Month: November 2019

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Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez is set for another stint overseas.The former Ateneo spiker is bound for Chinese Taipei next month to play as an import for a club team Attack Line.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Nextcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games The 24-year-old Valdez said she had already been invited to play in Taipei two years ago, but she had to turn down the offer to focus on her final playing year with the Lady Eagles.“Two years ago in the under-23 their national team coaches asked me if I could go there but I still have one more playing year left in the UAAP so I stayed here but we saw each other again in the AVC and they asked me again if I could go there,” Valdez recalled.“It’s exciting because it’s also going to be my first time in Chinese Taipei so I’m excited not only for volleyball but also to explore their culture and tradition.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Valdez announced her latest career move in an interview with her former Ateneo teammate turned TV reporter Gretchen Ho.“I just closed a deal with a Chinese Taipei club team, so I’m going to be there for the next few months,” Valdez said in a video posted by Ho.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Hopefully, there will be a lot of Filipinos there that would make me feel at home. I’m also asking for your prayers that I get to give a good showing there,” she added in Filipino.Earlier in the year, Valdez suited up in Thailand as an import for 3BB Nakornnont. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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James returns, Cavaliers debut new starting lineup

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThe King has returned.LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday after missing Cleveland’s first three games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 17 points, but also had eight turnovers in the 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Anthony, Jackson gone, but Knicks’ losing likely to continue LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PISTONS: Langston Galloway scored 16 off the bench and Andre Drummond finished with 14 points and 11 points. Detroit’s starters shot just 13 for 39 (33.3 percent) from the floor.RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Serge Ibaka added 14 and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 13.PACERS 108, MACCABI HAIFA 89Newly acquired Victor Oladipo did a little bit of everything for the Pacers as he scored 18, grabbed five rebounds, handed out four assists and had five steals.Former Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith scored 16 and pulled down seven rebounds in the loss.HAIFA: The NBA exhibition tour continued for Maccabi. Angel Rodriguez scored 15 and Oz Blayzer and Samardo Samuels added 14 apiece. Haifa actually outscored the Pacers 56-47 in the second and third quarters combined.PACERS: Darren Collison scored 15 as Indiana navigates a world without Paul George. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 and Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis each scored 12 in the win.UP NEXT: The Pacers (3-1) open the regular season by hosting the Nets on Oct. 18. Maccabi Haifa (0-2) travels to face the Trail Blazers on Friday. MOST READ Love and Wade were a combined 2 for 19 Tuesday.“I don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week,” James said. “It’s going to be for the whole season. We’re going to have changes, we’re going to make changes, we’re going to become a better team as the games go on. So, the team opening night will not be the team that we know we can be.”RAPTORS 116, PISTONS 94The Raptors never trailed as newcomer CJ Miles scored 19 points off the bench, including a 5-for-8 effort from 3-point range.Ish Smith led the Pistons with a game-high 22 points off the bench as the starting five struggled.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next It was the first chance for James to play with close friend and former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade as the Cavaliers showed off their new starting lineup. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue brought out his new starting group for the first time now that James is back. He was joined by Wade, Kevin Love and newcomers Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder. Lue announced the lineup, which includes three former MVPs on Monday. James and Rose have won regular-season MVPs and Wade was the 2006 Finals MVP.Rose finished with 13 points and Iman Shumpert added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Tonight, I was off. I could feel it,” James said. “It’s just my first action since the Finals and my timing was a little off and turnovers, I think, just trickled down to everybody. So, I made everyone’s timing off.”The starting five was expectedly rusty with the group having spent little time together. Wade was just bought out by the Bulls on Sept. 24. Crowder and Isaiah Thomas went to Cleveland as part of the Kyrie Irving trade on Aug. 30. And Love was just recently informed that he’d be moving to center with the unit from power forward. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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LaVar Ball questions Trump’s role in son’s release

