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MRT operations temporarily stopped after seat catches fire

MRT operations temporarily stopped after seat catches fire.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerSep 18th, 2017

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland

The essentials for the Metropolitan Basketball Association to function were in place. ABS-CBN was ready to give it a shot and Ramon "El Presidente" Fernandez believed in the idea and was on board as the MBA's first-ever Commissioner. But for the MBA to start as an actual league, it needed teams. And picking teams is not as easy as it sounds. NORTH VS. SOUTH With the way how things work in the Philippines, it made sense for the MBA to go for the North vs. South route. This pattern was still heavily-influenced by the American leagues as MetroBall CEO Ramon Tuason had a first-hand experience of the home-and-away format when he was living in the States at the height of Martial Law. "I did [North vs. South] because I grew up in the States, we were used to the football, baseball, and basketball leagues always having the regions come in, and then Finals it was always North vs. South or East vs. West," Tuason told ABS-CBN Sports in an exclusive one-on-one interview about the origins of the MBA. "We thought in the Philippines it would be perfect, North vs. South no?" he added. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER While the idea of North vs. South was fun and intriguing, Tuason still had to make an informed decision which cities or provinces he wanted to hit for the MBA. So he read some books because with books, you gain knowledge. And knowledge is power. "I thought at that time, after reading books about franchising and all that, we had to choose the most popular and more populated cities also," Tuason said when discussing the reasoning behind the original 12 teams that formed the MBA. "Of course in the North, we chose all the way from Pangasinan down. Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, then down to Manila. And then further south, Batangas, Laguna, that thing right? Tarlac was not able to come in but we were able to get the six teams from here that included Pasig. Pasig came to our doorstep, na-tsambahan namin yung Pasig but we lost Tarlac. In the south, almost all the teams we wanted," he added. The first 12 teams that competed in the MBA's first season were Pangasinan, Manila, Batangas, Pampanga, Laguna, Pasig-Rizal, Cebu, Negros, Socsargen, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo. Pampanga ended up being the inaugural champions of the Metropolitan Basketball League. FINDING THE OWNERS While the cities and provinces were already located, the next step for the MBA was to find people to finance these teams. For some, like Cebu, it was easy to find a team owner. "What's interesting is we got team owners to match those teams. Like Cebu, we thought of who could we approach in Cebu and there's two or three names actually. And most of them are sports backers already. Lhuillier picked it up immediately," Tuason said. For other teams, Tuason approached with a different strategy. It varied depending on the place and the people he was dealing with. "With Davao with Anthony Del Rosario, he wanted to get into politics and it was a venue for him be well known and they could afford it. So each city had one or two families that we wanted to approach and we got them most," he added. "In Batangas we were looking for a family, we were looking at the Recto family but at that time it was a bit controversial. The Araneta family came to us and deciced, 'let's do Batangas.' I said okay, no problem. In other words we didn't need the family to have a big business or a footing in the city but we wanted the family to at least have something in the city. A residence, people that work there, or a branch and we got that through LBC. Something like that," Tuason added. WHAT'S IN A NAME? So the team locations, along with matching owners, were finally identified. Now the fun part comes. Naming the teams. Of the original 12 MBA teams, Tuason says that he recommended a monicker for about eigth of them, which were to be approved by the team owners. "As a matter of fact, out of the first 12 teams, I recommended eight names," Tuason said. For some of the teams, it was just clever ideas that made sense. For others, the team had to have that name. "Lhuillier got into Cebu right? And they were into the jewelry business so obviously Gems," Tuason said of the Cebu Gems. "Iloilo, Robert Puckett was in solar (energy) so I said why don't you put Volts? He said 'oh I love it.' Batangas has to be Blades, so things like that. The owner had the final choice but we gave recommendations and they picked it up. Davao of course, had to be the Eagles," he added. TROUBLE FROM LAKERLAND Not all MBA teams faced smooth transition with regards to naming their respective squads. It wasn't because the home fans rejected them though, it was more than that. Laguna in particular, who went by the name of the Lakers, got the attention of the NBA. Oh yes it's true. "The NBA, [Commissioner] David Stern, sued the MBA here because we were using Laguna Lakers," Tuason said, recounting that one time the MBA, barely into the start of its operations, already got in trouble with the most powerful professional basketball league on Earth. "I went over to Bert Lina, the owner of the Laguna Lakers. He said 'Ramon don't worry about that,' but I said 'sir we're gonna get sued,' he answered 'where are they gonna sue us? They have to sue us in our courts and we're gonna have it moved to Laguna. Who do you think is gonna go against us in Laguna?'" Tuason added. The NBA stopped bothering the MBA after one letter. And so the MBA was ready to rock. It was fun and it was crazy. Speaking of crazy... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more!   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

