Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter starts, sets tone for Gin Kings in Game 5 win MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Hunger has been a word constantly thrown through the course of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with both sides repeatedly saying that whoever wants the game more will win the plum.LA Tenorio has no doubt that Ginebra was the hungrier team on Sunday as it came out like a house on fire and hounded Meralco in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT “We started really aggressive. We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game. I think that’s really the key when we’re aggressive defensively, offensively, it’s automatic that we’ll get the win,” Tenorio said.With Tenorio steering the ship, the Gin Kings took control early before holding off the Bolts in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe veteran playmaker got the job done on offense, orchestrating the flow for Ginebra with 17 points and four assists, while also doing his job on defense as he bullied the Meralco guards to also finish with six rebounds and three steals.Tenorio’s stellar showing, though, didn’t come as a surprise to coach Tim Cone, who asked him to play extended minutes with the loss of Sol Mercado to injury in Game 4. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But the heavy minutes are the least of his concerns with the Kings only a win away from repeating as Governors’ Cup champions.“Actually, coach Tim was apologizing to me because of my extended minutes. But I don’t care. This is the championship. I’ll just rest after the series. If I have to play for 48 minutes, I’m ready. I told him even in next game, we don’t have Sol now, so I’m ready to extend my minutes,” he said.“Hopefully next game, we can bring this aggressiveness. But for sure, what we did today is not enough for next game. For sure, they’re going to adjust, so we just have to double our effort if we want to close out the series,” he said.“We know what to do, so we did what we’re supposed to do. Next game, we’ll bring it.”Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
View comments MANILA, Philippines—Milena Alessandrini’s rise didn’t stop when she won Rookie of the Year in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with the outside spiker getting named the co-captain of University of Santo Tomas in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Alessandrini was chosen to be the second-in-command to captain Cherry Rondina for the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in what she believes was a reward for the hard work she put day in and day out.“Maybe it was because of the performance I did because I’m very shy so I need to become extra vocal with my teammates,” said Alessandrini who’s of Filipino-Italian decent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlessandrini missed four games in the first round of Season 80 due to a shoulder injury but was still able to average 10.5 points in the 10 games, one of which was when she was used as a libero in her return against University of the East.Despite being a wallflower in practice, Alessandrini said that she’s willing to take on the leadership role that her coaches entrusted to her. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Thank you to the coaches for this responsibility and it’s an honor for me,” said Alessandrini. “I want to help the team do their best.”Apart from Alessandrini’s shyness, there’s also the issue of the language barrier within the team since the new co-captain isn’t well versed in Filipino but Rondina said it’s not a problem to them.“It’s a given that there’s still a language barrier between us and Milena but it won’t matter because when we play our hearts out there won’t be any problems,” said Rondina in Filipino.“She’s a fighter and she’s always willing to be mingle with us whatever the situation and that’s one of the best things about her,” added Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Calvin Abueva gets last laugh over CJ Perez in ‘battle of the beasts’
Arsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBukayo Saka was thrilled to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham.Saka replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he said. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhereby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has no set position for Isco.Solari was happy with the midfielder for the 2-2 draw with Villareal.He said, “I believe that Isco’s a player with that much quality that he can operate anywhere on the pitch. “Sometimes it’s not all about making the difference with pace, but rather by using your quality, creativity and technique. “Each player has their own qualities.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – An Air Canada-led consortium has reached a $450-million deal to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc., earning plaudits from analysts but leaving questions about Aimia’s future.The group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp., has agreed to pay $450 million in cash and assume the approximately $1.9-billion liability associated with Aeroplan miles customers have accumulated.“We are pleased to see that an agreement in principle has been reached as Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem with confidence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement on behalf of the consortium Tuesday.