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Coutinho must live up to cost, legacy of Barca s Brazilians

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Philippe Coutinho arrives at Barcelona bearing both his huge price tag and the legacy of the long line of Brazilian stars who have dazzled at Camp Nou. The comparisons will be constant with Neymar, whose world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain in August provided Barcelona with the 160 million euros ($192 million) it needed to acquire Coutinho at a cost that would have seemed ludicrous just six months before. Only Neymar and PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe surpass it. But while Neymar, as before him Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Romario, all became fan favorites by staring in Barcelona's attack, Coutinho will have to measure up to the Spanish club's long line of top-notch_and largely homegrown— midfielders. The 25-year-old Coutinho will come to Spain charged with the daunting task of one day taking over as its midfield leader with Andres Iniesta entering the twilight of his career at age 33. Coutinho can count on the big advantage of setting up Lionel Messi for goals as he strives to justify the club-record fee Barcelona agreed to pay on Saturday, when it finally pried him away from Liverpool after the English club had refused to let him go in the summer. Even though coach Ernesto Valverde has successfully kept Barcelona winning after predictions of decline abounded following the unwanted departure of Neymar, Coutinho will greatly increase his options in a midfield that is still heavily reliant on Iniesta for its playmaking spark. His signing signals Barcelona's intention to refocus on the patch of the pitch that has defined its passing style for decades, an emphasis that had slipped somewhat in recent years with Neymar, Messi and Luis Suarez forming a powerful attack, albeit sometimes at the expense of its ability to dominate possession. Since the exit of Xavi Hernandez two and a half years ago, and those of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, Barcelona was in danger of seeing its lineage of great midfielders broken. Coutinho showed at Liverpool that he can play anywhere in the midfield: in a more attacking role, as a wide player in a four-man line, or deeper to help start the attack. That versatility will help ensure him a place in a Barcelona midfield that has a set group of first-choice players in Iniesta on the left, Ivan Rakitic on the right, and Sergio Busquets in a defensive role, but little else. Coutinho, who has the vision and quick passing skills that Barcelona needs, can also provide goals with his accurate strike from distance. He scored 41 times in 152 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, including seven in 14 matches in the first half of this campaign. With Coutinho set to feature, Barcelona will likely part ways with one or more of midfielders Andre Gomes, Arda Turan, Rafinha and Denis Suarez. Barcelona has also recently seen the return of summer signing Ousmane Dembele, which cost it a then-club record fee of 105 million euros plus add-ons that could take the total to 147 million euros, from a tendon injury that had sidelined him since September. Dembele would likely need to play in a 4-3-3 alongside Messi and Suarez, while Coutinho could play on the right side of a midfield line with Iniesta and Busquets. But Valverde has also gotten good results this year— including a 3-0 victory at Real Madrid last month— with just Messi and Suarez in attack and a four-man midfield including Paulinho, who has given the team goals and added muscle since his arrival in the offseason. Valverde will have to use different lineups regardless, because Coutinho will be limited to playing in the Spanish league, which Barcelona leads, and the Copa del Rey for the remainder of this season since he cannot play for another team in the Champions League after participating in the group phase with Liverpool. He will then have five more seasons under the contract he has agreed to sign to help Barcelona win a sixth European Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 7th, 2018

Coutinho completes ‘dream’ Barcelona move

BARCELONA: Philippe Coutinho said he is targeting titles at Barcelona after finally completing his “dream” 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The Brazilian signed a five-year contract in a ceremony sitting alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, making him the third-most expensive player in history. “It’s an honour for [...] The post Coutinho completes ‘dream’ Barcelona move appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Best in history Ronaldo put to test by Messi in clasico

