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Ayala to offer P5b more in notes

Ayala to offer P5b more in notes.....»»

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Ayala, SM offer new elevated road

Ayala, SM offer new elevated road.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Tim Howard always stayed optimistic he'd be healthy for US

div>JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer /div> div>  /div> div>SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As his U.S. teammates trained under cloudy skies on a brisk Bay Area morning, Tim Howard sat on the sidelines and stretched out his shoulders. He balanced on his left leg and warmed up his hips. /div> div>  /div> div>This is the new normal for Howard, fresh off his 38th birthday and a November surgery on his right thigh to repair the adductor muscle. /div> div>  /div> div>'I'm old,' chuckled Howard, the Americans' top goalkeeper the past two World Cups. 'That's every day for me now, between now and the next three years that's what every day looks like. It's a process, but hopefully it'll pay off.' /div> div>  /div> div>Howard is expected to start for coach Bruce Arena in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Honduras at Avaya Stadium, home of the MLS San Jose Earthquakes, before the Americans play at Panama four days later. /div> div>  /div> div>'It's good to have him back,' said defender DaMarcus Beasley. 'He's been a big part of this team for a long time now. Big games, World Cups, qualifiers. To have him back with the team and the group is a big plus for us and for everybody to see him back, especially after the injury he had at the end of last season.' /div> div>  /div> div>Brad Guzan, who was in net for two losses in World Cup qualifying last November, was replaced last week and he and his wife welcomed a baby girl Sunday night — '9 pounds, I'm told, and 22 inches long,' Arena announced, though he didn't know the baby's name except that she arrived a little early. /div> div>  /div> div>'In these situations, I think family comes first, despite what we'd all like to think otherwise around the sporting side,' Arena said. 'He needs to be with his family this week, so the decision for him to stay makes sense.' /div> div>  /div> div>Howard is confident kicking with his right foot again but he notes, 'Thankfully I have half a decent left foot' when he needs to use it. /div> div>  /div> div>The U.S. is 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying for the first time, and Arena returned to coach the team 10 years after his firing when he was hired in November to replace Jurgen Klinsmann. That month, the Americans lost to Mexico 2-1 at home and 4-0 at Costa Rica. /div> div>  /div> div>Arena will be cautious with Howard as well as Clint Dempsey , who is back playing after dealing with an irregular heartbeat. /div> div>  /div> div>Leading into his first MLS season with Colorado, Howard had hoped his body would allow him to return to the Americans' roster for qualifying, but didn't want to put anything in stone without knowing for sure he would be healthy. Now, he never expects to be fully 100 percent. /div> div>  /div> div>'I kind of felt that I'd be ready but I didn't want to get ahead of myself. It was a long rehab,' he said. 'A lot could happen between whenever that was, January, and now. We have setbacks all the time. I was on the right path, I was always going to be March 11 or there about, but I didn't want to put a timeframe on it and have a setback, so for me it was just personal. I'm 38, I don't think I'll ever be 100 percent again. But I've played through everything in my career, so it's not an issue for me.' /div> div>  /div> div>Fellow goalkeepers Nick Rimando and David Bingham worked through drills Monday with position coach Matt Reis. Arena wouldn't say whether he had decided to promote Howard to No. 1 keeper before Guzan's availability became a question. /div> div>  /div> div>'We haven't decided our starting lineup yet. We're playing Friday, it's Monday,' he told The AP. /div> div>  /div> div>Sounders stars Dempsey and Jordan Morris didn't train Monday, though Dempsey came to the field. Morris stayed at the team hotel Tuesday for treatment on the right ankle he injured during the first half of Seattle's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. /div> div>  /div> div>Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear was one spectator at his team's practice field, and Arena walked across the grass to offer his appreciation. /div> div>  /div> div>'Hey, Dom, thanks for your hospitality,' Arena said during a short chat. Howard, who did light jogging along with his stretching regimen, also said hello and they shared a laugh. /div> div>  /div> div>While Howard said the 'unknown' concerned him in regards to his comeback and trying to simulate game action, he considers himself fortunate his timing and instincts are still intact at this stage of his career. /div> div>  /div> div>'I'm thankful that my reflexes and my reactions haven't slowed,' he said. 'So that's been a good thing. I probably take less risks and I think that's helpful.' /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

