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  • 19 hours It’s experience against youth when Pacquiao meets Thurman Manilatimes |Sports
    It will be experience against youth when two World Boxing Association welterweight champions — Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman battle on July 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This was how the protagonists see their coming encounter. “He (Thurman) said he’s young, but we’ll see who looks young in the ring on July 20. I’m going to let my fists say everything for me,” Pacquiao, the regular WBA 147-pound belt owner said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) during the second and final day of two-city, three media tour day to hype the coming 12-round confrontation. “We will work ... more
  • 19 hours ‘Hot money’ outflows dip to $299M in April Manilatimes |Biz
    FOREIGN portfolio investments or “hot money” net outflows reached $298.83 million in April, lower than March’s $739 million and reversing the $279.29-million inflow posted a year ago, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed on Thursday. According to the central bank, this came as large outflows for all other investment instruments offset investments in peso time deposits. Registered foreign portfolio investments amounted to $989.96 million for the month, a 42.8-percent and 28-percent decrease from $1.732 billion in March and $1.375 billion in April last year, respectively.
    1. This file picture taken on October 11, 2013 shows a sheet of ... more
  • 19 hours Thurman says ready to ‘crucify’ Pacquiao Manilatimes |Sports
    BEVERLY HILLS, United States: Keith Thurman vowed to retire Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as the two fighters traded verbal jabs ahead of the World Boxing Association battle for welterweight supremacy. The undefeated Thurman, 30, takes on Pacquiao in Las Vegas on July 20 in a contest that pits the WBA’s “super world champion” against the body’s secondary “world” champion. Thurman (29-0, with 22 knockouts) returned from a near two-year layoff to retain his title with a 12-round majority decision over Josesito Lopez on January 26. Eight-division champion Pacquiao, who last fought in a one-sided ... more
  • 19 hours DICT: Huawei issue to have little impact Manilatimes |Biz
    THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday shrugged off worries about rising tensions between the United States and China-based Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., saying they only had minimal impact on the local telecommunications sector. “Local telcos have made pronouncements that they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future-proof,” the department said in a statement. It comes after US President Donald Trump declared last week a national emergency to bar US companies from using foreign telecommunications equipment deemed a security risk — a move seen as targeting ... more
  • 19 hours ‘The Monster’ is coming Manilatimes |Sports
    ED C. TOLENTINOThe battle for the bantamweight (118 lbs.) division’s ‘Iron Throne’ has been narrowed down to two proud gladiators: ‘The Monster’ and ‘The Flash.’ In a few months from now, the bantamweight tournament of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) will crown arguably the best 118-pound boxer in the world. After all the pounding and grinding, Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue and Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire Jr. have emerged as the finalists and will duke it out for the WBSS’ coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy and the prize money that comes with it. At stake will be Inoue’s WBA ... more
  • 19 hours Debt-to-GDP ratio up 44% on domestic borrowings Manilatimes |Biz
    DOMESTIC borrowings made by the national government pushed the Philippines’ debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio higher at end-March, the Department of Finance (DoF) reported on Thursday. National government debt as a percentage of GDP rose to 44 percent as of end-March from 42.6 percent a year ago, which the department attributed to the increase in domestic debt. A report released earlier by the Bureau of the Treasury showed that the national government’s outstanding debt ballooned to a record-high P7.802 trillion in March. Domestic borrowings totaling P5.196 trillion — up 6.1 percent from the previous month — accounted for the bulk ... more
  • 19 hours Blackwater shoots for solo lead Manilatimes |Sports
    Blackwater shoots for solo lead when it faces crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at 7 p.m. tonight in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Elite, under rookie coach Aries Dimaunahan, are coming off a close 94-91 overtime win over Meralco in last Sunday’s opening game when they collide with the Gin Kings, led by last year’s Best Import Justin Brownlee. Dimaunahan, a Ginebra player in 2005, said he is excited to test his coaching prowess against his former mentor Tim Cone.
