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& lsquo;Never bet against America,& rsquo; billionaire Warren Buffett advises investors

Washington---Ninety-year-old billionaire Warren Buffett reaffirmed his fervent belief in the American Dream in a letter to investors published Saturday---advising them never to bet against the country despite its many problems.  .....»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardMar 2nd, 2021

Ohmyhome launches feature allowing OFWs to & lsquo;buy homes from overseas& rsquo;

Purchasing properties in the Philippines used to be a complicated process---especially for prospective buyers and investors residing in other countries......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 21st, 2021

Smart enlists & lsquo;Captain America& rsquo; star Chris Evans to lead its latest campaign

Just when we thought the country’s leading telco had already dropped its biggest surprise this year, Smart Communications just outdid itself by unveiling yet another superstar joining its growing list of global ambassadors......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

Murphy returns in & lsquo;Coming 2 America& rsquo;

Thirty years before Black Panther, Eddie Murphy's 1980s comedy classic Coming to America disproved the stubborn Hollywood myth that films with Black casts flop overseas; it earned nearly $300 million worldwide......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Filipinos in US warned against & lsquo;hate campaign& rsquo;

All Filipinos in the United States have been urged to exercise caution and vigilance after the US Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin on the so-called “heightened threat environment” in America following the January 21 inauguration of President Joe Biden......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

& lsquo;More Filipino OFW nurses die of virus because of work ethic& rsquo;

Filipino nurses in the United States of America and other parts of the world are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic because of their exceptional work ethic that drives them to spend more days and longer hours in the hospitals where they serve, Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Michael Defensor said on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

America should prepare for & lsquo;surge upon surge& rsquo; of virus

America should prepare for a “surge upon a surge” in coronavirus cases as millions of travelers return home after the Thanksgiving holiday, top US scientist Anthony Fauci warned Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Top virus expert warns of & lsquo;serious problem& rsquo;

America’s top infectious diseases expert has warned the United States is facing a “serious problem” from a resurgent coronavirus as the illness puts the brakes on reopening two of the country’s largest states......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

Discovery Channel delves into & lsquo;Black Lives Matter& rsquo; movement

To better understand the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that recently shook America and the rest of the world, Discovery Channel airs special features tackling the sensitive and significant topics of racism and police brutality from June 26 to 28. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 24th, 2020

Freddie Roach advises against Manny Pacquiao going up to 160-pounds for Golovkin bout

At 41 years of age, eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has shown that he can still hang with the best in the world.  Pacquiao is coming off a masterful victory over Adrien Broner and then handed the erstwhile-undefeated Keith Thurman his first career loss to capture the WBA’s primary welterweight crown.  Now, the Filipino boxing legend continues to draw attention from potential opponents.  Former long-time Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing has spoken about the possibility of a massive welterweight unification bout between Pacquiao and reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, while WBC Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. has also been touted as a possible opponent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao has been on Terence Crawford’s radar since 2015) Long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach has also weighed in on some potential future Pacquiao opponents.  Speaking to Chris Mannix on his DAZN podcast, Roach mentioned the likes of Mikey Garcia and Robert Garcia as fights he likes for “Pacman”.  "Mikey Garcia has called him out a couple of times, I think that’s a good fight for him, of course,” Roach said. "Robert called him out on one of your shows, that made me smile because I like that fight for Manny, I think it’s a great fight.”  The biggest name - literally and figuratively -being thrown around as a possible Pacquiao opponent is that of reigning IBF and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  "The thing is Manny maybe might want to go a little higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who is supposed to be one of the best in the world today,” Roach shared.  The hard-hitting Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) has ruled the 160-pound division since capturing the WBA (Regular) Middleweight Championship in 2010. Golovkin went on to rack up 17 more wins and capture the WBO, WBC, and IBF titles to become, at one point, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.  Golovkin suffered his lone loss against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2018. Since then, ‘GGG’ had reclaimed the IBF crown and captured the IBO crown.  "There are always good fights out there. The one thing about Manny is he doesn’t want to beat anybody, he wants to beat the best out there. He wants to fight the top guys," Roach said.  "Pacquiao still desires to be the best there is,” Roach added.  A match-up with Golovkin would require Pacquiao to jump up to at over at least 154-pounds. The heaviest that Pacquiao has gone in his career is 144.6-pounds when he defeated Antonio Margarito for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship back in 2010. Pacquiao has since remained at welterweight for the remainder of his career.  "I would not advise him to go 160-pounds, that would be a little crazy. But putting him at 147 lbs was a risk at one time," Roach stated.  A dream match against the much bigger Golovkin could bring Pacquiao his unparalleled ninth world title in as many weight divisions, but it’s not without its risks. Watch the full interview with roach HERE. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

Unemployment insurance in Filipino workers& rsquo; future?

