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All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention

CHICAGO --- There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.Kris Bryant   Not even close. The Chicago Cubs settled five of their six potential arbitration cases before the start of their annual fan convention on Friday, including a record $10.85 million, one-year deal for third baseman Kris Bryant. But they remain at an impasse when it comes to another free-agent addition or a big acquisition via trade --- a common refrain during one of the slowest winters for baseball in a long time. "We're not done. We have confidence in this group if this is the 25 we end up taking to spring training," president of baseba...Keep on reading: All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

‘A Quiet Place’ sequel in the works

  LAS VEGAS---"A Quiet Place" is getting a sequel. Jim Gianopulos, chair of Paramount Pictures, said on Wednesday that the studio is developing a followup to the buzzy John Krasinski-helmed thriller that's currently in theaters. "A Quiet Place" has earned over $135 million from North American theaters in just over three weeks. It cost a modest $17 million to produce. Speaking to an audience of theater owners and exhibitors at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, Gianopulos acknowledged that Paramount has had difficult years at the box office. He says "A Quiet Place" is the first of what he hopes will be many future hits for the studio. ---AP...Keep on reading: ‘A Quiet Place’ sequel in the works.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

A Quiet Place to get a sequel

LAS VEGAS — Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that hit horror movie A Quiet Place was getting a sequel and ended mounting speculation over its lucrative Star Trek franchise by confirming two new movies. Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos opened the studio’s segment at the annual CinemaCon film industry convention in Las Vegas with the news, […] The post A Quiet Place to get a sequel appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow

CHICAGO--- The Chicago Cubs tried to play their home opener on Monday. It was just a snow-go. The Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed a day because of snow that covered much of Wrigley Field, creating a scene more reminiscent of January than April. "On the way out I had no idea if I was going to Cubs Convention or opening day," Chicago manager Joe Maddon cracked. The winter wonderland at Wrigley caused the majors' 11th postponement so far this season, adding another picture to a growing montage of snowballs, ski caps and puffy coats from ballparks across the frigid Midwest. The Cubs tried pushing back first pitch by an hour, and workers used hand-hel...Keep on reading: Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

‘Better Call Saul’ goes back to the future at Comic-Con

AMC's "Better Call Saul" made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 19, generating buzz among devotees with a new character from sleazy attorney Saul Goodman's future. That confusing prospect is not as complicated as it sounds, because "BCS" is a prequel series to the iconic "Breaking Bad", which introduced Saul (Bob Odenkirk) in its second season, way back in 2009. When Saul thinks he's about to be bumped off by Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), he demands to know if it was someone called Lalo that sent them. While many fans may never have contemplated the line again, the specter of Lalo returned to the southern California fan convention's 6,500-sea...Keep on reading: ‘Better Call Saul’ goes back to the future at Comic-Con.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 33 min. ago

Your Super guide to AsiaPOP Comicon 2018

Netflix's hall promises to be bigger and more engaging this year AsiaPOP Comicon (APCC) 2018 might just be the happiest convention on Earth with the introduction of Hall D dedicated to all thi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News20 hr. 33 min. ago

From banca boy to printing press owner

His small-to-medium-sized enterprise prints thousands of office forms, receipts and brochures for banks and financial institutions, among other companies. The quiet if massive compound in Mandaluyong is always busy, churning out one order after another–a testimony to the clients he has won and kept the past 15 years. Still, Ramil Regencia, the thirtysomething founder of [...] The post From banca boy to printing press owner appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Gal Gadot shows ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ first look at Comic-Con

  SAN DIEGO, United States --- "Wonder Woman 1984" is only three and a half weeks into production, but that didn't stop star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins from bringing some footage to Comic-Con.   Audiences in the comic book convention's Hall H on Saturday got an early look at a scene where Diana Prince saves a young girl from some bad guys in their Miami Vice-finest in a very '80s-looking mall.   The clip played Saturday came in a stuffed presentation by Warner Bros. that included footage from two other DC Comics films, "Aquaman" and "Shazam!" The Wonder Woman and Aquaman characters are key characters in DC's Justice League franchise, the supe...Keep on reading: Gal Gadot shows ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ first look at Comic-Con.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