    Blackwater’s rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. attempts a lay up while Ranidel ... more
  • 19 hours Central bank cuts small banks’ RRR by 300 bps Manilatimes |Biz
    THE bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) bank has reduced the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) of small banks on Thursday, with monetary authorities ordering a total of 300-basis-points (bps) reduction on the liquidity-mopping tool. “This morning, the Monetary Board decided to cut the RRR for thrift, savings, [rural] and cooperative banks,” BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno announced in a message to reporters. Thrift and savings banks’ reserve requirement will be reduced by a total of 200 bps to 6 percent from the current 8 percent. An initial 100-bps reduction will take effect on May 31. This will be followed by 50-bps cuts ... more
  • 19 hours Australia names hoops World Cup squad Manilatimes |Sports
    SYDNEY: Philadephia 76ers star Ben Simmons headlines an NBA player-dominated preliminary Australia squad announced Thursday for this year’s Basketball World Cup in China. Nine US-based players form the core of the 17-man Boomers squad, including Andrew Bogut of NBA champions Golden State Warriors, Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz, Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs and another 76er, Jonah Bolden. The NBA has seen a record number of Australian players this year and the Boomers are being touted as the strongest from the country to play at a World Cup. “No doubt, we have the opportunity to put a ... more
  • 19 hours Giannis, Gobert, George top defensive player votes Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Utah’s Rudy Gobert led the voting for the NBA’s Defensive team of the year, the NBA said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Antetokounmpo, Gobert and George were also the three finalists for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award after finishing with nearly identical point totals. Gober, a center, was allotted 196 points, including 97 First Team votes, to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the third consecutive year while George, a forward, received 195 points (96 First Team votes).
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 34) of the ... more
  • 19 hours Vehicle-import sales climb 12.1% in April Manilatimes |Biz
    SALES of imported vehicles continue to grow for the third straight month, reaching 7,259 units in April, on the back of increasing demand. In a report on Thursday, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) said the figure was a 12.1-percent improvement from 6,476 units a year ago. April’s growth was stronger than the 8 percent posted in March, when 7,952 units were sold. The group has been posting sales of 7,000-plus units since February, recovering from the 6,493 units sold in January. “The strong April performance signifies that demand for automotive vehicles is slowly increasing, eventually leading to ... more
  • 19 hours Psei down on lowered forecast, profit-taking Manilatimes |Biz
    THE stock market retreated on Thursday as investor sentiment was dented by another cut in the country’s economic growth forecast, while profit-taking broke four consecutive days of gains. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) dropped by 0.14 percent or 11.04 points to close at 7,804.03, while the wider All Shares declined by 0.26 percent or 12.59 points to end at 4,809.26. Brokerage firm Philstocks Financial Inc. said the decision of Fitch Solutions to downgrade its economic growth outlook had dampened sentiment. The Fitch Group unit announced on Wednesday that it had trimmed the country’s economic growth for 2019 to ... more
  • 19 hours May’s choice: Quit or be ousted Manilatimes |World
    LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) against a relentless push by rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appeared to be headed for a dead end. May resisted calls to rip up her tattered Brexit blueprint and end her embattled premiership after her attempt at compromise was rejected by both her own Conservative Party and opposition lawmakers. But it seemed only a matter of time. Amid a feverish mood as rumors and plots swirled through Parliament, Conservative lawmakers set up a ... more
  • 19 hours Titans eliminate Ironcon-UST Manilatimes |Sports
    ALSO-RAN Family Mart-Enderun eliminated Ironcon-UST with an 81-74 win on Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Fighting for pride, the Titans weathered a huge fourth quarter attack from the Growling Tigers to end their maiden campaign on a high note with a 2-7 slate. “They want to prove something and they accepted their roles for the good of the team,” said coach Pipo Noundou. Valandre Chauca carried Family Mart-Enderun with 31 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, plus five rebounds and two assists. Marvin Hayes almost tallied a triple-double with his 18 ... more
  • 19 hours Modi headed for reelection in India polls Manilatimes |World
