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Tough back-to-back bid for Alab Pilipinas as ABL continues to grow

No team in the ASEAN Basketball League has won back-to-back championships. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas hopes to be the first to pull off the historic feat as they defend their crown in the upcoming 2018-19 ABL Season. But Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag knows it's best for his team to avoid looking too far ahead. "You can run away from it. The ABL is growing and is continuing to improve the last nine years and no one has won back-to-back," Alapag told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday in a press conference at Marriott Hotel. "We're aware of it and it's something that we acknowledge, but I just want our guys focusing on every day trying to get better and putting ourselves in the position that each...Keep on reading: Tough back-to-back bid for Alab Pilipinas as ABL continues to grow.....»»

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WATCH: Belgian goalkeeper scores spectacular injury-time equalizer

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NCAA: St. Benilde scores, Mapua ends season on high note

College of St. Benilde banked on a big third quarter run to dump Jose Rizal University, 84-68, in theNCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blazers turned a three-point halftime lead into a commanding 67-46 buffer after they outscored the Heavy Bombers, 32-14, in the pivotal third period. Yankie Haruna and Unique Naboa fired eight points apiece in that key stretch for CSB, which improved to 9-8. In the second game, Mapua clobbered Arellano University, 91-78, to end its season on a winning note. Cedric Pelayo set a career-high 21 points while Noah Lugo also had 21 for the Cardinals (6-12). Haruna finished with 18 points and sev...Keep on reading: NCAA: St. Benilde scores, Mapua ends season on high note.....»»

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WATCH: Chesca Garcia, Doug Kramer’s surprise renewal of vows

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ABL: Menk forms coaching ‘dream team’ with Alapag, Seigle on Alab sideline

PBA legends Jimmy Alapag, Eric Menk and Danny Seigle never got to play for one team during their celebrated PBA careers. But what never happened during their playing years eventually came to fruition in the next chapter of their basketball careers as part of a star-studded coaching staff for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. "We always used to talk about that. I think the three of us were to have worked very, very well on the court. We couldn't form a dream team while playing but hopefully we can form a dream team while coaching," said Menk, who joined Seigle and Mac Cuan as assistant coaches. "Not a bad team. They would've made my job pretty easy. I'll just give the ball to them," said a ...Keep on reading: ABL: Menk forms coaching ‘dream team’ with Alapag, Seigle on Alab sideline.....»»

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Vietnam police bust massive meth haul

HANOI, Vietnam --- Vietnam police discovered a massive haul of suspected methamphetamine worth an estimated $3 million after pulling over a speeding truck, authorities said Tuesday, the latest major bust in a country where synthetic drug use is on the rise. Two men managed to escape the scene but one of them who was arrested later, a Laotian, said he was promised $10,000 to deliver the drugs to Danang city, a tourist hub on Vietnam's central coast. Police are still searching for the second suspect who is a Vietnamese national, an officer told AFP Tuesday. "We found 12 green bags containing small packets of a white substance weighing a total of 309 kilograms (680 pounds)," the of...Keep on reading: Vietnam police bust massive meth haul.....»»

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Sotto maintains ‘very good’ satisfaction rating — SWS

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III's net satisfaction rating remained "very good" with a 1-point increase in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS). Results from the September 15 to 23 survey revealed a +55 satisfaction rating, which was higher than +54 recorded in June 2018. SWS said 68 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Sotto's performance while 13 percent were dissatisfied. In the June 2018 survey, 67 percent were satisfied, and 12 percent were dissatisfied. They polled 1,500 respondents, aged 18 years old and above --- 600 from Balance Luzon and 300 each from Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. The SWS said the survey had a...Keep on reading: Sotto maintains ‘very good’ satisfaction rating — SWS.....»»

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LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections

FOURTH UPDATE: 7:50 P.M. / 16 October 2018 It seemed like the 70s all over again as an Aquino, a Roxas, a Diokno, a Taada, and a Marcos launched their formal efforts to become the nation's senators in next year's midterm elections. More familiar names in Philippine politics likewise surfaced on the fourth day of certificates of candidacy (COC) filing before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday, October 16. Former Senator Mar Roxas Roxas was first to file his COC on the fourth day of filing at the Comelec. The former Interior Secretary is seeking a return to the Senate in next year's midterm elections under the opposition Lib...Keep on reading: LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections.....»»

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WATCH: Drone footage shows Hurricane Michael devastation in Mexico Beach, Florida

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China party expels general who killed self, indicts another

BEIJING --- China's ruling Communist Party has expelled a former top general who killed himself during a corruption probe and indicted another on graft charges amid President Xi Jinping's continuing crackdown on military malfeasance. Official media reported that Zhang Yang killed himself at home last November, after which they denounced his death as a "despicable" act to escape punishment. Tuesday's announcement renewed those accusations and said Zhang had been kicked out of the party and posthumously stripped of his rank. It said assets related to his crimes would be seized. Zhang formerly headed the Political Work Department under the government and party commissions that ...Keep on reading: China party expels general who killed self, indicts another.....»»

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A year into 'MeToo: How a hashtag changed the world

It's been exactly a year since the #MeToo movement became full-blown. While it was actually initiated as far back as 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, it had only gone viral last year, when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted out #MeToo as a hashtag, in light of the explosive sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. I don't think anyone can dismiss the gravity of this movement. It became the push for women to finally speak out and share the collective experiences they endured or have been enduring for years. Experiences they've normally been taught to keep as far away from the public eye as possible. Experiences they thought were theirs alone. The height of that mov...Keep on reading: A year into #MeToo: How a hashtag changed the world.....»»