The recently concluded contest for the position of Democratic Party candidate in this year’s US Presidential election was largely fought, as far as the leading candidates were concerned, along ideological lines. Two of the candidates – Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren – pitched ‘progressive’ (read: socialistic) ideas to the Democratic faithful, while another candidate, former Vice-President Joe Biden, stayed, safely, left of center......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

& lsquo;Tailor-fit& rsquo; perks eyed to lure investments

The Finance Department wants a “tailor-fit” tax and non-tax incentives to attract the right kind of investors under the new normal......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

Market declines on & lsquo;modified ECQ& rsquo;

The Philippine Stock Exchange index dropped 16.26 points on Tuesday to close at 5,651.67 as investors traded cautiously following the government’s decision to place Metro Manila under “modified enhanced community quarantine” until May 31......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Moody& rsquo;s keeps PH credit rating, outlook

Debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service retained its credit rating and outlook for the Philippines at ‘Baa2 stable’ despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak that could lead to a 2-percent economic contraction this year......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

US women s team players have options after setback in court

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Players for the U.S. women’s national team may have been dealt a blow by a judge’s ruling in their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation but the case is far from over. The women have vowed to keep up the fight, encouraged by the likes of Joe Biden, Billie Jean King and even the men's national team. “This is just a setback,” King said when asked what she would tell the team. “There’s so many of these ups and downs. Just keep learning from it, keep going for it. You’re still such a great influence, not only in soccer, but for equality for everyone.” King, who was calling for equitable prize money in tennis in the 1970s, once famously proclaimed: “Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing and the cherry on top, too.” The players sued the federation last year, claiming they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. They asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The federal judge threw out the players' claim of discriminatory pay Friday in a surprising loss for the defending World Cup champions. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner said the women rejected a pay-to-play structure like the men's agreement and accepted greater base salaries and benefits. But he allowed aspects of their allegations of discriminatory working conditions to go forward. The trial remains scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles. Players have vowed to appeal the judge's decision. There are several legal options. Players could seek to overturn Friday's decision at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and could even discuss with the USSF the possibility of a joint application for a stay pending appeal. They could proceed with a trial limited to working conditions such as flights, hotels and medical staff, then appeal Friday's ruling. Or the sides could seek to settle, perhaps as part of a deal to replace and extend the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires on Dec. 31, 2021. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, went to Twitter this weekend to encourage the players. “To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To @ussoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding,” he posted, referring to the 2026 men’s World Cup, set to be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. The players’ association for the men’s national team also released a statement Monday expressing support. “For a year and a half the USMNT players have made proposals to the federation that would achieve equal pay for the USMNT and USWNT players,” the statement said. “We understand the WNT players plan to appeal last week’s decision and we support them.” Steven A. Bank, a professor at UCLA, said he was expecting Klausner's decision on the summary judgment to focus the case but not to the degree it did. “Frequently, judges will do that in order to narrow down the issues, but because it also spurs the parties to settle by essentially using a heavy hand and saying, ‘Hey, a lot of these things you have is fluff, so let’s get rid of this, and neither of you have as great a case that you think you do.' So I’m not surprised that there was some level of summary judgment granted and some level denied,” he said. “But I was surprised that the judge came down with what is a fairly complete victory for U.S. Soccer.” In an appearance on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Monday, Megan Rapinoe said she was shocked by the decision. She pointed out the women’s team was far more successful than the men, winning consecutive World Cup titles and playing more games. “If I earn $1 every time I play, and a man earns $3, just because I win 10 games and he only wins three games, so I made $10 and he made $9, I’m not sure how that’s me making more money, while having to essentially win everything we could’ve possibly won over these last two years: two World Cups and just about every game we’ve played,” Rapinoe said. “For me, it missed the point, and was very disappointing, to be honest.” Attorney Hampton Dellinger, who represented players in a battle over artificial turf at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, said the case will take time to play out. “Obviously, I think it’d be great if the parties could reach a reasonable settlement,” Dellinger said. “But to my mind, if the legal fight is going to continue, I don’t think the judge’s first word is necessarily going to be the last word.” Arguments could be made that the team has already made it's case in the court of public opinion. Following the U.S. victory in the World Cup final last year in France, the crowd chanted "Equal Pay" as the players celebrated on the field. The women also drew support from some of U.S. Soccer's most high-profile sponsors when the federation argued in court documents that the women lacked the skills and responsibilities of their male counterparts. The so-called scorched earth argument led to the resignation of USSF President Carlos Cordeiro, who was replaced by former national team player Cindy Parlow Cone. “I think it’s great that they brought the case forward, because I think any visibility into this issue is just going to help further the cause, because it’s going to make more people sensitive and aware that the issue of unequal pay persists in all spectrums of our economy," said Mary Ellen Carter, an associate professor of accounting at Boston College. "I happen to know it well in the executive space, but it’s not only there. So I think the courage that they had to come forward with the suit keeps the issue at the forefront, and I think that that’s important.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