In Gaza and Israel, war fears mount despite truce

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories -- After seven chaotic and violent hours, quiet returned to the Gaza Strip overnight. Yet on Saturday, civilians in the Palestinian enclave and Israel remained fearful of the potential for a new war. The fatal shooting by a Palestinian of an Israeli soldier during protests along the border Friday sparked a widespread wave of Israeli bombing, with three fighters from Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas killed and dozens of targets struck. After intensive indirect mediation by the United Nations and Egypt, a truce came into force at midnight, yet both populations remained on high alert of another all-out conflict between Israel and Hamas. "War...Keep on reading: In Gaza and Israel, war fears mount despite truce.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!’ thrill Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) --- Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman," ''Shazam!" and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production. Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Chris Pratt, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman were just a few of the starry names to grace the stage of the comic book convention's Hall H. Momoa, who stars as Aquaman, seemed to be as excited as those in the 6,500-seat audience, if not more so. The actor was downright giddy speaking about the film, which is over five years in the making. "My heart is big and open," he said. "I'm really, really happy." Direc...Keep on reading: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!’ thrill Comic-Con.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

U.S. calls on China, EU to make tariff concessions

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday, July 21 he will be pushing China and the EU to agree to a more "balanced" relationship on trade when he meets with finance ministers at the Group of 20 convention in Buenos Aires. Mnuchin arrived in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

New franchising model launched at Franchise Asia exhibit

Crave Alley, a new business model for franchising, has been launched at the ongoing Franchise Asia Philippines 2018 at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

CIA: China is waging a quiet kind of cold war against US

China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, a top CIA expert on Asia said Friday. Source link link: CIA: China is waging a 'quiet kind of cold war' against US.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Kiefer Ravena leads participants of anti-doping summit

Basketball star Kiefer Ravena is kickstarting his foray into anti-doping education by joining celebrity-equestrianne Mikee Cojuangco and 100 other participants of the Philippine Sports Commission’s 2018 National Anti-Doping Summit held Wednesday. Ravena who came in as a participant after being banned by basketball's governing body for 18 months after his inadvertent use of a substance that is in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s restricted list, encouraged athletes to take interest in the cause. A number of national sports association, government and local government unit officials also attended the summit that had Southeast Asian Regional Anti-Doping Organization Director General Gobinathan Nair as the lead speaker. Participants from NSAs, universities, colleges, LGUs, and coaches also attended the first of the three-day talk regarding Anti-Doping in Sports at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. “The end goal really is to have a doping-free sporting community, “said PSC-Philippine National Anti-Doping Organization Head Dr. Alejandro Pineda, who together with the Philippine Sports Institute Director Marc Edward Velasco, led the organizing of the twin-event. Velasco, echoing the sentiments of PSC Chairman William Ramirez, said that as the government agency for sports, the PSC takes lead in reaching out to the public with regards to Anti-Doping.   “Education is key,” remarked Velasco explaining the objectives of the event. International Olympic Committee member Mikee Cojuangco stressed the importance of educating the public about anti-doping, reinforcing the “play true, play fair, play clean” campaign of the World Anti-Doping Agency.  “If we are not true, we will be destroying every reason why we are in sports in the first place,” explained Cojuangco. Matters like code compliance and monitoring, supplementation, legal considerations, results management and doping control processes, ergogenic and applications are also topics for discussion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then hello

Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then ‘hello’

  CHIANG RAI, Thailand --- Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet.   "We weren't sure if it was for real," 14-year-old Adul Samon said. "So we stopped and listened. And it turned out to be true. I was shocked."   That stunning moment when two British divers found the missing soccer team was recounted by the boys on Wednesday at their first news conference since the rescue that riveted the world.   They all looked healthy as they walked out to applause from classmates and reporters in a ha...Keep on reading: Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then ‘hello’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

A quiet revolution with the UE Red Warriors

The sick man of the UAAP, the deposed and exiled king of the hard court, is making another go at it......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Duterte administration releases national security strategy

The Duterte administration has published a national security strategy for the first time, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Wednesday. Copies of the 70-page document were released at a forum on security held at the Philippine International Convention Center. "Tatak ng Pagbabago: Tatak ng Pag-unlad" is part of a series ahead of the third State of the Nation Address that President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver on Monday, July 23. "[This] is the first time that the national security strategy will be published in the Philippines," Esperon said "But this is not to say that there have been no national security strategies. Ayaw na lang isulat or ayaw nilang ilaba...Keep on reading: Duterte administration releases national security strategy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Jehovah s Witnesses Tagalog convention set in New Jersey

BLACKWOOD, New Jersey - More than 1,100 Tagalog speakers from Midwestern and Eastern United States are expected at the 2018 'Maging Matapang' (Be Brave) regional convention of Jehovah.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack rattles Tesla investors: ‘This thing is unraveling’

Four days after Tesla’s fourth-largest shareholder urged “a time of quiet and peace,” chief executive Elon Musk lobbed one of his nastiest stink bombs yet: an accusation about an organizer of the Thailand cave rescue that investors say is a major distraction from his mission running the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018