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Alan Menken, 'La La Land' lyricists to write music for live-action 'Aladdin'

Alan Menken, 'La La Land' lyricists to write music for live-action 'Aladdin'.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 17th, 2017

Disney announces cast for 'Aladdin' live-action film

Disney announces cast for 'Aladdin' live-action film.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017

Hot Stuff: Bring The FamBam To Broadway's "Sister Act" Musical With Original Music By Alan Menken

The awesomeness you'll get when the "Beauty and the Beast" composer and Whoopi Goldberg team up!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

Spotlight is on top young talent in 2017 SLAM Rising Stars

Team Hype battles Team Punks once again in the fourth-ever SLAM Rising Stars. More importantly, however, the best of the best high school standouts come together once again in the 2017 edition of the annual showcase set for Sunday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. UAAP MVP Juan Gomez de Liano steers Team Hype against the NCAA MVP Troy Mallillin-fueled Team Punks with tip-off at 6:00 PM. All of the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com/slam. University of the Philippines-bound Gomez de Liano will be backstopped by NCAA champions Rom Junsay and Will Gozum of Malayan High School of Science and UAAP Finals MVP L-Jay Gonzales of Far Eastern University-Diliman. Completing the team to be coached by Alaska’s Tony De La Cruz as well as Ateneo de Manila High School’s Joe Silva are Robert Minerva and Jonas Tibayan of Chiang Kai Shek High School; Carlo Abadeza of Arellano High School; Martin Romero of De La Salle Zobel; Rhayyan Amsali and Winderlich Coyoca of Nazareth School of National University; and Germy Mahinay and Josh Tagala of San Beda High School. At the opposite side, Mallillin, who is headed for DLSU, will be flanked by UAAP champion Kenji Roman and NCAA champion Jasper Salenga. They will be mentored by former pro Willie Miller along with DLSZ assistant coach Gian Nazario. Rounding out their squad are Arellano’s Guilmer Dela Torre and Aaron Fermin; Ateneo’s Dave Ildefonso, CKSC’s Miguel Oczon; NU’s John Lloyd Clemente and Karl Penano; San Beda’s Sam Abu Hijleh; together with College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills’ Unique Naboa and Hope Christian School’s Harvey Pagsanjan. --- Follow this write on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Music! Wifi! Olympians impressed with Pyeongchang perks

TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer   The first impression some members of the USA Luge team got regarding how the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will operate came on the bus ride from the airport to the mountain resort where they're staying. Sensing the athletes were weary after long flights, the bus stopped for lunch. Whether it's the South Korean volunteers learning all the names of athletes, offering wireless connectivity just about everywhere or even letting sliders pick what sort of music they want to hear on the start ramp, many of those vying for spots on next year's U.S. Olympic Team are liking what they're seeing so far from Pyeongchang and the surrounding areas. 'They're asking a lot of questions,' doubles luge veteran Matt Mortensen said from South Korea on Tuesday. 'They're doing the right things and everybody just seems really happy to be putting on this show for the world.' A dry run for the Olympics is essentially going on right now in the Pyeongchang area; cross country, nordic combined, luge, speed skating, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, figure skating and curling either have held or are currently contesting international events there, and other sports — alpine skiing, nordic skiing, bobsled, skeleton and biathlon included — are will do so in the next few weeks. 'It's kind of surreal thinking that next year is the Olympics and they'll be here,' U.S. speed skater Mia Manganello said after she competed in Pyeongchang at the world single distance championships this month. 'Hopefully, I'll be able to represent as well.' It's a critical time for athletes, and even more critical for the hosts. These test events, as they're known, are designed to both welcome the world and work out the kinks before the Olympics. U.S. Olympic Committee sport performance chief Alan Ashley was in South Korea this month, and said he left the venues and villages convinced that Pyeongchang will be — or is — ready. 'These test events are good opportunities to check things out and give us an idea of what to expect for the games,' US Skiing Freestyle Program Director Todd Schirman said. 'Obviously, the environment a year from now will be different, but every note we can take away ... will help us ensure we have the best plan in place to compete at the highest level in 2018.' For skiers and sliders, the time in South Korea is of particular importance. Figuring out the lay of the land, the culture, the food, that's all vital to anyone planning to compete in Pyeongchang. But for some sports — figure skating, speed skating, curling, hockey — the field of play won't be much different in South Korea than it will be anywhere else in the world. In the sports like skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge, every venue around the world can seem quite different, and figuring out how to attack those courses or tracks is rarely easy. Luge athletes are getting about 25 runs this week on the track at the Alpensia Sliding Center, with hopes of coming up with some sort of game plan to master turns most had never seen until a few days ago. 'Right now, I'm definitely just focused on getting down,' two-time world luge champion Erin Hamlin said. 'I'm still figuring it out.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

NBA to stream first regular-season game via Facebook

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK -- For the first time, the NBA will stream a regular-season game via Facebook Live.  On Sunday, Jan. 8 (Jan. 9, PHL time), the NBA will stream the Sacramento Kings-Golden State Warriors matchup to fans in India across the Facebook Pages of the NBA, the Kings and the Warriors.  This game marks the Kings’ fourth annual Bollywood Night, a celebration of traditional Indian culture, cinema and music. The Facebook stream will feature the league’s newly released “NBA Mobile View” feed, delivering a closer shot of the action optimized for viewing on the smaller screens of tablets and phones. “We are excited to once again take part in an innovative league initiative that will provide a unique experience for our fans in India,” said Warriors President & COO Rick Welts. “We are always looking for ways to utilize technology for opportunities to connect with our diverse group of fans throughout the world and are thrilled to engage with our followers in India tomorrow night.” The Warriors have been at the forefront of many NBA initiatives in recent seasons, becoming the first NBA team to wear short-sleeved jerseys (2010-11 season) and the first organization to create a team-specific account on Weibo (2013), a Chinese-based social media platform. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Marines facing ‘discouraging’ challenges in Afghanistan – CNN News

