ONE: Belingon looks to make history for PH with bantamweight belt

Kevin Belingon's upcoming fight against Martin Nguyen is not just for a piece of a gold-plated leather strap with both fighters are fighting for a place in history. If Nguyen is looking to add.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2018Related News

PEACETALK: Malaysia and its role in the GPH-MILF peace process

(Mohahger Iqbal, chair of the peace panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that negotiated and signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro sent this piece to MindaNews to give readers a historical background on the GPH-MILF peace process as the Bicameral Conference Committee on the Proposed Bangsmaoro […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

As MLB mulls rule changes, union hints at work stoppage

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games, an initiative likely to be met by a testy union stung by declining free-agent prices and already raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the 2021 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred and players' association head Tony Clark outlined their differing agendas during separate sessions with the Baseball Writers' Association of America before Tuesday night's All-Star Game. "There is a growing consensus or maybe even better an existing consensus among ownership that we need to have a really serious conversation about making some changes to the way the game is being played," Manfred said. "We are not at the point where I can articulate for you what particular rule changes might get serious consideration. I can tell you the issues that concern people: I think that the period of time between putting balls in play, the number of strikeouts, to a lesser extent the number of home runs, the significance of the shift and what it's done to the game, the use of relief pitchers and the way starting pitchers are going to be used." Clark repeatedly maintained players are reluctant to change as "stewards of the game." "We may get to a point where those coming to the ballpark or have an interest in coming to the ballpark for whatever reason aren't 100 percent certain that what they are see is the type of game that they want to see," he said. More than 100 free agents remained unsigned when spring training began this year. Many agreed to deals at a fraction of the price they thought they were worth and for fewer years than they expected. "What we experienced last offseason was a direct attack on free agency, which has been a bedrock of our economic system, and if that is going to be different, then we have some very difficult decisions to make moving forward," Clark said. Baseball had eight work stoppages from 1972-95 but has had labor peace since. The current five-year contract runs through the 2021 season, and Clark left open a possible return to the era of strife. "To the extent there are challenges to those rights, historically I would suggest those have manifested themselves in a particular way," he said. The union filed a grievance in February against Miami, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money in an effort to improve their on-field product. Manfred dismissed the allegations, saying the grievance was filed "really for publicity reasons." Manfred said the lack of interest in free agents was due to the dearth of quality. "At the end of the year you'll look at the performance of those players," he said, "I'm pretty sure, based on what's already in the books, you're going to make the judgment that the clubs made sound decisions as to how those players should be valued." Management is alarmed by what is taking place on the field. Strikeouts (24,537) are on track to surpass hits (24,314) for the first time. Strikeouts also are likely to set a record for the 12th straight season, and this year's average of 17.0 per game is up from 12.6 in 2005. The current big league batting average of .247 would be the lowest since 1972. There have been 20,587 shifts on balls in play, according to Baseball Info Solutions. That projects to a full-season total of 34,668 — up 29.8 percent from last year and an increase from 6,882 for the entire 2013 season. That has decreased the batting average of stars such as Washington's Bryce Harper, who is hitting just .214. And the average attendance of 28,568 is down from the 30,159 at the break last year, when the final figure was 30,042. MLB has not dropped below 30,000 since 2002. Manfred blamed early season bad weather. "We've made up some ground," he said. "We were down as much as 8, 9 (percent) early, we were back to like 5.5 percent down, and I'm optimistic." Lack of competitiveness among rebuilding teams also is a likely factor. Three teams are on track to lose 100 or more games, which would match the record set in 2002, and five others are on a pace for 90 or more defeats. Clark called the attendance drop "dramatic" and said while weather is partly to blame "the concerns that fans have in regards to the competitive integrity piece is one of them" along with "players being moved from teams that fans had a connection with." While he wouldn't cite teams for tanking, he said it appears many clubs are deciding to rebuild if analytics tell them they can't compete to win the World Series. "This is only what I am hearing, that teams are making decisions against the backdrop of what they believe their roster is going to yield and the landing place of where their team is going to be at the end of the year, that those data points suggest if you're not in a particular place, then it may make more sense not to look to be the last team standing," he said......»»

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

Duterte: China never asked PH for one square of real estate

MANILA, Philippines – China has never asked for any piece of real estate in the Philippines in exchange for financial assistance, said President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 17. He meant this as a form of assurance to critics of his pivot to China during a speech at the groundbreaking of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2018Related News

Letters my mother Luning wrote

There was a time I could not conceive of life without my beloved mother. I used to joke with myself, "Maybe I'll get lucky. Maybe I'll die first." Well, I didn't die first. But I am the fortunate owner of, and have direct access to, several boxes stuffed with letters from mom, written over the span of a quarter century. Mom was an inveterate letter writer---pen to paper, no drafts, amazingly clean final. I'd get at least one fat piece of mail every two weeks in my United States homes up to the time mom fell ill. Those letters will allow mom to continue to speak to me, and to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, into the next century. Mom was the author of several Filipini...Keep on reading: Letters my mother Luning wrote.....»»

