Duterte's Philippines Climbs The Rankings In Economic Freedom

Duterte’s death squads have been killing democracy in Philippines, but not economic freedom. In fact, the country gained a couple of notches in the recently published 2017 Index of Economic Freedom ranking. ETF/Fund 6-month Performance (%) 12-month Performance (%) iShares MSCI iShares Japan (EWJ) 4.63 16.45 iShares MSCI South Korea (EWY) 3.76 27.60 iShare MSCI Philippines (EPHE) -14.20 3.37Source: Finance.yahoo.com 2/24/2017Published by the Heritage Foundation, the Economic Freedom report measures such things as trade freedom, business freedom, investment freedom, and the degree of property rights protection in 186 countries. In the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom, Philippines received higher marks in property rights, government integrity, regulatory efficiency, and monetary freedom, and lower marks in government spending and tax burden. While Philippines climbed in the index of economic freedom, it dropped six notches in the Corruption Index country ranking published recently by Transparency International.

February 26, 2017 23:49 UTC

Angling for a Comeback, Democratic Governors Sharpen Focus on Jobs

The most effective attacks on Mr. Trump, he said, would cast the president’s policies as harmful to the economy. During a private meeting of Democratic governors on Saturday morning that included the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, Gov. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyWith Republicans holding the White House and Congress, Democratic governors have taken a central role in shaping the party’s agenda. Where is a better health care plan?”Speaking alongside Mr. Malloy, Mr. McAuliffe said Mr. Trump had caused “tremendous damage” with his approach to immigration, including the travel ban. Addressing himself to Mr. Trump, Mr. McAuliffe said, “Mr.

February 26, 2017 23:45 UTC

Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500 on last-lap pass

Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 at the age of 38 Sunday, passing Kyle Larson on the final lap. "The more that becomes unpredictable about Daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability," Busch said. It also was the first Daytona 500 win for Stewart-Haas Racing, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart. Kyle Busch won the first stage, Kevin Harvick won the second stage and neither was a contender for the win. Roughly two hours before the race, NASCAR chairman Brian France issued drivers a stern warning about blocking.

February 26, 2017 23:44 UTC

Kurt Busch wins his first Daytona 500 in a crash-marred race

Once the carnage clears, historians will document the 2017 Daytona 500 by the pieces of sheet metal scattered throughout the iconic super-speedway. Kurt Busch survived the race to finish up front, and he certainly is a deserving veteran, but it certainly is more a testimony to fortuitous luck in avoiding the collateral damage. “I ran this race 18 years and couldn’t win it,” said Tony Stewart, one of Busch’s bosses at Stewart-Haas Racing. Starting in Daytona, races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. This year's Daytona 500 consisted of two 60-lap stages, followed by a final 80-lap stage to make up the 200 scheduled laps.

February 26, 2017 23:41 UTC

Beloved children’s author speaks out about her detainment at U.S. airport

Fox, perhaps Australia’s most famous children’s author, has written such books as “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,” which celebrates the humanity common to all children. Fox was on her way from Australia to a conference in Milwaukee on Feb. 6, scheduled to speak about this very theme, when she was detained by immigration officers at Los Angeles International Airport. [U.S. detains and nearly deports French Holocaust historian]“I was going for such a good reason,” she says of the trip, noting it would have been her 117th visit to the United States. She says the difference between her message of tolerance and her experience in the United States was too stark to ignore. Has it changed her view of the United States?

February 26, 2017 23:37 UTC

White House: Trump is likely to support request for investigation of Navy SEAL’s death

President Trump speaks to a packed ballroom during the CPAC conference at National Harbor in Maryland on Friday. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)A senior White House spokeswoman said Sunday that she thinks President Trump will support an investigation requested by the father of William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL, into the circumstances surrounding his death during a raid on al-Qaeda last month in Yemen. “I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that,” Sanders said of Trump. Sanders did not respond to a request later in the day Sunday to elaborate on what might be involved. In recent weeks, White House officials have steadfastly defended the raid as a success.

February 26, 2017 23:34 UTC

These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed.

They all voted for Trump because he’s an outsider who speaks his mind — and they like what he’s doing so far. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)But still, Schurbon likes much of what Trump is doing — and he wishes protesters would give him a break. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)Ramirez moved from rural El Salvador to New York in 1990 when he was 15. Lois Surber, a 67-year-old retired city clerk, said she didn’t like either candidate for president but voted for Trump. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)“I’m going to support what he does just because I think that we need to,” Surber said.

