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League teaches players how to play game of life

5 hours 37 min ago
The Philippine Basketball Association held a Players' Orientation as part of the league's Player Development Program at Meralco Theatre on Friday afternoon to help its athletes navigate life as public figures.   "This could help in promoting themselves and the league," commissioner Willie Marcial told reporters in Filipino. "This is also going to teach them how to groom themselves as well as bolster their financial literacy."   San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross and former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz led the parade of speakers, discussing the sensitive issue of mental health.   Other speakers included legend Ronnie Magsanoc, Chesca Tenorio, wife of Gi...

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Foton leads Grand Prix opening playdate

5 hours 39 min ago
There's going to be a marching band. An LGBTQ group will also lend its support. And then a parade of the eight teams from Oranbo Barangay Hall in Pasig City to nearby Ynares Sports Arena, where the opening games will be held.   When the opening fiesta dies down, two-time champion Foton will highlight a doubleheader as the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix fires off on Saturday.   The Tornadoes will challenge an overhauled United Volleyball Club (UVC) side at 4 p.m., which will be followed by the showdown between Generika-Ayala and Sta. Lucia.   Foton will still be without sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, who are playing as imports in Japan, but wil...

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Davao-based banana exporter secures P1-B loan

5 hours 40 min ago
Davao City-based Unifrutti Tropical Philippines Inc. will develop an additional 700 hectares of land in Mindanao to increase its Cavendish banana exports.   In a statement, Unifrutti Tropical Philippines president and chief executive Alberto F. Bacani said the company last week signed a $19-million (about P1.045-billion) loan agreement with state-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to finance the expansion.   "We have identified areas in Davao del Sur and Bukidnon whose local governments and landowners have expressed full willingness to work with us," Bacani said.   "The soon-to-be-developed banana farms have satisfied Unifrutti's key parameters...

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RHI: PCC move deprives S. Luzon sugar sector chance to advance

5 hours 40 min ago
Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) said it had lost the opportunity to advance the sugar industry in Southern Luzon, after the country's antitrust body blocked its deal with Gokongwei-led Universal Robina Corp (URC).   RHI said this in a stock market disclosure on Friday, a day after the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that URC's proposed acquisition of Central Azucarera de Don Pedro Inc. (Cadpi) was blocked to keep URC from becoming a monopoly at the expense of sugarcane planters.   Cadpi is a subsidiary of the country's largest integrated sugar business and biggest ethanol producer, RHI.   "The [RHI] Group is saddened by the unfavorable decisio...

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2018 remittances hit all-time high

5 hours 43 min ago
Dollars sent home to their local beneficiaries by expatriate Filipinos hit an all-time high in 2018, thanks to the growing volume of remittances from both short- and long-term workers abroad, the central bank said on Friday.   In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said personal remittances from overseas Filipinos registered a new record high of $3.2 billion in December 2018, higher by 3.6 percent compared to the level posted in the same month of the previous year.   More importantly, personal remittances grew by 3 percent year-on-year to reach $32.2 billion for the entire 2018---the highest annual level to date.   "The ...

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Demolition of buildings at Marawi’s ground zero starts

5 hours 44 min ago
  MARAWI CITY --- Demolition and clearing of structures heavily damaged by the five-month war in 2017 between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group here began on Thursday, signaling the start of the rebuilding of Marawi, an official of the National Housing Authority (NHA) said.   Ikmat Bantuas, NHA field engineer, assured property owners that CJI General Services, a Batangas province-based contractor which won the contract to clear Sectors 2 to 9 of the city's ground zero, or the area where heavy fighting was centered, would only demolish structures that were allowed by their owners to be dismantled.   Mayor's property   Amo...

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China’s State Grid to provide solar power for Zambales

5 hours 55 min ago
The China-based technical partner of power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is spearheading efforts to generate solar power that would benefit over 1,000 residents in Zambales.   In a statement, the State Grid Corporation of China said the move came on the heels of Chinese President XI Jinping's state visit to the Philippines last year where he committed greater economic support for the Philippines.   As part of the closer ties between both countries, State Grid recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Zambales II Electric Cooperative (Zameco II) for the solar project. ...

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Resort removes structure on rock formation amid DENR crackdown

5 hours 55 min ago
  BOLINAO, PANGASINAN --- The management of a beach resort here voluntarily dismantled a concrete gazebo that it illegally built on top of a rock formation following a warning it received from local environment officials.   Angelo Reyes, pollution control officer of Treasures of Bolinao Beach Resort at Barangay Patar here, said they had taken down the structure to comply with the notice of violation issued to them last year.   The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos region said the resort's gazebo and "floating" bridge on top of a rock formation were illegal structures.   Notices of violation   The b...

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Stocks end week lower

6 hours 1 min ago
The local stock barometer ended the week in a sluggish mood as fresh US-China trade jitters tempered risk-taking across the region.   The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) fell by 82.36 points, or 1.03 percent, to close at 7,908.89, in line with mostly weaker markets in the region.   The PSEi was weighed down most by the financial counter, which fell by 2.65 percent, while services slumped by 1.38 percent.   The industrial and mining/oil counters also slipped, while the holding firm and property firms slightly gained.   Value turnover was heavy at P16.39 billion, including block trades. There were 127 decliners that edged out 83 advancers,...