Presidential Trump – CNN News

President Donald Trump reached for poetry and conjured a vision of common national purpose Tuesday during his first address to Congress, shifting his tone from the dark, searing approach of his previous big speeches to the nation. Trump adopted a statesmanlike cadence, hitting notes of inspiration. For once, this most unorthodox of politicians struck a conventional presidential posture as he sought to stabilize his administration after a tumultuous five weeks in office. Though his language was more lofty and unifying than normal, Trump gave little quarter on the substance of his policies on issues ranging from trade, defense, immigration and counterterrorism. The result was a populist, nationalistic prescription that he said would yield &'8220;a new chapter of American greatness.&'8221; &'8220;From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears, inspired by the future, not bound by failures of the past, and guided by a vision, not blinded by our doubts,&'8221; Trump said, from the Speaker's rostrum in the House of Representatives. During a vitriolic campaign and a raucous start to his term, Trump has done little to reach beyond his base of deeply committed voters who revile the kind of political elites that the President was staring down as he spoke on Tuesday. But, beset by the lowest approval ratings of any new commander-in-chief of modern times, Trump made a palpable effort to court voters who didn't support him with an offer to lay down the battles of the past. In fact, his address ticked almost all the boxes of a traditional State of the Union style appearance. &'8220;I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold, and daring things for our country,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.&'8221; It was an uplifting and unifying message that many Americans have rarely heard from Trump, who argued &'8220;the time for trivial fights is behind us.&'8221; While Trump is not solely responsible for the coarsening of political life, his brash, Twitter-fueled approach has rocked the nation's politics. The question now is whether the President was previewing a new, more sober political persona or whether he will return to his old habits. The change in his tone was evident from the first moments of his speech when he condemned the recent spate of threats against Jewish community centers, vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas. He said the violence was a reminder that &'8220;while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms.&'8221; The comment followed heavy criticism of Trump for not addressing such violence. The new President entered the House chamber to thunderous applause and spoke of the &'8220;renewal of the American spirit.&'8221; A senior White House official said Trump wrote the speech himself with input from almost every member of his presidential team of advisers. In the emotional high point of the speech, Trump turned to the first lady's box and acknowledged Carryn Owens, the widow of a US Navy Special operator, William &'8220;Ryan&'8221; Owens, who was killed in an anti-terror raid in Yemen in the first major military engagement of the new administration. His less explosive presentation style was welcomed by many lawmakers. &'8220;Donald Trump did indeed become presidential tonight, and I think we'll see that reflected in a higher approval rating,&'8221; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on CNN after the speech. &'8220;The Donald Trump I heard tonight was a lot more focused and disciplined and subdued, and it was a lot more uneventful in a good way,&'8221; moderate House Republican Charlie Dent told CNN's Tom LoBianco. &'8220;There were not a lot of distractions tonight, this speech was much better than the inaugural speech.&'8221; North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who is up for re-election next year in a state that Trump carried, said the President delivered a &'8220;very good speech.&'8221; &'8220;It was delivered with a sense of 'this is who I am, this is what I want to accomplish' and I think the goals are great,&'8221; she said. &'8220;How we get there is the $10,000 question.&'8221; Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on CNN that Trump's &'8220;speeches and the realities are very, very far apart.&'8221; &'8220;Until his reality catches up with his speeches, he's got big trouble,&'8221; Schumer said. The looks on lawmakers' faces during Trump's speech Though his rhetoric was soaring, Trump still struck hardline notes. He overruled national security adviser H.R. McMaster, according to a senior administration official, to warn of &'8220;radical Islamic terrorism.&'8221; Hitting themes familiar from his campaign, Trump vowed to restore &'8220;integrity and the rule of law to our borders.&'8221; &'8220;We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border,&'8221; Trump said, drawing Republican cheers even as he didn't mention his earlier promise that Mexico would pay for construction. &'8220;As we speak tonight, we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak, and as I promised throughout the campaign&'8221; While such language could please conservatives, Trump sent shockwaves through Washington earlier Tuesday [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

Corporate News: Ayala Land to raise P30B from retail bonds, notes

AYALA LAND, Inc. will raise P30 billion by issuing a mix of retail bonds, corporate notes, bilateral term loans and short-dated notes......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2017

