Blog: Philippines 3rd operator inches towards reality HomeBlog Blog: Is the future bright for Filipino incumbents? The two incumbent operators in the Philippines, Globe Telecom and PLDT, collectively plan to spend a whopping $2.7 billion in capex this year as they face continued pressure to boost the country’s very slow data rates and brace for the end of their long-time duopoly on mobile services in the country.Competition is set to increase with the entry of a third major mobile operator after consortium Mislatel (recently renamed Dito Telecommunity) won a licence late in 2018. Unsurprisingly, Fitch Ratings said the entry is credit negative for PLDT and Globe Telecom, and will likely dilute their market shares.Globe Telecom held a 57 per cent market share by subscribers at end-June, while PLDT’s mobile unit Smart Communications had a 43 per cent share, data from GSMA Intelligence showed.The two operators have more than a year to prepare, as Dito Telecommunity plans to launch commercial service in late 2020 and cover 17 major cities after two years. It is targeting 37 per cent population coverage after its first year and 84 per cent after five years, when it aims to have 8,000 base stations nationwide.In addition to the newcomer threat, mobile internet speeds in the country still lag behind most regional peers and require bigger investment. Despite strong gains in 2018, the Philippines still ranked tenth in Asia, with average download rates of 7Mb/s, up three places from a year earlier, Q1 2019 data from Opensignal showed.Capex intensiveThe country’s telecoms sector ranks as one of the most capex intensive among Asia-Pacific operators, with total capex forecast at around 40 per cent of revenue compared with the regional average of the low 20s, Fitch Ratings recently stated.Although Globe Telecom earmarked PHP63 billion ($1.2 billion) for capex in 2019 (a 45 per cent jump from 2018), its spending in the first six months of the year actually fell to PHP19 billion from PHP22.9 billion in the January-to-June 2018 period. Its capex in 2018 inched up 1.9 per cent from PHP42.5 billion in 2017 and represented just 29 per cent of revenue.Meanwhile, rival PLDT was forced to step up its game in early 2016 after its profit and revenue fell sharply and it continued to lose customers to Globe Telecom. PLDT then outlined a three-year recovery plan, dubbed its digital pivot, which called for a huge increase in network investment. Three years on, it is seeing the start of a sustained recovery, with revenue rising for four straight quarters.Its H1 capex was 50 per cent higher than the PHP32.7 billion spent in the first half of 2018. For the full year, it is targeting raising the capex-to-revenue ratio to more than 40 per cent as it adds up to PHP20 billion more than the PHP58.5 billion allocated in 2018 (38 per cent of revenue). The jump comes after it hiked capex by 58 per cent from PHP37 billion in 2017.To prepare for the higher network investment over the next few years, in June it plotted the sale and redevelopment of various offices in Makati City.Marc Einstein, chief analyst at Japan-based research company ITR, recalled that a decade ago the two companies had the highest SMS per capita usage and lowest voice minutes of use (MOU) in Asia, if not the world, which led to extremely high profits. During that time their capex was notoriously low.Early daysHe told Mobile World Live both incumbents still have quite a bit of catching up to do compared with their regional peers and capex will need to be much higher for at least the next three-to-five years.Einstein noted the new entrant is expected to be aggressive on pricing and coverage, and will also likely get a good deal on network equipment given China Telecom is a partner in the venture.While Globe Telecom is yet to fully fund its proposed capex rise, its net profit was flat in Q2 and mobile revenue grew just 4 per cent, a worrisome sign. Look for its margins to be crimped as its capex soars and revenue edges up by the targeted high-single digits in 2019.PLDT appears to be rebounding from a few bad years, after aggressively pushing its digital transformation agenda. But it’s still early days in that recovery, which Dito Telecommunity no doubt will be looking to stall.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 AUG 2019 Author Previous ArticleVerizon sells Tumblr as media makeover continuesNext ArticleAirtel dismisses stake sale speculation Joseph Waring Blog: Has Philippines connectivity push succeeded? Related Blog Blog: Will Philippine tower plan narrow density gap? Globe Telecomhigher capexPLDTSmart Communications Tags Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. 