Niharika Singh will be ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong’s Advisor on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition

VP and Head of Product at ONE Championship, Niharika Singh, has spent countless hours inside the boardroom with Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, observing the billionaire entrepreneur make tough business decisions daily, while also making decisions alongside him.  The 31-year-old IIT Delhi and IIM Bangalore Engineering and MBA graduate has a unique vantage point to observe Sityodtong run ONE Championship, the world’s largest martial arts organization.  She thus makes the perfect candidate to play an advisory role to Sityodtong on the upcoming ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ where she will assist Sityodtong judge the 16 contestants cast for the show. “As Chatri's advisor, I will be his eyes and ears, even behind the scenes,” says Singh. “So you can expect me to be constantly observing and assessing the candidates. I will be present when Chatri delivers the tasks, will acutely observe candidates during the tasks and will play a part in the final decisions made in the boardroom.” “I have worked extensively with Chatri so I know how he works, how his mind works and what he looks for when he is hiring,” says Singh.  Singh started her professional career as consultant at McKinsey & Company then moved to Treebo Hotels, an early stage startup in India, before eventually relocating to Singapore. Since joining ONE Championship as Vice President and Head of Product in mid-2019, Singh has been in constant close proximity with Sityodtong, and has been able to get a good read on how the mind of a seasoned entrepreneur operates. It’s a skill Singh believes will help her advise Sityodtong in selecting ‘The Apprentice.’ “I will be following and observing the candidates throughout the tasks and will be relaying my feedback to Chatri. As an advisor to him, I will be candid in my feedback and will strongly and publicly air my opinions. In short, if any candidate wants to get to Chatri, he or she will need to get through me first.” The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition is slated for release and distribution in Q4 of 2020. Produced by ONE Championship’s production arm, ONE Studios, and under license from MGM Television, the popular reality television show will run on both streaming and linear platforms across the Pan Asian region. It will also air on major television networks and digital channels in over 150 countries worldwide. Since the original American version was launched over 16 years ago, The Apprentice has become one of the world’s most successful reality television franchises in history. Thousands of auditions from all across the globe have already poured in since the announcement of the show in late February. Although ONE has yet to reveal the initial contestants who made the cut, Singh believes Sityodtong is looking for candidates who exhibit certain qualities as both executives, and as human beings. “‘The Apprentice’ needs to have all the traits that we already look for when we hire - the right values, the PHD factor (poor, hungry and determined - in spirit) and the will to win,” says Singh. “We look for dreamers who also have fire in their bellies to make their dreams come true.” Singh believes that to be successful on the show, contestants have to possess three important characteristics. “The first is resilience. It's not easy to work for Chatri, I assure you. So you better have had a lot of endurance training in the past,” says Singh. “The second is fearlessness. Chatri doesn't like yes men or women around him. You need to be able to speak up for what is right. The third is the near impossible trait of possessing a high functioning left brain and right brain, and a good proportion of IQ and EQ. “When it comes to choosing the winner, Chatri and I will definitely look for someone who lives and breathes the ONE Championship values. And those values do include the values of teamwork, integrity, and loyalty.” Contestants on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition will participate in what ONE describes as a “high-stakes game of business competitions and physical challenges.” At the end of the season, the winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work for a year directly under Sityodtong as his protege at the ONE Championship Global Headquarters in Singapore. The original American version of The Apprentice was intense, and often portrayed the unforgiving and cutthroat nature of business. Singh believes that ONE Championship’s version should be able to toe the line of the original, while still have a fresh new concept that caters to the heartbeat of its Asian audience. “I think the Asian fans will absolutely love the show,” says Singh. “Our fans love ONE Championship not only because of the events we put together for them or for how we entertain them. They also love us for what we stand for. Above all, they love Chatri. A reality show anchored on the hunt for the person who can be Chatri's protege will find immediate connection with our fans.” "Also, bear in mind that 12 of Asia's top CEOs will be guest judges on the show alongside Chatri. And 12 of our World Champions are going to compete in the physical challenges alongside the contestants - so this is bound to further intensify the competition,” Singh adds. According to both Singh and Sityodtong, The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition is shaping up to be one of the most intense and toughest reality shows ever, and only the truly worthy will emerge the winner and the right to be called ‘The Apprentice.’ “We are looking for the person with the strongest mind, the toughest body, and the most unbreakable spirit - which is essentially the rite of passage to ONE Championship. So prepare to see nail-biting excitement, high stakes drama, and explosive emotions as these 16 contestants compete for the opportunity of a lifetime," Singh concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

