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Ikea’s biggest store in the world–the size of 150 basketball courts–to open in SM MOA Complex

The world's biggest Ikea store---equivalent to the size of 150 basketball courts---will open by end of 2020 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. Ikea Southeast Asia made the announcement Nov. 20 at a press conference at SM Mall of Asia. The formal announcement put an end to years of speculation on the Swedish home store giant's much- anticipated entry into the country. Construction for the 65,000-sq-m store is underway in a vast lot between SM MOA Arena and SMX Convention Center, owned by SM Prime Holdings Inc. Ikea Philippines is owned by a franchisee, Ikea Southeast Asia (Ikano Group), which also operates the Ikea stores in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. ...Keep on reading: Ikea’s biggest store in the world–the size of 150 basketball courts–to open in SM MOA Complex.....»»

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Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 43 killed

Updated @ 12:43 a.m., Nov. 21, 2018 KABUL, Afghanistan --- A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Muslim religious scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 43 people, Afghan officials said. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said another 83 people were wounded in the attack, which took place as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. He said more than 20 people are in critical condition and that the toll could rise. The suicide bomber was able to sneak into a wedding hall in Kabul where hundreds of religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the occasion. "The victims of the attack unfortuna...Keep on reading: Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 43 killed.....»»

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Opening this week

Ralph Breaks the Internet Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston; voiced by John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore Video game misfit heroes leave behind the arcade and venture into the uncharted and expansive world of the internet in the sequel to "Wreck-It Ralph." Bad Times at the El Royale Directed by Drew Goddard; stars Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson Seven strangers' paths converge on a fateful night at a rundown hotel, situated on the border between California and Nevada. Recipe for Love Directed by Jose Javier Reyes; stars Christian Bables, Cora Waddell, Agot Isidro, Ogie Diaz A new chef and a food blogg...Keep on reading: Opening this week.....»»

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Playwright Alberto S. Florentino, 1931-2018

NEW YORK---I heard last month, from the fictionist Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, that the writer Alberto Florentino had passed away in late September. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia, complicated by the fact that he had had Alzheimer's for some time. At the time of his death, Bert had been living with his wife, Eva, in Portland, Oregon, where they had moved from New York about a decade ago, to be closer to their daughter Lisa and her family. I knew of Bert before I met him in New York. He had made a name for himself by winning a Palanca award for his play The World Is an Apple, when he was all of twenty-three years of age. Significantly, Bert had also been the publishe...Keep on reading: Playwright Alberto S. Florentino, 1931-2018.....»»

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Ikea building world& rsquo;s largest store in Pasay

Ikea building world& rsquo;s largest store in Pasay.....»»

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Friendship with Philippines the only right choice – Xi Jinping

Maintaining “good neighborliness and friendship” is the only “right choice” for China and the Philippines to achieve their goals and mutual interests amid “profound and complex changes in the world,” visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday in his arrival statement......»»

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'XiJinPooh: Filipinos troll Xi Jinping via Winnie the Pooh memes

MANILA, Philippines – Trust the world's social media capital to give one of the world's most powerful leaders its usual welcome greeting: memes. China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Manila on Tuesday, November 20, for a two-day state visit. The Philippines rolled out the ........»»

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AIBA boxing C ship, a source of motivation for volunteering slum kids

New Delhi [India], Nov 19 (ANI): As the ongoing International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women's World Boxing Championship is perceived to be a major platform for the women boxers from around the world.....»»

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I would rather die than lose in the Philippines - Brandon Vera

The biggest question heading into Friday's ONE: Conquest of Champions card in Manila is the condition of reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera.  No, Vera isn't ill or injured, but rather he's been out of action nearly the last two years.  Following his dominant title defense over Hideki Sekine in Manila back in 2016, Vera took care of some commitments outside the cage.  Now, Vera is back to defend his title against Italian heavyweight contender Mauro "The Hammer" Cerilli.  Throughout the official ONE: Conquest of Champions press conference, ring rust was one of the concerns that kept attaching itself to Vera, and the reigning champ finally responded to the issue.  "Hindi naman kinakalawang talaga ang tao eh, diba?" said the champion as he was greeted with cheers from the pro-Filipino crowd present at the press conference."  Rather than ring rust, Vera admits that he's a bit nervous for his upcoming bout given that he's been gone for a bit.  "Meron akong kaba, kalawang wala. Kung meron man, pag-tinamaan na ako ni Cerilli, mawawala yun," Vera stated.  Undefeated in his ONE Championship run, with all of his fights happening in the Philippines, the Filipino-American heavyweight star, who has been living in Manila since 2016, promises another victory on home soil.  "I would rather die, than lose in the Philippines," he confidently claimed. "There's no way."    Brandon Vera defends his ONE Heavyweight Wolrd Championship against Mauro Cerilli at ONE: Conquest of Champions this Friday, November 23rd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Catch the action LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 beginning at 8:30 PM!.....»»

