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Jr. NBA goes digital as it enters new decade

Jr. NBA is back in business and for 2018, it's about to be bigger than ever. Kicking off a new decade of the youth basketball program, Jr. NBA Philippines has once again teamed up with Alaska to launch the 2018 edition Saturday at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati. The Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 will run through May and is expected to hit more than 250,000 participants all over the country. "This year is our 11th year and we wanna make it bigger and better," NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson told ABS-CBN Sports. "Last year we had about 30,000 players and coaches participating and obviously we want to grow that number but we also want to create new digital, mobile, and social content so that more people can benefit from Jr. NBA," he added. Speaking of the planned move to digital by Jr. NBA, Singson says that their website has been re-launched to accomodate free content. It should allow basketball enthusiasts, even those who cannot directly participate to Jr. NBA events, to access useful tips and drills. "A lot more content geared towards players, coaches, and just fans of the game," Singson said. "So if you're a young basketball coach that has a team and wants new ideas, that will be on our site they can just watch or stream it, potentially even download it. Basically, it's gonna be on 365 days a year. That's the vision for the website, a lot of content is gonna be up. That is one of our key initiatives, to build our presence on the digital side," he added. Following this weekend's tip off, several coaching clinics will run until March while regional selection camps will go until April. Finally, a national training camp will take place in May with the main event slated for May 20 at the SM Mall of Asia. Online registration for Jr. NBA Philippines is now live at www.jrnba.asia/philippines   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 13th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: North Korea s Kim flooded with emotion as he enters South

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was "flooded with emotion" as he walked into the neighboring South, he told his host Moon Jae-in as they began the first inter-Korean summit  for more than a decade. Walking across the cement blocks that mark the border was "so easy," Kim said, making him wonder ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Super Junior’s Lo Siento enters Billboard Latin Digital Song Sales chart

MANILA, Philippines – K-pop group Super Junior has entered the Latin charts! Their song “Lo Siento,” the lead single of their album Replay, debuted at number 13 on Billboard's Latin Digital Song Sales chart. The song also debuted at number two on the World Digital Song Sales chart. Billboard, citing Nielsen Music , said that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

CIMB taps FINTQ as it enters Philippine market

A Malaysian lender has tapped FINTQnologies Corp. (FINTQ) as it enters the Philippine market as a digital bank. In a statement on Tuesday, FINTQ, the financial technology (fintech) arm of PLDT Group’s Voyager Innovations, Inc., said it entered a partnership agreement with CIMB Bank Berhad (CIMB), in line with CIMB’s strategy to establish itself as a “digital-only” bank in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

CIMB taps FINTQ as it enters Philippine market

A MALAYSIAN LENDER has tapped FINTQnologies Corp. (FINTQ) as it enters the Philippine market as a digital bank. In a statement on Tuesday, FINTQ, the financial technology (fintech) arm of PLDT Group’s Voyager Innovations, Inc., said it entered a partnership agreement with CIMB Bank Berhad (CIMB), in line with CIMB’s strategy to establish itself as […] The post CIMB taps FINTQ as it enters Philippine market appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Soccer s big clash of nations not only at World Cup in 2018

