Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChesca Racraquin doesn’t mind being likened to seasoned veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, but as much as possible, she wants to carve her own niche.On Wednesday night she made a strong case for it.ADVERTISEMENT Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Beda had the chance to finish the match early but allowed St. Benilde to come back mainly through Ranya Musa, who had 22 points including eight blocks.“We lacked the aggressiveness in the third set because after winning the first two we became very complacent,” said Racraquin.The fourth frame was tied at 13 until “our rotation allowed us to make crucial adjustments,” said Racraquin, whose three straight points gave San Beda a 20-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The 20-year-old Racraquin displayed leadership beyond her years in leading San Beda to a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22 triumph over St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I know that I have something different to offer,” said Racraquin, who scored 15 points including 12 attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTrue to her promise, the 5-foot-8 stunner also proved to be as sharp on the defensive end, making 22 excellent digs and 10 receptions for the Lady Red Spikers, who improved to a 2-1 record.In the second match, Lyceum downed Jose Rizal University, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, for its first win. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Never an easy road to the Grand Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Somdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the SA Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday.Somdev DevvarmanSomdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking points, that helped him climb the ranking ladder up.Somdev had broken into top-100 in August last year but kept floating inside and outside that bracket in the next few months.Comeback boy Karan Rastogi is the next best Indian at number 328.Meanwhile the re-united partners Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (6) kept their rankings intact in the doubles chart.In the WTA ranking, Sania Mirza’s ranking was unchanged in both singles (135) and doubles (66).Poojashree Venkatesha was second best ranked Indian at number 514, a gain of 20 position, in the singles chart.
zoom Refinery outages caused by Hurricane Harvey have led to a jump in gasoline shipments from Asia to the US and Latin America, according to a report from Ocean Freight Exchange (OFE).The hurricane, which wreaked havoc on global oil markets as almost a quarter of US refining capacity was shut, has impacted Asia’s refined products as well as product tanker markets.Charterers have been playing it safe by adding multiple discharge options including the USWC, USGC, WC Mexico and Peru. Around 865 kt of CPP from Asia has been tentatively booked to move to the US and Latin America since August 25. In comparison, around 375 kt was fixed for August loading before Harvey while July volumes were 675 kt. While cargoes from Asia to the US typically move on MRs, some LR1s have been chartered as well.As such, MR rates in North Asia have been creeping up with rates for a South Korea/USWC voyage basis 40 kt up by USD 150,000 w-o-w to USD 1.15 million. Rates for a South Korea/Singapore run basis 40 kt grew by USD 20,000 from last week to USD 350,000. Overall sentiment in the North remains firm as a number of outstanding enquiries remain for transpacific cargoes, OFE said.“It is worth noting that quite a number of ships have failed subjects and are currently continuing to do so. Some ships were released as traders rushed to fix before they had the cargoes, while some traders were unable to find a buyer as key USGC refineries resumed operations, alleviating concerns about supply shortfalls,” OFE added.USGC shipment delays has left LatAm buyers with no choice but to turn to Asia for gasoline imports. PMI, one of the largest buyers of USGC gasoline, has provisionally fixed at least two MRs to carry gasoline from South Korea and Singapore to West Coast Mexico.
Mark Zuckerberg pictured at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Image Credit: Dontgetserious Advertisement Another quarter, another conquest.If it sounds like a broken record, it’s because Facebook continues to do just that break financial records.Wednesday, it reported a whopping $5.84 billion in its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue, up 52% from the same three-month period a year ago, and its first $1 billion quarterly profit (79 cents per share). The financial performance bested the projections of analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ, who expected $5.4 billion in revenue and earnings of 68 cents per share. – Advertisement – By any measure mobile user growth or advertising revenue Facebook is proving to be the template for Silicon Valley success story in the face of a roiling worldwide economy. While Apple CEO Tim Cook cautions of “extreme conditions” in Brazil, Russia and other markets, Facebook has retained its sheen.For the past decade, Apple was the valley’s Teflon company, racking up record sales and profits that sent its market valuation into orbit. It was a phenomenal run that was a testament to compelling products, astute management and calculated risk-taking.Yet with Apple facing a slow down in iPhone sales and its top-secret car project stuck in neutral, there is considerable angst over the company’s near future, reflected in a stock nose-dive of nearly 7% on Wednesday.What’s happening to Apple now is what ailed IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard before it: trouble maintaining breakneck growth in established markets popular with consumers and businesses while investing (betting?) on the next big things that are just a product cycle or two away. It’s nearly an impossible balancing act that even Google in all its glorious moon shots grapples with.Facebook finds itself in the position Apple has been in: Benefiting fabulously from a strong product mix, fiercely loyal customers and the dynamic management duo of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.As Yahoo and Twitter struggle, Facebook now has more than 2.5 million advertisers and is expected to haul in $9.9 billion in display ad revenue this year, extending its lead in the U.S. market, by percentage, to 31%, according to market researcher eMarketer.Facebook has extended its tentacles into virtual reality, messaging and photo-sharing and thus expanded its marketing and financial horizons through canny acquisitions that at the time were questioned as being too pricey (Exhibit A: Its $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging service WhatsApp in early 2014.)Photo-sharing site Instagram, called Facebook’s “story of the year” by RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, is likely to ring up $2.4 billion in ad revenue in 2017, eMarketer says. Facebook snapped up Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.Facebook’s success in drawing large crowds has endeared it to marketers and advertisers, and for good reason.[related-posts]The social network’s dominance in mobile grew: Monthly active members accessing Facebook via a mobile device soared to 1.59 billion in its recently-completed fiscal fourth quarter, or 90% of its members. That’s more than the most-populous country, China, with 1.3 billion people. Twitter, by comparison, has 320 million members.Facebook isn’t likely to rest on its digital laurels.It has big plans for virtual reality. The first headsets from Oculus, the VR pioneer Facebook acquired for $2 billion in 2014, are scheduled to ship in March. By the end of the year, SunTrust analysts expect Facebook to sell 3 million of them for $1.8 billion.Before handing the tech crown to Facebook, however, remember that the stock market can paint tech companies with the same brush, regardless of their stellar past quarter: Facebook shares are down 8% this year, just a bit better than the Nasdaq Composite.[USA Today]