere, knew he’d struggled, of course, in ways rarely seen since his first taste of the postseason four years ago. And he knew that they knew, so… “Obviously it wasn’t my best game,” Antetokounmpo said eventually. “I’ve got to be more aggressive… I’ve got to make the right play.” Defensively, Antetokounmpo was pretty much his usual self, grabbing 23 rebounds for the Bucks, challenging Toronto’s players out on the floor and close to the rim, and blocking four shots. Offensively, though, Antetokounmpo was a mess. He scored only 12 points, his fewest in a playoff game since he was first dipping his toe into postseason waters as a 20-year-old back in 2015. Through three quarters, Antetokounmpo had only six points on 3-for-8 shooting. Seven Milwaukee players and five Raptors had outscored him to that point, and he hadn’t earned his way to the foul line even once. What made it all worse was that the game was sitting there, aching to be taken by someone, anyone. Antetokounmpo got himself going a bit in the fourth quarter, making a couple of shots and earning five free throws. But he missed three. Then he went scoreless while playing the entire first overtime. And then he fouled out just 36 seconds into the second OT. He didn’t object, either, when that sixth foul for stepping in front of Toronto’s Pascal Siakam sent him to the side. Antetokounmpo just took it and exited, sealing it as one of those “not your night, kid” hard lessons. Asked about the frustration that Antetokounmpo might have shown to teammates, if not the public, Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe said: “If you don’t feel bad when you play bad, you don’t need to be playing this game. That’s the feeling that drives you to success. I’m happy he’s feeling like that.” Antetokounmpo’s game didn’t just spin sideways on its own. Raptors coach Nick Nurse switched some defensive duties around and assigned Kawhi Leonard – a two-time Defensive Player of the Year with the wingspan, instincts and reflexes to confound any open-court player – as the tip of Toronto’s spear against the Greek Freak. Then, as expected, Toronto sent second defenders at him, the surest way to get the ball out of Antetokounmpo’s hands or force him into difficult shots. So he tried to make the right basketball plays, as they say, and sometimes he did – he dished a team-high seven assists. Sometimes, though, he did not, turning over the ball eight times. For the record, Antetokounmpo has played 31 postseason games in his young career. In the games in which he has scored fewer than 19 points, his team’s record is 3-6. When he scores 19 or more, the Bucks are 14-8. Not to lay it all at Antetokounmpo’s feet. Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton was way off his usual offensive form, missing 13 of his 16 shots. And Bledsoe matched that. Together, those three starters were a combined 11-of-48. The rest of the team shot 50 percent (27 of 54). “We have the utmost respect and belief that the next game is not going to be as bad as [this] was,” said guard George Hill, who scored 24 points off the bench. “But I know it's sitting in their head that they go for a combined 11-of-48 or something like that. We're not worried about it.” Right. Who’s even counting? Budenholzer and his staff are going to have to figure out ways to get scoring opportunities without being stymied by all the defensive traffic. Teammates are going to have to shoot better, to keep those diggers honest in their matchups. And Antetokounmpo is going to need to play more aggressively and take what happened in Game 3 very personally. He wasn’t quite there yet, Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). “Obviously I want to stay aggressive. But we stick to our game plan,” Antetokounmpo said. “Some days I’m going to have a bad night. But my team has to focus on doing their job and I’ll do mine.” Said Brook Lopez, after watching the throng swallow Antetokounmpo on the opposite side of the room: “We know he’s not going to quit or stop playing. He’s going to continue to be him.” As he talked, Lopez’s phone began vibrating next to him. He said it was Bucks GM Jon Horst calling and, in a bit of gallows humor after a stinging loss, joked that maybe he shouldn’t answer. “I don’t know if I should pick up or not,” the Milwaukee center said, “’cause I want to be here tomorrow.” Antetokounmpo has a call to answer now, too. In Game 4, Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. 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Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 20th, 2019Related News

Despite rains, it’s not yet wet season – Pagasa

Despite the frequent afternoon rainshowers, the state weather bureau is not yet declaring the onset of the wet season this month......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2019Related News

