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Lecture examines development challenges, economic prospects

first_imgRosie LoVoi | The Observer Bart W. Edes, the Asian Development Bank’s representative in North America, addresses challenges and advancements that affect developing Asian countries. He lectured in Jenkins Nanovic Hall on Monday to promote an awareness of the Asian Development Bank’s mission, which involves reducing poverty.The ADB, Edes said, does not work the same way many other banks do. “We’re a bit of a mix between a commercial bank and a program like the United Nations Development Program,” Edes said. “Our overarching mission is not to make money and give the dividends to our shareholders but to fight poverty and promote inclusive, sustainable development in developing nations.” To this end, he said the ADB is involved in financing development all across Asia in a variety of ways, from reforming education in Nepal to implementing clean energy initiatives in the Philippines to building railways in Bangladesh to constructing infrastructure for safe water in Uzbekistan. While most of what the ADB does has to do with funding projects, its employees also conduct research on economic trends of development in Asian countries over recent years.  “In the latest estimates for 2018 for developing Asia — so not including countries such as Japan — we’re looking at about a 6.3 percent increase in gross domestic product,” Edes said.Meanwhile, the United States achieved 2.4 percent growth over the same period, Edes said. The Asian economic sector appears to be one of the most quickly growing and developing that there is, Edes said.“Asian countries are working in ever more integrated and cooperative ways,” he said. When it comes to tourism, for instance, 60 percent of Chinese travelers stay inside the region, which is incredibly important to small Asian countries with large tourism industries, Edes said. The Maldives, for example, attribute 83 percent of its gross domestic product to the tourism industry, he said. While the region is experiencing rapid economic growth and development in some areas, it is still also facing a number of challenges such as poverty, climate change — which can exacerbate monsoons, storms, mudslides and other natural phenomena common to the region — and an aging population. “Asia is among the most vulnerable areas of the world when it comes to climate change,” Edes said. “This could lead to a real humanitarian crisis. We are responding in part by doubling down on our investments on climate change mitigation.” Edes said the ADB is currently committed to putting six billion dollars into countering climate change by 2020. With longevity going up and fertility rates going down across the board in Asia, the aging population may soon create a problem in some Asian countries. Edes said. A similar trend is occurring in other countries across Asia, which could lead to economic trouble as a diminishing workforce has to work increasingly hard for a growing body of dependent citizens. “By 2030, we will have almost 30 percent of Japan’s population at an age of 65 or older,” he said. Tags: ADB, Asian Development Bank, Bart W. Edes, development, Jenkins Nanovic Hall The North American representative for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) — an institution seeking to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific — Bart W. Edes, spoke in Jenkins Nanovic Hall on Monday about his experience working for the ADB for the past 16 years and the lessons he has learned about economic growth, development and challenges facing some developing Asian countries.last_img read more

Jordan Bell and Steve Kerr got into it late in Monday night’s game

first_imgLOS ANGELES – An argument flared up once again on the Warriors’ bench at the end of another game here.This time, it did not involve Kevin Durant and Draymond Green over a late-game play. This time, it was Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Jordan Bell over a late-game performance.With 4:50 remaining in the Warriors’ 130-111 victory over the Lakers on Monday, Kerr and Bell had a heated argument on the sideline. Bell declined to comment on the incident afterwards, while Kerr kept his explanation …last_img read more

Raiders add Joyner to secondary — who’s next?

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) ALAMEDA — If you’re desperate for a silver lining on the Raiders’ defense, look to the secondary.The Raiders made a quick strike Monday, reportedly coming to terms with safety LaMarcus Joyner on a four-year, $42 million deal with $16.7 guaranteed that indicates the former Rams franchise player will have a major role in 2019.After finishing last in the NFL with only five interceptions in 2017, the Raiders …last_img read more

Matt Chapman homers twice in Oakland Athletics’ win over Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The A’s split this two-game start to the Bay Bridge series with a Matt Chapman-powered 9-5 win over the Giants on Wednesday afternoon.Homer Bailey had started two games on the road (against Houston and the Chicago Cubs) and allowed 16 runs between them. In three home starts he’d allowed just seven earned runs.Oracle Park provided a strange gray area, an away game with a unique kind of home-field feel. He certainly pitched like he had most home games with the A’s, holding the …last_img read more

