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Globe borrows $40 million from BPI

Globe Telecom Inc. has signed a $40 million term loan facility with the Bank of the Philippine Islands to refinance debt and fund its expansion programs......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarDec 7th, 2018

Globe Announces Full Year 2018 Results

Globe spent P43.3 billion or about $821 million capital expenditures (capex) in 2018 to address the robust data traffic growth and support its increasing customer base with the ramped-up LTE rollout. About 77% of the total capex for 2018 was for data-related services, all geared to meet the customer demand for more bandwidth-intensive content. In […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Learn how to make coffee and latte art through a barista program

Coffee is among the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Its history goes back thousands of years and is drank by rich and poor alike. In modern culture, coffee is a multi-million dollar industry that spans the globe. Telus International University invited Interkasyon.com to one of their programs in the Center for Culinary Arts […] The post Learn how to make coffee and latte art through a barista program appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Netflix’s Critically Acclaimed Series Sex Education to Return for a Second Season

This January, viewers across the globe fell in love with Sex Education and the students of Moordale High School, with the series tracking to be a huge hit (estimated over 40 million households watching the title within the first 4 weeks). Following high fan demand for a second season, Netflix announced that the series has […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019

Bangladesh Sues Philippine Bank Over $81 Million Cyber Heist

Philippine bankers conspired with North Korean hackers to steal U.S. $81 million from Bangladeshs central bank in a daring cyber heist that spanned the globe three years ago, Bangladeshi government.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Bangladesh Sues Philippine Bank Over $81 Million Cyber Heist

Philippine bankers conspired with North Korean hackers to steal U.S. $81 million from Bangladeshs central bank in a daring cyber heist that spanned the globe three years ago, Bangladeshi government.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Jr. NBA PH expands program with road to the Jr. NBA Global Championship

MANILA, PHILIPPINES –  The National Basketball Association today announced the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska will return for the 12th consecutive year and expand to provide youth in the region the opportunity to represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 tipped off today in Manila with a train-the-trainers clinic for teachers and coaches.  The program, which aims to teach the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level, will once again include nationwide youth clinics, coaching workshops, and training camps. New this year, the Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific regional competition will expand to include youth from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As many as five boys and five girls from the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp will be selected to participate in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers, a week-long event in June that will feature top youth players from the region. The top performing 10 boys and 10 girls will represent Asia Pacific in the Jr. NBA Global Championship. “As we expand the Jr. NBA Philippines program, we are excited to introduce new opportunities for players and coaches to gain an enriching experience playing with and learning from peers of diverse cultural backgrounds,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. “Together with longtime partner Alaska, we are committed to growing the Jr. NBA Philippines into an inclusive program that fosters a safe and fun environment for boys and girls to compete, learn the fundamental skills and values of the game, and positively impact the next generation of Filipino athletes.” “Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska continues to be a great platform to reach kids at a young age and inspire them to learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and engaging way,” said Alaska Basketball Powercamp Director Jeff Cariaso. “We look forward to leveraging the excitement of the NBA to inspire basketball participation and utilizing the Jr. NBA Philippines program to promote the importance of active play and proper nutrition among the Filipino youth.” Regional selection camps will be staged in Lucena (March 9-10), Baguio (March 23-24), Metro Manila (April 27-28), and a city in Visayas and Mindanao to select the top 40 boys and 40 girls that will advance to the National Training Camp in Metro Manila (May 17-19), which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  Online registration for Regional Selection Camps opens today at www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, culminating with the male and female Jr. NBA Coach of the Year attending the Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers.   Jr. NBA Philippines furthers Alaska Sports’ mission to provide proper nutrition to youth through its leading brands - Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink - and by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. During the 2018-19 season, the NBA and its teams plan to reach more than 51 million youth in 75 countries through league play, in-school programming, clinics, skills challenges, and other outreach events. The 2019 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona, and Vivo as Official Partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines. Participants can now register for the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, and follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit www.alaskamilk.com to learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

China shares scientific data

The Chinese Academy of Sciences will release about 5 million gigabytes of data related to Earth sciences, biology and ecology from around globe, allowing scientists and officials worldwide to study and tackle issues on climate change, food security, disaster relief and environmental protection. The data which can be accessed on the CASEarth Databank at data.casearth.cn, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