UP Diliman shopping center catches fire

MANILA, Philippines — The Shopping Center at the University of the Philippines Diliman caught fire Thursday morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Fire destroys 35-ha of grassland in Quezon mountain

LUCENA CITY--A forest fire destroyed more than 35 hectares of grassland atop Mount Masalukot in Candelaria town in Quezon provinceon Tuesday, an official of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said. Fire Insp. Jonathan Malundas, chief of the Candelaria fire station, said that according to the village chieftain of Barangay Masalukot 3, the forest fire stopped spreading beforemidnightTuesday. "There were drizzles last night that helped put out the blaze," Malundas said in a phone interview. The forest fire that razed a "cogonan" area started early afternoon from the boundary of Dolores and Candelaria towns. Senior Fire Officer 1 Susana Pedernal, Dolores fire station chief, said str...Keep on reading: Fire destroys 35-ha of grassland in Quezon mountain.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Manila CCTV catches cop shooting street attacker

        A man was shot dead in front of his mother by a police officer he had stabbed early Saturday morning in Manila.   Reynaldo Lee Jr., 34, died at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital at around1:24 p.m.after being shot at least eight times by PO1 Gester Versoza, member of the Station 7 Jose Abad Santos intelligence unit.   Reports said Lee allegedly attacked Versoza and repeatedly stabbed him in the chest while the policeman was on his way home on board his motorcycle along Fajardo Street in Sampaloc at around12:15 a.m.   The attack prompted the police officer to draw his firearm and fire at the victim.  ...Keep on reading: Manila CCTV catches cop shooting street attacker.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Jerry West: This game is going to overtake all the other sports