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When Gen Z goes vintage cool

6 hours 1 min ago
From being a luxury brand inaccessible to many to being the streetwear of the Gen Z---that's the Gucci reinvention that's made this iconic brand the envy of the global luxury industry.   That Gucci is cool is nowhere more evident than in the Cruise 2019 men's collection, composed of over 70 looks. They range from streetwear, punk to tailored silhouettes.   To be You opted to go sporty and laid-back dapper.   Here are some ensembles we like.   A throwback Go for a full vintage GG-print look with this nylon oversized zipped jacket and jogging pants combo, so reminiscent of the '80s and early '90s sportswear. To makethe look more currentis ...

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How freeing is free tuition?

6 hours 3 min ago
It's been almost two years since RA 10931 (the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act) or the free tuition law was implemented in state universities and colleges.   The approval of the law, sponsored and co-authored by Sen. Bam Aquino, surprised students because it was projected to take effect in 2018---not 2017.   With this surprise came relief, especially for students whose families struggle to make ends meet.   Since August 2017, when the free tuition law took effect, more students from different high schools have taken an interest to attend college, for instance, at the University of the Philippines (UP) and other state-run schools. ...

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Ayala Land posted record profit in 2018

6 hours 7 min ago
Property giant Ayala Land Inc. grew its net profit last year by 16 percent to P29.2 billion, another record high for the company, as property development and leasing revenues expanded at a double-digit pace.   For the fourth quarter alone, Ayala Land's net profit grew by 13 percent year-on-year to P8.4 billion on the back of a 7-percent growth in revenue to P46.5 billion.   Consolidated revenue for the whole year climbed by 17 percent to P166.2 billion, driven by sustained demand for residential products and the robust performance of its leasing businesses, ALI disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday.   Property development revenue rose by 18...

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His Border Wall

8 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1096432588925759488 Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he will use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said. The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. Trump made the announcement ...

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Trump declares national emergency for his border wall

8 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he will use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said. The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. Trump made the announcement from the Rose Garden, as he claimed illegal immigration was "...

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Fil-Am nabbed for mail theft in Tracy, California

8 hours 46 min ago
TRACY, California -- Tracy police arrested Joseph Dumlao of Stockton, for mail theft after the 29-year-old Fil-Am allegedly broke into a community mailbox on Choisser Court at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Dumlao was arrested the following morning, when investigators with the San Joaquin County Delta Regional Auto Theft Team informed the Tracy Police Department that a van that Dumlao allegedly used to get away was found in a Stockton shopping center. Dumlao tried to get away but a Tracy Police dog caught him. Dumlao also had warrants for his arrest for robbery from the Stockton Police Department and from the California Highway Patrol for evading a peace officer, possession o...

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Fil-Am leaders in U.S. northeast gather in annual NY assembly

8 hours 47 min ago
  NEW YORK -- Leaders of the Filipino-American Filipino-American organizations in the U.S. northeast attended the 5th General Assembly hosted by the consulate at the Philippine Center New York's Kalayaan Hall on Feb. 9. Fil-Am leaders from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York came to the annual event, which gave updates on the consulate's calendar of activities, programs and services for 2019. Consul General Claro S. Cristobal reported on last year's accomplishments and highlighted new projects such as academe networking, women entrepreneur's forum, business and career networking event, workshops on leadership and management fo...

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Firing an employee for being pregnant and unmarried is illegal

8 hours 47 min ago
Kourtney Liggins worked as an eighth-grade teacher for 5 years at the Transfiguration School, a religious-run school in Los Angeles. Liggins was unmarried and seven months pregnant when her boss told her that her "pregnancy would morally corrupt impressionable teenagers" at the school. Her boss referred to her unborn child as "it" and said that "it" would not be permitted on the school campus. When Liggins complained to school officials she was told to "pray on it." The school also barred her boyfriend, the father of her unborn child, from participating in a school meeting, and ultimately banned him from school grounds. When Liggins gave birth, she was ordered to cut her maternity...

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Rep. Abrams’ aides seek to diversify campaign staffs

8 hours 48 min ago
Had it not been for voter suppression, two veterans of her campaign believe, Stacey Abrams would now be first African American woman elected state governor in the United States.   While Abrams was being broadcast nationwide in her official Democratic Party rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address, the two Abrams campaign directors were visiting California, looking for young people of color to help in future election efforts. With their Blue Institute, Ashley Robinson, 29, and Genny Castillo, 32, are hoping to fast-track peers into political careers.   Given how diverse the country has become, communities of color need to not only field their own...

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The Best of Kendall Jenner & Kim Kardashian’s Outfits

8 hours 48 min ago
We're totally living for the Kim Kardashian, Kylie, and Kendall Jenner outfits that have graced every red carpet and hit the streets. The Kardashian-Jenner women are some of the most talked about celebrities in the world, and they're also some of the most fashionable people out there. A lot of people are hooked on their looks, so we've decided to round up the best of the best Kardashian-Jenner outfits. Keep up now as we check out the different outfits that these ladies will be rocking all 2019 long. King K, Her Majesty: Kylie Jenner Outfits Take a look at some of the iconic Kylie Jenner outfits. Kylie Jenner and her royal nickname, King Kylie, served up some of the best styles that cha...

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Amazon Dumps NYC Headquarters and Its Promised 25,000 Jobs

8 hours 49 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) --- Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most powerful companies. "We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion --- we love New York," the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal. The stunning move was a serious blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had lobbied intensely to land the project, competing against more than 200 other metropolitan areas across the continent that ...

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