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Masungi Georeserve wins international environmental award for innovative ‘geotourism’

The famed Masungi Georeserve has won the 2018 Pathfinder Award Special Commendation, a special environmental conservation award presented by various international groups. The sprawling 430-hectare conservation area was selected by the United National Development Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Commission on Protected Areas and WildArk at the recent 14th Conference of Parties to the UN […] The post Masungi Georeserve wins international environmental award for innovative ‘geotourism’ appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation gets seal of recognition from world karate body

THE World Karate Federation (WKF) has installed a new national federation for the sport in the Philippines......»»

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In photos: What to watch out for when IKEA opens its first store in the Philippines

Global furniture retailer IKEA announced on Tuesday its plan to open its largest store in the world in the Philippines in 2020, with a promise to bring with it affordable home furnishings, Swedish meatballs and additional jobs for Filipinos......»»

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Oil Prices Fall for the 6th Straight Week

Local oil firms will once more rollback pump prices Tuesday (Nov. 20), the 6th week in a row, due largely to the steady decline of world crude prices. They announced price reductions of PHP1.25 per liter on unleaded gasoline, PHP1.10 per liter on diesel, and PHP0.80 per liter on kerosene. Industry spokespersons explained that the […].....»»

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LOOK: Jinkee Pacquiao, twin sister Janet mirror each other’s stylishness in New York

For Jinkee Pacquiao and twin sister Janet Jamora, their trip to New York is a means for them to showcase their impeccable taste in fashion. The twins accompanied Jinkee's husbandSenator Manny Pacquiao for his press conference held at Gotham Hall, confirming his Jan. 19, 2019 fight against American boxer Adrien Broner yesterday, Nov. 19. Pacquiao will defend his WorldBoxingAssociation (WBA) world welterweight title against Broner atthe MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The twins opted for casual yet chic ensembles, lounging while waiting to board the airplane. Jinkee was clad in a white Gucci sweatshirt, black pants, and black and white rubber shoes, while Jamora donned a red...Keep on reading: LOOK: Jinkee Pacquiao, twin sister Janet mirror each other’s stylishness in New York.....»»

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Papua New Guinea police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea--- Papua New Guinea police and soldiers stormed the country's parliament Tuesday, assaulting staff, smashing windows and demanding unpaid APEC bonuses just days after the international summit wrapped up, police and witnesses said. The impoverished Pacific nation had rolled out the red carpet for visiting world leaders during the two-day conference and bought 40 Maseratis to ferry the dignitaries around. The officers headed to parliament in the capital Port Moresby to express their dissatisfaction following a meeting with the police commissioner and the police minister over the allowances, PNG MP Bryan Kramer said in a video posted on Facebook. ...Keep on reading: Papua New Guinea police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses.....»»

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5 ways Duterte made good on his pivot to China

MANILA, Philippines – When President Rodrigo Duterte visited Beijing in October 2016, China hailed it as signalling the “full recovery” of Chinese-Philippine ties. With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Manila starting Tuesday, November 20, things have come full circle. (READ: Xi Jinping's schedule of activities in PH ).....»»

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Jazz at the Top

It’s a cold November night and a slender crescent moon is casting a faint gleam on the world below......»»