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LOS ANGELES – Jerry West’s longevity is surpassed only by his excellence, which is surpassed only by his credibility, which is surpassed only by his legacy, which is surpassed only by his continued relevancy, which is surpassed only by his humility, which is surpassed only by his longevity... Aw, you get the idea. The man known as “Zeke From Cabin Creek” early in his NBA playing days, as “Mr. Clutch” by the time he was putting the finishing touches on a Hall of Fame career and as “The Logo” for much of the league’s past half century got credit for only 81 steals in the 14 seasons he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. The reason: that stat only got tracked starting in West’s farewell season. But he racked up No. 82 by stealing the show with his acceptance speech of the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the annual All-Star “Legends Brunch” at the L.A. Convention Center. West’s appreciation of NBA history, gratitude for his place in it, optimism for the game’s future and competitive fire all shone through when he stood before the audience filled with both his peers – some of the greatest players ever – and fans sampling for the first time one of All-Star Weekend’s most reliable highlights. Three months shy of his 80th birthday, West – who won one NBA title as a player, eight more as an executive with L.A. and Golden State, and as a consultant now to the Clippers, had input into that team’s blockbuster trade of star Blake Griffin – was one of four former Lakers honored per the brunch program’s tradition of recognizing men who associated with the host city. James Worthy received the Global Ambassador Award, Bill Walton was presented with the Hometown Hero Award and Magic Johnson was named the 2018 Legend of the Year. In introducing West, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “One thing people know about Jerry is, he pulls no punches. And so, Jerry is someone I know I can count on. When there’s things happening in the league, Jerry will tell me exactly what I should know about today’s game and what’s happening with today’s players.” West used some of his time on stage, though, to acknowledge and thank a fifth Los Angeles legend: HOFer Elgin Baylor. In fact, he got emotional, pausing to collect himself while praising his former teammate and dear friend, long considered one of the most underrated players in NBA history. Baylor got to the Lakers two years before West, before they left Minneapolis, and was an 11-time All-Star from 1958 to 1971 who still ranks third all-time at 27.4 points per game. “Elgin, I won’t ever forget the way you treated me when I came here,” he said to Baylor, who was seated at a nearby table. “Amazing player but more amazing man. I remember when I was in college, never being able to watch the game, no TV, and of course we didn’t have one in my house. But I used to hear about this guy and I thought ‘Oh my God, I’m going to have a chance to play with him.’ “He’s my hero. I used to watch him practice, I’d watch him out of the corner of my eye. Just the way he conducted himself with people. Just one classy man.” West talked up others in the room whose lives he touched, and both lauded and encouraged current NBA players in their performances and in their commitments off the court. “You can be leaders because you have a voice. Don’t ever pass that up. Don’t ever lose your voice,” he said. “I really believe in humility. I also believe in civility.” After talking about the NBA’s astounding growth over the run of his equally astounding career, West’s competitiveness flickered through once more. “I’m going to say this – and I don’t like to say things that are controversial – but this game is going to overtake all the other sports,” he said. Comedian Billy Crystal, a long-suffering Clippers fan, opened the program with a hoops-themed monologue. “When I first started going to Clippers games, there was me, [broadcaster] Ralph Lawler and the players,” Crystal said. “A triple-double meant there were three couples in the stands. ... Watching all of this talent, I was glued to my seat – because that’s the way the Clippers would keep you from leaving.” Crystal provided some imagery when he likened pro basketball’s legendary stars to great musicians. “Wilt in jazz terms was a big band. He was powerful, huge, big brass section,” Crystal said. “Then Elgin came into the league and his style changed the way the game was played. ... He was cool, improvisational jazz. Then came the Big O [Oscar Robertson], who was the Dave Brubeck of basketball – easy but powerful and complex rhythms all at the same time. “That led the way to Dr. J [Julius Erving] and Kareem – Doc was [John] Coltrane, Kareem was Thelonious Monk with a little bit of Duke Ellington. ... Magic was unbelievable [and] brought us to Motown. Also, the country sounds of Mr. Larry Bird. Then came Michael – I can’t remember his last name but he played for the White Sox. He played to the beat of his own drummer. “Tim Duncan was not jazz; Tim Duncan was Beethoven. Then came the rappers, Shaq and [Allen] Iverson. And other virtuosos like Kobe [Bryant], LeBron [James] and Steph [Curry] and KD [Kevin Durant], [Russell] Westbrook. And the best goes on and on and on.” Silver, though, might have had the morning’s best line. In a shout-out to Magic Johnson – who has been fined $550,000 in the past six months for violating league tampering rules in talking publicly about Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo – the commissioner said: “Magic, thank you for paying for the brunch today.” Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Book is Trump White House’s nightmare

What were they thinking? This is the thought that occurs to the reader when author Michael Wolff explains his almost unfettered access to the White House of US President Donald J. Trump in his book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" (Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2018, 321 pages). Wolff, an award-winning journalist and author, basically talked the Trump people into letting him hang around in the White House to write a book they assumed would be a positive view of the Trump presidency. They were wrong. "Shortly after Jan. 20, I took up something like a semipermanent seat of a couch in the West Wing," Wolff writes. "Since then I have conducted more than 200 interv...Keep on reading: Book is Trump White House’s nightmare.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

