Hard work pays off as Olympic dream continues for PH basketball in 3×3

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Philippine basketball will have its long-awaited shot to be featured in the Olympic stage albeit in a 3×3 stage.The Philippines is part of the 20-nation Fiba 3×3 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March of 2020 and the country has a chance to be in the Olympic basketball scene again 48 years after its last appearance in Munich.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Butch Antonio, the deputy executive director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said the Philippines’ inclusion in the OQT speaks volumes about the nation’s hard work in the 3×3 circuit.“We’re keeping the dream alive. This is a super big deal and it has been so many years since 1972 and that was the last time we’ve been on the Olympic stage,” said Antonio in a press conference Chooks to Go organized Saturday at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“With the efforts of a lot, the opportunity to dream is there,” added Antonio.The Philippines rose through the rankings from the No. 59 spot at the start of 2019 to become world No. 20 on Oct. 31 with 9,468,741 points under its name. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Skylar Diggins-Smith has new outlook after giving birth to son MOST READ The rapid rise in points was due in large part to the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 that staged Fiba-sanctioned tournaments throughout the year.“The love for the country is there and I’m really thankful that we were able to overcome the challenges and of course I’d give credit to the players because I see how hard they’ve worked for this,” said Eric Altamirano, the league commissioner of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3.The team, which will have country’s No. 1 and No. 2 player in Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol, respectively, will hold training camps abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

Top Five Consolidated Container Fleets Worth USD 334 Bn

first_imgzoom The top five consolidated container fleets are currently worth USD 33.4 billion and account for 33% of the entire container fleet, according to the latest data provided by VesselsValue.The report on the top five fleets, including the Moller Maersk AS/Hamburg Süd, China COSCO Holdings Co, CMA CGM/ APL, Hapag-Lloyd/ UASC/ CSAV, MOL/ NYK Line/ K Line, was compiled in light of the recent container carrier consolidation as Danish shipping giant Maersk last week confirmed reports that it will purchase Germany’s container shipping line Hamburg Süd.Subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals, the acquisition would complement Maersk’s current business as Hamburg Süd holds a strong position in north-south trades.Maersk is thought to have paid roughly USD 4 billion for Hamburg Süd whose fleet is worth USD 1.5 billion. The deal is expected to complete end 2017. Entry of Hamburg Süd into the 2M alliance will put the alliance into the lead with 15% of global capacity.Image Courtesy: VesselsValueChina COSCO Holdings CoThe Chinese state cabinet approved the merger of COSCO and China Shipping back in December of 2015. The merger is a part of plans to create stronger, larger national entities that have greater competitive advantage and prevents the two lines from competing against one another. China COSCO Holdings have the largest fleet on order with 29 ULCVs and 4 post-panamax containerships. The Chinese owned container fleet is the most valuable at USD 17.6 billion and accounts for around 17% of the market.CMA CGM/ APLThe largest acquisition in the French giant’s history, CMA CGM acquired Singaporean company, NOL, best known for its APL brand. Recently it was also confirmed that APL would join CMA CGM in the Ocean Alliance which will subsequently represent 14% of global container capacity, second only to the 2M alliance. The acquisition will make the combined fleet the 3rd most valuable in the industry.Hapag-Lloyd/ UASC/ CSAVHapag-Lloyd completed their integration of Chilean line CSAV earlier this year. In July, they continued their growth by signing a merger agreement with UASC. The new merger will bring Hapag-Lloyd’s average age down to 7.8 years from 8.7 years. Hapag-Lloyd and UASC will be the 4th most valuable fleet up from 10th and 8th, respectively.MOL/ NYK Line/ K LineOne of the more recent mergers to be announced is that of MOL, NYK and K Line. Only the container businesses of these companies will merge and the consolidation is expected to be complete by 2018. The most valuable Japanese container fleet is Shoei Kisen valued at USD 3.0 billion and ranked 8th. In comparison, none of the other Japanese entities feature in the top 10 most valuable container fleets. The merger shows that consolidation can be used very effectively in the container industry to create a large footprint with only mid-size lines. The new arrangement makes the merged entity the 5th most valuable at USD 5.1 billion.last_img read more

TCI Honours the Fallen on Remembrance Day

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Grand Turk – On Sunday, 12th November, silence once again fell over the Turks & Caicos Islands, as we marked Remembrance Day, with ceremonies to honour those servicemen and women who fought during the two world wars, and those who continue to serve today.HE the Governor, Dr. John Freeman; the Commissioner of Police, James Smith, other dignitaries and servicemen attended the Remembrance Day service at St. Monica’s Anglican Church and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, in Providenciales.Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; HE the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, other dignitaries and ex-servicemen attended the Remembrance Day service and wreath laying ceremony in Grand Turk at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, which was followed by the Ecumenical Service at Salem Baptist Church.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Impending 25 Billion Deal to Spur West End Grand Bahama Turnaround

