Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) - August 5, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — GAB chairman Abraham Mitra has reached out to MPBL founder Sen. Manny Pacquiao and MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes on the possibility of turning the amateur nationwide league into a professional circuit under the supervision of the government agency. The MPBL is now on its third season and has grown from 10 franchises in its initial campaign to 26 in the second and now, to 31. Each team is required to enlist at least three homegrown players and may recruit up to two Fil-foreigners with one to play at a time and a limit of five ex-pros from the PBA or any other professional league. Former PBA players who move to the MPBL may return to the PBA only once and within the year of departure. PBA coaches may take on jobs with MPBL teams without curtailment. Rain or Shine assistant coach Chris Gavina, for instance, is head coach of the MPBL’s Bacoor Strikers. … [Read more...] about Will MPBL go pro?
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UNITED NATIONS: The world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday (Jun 13), as the Security Council prepared to meet to discuss suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the strategic sea lane.The latest incident, the second in the Gulf of Oman in a month, came amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over earlier tanker attacks in May."I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels," the UN secretary general told a Security Council meeting on UN cooperation with the Arab League."Facts must be established and responsibilities clarified," he said. "If there is something the world cannot afford, it is a major confrontation in the Gulf region."At the request of the United States, the Security Council was to meet behind closed doors later Thursday to discuss the situation in the Gulf.Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned both the targeting of oil tankers and … [Read more...] about World cannot afford major confrontation in the Gulf: UN chief
KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Investment Bank Bhd has topped the issued value league table of the Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd-rated (MARC) debt and sukuk programmes/issuances, with CIMB Investment Bank Bhd coming in second and AmInvestment Bank Bhd in third place. The issue count league table of MARC-rated debt and sukuk programmes/issuances was also headed by RHB Investment Bank Bhd. AmInvestment Bank Bhd was the runner-up, followed by Affin Hwang Investment Bank Bhd. Noteworthy deals rated by MARC in 2018 included the RM415 million green bonds for Segi Astana, representing the first ringgit-rated bonds issued under the Asean Green Bonds Standards, and the RM245 million green sukuk for Sinar Kamiri, the first green SRI Sukuk Wakalah for a listed company in Malaysia. To deepen its role in increasing the awareness towards creating sustainable impact, MARC introduced the Impact Bond Assessments (IBA) in July 2018. The IBA methodology assesses green, social and sustainability bonds, including sukuk, … [Read more...] about RHB IB tops 2018 lead managers’ league table
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the region, the kingdom's official news agency said on Saturday (May 18).The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region.Tensions have soared in the Gulf, with the United States deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers there over alleged threats from Iran.Saudi foreign affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir said his country does not want to go to war with Iran, but was ready to defend its interests.Riyadh "does not want a war, is not looking for it and will do everything to prevent it".The United Arab Emirates "welcomed" Saudi Arabia's invitation.Four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks last Sunday off the UAE's Fujairah, located at the crucial … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings
Sport Liverpool are overwhelming favourites to win the Champions League title when they face Tottenham Hotspur in the final in Madrid on June 1, former England striker and television pundit Gary Lineker has said. 17 May 2019 01:45PM Bookmark REUTERS: Liverpool are overwhelming favourites to win the Champions League title when they face Tottenham Hotspur in the final in Madrid on June 1, former England striker and television pundit Gary Lineker has said.Lineker, who spent three seasons at Spurs between 1989 and 1992, pointed to the 26-point gap in the Premier League table between runners-up Liverpool and his fourth-placed former team as evidence of a massive gulf between the sides."Overall, team against team, (Liverpool) have got the better players," Lineker told The Times. "They finished 20-odd points ahead of Tottenham this season so it's hard to make a case where Tottenham are favourites."But, as we know in football, the best teams don't always win, which is one of the … [Read more...] about Lineker backs Liverpool to win Champions League