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Regional eliminations set for 2017 MBC National Choral Competition

Regional eliminations set for 2017 MBC National Choral Competition.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netSep 23rd, 2017

2016 MBC National Choral Competition Regional Eliminations

2016 MBC National Choral Competition Regional Eliminations.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

Barotac Nvo. dominate Marianing futsal opener

PAUL SCHOOL-Barotac Nuevo (SPS-BN) B made their presence felt in the opening of the 1st Bga. Marianing Futsal Competition after pulling off two straight wins in the U-18 Boy’s category at the Iloilo National High School (INHS) grounds, Oct. 14, 2017. SPS-BN B first pounded Iloilo Christian School-Barotac Nuevo (ICS-BN), 4-0, before defeating John B. […] The post Barotac Nvo. dominate Marianing futsal opener appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News21 hr. 33 min. ago

For Adidas and rivals, sponsorships are good business

em>By David McHugh, Associated Press /em> FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Multi-million dollar sponsorship deals of the kind between Adidas and the University of Louisville — in focus after a scandal over alleged bribes paid to high school athletes — are not just an effort to burnish the image of sports gear makers. They can be a cost-efficient way to boost sales against tough competition, marketing experts say. Whether in U.S. college sports or European soccer, Adidas and its major rivals Nike and Under Armour reach potential customers more effectively by getting their brands used in the biggest events, say marketing experts. Criminal charges brought last week against an Adidas marketing executive and 9 others drew renewed public attention to the perfectly legal practice of paying university sports programs to wear branded goods. Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced at 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer. That deal is just one among increasingly expensive arrangements. The top recipients this academic year are UCLA with $16.5 million from Baltimore-based Under Armour, followed by University of Texas with almost $12 million and University of Michigan with $9.8 million, both from Nike, according to the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Payments have risen as the big three competitors bid for exposure that, marketing experts say, can often be more effective and targeted than expensive television advertising. Universities in the top five leagues, or 'conferences' in U.S. sports speak, are in line to get over $200 million this school year, up from around $100 million just five years ago, according to the center's figures. 'Increased investment by Under Armour starting in the 2014-15 academic year, along with continued investment by Adidas, have led to a re-investment by Nike in the intercollegiate athletics space to retain national powers such as Ohio State and Texas, and bring Michigan back into the fold from Adidas,' the center noted in its latest report. George Belch, chair of the marketing department at San Diego State University's College of Business Administration, put it this way: 'It's expensive, but if you want to sit at the table and play the game, you have to ante up.' How much is too much to spend on endorsements? Academics have been trying to figure out what the returns on investment are and marketing experts say the companies surely have their own internal metrics. But 'only they know exactly what the return is,' said Belch. Jonathan Jensen, assistant professor in the sports administration program at North Carolina, notes that the value of sponsorship deals measure the truckloads of equipment given to the schools at retail price, which is far more than the cost to the company to have them produced. 'When you see $250 million, it's not actually $250 million, it's more like $75 million,' he said. And based on what a 30-second commercial costs, having a team wear the company's gear can far outweighs the investment in terms of valuable exposure. That can be money well spent in an era where people can use digital technology to skim past television commercials. 'They don't need to buy airtime,' Jensen said, 'because they are literally part of the event.' On top of that, favorable licensing deals on merchandise mean that the company can earn back much of its sponsorship money solely from fans buying the jerseys. 'The schools themselves are really just in the past two, three or four years getting smart about negotiating and forcing the brands, especially Nike and Under Armour, to pay what they should be,' said Jensen. Similar calculation applies to sponsorship deals outside the United States. Gerd Nufer, director of the German Institute for Sports Marketing in Reutlingen, attempted to figure out how many jerseys companies would have to sell to repay their endorsement deals with national sports teams at the soccer World Cup. He says Adidas needed to see sales of 1.9 million German national team jerseys retailing for around 80 euros in order to make back its 28 million euros-per year sponsorship deal; when Germany won the cup for the fourth time in 2014, 2 million had been sold even before the final match. By contrast, it is unlikely Nike recouped its full $40 million sponsorship with France through direct sales. But it's unlikely that Nike minded much, as its exposure helped its image building more broadly. 'The fact is that building the image of the overall brand and positive halo effects on all branded products of the company is the most important thing,' Nufer wrote in an analysis. That logic was reflected by Nike in its annual financial reports, which indicate it had contractual obligations to pay $1.1 billion in endorsement contracts in 2017. The company, based in Beaverton, Oregon, noted that the costs of sponsorships had risen as competition from rivals had grown. By losing key partnership deals, it said, 'we could lose the on-field authenticity associated with our products, and we may be required to modify and substantially increase our marketing investments.' 'As a result, our brands, net revenues, expenses and profitability could be harmed. ' Adidas says it spent 1.98 billion euros in 2016 on marketing investments, about half of which went for partnerships. That includes events like the World Cup, UEFA's Euro soccer tournament, and the French Open in tennis. And also sponsorships of national federations including Germany, Spain and Argentina plus deals with high profile individuals: soccer stars Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, and Gareth Bale; basketball stars James Harden and Derrick Rose; U.S. football players Aaron Rodgers and Von Miller, and tennis players Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep. Adidas, based in Herzogenaurach, German, said it was unaware of misconduct in the Gatto case and vowed to fully cooperate with authorities. The company immediately didn't respond to an email inquiry about its sponsorship spending. The company had a good second quarter, with sales beating predictions and growing 27 percent in North America. 'Adidas has been going gangbusters,' said San Diego State professor Belch. 'They are gaining market share on Nike, they have taken away market share from Under Armour in the U.S. market, and particularly in North America they made a tremendous turnaround.' 'So they didn't need this,' he said, referring to the Louisville scandal. 'That's what's really amazing about this.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