Bucks lead East finals 2-0, and now series shifts to Toronto

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals. Other than some pretty boxscores, the Toronto Raptors have nothing to show for those efforts. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] The supporting cast hasn’t supported much for Toronto, and with what is almost certainly a must-win Game 3 of the East title series looming on Sunday night at home, Raptors coach Nick Nurse is weighing lineup tweaks. Nurse suggested Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) that Serge Ibaka may start at center over struggling Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell may get minutes that would figure to come at Danny Green’s expense. “We’ve got to be better, man,” Nurse said Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). “We’ve got to be more physical, we’ve got to hustle more and we’ve got to work harder.” He may as well have punctuated that by adding “or else.” In this playoff format that was put into play in 1984, teams that win the first two games at home of a best-of-seven series have ultimately prevailed 94% of the time. And that’s the luxury Milwaukee has right now, leading the series 2-0 after rallying to win the opener and then controlling Game 2 start to finish. “We can’t rest,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We can’t relax. We can’t assume anything.” So the odds are stacked against the Raptors. Nurse was told the lack of success teams have when down 0-2 in a series, and insisted he doesn’t care. “I don’t really give a crap about that,” he said. “I just want our team to come play their (butt) off tomorrow night and get one game and it changes the series.” Leonard and Lowry are outscoring Antetokounmpo and Middleton 107-77 — which would figure to have been a boon to Toronto’s chances. It hasn’t worked that way. Add up everyone else’s scoring in the series, and it’s Bucks 156, Raptors 96. Rebounding has been one-sided in both games, with Milwaukee controlling things on the backboards. Bench scoring has tilted heavily toward Milwaukee as well. “We’re just trying to be us,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “We’re not playing any differently, regular season or postseason. We’re just trying to go out there and play Bucks basketball. It starts with our defense. Getting stops. Getting out. Playing in transition. Playing with pace. Sharing the ball and being aggressive and attacking the basket.” The Raptors don’t have to look at the history books to know this series isn’t over. All they need to do is recall the 2012 Western Conference finals. Leonard and Green were with top-seeded San Antonio, and Ibaka was with second-seeded Oklahoma City. The Spurs won Games 1 and 2 at home — then lost the next four, and the Thunder went to the NBA Finals. “We have another chance to bounce back on Sunday,” Gasol said. “That’s all that matters right now. That’s all that matters.” Here’s some of what to know before Game 3: QUICK WIT: Leonard, who isn’t the most talkative guy in the league to put it mildly, had a simple answer when asked where the Raptors go from here after the Game 2 loss. “I’m going to Toronto for Game 3,” Leonard said. WE (BARELY) THE NORTH: The series now shifts to Toronto, where the Raptors’ motto is “We The North.” It is, but barely in this case. Toronto is about 430 miles east of Milwaukee by air, and is only slightly north. And it should be noted that Toronto isn’t even the northernmost city that will be playing host to conference final games this weekend — Portland holds that distinction. GREEK FREAKS: Census figures show that at least a quarter-million Greeks live in Canada, and roughly half of those live in Ontario. Antetokounmpo isn’t expecting an overly warm welcome, but has seen a few Greek flags in the crowd on his past trips to Toronto. Antetokounmpo said he’d be touched if they were there Sunday, but isn’t thinking about it too much. “I’m going to try not to focus as much in the people and the Greeks and the population in Toronto,” Antetokounmpo said. “Just focusing on Game 3 and what we’ve got to do.” OFF, WISCONSIN: Including Games 1 and 2 of this series, matchups in Wisconsin are rarely kind to Nurse. He played at Northern Iowa, a conference rival of Green Bay — and his teams went 1-8 in those games, 0-4 at Green Bay’s former home court, the being-demolished Brown County Arena. Nurse said it was a nice place, but wasn’t upset to hear it’s coming down. “There weren’t very many good memories for me,” he said. BREAK FROM DRAKE: At least one Milwaukee radio station is taking this series extremely seriously. WXSS-FM is not allowing any songs by Raptors superfan Drake to be played on its station until the East finals are over. “We’re taking a break from you,” the station wrote in an open letter of sorts to the Toronto native and courtside ticketholder......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2019Related News

