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Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarJan 12th, 2018

Marvel seeks Pinoy talent in Asia thrust

MANILA: Chinese superheroes will soon be joining the pantheon of larger-than-life Marvel universe mainstays Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, a company official said as the comic book giant makes a major thrust into Asia. As part of a push to grow its Asia fanbase, the Disney-owned franchise has released mobile games in China, opened [...] The post Marvel seeks Pinoy talent in Asia thrust appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Marvel creates Chinese superheroes to attract Asian fans

Chinese superheroes will soon be joining the pantheon of larger-than-life Marvel universe mainstays Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, a company official said as the comic book giant makes a major thrust into Asia. As part of a push to grow its Asia fanbase, the Disney-owned franchise has released mobile games in China, opened "Marvel Stores" in South Korea and is searching for artistic talent in the Philippines, Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski said. "We have been making great strides especially in Asia. We try to hire more Asian creators, writers and artists to bring a piece of their culture to Marvel comics," he said in Manila where he visited a De La Salle-College of S...Keep on reading: Marvel creates Chinese superheroes to attract Asian fans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Gilas makes it two in a row at the World Cup qualifiers

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter THE solid start of the Philippines in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup 2019 continued with Gilas Pilipinas defeating Chinese Taipei, 90-83, in Group B action last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to book its second win in as many games in the tournament. Came […] The post Gilas makes it two in a row at the World Cup qualifiers appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

Gilas makes it two in a row at the World Ccup qualifiers

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter THE solid start of the Philippines in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup 2019 continued with Gilas Pilipinas defeating Chinese Taipei, 90-83, in Group B action last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to book its second win in as many games in the tournament. Came […] The post Gilas makes it two in a row at the World Ccup qualifiers appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017