The plume of smoke and dust rose over the runway, high above the now-deserted but once costly and vital control towers. Then a second rocket slammed into the tarmac just feet away from where a C130 cargo plane would imminently land to ferry us out. The Marines with us at first appeared unfazed. Some were perhaps young and new to it all, while the older ones stood tall, not flinching. I crouched behind a wheel until those tires were used to race us back toward a shelter. Seven years ago, it would have been mere minutes before that Taliban rocket team was bombed in retaliation by US forces protecting a thousands-strong base. But in 2017, the US Marines here &'8212; all 300 of them &'8212; seem oddly vulnerable. They don't leave the wire much, mostly just to train and advise, leaving the fighting to the Afghans. Yet all the same, three separate rocket attacks hit their bases in three days &'8212; two near us &'8212; one injuring 10 Afghan soldiers, and another an 8-year-old boy. This is the painful reality of Afghanistan 2017. The country is in one of the most violent periods of its recent history, and its challenges are deepening. But the sense of exhaustion, of solutions long having lost their sparkle, pervades. And as President Trump weighs his first move in America's longest war, its 15 years make it absolutely nothing new to many of the Marines currently at its sharp end. Here's how one hardened, normally optimistic Marine commander, Col. Matthew Reid, talked about lost friends. &'8220;I don't think I've ever bothered to count. Too many, between here and Iraq,&'8221; he said. &'8220;A lot of blood in the ground.&'8221; Born on September 11, Reid is back in Afghanistan's Helmand Province for the second time. He quips that the 300 Marines he works with now are the number that &'8220;ran the chow hall&'8221; when he was last there in 2010. I asked: How does it feel to have to go at it all over again? &'8220;Discouraging,&'8221; he said. &'8220;There is a definite feeling of a sense of obligation to get this right because of those who have gone before us.&'8221; The Helmand district of Nawa was retaken last week by Afghan National Security Forces, yet at about the same time nearby Gereshk district was attacked by the Taliban, with multiple checkpoints hit, and at one point six overrun. Things are better, but not good. Helmand will probably never be good any time soon, but the Marines' presence and massive aerial firepower have arguably stopped the entire opium-rich region from being swallowed by the Taliban But the Marines are only one part of the picture in a country where, according to the US government's own auditors, the Taliban influence or control about half the land. ISIS too, intermittently rises, and then, after coalition airstrikes, falls &'8212; competing to be the most extreme actor in a crowded marketplace. The government in Kabul is weak, ridden by conflict and rivalry between senior players. And the West's ideas for stabilizing the country are running out But really it is the mood in the capital which tells you things are still slipping, yet again. Long-term Afghan friends discussing for the first time how they might leave. A top executive saying his employees are leaving their large, high-profile Afghan company to protect themselves from possible attack at their central offices. This is not a time for optimism. There is no sign the Taliban are weakened, even though one Afghan official told me hundreds of mid-level leaders have been taken out in raids over the past year. Their leadership is more radical than ever, and they are likely to see handsome funds from a productive opium harvest, possibly boosted by a new poppy seed that blooms more quickly, massively increasing production. Afghanistan's bleed is slow, and perhaps hidden or ignored by much of the world, but happening all the same. Take this final anecdote from our visit to Helmand, when the Marines took us to a remote outpost where they were advising the Afghan army. We were there to see them pull out, removing themselves from a flat stretch of what Colonel Matthew Grosz called &'8220;Taliban country&'8221; &'8212; a main thoroughfare between insurgent strongholds. But their advisory mission seemed to have run into one issue: There weren't many Afghans to advise. A US Marine stands at the back of a Chinook helicopter en route to Shorsharak. On paper there were 500 Afghan troops, and 45 US marines. But as Grosz told me: &'8220;There's 200 assigned right now.&'8221; By &'8220;assigned,&'8221; he meant that there were 200 who had existed, physically at the base. But even that was optimistic, as another hundred had never shown up while the Marines were there. In fact, of the hundred they had seen, some were on operations or on patrol. So really there were fifty to a hundred Afghan soldiers at the base, almost enabling one-to-one Marine mentoring sessions. As we sat in the Helmand runway bomb shelter, waiting for the &'8220;all clear&'8221; after the rocket attack, I overheard two young Marines chatter about 9/11 as though it was a moment of historical import rather than something they had seen live on TV. That's because for them, it is something their parents mourned when they were probably five or six. Fifteen years of war sounds exhausting until you remember that for Afghans, [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2017

‘In The Mix 2017’ music fest line-up announced

MANILA, Philippines — MMI Live, together with Smart and PLDT as presenters, is excited to announce the second edition of “In The Mix”—a music festival featur.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

PWR returns to Bayanihan Center for 'Bakbakan sa Bayanihan'