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has made his claim. Now he has to live up to it. Ronaldo will face Lionel Messi on Saturday for the first time since the Portugal forward declared himself “the best player in the history” of soccer after equaling the Argentine’s five Ballon d’Or awards this month. Basking in the spotlight of a glitzy ceremony under the Eiffel Tower, Ronaldo felt confident enough to put himself at the pinnacle of the sport, ahead of Messi and other greats like Pele and Diego Maradona. “You will go and say that I have a big head, but when you’re at the top, it’s normal that you’re criticized,” he told France Football. “I am the best player in history, in both good and bad times.” Personalities aside, Ronaldo has a tough case to make. He and Messi both have four Champions League titles, but Messi’s eight Spanish league titles double Ronaldo’s tally for Madrid and Manchester United. Messi also has the edge in their head-to-head duels. Messi has outscored Ronaldo 19-17 since Ronaldo joined Madrid in 2009. Prior to that, Messi scored in a 2-0 win over Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final. The Barcelona-led Messi has also had a clear advantage over Ronaldo’s Madrid. Messi has helped Barcelona beat Ronaldo’s side 13 times, to eight wins for Madrid and seven draws. Overall, Messi holds the “clasico” record with 24 goals in 36 matches. Ronaldo is one goal shy of matching Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano’s 18 goals against Barcelona. The camera-shy Messi insisted again on Monday when he was recognized for leading the Spanish league in goals last campaign that he put more value on team titles than individual honors. “Titles are our goal,” Messi said. “If individual statistics are there also, that’s even better, but they are not the objective.” Ronaldo has no doubt closed the gap with Messi after he led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles in the last two seasons. But for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, this past decade is still set to bear Messi’s mark. “If it wasn’t for (Ronaldo), Messi would have won twice as much,” Torres said Wednesday. “What Ronaldo has done in the age of Messi says a lot about him.” Ronaldo will need to be at his best on Saturday because anything other than a victory will deal a huge blow to Madrid’s title defense before the season reaches its midway point. Madrid enters the match in fourth place and trailing Barcelona by 11 with a match in hand. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are in second and third. “Given the situation we are in we are obligated to win,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said. Messi had one of his most memorable performances at Madrid last season when he scored his second of two brilliant goals in stoppage time to silence the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid got revenge with wins of 3-1 and 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup in August, when Barcelona was reeling from the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, however, quickly rallied his team and the Catalan club has not lost since, a run of 24 matches. With Neymar gone, Valverde has succeeded in tightening up Barcelona’s defense. “It would be important to win for everything that would represent, since the match is so special, and we are playing at their ground,” Messi said. “There would still be a long way to go for the league title, but a victory would be a nice before the Christmas break.” Here are some other potential keys to the “clasico.” ___ SUAREZ Striker Luis Suarez has rediscovered his scoring touch at just the right time for Barcelona. After only scoring three times in the first 11 matches, Suarez has six goals in his last five league games. They will need him even more with backup forwards Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu injured. ___ BENZEMA Karim Benzema has only scored two goals in 11 league appearances for Madrid this season. The drop in production has contributed to Madrid’s stumbles, leading many fans to lament the exit of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea. ___ ALBA Jordi Alba has flourished going forward into the hole that Neymar used to occupy. The Spain left back is a favorite of Messi to weave together short-passing combinations that unlock packed defenses. His matchup against Madrid right back Dani Carvajal should be key. ___ BALE Gareth Bale is playing for his future. Recurrent injuries have cost the Wales winger his spot in Madrid’s starting lineup, with coach Zinedine Zidane preferring the playmaking — and sturdier legs — of Francisco “Isco” Alarcon. Bale returned after his latest injury layoff to help Madrid win the Club World Cup, but as a second-half substitute. He is likely to have that role against Barcelona and will need to make the most of the minutes he gets. ___ VERMAELEN Thomas Vermaelen was considered a lost cause. That was until defenders Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano got injured, giving the Belgian another chance to find his spot in Barcelona’s rotation. Vermaelen has played six consecutive matches, a personal record for him at Barcelona. Injuries limited him to 11 league appearances in two seasons before he was loaned out to Roma last year. Now that he is back, the former Arsenal player will be critical to Barcelona’s chances of stopping Ronaldo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