February 26, 2017 23:32 UTC

The NCAA Showcases Its Marketing Muscles During March Madness 2017

Although it is a non-profit organization, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) continues to do a brilliant job of marketing its March Madness men's college basketball tournament, which is celebrating its 79th year in 2017. In 2010, the NCAA was able to parlay this popularity into a TV rights agreement worth $10.8 billion over 14 years. They pass them on to their friends via word-of-mouth and social media. Nike is perhaps one of the best examples of using the news media as part of their marketing strategies. Provide traditional, digital, and social media with the information they need to publicize your products and events for free.

February 26, 2017 23:31 UTC

Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart give Brooklyn high school students the ultimate prize

Nyasha Biggs, 17, wasn't sure what to expect when she and the rest of her high school class were flown to Los Angeles to appear on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." Biggs and the other 41 students from her senior class at the Summit Academy charter school in Brooklyn received four-year scholarships that will cover costs at any state university in New York. Some told DeGeneres "thank you" and ran to hug her with tears streaming down their faces. While DeGeneres has not visited Summit Academy, members of the "Ellen" team went to the school and also held a video call with the senior class, Campbell said. The video of the Summit Academy segment on "Ellen" has been viewed 14 million times on Facebook.

February 26, 2017 23:28 UTC

To Keep U.S. Jobs, Chip Makers Share a Factory and Pin Hopes on Trump

While companies based in the United States still dominate chip sales worldwide, only about 13 percent of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity was in this country in 2015, down from 30 percent in 1990, according to government data. Chips Across America The United States has 76 chip manufacturing plants, 15 of them in Texas. Chip makers are hopeful that President Trump, who has promised large corporate tax cuts and a tougher approach to trade with China, will help them. Intel said it was talking with the Trump administration and Congress about a broad corporate tax cut as well as other ways to improve the financial incentives for chip makers to locate new projects here. Although the United States has 76 semiconductor plants, many of them are older, and few new ones are being built.

February 26, 2017 23:26 UTC

Day In The Life: Moving With Purpose

I've found that having a focused sense of purpose is important to negotiating a full life. Defining purpose is dynamic and will depend on where a person might be in her life. I've found that my purpose has become more clear as I focus on building a balanced, healthy life. I'm training for a trip that I'm taking to Bangkok, Thailand in March, to learn and train in Muay Thai kickboxing. Negotiating household duties with my spouse has been critical to my ability to start the day off right.

February 26, 2017 23:24 UTC

Leading actress nominee Ruth Negga arrives wearing what's sure to be this year's Oscar must-have accessory

The 89th Academy Awards are underway in Hollywood. Stay with us for all the winners and reactions (and to review what happened on the red carpet.) “La La Land” is in the lead with 14 Oscar nominations including actor, actress, director and picture. That ties the record shared with "All About Eve" and "Titanic." Also in the running tonight is "Arrival" and "Moonlight," each with eight nominations.

February 26, 2017 23:21 UTC

Trump supporters rally against 'Hollywood elites' ahead of the Oscars

A small group of President Trump supporters rallied Sunday in Hollywood in advance of the Academy Awards. Members of the group San Fernando Valley For Trump Celebration and others rally near the Dolby Theatre in support of the president. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times Members of the group San Fernando Valley For Trump Celebration and others rally near the Dolby Theatre in support of the president. Members of the group San Fernando Valley For Trump Celebration and others rally near the Dolby Theatre in support of the president. About 1 p.m. a small group of Trump supporters had gathered outside the station.

February 26, 2017 23:20 UTC

Red Carpets, Oscars and Products

One of the many evolutions since then is the expanding tradition of providing products to those in and around the spotlight. Product placement in film and TV production has become an art form. HBO’s “Entourage” ran a bit rampant with product placement. The event is the Red Carpet Luxury Lounge and it benefits the Best Friends Animal Society and No-Kill Los Angeles. The latter is an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society to end the killing of dogs and cats in LA city shelters.

February 26, 2017 23:19 UTC

A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare

President Trump, seen during his speech at CPAC, has repeatedly suggested that his sweeping new health-care plan is nearly complete. At one point, senior adviser Jared Kushner reminded his father-in-law that House Republicans are sketching out a different approach to providing access to coverage. (Cliff Owen/AP)This conundrum will be on full display Monday, when Trump meets at the White House with some of the nation’s largest health insurers. White House officials declined to comment for this story. Other White House advisers, according to multiple individuals who asked for anonymity to describe private discussions, have emphasized the potential political costs to moving aggressively.

February 26, 2017 23:18 UTC

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