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The Florida Bar awards certification to 154 lawyers The Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 154 lawyers who this year earned Florida Bar The Florida Bar awards certification to 154 lawyers , a designation that places them among the only group of Florida lawyers who may use the terms “specialist,” “expert” or “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certification evaluates attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. About 4,600 of Florida’s 96,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 24 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state. Board certified lawyers are: Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise. Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis, a board certified education lawyer who practices with Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Ft. Lauderdale, believes that board certification is becoming a standard of preference for an increasing number of clients. “In an ever-crowded field of over 96,000 lawyers, the achievement of board certification — the Bar’s highest evaluation of a lawyer’s competence and experience in a particular area of practice — is the only way of distinguishing yourself as an expert or a specialist,” Pettis said. “I highly encourage lawyers to demonstrate their competence and experience through seeking board certification in their professional areas.” The following lawyers, listed by specialty areas and cities, have attained board certification: Admiralty and Maritime Law Charles Stuart Davant, Ft. Lauderdale C. Ryan Eslinger, Jacksonville Christopher R. Koehler, Tampa Jason R. Margulies, Pinecrest Eric C. Thiel, Tampa Adoption Law Ginger S. Allen, North Miami Beach Tammi J. Driver, St Petersburg Leenetta Blanton Grizzard, Tampa Steven Hurwitz, Tampa Appellate Practice Christopher Dale Donovan, Naples Jessie L. Harrell, Jacksonville Andrew D. Manko, Tallahassee Daniel B. Rogers, Miami Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik, Tampa Aviation Law Jonathan Alexander Ewing, Ft. Lauderdale Charles R. Morgenstein, Boca Raton Business Litigation Robert N. Clarke, Jr., Tallahassee Thomas M. Dryden, Ft. Myers Gilbert L. Feltel, Jr., Jacksonville Michael Joseph Furbush, Orlando Gregory S. Martin, Maitland Brendan A. McQuaid, Sarasota J. Anthony Penry, Raleigh Scott K. Petersen, Sarasota Martin B. Sipple, Tallahassee Kathryn Diane Weston, Daytona Beach City, County and Local Government Law Derek V. Howard, Key West Rebecca Marie Kert, Tampa Andrew Patrick Lannon, Palm Bay Elizabeth Vail Lenihan, Stuart Margaret “Peggy” Lyon, Vero Beach Victoria Mendez, Miami Pamala Hanna Ryan, Riviera Beach Martin Scott Shelby, Largo Heather Lueke Smith, Ft. Pierce Thomas J. Trask, Dunedin Civil Trial Jacqueline Marie Bunty, Tampa David H. Charlip, Aventura Mariano Garcia, West Palm Beach Gregory Giannuzzi, Tampa Charles Michael Greene, Orlando Jorge P. Gutierrez, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale David G. Henry, Tampa Daniel A. Iracki, Jacksonville Joseph Alexander Lao, Tampa Michael D. Maurer Jr., Orlando Armando R. Payas, Orlando Malcolm A. Purow, Hollywood Derek A. Reams, Bradenton Jason J. Recksiedler, Orlando Steven Edward Sellers, Tallahassee John Willington Wesley, Ft. Walton Beach Construction Law Denise M. Anderson, Tampa Trevor Boehme Arnold, Orlando Joshua M. Atlas, West Palm Beach Jeremy C. Daniels, Coral Gables V. James Dickson, St. Petersburg Davisson Dunlap, III, Tallahassee Michael Jonathan Friedman, Ft. Lauderdale Doryk B. Graf, Jr., Altamonte Springs Donell Andre Hicks, Coral Gables W. Jay Hunston, III, West Palm Beach Anthony Jaglal, Orlando Charles B. Jimerson, Jacksonville Kevin F. Jursinski, Ft. Myers Jon Michael Kendrick, Ft. Lauderdale Pennie S.A.Mays, Orlando Christopher J. Mueller, Jacksonville Stuart H. Sakwa, West Palm Beach David Salazar, Miami Kevin C. Schumacher, Miami Mark T. Snelson, Altamonte Springs Rouselle A. Sutton III, Orlando Peter J. Sweeney, Jr., Palm Bay Kevin J. Taylor, Ft. Lauderdale Leslie Miller Tomczak, Ft. Lauderdale Thomas P. Wert, Orlando Drew Colson Williams, Daytona Beach David Franklin Wright, Altamonte Springs Criminal Trial Robert R. Berry, Viera Javier Chavez, Orlando Spencer Alan Cordell, Ft. Myers J. Andrew Crawford, St. Petersburg Jean-Paul Galasso, Ft. Myers Samuel Paul Garrison, Orange Park Carter T. Hillstrom, Ft. Lauderdale Benjamin L. Jones, Orlando Sean William Landers, Orlando MIchael David Morrison, Orlando John J. Parnofiello, West Palm Beach Justin Brent Petredis, Tampa Noah H. Rashkind, Gainesville Kurt A. Russell, Melbourne Ramona L. Tolley, Ft. Lauderdale Education Law J. Paul Carland II, Ft. Lauderdale David McKinnon Delaney, Gainesville Elder Law Heather Campbell Kirson, Orlando Jason A. Waddell, Pensacola Health Law Andrei Boyarshinov, Gainesville Andrij B. Susla, Hollywood Lisa Deitsch