Saunders aims to provide leadership in Phillies clubhouse

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — After moving from the All-Star-laden clubhouse in Dunedin to the young locker room in Clearwater six miles up the road, veteran outfielder Michael Saunders is embracing a leadership role with the Philadelphia Phillies this spring. Saunders, who turned 30 two weeks after filing for free agency this offseason, is an elder statesman in the Phillies' clubhouse and one of just two players, along with fellow newcomer Howie Kendrick, in the team's regular lineup who is not in his 20s. 'I'm not looking to change the way I act or change the way I do things, with my routine or anything like that,' Saunders said. 'There are a few guys in this clubhouse that have been around. If (there's) something that needs to be said, it will be said. But I learned from my first few days in the big leagues that you lead by example.' Saunders signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Phillies last month after spending the last two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. The rebuilding Phillies have an impressionable clubhouse this spring, with more than a half-dozen prospects in major league camp. With mainstays Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz gone, the front office made a point to add veterans on one-year contracts this winter, including Saunders, Kendrick and pitchers Clay Buchholz, Pat Neshek and Joaquin Benoit. Saunders was once a top prospect himself, coming up through the Seattle Mariners' system, and he understands the path to the big leagues isn't always linear. 'The first part of my career, the first two or three years, honestly, I didn't know how to hit at the major league level,' Saunders said. 'I didn't have much of an approach, I didn't have a game plan. I was young. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. And I wore my emotions on my sleeve. 'I think ever since 2012 I've started to learn how to hit in the major leagues. I think the biggest thing I did was more mental than physical. Really, giving myself permission to fail. And not taking my first or my second at-bat and having it ruin my game. Realizing it's one at-bat at a time. I think that's something that just happens when you get older, you mature, you have more of a solid mental approach.' Saunders enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, when he went to his first All-Star Game. He hit .253 with a career-best .815 OPS and 24 home runs in 140 games. The left-handed hitting Saunders will start in right field and likely hit between third baseman Maikel Franco (25 home runs in 2016) and first baseman Tommy Joseph (21 home runs), two of the promising players in the Phillies' youthful lineup. In addition to providing balance to manager Pete Mackanin's regular batting order, Saunders will be a veteran that other position players can lean on for advice, whether it's how to attack an opposing veteran pitcher or come out of lengthy slumps. 'Learning how to win and, for this franchise learning how to take that next step, that's going to be critical,' Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. 'And Michael has a unique perspective having been a highly touted prospect coming up with Seattle and then certainly a young team when he was there, and then transitioning to a Blue Jays club over the last couple years that was dominated by experience and very talented veterans and seeing it from both sides. 'And I think that, candidly, that perspective that he can bring drew us to Michael Saunders. He can relate to both sides of the coin on that and bring that to our clubhouse and some of our younger players. What does it mean to take that next step and play winning baseball. That's part of the reason he's here.' NOTES: Mackanin said there was a 'good chance' right-handed veteran Jeremy Hellickson would start on opening day for the Phillies for the second straight year. Hellickson went 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts in his first season in Philadelphia last season and returned this winter when he accepted the club's $17.2 qualifying offer rather than testing free agency. . Right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin (right knee swelling) threw a bullpen session without issue on Monday morning. Eflin, who had surgery on both his knees since August, had skipped a throwing session last week. . The Phillies will begin their exhibition season schedule on Thursday in Clearwater when they host the University of Tampa at 1:05 p.m. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2017