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions Ltd. has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of a large-scale resort, known as “Ginn Sur Mer” in the West End of Grand Bahama.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas recently received an application in relation to West End, Grand Bahama, or the Grand Palm Beach property.  Prime Minister Minnis made the announcement during a National Address aired Monday, January 29, 2018.Once the deal is completed, Grand Beach Acquisitions Ltd. will construct, repair, revitalize, develop, and operate 246 rooms in three hotels, a banquet facility, 116 branded hotel residences, 1,000 other residences, a hotel/casino site and approximately 150,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.The impending Agreement will also result in the construction of a spa and wellness retreat, two marinas, an 18-hole golf course, including driving range, an IFR-rated airport, a resort hospitality-training academy, and an organic farm.Prime Minister Minnis said “Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions Ltd. intends to repair, revitalize, and develop the Property, to be known as “Bahama Bay,” in nine phases over a 10-year period, with a projected expenditure of two billion, five hundred and sixty million dollars.”“In 2008, the previous developer went into foreclosure and the Government has now been advised that Grand Palm Acquisitions Ltd., has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of a large-scale resort known as Ginn Sur Mer in the West End of Grand Bahama.“The application is now before the National Economic Council to approve in principle and to authorize the relevant government agencies, to negotiate a Heads of Agreement, on an expeditious basis,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The deal was one of several major announcements Prime Minister Minnis made with regards to the restoration of the Grand Bahama economy during his National Address Monday night.Prime Minister also announced that there is new investment in East Grand Bahama, at the oil refinery, which will help to provide a number of jobs and that the private acquisition and management of the Grand Lucayan assets, including hotels, the golf courses and the casino are “well underway.”“Although this transaction is far from completed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that we will have accomplished in a few months, what was not done in a decade. This year, we intend to complete the sale of the Grand Lucayan and Memories properties,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Senate Readiness Panel Denies Pentagons BRAC Request

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would be prohibited from holding a round of base closures, under the portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill marked up Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee. “At a time when the department cannot afford to fully fund … readiness requirements, I do not support giving the department the authority to pursue a BRAC round,” said Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), reported CQ Roll Call.The panel’s rejection of the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 was not a surprise as Ayotte has made her opposition clear in recent years. She pointed to the potential for a new round to incur significant upfront costs, as the last one did, in explaining her stance at a hearing of the subcommittee in March.The text of the legislation is not expected to be available until the full committee completes its markup. Its deliberations begin this morning and are expected to run until Thursday night or beyond.The measure also contains language to reform DOD’s weapons acquisition process. Ayotte said the proposals are similar to those in the House bill but did not discuss its specific provisions, according to the story.“In this era of growing threats and shrinking defense budgets, the old methods of acquisition and … acquisition overruns are no longer sufficient,” Ayotte said.last_img read more

Heres the magnificent last view NASAs Kepler Space Telescope ever saw

first_img2:57 End of an era for space exploration Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: A composite image of Kepler’s final view. The missing tiles are due to parts of the camera that failed. NASA The final thing NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope captured was everything, or at least it looks that way.NASA ran out of fuel last year and was put into a permanent sleep mode on Oct. 30. The final full-field image it took can be seen in the above mosaic captured Sept. 25. You can see the telescope’s full view of the sky and an abundance of stars within. Some blocks of the composite image are blacked out due to failures by parts of the camera. Fortunately, the device had a modular design that allowed for other parts of the image to be retained.  Kepler helped revolutionize how we think about the universe by enabling the discovery of thousands of exoplanets beyond our solar system, making it clear our galaxy and others are packed with other worlds. Enlarge ImageKepler’s view of K2-138 with its six planets sized between Earth and Neptune. It was the first multi-planet system entirely discovered by citizen scientists. NASA/Ames Research Center But it struggled to make some of those discoveries. A few years into its mission, the parts that help it stay pointed at a target began to fail. Engineers had to come up with a work-around that basically used the subtle pressure coming off the sun itself to keep the telescope steady. Kepler went on making more finds for half a decade before finally running out of gas. To the right is one of the later star systems Kepler helped discover called K2-138. It is believed to host six planets roughly between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. The GIF shows images collected of the system during Kepler’s last day of photography.The pixelated view might not be much to look at, but Kepler played a pivotal role in pointing the way towards promising systems like this so that future telescopes might provide a clearer view one day, and perhaps even find evidence of alien life. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. 1 Comment Sci-Tech Tags NASA Spacelast_img read more