Taylor, Parsippany, NJ Immigration and Nationality Shahzad Ahmed, Orlando Claudia Del Castillo-Hronsky, Miami Michael A. Harris, Miami Andrea Montavon-McKillip, Plantation Daniel Bruce Sibirsky, Miami Intellectual Property Law Peter A. Chiabotti, West Palm Beach Jeffrey David Feldman, Miami Francisco J. Ferreiro, Miami Mindi M. Richter, Tampa International Law Jake A. Baccari, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan Joseph Daniel Gulino, Jr., Miami Labor and Employment Law Mark J. Beutler, Miami Elizabeth Fite Blanco, Tampa John Houston Pope, New York, NY Brett J. Schneider, Ft. Lauderdale Timothy Tack, Tampa Marital and Family Law Christine Lynne Derr, Tampa Sandy Todd Fox, Aventura Jennifer C. Frank, Altamonte Springs Holly G. Gershon, Boca Raton Paul Fleming Grondahl, Bradenton Paul S. Leinoff, South Miami Raymond J. Rafool II, Miami Bonnie Sockel-Stone, Miami Mira Staggers White, Murdock Real Estate Gregg M. Casalino, Vero Beach Lindsay Kenney Demmery, West Palm Beach Joseph Stephen Giannell, Ft. Lauderdale Edward William Hale, Ft. Myers Gregory-Scott R. Haney, Tampa Michael Van Hargett, Tampa Michelle Lajoie Hermey, Sarasota Brian W. Hoffman, Pensacola Stephanie M. Martin, Tampa Roger H. Miller, III, Punta Gorda Lori Lynn Moore, Ft. Myers Peter J. Pike, Sarasota Ryan Adrian Ramsaran, West Palm Beach William C. Robinson, Jr., Bradenton Barbara Sanjurjo, Coconut Grove Leonard Oreste Townsend, Ft. Lauderdale Len Wilder, Plantation State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Timothy E. Dennis, Tallahassee David Gregory Tucker, Jacksonville Tax Law Kenneth John Crotty, Clearwater Vitauts M. Gulbis, Tampa Robert H. Trudeau, Jacksonville Wills, Trusts and Estates Matthew A. Linde, Ft. Myers Richard N. Sherrill, Pensacola Workers’ Compensation Blake Hood, Jacksonville Todd N. Parrish, Lakeland Michael Martin Riedhammer, Ft. Lauderdale Robin Ross, Hollywood The Florida Bar annually awards board certification in two cycles, effective June 1 and August 1. Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competence and experience in one or more of the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida Bar board certified lawyers have demonstrated ability and experience in their fields and professionalism within the legal community. A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state’s Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 24 certification fields. Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards. * A minimum of five years in law practice. * Substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought. * Satisfactory peer review from other lawyers and judges to assess competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law. * Satisfaction of the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements. * A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants. Board certification is valid for five years. The attorney during that time must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have voluntarily taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated. For more information, visit The Florida Bar website at Floridabar.org/certification or contact The Florida Bar’s Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842. board certification September 15, 2013 Regular News
msnbc:Pigeons may not be so bird-brained after all, as scientists have found the birds’ ability to understand numbers is on par with that of primates.Previous studies have shown that various animals, from honeybees to chimpanzees, can learn to count when trained with food rewards. In 1998, researchers discovered that rhesus monkeys can not only learn to count to four, but can also pick up on numerical rules and apply them to numbers they haven’t seen before, allowing them to count up to nine without further training.With this finding in mind, psychologists at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, sought to find out if pigeons — another animal shown to count — have a numerical competence similar to rhesus monkeys.Read the whole story: msnbc More of our Members in the Media >