Koepka keeps 7-shot lead at PGA Championship

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka is on the cusp of some elite company at the PGA Championship — in the record book, not on the leaderboard. He is all alone on Bethpage Black, the public course he has turned into his private playground. Koepka wasn't at his best, particularly with his putter on the toughest scoring day of the championship, and he still kept everyone far enough behind to make the final round feel more like a victory lap. With an even-par 70 that featured a pair of three-putt bogeys, he kept a seven-shot lead and earned another entry in the record book with the largest lead since the PGA Championship switched to stroke play in 1958. No one has ever lost a seven-shot lead in the final round at any major, or even a PGA Tour event. That leaves Koepka 18 holes away from joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA in stroke play. He is one round away from becoming the first player to hold back-to-back major title at the same time. Not since Hal Sutton in 1983 has anyone led from start to finish in the PGA Championship. And a third straight year winning a major? Woods and Phil Mickelson are the only players to have done that over the last 30 years. Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are the only others to win majors in three straight years dating to 1960. Asked if there was any doubt he would win, Koepka said flatly, "No." He is unflappable in speech and on the golf course. Koepka has never bothered to check his heart rate at rest, but he figures it wouldn't be much different from standing on the first tee of a major championship with a big lead and thousands of rowdy New York fans witnessing a master performance. "Every time I set up to a golf shot, I feel like I know what the ball is going to do," Koepka said. "And if I don't, then I guess I'd be nervous. ... I'm trying my butt off, and from there, sometimes you need a little bit of luck. But I'd say I'm pretty flat-lined most of the time, as you can tell." He has all but flattened the strongest field in golf. Koepka was at 12-under 198, the first time this week he did not set or tie a scoring record. "I think we're all playing for second," said Luke List, one of four players tied for second. Dustin Johnson tried to make a run with six birdies, only to stall with five bogeys in his round of 69. No bogey was more damaging than the 18th. A drive into the fairway would have given the world's No. 1 player a reasonable shot at birdie. Instead, he sent it right into bunker, came up well short into the native grass, left the next one in the bunker and had to scramble to limit the damage. That kept Johnson from joining his close friend in the final group. Koepka will play the final round with Harold Varner III, whose week began with plans to play a practice round with Woods on the eve of the PGA Championship until Woods called in sick. Varner birdied the 18th to cap off a bogey-free 67 and lead the group at 5-under 205 that includes Jazz Janewattananond (67) and List, who holed two shots from off the green for a 69. Jordan Spieth did not put any pressure on Koepka at all. Playing in the final group on the weekend for the first time since the British Open last summer, Spieth didn't have a realistic birdie chance until the sixth hole, and he missed that one from 8 feet. He shot 72 and was nine shots behind. Spieth would not speak to a reporter after the round. There was simply no stopping Koepka, who is one round away from a fourth major in his last eight tries and a return to No. 1 in the world. The plan for Sunday was no different from the previous three rounds. "It doesn't really matter. I'm just trying to play good golf," Koepka said. "If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, these first six holes are very scorable. I feel like if you can get 1 or 2 under after six, you're in a good spot." That's what worked on Saturday. Koepka had birdie chances on the opening six holes and converted two of them, from 5 feet on a blind shot up the hill at No. 2, and a gap wedge that landed next to the pin and settled just over 2 feet away on No. 5. His only struggle was missing a 2-foot par putt on the ninth hole for a three-putt bogey, and then missing the 10th fairway to the right to set up another bogey. The most important putt for Koepka was just under 5 feet for par on the 11th, which kept him from three straight bogeys. And then he was back in his groove. List ran off three straight birdies, chipping in from 70 feet on No. 12, holing a 30-foot putt on the par-5 13th and making a 15-foot putt on the 14th. That pulled him within five, but it wasn't long before Koepka birdied the 13th and List began missing enough shots that it finally cost him. Johnson has the most experience and skill among those chasing Koepka, if he even allows there to be a chase. "It's going to take something special to catch Brooks, but it's doable," Johnson said. He then tried to work out the math, and then he stuck to a more practical outlook. "I'm going to need some help from him," Johnson said. "And then I'm going to have to play very, very well.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2019Related News

Watch out for a ‘Blue Moon’ on Cebu’s sky tomorrow, May 19

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Take out your telescopes as the “Blue Moon” is set to appear tomorrow, May 19, 2019. However, the “Blue Moon” contrary to what most might be thinking is not a moon that is blue in color. According to Van Singson, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa), […] The post Watch out for a ‘Blue Moon’ on Cebu’s sky tomorrow, May 19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 18th, 2019Related News