LOOK: Pinoy sports world celebrates Kobe Bryant s jersey retirement

Even from half the world away, Kobe Bryant's effect in our hoops-crazed nation manifested itself during his jersey retirement with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both his #8 and #24 jersey numbers were hung in the rafters, and for good reason. His career spanned two eras, all defined by himself, and he was able to inspire a LOT of fans during his 20-year career. His legacy, even in the Philippines was made known by some of the popular sports people of the country, as they celebrated the monumental occasion by posting their favorite memory of the one and only Kobe Bryant.     Ang tunay na #lodi at #petmalu 🐍 @kobebryant #mamba #mambamentality #frobe A post shared by Renren Ritualo (@renrenritualo414) on Dec 18, 2017 at 10:20pm PST   🐍 A post shared by Mico Halili (@micohalili) on Dec 18, 2017 at 6:58pm PST Kobe talking to his daughters now about hard work. Can you imagine Kobe being your dad and being your tutor in math? I mean, Kobe as a mamba mentality math tutor at home: natatakot ako just thinking about it. — Mico Halili (@micohalili) December 19, 2017   #MambaDay #ko8e24 24 8vs24 🐍🐍 @kobebryant #ThingsIveLearnedFromKobe A post shared by Chris Newsome (@new11new) on Dec 18, 2017 at 10:15pm PST   Legends are FOREVER...Salute to the Mamba🐍 #MambaMentality A post shared by Jimmy Alapag (@jalapag3) on Dec 19, 2017 at 1:21am PST That #Ko8e24 ceremony made me wna work right nowwww 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 — Angeline Gervacio (@dzigervacio) December 19, 2017 My 2 favorite players of all-time. It’s no coincidence that 8 + 24 = 32 #magicmamba #Ko8e24 pic.twitter.com/swFhFMSdYa — Chot Reyes (@coachot) December 19, 2017 That. Was. Awesome. From the cartoon, the voice over, Magic & Jeanie, the unveiling, and eventually Kobe’s messages. Great job, @Lakers! I’m glad @abscbnsports got to show that LIVE 🙂👍🏼 #Ko8e24 — TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) December 19, 2017.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

ONE Championship: Ben Askren and Shinya Aoki battle for welterweight strap in Singapore

Two MMA superstars go head to head, while a Filipina warrior looks to take another step towards world championship gold when the ONE Championship cage returns to Singapore for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  Headlining the card will be a legend versus legend superfight for the ONE welterweight world championship as reigning and defending champion Ben 'Funky' Askren steps into the cage one last time and puts his title on the line against former ONE lightweight world champion and global MMA legend Shinya Aoki.  In what will be his retirement bout, Askren goes back to where his reign of dominance in the ONE welterweight began, and hopes to leave the cage the same way he came in: as ONE welterweight world champion.  A decorated collegiate and amateur wrestler with a spotless 17-0 (1) MMA record, Askren believes that he's been the best welterweight in the world, and on Friday night, he looks to cement his legacy as one of the best to ever set foot in the ONE cage.  Standing across the cage from Askren on fight night will be another icon in former titleholder Aoki.  One of the most feared grapplers in the mixed-martial arts world, Aoki left his mark in Asian promotions such as Pride, Shooto, Dream, until eventually taking his dominance to ONE Championship, where he held the ONE lightweight title for over two years.  Now, Aoki finds himself on the verge of ONE history as he tries to become just the second man to hold two championships win two weight divisions. In a featured women's atomweight matchup, Team Lakay's Gina 'Conviction' Iniong steps up on two weeks' notice to take on top contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a match that has serious title implications.  When reigning ONE atomweight world champion Angela Lee withdrew from her title defense against Yamaguchi after getting concussed in a car accident, Iniong was offered to take her place on short notice.  Fresh off her demolition of Priscila Lumban Gaol in Manila, Iniong accepted, and now could be just a win away from challenging for the world championship.  A rematch of their 2014 bout that saw the Team Lakay standout victorious via split decision, Iniong will look to repeat history, while Yamaguchi will try to strengthen her claim as the number one contender. Also on the card, former waiter-turned-full time mixed martial artist Richard Corminal tries to get his first win under the ONE Championship banner as he welcomes French veteran Arnaud 'The Game' Lepont back from a two-year hiatus.    FIGHT CARD Ben Askren vs. Shinya Aoki (ONE welterweight world championship) Amir Khan vs. Adrian Pang Leandro Issa vs. Dae Hwan Kim May Ooi vs. Vy Srey Kouch Li Kai Wen vs. Ahmed Mujtaba Tiffany Teo vs. Puja Tomar Gina Iniong vs. Mei Yamaguchi Richard Corminal vs. Arnaud Lepont Yang Fei vs. Muhammad Aiman Miao Li Tao vs. Sim Bunsrun   ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit comes to you live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, November 24th.  Catch all the exciting MMA action on S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Ben Askren believes that he s been the best welterweight in the world