‘Bumblebee’ beats ‘Aquaman’ at global box office

The DC superhero met his match in "Bumblebee" with the "Transformers" franchise spinoff ending almost a month of box-office domination. Although "Aquaman" drops to second place, the movie continues to draw crowds. "Aquaman" has been riding high atop the global box office since the second weekend of December 2018. Last weekend the movie was overtaken by "Bumblebee," which grossed $95.5 million. Jason Momoa is by no means out of the game, however, as his DC superhero movie still grossed $86.9 million, bringing its running total to $940.7 million. "Mary Poppins Returns" holds on to a place in the top three, grossing $38.8 million over the weekend. Note that the Golden-Globe-winnin...Keep on reading: ‘Bumblebee’ beats ‘Aquaman’ at global box office.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

PARIS,France--- Revelers welcomed 2019 with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and the Americas at the conclusion of a tumultuous year. Monday's celebrations kicked off with Sydney hosting its biggest-ever pyrotechnics display and lighting up its harbor-front skyline for a full 12 minutes. More than 1.5 million spectators gathered to enjoy the spectacle that also featured a ceremony to celebrate Australia's indigenous culture. In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of party-goers packed the streets on either side of Victoria Harbor for a spectacular 10-minute show that burnt through $1.8 million worth of ...Keep on reading: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Globe takes out $40-M loan to fund expansion

Industry giant Globe Telecom is raising additional money to fund its expansion and refinance existing obligations.   Globe, which is part of the Ayala Group, said in a stock exchange filing on Friday that it had signed a $40-million term loan facility with affiliate Bank of the Philippine Islands.   "The loan shall be used to partially finance the company's maturing obligations, capital expenditures and general corporate requirements," Globe said in its filing.   The company earlier allotted a capital spending budget of $950 million (P50 billion) for 2018.   This was earlier increased from an initial $850 million, as Globe decided to accelerate...Keep on reading: Globe takes out $40-M loan to fund expansion.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Globe Telecom provides P2M scholarship fund for 120 CENTEX pupils | Inquirer Business

Globe Telecom has turned over to Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) P2 million in scholarship grants for 120 economically-disadvantaged Grade 1 pupils from the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Educa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Globe, Disney wrap up Time Please with 22.1 million volunteering hours

Time Please winners John Mark Panares (2nd from left) and Jade Mabalos (middle) with Seshasaye Kanthamraju, Executive Director for Communications & Citizenship, The Walt Disney Company Southeas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Five prospective bidders show up for telco search

Five prospective bidders paid a non-refundable P1 million each on Monday for documents that would allow them to participate in the government’s search for a challenger to the PLDT-Globe duopoly. Acting Information and Communications Technology chief Eliseo Rio said he was “happy with the first day response”, adding that “it shows there is real interest [...] The post Five prospective bidders show up for telco search appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

NY’s Met to sublease modern art annex in surprise move

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art made a surprise announcement Friday it would reboot stalled renovations of its modern and contemporary wing, and temporarily turn over the building housing the works to the nearby Frick Collection. In 2014, the Met had announced it would rebuild its southwest wing that runs along Fifth Avenue at an estimated cost of $600 million (around P32.4 billion) --- but its deteriorating financial situation forced the museum to rein in its plans. Despite pulling in record crowds, the storied institution --- one of the world's largest art museums withcollections spanning the globe from antiquity onward --- was forced to cut costs by curbing hiring, ann...Keep on reading: NY’s Met to sublease modern art annex in surprise move.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Globe spearheads creation of Esports ecosystem

There were a total of 29.9 million video gamers in the Philippines in 2017, spending a total of $354.2 million......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Amazon Prime Video to be part of Globe s on-demand offerings

MANILA, Philippines – Globe will be announcing details of its partnership with Amazon's video-on-demand platform, Amazon Prime Video, on Thursday, August 30.  Prime Video is the second-largest on-demand platform in the world, second only to industry leader Netflix, which had 118 million subscribers by the end of 2017. Prime Video ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (UPDATED) – More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday, August 19, in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change. (READ:  The hajj in numbers ) The ultra-conservative kingdom – where religion remains a guiding force amid ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Trade show estimates 156 million Muslim travelers by 2020

JAKARTA -- Regional travel trade show ITB Asia has said that about 156 million Muslims would be traveling around the globe by 2020, a growth of nearly 30 percent since 2016, and that the estimated.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Over 9.5M volunteer hours clocked in for Globe, Disney’s Time Please

Nationwide volunteering program extended until August 31 Volunteers across the Philippines have collectively shared their acts of kindness with over 9.5 million hours registered with Time Please in two months. The nationwide volunteer program is a collaboration of Globe Telecom and The Walt Disney Company Philippines. Various organizations – big….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018