Tan, Gokongwei among PSA post-humous honorees

Two former PBA team owners, including a founding member of the league, will be remembered with posthumous recognitions in the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. The late billionaire and philanthropist John Gokongwei Jr. and Lucio ‘Bong’ Tan Jr. are on top of the list of 15 dearly departed sports personalities who are going to be honored with a short video and a minute of silence by the country’s oldest media organization during the March 6 gala night. Gokongwei, 93, owned the CFC Corporation (now Universal Robina Corporation) franchise which was among the founding members of the PBA when Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league was established in 1975. The team played under the brands Presto, N-Rich, Great Taste, and Tivoli, winning a total of six championships in 17 years with the league. Tan, 53, was the passionate, basketball-loving owner of the Tanduay franchise when it made its PBA comeback in 1999. Incidentally, Tan passed away on Nov. 11, just two days after the death of Gokongwei. Also to be remembered in the special event presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine, and AirAsia are former national team standouts and sports officials Claro Pellosis, Florendo Ritualo Sr., Susan Papa, Angelo Constantino, Rafael Poliquit, and Mark Joseph. Completing the posthumous list are Nes Pamilar, VicVic Villavicencio, Reggie Santos, Emmanuel Tangkion, Miguel Bonalos, Sheryl Reyes, and Amber Garcia Torres. Two more awards will be named heading into Friday’s event, namely the MILO Junior Athletes of the Year and the Chooks-To-Go Fan Favorite. Team Philippines is the 2019 PSA Athlete of the Year for winning the overall title of the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

& lsquo;Crash Landing On You& rsquo; smashes South Korea TV ratings

South Korea's biggest current television hit is a surreally unlikely tale of a billionaire heiress who accidentally paraglides into the North and falls in love with a chivalrous army officer serving Kim Jong Un......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Duterte: Nyet to US visit; & lsquo;VFA scrapping& rsquo; crops up

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will skip the summit of the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Las Vegas in March as he threatened to terminate a joint military pact with America if Washington does not correct the cancellation of Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s visa within a month......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 24th, 2020

Letter on US pullout from Iraq a & lsquo;mistake& rsquo;

America’s military strategy in Iraq was thrown into confusion Monday as the Pentagon admitted a letter from a general informing the Iraqi government of an imminent US troop pullout was sent by “mistake.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

Bulgarian & lsquo;Captain America& rsquo; back in Manila

After winning Man of the World 2019 in July, Bulgarian model Daniel Georgiev returned to pursue modeling in Manila......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2020