Friday night, MMA fans will likely see reigning and defending ONE welterweight champion Ben 'Funky' Askren enter the cage for the last time.  In his last hurrah, the unbeaten welterweight king will put his title on the line one last time against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in what can easily be called a superfight.  Win or lose, 'Funky' Ben will be putting them up for good, but there is one thing that would make him come out of retirement, if ever.  "I said the one caveat would be if I get to fight for number one."  For years, many have believed that Ben Askren was the best welterweight outside the UFC. His seventeen-fight winning streak and and lengthy title runs in Bellator and ONE Championship are proof of that.  For Askren however, he isn't just the best welterweight outside the Octagon. He's been the best in the world.  "I’ve very long believed, and I’ve good reason to believe, for many years, that I’ve been the best welterweight on the face of the earth. For many years, I’ve believed that." Ranking lists would dispute that however, and Askren is very much aware of that fact.  "From the rankers’ eyes, I’ve never gotten to prove that. I just looked up the rankings yesterday, I think I was at number five or number six, somewhere in there." Right now, the number one welterweight in the world, according to a number of ranking lists, is UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.  Askren added that he wouldn't fight Woodley, a close friend and teammate, but should "The Chosen One" lose his top spot to another 170-pounder and the opportunity to finally find out who the best welterweight in the world is, Askren is all for it.  "If that possibility came up, yeah I would take that because I have felt for many years that I’ve been the best welterweight in the world. I’ve never gotten to prove that in the eyes of others." Rankings or not, Askren has proven himself to be an elite welterweight. Friday night, Askren takes on an elite challenger in Aoki, and a win over the Japanese MMA legend will no doubt cement his legacy as one of the best to ever do it.    Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Fortigate 600d earns 99.7% rating for security effectiveness

FORTINET® (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, recently announced the results of the latest NSS Labs Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System group test report.  The testing revealed that Fortinet’s FortiGate 600D earned a 99.7% rating for Security Effectiveness, the lowest Total Cost of Ownership per Protected Mbps in the Security Value Map and received NSS Labs’ coveted ‘Recommended’ rating. NSS Lab’s NGIPS report is the industry’s most comprehensive test of security effectiveness for Intrusion Prevention Systems offered today and helps security customers select the best solutions based on real-world performance. The FortiGate 600D IPS achieved a security effectiveness score of 99.7%, blocking 100% of live attacks used in active threat campaigns and stopping 99.45% of attacks from NSS Labs’ entire exploit library.  The FortiGate 600D was one of only four vendors capable of thwarting 100% of the evasion techniques used in NSS Labs testing. “Today’s newly discovered vulnerabilities are being exploited at machine speeds that are outpacing the capability of IT teams to patch. This is increasing the urgency for many enterprises to integrate effective IPS capabilities with their overall security architecture. The latest NSS Labs results reinforce a decade of Fortinet IPS technology leadership, providing devices that scale from 150 Mbps up to 120 Gbps to help organizations of all sizes close gaps in their attack surface,” said John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions, Fortinet. Intrusion Prevention is Critical  but Not All Systems Are Equal Recent attacks like WannaCry and Petya have highlighted how quickly unpatched vulnerabilities can be exploited on a global scale. The ever-increasing number of operating systems, applications and new devices running on networks challenges even the most diligent IT teams trying to keep up with the latest updates. IPS solutions can provide protection from these newly disclosed vulnerabilities and advanced evasion techniques, providing enterprises with the critical time needed to test and push new patches to their various systems, but not all solutions are created equal. This is why Fortinet consistently invests in extensive third-party testing and validation of its solutions. Working with organizations like NSS Labs provides customers with the data needed to select the most effective security solutions to defend their businesses and ensures that Fortinet continues to deliver the most effective and highest performing cybersecurity to meet their needs.  Dedicated NGIPS Protection with Superior Security Fabric Integration As an extension of the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiGate IPS meets all the requirements of a standalone next-generation solution by combining a high-speed, effective IPS engine with evasion techniques, context and reputation awareness, extensive application and user control capabilities, advanced threat detection, and a performance-optimized platform. FortiGate IPS functionality leverages the Fortinet Security Fabric and FortiOS to deliver real-time updates that continuously defend against the latest threats and zero-day attacks emerging across the threat landscape. Powered by purpose-built hardware and Fortinet Security Processing Units (SPUs), FortiGate IPS provides leading in-line protection with performance that won’t slow down enterprise networks.  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