Tuloy ang bakbakan ngayong July 23! Philippine Wrestling Revolution takes over Bayanihan Center with its return-to-Kapitolyo show dubbed PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, featuring Chris Panzer, Jake De Leon, John Sebastian, Billy Suede, and all your favorite PWR stars. Here are all the stellar matches you can look forward to on the big day. Bakbakan na! br />   u> strong>PWR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Chris Panzer (c) vs. “Beautiful” Billy Suede /strong> /u> This is not the first time these two men will be going toe-to-toe in a PWR ring to fight to become Kampeon ng Pilipinas. In fact, just last month, former ECCW Champ Billy Suede almost won Philippine wrestling’s top prize from Chris Panzer had it not been for PWR General Manager Mr. Sy’s watchful eye. The Beautiful One had locked in a dirty pin on Panzer, prompting Mr. Sy to reset the match on the spot -- which the Leader of the Panzer Army won clean. br /> br /> This loss was not taken lightly by the Filipino-Canadian. But being the fair GM that he is, Mr. Sy granted Suede another shot at the PWR Championship which he had to re-earn by beating the Pinoy Tecnico in a '1 Contender’s Match. And the next time he goes up against the champ, Billy swears (no pun intended) he’ll make sure he’ll F***ing win.     u> strong>PWR TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The YOLO Twins (c) vs. The Network /strong> /u> To say that Yohann and Logan Ollores hate The Network’s stinking guts would be an understatement. After losing at PWR Renaissance, James “Idol” Martinez and Alexander Belmonte III stole -- not won -- the PWR Tag Team titles from The YOLO Twins in a show of force. So we do not blame the YOLOs for wanting to sue the hell out of The Network. But with PWR being a wrestling brand, we’d rather see the two teams beat the living snot out of each other in a wrestling ring. And if The Network really want to keep the Tag Titles for themselves, they’ll have to do it the right way. So at PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, hayaan nating magbakbakan ang dalawang koponan na ito for the PWR Tag Team Championship. br /> br /> br /> u> strong>MATIRA MATIBAY: Ralph Imabayashi vs. “The Senyorito” Jake De Leon /strong> /u> At PWR Renaissance, we all witnessed the stellar 3-Way Championship Match between Chris Panzer, Ralph Imabayashi, and Jake De Leon. We also witnessed just how much Imabayashi and De Leon hated each other’s guts and wanted to beat each other up to a pulp, that they both lost sight of their true goal: take the title from Panzer. In the words of the Filipino-Japanese Sensation, there is no way himself or The Senyorito will be able to get their hands on the PWR Championship if either of them are standing in each other's way. The only way for this to end is by destroying each other. br /> br /> And so at PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, magbabakbakan sina Ralph Imabayashi at Jake De Leon sa pinaka-unang Matira Matibay Match sa Philippine wrestling. br /> br /> The match will be guided by these three rules: 1) The only way to win is by 10 COUNT or REFEREE STOPPAGE. 2) No Pinfalls. No Submissions. 3) Count Out and Disqualification rules apply. br /> br /> Ang pinakamatibay lang ang matitira. br /> br /> br /> u> strong>ALL OUT WAR: The Apocalypse vs. Trian Dela Torre /strong> /u> br /> br /> The big bad Apocalypse has had it with 'The Miniature Boy' Trian Dela Torre after coming out 0-2 in their latest outing. But if the 5-foot-flat Midget Champ wants to keep playing, he'll have to do so in kapre rules. And so when these two (umm, one-and-a-half?) men meet again in the ring at PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, it's going to be ALL OUT WAR. No DQs. No countouts. No holds barred. Or should we say 'SmallOutWar? br /> br /> u> strong>FIGHTERS 4 HIRE vs. John Sebastian & Peter Versoza /strong> /u> The band is back together: John Sebastian and Peter Versoza have teamed up to take on the Fighters 4 Hire, Miguel Rosales and Joey Bax. And if you don’t already know, these 4 men are notorious for breaking out the biggest, baddest brawls in Philippine wrestling. Especially at PWR Renaissance just last month, the same cast of troublemakers tore down Playland Fisher Mall when they broke in a scuffle that involved kendo sticks, chairs, and (un)lucky audience members getting thrown around. The fight broke out after Sebastian interrupted Versoza and Rosales’ match to prove with one swift blow, that if he can carry Philippine Wrestling Revolution on his shoulders, he too can burn it to the ground. But if we’ve learned anything from pro-wrestling, it’s that no fight gets settled until it’s done inside the squared circle. br /> br /> PLUS: Punk Dolls vs. Kakaibros, Vlad Sinnsyk vs. SANDATA, and many more!   Do not miss the action of PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan on July 23rd, 2PM, at the UNILAB Bayanihan Center where you can catch all your favorite PWR stars, grab exclusive merchandise, and be one with the Revo-Nation. br />   em>Order your advanced and discounted tickets NOW by sending us a Facebook DM or an e-mail at pwr.tickets@gmail.com. /em> em>TICKET PRICING: /em> em>Earlybird Tickets (until July 22nd) - P350 each /em> em>Barkada Bundle (until July 22nd) - P999 for 3 tickets /em> em>Regular Tickets (July 23rd, at the venue) - P400 each /em>   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Ex-President Aquino’s Dilemma Could Be President Duterte’s As Well

Philippine Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio-Morales just filed criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino III for the blotched military operation commonly known as the Mamasapano Massacre. Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former Director Getulio Napeñas of the Special Action Force (SAF) were likewise charged along with Aquino. The three headed the 2015 police operation codenamed Oplan Exodus where 44 SAF police officers were killed by the combined rebel forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

From Mozard to Botzard: when machines write our music

From Mozard to Botzard: when machines write our music.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2017