PSG returns to French league comfort zone with 5-2 home win

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated PRess PARIS (AP) — After falling short in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain returned to its French league comfort zone and beat Strasbourg 5-2 on Saturday. Edinson Cavani netted twice, and Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, and Neymar also scored to ensure PSG stayed 12 points clear of second-place Monaco at the top. But not without a fright. Strasbourg took the lead in the sixth minute and pulled back to 3-2 as PSG continued to show alarming signs of weakness at the back. Strasbourg had a late goal incorrectly ruled out for offside after PSG's defense was again easily breached, although it was already 5-2 by then. PSG lost at Real Madrid 3-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of the last 16. The way PSG capitulated by giving away two late goals heaped pressure on coach Unai Emery over his team selection. "The atmosphere was a bit tense. That's normal," Cavani said. "We have to look forward now. We played well today, although at times we could have been better." Emery was booed by sections of the home crowd when his name was announced over the loudspeaker before the game. Later, Cavani stopped short of giving Emery his personal backing when asked if the under-fire coach has the full support of the players. "We're a team and big teams stick together in the important moments," Cavani said. "That's the only way you can win." Strasbourg beat PSG at home in December, and stunned the crowd at Parc des Princes by taking the lead when midfielder Jean-Eudes Aholou was left completely unmarked near the penalty spot. PSG hit back hard and was 3-1 up after 23 minutes thanks to Draxler, Di Maria and Neymar's 19th in 19 league games. Stephane Bahoken scored against PSG for the second time this season after a quick counterattack. Strasbourg poured forward but the hope didn't last for long. Cavani gave PSG some breathing space with an assured finish in the 72nd, clipping the ball over goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja, then lobbed him for his league-leading 23rd goal. "It was important to win after Wednesday's match. We have to get our fans ready for the games to come against Marseille (next weekend) and Real Madrid," Emery said. "We have to show we can maintain this level of play against better sides, with all due respect to Strasbourg." To celebrate Chinese New Year, PSG players' names were written in Mandarin on the back of their shirts and a Chinese dragon paraded around the pitch. PSG says it has 1.3 million Chinese followers. In order to better serve the soccer market in Asia, the league match between Nice and PSG on March 18 has been moved forward to 1 p.m. local time (1200 GMT). Marseille players will also have their names in Mandarin for Sunday's home game against Bordeaux at Stade Velodrome. Marseille recently launched an account on Chinese social media site Weibo. ___ OTHER MATCHES Striker Giovanni Sio's second-half equalizer gave Montpellier the point it needed to take fifth place after drawing with Guingamp 1-1. Two goals from newly signed striker Diafra Sakho gave Rennes a 2-2 draw at Caen, which missed two penalties. Saint-Etienne won at Angers 1-0, Troyes beat last-place Metz 1-0, and Amiens drew with Toulouse 0-0 in another relegation scrap. In Sunday's other games, fourth-place Lyon goes to Lille, and Nice hosts Nantes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

Malacañang confirms Duterte order to temporarily stop putting up new casinos

Malacañang has confirmed President Rodrigo R. Duterte's moratorium on new casinos, a day after Reuters reported that the country’s gaming regulator stopped processing applications for gaming licenses......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

SC stops Ombudsman on Mamasapano

The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the Office of the Ombudsman from absolving former President Benigno Aquino III in the multiple homicide charge filed against him in connection with the deaths of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in 2015.   Acting on a motion filed by relatives of some of the slain Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, the high tribunal's First Division directed the Ombudsman to temporarily set aside its two decisions that saved Aquino from standing trial for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide in the tragic operation to kill Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.   Arraignment stopped   ...Keep on reading: SC stops Ombudsman on Mamasapano.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

Malacañang confirms Duterte order to temporarily stop putting up new casinos

Malacañang on Friday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered a moratorium on new casinos, a day after Reuters reported that the country’s gaming regulator stopped processing applications for gaming licenses. “The President decided to temporarily stop putting up casinos,” Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. told reporters in Filipino during a press […] The post Malacañang confirms Duterte order to temporarily stop putting up new casinos appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Pnoy trial halted

THE Supreme Court yesterday temporarily stopped the Sandiganbayan from proceeding with the trial of former President Benigno Aquino III and several others in connection with the Mamasapano incident that led to the deaths of 44 Special Action Force officers. Aside from issuing a temporary restraining order, the SC included the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Toni Braxton learning to ‘Breathe Again’ after surviving many crises