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this July 7, 2017, file photo, LaVar Ball, father of Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, watches the Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA summer league basketball game, in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday, Nov. 19, that he should have left three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, accused of shoplifting in China in jail after LaVar Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in winning the players’ release during an interview Saturday, Nov. 18, with ESPN. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)WASHINGTON — Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump’s involvement in securing his son’s release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night.The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball “is unaccepting of what I did for his son” and“very ungrateful!” LaVar Ball has refused to thank Trump.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans’ Cousins ejected for swinging elbow at Westbrook Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LaVar Ball didn’t back down during the CNN interview, telling host Chris Cuomo that Trump has more important things to do than ask for his gratitude.“That’s on your mind, that a father didn’t say ‘Thank you’? And you’re the head of the U.S.? Come on,” Ball said. “There’s a lot of other things that’s going on. Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son, and let’s just stay in our lane.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall suggested that he and Chinese president Xi Jinping had more to do with securing his son’s release than the president.“Did (Trump) help the boys get out? I don’t know. If I was going to thank somebody, I probably would thank President Xi. He’s in China. He’s the president of China,” Ball said, later adding: “I helped my son get out of China. I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Read Next MOST READcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ball also pushed back against Trump’s suggestion that shoplifting “is a very big deal in China.”“It wasn’t a big deal because being raised in South Central LA, I’ve seen harsher things. I’ve seen 16, 17-year-old kids that have had to go to jail for life, that were my friends,” Ball said. “He wasn’t physical. He returned it. He fessed up to it.”LiAngelo and fellow UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley have been suspended indefinitely. They were arrested and questioned about stealing from high-end stores next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins stayed before leaving for Shanghai to play Georgia Tech. All three apologized for their actions and thanked Trump for his role in securing their release, which occurred while the president was traveling in Asia.The trio isn’t allowed to suit up, be on the bench for home games or travel with the team. Without them, No. 23 UCLA lost to Creighton on Monday night in the Hall of Fame Classic.LaVar Ball is attempting to build an empire around the basketball skills of his three sons — Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo, LiAngelo and prep prospect LaMelo — and his own bombastic personality. He started an apparel company, Big Baller Brand, with shoes that retail for $500 or more, and he got in several plugs for his products during the CNN interview.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Patriots defense pushed around in Super Bowl loss to Eagles

first_imgUS defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 City AFP official booed out of forum They had the first one of the night, on an interception by safety Duron Harmon in the first half.But they played with a different lineup against the Eagles Sunday, with starting cornerback Malcolm Butler benched in favor of Eric Rowe.Butler missed a day of practice last week with an illness. He warmed up and was in uniform, but didn’t play. It was the first Patriots game in which Butler did not play a first quarter snap since their Super Bowl win over Seattle to cap the 2014 season.Asked about the change during the television interview at halftime, coach Bill Belichick said it was a coaching decision.“I made the decisions that give us the best chance to win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Without Butler, New England’s defense — and particular the secondary — had trouble keeping Foles and Philadelphia’s offense in check.The Eagles punted only once in the game and converted on a pair of fourth downs.Rowe struggled early, giving up three catches for 66 yards, including Foles’ first touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.But New England’s secondary got the first turnover of the night when Philadelphia’s Jeffrey struggled to control a deep pass from Foles near the goal line. Stephon Gilmore got a hand on it and juggled it before it wound up in the hands of Harmon.Philadelphia used some trickery, facing fourth-and-goal on the 1 with less than a minute to play.After a timeout, the Eagles got the ball to Trey Burton on a reverse, who flipped a pass to a wide-open Foles for a touchdown.New England pulled to within 22-19 after scoring on the opening drive of the second half.The Patriots defense would break down again, though, this time letting Corey Clement get behind Marquis Flowers and McCourty for an over the shoulder 22-yard catch in the back of the end zone.Safety Patrick Chung was shaken up on that play and missed a few series. He returned to action in the fourth quarter but had to leave again late in the game with a head injury. LATEST STORIES Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) dives into the end zone over New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) for a touchdown, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. APMINNEAPOLIS — So many times this season New England’s defense made plays when it had to give Tom Brady and the Patriots offense a chance to win.But it couldn’t figure out the Philadelphia Eagles its 41-33 loss Super Bowl loss on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Nick Foles a Super Bowl MVP and unlikely folk hero in Philly John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 41 points New England allowed were more than they have given up in any Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick era. It also surrendered 613 total yards, including 373 through the air to MVP Nick Foles. LeGarrette Blount, a former Patriots running back, rushed 14 times for 90 yards and touchdown.The Patriots offense did its part. It didn’t punt and had no turnovers through three quarters. After playing from behind most of the night, Brady gave New England its first lead of the game, 33-32 on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut on the ensuing drive New England safety Devin McCourty couldn’t keep Zach Ertz from stretching the ball across the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown reception from Nick Foles that wound up being the game winner.The Patriots entered the game with 159-15 record, including a perfect 16-0 in the playoffs, when they had won the turnover battle. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Owners move 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa, LA gets 2022