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WATCH: Smashing Pumpkins’ Halloween-themed video for new song ‘Silvery Sometimes’

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Wimbledon champ Kerber splits with coach

Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber has split from coach Wim Fissette, the player's entourage announced Tuesday. "Despite the success of the cooperation since the start of the season, this step is needed because of differences of opinion as the future direction," a statement read. Former coach of Kim Clijsters (2009--11), current world number one Simona Halep (2014) and Victoria Azarenka (2015--16), Fissette joined forces with Kerber in November 2017. With the Belgian by her side, the 30-year-old Kerber, who reached No.1 in the rankings in 2016 but now sits third, reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open before going on to win Wimbledon....Keep on reading: Wimbledon champ Kerber splits with coach.....»»

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Arroyo, De Castro get ‘neutral’ satisfaction rating – SWS

    Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and now retired Chief Justice Teresita De Castro gained "neutral" net satisfaction rating, results from the September 2018 Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed on Tuesday. SWS said that Arroyo got a -4 satisfaction rating while De Castro received +4 satisfaction rating. It also defined a net satisfaction rating from +9 to -9 as "neutral." About 34 percent of Filipinos were satisfied and 38 percent were dissatisfied with Arroyo's performance. Meanwhile, about 33 percent were satisfied and 29 percent were unhappy with De Castro's performance. The survey asked respondents on questions, such as "Maaari po bang pakisabi ninyo ku...Keep on reading: Arroyo, De Castro get ‘neutral’ satisfaction rating – SWS.....»»

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Filipino educators in Thailand urge fellow OFWs: Know your rights, seek higher learning

"The Filipino teachers are probably the best teachers in the world. They are not only qualified, equipped with the credentials required by the Teacher's Council in the case of Thailand, but armed with the most important qualification -- the love for teaching and the passion to make their students learn and prepare not only for the university, the industry but to live their lives to the fullest," says Dr. Robert Galindez, CEO of Saint Robert's Group of Companies in Thailand. Ranked 15th in the world by the EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, Filipinos are sought after to work overseas. Non-English speaking countries like Thailand have been a steady destination of professionals se...Keep on reading: Filipino educators in Thailand urge fellow OFWs: Know your rights, seek higher learning.....»»

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De Lima asks judge to inhibit herself from drug case due to ‘bias’

Detained Sen. Leila De Lima has asked one of the three judges handling the drug case against her to inhibit herself because of "manifest partiality, bias and hostility." In a 13-page motion, De Lima asked acting Presiding Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 to refrain from further hearing and conducting the trial on the case against her. The senator, through her counsel, said Navarro prematurely ruled against her motion to disqualify 13 previously-convicted witnesses despite her own order giving gave them five days to file a reply to the prosecution's comment. "This means that the Honorable Judge already had a pre-determined resolution o...Keep on reading: De Lima asks judge to inhibit herself from drug case due to ‘bias’.....»»

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Robot’s debut in UK parliament invites ‘Maybot’ mockery

LONDON, United Kingdom--- A walking and talking robot appeared in Britain's parliament for the first time on Tuesday, prompting Twitter users to seize the chance to heap more mockery on Theresa May. The latest round of public amusement at the expense of the British premier came during a committee hearing on artificial intelligence (AI) and "the fourth industrial revolution". MPs on the education committee invited a robot named Pepper--- a white female creation with an excruciatingly thin waist and a tablet computer stuck to her chest--- to answer some basic questions. Asked whether humans would have a place in a brave new world where AI reigns supreme, Pepper responded in a reas...Keep on reading: Robot’s debut in UK parliament invites ‘Maybot’ mockery.....»»

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Opposition completes 8-member senatorial slate for 2019 polls

The opposition coalition has finally completed its senatorial slate for the May 2019 midterm elections, according to a statement released by the Oposisyon Koalisyon on Tuesday, a day before the filing of certificates of candidacy ends. Completing the list of eight candidates were Florin Hilbay, solicitor general during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, and veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo in the electoral protest filed against her by former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Following are the other candidates in the slate: former Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who also served in the Aquino as head of th...Keep on reading: Opposition completes 8-member senatorial slate for 2019 polls.....»»

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Sheryl Cruz files COC to run for Manila councilor

Actress Sheryl Cruz has filed her certificate of candidacy for councilor in the second district of Manila. Cruz said she is entering politics because she has become more aware of the needs of the people. "Marami na po akong beses na inuudyok na tumakbo. Hindi ko naman sinasarado yung doors sa pulitika. It's just that siguro ngayon mas aware na ako eto yung pangangailangan ng taong nakikita ko," she said in an interview on Tuesday. (I've been encouraged to run for public office many times. I am not closing my doors to politics. Maybe I'm just more aware now of the needs of our people.) The actress added that she wants to start public service in her family's hometown. "Gusto...Keep on reading: Sheryl Cruz files COC to run for Manila councilor.....»»

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Report: Uber IPO could put company value at $120 B

NEW YORK --- Uber may put forth an initial public offering early next year that values the ride-hailing business at as much as $120 billion, according to a media report. The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday that Uber Technologies Inc. received valuation proposals from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. There is no guarantee Uber will fetch that valuation, or go public soon. If it does, and at that price, the company would be worth more than Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined. There are hurdles for Uber, past and present. In addition to a series of scandals including workplace sexual harassment, theft of intellectual property and the oust...Keep on reading: Report: Uber IPO could put company value at $120 B.....»»

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