Lonzo Ball and his Big Baller Brand shoe to debut in Vegas

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press /em> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lonzo Ball is set to make his summer league debut. A not-so-side story when he takes the court in Las Vegas on Friday night will be his shoes. There will be a few eyes on Ball's feet; he's expected to make his debut in his ZO2 sneaker that is sold under the family's independent fashion line: Big Baller Brand. There seem to be as many questions surrounding the shoe as there are buyers. Some players say they wouldn't buy it, but admire what the Balls are doing. The shoe and the brand have been the subject of much talk due to the boisterous personality of LaVar Ball, Lonzo's father and family promoter. The initial price tag of $495 has also generated much conversation. The shoe is only available through the Big Baller Brand website, along with other apparel. 'I was just kind of like, 'Wow, this guy is out of his mind,'' Finish Line content manager and creative strategist Brandon Elder said about LaVar. 'From his marketing strategy of just kind of being loud and out there and aggressive to just the apparatus of having to build your own brand without having any remote experience in design and production and shipping. 'But I think LaVar definitely quieted a lot of people in the last few months. He showed a lot of people, 'I'm serious.' When you see someone like Darren Rovell tweet that his brand had three times more impressions than Under Armour in the month of May, that's powerful.' LaVar Ball has said he turned down multiple multimillion dollar deals from major shoe companies because he previously asked for a billion dollar co-branding deal. Now the price is up to $3 billion after Lonzo was selected No. 2 overall by the Lakers in last month's draft . No players were seen playing in the shoe during summer league action in Orlando, Florida, and Salt Lake City this week. Consumers have been able to pre-order the product that isn't scheduled to be shipped until November. It's unclear how many pairs have been sold since they're only available through the website and those numbers haven't been made public. Ball's shoe falls into an odd grey area when it comes to sales. The price falls in line with luxury, lifestyle brands, but the model is clearly a basketball sneaker. The price immediately takes the majority of people, especially young basketball fans, out of the mix. But LaVar has said the line is only for 'ballers.' While some of the summer league ballers aren't fans of the shoe, they support the concept. 'I would never buy them, but he's doing his own thing, especially at a young age,' 76ers guard Melo Trimble said. 'That's pretty awesome for him. A lot of people are going to criticize him because of his dad, but he's a really good point guard and for him to start his own shoe is a big step ... that's crazy. 'I'm happy for him. I wish I could do the same thing. I don't like (the design), but as far as coming up with the idea, that's cool for him.' Semi Ojeleye, the 37th overall pick by the Celtics, said he wouldn't wear them either, but 'If [Ball] plays well, then he can definitely get something going with that brand. ... I haven't seen anyone wear them yet. I'm interested to see them live and in person.' If professional basketball players are somewhat leery of the shoe, then the average consumer likely is — for now. Corey Bullough, owner of Fice Gallery and Boutique in Salt Lake City, said he was unimpressed when the line was launched and didn't take it seriously. He believes the design is basic and simple with a lot of elements from other models. The shoe does bear some resemblance to some Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan models, while the sole looks similar to the Adidas boost technology. Bullough doesn't believe he would stock them if that was an option, saying the price tag is a long way from Utah or middle America. He acknowledges things could change with Ball's success. Not teaming with a major apparel company is risky, but it could pay off. 'We all look at bottom line. How much did they profit off it?' Elder said. 'How much would they have made if they signed with a Nike and Adidas? What's the difference? If they made $7 million more, that's obviously a huge success. ... That's the easy answer. The other one comes down to cultural relevance.' The Finish Line strategist said the challenge for the Balls will be to find the balance where his game is still at the forefront and this is just a good way to boost him up. What would not work, Elder said, would be treating this like a merchandise tour, where companies throw a logo on a T-shirt and charge $60 for it. 'That's going to be the difference between this being successful for a year,' he said, 'and this being successful for a decade.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2017

ISIS fighting now on 2nd month

MARAWI CITY – Despite the thousands of troops fighting the local ISIS group, the military still failed to liberate the besieged city of Marawi from militants who are holding about 240 hostages, including a Catholic priest.  The city is now in ruins, buildings in rubbles and tens of thousands of lives shattered by the fierce fighting that has raged on for two months now. Still, peace is elusive for many families whose only wish is for the violence to stop.  The military boasts of killing nearly 300 militants, but the fighting is not only about propaganda. It is a battle to stop ISIS radicalization of Muslims in Mindanao, a war that is just starting in Mindanao where new breeds of young militants will continue to carry on the struggle for freedom and self-determination in a land once under the rule of sultanates.  Militants are holding Fr. Chito Suganob and dozens of civilians since May 23 after they launched a daring raid in Marawi and now they wanted Cayamora and Ominta Maute -parents of ISIS leader Abdullah Maute &'' freed in exchange for the priest. The demand was reportedly relayed by Abdullah to a group of ulama sent by the government to talk to the militants.  The Philippine military said it was not aware of a deal offer by the local ISIS group. Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman, said they have no information about the demand. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said it is up to the government to decide on the sensitive matter. But Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the government does not negotiate with terrorists.  The militants also demanded that they be allowed to withdraw from Marawi. This was the same demand they made in May through Suganob who appealed on President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately withdraw thousands of soldiers from Lanao del Sur province.  Manila flatly rejected the demand.  Suganob made the appeal in a video that surfaced on Facebook and the 5-minute clip went viral on social media. In the video, Suganob, the Vicar General of the Marawi prelature, said militants seized him, along with other church workers, including children and adults, mostly Christians, when members of the Maute group attacked the city.  Behind the ruins of buildings destroyed in fierce clashes and the sound of sporadic gunfire, Suganob made an emotional appeal to Duterte to save all of them, saying, the militants are ready to die for their religion. He asked Duterte to stop military assaults, both in air and on the ground, and for security forces to quickly leave Marawi and Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Below is the transcript of Suganob’s appeal:  “Mr. President, I was taken as a prisoner of war together with one MSU female professor – the Mindanao State University – two lady church workers, two male teachers of Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated and five female teachers of Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated, along with us are about 200 carpenters, household helpers, children and youth and ordinary Christian settlers and other Subanon tribes with us as captives and as prisoners of war.  Mr. President, we are in the midst of this war, we are asking your help to please give what your enemies are asking for – this simply am not asking for anything just to withdraw your forces away from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City and to stop the air strikes, your air attacks and to stop the canons.  Mr. President, from out heart, please consider us. You know it is hard Mr. President from time to time we hear bursts of gunfire from the ground of your enemies, heavy firearms from your side, it’s hard. And Mr. President, we do not ask for anything, we just ask that you leave this place peacefully, do not give so much attack, the city in my background is ruined like this and Mr. President if you are in our place, you will really consider us because you’ll hear the outburst of gunfire and everything, bombs and canons. We are victims and Mr. President, if you have a good heart for us considering, Mr. President, about 240 prisoners of war are asking your good heart, please consider us, we want to live another day, we want live another month, we want to live few years, and in your heart, we know you can make something, they do not ask anything Mr. President after all this is their place give them the land and Mr. President, you are attacking from your heart, do not use violence because your enemies they are ready to die for their religion, they are ready to die and their laws will be followed in this place.  Mr. President you are from Mindanao, you know the conflict in Mindanao, you know the problems and I hope Mr. President you understand them. I am also saying these things Mr. President because you know the history; they have the right to live here, they have the right to their own laws be respected and Mr. President, you cannot use force because they have their commitments, they will die for this, they are ready to die for this, Mr. President we ask you please consider us, we are in the midst of war, we are victims, do not be happy Mr. President that we are the collateral damage of war, we are [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2017