“This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their miles and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.”The agreement comes weeks after Aimia rejected an earlier offer from the consortium as too low and outlined that it believed $450 million would be a fair price, saying that a number of shareholders were upset with the low offer.The price is up from an initial offer in July of $250 million in cash and the assumption of the reward point liability that was rejected by Aimia.Aimia shares were up 9.4 per cent at $4.20 in afternoon trading after hitting a 52-week high of $4.60 earlier in the session. Air Canada shares jumped nearly eight per cent to $26.69.Any deal between the consortium and Aimia, which had been seeking out new partners to offset the loss of Air Canada when a current agreement was set to end in 2020, would be a fruitful outcome for all stakeholders, said GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry.National Bank Financial analyst Adam Shine, however, said he was “left wondering how Aimia could trumpet its Plan B strategy with such optimism and yet set a seemingly low Aeroplan value.”The Aeroplan deal is expected to close this fall.The agreement, which is supported by Aimia’s board and Mittleman Brothers, Aimia’s largest shareholder that had previously opposed the lower offer, is subject to shareholder approval and other closing conditions.Mittleman Brothers, which holds a 17.6-per-cent stake in Aimia, defended its acceptance of the deal and suggested a price tag of $1 billion — which it demanded earlier this month — now seemed unfeasible.“We believe that our acquiescence in agreeing to sell Aeroplan for $450M in cash was the best available outcome for all Aimia stakeholders,” the investment firm said in a statement Tuesday.The bid would leave Aimia with more than $1 billion in cash to invest elsewhere, Mittleman Brothers said.Christopher Mittleman, chief investment officer of the New York-based company, bristled earlier this month at a $325-million offer from the consortium, calling it “coercive” and “blatantly inadequate” in an open letter to Aimia’s board.Mittleman recommended on Aug. 6 that Aimia accept no less than $1 billion, “especially not with a gun held to its head by its key commercial partners.”Aimia’s recent Aeroplan partnership agreements with three Canadian airlines — Air Transat, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines — are now up in the air.“Those were perhaps part of the negotiations and trying to build the pressure on getting a transaction,” said AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray.Aimia had also been in discussions with the Oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Gabor Forgacs, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, said the key incentive for Canada’s largest airline is customer data that can be used to encourage more member spending.“Every time a member of the loyalty program goes to make a purchase and taps or swipes that card, he or she would earn points — however, they will agree to give away the information,” Forgacs said. “They will know where I was, what I bought, how much I spent.”Earlier this month, Aimia management said in a conference call it has considered further asset sales and a wind-up of the company. One analyst noted that Aimia could soon resemble a “holding company with limited assets.”Analysts predicted about 1,000 Aeroplan employees — roughly 60 per cent of Aimia’s workforce — would transfer to Air Canada if the deal goes ahead.Aimia’s other assets include a 48-per-cent stake in Aeromexico’s loyalty program, PLM, and a 20-per-cent share of Air Asia’s loyalty program, Think Big.“With the sale of Aeroplan, the focus for Aimia investors will shift to actual net proceeds received from the sale and the company’s subsequent capital redeployment strategy,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds wrote in a report.The future of the program has faced questions since Air Canada announced last year that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in July, 2020 when its partnership with Aimia expires.The May 2017 announcement caused Aimia shares to nosedive 63 per cent in one day.Air Canada created Aeroplan as an in-house loyalty program, but it was spun off in 2005 as an independent business under a court-supervised restructuring of the airline. At the time, CIBC was Aeroplan’s main bank partner.Since 2014, TD has been Aeroplan’s main Visa card partner although CIBC continues to offer cards that earn Aeroplan points that can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other rewards.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed a quote from Air Canada’s CEO to an analyst.
Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, Chal Misick, clayton greene, Earlson Robinson, Jeffrey Hall, lilian boyce, Melbourne Wilson, michael misick, quinten hall, ralph thorne, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Evidence will today begin being presented against the men and women accused of abusing their government power and connections to defraud the public purse of the Turks and Caicos of tens of millions of dollars. When the Special Prosecution proceedings wrapped up on the Friday February 5, 2016, Andrew Mitchell laid out that in six years Michael Misick, the former premier managed to spend over $28 million dollars on a lavish lifestyle; and that it was ill gotten monies which he allegedly siphoned from the people of the TCI. The special prosecutor says Misick used his government credit card for personal purchases, and allegedly