Scenes from the Heads of Government Meeting You may be interested in… Nov 9, 2017 Coordinated approach necessary to manage external relations… “The MOU itself is usually followed by more concrete arrangements between the relevant sectors, it is not by itself a binding instrument,” he stated. Minister Greenidge said the MOU and Framework Agreement that will be signed are no different from any other, reminding that under the previous government an MOU was signed with Trinidad in 1999. “It was a ten-year MOU, it was signed and no riot occurred, no sector was destroyed, there was no apocalypse and I am sure this will not happen on this occasion either and the same thing applies to the MOU in relation to the Belt and Road Project,” Minister Greenidge added. In response to a question posed by the media, Minister Greenidge said the agreement between Trinidad and Venezuela, which has laid claims to Guyana’s territory, has no implications for Guyana, boundary-wise. The location of Venezuela’s Dragon oil Field and Trinidad’s Hibiscus Field, which form the subject of the agreement between those two countries, Minister Greenidge pointed out, “lies well north of any areas that have been the subject of any controversy.” Notwithstanding the relationship between Trinidad and Venezuela, commercial and otherwise, the minister does not believe this will hinder Guyana’s relation with Trinidad. Further, Minister Greenidge said the magnitude of resources Guyana possesses is enough to satisfy the commercial interest of all its neighbours and potential partners. He expressed that “you [Guyana] have enough in terms of volume, in terms of the range of resources so that means we have the opportunity for collaborating with others without somehow being constrained.” By: Stacy Carmichael – DPI Guyana Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… President Granger accepts resignation of four MPs who hold… The Government of Guyana, within the coming days, will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a Framework Agreement with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for mutual cooperation in a number of areas. This was today announced by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, during a press conference. In light of the recent misinterpretations in sections of the media, the minister clarified that MOUs, are statements of intent, which deal with general principles and understanding that the countries will collaborate on general trade matters or to establish a platform on which cooperation will be undertaken. Sep 28, 2018 Feb 27, 2018 Prime Minister Rowley and President Granger Sign Energy MOU(Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago) Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley and President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana His Excellency Brigadier David Granger signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Sector Cooperation today Wednesday 19 September, 2018 (at State House, Georgetown, Guyana). Prime Minister…September 19, 2018In “Business”Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados Sign Energy MOUOPM, Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries today (Saturday 24 August, 2019) in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Hon.…August 24, 2019In “Barbados”Neighbours partner for oil spill readiness(Guyana Chronicle) GUYANA is working along with Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname for the development of a Technical Working Group and other agreements for a clear plan of action on oil spill readiness. This was relayed by Senior Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Donnette Streete on…September 17, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Apr 3, 2019 UNGA – Statement by Guyana’s Vice-President Carl…
Gamers have discovered a glitch in Fortnite Chapter 2 that allows you to, depending on the map rotation, remain in storm and constantly regain health.If you go to Slurpy Swamp on the new map, you’ll be able restore your health and shield when you enter the water. But if you approach the water in a certain way, then the game misreads your intentions and continues to provide health to your user. YouTuber Seyager explains: “You get heal in the instant you enter the water so, if you run just in the border of the healing zone, the game thinks that you are constantly entering the water.”He also provided a video example.MORE: Yes, there are bots in Fortnite Chapter 2 and they are awfulThis video was posted Wednesday, but gained attraction Thursday as some of Fortnite’s top streamers attempted to win by healing at Slurpy Swamp. SypherPK, Courage, BasicallyIDoWrk and TypicalGamer teamed up by trying to catch fish (which provide healing) and using standard healing methods.It should be noted the four streamers were attempting to win legally. During their stream, Seyager tweeted them his video and the four streamers felt uncomfortable sharing it to their viewers saying, “that is the sort of thing you can get banned for.” Other streamers have noticed it as well and have called on Epic to fix it.I would like to report a bug. This bug lets you out heal any storm circle…@FortniteStatus @EpicGames @FortniteGame pic.twitter.com/1gwceveKYh— Clay (@claystehling) October 17, 2019Considering the reach those four streamers have, it’s likely Epic Games will have some sort of update to fix this glitch relatively soon. We recommend you not use this glitch as it could lead to your account being banned or suspended.
FridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired. The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts. For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.Saturday Pattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends. The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia. Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage. Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors. Leisure trail riding, group and private classes. All levels of riders welcome. Over 100 horses and ponies available. Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya. Free shuttle service available. For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: [email protected]:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors. Parents can sit at the bar and watch. New champions needed! Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road. New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game. For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at [email protected] or 088-218-8148SundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton .The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players. Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course. Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email [email protected] to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm. For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.TuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club. All ages and abilities are welcome. 100 baht per person. Please email [email protected] to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting. No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: [email protected] (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at [email protected] or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.7:00 p.m. Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to [email protected]
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang, of Korea, left, and Neil Walker take the field during an informal spring training baseball workout in Bradenton, Fla., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Pirates pitchers and catcher begin official workouts Feb. 19, with the full squad workouts beginning Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – After hitting an $11 million jackpot with the Pittsburgh Pirates, infielder Jung Ho Kang wants to pay it forward with other ballplayers in his native Korea.Kang signed a four-year contract with the Pirates, who in December agreed to pay a $5 million posting fee to the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization.The 27-year-old Kang is the first position player to jump from the KBO to Major League Baseball.“I know that if I do well, more Korean players will come here,” Kang said through an interpreter. “So, while I feel pressure (to perform), I’m also very excited about opening the market here for Korean players.”Kang was among three Korean players to be posted over the winter, but he is the only one who signed with an MLB team. The San Diego Padres were unable to work out a contract with pitcher Kwang-hyun Kim. In November, the Kia Tigers rejected a bid for pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang.The Pirates scouted Kang for a couple of years, but kept their interest in him hidden during the posting process.“It was quite a surprise,” Kang said. “I didn’t expect the Pirates to bid on me.”The KBO’s marquee export is pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.“I’m excited to face him again,” said Kang, who homered off the left-hander in Ryu’s final game in the KBO.Two Korean hitters, Shin-Soo Choo and Hee-Seop Choi, found success in MLB. However, both were signed as amateurs and developed in the minor leagues.Over nine seasons in Korea, Kang, batted .298 with an .886 OPS. Last season, he hit .356 with 40 home runs in 117 games.Kang has a strong, accurate throwing arm and played shortstop with Nexen. At 6-feet, 180 pounds, his stocky lower body was not an issue on the artificial turf fields of the KBO.Many scouts, however, believe he’s better suited for third base in the majors.“I have no idea where I’ll play,” Kang said. “That’s decided by (manager) Clint Hurdle. I’ll prepare for all the things they want me to do.”The Pirates have established players at all four infield spots. Shortstop Jordy Mercer batted .255 with 12 homers in 2015, his first full season as a starter. Neil Walker hit a career-best 23 home runs, the highest single-season total for a Pirates second baseman.Josh Harrison, who batted .315 in a breakout season last year, will start at third base. Pedro Alvarez, a former first-round pick who shared the National League home run title in 2013, will move from third to first base this year.Hurdle said Kang will play shortstop for at least the first couple weeks of spring training.“Once he’s built up some time and comfort at shortstop, we’ll move him to third,” Hurdle said. “If those both work well, we might move him to second. We’re just going to have communication with him and get him reps. We want to put our eyes on him, too, in our camp, at this level, with the speed of this game.”After signing Kang, the Pirates allowed him to work out for a couple of weeks in Surprise, Ariz., with his former Nexen teammates. Kang got a few lessons on playing second base from Nexen manager Kyung-yeop Yeom.“It’s been quite a long time since I played second base,” Kang said. “At first, it was a little awkward. But as time went on, I adjusted to it. I feel it’s pretty much the same as any other position.”
He added: “We are really pleased to have taken on an opponent like Madrid and to have collected three points at such a difficult ground. Luis Suárez: “Personalmente, me ayuda mucho este gol” Luis Suarez, one of the Barcelona scorers in the 3-0 win over Real Madrid, was more than satisified with the result but is still not ruling Real Madrid out of the title race yet. SPORT.es Upd. on 24/12/2017 at 00:23 CET “We knew they’d put us under a lot of pressure and we wanted to control the game as much as possible” The Uruguayan, who now has 10 league goals after a slow start to the campain, said: “We’re 14 points clear of Madrid and they have a game in hand, but there’s also Valencia, Atletico… Teams that are going to put pressure on us.” Suarez has scored at the Bernabeu before and said that the “goal will help me but what I am delighted about is the way the team played.” 23/12/2017 IN SPORT.ES Meanwhile, Sergi Roberto, who set up Suarez’s goal, said: “It’s always nice to win by a score like that. We played well and we can leave for our holidays feeling happy. “We struggled a bit more in the first half, but we defended well. And then in the second half we felt very comfortable and the goals calmed our nerves.”
NEXT month’s Yakkerboo Festival will be tinged with sadness after the death of one of its staunchest supporters, Joan Upton….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
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