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Optimism still reigns in PH

Two years after the Duterte administration's rise to power, the centerpiece 'Build, Build, Build' program is taking root, certainly not without hitches, but enough to maintain optimi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News12 hr. 10 min. ago Related News

Duterte not worried over China loans

  (Editor's Note: President Duterte will deliver his third State of the Nation Address [Sona] on July 23. The Inquirer looks back at promises he made in Sona 2016 and Sona 2017, and how he and his administration performed on those promises. We will also look at major issues that marked his two years in office in our #Sona2018 series.)   Who's afraid of borrowing money from China? Not the Philippines under President Duterte, though economic managers have stressed that there will be careful discussions on foreign loan agreements and financing for massive infrastructure.   As President Duterte continues to build closer ties with China's top leaders, his adm...Keep on reading: Duterte not worried over China loans.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 22 hr. 10 min. ago Related News

Globe intensifies disaster preparedness campaign

GLOBE Telecom continues to strengthen its #GlobeREADY campaign.The company will join the Metro Manila Metrowide Shake Drill this month, in line with its effort to fortify awareness of business continuity management and build resilience against calamities. The drill will be led by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and  local government units in coordination with […] The post Globe intensifies disaster preparedness campaign appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: News22 hr. 31 min. ago Related News

Manila offers halfway houses for Red rebels

MANILA: The government went a step further in its pursuit of localised peace talks with communist insurgents by offering a $100,000 grant to provincial, city and town officials so they could build.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2018Related News

PNP chief glad over DOJ order of filing drug charges vs Kerwin, et al.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomedon Thursdaythe decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and several others.   PNP chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said there was damning evidence against Espinosa and the case build-up of theCriminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)has been "consistent from the start."   "I am glad that DOJ found merit in the case filed by the CIDG against Kerwin Espinosa and several other respondents for violation of [Republic Act] 9165," Albayalde said in a statement.   R.A. 9165 is the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.   "Ther...Keep on reading: PNP chief glad over DOJ order of filing drug charges vs Kerwin, et al......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 19th, 2018Related News

Super 8: Perfect Etland drops winless Formosa en route to semis

MACAU---Etland breezed through the group stages and capped off its impressive run with an 87-52 stampede of Formosa in the Asia League Super 8 Thursday at Macau East Asian Games Dome. The Elephants trampled their competition in Group A taking a perfect 3-0 record en route to the semifinals while the Dreamers are in the inverse with a 0-3 card. After establishing an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 21-13, the Elephants pushed the ante in the second outscoring Formosa 32-19 to build a 46-26 buffer heading into the break. Kim Nak Hyeon led the Etland with 21 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and four steals while Kim jung Nyeon and Hong Gyeong Ki had 12 and ...Keep on reading: Super 8: Perfect Etland drops winless Formosa en route to semis.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 19th, 2018Related News

Infinite’s L earns praise for role in ‘Miss Hammurabi’

  Infinite's L, who played the male protagonist in the TV drama "Miss Hammurabi", was featured in the fashion magazine Singles which released photos Thursday. In an interview with the magazine, L, whose offstage name is Kim Myung-soo, said, "I received a lot of compliments for my recent TV drama work, but in my eyes I have a lot to improve on." He said it had been a great experience to focus on acting for five months. "To explain it in a gaming way, I think 'L' is at a level to some degree but Kim Myung-soo as an actor has only just finished the game tutorial," Kim said, adding that he wants to build up his acting ability. The drama "Miss Hammurabi" is a series where...Keep on reading: Infinite’s L earns praise for role in ‘Miss Hammurabi’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 19th, 2018Related News

SMC confirms reported plan to build 10 new breweries

San Miguel Corp. on Thursday confirmed reports it is planning to shell out about $1 billion to build 10 additional breweries......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 19th, 2018Related News

San Miguel to invest $1B to build 10 new breweries

PHILIPPINES conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is planning to invest at least $1 billion in the next two years to build 10 breweries inside and outside the country, senior company executives said on Wednesday......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJul 18th, 2018Related News