Anger as Swedish neo-Nazis prepare for Yom Kippur march – Al Jazeera

Swedish anti-racist politicians, watchdog groups and Jewish organisations have expressed anger as self-professed National Socialists prepare for a rally slated to take place on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the country's second-largest city. The Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), which anti-racist organisations describe as neo-Nazis, is holding a demonstration on September 30 in Gothenburg, which is located on Sweden's western coast. They have dubbed the event &'8220;Revolt against the traitors&'8221;. The event will be a rally against &'8220;the politicians in the Swedish parliament as well as the European Parliament&'8221; who &'8220;have flung our nation's borders wide open to an unprecedented invasion&'8221;, the NRM said in a statement, referring to the country's acceptance of refugees and migrants fleeing war and economic devastation in recent years. The statement added, &'8220;Today's politicians and journalists are nothing short of robbers and traitors!&'8221; At the time of publication, the NRM had not replied to Al Jazeera's repeated requests for additional comment. Linda Snecker, a spokesperson for Sweden's Left Party, described the NRM as &'8220;a threat against our democracy and open society&'8221;. Speaking to Al Jazeera by telephone, she said, &'8220;It's a threat against all of us who are anti-racists, who are feminists, [and those] who celebrate LGBTQ society. The neo-Nazis are a threat against all of those values that we believe and fight for.&'8221; Police have changed the NRM's planned route, prompting the group to hold a flash demonstration in Gothenburg on September 17, with some 60 demonstrators marching through the city centre. In a video posted on the NRM's YouTube channel, the demonstrators waved flags and chanted against immigration. When angry passers-by confronted them, an NRM protester threw a woman to the pavement. Although the NRM has been active for two decades, Snecker said the group is attempting to capitalise on the rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats Party, which has 49 seats in the national legislature, and the wave of far-right populism that has hit parts of Europe and the US in recent years. &'8220;Their agenda is violence, to scare people, to show you can't protest against them and that they have a violent capacity,&'8221; she said. &'8220;That's really scary.&'8221; The demonstration was set to pass near a synagogue in the city centre, which has prompted faith leaders to express concern for the city's Jewish community. However, a court ruled on Monday that the route would have to be changed. Aron Verstandig, chairman of The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, and Allan Stutzinky, chairman of the Jewish Community in Gothenburg, decried the police's decision to grant the NRM a permit in an opinion article published by the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper earlier this month. &'8220;Aside from out of fear for our own security, it evokes uncomfortable associations for us Jews. During the Holocaust, it wasn't unusual for the German Nazis to conduct their horrendous atrocities on the most important days of the Jewish calendar,&'8221; they wrote. Henrik Dahlberg, a media spokesperson for the City of Gothenburg, said it does not have the legal authority to prevent the march from taking place. &'8220;Demonstrations such as this one have a very strong protection in the Swedish constitution,&'8221; he told Al Jazeera by email. &'8220;Therefore, the march in and of itself cannot be stopped.&'8221; In 2016, the anti-racist magazine Expo documented 3,064 instances of neo-Nazi activities in Sweden. The bulk of the activities involved spreading propaganda, such as distributing flyers and posting stickers. In a December 2016 study that examined the profiles of 159 NRM members, Expo found that more than a quarter of them had previously been charged with violent crimes, while 56 percent had been convicted of a crime. Explaining that the group had grown in recent years, Expo added that a third of active NRM members in 2015 had not previously had any documented connections to neo-Nazi organisations. Last week, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called for action to combat the rise in far-right activity in the country. &'8220;When we now see an escalation of these extremist forces, and we are moving towards a normalization of racist parties too, then we must do something,&'8221; he said. Daniel Wiklander, Expo's acting managing editor, described the NRM's upcoming demonstration as &'8220;an outrage&'8221;. Wiklander explains that the NRM draws on the ideological traditions of the German National Socialists, American white supremacist groups that were prevalent in the 1980s and other European fascist organisations that were active in the lead-up to and during World War II. &'8220;At this point, it's the only national socialist organisation, but they exist within a larger white nationalist and far-right alignment,&'8221; he said. &'8220;For a long time, they were a fringe movement because they were very hostile to [far-right] competition and mostly stuck to their own. In the last 10 years, they've [benefited from] different [white supremacist] groups coming together.&'8221; The NRM was founded as the Swedish Resistance Movement in 1997 by Klas Lund, who has previously spent time in prison for bank robbery and manslaughter for the 1986 killing of an anti-racist organiser who intervened to stop the harassment of migrants. More recently, the NRM has established a branch in neighbouring Finland, where its members have attacked anti-racist demonstrations and LGBTQ pride events. The group advocates Sweden's exit from the European Union, the mass deportation of all refugees and migrants and what it describes as &'8220;Nordic self-sufficiency&'8221; based on National Socialist ideology, among other far-right policies. In July 2017, a court in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Shell chess final elims up in Cebu