Spikers to bank on veteran core

After a disappointing campaign despite parading a veteran core last tournament, Banko-Perlas is looking to write a different story in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference. Team captain Amy Ahomiro admitted that their lack of team chemistry in the Reinforced Conference was the culprit in their early exit.     “We are disappointed for how we played last conference. So I think we’ll try to make bawi talaga,” said Ahomiro. “We’re still kulang sa chemistry.” “I think we are really talented as individuals and that comes out in our games pero you can’t win a game or win a championship with one or two players lang,” added Ahomiro, who replaced Dzi Gervacio as skipper after the former team captain skipped this conference to study in the US. “I think it’s important for us to come together and use our strengths.” Back to see action for Banko-Perlas are Sasa Devanadera, Suzanne Roces, Kara Acevedo, Ella De Jesus, Amanda Villanueva, Kathy Bersola, Mae Tajima, Jem Ferrer and Nicole Tiamzon. The team will also have a new coach in Thai mentor Nai Muhammed. He replaced Jerry Yee, who returned to his collegiate team University of the Philippines, which is also participating in the tournament. With skilled veterans to banner the squad, the Spikers, who finished fifth in the six-team Reinforced Conference, are expected to give other teams a run for their money. “Siyempre looking forward na umangat at bumawi kasi nga ‘di namin na-meet ang expectations namin last conference and marami kaming sayang na games,” said Bersola. “We need to be more consistent.” Ahomiro vowed that a different Banko-Perlas will rise to compete for the crown. “We have veterans in our team, we have fresh graduates in our team. I think we have a lot to improve and I think you’ll see that this season naman,” she said. The Spikers will open their campaign on Saturday against Philippine Air Force.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2017

Cable channel to broadcast Tokyo’s ‘Music Day’ live

Cable channel to broadcast Tokyo’s ‘Music Day’ live.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

Military unaware of ISIS prisoner swap demand

MARAWI CITY – The Philippine military said it was not aware of a deal offer by the local ISIS group in the besieged city of Marawi for a prisoner swap – a Catholic priest for the release of at least a dozen fighters, including the parents of the militant leaders facing rebellion charges. Militants are holding Fr. Chito Suganob and dozens of civilians since May 23 after they launched a daring raid in Marawi and now they wanted Cayamora and Ominta Maute freed in exchange for the priest. The demand was reportedly relayed by Abdullah Maute, one the militant leaders, to a group of ulama sent by the government to talk to the militants. Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman, said they have no information about the demand. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said it is up to the government to decide on the sensitive matter. But Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the government does not negotiate with terrorists. The Western Mindanao Command also did not issue any statement on the ISIS demand and it was not immediately known whether Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza is involved or secretly negotiating with the militants for the freedom of the hostages. The militants also demanded that they be allowed to withdraw from Marawi. This was the same demand they made last month through Suganob who appealed on President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately withdraw thousands of soldiers from Lanao del Sur province. Suganob made the appeal in a video that surfaced on Facebook and the 5-minute clip went viral on social media. In the video, Suganob, the Vicar General of the Marawi prelature, said militants seized him, along with other church workers, including children and adults, mostly Christians, when members of the Maute group attacked the city. Behind the ruins of buildings destroyed in fierce clashes and the sound of sporadic gunfire, Suganob made an emotional appeal to Duterte to save all of them, saying, the militants are ready to die for their religion. He asked Duterte to stop military assaults, both in air and on the ground, and for security forces to quickly leave Marawi and Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Below is the transcript of Suganob’s appeal: “Mr. President, I was taken as a prisoner of war together with one MSU female professor – the Mindanao State University – two lady church workers, two male teachers of Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated and five female teachers of Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated, along with us are about 200 carpenters, household helpers, children and youth and ordinary Christian settlers and other Subanon tribes with us as captives and as prisoners of war. Mr. President, we are in the midst of this war, we are asking your help to please give what your enemies are asking for – this simply am not asking for anything just to withdraw your forces away from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City and to stop the air strikes, your air attacks and to stop the canons. Mr. President, from out heart, please consider us. You know it is hard Mr. President from time to time we hear bursts of gunfire from the ground of your enemies, heavy firearms from your side, it’s hard. And Mr. President, we do not ask for anything, we just ask that you leave this place peacefully, do not give so much attack, the city in my background is ruined like this and Mr. President if you are in our place, you will really consider us because you’ll hear the outburst of gunfire and everything, bombs and canons. We are victims and Mr. President, if you have a good heart for us considering, Mr. President, about 240 prisoners of war are asking your good heart, please consider us, we want to live another day, we want live another month, we want to live few years, and in your heart, we know you can make something, they do not ask anything Mr. President after all this is their place give them the land and Mr. President, you are attacking from your heart, do not use violence because your enemies they are ready to die for their religion, they are ready to die and their laws will be followed in this place. Mr. President you are from Mindanao, you know the conflict in Mindanao, you know the problems and I hope Mr. President you understand them. I am also saying these things Mr. President because you know the history; they have the right to live here, they have the right to their own laws be respected and Mr. President, you cannot use force because they have their commitments, they will die for this, they are ready to die for this, Mr. President we ask you please consider us, we are in the midst of war, we are victims, do not be happy Mr. President that we are the collateral damage of war, we are already victims of heavy gunfire for seven days. Mr. President, if you want me to kneel before you just to have your heart in favor of our families, who are crying out there in different places, for our relatives and for those other 240, Mr. President we will do that. So Mr. President, I am asking you consideration.” There were no signs troops were pulling out from the city as clashes continue without letup. The army claimed nearly 300 [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2017