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Quite the contrast: Senator Manny vs Adrien Broner

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dressed in a sharp gray suit and tie, Manny Pacquiao looked every bit the senator he is. It was his other job, though, that he was working Monday when the eight-time champion announced a Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner. "He's one of the top boxers out there," Pacquiao said of Broner, who attended the news conference in slightly different garb: torn jeans adorned with spangles, a T-shirt and black jacket. "Adrien Broner is a high-caliber fighter. "I have no problem to fight at 140 (pounds), it's my natural weight. I can't say I am avoiding (opponents), that is not my style. I am willing to find other fighters to fight, too, I am available to fight at 140, 147. It is 147 for this fight." Pacquiao will be 40 when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take on the 29-year-old Broner. It will be the Filipino's 70th fight in a career that began in 1995 and has included titles in weight classes from flyweight to welterweight. He hasn't fought in the United States in two years. Referred to by his followers as Senator Manny, Pacquiao won and then lost the WBO welterweight crown following his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather in a May 2015 megafight. In July, he knocked out Lucas Matthysse for the WBA title, Pacquiao's first KO victory since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the final round. His government role will be placed aside, Pacquiao claims, while he prepares for Broner. "My opponent is fast, good, and I have to work hard and train hard so the people will be happy on Jan. 19 when we give them a good fight," said Pacquiao, who flashed a mischievous smile when asked if another encounter with the currently retired Mayweather might be in the future. "I am fighting Adrien Broner," Pacquiao said, adding he was with Mayweather in Japan and mentioned that he, not Mayweather, owned a belt, so "you come challenge me." Broner views this as his chance to "become a legend." As he strutted around the stage, his words at first were respectful toward Pacquiao, whom Broner "dreamed of fighting when I was a kid." Soon, though, Broner was back to being Broner, the boastful, say-anything-character who likes talking trash as much as throwing leather. "He ain't fighting Floyd, he's fighting me," Broner said. "He's gotta get past me first. "Of course, things he's done in the game are unbelievable. I know Jan. 19 I gotta be at the top of my game. I'm gonna (mess) him up." Broner, from Cincinnati, is 33-3-1 with 24 knockouts. But he didn't win either of his most recent fights, losing a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia, who won his 36th straight, in July last year, and then drawing with Jessie Vargas. Which means recent results indicate neither he nor Pacquiao is in his prime or close to it. Still, they are big enough names for Showtime to put the fight on pay-per-view television. Both men were asked if they are elite boxers now. Neither flinched in answering. "Yes, of course," Pacquiao insisted. "I want to fight the greatest opponents in the world and one of them is Adrien Broner. I can fight anybody." Broner shook his head and smirked when queried on his skill level these days. "I'm gonna do me; he's gotta worry about what I do," Broner said. "I know what he can do. "I got three losses, he's got (seven). He's been knocked out; we know he can go to sleep. I got the stuff to do it. I'll hit the jackpot overnight.".....»»

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Rejuvenated Dutch strike late, into Nations League s Final 4