Birthday joyride ends in disaster 2 DU students killed

first_imgPolice found the Honda City car in a damaged condition and the pole and railing uprooted from the road divider.IANSA young man and a woman were killed and two others were injured early on Sunday when their car hit an electric pole and railing at high speed in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar area, police said.The accident occurred at 5.40 a.m. at Surya Nagar. The driver, identified as Lakhshye, 22, was detained.Police found the Honda City car in a damaged condition and the pole and railing uprooted from the road divider, Deputy Commissioner of Police Meghna Yadav said.The car’s four other occupants were identified as Keshav, 21, a resident of Kamla Nagar, Prabhjot Singh, 18, from Malkaganj, Arshpreet, 19, from Haryana’s Sirsa, and Rubal, 20.They were taken to GTB Hospital where Prabhjot and Rubal were declared dead, the officer added.”Prabhjot Singh was pursuing graduation from correspondence in DU. He worked in a call centre co-owned by Lakhshye in Kamala Nagar. Rubal was a student of Daulat Ram College. She was a native of Sirsa and best friend of Arshpreet,” she added.Keshav also works in the same call centre, she said.”Arshpreet is a student of Vivekanand College in DU and stays in a flat at Dilshad Garden. It was Arshpreet’s birthday celebration on Saturday night. All the friends first assembled at his flat and had a party where they consumed liquor heavily the entire night,” she said.”Later they all went for a joyride in Lakhshye’s car at 5 a.m. They also consumed liquor inside the car before it hit the divider, electric pole and signboards and turned turtle. Lakhshye who was at the wheel escaped major injury due to the airbag. He fled from the spot but later in the evening appeared before the investigators,” she added.”Lakhshye also received minor injuries. Some liquor bottles and cigarette packets were recovered from inside the car,” the officer added.”It appears that the driver was speeding and lost control of the car,” said a senior police officer.last_img read more

Bogra passport official hacked

first_imgbograMiscreants hacked an officer of local passport office at Koigali in Bogra town on Thursday, reports UNB.The victim is Shahjahan Kabir, assistant director of local passport office.Witnesses said some miscreants obstructed Shahjahan around 1:30pm while he was returning home from the office.They chopped him indiscriminately in the head, right leg and a hand. Locals took him to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.Shahjahan, who joined the passport office 6-7 months ago declared a war against corruption and organised brokers in the passport office which might have led to the attack, police said.Shahjahan also introduced a transparent complaint box in the office for passport seekers, additional police superintendent (Media) Sonatan Chakrabarty said, adding that they were trying to arrest the offenders.Meanwhile, in-charge of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital police camp Abdul Aziz Mondal, quoting the victim, said some young men on Tuesday demanded extortion from him.last_img read more

Myanmar seizes another boat carrying 93 Rohingyas

first_imgA Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on 10 September 2017. Photo: ReutersAuthorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and hoping to reach Malaysia, an official said on Tuesday.The boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Myanmar waters since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather, raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern Myanmar, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities.The navy stopped the boat on Sunday and detained the 93 people, who said they had come from the Thae Chaung camp in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe, he said.Thae Chaung is about 900 km (560 miles) northwest of Dawei and holds internally displaced people, most of whom are stateless Rohingya.”They said they ran away from the camp. They said they intended to go to Malaysia,” said Moe Zaw Latt, adding authorities were preparing to send them back to Sittwe on Tuesday.Photographs in media showed police standing by as passengers – many of them women in headscarves and children – huddled on the deck.The boat resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine State, where their movements and access to services are severely curtailed.The U.N. refugee agency has said Myanmar must “address the root causes of displacement”, including the lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, who consider themselves native to Rakhine State.Myanmar regards Rohingya as illegal migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has confined tens of thousands to sprawling camps outside Sittwe since violence swept the area in 2012.More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh last year fleeing an army crackdown in the north of Rakhine State, according to U.N. agencies.U.N.-mandated investigators have accused the Myanmar army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has denied most allegations of atrocities, blaming Rohingya insurgents who attacked police boats for sparking the exodus.Myanmar officials say they are ready to accept Rohingya who want to return from Bangladeshi refugee camps. But refugees themselves and aid agencies oppose a repatriation plan that was due to begin on Nov. 15, saying conditions in Myanmar were not safe.Myanmar detained 106 Rohingya men, women and children on a boat near the commercial hub of Yangon on Nov. 16, when their engine failed on their way from the Sittwe camps to Malaysia.Those people have been returned to the camps, along with another group of more than 80 people whose boat was seized off the coast of southern Rakhine last week also bound for Malaysia, according to an aid worker in Sittwe monitoring the boat movements.last_img read more

Its Costing More To Park At Some Galveston Beaches

first_img Share X 00:00 /01:07 Listen Galveston Park Board The entrance and pay station to Stewart Beach in Galveston.The old rate was $8.00 a day to park at Galveston’s East Beach and Stewart Beach. Now visitors will have to shell out a little more. The new parking rates are $12.00 on weekdays and $15.00 on weekends. Spokeswoman Mary Beth Bassett says the Galveston Park Board wants to raise funds for long-term improvements from parking fees that have stayed the same since 2004.“We want to become more of a regional and national destination,” Bassett says. “And we think that raising the bar will get us to that point.”But to get there, Bassett says need to do a lot of work. They’d like to make about $40 million in upgrades over the next ten years. That includes things like new pavilions and boardwalks. They also have to bring in sand to fight beach erosion.   “So it’s going to be a slow process but we have a plan in place and we know where we can start,” Bassett adds. “We have short-term goals and long-term goals laid out. And as our revenue increases we’ll be able to make incremental changes and improvements.” Bassett says the parking prices will drop after Labor Day to $10.00 on weekdays and $12.00 on weekends.center_img Galveston Master Plan To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more