first_imgJames White #28 of the New England Patriots scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYSuper Bowl 55 was moved from Los Angeles to Tampa by NFL team owners on Tuesday, days after developers delayed a new California stadium’s projected opening by a year to 2020.In addition to shifting the 2021 Super Bowl venue to Florida, owners also awarded Los Angeles the 56th Super Bowl in 2022 during league meetings in Chicago, the NFL announced.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF LATEST STORIES Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 athletes ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Real Madrid snap up ‘next Neymar’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Owners made the move five days after the new stadium project, set to be the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, was pushed back from a 2019 scheduled unveiling.Last year, NFL owners awarded the yet-to-be-built Southern California venue the 2021 Super Bowl. But record rainfall in the region caused construction delays, up to 15 feet of water flooding the excavation site, forcing delays that put the project too far behind schedule to finish in 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe current rotation of Super Bowl host cities now includes a domed venue in the cold-weather market of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Super Bowl 52 next February, then Atlanta for Super Bowl 53 in 2019, South Florida in 2020, Tampa in 2021 and Los Angeles in 2022. MOST READlast_img read more

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Teng not pleased with Thunder defense despite win

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “Like what coach said, we’re not happy because we know that our purpose here is more than just winning games. We want to improve and improve and eventually, compete for the championship. That’s really our target, so we can’t really have bad defensive games such as this,” he said.Still, Teng is pleased with his team’s 2-0 record knowing that the Thunder beat experienced teams in Cignal HD and Gamboa.“It just shows our capability. We know what we can do. We just have to really work hard for it. We can’t relax and we just have to continuously improve,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Teng lit up the scoreboards as he fired 35 points that went with three rebounds and three assists to keep the Thunder unbeaten after two games.Flying V was also efficient from the field shooting 55 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Teng acknowledges that it’s just half of the battle, with the former La Salle standout noting that the Thunder’s spot-on shooting will be for moot if it allows its opponents to shoot the same way.Flying V could not sustain their good run early as they allowed the Coffee Lovers to catch up and finish with a 53 percent clip. Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng provided the offensive firepower but the star forward knows that Flying V must hold its ground on defense for it to achieve success in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“We relaxed on defense because they scored more than 100 points,” Tenf said moments after Flying V turned back Gamboa Coffee Mix, 119-105 on Monday. “In our team, we don’t like that. It’s a big no-no for us.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Samoa Joe reigns at Extreme Rules, earns Universal title shot View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Murray Wimbledon top seed for first time