tried to force TCIG to pay for it…. That he paid school fees for ex-wife LisaRaye’s daughter… that he chartered planes and yachts, allegedly at the expense of the people of the TCI and that he had many companies set up to allegedly launder money. Misick had told media before the holidays in 2015 that he would not take a plea deal in this case because he is completely innocent of all charges.Still, Mitchell painted a very different and compelling picture of Michael Eugene Misick and his colleagues in an opening statement which lasted three weeks. When it came to the ex deputy premier, Mitchell summed up that Floyd and Lisa Hall went from having no declarations once he became a member of parliament to having a whole lot. The former PNP deputy leader is charged with funneling money on deals made while in office through the PNP account to his own; that he got, allegedly, some $1.13 million from government and as Mitchell put it, his spending was inconsistent with his government salary… $700,000 was said to have been his credit card bill alone. When it came to McCallister Hanchell, the former Minister of Lands it was also about drawing the contrast between Hanchell’s beginnings in government and his declarations as a House of Assembly member over time. There were hardly any declaration of assets in the beginning, but that mushroomed as did Hanchell’s personal account and assets over the years. A one million dollar wedding, $1.2 million in credit card spending, a near million dollar house in Chalk Sound and payments from the PNP of $113,000 were all linked to Hanchell by the Special Prosecutor. When it came to Lillian Boyce, the former Health and Education Minister it was about the $1 million cheque her brother, Earlson Robinson received from a North West Point land deal and money she told the SIPT was loaned to her by him and money loaned to Michael Misick by them both. This is the one charge against Boyce, who is alleged to have gained $1.3 million from TCIG and who also never received any payment from the PNP party account. Andrew Mitchell, QC also said Jeffrey Hall benefited from what he called the spoils power as his declarations showed amassing properties and showed hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits to the former Minister of Housing. This allegedly included a payment from the PNP party, often through the bank account of his wife and an individual named as Charles Hall. Jeffrey Hall, unlike Lillian Boyce did not cooperate with an interview with the SIPT. The Crown charges Chal Misick, attorney brother of Michael Misick with assisting the laundering of money from corrupt and dishonest activities for his brother and others. The SIPT charges that Chal Misick played a leading role, but he too declined to answer any SIPT questions. Still the Crown said Chalmers must have known what he was doing and demonstrated various payments made on behalf of the former premier. Even a chart was created to show the rise of income for Mike Misick.Another attorney, Clayton Greene, who is also former Speaker of the House of Assembly is caught up in a one million dollar transaction linked to the Juniper Hold land deal. Reportedly, Greene, who is Floyd Hall’s first cousin deposited the million dollars to TCI Bank in an account, owed by Quinten Hall, Floyd Hall’s brother. The SIPT charges Greene with money laundering for this action. The final presentation on that final opening statement day related to Melbourne Wilson, also an attorney who did cooperate with an interview but for the most part told the SIPT that he could not remember the finer details of a transaction related to the North West Point Land deal. Wilson described himself as the close friend of Jeffrey Hall; he is answering for allegedly laundering $200,000. When court resumes today, in all that Andrew Mitchell, QC has already laid out – he now says he will provide the evidence to support the allegations against the nine defendants.Ralph Thorne, QC for Michael Misick is due to first give his response to the Opening Statement by Mitchell. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials
File PhotoBangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council on Tuesday demanded unconditional release of those arrested during movements for quota reform and road safety, reports UNB.It made the demand from a human chain formed in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in the city in the afternoon.The platform demands release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam and Chittagong University teacher Maidul Islam.It also demanded withdrawal of all ‘false’ cases filed against students over the two movements, punishing those assaulted protesters and reforming the existing quota system in government jobs in line with their five-point demand.Speaking on the occasion, Nurul Haq Nur, a joint convener of the student platform, urged the government to fulfill their demands, warning that they will take to the street again if those go unheeded.Dhaka University (DU) teachers Rushad Faridi and Samina Lutfa, Jagannath University teacher Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh General Student’s Rights Protection Council joint conveners Faruk Hossain and Bin Yamin Mollah, among others, addressed the human chain.CU authorities on 24 September suspended Maidul Islam, an assistant professor of Sociology department, a day after he was sent to jail in a case filed under section 57 of the ICT Act.Shahidul is now in Dhaka Central Jail in a case lodged under the same section.
Sharing the experience of 40 years, artist Niren Sengupta is ready with his solo exhibition titled Sublimity- A Painter’s Quest. The show will display forty works of the painter created at different points of his journey through the years.The artist invokes motifs from animal world, birds, contemporary life, picturesque sightings and spiritual existences. Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Buddha and monks dance on his canvases in ecstasy and bliss. He believes that art is an expression of inner language. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The subjects are varied which he treated differently at different points of his journey. He deploys the idea of shringar from Natyashastra Shastra in every painting. He moves beyond the trance to the romance with maturing figures’ thought and struggle. The artist seems to have given enough thinking space to the spectator to understand the mood of the painting.The paintings deal with abstracts followed by the saranagata series (surrender to the divine). They are linked in more than one ways. His abstracts have a perspective and the natural force. The works are more an example of light and shade, and competing movements of organic wings and boat-like contrasts against blues, reds and mauve background.Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadWhen: Till 7 AugustTimings: 11 am to 8 pm
UKTV has issued half-year viewing and market share results, claiming it is outperforming the wider UK TV market and noting a 50% uptick in on-demand viewing.UKTV, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks International, said it is now the fastest-growing channel operator in the UK.Its share of commercial impacts, a measure used to quantify the number of people viewing commercials on a channel, increased 7%, giving UKTV a 9.7% market share in the UK. That total was 10%, UKTV said, for the duration of the second quarter.It also noted a 50% increase in on-demand viewing. There was an 84% year-on-year increase in views via the expanded and updated UKTV Play service.UKTV did not break out half-year financials, but BBC Worldwide highlighted a ‘particularly strong performance’ from the company in its recent results. BBC programmes feature in about 40% of UKTV’s schedule.The UKTV stable includes Dave, the most-watched non-PSB channel in the UK, Gold, and Drama.It also has W, which was launched earlier this year in place of Watch. The new channel’s viewership is tracking 4% above the service it replaced, according to UKTV.In other channel changes, Home moved from pay to free TV this year, resulting in a 167% increase in viewing.“Our investment in bold, original programmes for our vibrant channel brands continues to chime with audiences – from Dynamo: Live to The Comic Strip Presents… to the David Haye fights and Taskmaster – the year so far has been outstanding,” said Darren Childs, UKTV CEO. He added: “Our share of commercial impacts continues to grow so we can better serve British viewers and advertisers in this competitive market.”
TWO of Strabane’s finest brass bands will open the Strabane Summer Jamm Festival at the Alley Theatre on Friday, June 9.Strabane is renowned across Ireland as a brass band town, a reputation built by St Joseph’s Brass Band and the Strabane Concert Brass, this Strabane brass band will come together (under the direction of local man Noel Barr), leading the way for a night of music by local musicians, schools and clubs.The concert will feature Omagh born soprano Gerarda McCann, who studied at the renowned Trinity College of Music in London and worked professionally in Australia before returning to Ireland, where she is in constant demand as a vocal soloist.The Mayor of the Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock said she was looking forward to the concert and commended the local music community for getting involved with the Summer Jamm Festival. She said: “This will be a night to remember and a great way to begin the weekend festival. The local music community work tirelessly throughout the year to educate our young musicians and encourage them to perform their work.“I’d ask everyone to come along and celebrate their efforts, enjoy a wonderful night of music and kick of the Strabane Summer Jamm Festival in style!”The Brass Workshop, who form part of the band youth initiative, inspired and run by Amanda McGinley will also perform in the evening as part of the concert.Tommy Barr from The Strabane Brass Bands said, “The band is indebted to Amanda and Marie for this fantastic youth initiative, youth bands are essential for the future of Brass Bands in our town. “This will be a great opportunity for our youngsters to perform in front of a local audience.“This event brings together the work of our local musicians, who work throughout the year to service the local community.“The yearlong brass workshops have enabled our younger people and teenagers to develop music skills and confidence.“It is great they now have this opportunity to showcase their work on the grand stage and remind our local community why these workshops are important.”The concert is part of the three day Summer Jamm Music Festival in Strabane from 9th to 11th June.The family friendly festival will continue throughout the weekend with a busking competition, the Strabane BID Company concert, headlined by Irish rockers ‘The Blizzards’ on Saturday evening, a Country Jamm Concert on Sunday, street entertainment throughout the weekend and a Strabane Market on Friday.Tickets are now available for the Strabane Brass Bands Concert at the Alley Theatre and cost £5.00 per person.The event takes place on Friday 9th June from 8.00pm.For more information the Strabane Summer Jamm Festival and how to book tickets, visit www.derrystrabane.com/SummerJamm or contact the Alley Theatre Box Office by telephoning 028 7138 4444.STRABANE’S FINEST BRASS BANDS TO KICK OFF SUMMER JAMM 2017 was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: COUNTRY JAMM CONCERTSTRABANE’S FINEST BRASS BANDS TO KICK OFF SUMMER JAMM 2017THE ALLEY THEATRETHE BLIZZARDSTOMMY BARR ShareTweet