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Smart Posts PHP 14-B in Revenues Due to Robust Mobile Data Services

Mobile services provider Smart Communications reported that it has managed to post PHP14.8 billion in service revenues for the first quarter of this year higher by 2 percent from the previous year driven by ongoing improvements on its mobile data network. Wireless individual service revenues reached PHP6.5 billion during the first quarter which was up […].....»»

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Dashboard (05/23/18)

3 PHL Chevrolet dealers named ‘GM Grandmasters’ CHEVROLET Philippines said three of its dealers were named among GM Grandmasters for 2017. The company explained “Grandmasters” refer to GM’s best-performing dealers in terms of sales, service and after-sales in Southeast Asia. The winners from the Philippines were Chevrolet Pasig, Chevrolet Cebu and Chevrolet Ilocos Norte. Chevrolet […] The post Dashboard (05/23/18) appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Business of Football - Philippines highlights football s growth in the country

MANILA -  The recent success of The Azkals, with their Asian Cup qualification, and their FIFA ranking at its highest at 111, has given football a renewed confidence, and a positive outlook in terms of the growth of the sport in the Philippines.   Football is now tipped to become the fastest growing sport in the country, with the largest potential for success commercially, and in terms of on-pitch success.  The sport which is currently number 3 in the Philippines in terms of popularity and participation, after basketball and boxing, is said to be still further behind compared to other sports, such as volleyball, billiards, etc., in terms of TV coverage. These were among the insights and trends gathered from top-notch executives of organizations such as AFC, PFF, PFL, LaLiga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, Globe Telecom, RSportz, Toby Sports and Manila Times, at the ‘Business of Football - Philippines’, organized by MMC Sportz.  The sold-out event was attended by more than 185 local and foreign delegates on 18 May 2018 at the New World Makati Hotel.   MMC Sports CEO Eric Gottschalk says, “Research in this market, shows that TV is still the number one platform here in the Philippines, and is the number one medium that advertisers are looking for, to spend their budgets on.  We also learned that live TV coverage actually stimulates stadium attendance, and not vice versa.  If there’s more football on TV, we will see more fans in the stadium.  Currently football is not ranked among the top 100 TV programmers in the Philippines and is only number 3 sport in terms of participation and popularity after basketball and boxing.  Football needs media in order to drive commercial revenues for the clubs.”   “Now is also the perfect time to get involved in football since sponsorship and advertising opportunities are currently very affordable compared for example to basketball, but this is predicted to change within the next 6-12 months, as values are expected to increase sharply.  Football also needs to create more idols and heroes to attract more media coverage overall, other than just covering game scores. Each team has a unique story which just needs to be told,” says Gottschalk. Following the presentation about the Philippines Football League (PFL) it was agreed that the PFL now fills the lack of regular created football content as the leagues matches (87 in 2018/19 season) contribute year-round stories to keep football in the news. In the past, the main talking points were around the Azkals which only play very few home matches each year.      Public education about the game of football is also needed on all levels as many people in the Philippines are still not aware about the rules or aware of programs available like coaching academies, amateur competitions, or how and where to follow the professional league.  Ten thousand (10,000) qualified grassroots coaches are also needed to satisfy the local demand and to trigger strong football development and growths. Investors on the other hand are looking for consistency and credibility of the football product but with the PFL in the second season and foreign sponsors expected to invest in the Philippines, local brands should consider to follow suit.  On the sports retail side, only 1.5% of current retail sales are attributed to football, while basketball enjoys a healthy 46% market share. As a result, only limited line items and stocks are available in stores and entry level boots and replica jerseys are too high priced to be affordable for the average consumer. The national player registration program, MY PFF, has been launched with the objective to collect vital statistics and data about the football community which is urgently needed to support the youth football development strategy of the PFF and to develop a players pathway.  As FIFA has mandated to register the estimated 1.5 million players in the Philippines, the PFF has urged organizers and players to already register online as by next month only registered players will be allowed to participate in sanctioned events. The “Business of Football – Philippines” conference also announced 36 career opportunities related to sports and football, including positions in marketing, legal, competition management and coaching, with all these listing being available online with MMC Sportz or for direct inquiries with the PFF. In his closing remarks, MMC Sportz CEO Eric M. Gottschalk stated that “More importantly, Don’t Break the 12th Man! It is important that all stakeholders don’t forget to engage with the fans. The fans are the most important aspect of the development of football in the Philippines – if there are no fans of football then there is no media, no spectators, no players, no games, no business. Everyone is required to ensure we keep the fans (football consumers) engaged year-long and the first step would be to get the media behind the game. There is a strong football - community out there already and hopefully, we the TV broadcasters will take another look at football and give them at least some consideration on the program schedule.  I believe today’s conference was a great success.  We brought the football community together, stimulated thinking, exchanged ideas and transferred a lot of knowledge. Now it is up to the football stakeholders to continue the progress.  From our end (and with the approval of the PFF) we will stage the 2nd edition of BOF early 2019 and hopefully we will be able to report on some of the changes initiated today.”    Speakers who shared their insights include LaLiga Managing Director for South East Asia, Japan, Korean and Australia Ivan Codina, AFC Head of MA Services Domeka Garamendi, SMG Insight Managing Director Frank Saez, Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami, Globe Director for OIC, Citizenship and Advocacy Marketing Miguel Bermundo, PFL CEO Lazarus Xavier, PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes, Ignite Sports Group Managing Director Michael Reyes,  Asian Replica Designs Founder & Owner Jonathan Mallinson, Quorum Group President & COO Jose Claudio, Jr., Mediapro Asia Director of Sales and Sponsorship Salauddin Sinnakandu, and MMC Sportz Marketing CEO Eric Gottschalk.  Organized by MMC Sportz Asia, the event was sanctioned by the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) and the Philippines Football Federation (PFF), and sponsored by La Liga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, RSportz, Globe Telecom, Toby’s Sports, Manila Times and Platinumlist. - RELEASE  .....»»