Tigresses lead BVR tournament Ilocos leg champs

first_imgLOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments The winning pairs of each division received P50,000 with the runnersup getting P30,000 in the event sponsored by Nestea, Smart, NLEX/SCTEX, Rebisco, PSC, and the local government of Currimao, among others. Organizers of the BVR on Tour’s seventh leg of its summer series, led by Former Ateneo stalwarts Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, also held a volleyball clinic for young enthusiasts in Ilocos Norte as part of the group’s “Sandroots” advocacy. The program aims to promote volleyball at the grassroots level by holding clinics at every stop of the tournament.“We want to be able to give the kids a chance to learn from the best coaches that we have in beach volleyball,” said Soriano. “The kids who joined were super amazing.“What we really appreciated was the kids who joined the two-hour ‘sandroots’ workshop,” said Tan. “In the end, it’s really about teaching and sharing the passion we have one province at a timADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans In the men’s university division, Malaysians Mohd Aizzat Zorki and Raja Nazmi Hussin turned back Far Easter University, 21-14, 21-18, to emerge champions in the event that has the Inquirer as media partner. “This leg had indeed the most competitive lineup of teams for the men’s division,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano. “We had teams from Malaysia and HongKong and they showcased their world-class athleticism in the shores of Currimao against our local talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The great thing about the BVR on Tour is we have tournaments every month so teams don’t get too down when they lose,” said Bea Tan, also one of the BVR’s founders.Cebu’s Jade Becaldo and Rommel Pepito, meanwhile, gutted their way out of an opening set loss before turning back Hong Kong’s Giovanni Musillo and Brian Nordberg, 18-21, 21-14, 23-21, to top the men’s open class. Mourinho relishes United’s ‘victory of pragmatism’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletescenter_img MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES UST’s Cherry Rondina gets one over San Beda’s defense in Beach Volleyball Republic in Ilocos. Contributed Photo.Traditional UAAP powerhouse University of Santo Tomas turned back San Beda, 21-12,21-14, over the weekend to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour women’s university division in Playa Tropical Currimao, Ilocos Norte. Tigresses Cherry Rondina and Ma. Cecilia Bangad defeated the Red Lioness’ pair of Iza and Ella Viray for the title. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHOlast_img read more

LeBron James takes part in shoot-around on eve of next medical evaluation

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins set for NBA return as Warriors face Clippers View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE -In this Dec. 25, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after straining his left groin during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers say James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from the groin injury. James was evaluated by the Lakers’ medical staff Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took part in the team’s shoot-around on Tuesday, a day before he was due for another evaluation of the groin injury that has sidelined him since Christmas.“He didn’t do the up-and-down stuff,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He did the half-court shooting and passing.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was to miss his 11th game when the Lakers hosted the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.Since he limped out of a 127-101 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, the Lakers have lost seven of their 10 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalton said a decision would be taken on Wednesday as to whether James will travel with the team for a two-game trip to Oklahoma City on Thursday and Houston on Saturday.“It won’t be decided until once we see what the report is,” he said. Walton said he couldn’t give specifics of James’s recent workouts, but said he continues to play a key role with the team even as he’s sidelined.“He does a lot of that when we’re not here,” Walton said. “I don’t know the amount of running he’s doing. I just know he seems to be in good spirits. He’s got another test tomorrow to get some more information on it.“He’s the leader of this team,” Walton added. “When he’s around talking to guys, it helps.”Rajon Rondo, who has been sidelined after surgery to repair a finger injury on his right hand suffered on Christmas Day, also took part in shooting drills on Tuesday.“It felt good to see those two on the court,” Walton said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Nuggets overcome Nikola Jokic suspension to beat Suns

