MANILA - The UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament was expected to be the breakout year for La Salle big man Justine Baltazar. A former Finals MVP in the UAAP juniors division when he played for Nazareth School of National University, Baltazar saw little playing time in Seasons 79 and 80, due in part to the presence of star big man Ben Mbala. But after Mbala left La Salle at the end of Season 80, the spotlight turned to the 6-foot-7 Baltazar. “Si Justine here, start pa lang ng season, sinasabi ko na sa inyo na he’ll play a big role,” said La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez. Baltazar showed his readiness to take on a bigger role in La Salle’s first game of the season, as he played 30 minutes and scored eight points while grabbing nine rebounds in the Green Archers’ 68-61 loss to Far Eastern University. Then, he was the hero of La Salle’s triumph over National University on Wednesday, draining the go-ahead shot with 28 seconds left. He … [Read more...] about News Baltazar ready to keep stepping up for short-handed La Salle
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As one of the fastest growing economies in Asia with a sizeable young population and rich natural resources, the country of 53 million has the potential to play a pivotal role as the global economic pendulum swings from West to East. The challenge for Myanmar now is to seek ways to fully benefit from globalisation, as less developed countries with weak links to the global economy risk falling behind, according to U Thaung Tun, chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). “The gap between developed and developing countries remains immense and the widening income inequality within nations has become a serious challenge of our time,” he said. To reach its potential, the country needs more foreign direct investment (FDI) in a number of strategic economic sectors. But investors have been deterred by outdated laws and a confusing and inefficient bureaucracy, among other factors. “Myanmar is committed to economic liberalisation and stable political transition. … [Read more...] about Myanmar takes steps towards reform
MANILA, Philippines – Last conference's runner-up, Che'Lu Bar & Grill, will try to take another step towards its quest for a championship when it begins its semis series against Centro Escolar University (CEU) in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. Game 1 of the best-of-3 series is on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. After topping the elimination round with an 8-2 win-loss record, the Revellers have all the momentum heading into their showdown against the Scorpions. However, coach Stevenson Tiu sought to downplay their advantage. "For any other coaches, happy ako na we're on top. Pero pagdating sa semis back to zero na 'yan," said Tiu. "Walang pushover na teams. Ang mindset lang namin is to beat any team na makaharap namin, and ngayon, CEU 'yun." Jeff Viernes is expected to take charge once more for Che'Lu, together with Levi Hernandez, Jay-R Taganas, and Jessie Collado. The two squads split their elimination round meeting, with CEU winning in the … [Read more...] about News PBA D-League: Che’Lu looks to take another step towards finals return
MANILA, Philippines – There can be no question about what Marck Espejo can do for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who are seeking to win a fourth straight men's volleyball crown in UAAP Season 80. The reigning four-time Most Valuable Player scored a combined 92 points in two Final 4 games against Far Eastern University (FEU) – the second-best blocking team in the UAAP – including a 55-point masterpiece last Saturday. His 37 points in their do-or-die match against the Tamaraws on Wednesday powered the Blue Eagles to a 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 win, and sent them to the finals for the fifth season in a row. There, they will play a powerhouse National University team that is itching to end Ateneo's three-year stranglehold on the UAAP championship. Already, Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro has declared that they are the underdogs and that their one true strength against NU is Espejo. "Lahat ng ikot, may manpower sila. They have the height, so sabi ko na lang, maximize na lang namin … [Read more...] about News UAAP volleyball: Who else will step up for Ateneo?
Buboy Fernandez ready to step up if Pacquiao doesn't tap Roach Dino Maragay (philstar.com) - April 18, 2018 - 6:09pm MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to previous reports, Manny Pacquiao maintained he hasn’t decided yet on whether to tap his longtime trainer Freddie Roach to help him prepare for WBA welterweight titlist Lucas Matthysse. But the person likely to succeed Roach said he’s ready, willing and able to take over as Pacquiao’s chief cornerman if he gets the call. Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s childhood buddy and longtime assistant trainer, said he understands the huge responsibility that’s about to fall on his shoulders. “Syempre proud ka dahil kahit papaano binigay sa iyo yung responsibilidad sa laban na 'to. Dahil itong kalaban natin hindi din basta basta. Ang importante kung ano man ang natutunan natin kay Coach Freddie, naka-prepare tayo (Of course I’m proud to be given such … [Read more...] about Buboy Fernandez ready to step up if Pacquiao doesn’t tap Roach