Think Mayweather-McGregor is a freak show? How about these?

em>By Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press /em> LAS VEGAS (AP) — It may not be the fight of the century, but it could be the event of at least the last few years. The spectacle that is Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will almost surely live in sports lore for reasons other than what happens in the ring. The two will add their names to some one-off events that have fascinated sports fans and others, even if the actual competition didn't live up to the hype. Ali-Frazier it's not. Ali-Inoki, well, now we're getting warmer. Remember some of these not-so-epic but massively hyped events? strong>ALI-INOKI: /strong> The original mixed combat sports event, and likely the reason there haven't been any since. Muhammad Ali was looking for a payday in 1976 when he agreed to meet professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in a 15-round match in Tokyo. Promoter Bob Arum wanted to make sure Ali won and went to wrestling promoter Vince McMahon to figure out a script for the fight, which was shown on closed circuit in the U.S. The plan was for Ali to catch Inoki on the ropes and Inoki to have a hidden razor in his mouth to cut himself so there was real blood. Ali would then beg the referee to stop the fight. The problem was Inoki thought he was in a real fight and when the opening bell rang he raced across the ring and threw a kick at Ali. Inoki spent much of the fight in a crablike position on the canvas, kicking at Ali's legs, badly bruising them. While Inoki wasn't in on the plan, the referee was and he gave the decision to Ali. 'It was the low point of my career,' Arum said. 'It was so embarrassing, just a total farce.' strong>KING-RIGGS: /strong> Bobby Riggs was a 55-year-old tennis hustler when he talked his way into a 'Battle of the Sexes' match with Billie Jean King in 1973 at the Astrodome. At the time the women's liberation movement was flourishing and America was fascinated with the idea a woman could play competitively against a man on the tennis court. Riggs, who trained on vitamins and avocados, declared it the 'greatest hustle of all time' and promoted the match while wearing a T-shirt with the acronym WORMS — the World Organization for the Retention of Male Supremacy. More than 30,000 paid their way into the Astrodome, where courtside seats were an astronomical $100, and Howard Cosell was in a tuxedo at courtside for the ABC telecast. King came through on behalf of women everywhere by beating Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. 'Billy Jean King Outlibs the Lip,' read the next day's Daily News headline. strong>KNIEVEL-CANYON: /strong> Evel Knievel was a daredevil in search of a big payday when he came up with the idea of jumping the Snake River Canyon in Idaho on a specially modified rocket. Promoters claimed up to 200,000 people would be on hand to watch, and that 2 million more would pay $10 to sit in theaters across the country to watch Knievel either soar over the canyon or die trying. The day before the jump the crowd — which was estimated at 15,000 — became unruly when the price of beer was raised, and looted the stands and charged television trucks. When Knievel finally blasted off he didn't make it too far as his parachute deployed and his jet-powered 'motorcycle' ended up stuck on a ledge on the side of the cliff. strong>OWENS-HORSE: /strong>It was 1936 and Jesse Owens had upstaged Adolph Hitler in winning four gold medals in Berlin. But there was no real way to make money in track and field, and a black man during those times wasn't going to get endorsements. Owens decided to go the freak show route by racing a horse. 'People said it was degrading for an Olympic champion to run against a horse,' Owens said, 'but what was I supposed to do? I had four gold medals, but you can't eat four gold medals.' The race took place the day after Christmas in Havana between halves of a football game, with the horse getting a 40-yard handicap. Owens would win the race, and many more against horses as he tried to make a living off his speed over the next decade. strong>ALI-CHAMBERLAIN: /strong>This is one freak show that didn't happen, though it came close. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 and a year away from retiring in 1971 when Ali began campaigning for a fight with the 7’1”, 275 pound basketball player. Chamberlain didn't think he could beat Ali in a boxing match, but figured he, like McGregor, could land one big punch to win. The two agreed to the fight and on the day of the press conference to announce it, Ali yelled 'Timber!' when Chamberlain walked in. Chamberlain immediately went into the net room with his lawyer only to come out and say he wasn't going to fight. Ali's business manager, Gene Kilroy, said he convinced Chamberlain he didn't have a chance. 'I told him, 'It would be like Ali playing basketball against you,'' Kilroy said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2017