MANILA, Philippines — The Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships (SNYACC) winds up its five-leg regional eliminations in Cebu beginning today with a.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

NAPOLCOM commends cops in ASG encounter

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 31, 2017 (PIA) &''The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Region 7 handed out commendations to the Provincial Director and 18 Bohol police officers for taking measures to intercept and stop the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) from sowing terror in Bohol. The awarding of commendations also came during the Regional launching of the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2017

8RCDG celebrates the 38th National Reservists Week

The 8th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) celebrates the 38th National Reservist Week on June 23-25, 2017 at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2017

Kahandaan sa parating ng sakuna, panawagan ng simbahan

DAMORTIS, La Union — Pagiging handa at maagap sa mga sakuna. Ito ang pangunahing nilaman ng dalawang araw na kumperensya at pagsasanay ng mga taong simbahan sa rehiyon ng Ilocos sa pangunguna ng National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) at Ilocos Regional Ecumenical Council (IREC) nitong nakaraang Hunyo 13-14, 2017 dito sa UCCP Condora......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 18th, 2017

World Sports: SEABA 2017: a learning experience for Gilas

AS EXPECTED, the Philippine men's basketball team breezed past the competition in the just-concluded 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball Men's Championship (SEABA). Dominating was Gilas Pilipinas that it defeated its regional opponents by an average margin of 59 points in the weeklong event......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Nur Misuari’s temporary liberty extended until November 16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 May) &'8212;  Extended for six months. The regional trial court that last year granted a six-month liberty to Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has granted him an extension of another six months or until November 16, 2017. Misuari made his first public appearance after the court [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 21st, 2017

DNA analyzer

Chief Insp Lorna Santos, chief of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) DNA Lab in Camp Crame, prepares DNA samples for analysis with a newly acquired DNA analyzer (blue machine in background) of the PNP-Regon XI Regional Crime Laboratory in Davao City on 11 May 2017. The Php 49-million system will be used to analyze DNA [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 11th, 2017

WATCH: 10 Binibining Pilipinas shortlisted in National Costume competition

MANILA, Philippines — Ten Binibining Pilipinas 2017 bets made it to the finals of the National Costume Competition......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2017

Taming the waves

A skimboarder shows his skills during the 1st Amihan National Skimboarding Competition in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Mindanews Photo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Top regional entries in 2017 Aliwan Fiesta Streetdance Competition

Top regional entries in 2017 Aliwan Fiesta Streetdance Competition.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 11th, 2017

DAVRAA Meet 2017

Some 6,000 young athletes and officials gathered at the Mati Sports Complex in Davao Oriental on Sunday, March 19 for the opening of the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet 2017.  DAVRAA is an annual athletic competition among elementary and high school students from private and public schools in the region comprising the four Davaos (del [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

Musikahan 2017

Cornexus Harmonia Chorale of the Tagum City National High School bested other youth-based chorale groups during the Himig Handog Chorale Competition held at Big 8 Corporate Hotel on March 01, 2017. Himig Handog is a major highlight of this year’s edition of the Musikahan Festival. LEO TIMOGAN/CIO Tagum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2017

Shell active chess winds up in CDO

The five-leg Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships regional eliminations winds up on Aug. 20-21 with another banner cast expected to slug it out at SM City Cagayan De Oro Cyberzone (3rd floor) for top honors in three divisions and berths in the .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 16th, 2016

DICT, NICP Launch Digital Cities PH in National ICT Summit

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), will jointly launch DigitalCitiesPH Launch during the 9th NICP ICT Summit on November 16 to 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated News4 hr. 7 min. ago

Cebu to Host 2017 Philippine National Games in December

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced that preparations are underway for the Philippine National Games (PNG) which would be held from December 10-17 in Cebu City. According to the statement released to the media on...The post Cebu to Host 2017 Philippine National Games in December appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News5 hr. 33 min. ago

UAAP Starting 5: Week 6

It's the second round and the Final Four picture is starting to form. Ateneo and La Salle are well ahead of the competition sitting at No.1 and No.2, respectively. Adamson University and Far Eastern University are in a tight race for No. 3 while National University and University of the Philippines duke it out for No.4. University of the East can still gun for a surprise entrance while University of Santo Tomas is one loss away falling out of contention. Well, here are the seven players responsible for those scenarios: Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) Reigning MVP Ben Mbala produced a lackluster performance by his standardsin Week 5. The high-octane Green Archer,...Keep on reading: UAAP Starting 5: Week 6.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News6 hr. 46 min. ago