first_imgDenver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, looks to take a shot as Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 132-95. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — When the NBA handed down Nikola Jokic’s one-game suspension Friday afternoon, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone called for two things: an explanation from the league and a second shootaround from his players.He appreciated the first and was satisfied with the second after the Nuggets rallied around their star center’s absence in routing the Phoenix Suns 132-95 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT To teammates, Tom Brady stands alone as he chases 6th ring PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “People forget, Mason Plumlee was a starter on a playoff team” in Portland, Malone said. “So, as much as we love Nikola, with Nikola not being here tonight, Mase is more than capable of taking those minutes and playing like Nikola.”All five starters reached double digits and so did reserves Malik Beasley (19 points), Monte Morris (17) and Trey Lyles (12).“That’s what good teams do,” Malone said. “When somebody’s not here, somebody else steps up.”Jokic’s absence sure didn’t turn into a blessing for Phoenix.“They didn’t need him the way they played — or the way we played,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points. They were without their own big man with DeAndre Ayton missing the game with a sprained left ankle.“We know we didn’t play well tonight,” Booker said. “It was kind of embarrassing.”VANDERBILT DEBUTNuggets rookie Jarred Vanderbilt, a 19-year-old selected in the second round of the NBA draft out of Kentucky, made his pro debut in the waning minutes after recovering from ankle and foot injuries.“I’m happy he got that first-game jitters out of the way,” said Malone, who wants Vanderbilt to get his legs under him in the G-League. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “The league was great, and I mean this,” Malone said, adding the NBA apologized for not informing him of Jokic’s suspension before the Nuggets’ noon shootaround.“They were just busting my chops in there because we brought them back in the afternoon just to walk through the plays once we knew who was in, who was out,” Malone said after emerging from his victorious locker room. “But, whatever it takes for a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMason Plumlee laughed about the extra pre-game practice.“I don’t think anyone was happy” about it, he said. “Did we need it? I don’t know. He can say it was the right move now because we played well.” In 3 minutes, Vanderbilt had a point, an assist on a full-court pass, a steal and three rebounds, then was doused by a couple of teammates with two cups of Gatorade.“He’s in the league now,” Plumlee said.LIGHT WORKJamal Murray scored 13 points but rolled his troublesome ankle again. Malone said with the big lead, there was no reason to put him back in.“That was the good thing about tonight as well: our starters, nobody played crazy minutes,” Malone said. “We were able to play a lot of guys with tomorrow being our third game in four nights, that’s always important.”TIP-INSSuns: Several of Ayton’s teammates were out with him, including his backup, Richaun Holmes (right foot). Forward T.J. Warren (sore right ankle) and guard De’Anthony Melton (right ankle) also missed the game. … The Suns fell to 4-21 on the road.Nuggets: Denver outscored Phoenix 26-2 on second-chance points. … Denver won the season series 3-1. … The Nuggets improved to 21-4 at home. … The Nuggets closed out the first half on a 23-8 run for a 70-55 lead. … Denver improved to 15-1 when holding opponents below 100 points.UP NEXTSuns: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Paul Millsap had 20 points to lead eight Nuggets in double figures, and Denver held the Suns to 40 second-half points in handing Phoenix is seventh straight loss.Jokic, the Nuggets’ leader in points, rebounds and assists, was banished for a night by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation in Utah two nights earlier.Although the suspension forced him to juggle his lineup and rotations, Malone said it didn’t “change our focus at all because that should not change no matter who’s playing in uniform. Obviously, when you are down your best player and an All-Star, other guys have to step up.”That, they did.Plumlee got the start in Jokic’s absence and had 16 points, six assists and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night when they get Jokic back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

We will have to give less chances to Belgium in next match: India captain Manpreet Singh

first_imgIndia began their journey in the Hockey World Cup on Wednesday by thrashing South Africa 5-0 at the Kalinga Stadium but captain Manpreet Singh said they will try to give minimum chances to World number three Belgium in their next match.”Overall, we played a good game but we still need to improve. We got many chances in the match but we missed them. We could not convert many of the penalty corners. Our next match is with Belgium and we should not miss the crucial chances,” Manpreet said.”Belgium are a good side. They have the ability to punish us for our mistakes. We need to keep our defence strong against them,” he added.India’s next game is against Belgium on December 2. The match is going to be a high-voltage one as Belgium also thrashed Canada by 2-1 in the opening match.Indian team coach head coach Harendra Singh said a mixture of penalty corners (PCs) and field goals ensured the win for India.”No goal was scored against India (/search?query=India) which is a good sign for us. It indicates that our defence was good in the match. The penalty corner conversion rate, however, needs to be improved,” Harendra said.He also talked about the changed role of forward player Akashdeep Singh in the team saying with his ability to eliminate one or two players while on the run is lethal for opponents.”Yes, we have changed his role as this is the demand of the team. He has got the skill and capacity to eliminate one or two players on the run. It becomes lethal for the opponents as we have three strikers who keep floating inside the circle to grab the scoring opportunity. I am happy that he is playing his role pretty well. I hope he continues doing this,” he said.advertisementThree field goals and two penalty corners helped World No.5 India register a comprehensive win in the second match of the evening.World number five India are eyeing to reclaim the World Cup after 43 years, a title which they won only once way back in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur.Simranjeet Singh (43rd, 46th minutes) scored a brace, while Mandeep Singh (10th), Akashdeep Singh (12th) and Lalit Upadhyay (45th) were the other goal getters for India against a South Africa, ranked 10 places below India.The Indians toyed with the South African defence in the first quarter as they mounted numerous attacks on the opposition goal and to their credit succeeded on two occasions to take a comfortable 2-0 lead early on.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: India hammer hapless South Africa for perfect startAlso Read | Hockey World Cup India vs South Africa: HighlightsAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULElast_img read more