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

Trump’s advice: Sue EU

LONDON — In the midst of a messy political crisis at home over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed Sunday that Donald Trump gave her this piece of advice: Sue the EU, don’t negotiate. A bemused May turned him down. But the exchange was the latest example of the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2018Related News

Scratchers, Skippers triumph

Games Thursday: (Ynares Sports Arena) 1 p.m. -- AMA vs. CEU 3 p.m. -- Batangas vs. Che’Lu GO for Gold needed a huge fourth quarter effort to beat Centro Escolar University, 75-60, to gain a piece of the lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Krejcikova dedicates Wimbledon doubles title to Novotna

LONDON (AP) — Breaking and creating records weren't the most special parts of winning the Wimbledon women's doubles title for Barbora Krejcikova. Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, both 22 from the Czech Republic, won their second successive Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory over Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar on Saturday. As well as becoming the first pairing since 2003 to win the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back, they also became the first to claim both the girls' and women's doubles titles at the All England Club, after winning as juniors in 2013. But there was another piece of history that was more poignant for Krejcikova. Their title came exactly 20 years after her mentor and compatriot Jana Novotna won the Wimbledon singles title. Novotna died from ovarian cancer in November last year. As she did at the French Open in June, Krejcikova blew a kiss to the sky following the match. "I'm really, really proud," Krejcikova said. "I think she would be really proud, too." After winning their first major title at the French Open last month, the pair emphatically stopped a comeback attempt from fellow-Czech Peschke and Melichar, who was born in the Czech Republic but moved to Florida shortly after her birth and is a U.S. citizen. With just one point separating the teams after the opening two sets, the third-seeded Krejcikova and Siniakova raised their game against their 12th-seeded opposition to win 28 of 39 points and every game in the deciding set. It had been 15 years since Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama pulled off the 'Channel Slam' of triumphs in Paris and London. "At the beginning of the tournament, I wouldn't have expected this," Siniakova said. "Now I'm here, and we have two titles. It feels just amazing." The pair also created a record of their own by repeating their 2013 junior success. "Juniors, it was also amazing, the feeling," Siniakova said. "But this stage, it's much, much bigger.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 15th, 2018Related News

25th National Retail Conference & Expo seeks to reinvent Retail

The National Retail Conference and Expo (NRCE) has been the center piece of the Philippine Retail Association’s (PRAs) efforts in helping retailers attain and retain global competitiveness......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News

It’s time to decorate your throne room AKA your bathroom

Just like your living room or bedroom, your bathroom should be well-decorated too. You might not think to do this at first but there items you can get to keep it clean, organized, and perfect for Instagram pictures. Instead of hanging your towels and on hooks, we found a wooden piece that looks way better. You can also cop a bath rug with a geometric pattern instead of using an old towel. Oh, and for storage, we have a few suggestions from wire baskets to a wood and metal tray. If you're not sure how to decorate your bathroom, start off with our picks below. West Elm Quiet Topanga Cotton Kilim Bath Rug A bathroom rug isn't just decorative, it's functional too. I'm sure I'm not t...Keep on reading: It’s time to decorate your throne room AKA your bathroom.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News

Accessorize your neck scarf with rings you can find in your jewelry box

If you aren't wearing a scarf around your neck yet, it might be time to get on it. It was Antoni Porowski's accessory of choice in the second season of Queer Eye, and he's still a fan. Just check out this group photo he posted with Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness. Antoni wore a red scarf with white polka dots. A post shared by Antoni Porowski (@antoni) on Jul 3, 2018 at 7:52pm PDT His was tied in a knot but we have a suggestion for a different way of wearing it. Try using a ring. Yes, scarf rings do exist but why not use an actual piece of jewelry? Not only will it keep the scarf in place but it adds an embellished touch to your outfit. We also found some combination...Keep on reading: Accessorize your neck scarf with rings you can find in your jewelry box.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 11th, 2018Related News

Report: Luc Mbah a Moute returns to the Clippers staff report The LA Clippers have reached a one-year deal with veteran forward Luc Mbah a Moute, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Free agent forward Luc Mbah A Moute has agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers, league source tells ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 9, 2018 The lockdown defender was a key piece for the Houston Rockets last season with averages of 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 25.6 minutes per night for the West's top-seed Rockets. After the loss of Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns earlier this summer, the Rockets will face a major challenge replacing last season's defensive versatility at the forward position. Mbah a Moute returns to the Clippers after playing two seasons in L.A. from 2015-17......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 9th, 2018Related News