first_imgAndy Murray from Britain returns the ball during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match against Borna Coric from Croatia in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)Defending champion Andy Murray’s indifferent form of late did not prevent him being named top seed for Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday.The 30-year-old Scot and world number one — who suffered a shock first round defeat at the hands of journeyman Australian Jordan Thompson at last week’s Queen’s tournament — will not face any of his fellow members of the ‘Big Four’ until the semi-finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Men1. Andy Murray (GBR), 2. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 3. Roger Federer (SUI), 4. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 5. Stan Wawrinka (SUI), 6. Milos Raonic (CAN), 7. Marin Cilic (CRO), 8. Dominic Thiem (AUT), 9. Kei Nishikori (JPN), 10. Alexander Zverev (GER)11. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 13. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), 14. Lucas Pouille (FRA), 15. Gael Monfils (FRA), 16. Gilles Muller (LUX), 17. Jack Sock (USA), 18. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP), 19. Feliciano Lopez (ESP), 20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)21. Ivo Karlovic (CRO), 22. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 23. John Isner (USA), 24. Sam Querrey (USA), 25. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP), 26, Steve Johnson (USA), 27. Mischa Zverev (GER), 28. Fabio Fognini (ITA), 29. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 30. Karen Khachanov (RUS), 31. Fernando Verdasco (ESP), 32. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)Women1. Angelique Kerber (GER), 2. Simona Halep (ROM), 3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 4. Elina Svitolina (UKR), 5. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 6. Johanna Konta (GBR), 7. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS), 8. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK), 9. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 10. Venus Williams (USA)11. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 12. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA), 13. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), 14. Garbine Muguruza (ESP), 15. Elena Vesnina (RUS), 16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS), 17. Madison Keys (USA), 18. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT), 19. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI), 20. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)21. Caroline Garcia (FRA), 22. Barbora Strycova (CZE), 23. Kiki Bertens (NED), 24. Coco Vandeweghe (USA), 25. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP), 26. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO), 27. Ana Konjuh (CRO), 28. Lauren Davis (USA), 29. Daria Kasatkina (RUS), 30. Zhang Shuai (CHN), 31. Roberta Vinci (ITA), 32. Lucie Safarova (CZE) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Novak Djokovic, whose form has also taken a turn for the worse, Roger Federer, fresh from winning at Halle, and Rafael Nadal, reinvigorated after triumphing at the French Open, are all seeded in the top four with Murray for the first time at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2014.Djokovic — a three-time Wimbledon champion — and seven-time champion Federer both benefit from the Wimbledon organisers’ habit of not sticking blindly to the world rankings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDjokovic is raised to second seed despite being the world number four, and the Swiss master is promoted to third seed from a global ranking of five with second-ranked Nadal dropping down to fourth seed.World number three Stan Wawrinka — overwhelmed by Nadal in the French Open final — has never reached the last four at Wimbledon and drops to fifth seeding. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Football, showbiz stars set for Messi’s wedding Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’? View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The player in the men’s draw who gains most benefit from Wimbledon’s liberal seedings policy is Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who is lifted 10 places from 26th in the world to 16th on account of his love of grass. The women’s draw sees world number one and last year’s beaten finalist Angelique Kerber of Germany top the seedings with Romania’s French Open finalist Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina rounding out the top four.Defending champion Serena Williams is absent as she awaits giving birth to her first child. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is seeded 11 and provided she recovers from an abdominal injury, which ruled her out of Eastbourne this week, could provide a fairytale winner after suffering severe wounds to her left playing hand while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home last December. Seeds for Wimbledon (July 3rd – July 16th)ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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Ravena on joining PBA Draft: Only thing left to be done is pass application form