By Rob Harris, Associated Press Footballing supremacy between nations will be determined in 2018, just maybe not in the way expected. The World Cup remains the ultimate prize in sport, and a Russia buffeted by doping scandals and geopolitical rifts will open up like never before to welcome thousands of fans. When the tournament reaches its climax in Moscow on July 14, the biggest global television audience of the year is likely to see the World Cup handed over. Will Germany be the first team to retain the title since Brazil in 1962? Can Neymar inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth success? Will the players who have shared major individual honors for a decade — Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) — finally become world champions? But it became clearer in 2017 that appearing at the World Cup is no longer the only vehicle — or preferred means — for countries to validate their status and strength in the world's biggest sport. That isn't much of a reassurance, though, for Italy, the Netherlands and the United States who failed to qualify for Russia. The international soccer landscape is being reshaped by the Gulf state-funded clubs, and their clout reached new heights in the last year. Just as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates became ensnared in a diplomatic standoff, the jewels in their soccer crowns slugged it out in the transfer market pursuing the top talent. Around $300 million was spent in the summer transfer window alone by both Manchester City, which is owned by the UAE's Abu Dhabi, and Paris Saint-Germain, which is funded by 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar. The biggest statement came from PSG which more than doubled the previous transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar — an unexpected windfall for Barcelona but a deal that solidified the power shifts. Both PSG and City have already obliterated the field in their French and English leagues respectively and are racing toward regaining their domestic titles. The true test of power in this intriguing rivalry between energy-rich Gulf powers should be determined in the Champions League. The competition has been won in three of the last four years by Real Madrid, and the holders now stand in the way of PSG reaching the quarterfinals in March. Madrid and Barcelona remain in the control of their fans, a structure able to resist foreign ownership, although both teams have accepted injections of cash through UAE or Qatar sponsorships. The future spending capabilities of the nascent forces at PSG and City will be determined in the coming months. However wealthy their ownership, unfettered spending remains subject to curbs in an often forlorn attempt to maintain a competitive balance in competitions and prevent them stockpiling players. The ultimate threat hanging over PSG is exclusion from the Champions League unless it balances the books by cashing in on stars in the January transfer window. PSG's legal team is already preparing to take the fight to UEFA over its implementation of Financial Fair Play rules, having faced an earlier round of punishments — along with City — in 2014 that led to limits on the squad size and financial penalties. UEFA has also served notice on AC Milan that sanctions could be looming after around $250 million was spent in the summer by new private Chinese investors. Milan is an illustration of why authorities don't want clubs risking their financial health in the pursuit of success. Despite the investment, Milan is closer to the relegation zone than the top four Champions League qualification places halfway through the Serie A season. City is in a more advantageous position than either PSG or Milan due to its cut from domestic television rights. The Premier League is banking 8.3 billion pounds ($11 billion) from broadcasters under the current three-year deals, far eclipsing European counterparts. One of the early defining moments of 2018 in soccer won't happen on the field but in the Premier League's negotiations over the 2019-2022 rights. The winning outlets will provide an indicator of the vitality of traditional networks in an era of fragmented viewing habits where streaming platforms are luring viewers. The value of the deals will also influence the spending power of clubs in the coming years and the destination of the players. The flow of cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008 has already produced the dominant City team imagined by Sheikh Mansour. At the start of the second half of the season, Pep Guardiola's side enjoys a commanding lead over the previously pre-eminent Manchester United. How rapidly fortunes change in soccer. Guardiola, a serial title winner at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was facing doubts over his managerial prowess as he opened his City reign with his first trophyless season. He remains on course for a quadruple at the second attempt. Across Manchester, it was Jose Mourinho buoyant in the first half of 2017 after collecting the Europa League and League Cup to offset a sixth-place domestic finish. But Mourinho enters 2018 in sullen mood, seething with envy about the lavish investment from Abu Dhabi that enabled Guardiola to remodel his squad. It's another indicator that with all the cash pumped into soccer by Gulf ruling families, the World Cup can no longer be relied on to determine the true kings of soccer in 2018......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

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

Vista Land Taps Top Global Software Data Manager BackOffice Associates

Global software firm BackOffice Associates has clinched a major deal with Vista Land, one of the leading integrated property developers in the country. Vista Land has tapped BackOffice Associates, a worldwide leader in information governance and stewardship solutions, to govern its digital data, as the property firm moves to implement SAP(R) BW/4HANA to enable real-time […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News2 hr. 46 min. ago

Cryptocurrencies fall as Korean exchange says $32 million stolen

Cryptocurrencies dropped after the second South Korean exchange in as many weeks said it was hacked, renewing concerns about the safety of digital-asset trading venues. Bithumb, ranked by Coinmarketcap.com as the world’s seventh-largest crypto exchange by traded value, said on Wednesday that hackers stole about 35 billion won ($32 million) and that Ripple was among […] The post Cryptocurrencies fall as Korean exchange says $32 million stolen appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News8 hr. 32 min. ago

Pabasa sa Nutrisyon: Fight Against Malnutrition Through Education

Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, an advocacy started a decade ago, has helped fight malnutrition in Basay, Negros Oriental. The advocacy helped the undernutrition rate of Basay drop from 10.6 to 8.1 in 2017. Dr. Jacqueline Ann Valencia spearheaded this advocacy in 2008 and gained support from all of the 10 barangays in the municipality and made […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News14 hr. 58 min. ago

Comment on Philippines losing digital edge — IMD by 2018 IMD world digital competitiveness ranking-Times of News Philippines

[…] FRESH from a drop in overall competitiveness position last month, the Philippines suffered a similar fall in the digital field in an annual report of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). Read the full story. […] Source link link: Comment on Philippines losing digital edge — IMD by 2018 IMD world digital competitiveness ranking-Times of News Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News20 hr. 32 min. ago

2018 IMD world digital competitiveness ranking

FRESH from a drop in overall competitiveness position last month, the Philippines suffered a similar fall in the digital field in an annual report of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). Read the full story. The post 2018 IMD world digital competitiveness ranking appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News22 hr. 19 min. ago

Philippines losing digital edge — IMD

FRESH from a drop in overall competitiveness position last month, the Philippines suffered a similar fall in the digital field in an annual report of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). The post Philippines losing digital edge — IMD appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News22 hr. 19 min. ago

PH down 10 spots in world digital competitiveness rankings

The Philippines’ global competitiveness ranking in digital terms has fallen by 10 notches, to 56th out of 63 countries from last year’s 46th, based on a report released on Tuesday. The 2018 World Digital Competitiveness (WDC) report, issued by Switzerland’s International Institute for Management Development (IMD), also ranked the Philippines among the lowest in the [...] The post PH down 10 spots in world digital competitiveness rankings appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