Tale of 2 cities: Olympics sponsors in Pyeongchang and Tokyo

em>By Youkyung Lee and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press /em> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Winter Olympics coming to South Korea in February offer an example of the Olympian efforts often required to meet corporate sponsorship goals. Tokyo tells a different story: The coffers are already overflowing for the 2020 Summer Games. It's a tale of two cities and two Olympics — winter and summer. Pyeongchang is a little-known destination in one of South Korea's poorest provinces. It is the 'little town that could,' bidding twice unsuccessfully for the Winter Olympics before winning on its third try. A final push enabled it to reach its sponsorship target of 940 billion won ($830 million) in September, with just five months to go. Tokyo is an established global capital, and the Summer Games usually generate more excitement — and more money. Organizers have raised 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) in sponsorship, twice any previous Olympics. International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates describes it as a remarkable achievement. The divergent experiences of two Asian host cities illustrate the challenges that smaller bidders face, as well as South Korea's dependence on the big family-owned companies that dominate its economy. Not that Tokyo is home-free. The cost of the 2020 Games has nearly doubled from initial projections. As with most Olympics, taxpayers will have to foot a good part of the bill. ___ strong>WHERE 'CHAEBOLS' RULE /strong> Starting with the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea has used mega-events such as the soccer World Cup to raise the profile of the country and its manufacturing exporters. Pyeongchang is different. The project was initiated by local politicians in an area long alienated politically and economically in South Korea's rise to prosperity. Some feared people would confuse the city's name with Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. They couldn't count on the automatic support of the huge family-run conglomerates, known as 'chaebol,' such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG. 'When such mega-events were the nation-state's key project, the chaebol were called on and were expected to become the leading participants,' said Joo Yu-min, a professor at the National University of Singapore who co-authored a book on South Korea's use of mega-events. In the end, the national government brought the conglomerates in, first in the bid process, and then for sponsorship. That underscores both the outsized role they play in the economy and their close ties with government. They owe a debt to special treatment from the government, which in turn used them to industrialize the country after the devastating 1950-53 Korean War. After Pyeongchang's bid was rejected a second time, the government called on Samsung and others to help. The president even pardoned Lee Kun-hee, the patriarch of the Samsung founding family who had been an IOC member but voluntarily suspended his membership after being indicted for tax evasion. The IOC reinstated Lee in 2010 with a reprimand and some restrictions, allowing him to lobby heavily for what became Pyeongchang's winning bid in 2011. It took three years for the organizing committee to sign its first domestic sponsor, KT Corp., the country's second-largest mobile carrier. Again, the national government asked the conglomerates for help. All the major ones signed on, after the office of then-President Park Geun-hye made a special request and multichannel pressures for financial assistance, Joo said. Elsewhere, companies may weigh sponsorship decisions based more on the marketing benefits. 'In South Korea, companies make donations out of a sense of duty that they are being part of the national event,' said Park Dong Min, the executive director overseeing membership at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sponsors who signed up late weren't willing to give as much, because there was less time to enjoy the marketing benefits. A bank that signed on less than a year before the Games significantly reduced its sponsorship. To top it off, a massive sports-related political corruption scandal rocked South Korea in 2016, just when Pyeongchang was making last-ditch efforts to raise sponsorship. 'Companies showed some reluctance' to sponsor the Olympics, said Eom Chanwang, director of the Pyeongchang organizing committee marketing team. 'Nevertheless, they still joined.' The scandal brought down Park, the president. Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung group, received a five-year sentence for bribery. Lee, who has appealed, had become de facto chief of the Samsung group after his father Lee Kun-hee, the IOC member pardoned in late 2009, fell ill. It was the younger Lee who signed an agreement with IOC President Thomas Bach to extend Samsung Electronics' sponsorship of the Olympics globally through 2020. Samsung declined interviews for this story. With the scandal still fresh in people's minds, major companies have held back from launching full-fledged marketing to promote the Games. 'Samsung traditionally has done consumer marketing through the Olympics, but because its chief is in jail, it cannot do as much these days,' said Kim Do-kyun, a sports professor at Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Physical Education. The Pyeongchang Games were the biggest victim of the scandal, he said. ___ strong>SUMMER OF '64 /strong> The president of Japan's biggest toilet manufacturer was seven years old when the Olympics first came to Japan. TOTO Ltd. made news in 1964 for its prefabricated toilet-and-bath units that helped speed the construction of a luxury hotel, the New Otani, in time for the Games. The company, now known for high-tech toilets that baffle some foreign visitors, is back as a sponsor of Tokyo 2020. 'I feel our company and the Olympics have been bonded by fate,' TOTO president Madoka Kitamura said at a sponsorship signing ceremony at the same hotel last year. The $2.7 billion in sponsorship for Tokyo 2020 is more than three times the original estimate. By comparison, sponsorship revenue was $848 million in Rio de Janeiro last year, and about $1.2 billion for both London 2012 and Beijing 2008. The Winter Olympics typically attract less, though Sochi, Russia, raised $1.2 billion in 2014. Analysts attribute Tokyo's success to both patriotism and a sense of nostalgia for the 1964 Summer Games. They were much more than a sports contest for Japan. They were a moment of pride, marking the country's return as an industrial power after the devastation of World War II and a seven-year U.S. occupation. 'All of Japan still recognizes the unique role that the 1964 Olympics played in Japan's stepping out onto the world stage,' said Michael Payne, a former IOC marketing director who now works as a consultant. 'Many of the CEOs of top Japanese companies would have been young kids back in '64 and are very aware of the role those Games played for the psychological recovery from the Second World War.' They grew up with the high-speed 'Shinkansen' bullet train, inaugurated in 1964; modern expressways and western-style toilets, all symbols of Japan's postwar economic growth. 'Now they have become business leaders, they want to contribute and leave something behind that can be remembered for the next 50 years,' said Masahiko Sakamaki, executive director of marketing for the Tokyo organizing committee. He said that memories of the recovery may have boosted interest in sponsorship, as Japan was still reeling from a deadly 2011 earthquake and tsunami when Tokyo won the bid in 2013. Sakamaki said the organizing committee started receiving sponsorship inquiries as soon as it was established in 2014, before the official start of sponsorship contracts in 2015. There is so much interest that the IOC is allowing Tokyo to have multiple sponsors in some categories, instead of the usual one, including in aviation, newspaper publishing, electronics and banking. TOTO officials won't say how much they are contributing, but media reports say companies in its sponsorship category give between 6 billion and 15 billion yen ($53 million to $133.5 million). Tokyo 2020 wouldn't comment on those reports. 'We believe our presence as part of an all-Japan effort toward a successful Olympics will enhance our favorable brand image,' said Mariko Shibasaki, the company's senior planner for sports communication. Thanks in part to robust sponsorship revenue, the organizing committee has increased its contribution to the cost of the games from 500 billion to 600 billion yen ($5.3 billion). The sponsorship revenue makes up half of the income in the privately-run organizing committee's operating budget. Other revenue comes from the International Olympic Committee, marketing and ticket sales. The overall cost of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated at 1.4 trillion yen (12.4 billion) with the Tokyo government shouldering 600 billion yen ($5.3 billion) and the remaining 200 billion yen (1.8 billion) paid by the national government and local governments hosting events. ___ em>Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo. Associated Press writer Stephen Wade in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this story. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Drummond under pressure as Pistons try to rebound