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism – CNN News

The stunning postcard-perfect vista surrounding Misael Lopez in this town about one hour from Madrid belies his constant anxiety, even fear. That's because the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq is revealing secrets he says his government doesn't want disclosed. &'8220;I'm concerned about my safety and my family's safety everywhere I go,&'8221; Lopez said as he walked the cobble-stoned streets of Toledo. Lopez, 41, says he reported what he says was a scheme to sell passports and visas for thousands of dollars out of the embassy and repeatedly turned down offers to get a cut of the money. But it was the response from his government &'8212; which has denied his allegations &'8212; that surprised him the most. CNN and CNN en Español teamed up in a year-long joint investigation that uncovered serious irregularities in the issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas, including allegations that passports were given to people with ties to terrorism. The investigation involved reviewing thousands of documents, and conducting interviews in the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. One confidential intelligence document obtained by CNN links Venezuela's new Vice President Tareck El Aissami to 173 Venezuelan passports and ID's that were issued to individuals from the Middle East, including people connected to the terrorist group Hezbollah. The accusation that the country was issuing passports to people who are not Venezuelan first surfaced in the early 2000s when Hugo Chavez was the country's president, interviews and records show. A Venezuelan passport permits entry into more than 130 countries without a visa, including 26 countries in the European Union, according to a ranking by Henley and Partners. A visa is required to enter the United States. Over the course of the CNN investigation, Lopez provided documents that show he repeatedly told Venezuelan officials about what he discovered. But he said instead of investigating his allegations, the government targeted him for disclosing confidential information. U.S. officials were also made aware of his findings. &'8220;You cannot be a cop, and a thief at the same time,&'8221; Lopez said. &'8220;I decide to be a cop and do the right thing.&'8221; Doing the right thing has cost him. It didn't start out that way. Lopez, a lawyer who worked as a police officer in Venezuela, said he thought becoming a diplomat was a great career opportunity, which would also allow him to serve his country. With that in mind, he moved to Baghdad to start his new life at the Venezuelan Embassy. But, he recalled, he got an unwelcome surprise on his first day in July 2013. His new boss, Venezuelan Ambassador Jonathan Velasco, gave him a special envelope, he said. &'8220;He gave me an envelope full of visas and passports,&'8221; Lopez recalled. &'8220;He told me, 'Get this, this is one million U.S. dollars.' I thought it was like a joke. Then he told me here people pay a lot of money to get a visa or a passport to leave this country.&'8221; About one month later, Lopez said he realized it was no joke. An Iraqi employee of the embassy, who was hired to be an interpreter, told him she had made thousands of dollars selling Venezuelan passports and visas, he said. And he could make a lot of money, too. But Lopez said he told her it was wrong and he refused. The employee pressed the issue, telling him there were thousands of dollars to be made, he said, even discussing an offer to sell visas to 13 Syrians for $10,000 each. And, Lopez, said, she told him he could get a cut of the money, too. Again, he said he refused. &'8220;I suspect it might be terrorists; that's why I reject, of course, immediately,&'8221; Lopez said. And he said it just got worse. Lopez said he was stunned when he found a document inside the embassy. It was a list of 21 Arabic names with corresponding Venezuelan passport numbers and Venezuelan identification numbers. A Venezuelan immigration official told CNN that a cross-check of the passport numbers indicated that the passports are valid and match the names on the list Lopez found &'8212; meaning the people on the list could be able to travel using those passports. But incredibly, a publicly available database in Venezuela examined by CNN shows 20 of the 21 identification numbers are registered to people with Hispanic names &'8212; not the Arabic names listed on the passports. Lopez kept investigating what was going on inside the embassy. He said he even found the case of a convicted drug dealer with an Iraqi identification certificate that appears to show he was born in Iraq. But the man had a Venezuelan passport that said he was born in Venezuela. He kept evidence and notes of what he found. Concerned that the passport and visa scheme was continuing without his knowledge, Lopez investigated the embassy employee who he said had offered to sell passports. He took photos of her desk where he says he found the embassy's official stamp, used to authenticate visas, as well as sheets of papers printed with the Venezuelan government seal. He eventually fired the employee. Lopez did not have any other documents that would confirm the allegations against her. The employee did not respond to repeated requests from CNN for comment. In April 2014, only nine months after he started the job, he emailed a report to Ambassador Velasco about [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2017

Finance: Gov't rejects all bids for Treasury bonds

THE GOVERNMENT rejected all bids for the reissued five-year Treasury bonds (T-bonds) on offer at an auction on Tuesday despite heightened demand for the debt notes as banks sought higher yields amid a jittery market ahead of the anticipated Federal Reserv.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 6th, 2016

REP and Ayala Land stage free show for Makati’s barangays

REP and Ayala Land stage free show for Makati’s barangays.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

South Korea urges North to respond to military talks offer

South Korea urges North to respond to military talks offer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

SKorea urges North to respond to military talks offer

SKorea urges North to respond to military talks offer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

Ortigas readies P125 B for massive redevelopment plan

MANILA, Philippines -  Ortigas & Co., a pioneering Filipino real estate developer now co-owned by property giants SM Prime and Ayala Land, is preparing t.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