    NEW Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party were off to an early lead as vote-counting began Thursday following the conclusion of the country’s six-week general election, sending the stock market soaring in anticipation of another five-year term for the Hindu nationalist leader. Election Commission data at midmorning showed the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in contests for 294 out of 542 seats, with its main rival, the Indian National Congress, ahead in 50 contests. The data didn’t indicate what percentage of the estimated 600 million votes had been counted. The count was expected to conclude by Thursday evening. ... more
  • 19 hours Denying public disclosures of material facts Manilatimes |Biz
    EMETERIO SD. PEREZGeorge Edwin Sycip, who identified himself in “a statement of changes in beneficial ownership” as an American, increased to 1,065, or 0.00003 percent, the number of common shares he directly owns in Cityland Development Corp. (CDC) with the company’s declaration of 6.5 percent stock dividend. He is one of CDC’s two independent directors (ID). As an ID, Peter S. Dee, is, at the same time, a regular member of the 11-person board of China Banking Corp. On May 22, 2019, CDC common shares traded at P0.90 throughout the session. The stock recorded a 30-day high of P0.94 ... more
  • 19 hours Federer, Nadal threaten ‘Djoko Slam’ Manilatimes |Sports
    PARIS: Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open. However, a returning Roger Federer and rejuvenated Rafael Nadal will once again stand in his way. World No. 1 Djokovic completed his first private stranglehold of all four Slams with victory at Roland Garros in 2016. Having clinched the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles and then a seventh Australian Open crown in January this year, the Serb is tantalizingly close to another “Djoko Slam.” Federer and Nadal, with 20 ... more
  • 19 hours PruRIDE PH 2019 fires off today Manilatimes |Sports
    Elite cyclists from across Asia will test their mettle in the PruRIDE PH 2019 that rolls off today at the Harbor Point Mall in Subic Freeport Zone. The second leg of the UCI 2.2 Stage Race will see more than 150 professional riders representing at least 25 international teams compete for individual, team and stage honors, and earn UCI points that will gain them entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Cyclists from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei, Ethiopia, Hong Kong and South Korea will challenge top Philippine teams among them Standard Insurance, Go for Gold, and ... more
  • 19 hours Preventing pilferage in the supply chain Manilatimes |Biz
    J. ALBERT GAMBOAMany businesses today are suffering from the rising cases of cargo pilferage and theft. Aside from inventory losses, the impact of growing pilferage weighs heavily on logistics operations. Adding to the cost of stolen inventory are indirect financial losses such as costs of restoring supply chain facilities and replacing missing items. Damage compensation could also build up in terms of reimbursing transporters, drivers, and other third-party logistics service providers. Meanwhile, operational overhead costs like shipment insurance, vehicle downtime and buffer inventory could spiral. Pilfered goods also result in the loss of market opportunities due to unavailable inventory ... more
  • 19 hours Soldiers surround Jakarta; 257 protesters arrested Manilatimes |World
    JAKARTA: Tens of thousands Indonesian troops were deployed on the streets of the capital Jakarta Thursday, as a deadline approached for a presidential challenger to file an appeal over claims of widespread cheating in last month’s election. At least six people were killed—including a 17-year-old high school student—after two nights of rioting as police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Joko Widodo. The violence has been fanned by claims from Widodo’s rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general, that the April 17 poll was a fraud. Indonesia’s election commission on Tuesday confirmed Widodo had beaten Subianto who had ... more
  • 19 hours Taiwanese steals thunder in TPGA Open Manilatimes |Sports
    Young Tseng Tzu-Hao flashed an impeccable short game to card a six-under 66 and grab the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed Daan TPGA Open at the Ching Chuan Kang Golf Club in Taichung, Taiwan on Thursday. Tseng birdied three of the first six holes after the start of the $100,000 event, originally set at 7 a.m., was pushed back four hours later due to heavy rains that rendered the military layout unplayable. He then bucked a three-putt miscue on No. 11 with four birdies in the last seven holes to emerge the surprise provisional leader in the first Philippine Golf ... more
  • 19 hours 2 US warships sail through Taiwan Strait for 5th time Manilatimes |World
    TAIPEI: Two US warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait for the fifth time this year, Taipei’s defence ministry said, in an operation bound to provoke a rebuke from Beijing. The ships entered the strait from the southwest on Wednesday, according to a short ministry statement which did not identify the vessels.