em>By Noah Trister, Associated Press /em> Now entering his sixth NBA season, Andre Drummond is walking a fine line between franchise player and enigma. That’s a reputation the Detroit center sounds eager to shed. “I’m 24 now,” Drummond said. “Obviously over the time, you’re going to mature and things are going to start becoming more serious.” The Pistons are coming off a disappointing 2016-17 campaign in which they missed the postseason. There are any number of ways they could improve — if point guard Reggie Jackson has a healthier season, or if newcomer Avery Bradley makes a major impact in the backcourt — but the biggest issue may be Drummond’s potential , and how close he will come to fulfilling it. After his first couple seasons, Drummond looked like a steal for Detroit with the No. 9 pick in the 2012 draft. He became one of the most productive rebounders in the league, and his athleticism in the lane made him an inviting target for alley-oop passes from whoever the team’s playmakers were on a given night. Drummond averaged 16.2 points and 14.8 rebounds in 2015-16, helping the Pistons make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, but even that season, his poor foul shooting was such an issue that coach Stan Van Gundy had a hard time trusting him late in games. Then last season — immediately after receiving a $130 million, five-year contract — he averaged only 13.6 points and 13.8 rebounds. His offensive rebounding average dipped to 4.3, Drummond’s lowest since his rookie season. This offseason included a procedure to correct a deviated septum, which Drummond said improved his breathing. That could be a big help to a player whose energy is so important. “Andre’s been a fixture here,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I think that all he’s got to do basically is get locked in. He’s done a good job — he got his breathing corrected, which I think will help him. He’s focused on his conditioning. When he plays with great energy, everything else takes care of itself.” Here are a few other things to watch with the Pistons this season: strong>JACKSON’S HEALTH: /strong> Although Drummond is on the spot, Jackson also had his struggles after issues with his knee before the start of last season. He’s still been somewhat limited this preseason. strong>BRADLEY ARRIVES: /strong>The Pistons had an interesting decision to make on guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was a restricted free agent after last season. They ended up renouncing his rights and trading Marcus Morris to Boston for Bradley, who averaged 16.3 points last season for the Celtics. strong>NEXT GENERATION: /strong> Detroit got only 4.4 points per game last season from Stanley Johnson, a first-round draft pick in 2015. Last year’s first rounder, Henry Ellenson, appeared in only 19 games for the Pistons. Detroit took Duke’s Luke Kennard in the first round this year, and the Pistons could use some significant production from this trio — especially after Morris was traded. strong>OUTSIDE SHOOTING: /strong> Only two teams shot a lower percentage than the Pistons from 3-point range in 2016-17, but Bradley (39 percent last season) should be an upgrade from Caldwell-Pope in that regard. strong>NEW ARENA: /strong> The Pistons said goodbye to The Palace last season and have moved into a new venue downtown that they’re sharing with the Detroit Red Wings. The last few seasons in Auburn Hills included some poor attendance, so anything the new building can do to improve the atmosphere would be a help. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Bombers book return ticket to Final Four

A season ago, Jose Rizal University missed out on the Final Four party. Now in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, they are back and better than ever. Yet again leaning on what is turning out to be their trademark total team effort, the Heavy Bombers weathered the storm brought about by late-bloomer Mapua University for a 62-58 decision on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. With the win, Vergel Meneses’ boys ascended to 11-6 and assured themselves of a seat in the playoffs. A season ago, they placed fifth. Clearly, they have learned their lessons as they have ridden a four-game winning streak to return to the Final Four. It wasn’t easy, however, as up against a team which has long been eliminated from contention but is coming off back-to-back wins, JRU figured in a close contest. Drawing from the maturity it has gotten throughout the tournament, however, they had Ervin Grospe and Jed Mendoza get back-to-back buckets to increase a slim two-point lead into a more comfortable 62-56 advantage inside the last three minutes. Laurenz Victoria again neared the Cardinals to within four, but from that point, the Heavy Bombers’ defense wouldn’t budge anymore as several shots from Andoy Estrellla didn’t come close to going in. That defensive stand allowed Meneses’ boys to get away with no makes of their own in the same time frame. BOX SCORES JRU 62 - Teodoro 19, Mendoza 10, Sawat 9, Grospe 8, Lasquety 6, Bordon 4, Abdulrazak 2, Poutouochi 2, David 2, Dela Virgen 0. MAPUA 58 - Orquina 14, Pelayo 11, Bunag 10, Victoria 8, Estrella 8, Raflores 6, Aguirre 1, Gabo 0, Jimenez 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-17, 36-32, 52-47, 62-58. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

From Under This Hat: Finding out I always had an Ili

The authors for the Baguio History reasearch are finalizing the book this year after a long long hiatus and I am very glad that it is. Following it always makes me go back in time and helps me recognize timelines, milestones and significant or special places in the town I grew up in......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 11th, 2017

Dealing with a ‘Lunatic:’ A comic book review

No matter what they say, one can’t help but judge a book by its cover. That’s certainly what makes Lunatic (Meganon Comics, 2015) intriguing—the front cover features a hooded woman with a small moon hovering over her hand. The back co.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 24th, 2016

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book makes record UK and US sales

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book makes record UK and US sales.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2016

Gov’t makes partial award of Treasury bonds

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday made a partial award of fresh three-year Treasury bonds (T-bonds), as the Treasury tried to temper increase in rates. At its auction on Tuesday, the Bureau of the Treasury raised just P14.891 billion out of the planned P20-billion borrowing from the fresh bonds maturing on Jan. 25, 2021. The Treasury said the […] The post Gov’t makes partial award of Treasury bonds appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News1 hr. 47 min. ago

What to Expect at ComicCon Asia 2018!