first_imgLATEST STORIES And should Kiefer make his decision final after the Fiba Asia in Lebanon and SEAG in Kuala Lumpur, he is about to put one over his dad again in the PBA Draft, with Bong selected fifth overall by San Miguel in 1992.Like the SEAG medal count, Kiefer’s old man will again have no chance to get even with him on this one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If I can make the SEA Games team and we win, I would become the first player to win four gold medals in the event,” he said.He even named the man with whom he is tied with for the current record.“Kuya Rommel (Adducul) also won three,” Ravena went on. “I could win it four straight. And that’s a lot compared to the number that my dad won.”“He only has one,” Kiefer said with a laugh, referring to dad Bong Ravena’s 1991 championship, and the younger Ravena even pointed out that his old man’s only SEAG title came 20 years before he won the first of his three.Bong Ravena didn’t have the chance to win more as he turned pro the following year to win top rookie honors that season in the PBA after upsetting eventual all-time great Vergel Meneses.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There are just some people who would need to know of my decision,” the former UAAP MVP with Ateneo added.Without a doubt the most decorated amateur in the land today, Ravena will definitely be the No. 1 pick when the rookie proceedings are held sometime in October – unless someone of greater skill and size comes along, which is quite hard to fathom at the moment while looking at the talent in the local collegiate leagues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“When is the (Draft application) deadline, by the way?” he even asked with a smile.The 6-foot Ravena is dead set on playing at least two more international events before formalizing everything as he guns for a record no basketball player in the Philippines has ever held. Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – With the way he talked on Friday night, Kiefer Ravena is in his final tours of duty with Gilas Pilipinas – three tournaments at the most until the end of August – before he comes back as a National player later on as a professional.“As far as I’m concerned, the only thing left to be done is pass my application form for the (PBA) Draft,” Ravena said before Gilas practice as the Filipinos prepare to slug it out with title favorite Canada 150 at the start of the 39th Jones Cup Invitational in this thriving island.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Paid news breaches the trust of readers