AP source: Sandoval to sign minor league deal with Giants

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt expects Panda-monium in San Francisco once more. Pablo Sandoval plans to sign a minor league contract to return to the Giants, a person with knowledge of his intentions said Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. That should happen Friday. The Kung Fu Panda is coming home for a fresh start — and Belt is convinced the 2012 World Series MVP will be a fan favorite again. Sandoval technically will not be free to agree to a deal with a team until 1 p.m. EDT on Friday upon clearing waivers. Giants general manager Bobby Evans declined to confirm San Francisco's interest in bringing back the once-popular Panda, as he became known and beloved in the Bay Area. Whether that affection for the burly switch-hitter remains is yet to be seen, and Sandoval is scheduled to play with Triple-A Sacramento at least initially. 'He was a big part of our World Series runs, so I think he's always going to have a place here in San Francisco and everybody's going to love that he's back,' Belt, San Francisco's first baseman, said while walking into the ballpark Thursday. 'I haven't seen him in a while, so I don't know. I think he was definitely a fan favorite, so I don't think there's going to be any problem with that.' The Boston Red Sox released Sandoval on Wednesday when the third baseman didn't report after being designated for assignment last week. It officially ended the Boston tenure for the slugger, who never was healthy enough to live up to the expectations that came with the $95 million free agent contract he signed in 2014 — bolting the Bay Area shortly after helping the Giants win their third World Series title this decade. At the time, he had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years. With the Red Sox unable to find a team willing to take on part of his salary, Sandoval moved on after a total of 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 home runs for Boston — but not a single one of them in the postseason. In San Francisco, he delivered in October. His lasting memory, for now anyway, is the moment he leaned back on bent knees and raised his arms in triumph after winning another World Series in 2014. After that, he publicly insisted after the Oct. 31 victory parade that he wanted to retire with the Giants. He was coming off a three-year deal that guaranteed him $17.15 million. In 2014, Sandoval hit .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 157 regular-season games for the Giants and .366 in the postseason with seven doubles and five RBIs, four during the World Series against Kansas City. Then, just like that, he was gone about a month later. If Sandoval, who turns 31 on Aug. 11, finds a hitting groove again he could provide a boost for San Francisco's struggling lineup that has the Giants sitting last in the NL West. He is batting .212 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games this season. 'Hopefully he comes over here and rakes and we win more championships,' Belt said. 'That'd be great.' MLB.com first reported Sandoval's pending return. .....»»

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Chelsea Logistics' final offer price: P10.68 each

Chelsea Logistics' final offer price: P10.68 each.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2017

With Otto Porter deal done, Wizards keep young core together

em>By Brian McNally, Associated Press /em> WASHINGTON (AP) — Otto Porter is a quiet, complementary piece to the Wizards’ talented young core. He is also now Washington’s highest-paid player. At least temporarily. Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal garner most of the attention as Washington has made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs three of the last four seasons. But for now, Porter makes the most money after the Wizards matched a four-year, $106.5 million max-contract offer sheet the forward signed with the Brooklyn Nets. There might be questions if the 24-year-old Porter is worth that money. But the Wizards believe he is a good fit alongside Wall, 26, a four-time All-Star, and Beal, 24, one of the league’s top shooting guards. “You just use that as motivation just like John and Brad did,” Porter said at a news conference Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). “They set the bar high. I’m going to set my bar, high, too.” Porter entered this offseason as a restricted free agent, and when agent David Falk couldn’t agree to terms with Washington on July 1, he chose to shop his client’s services. The Sacramento Kings showed interest, but the Nets were the most serious and made a run at Porter. “They felt like they wanted to test the market to see if there was something more out there, and they did,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. “But it wasn’t a big decision because all along we said we wanted to keep our young core together.” It probably won’t be long before Wall surpasses Porter as the Wizards highest-paid player. Wall was named third-team All-NBA this past season, and the point guard is eligible to sign a $160 million, four-year super max contract any time before the 2017-18 season begins. Wall will not become an unrestricted free agent until 2019. Re-signing Porter was a top priority for Washington this summer. The No. 3 pick in the 2013 draft out of Georgetown, Porter had a breakthrough season. He ranked fourth in field goal percentage among small forwards (51.6 percent) and fifth among all NBA players in three-point percentage (43.4 percent). Porter’s ability to fit seamlessly with Wall and Beal without needing the ball in his hands is a huge plus, too, according to Grunfeld. At 6’8”, Porter’s length also plays a significant role in the Wizards’ defensive concepts. His skillset was so valuable to Washington the Wizards surpassed the NBA’s luxury-tax threshold by matching the offer sheet. “I never look at Otto and judge him by the stat sheet,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He does so many little things that the stats don’t show. He dives on the floor for a loose ball, he sets screens. He makes the extra pass to the corner, offensive rebounds. “You can never have enough high-character guys that are committed to each and that’s what he is,” Brooks said. “He’s a max person in my mind.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2017

Ayala power unit expanding to Vietnam

MANILA, Philippines -  AC Energy Holdings Inc......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Purposive communication workshop slated at Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines -  The Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) will offer a certificate workshop on teaching Purposive Communication, a new g.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Finance: Weaker appetite for term deposit auction

TERM DEPOSITS on auction saw weak demand yesterday as both the week-long and month-long tenors received bids below offer, with the central bank taking a closer look at liquidity conditions to possibly tweak auction settings......»»