FIFA video review goal is avoiding errors, not perfection

em>By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press /em> ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Not perfect, but good enough to avoid game-changing referee mistakes at the World Cup. Football's governing body set out its aims for an experimental video review system ahead of live trials at the Confederations Cup starting on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). 'To eliminate a clear scandal in football, the mistake that after many years you still remember,' FIFA's head of refereeing Massimo Busacca said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) of technology designed to help referees avoid and correct errors within seconds. FIFA wants video review approved next year before the World Cup to help decide key incidents: goals scored, penalty awards, red cards and cases of mistaken identity. Still, video-assisted decisions this month at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea and international friendly matches have been widely debated. 'I think the quality of the decisions are very high, never perfect,' FIFA technical director Marco van Basten said at a briefing in the St. Petersburg stadium that will host the Confederations Cup's opening game and final. FIFA will also use the eight-nation World Cup rehearsal tournament to stress themes it wants to be more widely accepted in one year's time, including more actual playing time. Referees must add more stoppage time for excessive goal celebrations and time-wasting by goalkeepers, because 'the audience wants to see action,' Van Basten said. Video review, however, is likely to define refereeing success at a World Cup that kicks off just 18 months after the 2016 Club World Cup was the first FIFA tournament to have live trials. At the Under-20 World Cup, one decision causing confusion after advice from referee assistants watching replays was a red card for an Italy defender in a quarterfinals win over Zambia. The referee awarded a penalty for an apparent foul by the goalkeeper, then was told to award a free kick and send off the defender for a challenge seconds earlier. Replays provoked doubt if the Zambia forward was fouled at all. 'We still have to improve of course,' said Busacca. 'We are not afraid. We don't have many hours to instruct but the top referees are really learning very fast.' The nine referees on FIFA duty in Russia includes Damir Skomina, the Slovenian who handled the Champions League final, and Mark Geiger of the United States, who worked at the 2014 World Cup. FIFA appointed 25 refereeing teams to the last World Cup. A lesson from South Korea — where 12 decisions were made on review in a 52-game tournament — is the need for faster judgments. 'In some situations we are taking too long, we know,' acknowledged Busacca, who has previously set a target of six seconds. Busacca said FIFA also wants video review to be 'an incredible tool of prevention' and singled out a red card at the Under-20 World Cup for an Argentina forward for striking an opponent with an elbow. 'Be careful, a camera is following you,' Busacca said FIFA is telling players in Russia. 'We are talking with teams —don't do it.' Teams have also been warned that FIFA wants referees to be strict with players crowding around them to influence decision, and goalkeepers who hold the ball for more than six seconds. 'We have asked referees to remind goalkeepers that this rule still exists,' said Van Basten, who showed footage of Italy's goalkeeper taking 21 seconds to release the ball against Zambia. Van Basten said he believes 'no one will complain' when referees add on longer periods of stoppage time, especially in the second half. While FIFA has learned from other sports which adopted video review much earlier, it is not ready to follow the NFL or rugby in having referees announce their decisions or be wired for sound to broadcast how they reach a decision. 'We don't have to explain immediately why we make a decision,' Van Basten said. 'It is important to show it on the screens and let the people know what is the reason. That is enough.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2017

PVL operations team is like a colony of ever busy bees

At full blast, Premier Volleyball League operations manager Cesar Malapitan uses 40 people to run the operations of a Sports Vision-organized tournament anywhere in Metro Manila. Mostly at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City or Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Or sometimes at the Ynares Sports Arena also in traffic-choked Pasig. When fans turn out at the playing venue, their attention is invariably drawn to the green and orange surface of the 105-sq.m. playing area that gleams under the powerful overhead lights. It is Taraflex (cost: P1.4 million) that covers the whole basketball court in the middle of which lies the orange-colored volleyball court in the middle of which the net attached to two posts bisects it in equal parts. Did you know that the court is being readied at 12 midnight preceding the playing day?  It takes 10 workers and two and a half hours to install the rubber surface and another two to dismantle it. It is indeed a lot of work to run the every-other-day operations of, say, the PVL Reinforced Conference which winds up Thursday, June 15, at FilOil Flying V Centre with finalists Pocari Sweat and BaliPure tangling in the deciding match of their best-of-three series.   strong>Like a colony of bees /strong> The PVL operations system is akin to a colony of bees, each group as busy and as efficient as the other carrying out a specific function. Malapitan is among the very few who’ve been working with Sports Vision since the first of the 13 seasons of the blockbuster V League and 3 seasons of the Spikers’ Turf, and who is again entrusted, by virtue of his impeccable record, to call the shots in the operations of the brand-new PVL lumping the men’s and women’s divisions into one tournament that’s hailed as the next big thing in Philippine volleyball. For the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, Malapitan says he is working with 32 men and women, most of whom have been with him for years. These are husband-and-wife teams working the tournament sometimes with one or two of their brood or in-laws. Or for the sake of convenience more than anything else, a whole barkada in one barangay in San Juan, where the Malapitans live and where the San Juan arena is located. You meet his staff every step of the way inside the playing venue. The seven gaters who sell tickets at the booth, who tear the stub off your ticket and who watch over the things you bring with you but which you cannot take inside. You run next into the eight ushers and usherettes who guide you to the seat specified in the ticket and from which you peer down at the 15 court personnel – the six moppers, three on each side of the court, who push their mops across the court and who move like synchronized swimmers in rhythm with the blaring upbeat music; the six ball retrievers at work during team warm-ups and during the match, the two quick poppers; and one table scorer. It is important work that the two quick poppers are doing. They’re tasked to keep the playing area uniformly dry. A wet patch may cause a player to slip or take a bad fall that could result in a sprained ankle or an ACL injury, the mother of every player’s nightmares.  While you exit the gates, every one of the operations staff stays behind to do the final work for the day, the women to help out in dismantling the sponsors’ streamers or tarpaulins or stands and the males to fold the 105sq.m. rubber mat in sections in perfect rolls to make them ready for the next playing day. Oh yes, they do eat like you and me. Gobbling up the pack snacks and meals provided by Sports Vision in between work and during long game breaks needs to be done fast.   strong>A stern master /strong> Malapitan enjoys eating out or, before his heart issued a grave warning to him, sharing booze with his staff once in a while, but he wears the professional mask at game time. He does not tolerate inefficiency and slackness among his staff. Woe to anyone who misbehaves, who doesn’t carry out his instruction to the last detail or who executes it half-heartedly. The operations boss is said to suspend or fire a member of his group on the spot even if he is a relative or an in-law of his wife, who happens to be the PVL treasurer only. He so loves the work he has been doing for Sports Vision that for a long spell in 2016, he is said to be checking on his men and women in the playing venue by phone from his sickbed! That he has been around since the first of the 13 seasons of the now disbanded V League and still is in the inaugural staging of the PVL, another pacesetting event of Sports Vision with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball, says it all. The founding men and women of the visionary sports outfit continue to trust him completely and unconditionally. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2017