    Smoke rises from the sea after electronic counter-measures (ECM) were employed during a navy live-fire drill at sea near eastern Hualien, Taiwan on May 22, 2019. AFP PHOTOTaiwan’s military “was closely monitoring the whole process and movements in our neighbouring sea and air space according to protocol ... more
  • 19 hours ADB approves $2.75-B fund for Luzon railway Manilatimes |Biz
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday approved a $2.75-billion fund for the construction of the 53.1-kilometer passenger railway connecting Malolos, Bulacan to Clark International Airport. “This is the largest ADB financed project ever and from a development perspective. We are delighted that it is happening here in our host country, the Philippines,” said ADB Country Director in the Philippines Kelly Bird in a media briefing. The Malolos–Clark railway is part of the North–South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, a 163-km suburban railway network stretching from New Clark City in Tarlac to Calamba in Laguna. It is expected to be completed ... more
  • 19 hours Bangsamoro poll tensions may cause conflict – group Manilatimes
    MARAWI CITY: Incidents of election fraud and violence in the Bangsamoro during the May 13 polls might lead to a multitude of conflicts, a nongovernment organization warned on Thursday. According to a post-election report released by International Alert, a UK-based peacebuilding organization operating in the Philippines, the violence that attended the recent elections had created new strings of conflict as fights between rival politicians morph into fights between clans exacting revenge. The group’s critical events monitoring system (CEMS) captured 121 reports of election-related incidents from May 11 to 13 in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao — including Cotabato ... more
  • 19 hours ‘Lean-and-mean’ NFA gets nod Manilatimes |Biz
    The proposed restructuring plan of the National Food Authority (NFA) has been approved by the NFA Council, the decision-making policy body of the grains agency. It now awaits review and approval from the Governance Commission for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) as stipulated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tarrification Law. In a statement, NFA acting administrator Tomas Escarez said the NFA Council on Tuesday approved the restructuring plan “with minor reservations.” The reorganization of the grains agency was seen to displace 869 employees. “While our reorganization is still a work in ... more
  • 19 hours Trump demands probe end, walks out of meeting Manilatimes |World
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), flatly declaring he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all “very, very, very strange” and said she was praying for Trump and the nation. Trump tweeted his thanks for her prayers but said he would not proceed down two tracks — investigation and legislation. Democrats said his ultimatum seemed scripted, with signs declaring his innocence already prepared for his ... more
  • 19 hours EU polls kick off Manilatimes |World
    THE Hague: Polls opened in the Netherlands on Thursday for European Parliament elections, launching four days of voting across the European Union (EU) in which populists hope to make big gains. Britain and the Netherlands are the first countries to vote in the polls, with more than 400 million voters across the 28-nation bloc eligible to elect 751 MEPs. Flamboyant Dutch eurosceptic Thierry Baudet and his populist Forum for Democracy are on course to match Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals with five European Parliament seats each, according to recent opinion polls. AP Advertisements Advertisements ... more
  • 19 hours Suspect in Batangas student rape-slay nabbed Manilatimes
    BATANGAS: The suspect in the rape-slay of a college student in Lipa City last week was arrested by the police. Police Col. Edwin Quilates, Lipa City Police chief, said suspect Jorge Benedicto, 24, a security guard from Barangay San Mariano, Victoria in Oriental Mindoro, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon. Benedicto is the suspect in the rape-slay of Fidex Therese Maranan, 21, a fourth year student of De La Salle Lipa. The victim’s cousin, Romulo Maranan, discovered her body on May 17 at her residence in Miracle Heights Subdivision, Barangay Antipolo del Norte in Lipa City. A security footage showed Benedicto ... more
  • 2 days Fitch lowers growth forecast for PH to 5.9% Manilatimes |Biz
    Sun Life maintains economic growth outlook at 6.4% FITCH Solutions has trimmed its 2019 Philippine economic growth forecast to 5.9 percent, citing the lower-than-expected gross domestic product (GDP) expansion in the first three months of the year, trade tensions and soft external demand as reasons behind the adjustment. The current figure, revised from 6.1 percent previously, is lower than last year’s actual growth of 6.2 percent and falls near the lower end of the government’s downwardly revised 6.0-7.0 percent target. “While we expect a pickup in real GDP growth from first quarter onward, we at Fitch Solutions have lowered our ... more
  • 2 days Small gold miners to enjoy tax perks Manilatimes |Biz
    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that seeks to strengthen the country’s gross international reserves (GIR) by offering tax incentives to local small-scale miners, a move welcomed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Signed on March 29 but revealed to the media only on Wednesday, Republic Act (RA) 11256 amended the National Internal Revenue Code to exempt from taxation income from gold sold by these miners directly to the BSP. Small-scale miners who sold gold to accredited traders for eventual sale to the central bank would also enjoy the same exemptions, as the commodity is presumed ... more
  • 2 days DA wants 300,000 MT corn imports Manilatimes |Biz
    THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for the importation of 300,000 metric tons (MT) of corn amid a supply shortfall and as it expects the local hog and poultry industry to grow rapidly. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said his department was waiting for Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd to approve the move. He also said his department was also targeting to plant corn in an additional 100,000 hectares and sorghum in another 100,000 ha this year to support the growth of the country’s poultry and hog sector. The added hectares for corn “will be on top ... more
  • 2 days Ayala shares’ rally lifts bourse Manilatimes |Biz
    THE stock market rose for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, with gains said to have been helped by a rally in Ayala Corp.’s shares. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) jumped by by 1.21 percent or 93.51 points to close at 7,815.07. The broader All Shares, meanwhile, grew 0.83 percent or 39.71 points to end at 4,821.85. AAA Southeast Equities Inc. President Matthew Cabangon said the local market was lifted by the Ayala-led holding company, whose shares increased by 6.47 percent or P55 to end at P905 each as a result of its share buyback from Japan-based conglomerate ... more
  • 2 days Finding opportunities in the wreck of the auto industry Manilatimes |Biz
    BEN KRITZTHE global automotive industry is undergoing what people in the business optimistically call “evolution,” but what any other rational observer would call a “disaster.” Rapid shifts in technology, changing attitudes towards environmental issues, politics, and self-destructive business practices are wreaking havoc on a sector that once seemed monolithic. While the impact of this is not yet being felt strongly in this country, the portents are grim. The automotive market is one of the few industrial sectors that the Philippines has put effort into developing, and it is risking have all its efforts be for naught if it does ... more
  • 2 days New material related party transaction disclosure rules Manilatimes |Biz
    EUNEY MARIE MATA-PEREZTo promote good governance and protect minority stockholders, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 10, Series of 2019, promulgating the Rules on Material Related Party Transactions for Publicly-Listed Companies. The rules became effective on April 27, 2019. The rules recognize that related party transactions (RPTs) between and among related parties may create financial, commercial and economic benefits to individual institutions and to the group which they belong. While RPTs are generally allowed, they are required to be disclosed by publicly-listed companies (PLCs) if they are considered material. The rules define a material ... more
  • 2 days Chicken, egg output up in Jan-March – PSA Manilatimes |Biz
    The country’s production of chicken and chicken eggs went up in the first three months of the year as growth was noted in almost all regions, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. In its Chicken Situation Report, PSA said total chicken output in the January-March period grew by 4.3 percent to 459,060 metric tons (MT) from last year’s 439,960 MT. Central Luzon produced the most at 166,540 MT, contributing 36.3 percent to total production. This was followed by Calabarzon, 16.8 percent and Northern Mindanao, 9.1 percent. The three regions accounted for more than half or 62.2 percent of the total ... more
  • 2 days Due process in cement imports duty observed Manilatimes |Biz
    The Tariff Commission (TC) on Wednesday said it was ‘following due process’ in probing the safeguard duty imposed on imported cement. TC Member 3 Ernesto Albano said they need more information before deciding on the matter. Albano hinted they may have a resolution on the case next month. “We’re just following due process,” he added. His pronouncements came after cement manufacturers called for a permanent and higher safeguard duty on imported cement. On Tuesday, the Cement Manufacturer’s Association of the Philippines (Cemap) said cement imports continue to rise, hurting domestic players. An P8.40 per 40-kilogram (kg) provisional safeguard duty was ... more
  • 2 days Gifts, decor industry gets more govt help Manilatimes |Biz
    The government seeks to further ramp up the gifts, décor and houseware (GDH) sector to support its growth. Despite the decline seen in the Philippines’ total export sales last year, the GDH sector realized a 23.9 percent boost in exports to $206.34 million from 2017’s $166.54 million. “The continuous growth of the country’s GDH sector is largely boosted by the collaborative efforts of government and private sector stakeholders to further push the competitiveness of the industry through various initiatives such as industry policy interventions, product development, strengthening the supply chain, and promotion activities,” the Department of Trade (DTI) said in ... more
  • 2 days Smart money habits to improve your credit score Manilatimes |Biz
    JOSH MASCARIÑASIf you own a credit card, you should know what a credit score is. A credit score is a three-digit number that represents your creditworthiness or ability to pay off a loan. This is based on the information in a credit report. Credit scores range from 300 to 850, with 850 being the highest. The higher your credit score is, the better. Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions look at a person’s credit score, among other things, to assess a borrower’s credit risk. If you want to keep your credit card debt in check and increase your ... more
  • 2 days Pacquiao will KO Thurman – Gibbons Manilatimes |Sports
    Reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will knock out cold WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman in the later rounds of their July 20 match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada predicted Sean Gibbons, the Pacman’s new right hand man. “In the later rounds, yes at 10th round,” Gibbons told The Manila Times on Wednesday via online interview. The 40-year-old Pacquiao holds a a 61-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 KO against the 30-yer old Thurman’s 29-0 61-7-2 with 39 KO.