Parangal Dance Co. to present Maranao artistry at SF Ethnic dance fest

  SAN FRANCISCO -- Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, Parangal Dance Company will participate in this year's San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which starts on July 14, 2018. This year, Parangal will hold the world premiere of a relatively new work called "Kiyaprawa a ko Arkat Lawanen" (The Abduction of Princess Lawanen), which tells an ancient legend from the Meranao (Maranao) people of Mindanao. Moved by the devastation of war-torn Marawi City, Parangal chose the piece to bring hope to the Meranao people. The company is working with culture bearers Salika Samad and Abdul Jabar D. using some theatrical aesthetics inspired by Philippine National Artist Lucrecia Re...Keep on reading: Parangal Dance Co. to present Maranao artistry at SF Ethnic dance fest.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 9th, 2018Related News

Cavite vice mayor, aide killed in ambush

A piece of cloth shrouds the front passenger section of the pickup truck and the bullet-riddled body of Trece Martires City Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan. (Photo by RICHARD A. REYES / Philippine Dai.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 8th, 2018Related News

Gilas cadet Troy Rike to go one and done for fully loaded NU

National University is piling on one more piece to its already stacked roster for looming UAAP Season 81. Manning the Bulldogs’ frontcourt alongside Issa Gaye, Matt Aquino, and Jonas Tibayan will be Gilas cadet Troy Rike. Rike himself reported the news in a tweet posted on Thursday evening. Season 81 🦅🏹🐯🦅🐶🐃🗡 ? — Troy Rike (@troyrike) Hulyo 5, 2018 The Filipino-American big man played for four years for Wake Forest University in the US NCAA before coming back home to the Philippines to suit up for the Gilas cadets in the recently concluded 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. Rike already holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest, but has enrolled for a master’s degree in NU. As per UAAP rules, a student-athlete from a non-member school who is pursuing graduate studies in a member school shall not be subject to residency. As a post-graduate student, however, the 22-year-old will only have one year of eligibility for the Bulldogs. Nonetheless, Rike said he plans to make the most out of the opportunity. “The most important thing for me is to get as many game reps as I can over here (so I can) get accustomed to the Filipino style of play,” he said. Just a day ago, the Gilas cadet turned NU Bulldog also grabbed headlines by continuing to extend a helping hand to Australia. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 5th, 2018Related News

The libel charge against ‘Thinking Pinoy’ and the limits of free speech

Can we invoke the right to free speech and dismiss a piece of writing as "opinion" when it goes against facts?.....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJul 4th, 2018Related News

D.T.A. for Fitness with Coach Noel Villa

The TRX Suspension Trainer combines bodyweight resistance training with multi-planar movement patterns to stimulate improvements in core stability, strength, flexibility, and balance. I consider it to be one of the most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment available which you can take anywhere. It’s light, can fit into any gym bag or a small rucksack ad comes with different anchors so that it can be rigged ready to use anywhere......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsJul 3rd, 2018Related News

Hey, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson we have some furniture suggestions for you guys

After getting engaged, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson also moved in together. If you follow them on social media, you would have seen snippets of their new place. If you have seen those posts, you also probably noticed that they don't have the much furniture. Pete even posted a series of photos showing their empty living room. And, yes, they are using a ladder as seating. Since they haven't furnished their space yet, we wanted to give them some suggestions of big pieces to get. We wanted to give some variety for their living room, bed room, and also kitchen. We even found a cool lighting fixture we think they might love. West Elm Valencia 3-Piece Terminal Chaise Sectional ...Keep on reading: Hey, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson we have some furniture suggestions for you guys.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 3rd, 2018Related News

[OPINION] God gave us Duterte

In his recent piece for Rappler, Broderick Pabillo , the venerable auxiliary bishop of Manila, insisted that “God did not give us President Duterte”. He rejected the saying “vox populi, vox Dei” not only because it is not found in the Bible. Many authoritarian figures in history ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 3rd, 2018Related News

You can cop your wedding reception dress for as low as P1,295

Some people consider their wedding as the most important day in their lives. Well, if they're spending hundreds of thousands, millions even, it better be. But, as we learned from Kimi Juan and Thomas Caja, you can set a reasonable budget and stick to it. If you find the right vendors and location, you can have a beautiful wedding without digging into your savings too much. And, here at, we want to help you achieve that. With everything on your wedding to-do list, a reception dress might be at the bottom. You're probably having a gorgeous dress made for the ceremony and don't want to spend more for another piece. Well, your reception dress doesn't have to be something extrava...Keep on reading: You can cop your wedding reception dress for as low as P1,295.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 2nd, 2018Related News