Big Triple G-Alvarez title fight to be in Las Vegas

TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer   LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gennady Golovkin will make his Las Vegas debut when he meets Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight title showdown that figures to be the richest fight since Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fought two years ago. Promoters announced Monday that the much-anticipated Sept. 16 fight between Golovkin and Alvarez will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. The arena won out over AT& T Stadium in Dallas and Madison Square Garden in New York, which also bid for the bout. 'It was a hard decision because there was so much interest from other venues,' said Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler. 'It's just the right time for Gennady to be in Las Vegas and make a big splash.' Golovkin, a knockout artist from Kazakhstan who hasn't lost in 37 fights, will defend his middleweight titles against Alvarez, the red-head who is the biggest boxing star in Mexico. Alvarez, whose only loss was at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., is coming off a lopsided win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last month in Las Vegas. The fight will be televised on pay-per-view from the 20,000-seat facility that is also the home of the UFC. 'Everybody wants to go to Vegas, have a great time and watch a great fight,' said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez. Golovkin, popularly known in boxing as Triple G, has campaigned for a fight against Alvarez for much of the past two years. The fight was announced last month after Alvarez beat Chavez in a pay-per-view fight at T-Mobile Arena. 'We had to wait for a long time,' Loeffler said. 'It was frustrating having a champion willing to fight anybody who still found it virtually impossible to get top names in the ring with him.' Golovkin is coming off a hard-fought decision win over Daniel Jacobs in March at Madison Square Garden that was the first time in nine years he was forced to go the distance in a bout. The speculation in boxing was that his performance against Jacobs may have convinced Alvarez that it was worth the risk to face such a big puncher. De La Hoya, who announced the fight during an appearance on ESPN, said the fight between two boxers who are all action and big punchers will help fans forget the 2015 bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao that didn't live up to expectations. 'I made Triple G versus Canelo in order to bring back those fans and give fight fans a real fight,' De La Hoya said. 'This is a real fight.' Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) has been established as an 8-5 favorite over Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 knockouts). Alvarez is a former welterweight and super welterweight champion who moved up to a catch weight of 164 pounds for his fight against Chavez. Alvarez suffered his only loss against Mayweather, dropping a decision in a 2013 fight many thought he took too early in his career. De La Hoya said he talked to officials from several venues wanting to host the fight, including Dodger Stadium and Madison Square Garden. In the end it came down to the glitz and excitement of Las Vegas against a much larger capacity at the stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play. 'Ultimately it's the entertainment factor,' he said. 'People want to go to parties before and after the fight.' MGM Grand, which owns the T-Mobile Arena, will televise the fight closed circuit at its other Las Vegas resorts in addition to the HBO pay-per-view. Ticket prices and pay-per-view prices have yet to be released. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2017

Russia beats Hungary 3-0 in friendly but Zobnin injured

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Russia cruised past Hungary 3-0 in a warmup for the Confederations Cup, but lost a key midfielder to injury on Monday. Roman Zobnin was taken off on a stretcher in severe pain after 33 minutes with what team staff suspected was a knee ligament injury. Zobnin recently became a regular starter for Russia and was a central figure in Spartak Moscow's run to the Russian Premier League title this season. If he isn't fit for the tournament, he'll join fellow midfielder Alan Dzagoev and forward Artyom Dzyuba among the hosts' injury absentees. Hungary put up little resistance, with no repeat of its all-action performances from last year's European Championship, and went behind after 20 minutes. Forward Fyodor Smolov picked up the ball on the right flank, beat two Hungarian defenders as he cut inside, then hit the ball past goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. Hungary's Marton Eppel gifted Russia its second with a 40th-minute own goal at a corner. Substitute Dmitry Poloz made it 3-0 in the 89th with a deflected shot. There was another injury scare for Russia late on when defender Georgy Dzhikiya, making his debut, limped off with what coach Stanislav Cherchesov called a minor injury. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2017