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Navy frigate project controversy, Aguirre on Rappler probe, SWS survey | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: An undersecretary at the office of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go confirms he called a meeting with the Navy to discuss the selection of the Combat Management Systems supplier for the controversial P15.5-billion frigate project.  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says his department will also probe Rappler's possible violation of 'other laws.'  A Social Weather Stations survey  shows a record-high number of ........»»

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Players criticize risky conditions at broiling Aussie Open

By Justin Bergman, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Some weary players sat shirtless on changeovers, ice-filled towels draped around their necks. Others retreated to any bit of shade they could find on court and sought treatment for blistered feet and heat stress. Temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) as the start of an expected heat wave hit the Australian Open on Thursday, bringing misery to players unfortunate enough to have their matches scheduled during the day session and keeping many spectators away. "I didn't expect to play this kind of match," a thoroughly exhausted Juan Martin del Potro said after beating Karen Khachanov in a nearly four-hour, second-round match. "I prefer to watch on TV. Or stay on the beach, drinking some beer." Scorching temperatures are common at the Australian Open — so much so the tournament has an extreme heat policy that allows for the referee to close the roofs on the three main show courts and suspend play on the outer courts when temperatures surpass 40 Celsius. Matches weren't halted Thursday as the highs stayed just below 40 Celsius for much of the day, but that doesn't mean the heat didn't cause issues for the players. Gael Monfils, for one, staggered through a good portion of his second-round match against Novak Djokovic, bending over repeatedly to catch his breath between points and at one stage returning to the comfort of his shaded chair without even attempting to return Djokovic's serve. Afterwards, he called the conditions "risky" for the players, especially with the new rule restricting the time between points to 25 seconds. "I get super dizzy. I think I have a small heat stroke for 40 minutes," said Monfils, who is considered one of the fittest players on tour. "At that time, the officials have to make a move. Maybe wait a little bit, whatever, five minutes between the set. Maybe they have to do small adjustment." Djokovic agreed, describing the conditions "brutal" and some of the toughest he's ever played in. "There are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours until (the temperature) comes down," he said. "I understand there is a factor of tickets. If you don't play matches, people will be unhappy." But he said the conditions were at the point where it becomes a "danger in terms of health." There were no retirements due to the heat on Day 4, however, and some players were even unfazed by the conditions. Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei saw the heat as a benefit in her second-round upset of Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. "I know the weather is going to be a little bit tough today," she said. "I was thinking, 'Ah, I'm from Asia. I maybe can handle it better than other girls.'" Muguruza did have to stop at one point to wrap her feet to prevent blistering from the hot court. "I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, (but) it's terrible," she said. "Very, very hot." As for recovery, nearly every player mentioned taking an ice bath, but Hsieh had a different approach. "Acupuncture," she said. "Not my favorite ... but it helps a lot. And also do the massage. And eat some nice food." With the weather expected to be hotter on Friday, with highs of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) in the forecast, Monfils had a message for players scheduled to be on court. "Honestly, good luck for the players," he said. "Just be smart. If you have to give up, you know, it's not a shame.".....»»

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Garcia shoots 66 to share clubhouse lead at Singapore Open

SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open. Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club. He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning. Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather. Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron. The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33. "I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly," said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par-5s and one of the par-3s on the second nine. "But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round." Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season. He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead. Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last. "I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course," Kitayama said. "I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.".....»»

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Mediaquest executives bare plans for InterAksyon

MANILA, Philippines (2nd update, 6:11 p.m.) — A change in strategy for TV5 Network Inc.'s digital properties will not necessarily mean a shu.....»»

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Unheralded center Poy Erram making name for himself in PBA

When talking about big men in the PBA today, the names of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar are always in the conversation. But there’s one unheralded center who’s making noise in this year’s Philippine Cup: Poy Erram of Blackwater Elite. “He’s come back strong from his injury. He’s motivated to be mentioned […].....»»

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Duterte gov’t sets record high public satisfaction rating

PUBLIC satisfaction with the administration of President Rodrigo has risen to a record high surpassing that of his predecessor, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday night. The administration scored a net satisfaction rating of +70 in Social Weather Stations’ survey of 1,200 respondents from December 8 to 16, 2017.….....»»

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LIST: Flights canceled today

LIST: Flights canceled today.....»»