first_imgPaid news is deceit. A publication that offers editorial space for sale in a manner that it is meant to look exactly like a news story is not just putting a “For Sale” sign on the sanctum sanctorum of editorial space, but is also peddling our trust.Think about it: the reason any advertiser would want to buy “paid news”, is that there is little that differentiates it as an advertisement from legitimate content. The latter is what we read and trust as an independent effort of a correspondent, and an editor taking a judgment call on what is to be communicated to us, the readers.Paid news, on the other hand, gives you no indication that what you are reading is sponsored content. In newspapers, there is no difference in typeface or background colour to differentiate it from regular news. On television, we rarely see the word “advertisement” on the screen whenever there is a sponsored show that looks like a regular news show.Large media houses have also begun taking equity in firms that don’t want to pay by cash – a business model known as “private treaties”. These deals are usually advertising- space-for-equity barters. As media houses are in the business of news, it becomes an open case of conflict of interest when newspapers and television channels become investors in companies that they might report on.Faith:Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the stock markets regulator, wants all media houses to disclose their private treaties investments in companies that are listed or are in the process of being listed.advertisementThis is a welcome move. If implemented earnestly, it will protect investors and readers. The reader and the investor have every right to know about these private arrangements so that they are not fooled by media reports.In paid news, the advertiser fundamentally wants to overcome “banner blindness”, the changing of channels during ads, and indeed a certain degree of defensive scepticism that one associates with the pitch that an advertisement makes. Print sells text, television sells sponsored shows and radio, even though it doesn’t broadcast news, sells what is euphemistically termed “anchor mentions”.We may bemoan the quality of news being delivered to us but as readers, we don’t just buy a publication, or just watch a channel. Consciously or subconsciously, we put our faith in the notion that the intent behind information and opinion being served hasn’t been prostituted.But what if the advertisers are individuals or even firms who merely want to insure themselves against unfavourable news in the future? We don’t expect the publication to be up for sale or for negative coverage to be a precursor to extortion from an election candidate; the words “caveat emptor” (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) probably don’t even occur to us.As any public relations executive will testify, they’re in the business of managing perception, and a key part of that is to manage the perception of our gatekeepers – the journalists. This is not new: journalists are wined and dined, taken on international “junkets”, gifted “demo” products that are never taken back; as a result, some of them are more favourably inclined. But it can become ugly.There is, for instance, a well-documented investigation by SEBI highlighting collusion between a major business publication’s journalist, a PR agency and significant shareholder of the Pyramid Saimira stock to manipulate its share price, by forging a SEBI letter, and then making public announcements to mislead investors, which were reported in the publication.For some journalists, it’s about favour and trust; for some, it is about the lure of power and a Rajya Sabha membership. But we don’t know what happens behind the scenes, do we? What we perceive as readers or viewers is often our reality. This is the corruption of our beliefs at its subtlest, on par with the practice of rewriting history books.Some media publications audaciously have rate cards, with the rationale: why not just do away with the middlemen – the journalists.Politics:According to a report submitted to the Press Council of India ( PCI) by a task force assigned to investigate this malaise (a copy is available at http:// presstalk. blogspot. com), it’s not that many media organisations are selling just your trust: during the 2009 general elections, many of them resorted to extortion.The report mentions allegations of publications denying coverage to politicians unless money was paid and even publishing negative coverage. Some news entities are upfront about their political or ideological leaning; paid news, on the other hand, is about putting these leanings up for sale. Funnily enough, the PCI report cites instances of specific newspapers carrying reports of two opposing candidates being likely to win the same elections.advertisementWhat this amounts to is indirect mass rigging of elections, and strikes at the very core of our democracy.Private treaties, however, are even more dangerous. Times Private Treaties, from the Times of India Group, won an award in 2009 in the “Innovative Business Models Contest” organised by the PubliGroupe and International Newsmedia Marketing Association.HT Media does both ads for equity and property deals; Network18 has Synergy18 for such deals. Business Standard had reported in 2008 that Dainik Bhaskar and Jagran Prakashan were also considering this model.At its core, private treaties is much more than just a business model. While it is legitimate for media businesses to take a stake in any company, it creates a financial bond between the two, and the linkages are far deeper than those between advertisers and publications.It is a marriage of their risks and growth. For its own financial growth, it is in the publication’s interest to further the cause of the company it has invested in, since the value of its investment is directly dependent on the growth or decline of the value of the company.An example of how a private treaty model works is available as a part of a draft red herring prospectus filing from Planet41, a mobile value added services company. The filing (at http:// www. sebi. gov. in/ dp/ planet4 1. pdf ) indicates that Brand Equity Treaties Limited (BETL) bought 2.88 per cent, by investing Rs 2.54 crore in Planet41, allowing the company to place advertising worth Rs 4.8 crore, of which Rs 80 lakh will be paid until the IPO.The company would have to pay BETL 33 per cent of the value of the advertising in cash, back, and post listing, 50 per cent. Once listed, depending on how investors perceive the company, the value of the 2.88 per cent stake will change. There is no mention of coverage, but favourable news coverage does tend to push up stock prices, and unfavourable reports can pull it down.While this merely suggests that media companies are corruptible, and not necessarily corrupt, let’s ask a simple question: over 200 companies having done such deals, most of them covered by publications that have invested in them, when was the last time you read disclosure from the news publication, accompanying the story? Now take into account the scale of operations – media companies have cross holdings across platforms – Print, Internet, Radio, DTH and Mobile.Accountability:To be sure, no amount of government or regulatory threats to censure will work because the advertisers pay for your eyeballs.You can never tell if media houses haven’t been promised bribes as full page advertisements, in order to go soft on an upcoming, disastrous and corrupt international sports event.Readers must therefore demand accountability from their publications, and choose those which disclose their interests.advertisementAdvertisers need to be told that readers are more than just a constituent of a circulation figure or a TRP. We also have much greater access to content from various global sources. Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming key sources of news, with people who we trust recommending news articles.Online, there’s always someone lurking to correct, critique or criticise coverage in the comments, holding the publication accountable. Sources that flaunt their disclosures and are open about their mistakes are those that value your trust as a reader. That’s an opportunity in trust for media businesses to pursue: to aggressively use disclosures as a differentiator; else, the readers will make their own choices. And advertising will follow the reader, as it has done in the west.The writer is the Editor of MediaNama ( www. medianama. com), an online publicationlast_img read more

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