NOTHING EASY: Potts makes his NCAA exit on top

After winning back-to-back NCAA championships, Davon Potts will have some time to celebrate before he makes the transition to the PBA. Potts, drafted by the Alaska Aces a couple of weeks ago, says that he doesn't have to report to his new team right away especially after him and the rest of the San Beda Red Lions completed a Finals sweep of the Lyceum Pirates Thursday for the NCAA Season 93 title. "I just texted coach Alex Compton right now, it's funny. He said report on Monday," Potts said after he officially wrapped his San Beda career with yet another ring. After bursting to the scene last season as the Red Lions' "Mr. Fourth Quarter", Potts had a relatively pedestrian second season with San Beda. It showed because his draft stock dropped so hard the Aces landed him late in the second round, a steal according to a lot of people. Still, despite an okay regular season, Potts saved his best for last in the Finals, helping the Red Lions take down the 18-0 Pirates. He averaged a solid 15 points a game in the Finals, a reliable  third option behind the clutch Robert Bolick and Finals MVP Donald Tankoua. "I have mixed feelings. I mean, it was really hard for me this year," he said. "It's a combination of character and attitude. I keep a lot of things at the back of my mind with my history with San Beda, I owe it to them for bringing me here. Just making sure that we live the legacy and continue the championship [tradition]. Make sure we have that winning culture here," Potts added. Winning a championship, Potts says that staying at San Beda was worth it. Even if he had some struggles along the way. "This is a testament to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have to go through, you can always bounce back," he said "That is a testament to all the people that look up to me and make sure that nothing is easy, you have to earn it," Potts added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Astros beat Red Sox 5-4 in Game 4, advance to ALCS