    Manny Pacquiao (center, left) shakes hands with Keith Thurman during a news conference Tuesday ... more
  • 2 days Raptors thump Bucks to tie series at 2-2 Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: The Toronto Raptors closed ranks around hurting star Kawhi Leonard, turning in a total team effort in a 120-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday to level the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 25 points and Toronto’s bench out-scored Milwaukee’s 48-23 as the Raptors followed up their double-overtime triumph in game three with a second straight home win. They knotted the best-of-seven series at 2-2 with game five in Milwaukee on Thursday. The winner of the series will take on two-time defending champions Golden State, who completed a Western Conference finals sweep of ... more
  • 2 days Doncic, Young head NBA Rookie team of the year Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Dallas Mavericks rising star Luka Doncic and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young were unanimously voted into the NBA’s rookie team of the year, the league said on Tuesday. Slovenian ace Doncic and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each. The duo were joined on the 2018-2019 All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix center Deandre Ayton, Memphis’s Jaren Jackson Jr and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III. All five players were the top five picks in the 2018 draft. Doncic, Young and Ayton meanwhile have advanced as the three ... more
  • 2 days Violent protests leave 6 dead in Indonesia Manilatimes |World
    JAKARTA: Indonesia’s capital Jakarta erupted in violence on Wednesday as police in riot gear fired water cannons and tear gas at protestors opposed to President Joko Widodo’s re-election, with parts of the sprawling city littered with debris and burned-out cars. The city’s governor Anies Baswedan was quoted by local media as saying six people had been killed with more than 200 injured. Police said they were probing reports of deaths, but denied that any live rounds had been fired on the crowd. Dozens were arrested. Early Wednesday, some protesters had set market stalls and cars on fire, while hurling fireworks ... more
  • 2 days Superstars and leaders Manilatimes |Sports
    MICHAEL ANGELO B. ASISThere’s no “I” in team. Will there be a “KD?” The Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors will share a possible common fate. They may have to lose their top player in free agency. If rumors hold true, they may even lose them to the same team. That’s where the similarity ends. The Warriors were champions last season, and they have to be champions again to live up to their past achievement. The Celtics already failed. There are times when addition becomes subtraction, and it seemed like the addition of superstar Kyrie Irving and All-star ... more
  • 2 days NKorea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ, imbecile’ Manilatimes |World
    SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a “fool of low IQ” and an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” after the US presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday said the former American vice president had insulted the country’s supreme leadership and committed an “intolerable and serious politically motivated provocation” against the North. Biden during a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday, accused President Donald Trump of cozying up to “dictators and tyrants” like Kim and Russian ... more
  • 2 days Tamaraws gun for QF berth vs Scorpions Manilatimes |Sports
    Far Eastern University (FEU) shoots for a quarterfinal spot against the formidable Centro Escolar University (CEU) in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) today at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City. The Tamaraws (5-3) lock horns with the leading Scorpions (7-1) in a must-win game in the Foundation Group at 12 p.m. A win will push FEU to the playoffs while a loss will boot them out of the tournament and allow Marinerong Pilipino to sail to the next round. Head coach Olsen Racela wants his Tamaraws to sustain the momentum from their 88-81 win over Diliman ... more
  • 2 days Car bomb kills 2, wounds 12 in Somalia’s capital Manilatimes |World
    MOGADISHU: A car bomb exploded near a checkpoint in Somalian capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, killing at least two people and wounding 12 others, officials said. The bombing was claimed by Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, which said in a statement that it had targeted a convoy escorting officials and lawmakers heading to the presidential palace. “A car bomb blast struck at a checkpoint near Daljirka, there are some casualties including members of the security forces,” said security official Abdukadir Ahmed after the attack in the south of the city. Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Aamin ambulance service told AFP two people were ... more
  • 2 days FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour kicks off in Boracay Manilatimes |Sports
    BORACAY: The Philippines’ Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor will begin their campaign in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open starting Thursday (today) at the White House Beach Station 1 here. The young standouts from the highly-successful University of Santo Tomas beach volleyball program hope to make it to Friday’s main draw when the qualification matches start at 7:30 a.m. The host country has four women’s teams in the main draw, as Sisi Rondina will be reunited with Bernadeth Pons in the four-day tournament organized by the Beach Volleyball Republic.