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press The Netherlands' recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday. Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a 90th-minute equalizer to seal a dramatic Dutch comeback in a 2-2 draw in Germany, allowing Ronald Koeman's rejuvenated side to top its qualifying group on goal difference ahead of France, and join fellow group winners Portugal, England and Switzerland in a five-day finals competition in June. So instead of seeing Kylian Mbappe, France's new wonderkid and star of the team's World Cup triumph in Russia in July, vying for another piece of international silverware, soccer fans will get to see if the Netherlands truly has turned the corner. The slump of the Dutch has been profound since they finished third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. They failed to qualify for an enlarged European Championship in 2016 and also didn't make it to the World Cup this year. Three coaches — Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Dick Advocaat — came and went. And with Dutch soccer at club level also in strife, debate swirled as to how one of the long-time heavyweights of the world game could recover. Under Koeman, though, the future of the Oranje looks bright. Youngsters like center midfielder Frenkie de Jong and center back Matthijs de Ligt are regarded as two of the most promising players in the world; Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum have returned to their best form over the last 18 months; and, in Van Dijk, the Netherlands has one of the best defenders around. A rock for Liverpool this season and last, Van Dijk — soccer's most expensive defender following his $99 million move from Southampton in January — sidefooted in a cross from the left to follow up an 84th-minute goal from Quincy Promes that gave the Dutch a glimmer of hope in Gelsenkirchen. The Germans had gone 2-0 up after 19 minutes thanks to Timo Werner's dipping shot from 25 meters and Leroy Sane's deflected effort from just inside the area. They couldn't hold on, though, and finished group play with no wins, just two points, and in something of a crisis. They didn't get out of their group in Russia in a dismal defense of their World Cup title, while relegation to League B of the Nations League — featuring Europe's second-tier teams — had already been confirmed after failing to win any of their first three group games. Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to stay in the job after the World Cup, but is now under mounting pressure. The Nations League, a new competition devised by UEFA to replace unpopular international friendlies with competitive matches between teams of a similar level, appears to have won over the skeptics, and the lineup for the Final Four is intriguing if hardly a marketer's dream. Portugal, which will be playing on home soil, has a superstar in Cristiano Ronaldo who should be back in the team after an extended absence from international soccer since the World Cup. England has Harry Kane, the top scorer at the World Cup, and a talented, dynamic group of young players under forward-thinking coach Gareth Southgate. Switzerland, which hasn't reached a quarterfinal of an international tournament since 1954, will be the outsider. The Netherlands, at No. 15, will be the lowest-ranked team in the competition but should not be discounted. This victory came three days after the team produced one of its best performances in years to beat France 2-0, while it beat Portugal 3-0 in March and Germany by the same score at home in the Nations League. The draw for the Final Four, which comprises of two semifinals and then a third-place playoff and final, will take place in Dublin on Dec. 3. Some other loose ends were tied up in the Nations League, which offers teams a second chance to qualify for the European Championship in 2020. The 16 group winners in Leagues A, B, C and D — or the next best-placed teams who have not already qualified via the European qualifiers starting in March — will progress to the Nations League playoffs and compete for the last four qualifying places for Euro 2020. NORWAY, MACEDONIA PROMOTED Norway was promoted to the second-tier League B after finishing top of Group C3 with a 2-0 win at Cyprus. The Norwegians started the final round of group play tied for points with Bulgaria, which could only draw at home to Slovenia 1-1. Macedonia went up to League C after beating Gibraltar 4-0 to top Group D4. Armenia, the only team that could have finished above Macedonia, ended up second after drawing at Liechtenstein 2-2. SLOVAKIA RELEGATED Slovakia was relegated to League C after losing at neighbor Czech Republic 1-0, with Patrik Schick scoring the winner in the first half with a deft lob over the goalkeeper on a counterattack. Denmark was already guaranteed promotion to the top tier and Ireland was sure of being relegated before they drew 0-0 in Aarhus......»»

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Rivera, Halladay top newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers on the ballot announced Monday. Steroids-tainted stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds each appear on the ballot for the seventh time. Clemens rose to 57.3 percent in the 2018 ballot but fell 75 votes short of the 75 percent needed, and Bonds was 79 votes shy at 56.4 percent. Martinez was 20 votes short at 70.4 percent, Mike Mussina at 63.5 percent and Curt Schilling at 51.2 percent. Rivera had 652 regular-season saves and 42 in the postseason during 19 seasons with the New York Yankees that included five World Series titles. He was 8-1 with a 0.70 ERA in 32 postseason series. Halladay won Cy Young Awards with Toronto in 2003 and Philadelphia in 2010 and was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 seasons. He pitched a perfect game against Florida in 2010 and a no-hitter that fall versus Cincinnati in the NL Championship Series opener — only the second postseason no-hitter after Dan Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Halladay died piloting a plane in November 2017. Pettitte was 256-153 with a 3.85 ERA in 15 seasons with the Yankees and three with Houston and went 19-11 record with a 3.81 ERA in 44 postseason starts. Helton hit .316 in 15 seasons for Colorado with 369 homers, 1,406 RBIs and 1,401 runs, and Young hit .300 in 14 seasons, all but the last with Texas. Tejada batted .285 with 307 homers and 1,302 RBIs in 16 seasons. More than 400 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, and a player must receive at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 22. Voters must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years. Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrer and Jim Thome were elected last year. Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote annually. Martinez and first baseman Fred McGriff (23.2 percent last year) are on the BBWAA ballot for the final time. Additional newcomers on this year's ballot include infielder Placido Polanco and outfielder Juan Pierre. Holdovers include reliever Billy Wagner, second baseman Jeff Kent, shortstop Omar Vizquel, third baseman Scott Rolen and outfielders Andruw Jones, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker......»»

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