Josh Hart matures during summer league, wins MVP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Josh Hart wasn’t around to see the conclusion of the summer league as he was ejected from the championship game after criticizing the officials. The Lakers fell short in the title game, losing to Portland 91-73 on Tuesday night. Hart earned league MVP honors for a stellar two-week performance. He had a team-record 37 points in the double-overtime win over Cleveland in the semifinals on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Yet, his main takeaway from the game was that he, “missed two clutch free throws.” His performance on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) surpassed the 36-point effort by Lonzo Ball last year. “I don’t go for individual accolades,” said Hart, who finished with 12 points in the title game. “That’s never been a reason why I played this game. I play this game to win. That’s the biggest thing, I came here to win, I came here to dominate.” And while the Lakers couldn’t repeat as summer league champions, and he did anything but dominate during his disappointing appearance in the final, the 6'5" shooting guard’s evolution since the conclusion of his rookie season is what became apparent, and exactly what the Lakers needed to see. “We’ve been going since the middle of May, we focused on some things he needed to work on, talked about leadership qualities going into summer league because he was one of our veteran presence that has played legit NBA minutes, and he took all those things and carried into the three-week process here - and he was phenomenal every night,” Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon said. “I really love Josh for that because he fought to continue to play cause he’s a competitor and he’s a winner and we’re trying to build a championship mentality throughout our organization and we talk about those things every day. And Josh embodied all those things over this time.” He embodied the type of player Lakers coach Luke Walton is hoping will complement a lineup that is sure to be resuscitated with the most polarizing figure in sports - LeBron James. “Josh is a phenomenal player, I have fun watching him grow from school, it’s amazing,” said Portland’s KJ McDaniels, who scored 17 points and earned game MVP honors. “He did great leading his team every day. It’s always good going against the best guys in the league. He’s going to do great things with the Lakers.” Sidelined in March after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand, Hart finished the regular season averaging 7.9 points per game and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 39.6 percent from three-point range, leading the team in three-point percentage. Since the offseason Simon said the focus has been to push Hart with a few aspects of his game that needed improvement: ball handling, shooting off the dribble and working off a pick-and-roll. “Nothing that he did here surprised me, it’s things we concentrated on and that he’s worked on,” Simon said. “He brings it every day to the gym in the offseason with a tremendous work ethic and you can see the payoff here in summer league. And that is going to be a great springboard for him going into training camp.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

PH warned against heavy dependence on China for funding

The Philippines must avoid too much reliance on China in funding big-ticket infrastructure projects under its "Build, Build, Build" program, a leading economist said. Veteran economist Bernardo Villegas of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) welcomed indications that President Duterte ---after rebalancing trade and investment relations away from the West---was now doing "a lot of rebalancing away from China." At the beginning, Villegas said many people were concerned that Duterte was heading to the extreme by pivoting from the United States to China. He, however, also recognized the President's moves to bring into the equation other Asian neighbors. "We're now begi...Keep on reading: PH warned against heavy dependence on China for funding.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

Building solidarity with some of the most vulnerable people of our time

Every two seconds, someone is forced to be on the move to escape conflict, violence, and persecution. As global forced displacement hits another historic record for the fifth straight year, never has the need to build solidarity with refugees and internally displaced families been greater. According to the latest Global Trends Report of UNHCR, the UN Refugee, 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017. These include 16.2 million people who became displaced during 2017 itself, either for the first time or repeatedly -- indicating an equivalent to 44,500 people being displaced each day. Behind these numbers, however, are individuals with their hopes and fears. A...Keep on reading: Building solidarity with some of the most vulnerable people of our time.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 17th, 2018Related News

‘Build, Build, Build’ Lightyears Ahead, Economist Says

The Philippines’ journey towards becoming a first world country is further gaining ground as the Duterte administration pushes through with its ambitious infrastructure program, a noted economist said. University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) co-founder and economist Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas said the current administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program is “lightyears ahead” compared to […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2018Related News

Build, Build, Build s painful side effects temporary — report

President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to bring a “golden age” of infrastructure has some “painful side effects” that should be temporary, London-based Capital Economics said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 17th, 2018Related News

Economic managers set UK roadshow for infra

Philippine economic managers are set to hold a roadshow in the United Kingdom in September to drum up interest from British firms to take part in the government’s Build Build Build program which seeks to promote infrastructure development......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 15th, 2018Related News

Private sector not left behind in infra program — DOF

Reacting to criticisms that the local business sector has been left behind in the government’s P8-trillion “Build, Build, Build” program, the Department of Finance (DOF) made an assurance that the private sector will continue to play a lead role in the Duterte administration’s infrastructure program saying the construction as well as the operations and maintenance… link: Private sector not left behind in infra program — DOF.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 15th, 2018Related News

The dreamer just keeps going

When he pioneered in land reclamation in the Philippines more than four decades ago, Delfin J. Wenceslao, Jr. (alternatively Ding or DingW or DJW for short) dreamed of helping build the nucleus of a modern city center just off Manila Bay. The dream is now a reality. D.M. Wenceslao and….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Billups discusses front office ambitions, Pistons’ future

DETROIT --- Chauncey Billups is still eyeing the chance to run an NBA team. The former Pistons standout was back in the Detroit area Friday night as part of the BIG3 --- entertainer Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league of former NBA players, which made a stop at Little Caesars Arena. Billups had talks with the Cavaliers last year but did not join their front office. When Detroit overhauled its organization this year, he seemed like a potential fit, but that didn't happen either. "My desire is to one day run a team, be in a front office and try to build a champion," Billups said. "I know that I will and I know I'm going to do a good job. When that opportunity presents itself, and it's a...Keep on reading: Billups discusses front office ambitions, Pistons’ future.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 14th, 2018Related News

Villar makes progress report on ‘Build Build Build’ infra projects

THE Department of Public Works and Highways has reported on the progress of ongoing projects in some parts of the country.DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar personally checked the progress of works on the ongoing Cavite-Laguna Expressway or CALAx Project.During the inspection, Secretary Villar said the construction and acquisition of road….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News