    Sisi Rondina BVR PHOTOOther Filipina pairs competing are ... more
  • 2 days Modi opponent says Indian exit polls result ‘fake’ Manilatimes |World
    NEW Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, the main opponent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday dismissed “fake” Indian exit polls predicting a clear election victory for his opponent a day before the scheduled release of results. A slew of exit polls released after the world’s largest election ended on Sunday projected that Modi and his allies would return to power with between 282 and 313 seats out of 543 in parliament.
    This handout photograph released by the AICC (All India Congress Committee) Communication Department on May 21, 2019, shows Congress president Rahul Gandhi (right) speaking with his sister Priyanka ... more
  • 2 days Germany grants refugee status to 2 HK activists Manilatimes |World
    HONG Kong: Two former Hong Kong independence activists have been granted refugee status in Germany in what is one of the first cases of dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city receiving such protection. The move highlights growing fears that freedoms in Hong Kong are quickly deteriorating as an assertive Beijing flexes its muscles and stamps down on dissent. Ray Wong and Alan Li — who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the “Fishball Revolution” which saw the city’s worst violence for decades — were due to stand trial on riot charges but fled Hong Kong in November 2017.
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  • 2 days National wrestling tilt set May 25 Manilatimes |Sports
    The cream of the crop Filipino wrestlers will be determined during the staging of the WAP Nationals 2019 that will be held on May 25 to 26 at the Filinvest Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) president Alvin Aguilar said wrestling clubs nationwide will field it’s best bets in freestyle, Greco Roman and grappling. The tournament will serve as qualifying event for the final formation of the national team that will compete in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games come November 30 to December 11. “Our best of the best wrestlers will be selected in ... more
  • 2 days SAfrica’s parliament set to elect president Manilatimes |World
    CAPE Town: South African lawmakers were set to re elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation’s president on Wednesday, two weeks after the African National Congress (ANC) returned to power in legislative elections. Members of Parliaments from the African National Congress, which won 230 out of 400 seats on May 8, will choose the head of state in the parliament’s first post-election sitting. The ANC won the ballot with 57.5 percent of the vote, its thinnest majority since the end of apartheid. Lawmakers were sworn in before the maiden session starting at 2 p.m. (12:00 GMT). The next president will be ... more
  • 2 days Dy clan fortifies position in Isabela Manilatimes
    ILAGAN CITY, Isabela: The Dy clan has fortified its position in Isabela, with family members and allies dominating the midterm polls in the largest and, reputedly, the most progressive province in Cagayan Valley. Faustino “Bojie” Dy 3rd, outgoing three-term governor, was elected as vice governor with 483,608 votes, trouncing his perennial rival, former governor and former Commission on Elections commissioner Gracia Cielo “Grace” Padaca, who garnered 167,070 votes. Elected as the first representative of Isabela’s Sixth Congressional District was Bojie’s son, Faustino “Inno” Dy 4th, Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) national president, who had 105,324 votes; his rival, former San ... more
  • 2 days China’s pig disease hikes global pork prices Manilatimes |World
    BEIJING: Hong Kong retiree Lee Wai-man loves pork fresh from the market, but eats a lot less now that the price has jumped as China struggles with a deadly swine disease that has sent shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world’s pork, but output is plunging as Beijing destroys herds and blocks shipments to stop African swine fever. Importers are filling the gap by buying pork as far away as Europe, boosting prices by up to 40 percent and causing shortages in other markets. “I’m a fresh-pork lover, but it’s too expensive,” Lee, 87, ... more
  • 2 days Tubid, Nabong penalized over ‘Spiderman’ incident Manilatimes |Sports
    The Philippine Basketball Association slapped hefty fines and suspensions on San Miguel Beer players Ronald Tubid and Kelly Nabong, and two team officials for hitting a streaker last May 10 in Game 5 of the Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia at the Araneta Coliseum. After summoning the personalities involved on Wednesday, the league suspended Tubid and Nabong for three games and fined P75,000 each while team doctor Ramon Ibañez and assistant team manager Daniel Henares were suspended for two games and fined P50,000 each for their involvement. Tubid was caught in camera that he punched streaker Paolo Felizarta who dressed ... more
  • 2 days Noted Author activist Wainana dies at 48 Manilatimes |World