em>By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press /em> BOSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander came out of the bullpen for the first time in his career, beating Chris Sale in an aces-turned-relievers role reversal on Monday and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series by rallying past the Red Sox 5-4 and eliminating Boston in four games. 'When we saw Verlander run to the 'pen we said, 'Our horse is on the mound, we need to win this game,'' said Houston third baseman Alex Bregman, who homered off Sale to tie it in the eighth before Josh Reddick's single gave the Astros the lead. 'That's kind of the whole energy that he's brought since we brought him over here,' Bregman said of Verlander, the former AL MVP and Cy Young winner who was acquired from Detroit for the playoff run. 'He's brought an energy with him that, 'Hey, when he's out there, we're going to win.'' Houston will open the ALCS on Friday, either at Cleveland or at home against the New York Yankees. The Indians held a 2-1 edge over the Yankees going into Game 4 of the AL Division Series on Monday night. With both Game 1 starters coming out of the bullpen, Verlander gave up a go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi — the first batter he faced — before shutting down the Red Sox for 2 2/3 innings. It was his first pro relief appearance after 424 starts in the majors and minors. Bregman tied it before Reddick's single off closer Craig Kimbrel made it 4-3. Carlos Beltran added to his postseason legacy with an RBI double — an insurance run that became the game-winner when Rafael Devers hit an inside-the-park homer off closer Ken Giles to lead off the bottom of the ninth. 'The two big boys, Sale and Verlander, both get into the game. Everybody did well,' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. 'Nobody really wanted to concede the game.' The Astros last reached the league championship series in 2005 as a National League team, and were swept in the World Series by the White Sox. This year's team, wearing 'Houston Strong' patches to support the city that was flooded in Hurricane Harvey, is hoping to finish the job. 'The city of Houston is still rebuilding,' Hinch said. 'It's easy for us to look in the rearview mirror and think that the hurricane is over (but) the rebuild is not going to stop for a long time. ... We want to win for them, we want to win for us, we want to win because we showed up in spring training to try to win a World Series.' Giles pitched a perfect eighth before Devers opened the bottom of the ninth with a line drive over leaping center fielder George Springer and off the Green Monster toward center. The 20-year-old Red Sox rookie easily circled the bases before the throw. Giles retired the next three batters for his first career postseason save. Springer and Yuli Gurriel each had three hits for the AL West champions, and Reddick's go-ahead single made up for misplaying a fly ball into a home run in Game 3 to force a fourth game. Verlander also beat Sale in the playoff opener and is now 7-0 for his new team. Sale, who had never appeared in the postseason before 2017, pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits, striking out six. 'This is what we show up to spring training for. It's what we work all offseason for. Ups and downs, all around the country,' Sale said. 'This is what we live for.' On a rainy day at Fenway Park — the fourth straight day game — the Red Sox again saw a starter struggle early, with Rick Porcello giving up Houston's eighth first-inning run of the series. The reigning AL Cy Young winner, who led the AL with 22 wins last year and the majors with 17 losses in 2017, gave up two runs in three innings, walking three and striking out four while allowing five hits. Like Houston, the Red Sox called on their ace in relief. Sale was sharp before giving up Bregman's leadoff homer in the eighth. He allowed a one-out single to Evan Gattis before closer Kimbrel came on with two outs, walked Springer and gave up Reddick's single. Xander Bogaerts also homered for the AL East champion Red Sox, and Hanley Ramirez had two hits a day after going 4 for 4 in Boston's only postseason win since the end of the 2013 World Series. strong>SEE YA /strong> Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Wegner in the bottom of the second inning after coming out to argue a called third strike on Dustin Pedroia. The previous batter, Jackie Bradley Jr., had also been called out strikes on a close pitch. It is the 19th ejection of Farrell's career and his third this season. strong>INTERFERENCE /strong> The Red Sox ball girl was called for interference when she tried to field Gattis' fair-ball grounder down the third base line in the eighth. Instead of a potential double, Gattis was sent back to first; pinch-runner Cameron Maybin took second on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on Reddick's single. strong>WASTED OPPORTUNITIES /strong> The Red Sox loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning and failed to score. They also ran themselves out of the third inning, when they got two singles and a double without getting a run. Benintendi led off with a single and then got doubled off first on Mookie Betts' hard liner to third. Mitch Moreland doubled, and then got thrown out at the plate — easily — on Ramirez's single to left. The Red Sox had 29 runners thrown out at the plate this season, the most in the majors. strong>PLAYING THE SCHEDULE /strong> The teams finished Game 3 before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday but didn't find out until about 11 p.m. what time they would be playing Game 4, because TV wanted to keep the Yankees in prime time. That left the Red Sox and Astros with a brief afternoon window before the rain began to fall, as expected. The game started on time and was not delayed, but the rain kept the grounds crew busy raking drying agent on the infield. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