MANILA, Philippines – ICYMI: Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics, is coming to Manila to attend the very first ComicCon Asia on March 24 and 25! But that’s not all the big event has in store. As ComicCon Asia event producer Pauline Sofia Laping pointed out, “What makes ComicCon ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 48 min. ago

NASA test-runs Kilopower, a nuclear reactor able to sustain a habitat on Mars

There must be something gratifying if not romantic about flying to Mars. The late David Bowie sang about the red planet, wondering out loud if there is life out there. Science fiction writers Ray Bradbury and Alan Moore, on the other hand, entertained all the possibilities that could happen in the great, wide universe (or multiverses, if you preach Schrdinger), from a superhero building a glass castle on Mars to the invasion of Martians by humans in search of a new planet to call home. But although living on Mars isn't as feasible as sending a rocket ship full of astronauts willing to colonize Martians,scientists Patrick McClure and David Poston's Kilopower project makes the quest...Keep on reading: NASA test-runs Kilopower, a nuclear reactor able to sustain a habitat on Mars.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 1 min. ago

Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River Thames

It's no flying car, but Harry Potter fans are being courted in a new river cruise that makes stops at key filming locations like 4 Privet Drive, the real-world inspiration for Hogwarts, and the Warner Bros. Studio where the Harry Potter movies were made. Admittedly, at around $4,190 (almost P214,000) a person, the "Harry Potter Magic Cruise Itinerary" is not exactly aimed at the modest Muggle. To kick off their sailing and set the scene, guests start with a traditional English Cream Tea at the Hotel Stafford in London. After a champagne welcome onboard their floating home, the Magna Carta, and the first of several Hogwarts-inspired dinners, guests set off the next morning on...Keep on reading: Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River Thames.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 1 min. ago

Food Prints With Sandy Daza Season 3: What Makes The Gumataotao s Chicken Kelaguin So Good?

Tag along with Chef Sandy Daza in his one of a kind food adventure!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 1 min. ago

Finally, a blood test to screen for early-stage cancer

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have developed a blood test that will detect early signs of the eight most common cancers normally diagnosed in their late stages, according to research published in the journal Science. This means early detection will finally be available for patients who have cancer of the ovary, liver, pancreas, esophagus, bowel, lungs or breast. The screening test, then known as "liquid biopsy" and now called CancerSEEK, works by looking for mutated DNA that dying cells shed into the blood, and protein biomarkers associated with bowel, breast, liver, lung, esophageal, ovarian, pancreatic and stomach cancer. The test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regula...Keep on reading: Finally, a blood test to screen for early-stage cancer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Sweet but toxic

We were recently invited to a party that had enticing desserts which obviously used all sorts of food coloring. Even for adults, artificial coloring makes food appealing---much more so for children. Sweets like ice candy and gulaman seem more delectable and mouthwatering when they come in bright red, orange and green. Cooked shrimps look more fresh and appetizing with a reddish food coloring. Beware, though. Some industrial dyes used for food coloring can be toxic to the body. Some of these may contain coloring dyes used in shoe or floor polish. In small quantities, they may not cause harm, but, with chronic intake, they can cause diseases like cancer. I recall, a few years ago,...Keep on reading: Sweet but toxic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Super Bowl: Pats vs Eagles

WASHINGTON — Defending champion New England reached the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons Sunday, edging Jacksonville, 24-20, to book an NFL championship showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tom Brady’s two fourth-quarter touchdown passes rallied the Patriots into Super Bowl 52 against an Eagles squad that humbled the NFL’s top-rated defensive unit […] The post Super Bowl: Pats vs Eagles appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Patriots will defend Super Bowl crown against Eagles

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Defending champion New England reached the Super Bowl for the 3rd time in 4 seasons on Sunday, January 21, edging Jacksonville 24-20 to book an NFL championship showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tom Brady's two 4th-quarter touchdown passes rallied the Patriots into Super Bowl 52 against an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Aces pound Gin Kings

Banking on a big third quarter, the Aces bombarded the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings from inside and out to score a 97-83 victory on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo, signaling the return to form of the traditional powerhouse that lingered in mediocrity the past two conferences. It was the third straight win after two losses for the Aces, who made the most out of the Gin Kings' lack in size to book the most impressive win of their run that coach Alex Compton hopes would open the gates for their return to the list of elite teams. "There's a small person in Greg Slaughter who didn't play and I think he would have had an impact in this game," Compton said...Keep on reading: Aces pound Gin Kings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018