MSME loans under CSF program reach P5 billion

Total loans approved by banks to micro, small and medium enterprises under a credit enhancement scheme has reached P5 billion a decade after it was launched, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Casinos, bitcoin in AMLC’s sights

THE ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING Council (AMLC) is bringing casinos and digital currencies into focus this year as it tightens its watch on dirty money. The post Casinos, bitcoin in AMLC’s sights appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Take your Dadventures to the next level with SM Supermalls 

To kick off their Father’s Day celebration, SM Supermalls held a digital media conference to launch the #DadsDayAtSM2018 at the Gringo restaurant at SM Mall of Asia last June 14......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Globe, De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde prepare for the Future of Learning

As an advocate for technology use in Philippine education, Globe Telecom joined hands with the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in launching a Research Grant for Digital Learning to prepare the country for the future of learning. To seal the partnership, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the two parties led by Michelle Tapia, Head of Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation of Globe myBusiness, and Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC, DLS-CSB President. Under the MoA, research grants will be used to fund two academic researches to be conducted by full-time DLS-CSB faculty who are screened after a rigorous selection process to promote further research in the fie...Keep on reading: Globe, De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde prepare for the Future of Learning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Yap delivers throwback performance in ROS win over Phoenix

It's been almost a decade since James Yap became the undisputed face of the PBA after he won his second MVP, but that doesn't mean he is already done for. Yap had a throwback performance after coming up big in the clutch in Rain or Shine's come-from-behind 108-106 win over Phoenix in the Commissioner's Cup. Coming off the Elasto Painters' bench, Yap scored eight of his total 13 points in the final quarter in a game the 36-year-old said he was just ready to do what was needed to be done. "I was just ready so when coach [Caloy Garcia] called me I'm sure I was prepared," said Yap. "I always keep myself in top condition, that's it." Yap was the mastermind of the Elasto Painte...Keep on reading: Yap delivers throwback performance in ROS win over Phoenix.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Regional telcos bank on new tech for growth

ASIA-PACIFIC telecommunications (telco) operators are adopting new digital technologies to become more competitive in the region, market research company International Data Corp. (IDC) said. In its recent “MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Next-Generation Telcos: Telecom Services 2018 Vendor Assessment” report, IDC cited AT&T, BT, Orange, Singtel, and Vodafone as industry leaders, given their strong market presence, adoption of [...] The post Regional telcos bank on new tech for growth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Azkals captain Phil Younghusband excited to learn from new coach

Thursday evening, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup commenced in Russia, there was also a new beginning back home in the Philippines, with the hopes of one day also qualifying for the biggest stage in football. With around five months to go before their next major tournament, the AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippine Azkals announced a brand new coaching staff, led by former England captain and new Philippine National Team head coach Terry Butcher. Butcher, who will be replacing Thomas Dooley, donned England’s colors for a decade, which included 77 caps and three World Cup appearances. And as a new era begins in Philippine football, the Azkals’ own team captain was nothing short of excited to be able to play for a compatriot of sorts. “Very proud, I’m looking forward to learning, being educated by someone who’s played at such a high level.” the Fil-British star told the media at Thursday’s press launch. “Other than the England team in 1966, he was part of the team that got the furthest, making it into the semifinals, unfortunately losing to Germany on penalties, he’s played at the highest level against the best players in the world, he would know what to do when coming up against high level players.” For Younghusband, who was born and grew up in England, being able to learn from someone who he admired as a child is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “More than anything I’m excited to learn from him and be educated, especially from someone who I grew up watching.” From a personal standpoint, impressing the new guy calling the shots is a must for Younghusband. Having seen a number of coaches come and go, the team captain admits that familiarity is the challenge everytime someone new takes over the reins of control. “I think it’s not knowing, you’re wondering what the coach is thinking about you. Obviously you want to impress him, you want to show him what a good player you are, but there’s always that doubt in your head, does he think I’m a good player? Does he know I’m a good player? Does he know about the things I’ve done well in the past?” “That little bit of doubt can creep in, but it can work the other way as well. It can be a fresh new start, I can show the new coach what a good player I am. I’m sure that would be the case for most of us.” Younghusband added. With roughly five months to go before the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and seven months to go before the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, it’ll be time for the Azkals to get back to work real soon. According to team manager Dan Palami, training camp begins in Bahrain this September. For Younghusband, chemistry shouldn’t be too much of an issue, especially with Coach Terry and Senior Football Adviser Scott Cooper coming in. “Pretty much most of the players are the same, obviously there will be a few new players coming in, but the chemistry within the team will be the same.” Younghusband said. “With the sort of level that Scott [Cooper] and Terry have coached at, they’re used to coming into teams  and making sure that the teams jell quickly and understand each other and understand their way of coaching.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018