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Hornets rout Wizards 133-109 behind record-setting 1st half

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points, Dwight Howard had another double-double and the Charlotte Hornets used a record-setting first half to beat the Washington Wizards 133-109 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in coach Steve Clifford's return. The Hornets made 12 of their first 13 shots and scored a franchise-record 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead. They extended that to 28 in the second half in a game that was never close. Kemba Walker had 19 points, Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb had 16 points for the Hornets, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games. Clifford returned after missing 21 games because of headaches caused by sleep deprivation. The Hornets were 9-21 in Clifford's absence and had fallen eight games under .500. Bradley Beal had 26 points for the Wizards, whose five-game road trip got off to a rocky start. The Hornets shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, including a pair of four-point plays from Walker and Marvin Williams. Charlotte's Michael Carter-Williams and Washington's Tim Frazier were ejected and given double technical fouls after an altercation with four minutes remaining in the game. It started when Jason Smith fouled Carter-Williams, who went to retaliate before Frazier stepped in the middle. With the Wizards down by 20, coach Scott Brooks elected to have Howard, a 52 percent free-throw shooter, come off the bench to shoot Carter-Williams' free throws. Howard, clearly irritated over the move since he'd been sitting out the entire fourth quarter because of the big lead, promptly sank both free throws. He looked over at the Wizards bench and raised his palms incredulously as if to say, "Why?" Clifford quickly removed Howard from the game. The teams played in front a sparse crowd because of the wintry weather that has gripped Charlotte, which led to most schools being closed. Across town, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League played a game closed off to fans because of the wintry mix. TIP-INS Wizards: Have allowed at least 100 points in 16 straight games. ... Were outscored 50-30 in the paint. Hornets: The 10 straight field goals made to start the game are the most to start a game since 2002-03. ... Howard recorded his 691st double-double and 25th this season. ... With a 23-point lead in the fourth quarter, Hornets fans started chanting "We want [Malik] Monk." Clifford put the rookie in with four minutes to play and he hit a three-pointer. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit Detroit on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Hornets: Host Miami on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports14 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

How parents and teachers can help cultivate the learning revolution today

There is a strong endorsement of computers to facilitate education in the Philippines, prescribing it “as an antidote to the widening gap between the rich an.....»»

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MGB-6 reiterates warning to flood, landslide-prone areas

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-6) reiterated its warning to some parts of Western Visayas which are in danger of flooding and landslides. MGB-6 director Leo Van Juguan said they regularly update their geohazard maps which significantly contributed to disaster management of local government units, especially during typhoons. “We do the vulnerability risk assessment and […] The post MGB-6 reiterates warning to flood, landslide-prone areas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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VIVO UNLOCKING THE FUTURE at the CES 2018

Las Vegas, US, 9 January 2018 – Today at CES 2018, Vivo, a young global smartphone brand, showcases the world’s first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone......»»

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Perpetual in big game vs EAC

Games today: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 11 a.m. – UPHSD vs EAC (Women) 12:30 p.m. – CSJL vs LPU (Women) CONSISTENCY is what University of Perpetual Help System Dalta needs at this point of the season as it seeks to close in on unbeaten squads Arellano University and San Beda….....»»

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Bad weather delays runway repairs at Tacloban airport, cancels flights of Cebu Pacific, Cebgo

The "degradation of the runway surface" at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City has forced the cancellation, starting Wednesday afternoon, of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights to and from Leyte's capital......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: Top20 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Overseas Filipino Bank to be inaugurated today

Another campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte will be fulfilled today with the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB), the Finance department said on Wednesday. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd, in a statement, said all obstacles to the bank’s establishment had been cleared with the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) approval of Land Bank of [...] The post Overseas Filipino Bank to be inaugurated today appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: News20 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

‘Fortnite’ gunning for ‘PUBG’ in the western world

The studio behind free multiplayer game "Fortnite" is pushing the idea that their game is, will be, or could become the biggest of its kind in the western world. So what about everywhere else? Free multiplayer action game "Fortnite: Battle Royale" is talking up its impact ahead of a map update due this week. Developed by Epic Games, which is also responsible for one of the industry's game development suites, the Unreal Engine, "Fortnite" established itself as a direct competitor to one of Unreal's most high-profile exemplars, "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds". "PUBG" burst onto the scene in March 2017, honing a last-man-standing Battle Royale formula its creative director was ...Keep on reading: ‘Fortnite’ gunning for ‘PUBG’ in the western world.....»»

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SWS: Q4 self-rated poverty 3 points down

THE NUMBER of families considering themselves as mahirap or poor dropped 3 points to 44% (est. 10.0 million) in the Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, after an increase to 47% in September that year. From the period of December 2016 to September 2017, the proportion of self-rated poor families decreased […] The post SWS: Q4 self-rated poverty 3 points down appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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NBI to probe Rappler, Malacanang defends Go, Senate rejects joint voting on Cha-Cha | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II authorizes the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate Rappler for 'possible violation of the Constitution and laws.'  Malacañang comes to the defense of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go in response to allegations he intervened in a government project for the construction of ........»»

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

Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car from the classic cartoon, although the modern update has an engine so he won't tire out his regal feet. Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor, one of Malaysia's most powerful and wealthiest state rulers, ........»»

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

3 weather systems bring rain over parts of PH — Pagasa

THE trough of a low pressure area (LPA), tail-end of a cold front, and the northeast monsoon have come together to bring rain over most parts of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Wednesday. Caraga, Visayas, and the rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers [...] The post 3 weather systems bring rain over parts of PH — Pagasa appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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LIST: Class suspensions today

LIST: Class suspensions today.....»»

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