Category: moviesSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Redskins QB Cousins to play another season on franchise tag

em>By Stephen Whyno, Associated Press /em> Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback in NFL history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag. Cousins and the Washington Redskins didn't sign a long-term deal by the deadline Monday. He will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after earning $19.95 million last year. Team president Bruce Allen said in a prepared statement that the Redskins' goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term contract and offered him $53 million guaranteed or $72 million in the event of injury. That would have been the second-most fully guaranteed money given to a QB behind Aaron Rodgers' $54 million. 'Despite our repeated attempts, we have not received any offer from Kirk's agent this year,' Allen said. 'Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis. While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept his decision.' Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, declined an interview request made before Allen issued his statement. Allen said the team's offer was made May 2 and that he met with Cousins face to face over the weekend. The 28-year-old Cousins is going into his third full season as Washington's starter. He set franchise records with 4,166 and 4,917 yards the past two seasons, but has yet to win a playoff game. Oakland's Derek Carr signed a deal last month that guarantees him $40 million. Carr has also not won a playoff game, but has played only three pro seasons. Cousins will head into his sixth NFL campaign and was a backup to Robert Griffin III to start his career. In 46 games, including 41 starts, Cousins has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 12,113 yards, 72 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. Cousins and executives described negotiations as positive, and they may go through this again next spring. If Washington uses the franchise tag again for 2018, Cousins would get a 44 percent raise to $34.47 million, or they could use the transition tag on him at a cost of $28.78 million. The transition tag would allow the Redskins to match any offer but would not give them any compensation if he left. Cousins has no shortage of admirers around the league, most notably former Washington offensive coordinators Kyle Shanahan, now head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and Sean McVay, now coach of the Los Angeles Rams. Chief negotiator Eric Schaffer said the Redskins weren't trying to 'win a championship' with their contract and said there was a positive dialogue with Cousins' camp. 'Kirk is a really good player and he's a Redskin and we only want him to be here,' Schaffer said. 'I would express that.' Asked by former QB Joe Theismann if he wanted to be a member of the Redskins, Cousins said yes and called it 'an easy answer.' 'There's just so many positives to discuss — love my teammates, I love playing with these guys — so I don't need to look elsewhere,' Cousins said in a video posted on the team's website. For at least this season, Cousins remains with the Redskins. Allen said recently he believes Cousins has a lot of good football in front of him. 'We both share high hopes for this season,' Allen said. 'And we remain hopeful that a long-term contract will be signed in the future.' ___ em>Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Is Johnny A the best point guard the PBA has ever seen?