Apple’s iPhone X: Face ID, no home button, $999 – CNN News

Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has revealed the iPhone X. It has no home button, scans your face to log you in and costs $999. The company unveiled the anniversary edition smartphone, alongside an iPhone 8 and its bigger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus, at a press event at the brand new Apple Park campus in Cupertino on Tuesday. The company also announced a new Apple Watch with a cellular connection, an Apple TV that streams 4K video, and gave the public its first peek at the circular Steve Jobs Theater. To introduce the iPhone X, Apple CEO Tim Cook uttered the classic line at the annual press conference: &'8220;One more thing.&'8221; &'8220;We have great respect for these words and don't use them lightly,&'8221; said Cook, adding the new phone would set the path for technology for the next decade. The new iPhone X kills the home button to make space for a larger screen. It has an edge-to-edge display, glass on the front and back, wireless charging that requires resting the phone on a special surface, and a surgical grade stainless steel band around the edges. It's water and dust resistant. The 5.8-inch OLED display isn't just bigger, it also packs 458 pixels-per-inch. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) calls it a Super Retina Display. It supports HDR, has a million-to-one contrast ratio and improved color accuracy. The loss of the home button means no more fingerprint sensor. To unlock the phone, you can use your face with a new technology called Face ID. Front-facing cameras and sensors create a map of your face to determine if you are the phone's proper owner. The technology learns more about your face every time you use it, and stores any face detection information on the device. It uses small flood light to work in the dark. Apple said face detection is more secure than fingerprints. It added there was a one in 50,000 chance of a random person being able to open your phone with their fingerprint. But those chances drop to 1 in a million with face detection. The company also introduced a Face ID-enabled feature called Animoji, which serves up animated emoji that mimic your facial expressions. For example, you'll be able to give your friends side-eye as a unicorn. Apple spent a significant amount of time hyping up its 12-megapixel dual cameras with image stabilization. Schiller said the new front facing cameras will &'8220;revolutionize&'8221; selfies by adding portrait mode. The iPhone X will cost $999 for the 64 GB version, $1,149 for the 256 GB version, and start shipping on Nov. 3 &'8212; more than a month later than all the other devices announced on Tuesday. For those not willing to shell out a grand for a new smartphone, the iPhone 8 options are cheaper and also pack a powerful punch. They're faster, sturdier and better at snapping photos than the previous iPhone. On the surface, the devices look similar to the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 clocks in at 4.7 inches and iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5 inches. But inside is an A11 &'8220;bionic chip&'8221; and an improved camera sensor. There are new camera modes, including an expanded Portrait Mode that lets you change lighting effects after you take the shot. The company also teased some of the new features coming to iOS 11, including augmented reality. Wireless charging, available on both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices, is a big move forward, too. The charging requires contact between a special surface and the glass back of the iPhone. The technology is based on Qi wireless charging, which Apple believes will be available at coffee shops, stores and airports around the world in the near future, so people can get juice on the go. iPhone 8 smartphones, which come with an aluminum band around the edges, will be available in three colors: space gray, gold and silver. The iPhone 8 will start at $699 and the iPhone 8 Plus is $799 for 64 GB models. Apple also announced a new cellular Apple Watch, which Cook claimed was the best-selling watch in the world, though the company has declined to release sales numbers. The waterproof Apple Watch has an even greater focus on fitness and health. For example, it flags users when it detects an elevated pulse. The Series 3 comes with a built-in cellular connection, so it no longer needs an iPhone nearby for most tasks. You can answer calls, receive text messages, talk to Siri, check maps and use third-party apps over cellular connections. Starting in October, it will also be able to stream music to Air Pods over cellular. To demonstrate the watch's new powers, Apple conducted a live phone call from stage with a person on a paddle board in the middle of a lake. Siri can finally talk back on the new watch, thanks to a new dual-core processor. Also included is a barometric altimeter, which tracks activity like stair climbing, skiing and snowboarding. The company has bigger dreams for the watch than workouts and wrist calls. It's launching an Apple Heart Study later this year that will be able to detect early signs of atrial fibrillation, one of the leading causes of stroke. The watch will cost $329 without cellular, and $399 with cellular. It works with all four major carriers in the U.S., though Apple did not mention details on plan pricing. The [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Arts & Leisure: The gift of time

"YOU NEVER really own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation." This is one of the best known marketing campaigns in the world, one used by the Patek Philippe watch company, which was founded in the 1800s in Switzerland. While the beautiful watches live true to their message, it's interesting to note that the company survives as one of the last family owned luxury brands in the world, when it was acquired by the Stern family from its original owners in the 1930s. If they can pass on a legacy to their own long line of generations, surely their products have the same magic......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 6th, 2017

Meralco, Solar Philippines seek ERC go-signal for supply deal

MANILA ELECTRIC Co. (Meralco) and Solar Philippines Tarlac Corp. (SPTC) are seeking provisional authority to implement their power supply agreement (PSA) that will bring down the cost of solar energy to a record low P2.9999 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). “Considering that SPTC’s solar power plant is expected to achieve commercial operations in the fourth quarter of […] The post Meralco, Solar Philippines seek ERC go-signal for supply deal appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News3 hr. 23 min. ago

Champs have work cut out at UFC 220

THE Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) features two title fights when it unfurls its second offering for 2018 with “UFC 220” in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday with one local combat sports observer seeing the reigning champions having their work cut out for them against weighty challengers. Headlining the UFC live event in Beantown is the heavyweight […] The post Champs have work cut out at UFC 220 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News3 hr. 23 min. ago

Ahead of point guard clash, Cabagnot praises Ravena for seamless transition to the pros