  LOS ANGELES---Talk about survivor. Toni Braxton is one. The singer behind such hits as "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again" and "Another Sad Love Song" and occasional actress has weathered lawsuits and bankruptcy (not once but twice), personal and health crises. These days, the Grammy-winning singer is battling lupus, but that hasn't stopped her from starring in and executive producing a TV movie for Lifetime. Based on a true incident in 2013, "Faith Under Fire" recounts how Antoinette Tuff, played by Toni, dealt with a deranged man, Michael Hill (Trevor Morgan), who was clutching an AK-47 and stormed into a school in Decatur, Georgia, where she worked. Tapping her...Keep on reading: Toni Braxton learning to ‘Breathe Again’ after surviving many crises.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

DOTr apologizes for MRT3 train smoke incident

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) apologized a day after a train of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 emitted smoke , affecting hundreds of passengers and temporarily limiting rail operations. In a statement on Saturday night, January 27, the DOTr expressed its "sincere apologies" to commuters ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Southbound MRT 3 train catches fire - Inquirer.net

Southbound MRT 3 train catches fire - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

WATCH | Glitch in power supply regulator interrupts MRT3 in Cubao; full-blown fire prevented

The already problem-plagued MRT3 southbound service on Friday afternoon lurched to a stop at around 1:40 p.m. when smoke suddenly issued from the power supply regulator circuit board underneath a passenger seat between the Kamuning-GMA and Cubao Aurora stations. The incident occurred at the middle car. Passengers were alarmed after observing electrical sparks underneath the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

TNT catches fire with 18 triples in romp of reeling Meralco

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – TNT shot the lights out against Meralco as the KaTropa knocked down a conference-high 18 triples en route to a lopsided 99-81 win over the Bolts in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center on Sunday, January 21. The KaTropa scorched hot from the get-go, leading ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Ayala Center Cebu reopens January 18 in time for Sinulog

  CEBU CITY----Ayala Center Cebu will reopen onJan. 18, just 12 days after it was forced to shut down its operation following the fire that gutted an adjacent department store. But a handful of stores and stalls inside the mall would not be allowed to resume operations, said Cebu Holdings Inc., (CHI) which owns and operates Ayala Center Cebu. These stores were located in the section of the mall that was connected to Metro department store, which was destroyed in a fire that ran for almost three days. "There are parts of the main mall which connects to Metro that will be boarded up. So the stores and stalls near this area will not be able to open yet," said lawyer...Keep on reading: Ayala Center Cebu reopens January 18 in time for Sinulog.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

AboitizPower takes P3.7-B hit with permanent closure of biomass plant

ABOITIZ POWER Corp. (AboitizPower) is taking a hit of P3.7 billion as it permanently stopped the operations of a biomass power plant because of the lack of organic materials to produce electricity. “Our top consideration now is to balance the interests of all our stakeholders, including that of Aseagas’ employees,” said AboitizPower President and Chief […] The post AboitizPower takes P3.7-B hit with permanent closure of biomass plant appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Van catches fire on SLEX

SAN PEDRO CITY---A private van caught fire in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna province, slowing down traffic on the south-bound lane of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Saturday morning. Randolph Perez, an operator from the Manila Toll Expressway Systems Inc. (MATES), the SLEX operator, said the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. prompting a MATES firetruck to respond. The fire was put out before 10 a.m. and the vehicle towed away. He said an investigation was underway but they were initially looking at the vehicle's faulty clutch that caused the fire. No one was reported hurt. The incident slowed down traffic but all lanes remained passable. Maricar Cinco, @maricarcinco, Inquirer ...Keep on reading: Van catches fire on SLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

IC shutters Bureau of Fire Protection Mutual Aid Beneficiary Association

MANILA, Philippines — The Insurance Commission (IC) has ordered to stop the operations of Bureau of Fire Protection Mutual Aid Beneficiary Association Inc......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018