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Result of US-China talks: Short-term relief, long-term risks

In the short run, a truce in the trade conflict between the United States and China has lightened tensions, halted the immediate threat of U.S. tariffs on China's goods and cheered stock markets. The long-run picture may not be so sunny......»»

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Karapatan submits report on rights violation under martial law in Mindanao to UN experts

Rights group Karapatan submitted a report to United Nations independent experts on the alleged civil and political rights violations during the year-long imposition of martial law in Mindanao......»»

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Bapa SEJA

Bapa is a Bahasa term that means “father,” and I use it here in honor of a man whom I look up to like a father — a man who had done so much for his country and for the international community as well. He was my boss, my mentor, a colleague in government service and in several advocacies, a good and dear friend......»»

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5 Metro Manila police directors get awards for exemplary service

The five police district directors in Metro Manila and 16 other policemen received awards for their exemplary service to the public, an official said yesterday......»»

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High court spokesperson told to quit

A CIVIL society group yesterday urged Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te to resign after he expressed dissent to the high court’s ruling on the quo warranto petition that ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno as chief justice. Te posted his stand to his Twitter account “I Dissent” last May 11, the day….....»»

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SC’s Te urged to resign

A civil society group yesterday urged Supreme Court (SC) spokesperson Theodore Te to resign after he expressed dissent to the high court’s ruling on the quo warranto petition that ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno as chief justice. Te posted to his Twitter account “I Dissent” last May 11, the day the….....»»

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Cardinal Quevedo: any revision in BTC-BBL would add another injustice against Bangsamoro people

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) would correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro people, but any substantial revisions from its current form would result in another grave injustice, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said. In a statement delivered during the Senate Consultative […].....»»

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Kim Chiu rules out airline for lost luggage, unresponsive customer service: ‘Never again!’

Actress Kim Chiu took to Twitter last Saturday, May 19, to ask for help regarding a certain airline and her lost luggage. The airline in question was Flair Airlines, and is based in Kelowna, British Columbia in Canada. Chiu was in Edmonton, Alberta earlier this month, as she took to Instagram tocongratulate her brother, John, who is now a professional pilot in the said country. "Does anyone here knows the contact number for flair air?" tweeted Chiu, sounding desperate. "Been calling them for my lost luggage, yet no one is answering... Some impt (important) things are in the bag!!! Paid extra for the luggage too! Why oh why?!!!! Help please." does anyone here knows the contact nu...Keep on reading: Kim Chiu rules out airline for lost luggage, unresponsive customer service: ‘Never again!’.....»»

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DoTr opens bidding for Malolos-Tutuban rail line

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it has opened the bidding for the construction contract for the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project. The DoTr is bidding out the civil works and building components of the project. It has two contract packages: the first covers elevated structures, seven stations and a depot; the second includes elevated… link: DoTr opens bidding for Malolos-Tutuban rail line.....»»

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DoTr opens bidding for Malolos-Tutuban rail line

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it has opened the bidding for the construction contract for the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project. The DoTr is bidding out the civil works and building components of the project. It has two contract packages: the first covers elevated structures, seven stations and a depot; the second includes elevated […] The post DoTr opens bidding for Malolos-Tutuban rail line appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Grab urges LTFRB to OK 6,000 Uber drivers

GRAB Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to allow around 6,000 Uber Philippines drivers, which the regulator says are not part of its masterlist, to join the ride-hailing service. In an interview on the sidelines of the BusinessWorld Economic Forum on Friday, Grab Philippines country head Brian P. Cu […] The post Grab urges LTFRB to OK 6,000 Uber drivers appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Smart revenues hit P14.8B in 1st quarter

SMART Communications, Inc. posted higher service revenues this quarter, driven by its mobile data business. The wireless subsidiary of PLDT, Inc. said in a statement that it recorded P14.8 billion in service revenues for the first quarter of the year, up 2% from a year ago. Wireless individual data revenues rose by 21% to P6.5 […] The post Smart revenues hit P14.8B in 1st quarter appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Cusi Energizes Six Lanao Coastal Towns

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi led Thursday, May 17, the ceremonial switching on of electrical service to six coastal municipalities of Lanao del Sur which had been without power for the last six years. Almost a year since the Marawi siege started on 23 May 2017, Cusi came to this city with a message of […].....»»