Johnny Abarrientos is celebrating his birthday today, and at 47 years old, the Flying A looks like he can still run a play or two in the PBA. Of course, he shouldn't since he already did his best work in the PBA years ago. Work that that may put him on top as the best point guard the PBA has ever seen. Before all of you go crazy though, let's look at all the point guards from the PBA 40 Greatest list and then decide if Johnny A is really the best ever. And because since it's his birthday, we'll make the case for Abarrientos first. br /> strong>JOHNNY ABARRIENTOS /strong> Selected third in the 1993 draft out of FEU, Abarrientos was beastly for the Alaska Aces throughout the decade, helping the team win eight championships including the 1996 Grand Slam, his MVP season. He was so good that in 1997, he got an offer to try out for the Charlotte Hornets. Yes, the Flying A almost got a chance to play in the NBA. Abarrientos was also a staple in the Philippine national team, winning bronze in the 1998 Asian Games. After later stints with Coca-Cola and Brgy. Ginebra, Abarrientos retired as a 12-time PBA champion and the PBA all-time leader in steals. He was one of the original players named in the PBA's 25 Greatest list.   br /> strong>RICARDO BROWN /strong> Also an original from the 25 Greatest list, Brown won Rookie of the Year in 1983 and was already MVP by 1985. The man they call The Quick Brown Fox, the first Fil-Am to play in the PBA won six championships and was part of the 1989 San Miguel Grand Slam team. Brown holds the record for highest scoring average by a local at 23.1 points per game.   br /> strong>FRANCIS ARNAIZ /strong> A founding member of the PBA in 1975, Arnaiz played with Toyota and won all nine of his championships with the team. With scoring as one of his specialties, Arnaiz dropped 10,292 points in his career, going for 16.8 points per game. Arnaiz not only shine for Toyota as he was also part of the Philippine team that won gold in the 1973 FIBA-Asia Championships in Manila.   br /> strong>HECTOR CALMA /strong> 'The Director' was one of the driving forces behind the powerful San Miguel Grand Slam team from 1989. Despite not posting gaudy numbers, Calma piloted some of the best teams not only in the PBA but on the international scene as well. The diminutive floor general was part of the Northen Consolidated Cement national team that won the 1985 Jones Cup and FIBA-Asia championship. Calma also led the Adamson Falcons to the 1978 UAAP title, proving that he was one of the best even before he made it to the PBA.   br /> strong>BERNIE FABIOSA /strong> The Sultan of Swipe won 15 PBA championships, including the 1976 and 1983 Grand Slams with the fabled Crispa Redmanizers. Also an original from the 25 Greatest list, Fabiosa ranks third all-time in steals behind Abarrientos and Ramon Fernandez. He's also in the top 15 in all-time assists after dishing out almost 3,000 dimes.   br /> strong>ROBERT JAWORSKI /strong> The Living Legend, Jaworski is responsible for the now-enduring 'Never Say Die' attitude of Brgy. Ginebra. Very few players can say that they were the face of one franchise, it can be argued that the Big J was the face of two after memorable stints with Toyota and the Gin Kings. Winner of the 1978 MVP award, Jaworski won 13 PBA titles, nine as a player and four more as a playing coach. Jaworski was also pretty incredible as a member of Team Philippines, winning two FIBA-Asia championships, one in 1967 and another in 1973. The Living Legend likewise made it to the Olympics, seeing action in the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City and in the 1974 World Championships. Jawo leads the PBA in all-time assists and is in the top 10 in scoring.   br /> strong>RONNIE MAGSANOC /strong> One of the key players responsible for UP's lone UAAP men's seniors basketball title, the Point Laureate was also key in the pros. Playing alongside college buddy Benjie Paras, Magsanoc won four PBA championships with Shell and was a member of the Philippine team that won silver in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. Magsanoc later transitioned into coaching, winning the NCAA championship with San Beda during his rookie season.   br /> strong>JAY-JAY HELTERBRAND /strong> One of of the famous Fast and Furious Ginebra duo, Jay-jay Helterbrand actually beat Mark Caguioa to the MVP award, winning the highest individual honor in the PBA in 2009, three years before the Spark. At his peak, Helterbrand was the true driving force behind the barangay, winning a total of five championships in the process. Sure, Jay-jay is a little older now but Ginebra can still count on him when it matters most, see Game 4 of the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals.   br /> strong>JIMMY ALAPAG /strong> Fun fact: Jimmy Alapag, as a rookie, won his first PBA title by beating Johnny Abarrientos in the Finals. Since that first championship in 2003, the Mighty Mouse would win another five titles in his career and was one win short from the Grand Slam in 2011, his lone MVP season. Alapag's list of achievements include winning the first Perpetual Trophy in 2013 on top of being the PBA all-time leader in three-point shots made. The Captain is also famous for his national team work, leading Gilas Pilipinas to a silver medal finish in the 2013 FIBA-Asia Championships and to te country's first win in the World Cup back in 2014.   br /> strong>JAYSON CASTRO /strong> Alapag's runningmate in Talk 'N Text, Jayson Castro has no MVP awards yet but he does have four Best Player of the Conference Award, second most in PBA history. The Blur has six PBA titles so far including two Finals MVP awards. At the prime age of 31, it's almost safe to say that Castro, who can be practically unstoppable on offense, has another title run or two in his career, maybe even challenging the mighty June Mar Fajardo for the MVP award if he actually wants to. After a career year in 2016 averaging 20.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game, the Chinese Basketball came calling according to several reports but Castro ultimately stayed in the PBA, signing a max contract with TNT. The Blur has two FIBA-Asia silver medals and a World Cup appearance. More importantly, he is the reigning two-time best point guard in Asia, taking the citation in 2013 and 2015. br /> So who is the best point guard the PBA has ever seen? Is it our birthday boy or somebody else? Let the debates begin but make sure you greet the Flying A first.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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