After nearly 13 years in the league, San Miguel Beer starting point guard Alex Cabagnot has proven time and again that he knows a thing or two about running a successful offense in the PBA. The Beermen’s dynastic success under head coach Leo Austria had to go through Cabagnot first, and he translated it to the tune of three straight Philippine Cup championships, and more. So when it comes to steady point guards in the league, Cabagnot is right up there. But the veteran playmaker, who has per game averages of 20.67 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over three outings, is set to clash with one of the rising point guards in the league in Kiefer Ravena, as San Miguel faces off against NLEX on Friday. Speaking about his upcoming match-up against the 2nd pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Cabagnot was all praise, commending how Ravena was able to live up to the massive expectations he came with. “He’s playing well. I think he’s adjusted well to the PBA brand. I think it’s a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and he’s doing well,” Cabagnot told ABS-CBN Sports. “I expected that from him and he’s doing exactly what I expect him to do.” Ravena is norming 19.25 points, 7.25 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game through his first four matches as a pro, and is coming off a career game where he scored 31 points in a loss against Magnolia. While Cabagnot, a six-time PBA champ is all praise for the rookie out of Ateneo, the veteran guard also knows stopping Ravena will be all fall under the responsibility of the whole San Miguel squad. “I think the coaching staff has done a great job scouting him. Not just Kiefer, but all their guards, all their players so we’re just gonna have to stick to the game plan, stick to the blueprint,” Cabagnot bared. What has Cabagnot beaming about Ravena even more is that the Phenom is earning every bit of green light that the fiery mentor Yeng Guiao allows him.  “Under Coach Yeng Guiao, he has a little bit more freedom, and a little bit more things that most rookies don’t have. But then again, he’s producing so he earns that freedom, not necessarily given to him, he earned it,” he said. This will be the first clash between two of the most electrifying and solid point guards in the PBA, and Cabagnot wishes Ravena nothing but luck, in tomorrow’s game, and in what is expected to be a long and fruitful career. “I just hope he continues, I just hope he stays injury-free. I hope he has the good health, I mean siyempre naman you need a lot of blessings and luck to not be injured and I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about Kiefer,” Cabagnot said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 11 min. ago

Queenie Padilla defends dad Robin on ‘PGT’ controversy: ‘That’s the way my father is’

It is now the daughter's turn to defend her father. Former actress Queenie Padilla took to Instagram to stand by her father Robin after he drew flak for his treatment of a Korean contestant, Kim Jiwan, on the talent show "Pilipinas Got Talent". Robin scolded the contestant on live television for not speaking Tagalog despite having lived in the country for years. His manner of reprimanding the young contestant was deemed rude and racist by critics. Writing her defense of her dad via an Instagram post on Wednesday, Queenie remarked, "Calling my father a racist is wrong." She pointed out that Kim had asked Robin "in an improper way" when the contestant said the words "Can I use...Keep on reading: Queenie Padilla defends dad Robin on ‘PGT’ controversy: ‘That’s the way my father is’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 57 min. ago

Jawbreakers, Skippers clash in D-L opener

MANILA, Philippines — Zark’s Burgers, beefed up by NCAA finalist Lyceum of the Phl U, hopes to live up to the pre-tournament hype as it opens its campaign ag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Globe Wins TM Forum Catalyst Award for Innovation, Pushes for API Standardization

Globe Telecom is taking the lead in setting standards for APIs with Project OAsIS having received the award for Outstanding Catalyst for Innovation in the recently concluded TM Forum Live! Asia 2017 in Singapore. Short for Open APIs for a vibrant IoT ecosystem, Project OAsIS takes on bridging the fragmented IoT industry. The goal of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Couple on drug watch list nabbed in Maguindanao drug bust

A couple on the drug watch-list was apprehended during a shabu buy-bust operation in Maguindanao, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA). PDEA Director General Aaron Aquinoon Wednesdayidentified the couple as AbdulNasser Guiabal Giono, alias "Abusama," 40; and Maricel Diocolano Guiono, alias"Maricel" or "Marisa," 37. Abusama and Maricel were caught packing one piece of heat-sealed transparentplastic sachet of suspected shabu weighing more or less five grams, with an estimatedvalue of P25,000, Aquino said. Also confiscated from the couple were one caliber .45 pistol, one caliber .45magazine, five pieces of live ammunition, one mobile phone and buy-bust money, t...Keep on reading: Couple on drug watch list nabbed in Maguindanao drug bust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

LIVE: House probe into impeachment complaint vs Sereno – Day 9

MANILA, Philippines — The House committee on justice is set to resume the ninth day of hearing into the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

LIVE: Senate hearing on charter change

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes will conduct a hearing on the proposed amendments to the 1987 C.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018