House to tackle bills on ABS-CBN franchise renewal on March 10


first_imgMANILA – The House of Representatives willhold its first hearing on bills seeking a new franchise for broadcastgiant ABS-CBN. decided to take up pending bills on the renewal of franchise of the televisionnetwork on March 10. According to Cayetano, this is to makeit clear to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that they areacting on ABS-CBN’s franchise and that it should grant it provisional authorityto operate pending the franchise renewal’s approval. “Paramatapos na ito, kung hindi mahabolduring our regular schedule na matataposna by March 11, ang last session,then if possible na magkaroon nghearing during the break,” Zarate said. The House of Representatives. ABS-CBN NEWS Cayetano also noted that thehearing aims to set ground rules so the proceedings do not end up a “bullsession” or a “sipsipan forum.”center_img Meanwhile, Bayan Muna party-listRepresentative Carlos Zarate suggested that hearings on the network’s franchiserenewal should go on even during the congressional break. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetanosaid Wednesday the House committee on legislative franchise  “Para by May 4, if we can have adecision to renew or not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, then it’s betterfor all the parties,” he added. Congress is set to go on break beginningMarch 13. ABS-CBN’s legislative existing franchise will expire on May 4, thesame day Congress returns from its seven-week break./PNlast_img read more

Moyes will be success – Howard


first_imgEverton goalkeeper Tim Howard has backed former manager David Moyes to come good at Manchester United because the Scot “never takes a backwards step”. Press Association The United States international spent four years at Old Trafford before Moyes signed him for the Toffees. Since Moyes moved in the other direction to replace Sir Alex Ferguson things have not gone as well as expected but Howard is confident, given time, that the 50-year-old will turnaround their current slide. center_img “I think the club will succeed and David Moyes, given the right time, will be a huge success,” he told ESPN FC. “David Moyes never takes a backward step. He always believes that he can do the right things. “He believes in his methods, he believes in the players that he brings to a club and that makes for a really good working environment over a long period of time.” Howard thinks part of the problem stems back to when Moyes’ first summer of recruitment did not go to plan. However, he does not believe a failure to attract the required names then will hinder the Red Devils boss in the future even if he cannot offer new signings Champions League football next season and pointed to Wayne Rooney extending his contract as an example. “Any time you are at club you want your biggest players in order to attract other bigger players and they have done that so I am certain they will have a pretty good summer spending money,” Howard added. “The teams around them, over the summer, brought in five, six, seven players of quality, spent near £100 million and for whatever reason Manchester United only brought in one player who we know well, (former Everton midfielder) Marouane Fellaini, but has been often injured this season so if you do the math, that doesn’t bode well.” last_img read more

NBA Draft: Chris McCullough’s potential fights against question marks


first_imgWEST ORANGE, N.J. – The night Chris McCullough tore his ACL, and the next day, he traded texts with Jason Smith about how his body felt.Smith, McCullough’s high school coach at Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy, didn’t think McCullough was headed to the NBA Draft.Two months later, Smith started to think differently when his former player direct messaged him on Twitter, telling Smith he’d changed his phone number. That happened four or five times, Smith said, and indicated to him that McCullough was preparing to make a change.On March 19, McCullough tweeted, “It’s a business that’s all.” Two weeks later, he declared for the draft.“He felt he was ready,” Smith said, standing in a hallway off the West Orange High School gymnasium after coaching part of the Mary Kline Classic. “He has as high of a ceiling as any kid we’ve had at Brewster.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom Smith, that’s high praise. He’s graduated eight eventual NBA players in his tenure, including TJ Warren, Mitch McGary and former top-five pick Thomas Robinson.McCullough, 20, faces questions heading into the NBA Draft this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center. There are concerns about his ACL, experience and maturity. But for each question mark, some teams see high upside. When McCullough watches the Draft from a Manhattan club – he’s hosting a party with former Syracuse teammate, and fellow draft hopeful, Rakeem Christmas – he’s hoping NBA general managers see potential, not past.“(As an NBA GM) you see size, length, the ability to block shots and some potential as a shooter. You see youth and upside to grow into,” Jonathan Givony of said. “The risk is he might get injured again. He’s not ready to play at this point. But where he would be picked, I don’t think that’s a big deal. Few players are ready to play in the NBA right away.”McCullough needs to develop as a shooter to mature into a stretch four, which will be his role, Givony said. He also needs to gain experience, learn nuances of the game and better his man-to-man defense.McCullough was unavailable for comment for this story.ESPN college basketball expert Jay Bilas said that McCullough played “very well” against lesser teams early in the season, but that some teams might not know what to make of those numbers.“He’s got ability,” Bilas said. “…(Teams may) say, ‘What we saw, he’s got some potential and some areas to improve and as a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick, let him mature, stick him down in the D-League for a while.’ All that…could be really beneficial down the road.”Givony sees McCullough’s name being called somewhere between selections 29 and 40. ESPN Insider Chad Ford ranked McCullough the 28th-best prospect available in the draft and wrote that one team will not let him fall out of the first round.Despite being unable to work out, McCullough has reportedly interviewed with more than 20 teams. Teams are interested in getting to know the character of McCullough. He told the Nets Daily News that many teams, but particularly the Nets, asked him “personal questions.”Smith has fielded such calls from more than 15 teams doing background research into McCullough and his time at Brewster, which ended early when he was dismissed from school for a rules violation.“Even when he was dismissed from Brewster, he was accountable,” Smith. “A lot of times kids make mistakes and blame somebody else, but Chris is the exact opposite. I think that’s in a positive light with NBA teams.”On Smith’s drive to the Mary Kline Classic, the Orlando Magic, which holds picks No. 5 and No. 50, called. As McCullough is neither a top pick nor expected to be there by the Magic’s second selection, Smith said they were doing background in case of a trade.Whichever team drafts McCullough, they’ll hope to have figured out who, and what, they are getting.“He has a lot of things to work on,” Givony said. “People think that every player drafted in the NBA will play for 10 years, but in reality it doesn’t really work that way. If you pick a guy at the end of the first-round or the second-round and he ends up being an NBA player, then you did a great job.”Asst. Sports Editor Matt Schneidman contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on June 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more