    NAIROBI, Kenya: A colleague and friend of Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina says he had died at the age of 48. Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, says the author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness. Wainaina was one of Africa’s best-known authors and will be remembered as a key figure in the artistic community. He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. AP Advertisements Advertisements Advertisements Advertisements Loading ... more
  • 2 days Iraqi gang member’s German home raided Manilatimes |World
    BERLIN: Police in western Germany are raiding premises linked to an Iraqi gang suspected of involvement in human trafficking, drug dealing, illegal arms trade and forging identity papers. Essen police said hundreds of police officers were involved in the raids that began early Wednesday in 11 cities in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a focus on Cologne and the Ruhr Valley region. Police spokesman Sylvia Czapiewski said German police were still targeting the homes of 34 other suspects. AP Advertisements Advertisements Advertisements more
  • 2 days Iraq to send delegations to US to ease tension Manilatimes |World
    Baghdad: Iraq is planning to send urgent delegations to the United States and Iran, its prime minister said, as Baghdad seeks to rein in soaring tensions between its top allies. Baghdad “will very soon send delegations to Tehran and Washington to push for calm”, Adel Abdel Mahdi told journalists in the Iraqi capital. The United States and Iran have exchanged bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks, with the US deploying a naval strike group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over unspecified Iranian “threats”.
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  • 2 days Reinstated bet new CamSur governor Manilatimes
    A scion of the Reyes family lost her bid for the governorship of Camarines Norte to Gov. Edgardo Tallado in the May 13 midterm elections. Former representative Catherine Barcelona Reyes’ defeat left the electorate confused about Tallado’s victory because his certificate of candidacy (CoC) was canceled by the First Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a few days before the polls. Reyes was beaten by Tallado by 40,000 votes in her own bailiwick, as her supporters reported massive vote-buying compounded by allegedly tampered vote counting machines (VCMs). Incumbent Rep. Renato Unico Jr. also trailed behind congressional candidate Josie Tallado ... more
  • 2 days Bulacan to host National Para Games Manilatimes |Sports
    Over 1,000 differently-abled athletes and other participants are headed to Bulacan to participate in the 7th Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-Philippine Sports Association for Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) National Para Games on May 27 to 31. This is the first time that the province will hold such event that will be led by the Philippine Paralympic Committee formerly known as Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled—National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. The National Para Games will be composed of 14 sports events including athletics, swimming, ... more
  • 2 days DENR cracks down on 10 business firms in Boracay Manilatimes
    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) again ordered the closure of 10 establishments in Boracay, mostly owned by Chinese and Koreans, that are still operating without necessary permits. The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force (BIATF) inspected the establishments and, through the Malay local government unit, closed the 10 establishments, namely Bella’s Bar and Restaurant, Old Captain Cuisine, Ken Minimart, Ken St., Island Staff Restaurant, Coco Spa, Kim Ji Man, W Hostel Boracay Dragon, VIP Souvenir Shop and YH World Network Service Inc. Of the 49 establishments the task force inspected, 10 were found actively operating without a mayor’s permit, ... more
  • 2 days With the world at her feet, Osaka takes Paris in her stride Manilatimes |Sports
    PARIS: Twelve months ago at Roland Garros, an embarrassed Naomi Osaka bristled at being hailed as the ‘coolest thing’ in tennis. Now, however, the 21-year-old Japanese returns to Paris as comfortably the sport’s hottest ticket with the world number one billing, a bank balance bursting at the seams and on the brink of a third successive Grand Slam title. “The one word that comes to my mind is amazing,” says Osaka’s older sister Mari, a fellow tour player. “I’m really proud of her.” Naomi Osaka was seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time at the 2018 French Open ... more
  • 2 days Tarlac elderly now entitled to free movies Manilatimes
    TARLAC CITY: Senior citizens here can enjoy free movies at SM City Tarlac beginning July after the mall chain signed a memorandum of agreement with the city government. This came after the passage of a city ordinance providing that senior citizens are entitled to free admission to movie houses and carnivals operating in the city. Senior citizens can watch a movie for free except on weekends and special screenings. Vice Mayor Genaro Mendoza said under the agreement, 72 percent of the cinema entrance fee will be shouldered by SM Prime Holdings while the 20 percent senior citizens discount and the ... more
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