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NBA legend Bill Russell out of hospital after health scare

WASHINGTON, United States – NBA legend Bill Russell, the former Boston Celtics center who won a record 11 league titles, said Saturday, May 19, he is out of hospital after being treated for dehydration.  The 84-year-old icon, known for his civil rights activism during and after his playing career ........»»

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Uncertainty shrouds Chelsea despite FA Cup win over United

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Chelsea's players saved their season but maybe not their manager. Collecting the FA Cup, after beating Manchester United 1-0 on Saturday, is looking like Antonio Conte's final act with Chelsea. "After two years, the club knows me very well," Conte said. "And if they continue to want to work with me they know I can't change. My way is always the same." Having won three Serie A titles at Juventus before capturing the English Premier League trophy for Chelsea, Conte reminded the Chelsea hierarchy: "I'm a serial winner." It was a bullish sign-off to a lackluster season that saw the Italian's relationship with Chelsea's leadership become increasingly strained as the team went from champions to fifth in the Premier League. "Our job is not simple," Conte said. "I understand that the club can make a decision." Wembley match-winner Eden Hazard also has a decision to make: Whether to pursue a transfer. After raising doubts about his Chelsea future ahead of the final — demanding "good players" are signed in the offseason — Hazard produced the only goal from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute. On the pitch, amid the celebrations, Hazard said nothing to demonstrate his commitment to the club. "I'm just happy," Hazard said. "You see the fans celebrating with the trophy. We didn't play a great season but at least we finished well." Although not in the style craved by Hazard. "If we want to win a lot of games we have to play better," Hazard said, "because today we played defensively." Such was the focus on the gloomy Premier League campaign and looming offseason of uncertainty in the post-match interviews, it was easy to forget Chelsea had just picked up a trophy. "This was to save our season," Chelsea captain Gary Cahill said. "I'm not saying we've had a magnificent season by any stretch. But we are used to winning, not in an arrogant way, but we have to try to win things." Conte's first cup final victory in coaching meant former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho finished his second season at United empty-handed, paying the price for an insipid first-half display and coming to life only after the break. United took until the 56th minute to register a shot on target when Marcus Rashford struck at goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who later rushed off his line to block the forward. United's deficiencies were encapsulated by another patchy performance from midfielder Paul Pogba, who squandered a late chance to equalize by heading wide. Mourinho, though, couldn't find any faults. "I don't think (Chelsea) deserved to win," said Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League last year. "I am quite curious because if my team played like Chelsea did I can imagine what everyone would be saying." KNOW THE LAW Conte seemed unfamiliar with the 2016 change to the "triple punishment" law, reducing the type of incidents that result in a penalty kick, a red card and suspension. Conte remonstrated to the officials after Phil Jones was only booked, not sent off for bringing down Hazard for the penalty. Referee Michael Oliver was right because a "genuine attempt has been made to play the ball," as football laws state. MAN UNITED: WHAT NEXT? This was only Mourinho's third loss in 15 career cup finals and the first defeat in regulation time. Despite Mourinho being able to spend around 300 million pounds ($404 million) on players, the only progress he can point to is finishing second in the league for the club's highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013. More investment is required in the offseason, particularly to acquire fullbacks. Wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have been deployed there. CHELSEA: WHAT NEXT? The rapid turnover of managers hasn't prevented Chelsea from collecting trophies. It's now 15 in 15 years under Roman Abramovich's ownership. The Russian billionaire could well be searching for his 11th permanent manager if he decides to fire Conte with a year remaining on his contract. Chelsea's priority is finding a new striker, particularly if Hazard leaves, despite lacking the appeal of appearing in the Champions League. Chelsea failed to adequately replace Diego Costa last year, scoring 62 goals in the league compared to 85 in the previous title-winning campaign. MISSING The president of the Football Association wasn't available to present the FA Cup. Prince William had a more pressing engagement, serving as best man for brother Prince Harry in the lunchtime wedding to Meghan Markle at Windsor. Instead, the trophy was presented by Jackie Wilkins, the widow of former Chelsea and United midfielder Ray Wilkins, who died last month at the age of 61......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 20th, 2018Related News

Harry and Meghan marry in emotional wedding

WINDSOR, United Kingdom (3rd UPDATE) – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday, May 19, in a star-studded Windsor Castle ceremony watched the world over, that married British tradition and US razzmatazz. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George's Chapel in an emotional service, sealed ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 19th, 2018Related News

Public hoping that SAF training for PNP recruits will produce positive result

Crame files A WATCHFUL public is hoping that PNP chief, General Odie Albayalde’s move to subject police recruits to training by instructors from the elite PNP Special Action Force will produce a much better breed of policemen. I learned this from my conversations with many Friends of the PNP including….....»»

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