Ginebra PBA provincial games ‘coincidental’ but Willie Marcial happy for them

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pia Wurtzbach with the entire Barangay Ginebra team during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra as the PBA’s Kings of the road?If the schedule of road games in the Philippine Cup is to be used as basis, it may seem so as the Gin Kings will be booked for three of the four out-of-town matches scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT The Kings will also play in Davao del Sur, where they will collide with Blackwater on Feb 9. Their last road game will be on March 23 against NLEX at Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga, another match moved out of town due to venue and schedule conflicts.Marcial, however, is happy things worked out that way.“It’s no secret that our fans outside Manila have always clamored for a Ginebra game and I guess, this is an opportunity for them to be able to watch Ginebra live,” said Marcial. “So in a way, I’m happy that we suddenly find ourselves with a lot of Ginebra games in the provinces.”Every Ginebra game out of town represents a big sacrifice for the PBA, which earns more when the Kings play in Metro Manila. That, plus the fact that the league wants equal exposure for all of its teams in provincial sorties, limits the chances to send Ginebra out of town.The only out-of-town schedule this conference without the Kings will be on March 16, when San Miguel Beer battles Phoenix in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gilas with two injured big men as next Fiba window nears LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But as glad as he is that things worked out that way, commissioner Willie Marcial said the league’s most popular team going on the road that many times is a mere coincidence—a product of schedule and venue conflicts.“It’s a result of several factors,” said Marcial. “Hindi namin sinadya.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe added: “For example, the game between Ginebra and Rain or Shine was supposed to be held in Guam. But because of a tight schedule for certain requirements, we were not able to push through with it. And it would be impossible already to squeeze it into the Metro Manila schedule.”Instead, the Kings will play at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan on