Meralco slips past Columbian in PBA Govs’ Cup opener LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The Philippines national women’s volleyball team has decided to skip the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games scheduled Saturday night.The team, which is fresh off a training camp in Japan, wants to dedicate all its time preparing for its first match against continental juggernaut Thailand on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “That’s the consensus of the team,” said ThailandLVPI president Cayco. “We need this training session because the game on Sunday will be very tough and as much as possible we want to make an impression that we also deserve to here.”Unlike Thailand which has established itself as a volleyball powerhouse in the region, the Philippines’ is only playing the Asian Games volleyball tournament for the first time after 36 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Cayco said the mere fact that there was a Philippine team in the women’s volleyball tournament was already an achievement.“Our players were not born yet the last time we played in the Asian Games so making it here already is a major achievement,” said Cayco. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Philippines’ next games after its match against Thaiand are against Japan on Tuesday, Hong Kong on Thursday, and Indonesia in Saturday and Cayco said their goal is to make the quarterfinals.“If we beat Hong Kong, we’ll get to the quarterfinals. I also think we can get past Indonesia.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments
The ongoing US$6M Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving four former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has taken a dramatic turn, after a logging company, Universal Forest Corporation, was accused of paying a bribe to get the permit.The company is expected to appear before Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ today to provide the original copy of the receipt allegedly obtained from one of the defendants, John Kantor, former FDA technical manager for commercial service.Kantor, along with other senior management officials of the FDA, including the dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.The decision to cite Universal Forest Corporation came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB). His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.In his testimony, Jallah further alleged, “John Kantor was one of those members of the senior management team of the FDA on whom we found evidence indicating that he (Kantor) had received money from logging companies as was provided in the report.”He further testified, “I do not remember all of the names but their names are listed in the report that was marked in evidence yesterday.”When Jallah was asked by prosecution during his testimony to identify a photocopy of the alleged receipt issued by defendant Kantor to the logging company, he replied, “ I recognized this instrument (receipt) to be the one submitted to us during the investigation by the Universal Forest Corporation, based upon our request for all individuals, companies, communities and organizations to submit any and all documents that were in their possession relating to the issuance and operation of the PUP.”Again asked where was the original? The state witness said, “The copy that was received by our committee were photocopies of the originals. The company did not submit the original copy of that document.” It was following that testimony that the state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh to mandate the logging company to produce the original copy of the receipt they received from defendant Kantor.In their request to the court, prosecution said, “At this stage counsel for the prosecution requests your Honor for the issuance of an order (subpoena) on the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) same being a cash receipt issued the said company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).”Accepting prosecution’s request, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that “Submission is hereby granted. The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to issue the Subpoena and place same in the hand of sheriff commanding the Subpoena entity to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) herein named before this Honorable court on Thursday, April 9, 2014, at 9 a.m. It is hereby so ordered.” The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Get live news and analysis Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when the Warriors face the Detroit Pistons at Oracle while trying to erase the memories from Saturday night’s embarrassing home loss to Dallas.The Warriors (49-23) were without Stephen Curry on Saturday and seemed without much motivation to play and it showed up in their 35-point loss to the Mavercks – a 126-91 loss. the defeat dropped Golden State a half-game behind … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Garvo Lanete gives ailing Meralco a boost LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Cobb did just that as she found Desiree Cheng for the final point of the five-set win for La Salle, 24-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7.Then sophomore setter, who once played heroine in La Salle’s sweep of University of the Philippines in the team’s second game, said they ramped up the aggressiveness come the fifth set in order to forget about what happened in the sets they lost.“We became more aggressive in the fifth set because we wanted to forget about the third and fourth sets,” said Cobb who had 49 excellent sets. “We just had to focus on the fifth set that we will kill it and take the lead because once you take the lead in the fifth set it’s really difficult to be caught.”“When I got back on the floor, I told myself that we will finish this game and find the hitter that will score.”ADVERTISEMENT La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus opted to sit his setter down midway through the fifth set in the Lady Spikers’ match against Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.And as veteran CJ Saga took up Cobb’s place on the floor, the 18-year-old playmaker took the time to study FEU’s movements and listen to what head coach Ramil De Jesus observed on the Lady Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach told me the possibilities of what could happen on the floor, and most of the time it really did happen,” said Cobb in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “So what he said became really big and he also instructed me while I was on the bench.”And when Cobb finally made it back to the floor in the final third of the fifth set, the ember within her grew into a fire and her sole mission was to orchestrate her team’s offense and dispatch FEU. Michelle Cobb may not have played the entie fifth set, but she made sure to make her time on the bench worthwhile as she once again proved her closing capabilities for De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We beat Liverpool with the long ball!by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his players for victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Dries Mertens converted a penalty and Fernando Llorente made the most of a Virgil van Dijk error at the Stadio San Paolo for a 2-0 result.“It’s always tough against Liverpool, from the first minute to the last. We had to sacrifice ourselves, but without losing our identity,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We tried a bit too hard to play it out from the back and lost some dangerous balls, while they were aggressive in their pressing.“The game was always in the balance, but I particularly appreciated the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances.“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality. I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control. Llorente helped out, the players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball – which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes. This team must know how to do everything.“We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”He added: “We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ‘ugly’ when we needed to.“I asked Giovanni Di Lorenzo how many Champions League games he’d played before and he said none. Oh well, it wasn’t bad! The same goes for Alex Meret, that was his debut, as well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lloris: Tottenham must maintain consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris says Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to lose their consistency.Spurs have finished in the top three in the Premier League for the past three seasons.After making the final of the Champions League last term, Lloris insists the North London outfit must maintain their high standards.”Now we’ve arrived at an age where we’ve got the experience to have an impact towards the team,” he said.”Hopefully we will go in the same way.”When you arrive at a level, the important thing is to do everything to stay at the same level, especially the level we arrived at last year, as the runner-up of the Champions League.”It’s not a coincidence. We’re doing something well, we’re building something strong.”But we cannot drop the level. We need to build the consistency to improve, to get even closer to what we are all looking for – trophies.”
zoom South Korean ports handled 1.57 billion tons of cargo in 2017, marking a rise of 4.1 percent in total cargo volumes from the year before.The country’s ports of Busan, Gwangyang and Incheon witnessed more volumes, reporting increases of 10.5 percent, 3.1 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.The improved numbers were mainly driven by more vehicle exports and coal imports, while a rise in machinery volumes also contributed to the overall volume, data from South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries shows.While these segments were up by 14.4 percent, 11.6 percent and 8.3 percent from 2016, respectively, the ministry said that the cargo traffic of sand and steel dropped 35.9 percent and 12.8 percent.Non-container cargo reached 1.09 billion tons, representing a rise of 1.7 percent over 2016, while the ports’ container volumes increased by 5.4 percent to 274.2 million TEUs.The country’s port of Busan handled 400.5 million tons of cargo during 2017, followed by the port of Gwangyang with 291.8 million tons and Ulsan with 202.3 million tons.World Maritime News Staff
There was 1:49 on the clock, and the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks were tied, with two goals apiece. Both could have used the two points a win would bring: The Capitals were in a tight battle with the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins for control of the Metropolitan division, and the Ducks could further extend their Pacific division lead.But rather than try to score the game-winner, neither team took a shot on goal in the final 1:49, content to let the Feb. 6 game go to overtime, when both teams would be guaranteed at least one point.1The Capitals won the game in Washington in a shootout.Francois Beauchemin, a Ducks defender who was on the ice for much of the final 1:49, admitted that going to OT — where the winner gets two points and the loser one — is the primary goal late in tie games. “We won’t take as many offensive chances as we would if we were down one goal or tied at the end of the second period,” he said. “We talk about it [with the coaches].”Todd Reirden, a retired defender who played for four NHL teams and now oversees the blueliners as a Caps assistant coach, agreed. ” ‘Sit back, play defense, make sure we get a point’ would never be words that I use, but certainly, you get that far into a game and as a coach you want to leave with something,” he said. “With the parity in the league right now, the importance of getting points on a nightly basis has become more of a focus of not just our team, but other teams as well.”Since 2010, the Caps have played 125 games that were tied at the end of regulation, including a remarkable 28 during the 2013-14 season. That number puts them, fittingly, in a tie with the Islanders, atop the league. Those two teams are not alone in their quest for extra hockey, however; 25 percent of games this season (through Tuesday) have reached overtime. If that number stands, it will be the highest yearly percentage of overtime games in the league’s history.At the end of tie games, teams across the league don’t play to win — they play not to lose.It wasn’t always this way. For most of the NHL’s history and through the 1998-99 season, a team earned two points for a win in regulation or overtime, zero points for a loss, and one point for a tie. But in 2005, the NHL mandated shootouts at the end of overtime, which prompted a change in the point structure. Now, the winner would get two points and the overtime loser one. (From 1999 to 2005, the loser of an overtime game also received a point, but matches could also finish tied, with each squad earning a point.) By and large, the new structure encourages teams in tie games to try to play for overtime, where the total number of points awarded to the teams increases by 50 percent (three vs. two).In today’s NHL, overtime frequently benefits both teams, which is why teams that are tied often holster their sticks. Take a look at this chart, which shows the expected goal (EG) rate per minute2Expected goals (EGs) are calculated by tallying the goal probabilities of each unblocked shot attempt, where the goal probabilities are estimated by using shot distance and location in logistic regression models of goal outcomes (yes/no). For more information, see this set of slides from Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Sam Ventura’s recent presentation at February’s Ottawa hockey analytics conference.The data includes all games from the beginning of the 2007-08 season through Feb. 1 of 2015. EGs per tied-game minute were calculated by dividing the total number of EGs from when the game was tied during each one-minute interval by the total number of tied-game seconds in that interval, with that result multiplied by 60. A corresponding process was used to estimate the EG rate for one-goal games. To prevent our results from being skewed, we dropped any shot in the last three minutes that occurred with a pulled goalie. The lines have been smoothed using a Loess smoother. over the course of an NHL contest. EGs use shot distance and location from the NHL’s play-by-play data to estimate the number of goals that we expect the two teams to combine for during each minute of play. There’s something different about that third period.The expected goal output is nearly identical between tied games and one-goal games from the 15th through 55th minutes of the game. But for the last five minutes, the number of EGs rises for one-goal games and drops for tied games.3You may also notice the higher number of EGs in the second period, relative to the first and third. This can be accounted for by a longer line change in the second period, among other reasons.At the end of a tie game, benches shorten, and coaches change their behavior. Reirden, for example, says he is loath to send out a defenseman who might take an unnecessary risk, preferring a guy he knows will stay home and limit the opposition’s attacking chances, even if that means sacrificing a shot at getting a goal.It’s tempting to say, meh, more overtime equals more fun. Fans love it — it’s free hockey after all. And four-on-four, sudden-death free hockey at that. Perhaps relatedly, league revenue has skyrocketed since the 2004 lockout, reportedly reaching an all-time high of $3.7 billion in 2014.But more overtime leads to a radically different game. For starters, the number of overtime games increases as the season advances; the postseason chase makes teams desperate to take advantage of the extra point available.Take a look at this chart, which shows the overtime rates in the league’s old and new point systems by the day of the season in which the game was played.4Data is from 1990 to 1999 for the old point system and 2005-current for the new. The lines are smoothed using quadratic splines, assuming a binomial distribution for the number of OT games on each date. We dropped the lockout-shortened 1995 and 2013 seasons for this graph and accounted for Olympic years by subtracting off the number of days that teams were given for a break. (The shaded regions represent 95 percent confidence intervals for the smoothed lines.)While overtime rates have been consistently higher in the current point system, the late-season change is dramatic. Roughly two-thirds of the way through the season, OT rates spike; in the old system, without the loser point, rates plummeted late in the season. Spring is now the NHL’s overtime season.The other way the game changes: Nonconference games become a lot more passive for both teams. The flip side of that is that teams try to win more often against in-conference teams.“You have the mindset that you don’t want to have shared points, especially against teams in your own conference and more specifically against teams in your own division,” Reirden said.The data shows that, during tied games, teams’ expected goals are higher during conference games than out-of-conference ones. The largest differences in aggressiveness between in-conference and out-of-conference games occur at the end of tied games, when overtime is imminent. This suggests that teams are satisfied to receive at least one point when playing a nonconference opponent but are more likely to try to win in regulation against a team with whom they are competing for a playoff spot.If you corner people who work in the NHL, they’ll admit that teams cater their behavior and offensive aggressiveness based on a variety of seemingly unintended incentives. “There is a lot more strategy at the end of the games than I remember,” Reirden said.5We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that academics have covered how the rule changes have affected strategy; see published work from, for example, Jason Abrevaya (2004) and, yes, Lopez (2013) in the Journal of Sports Economics. The game is changing — but is it for the better? The NHL considered the merits of alternative point systems as far back as when it instituted the new one. But nothing has come of it. Much like players in a tie game late in the third period, the league seems uninterested in altering the status quo.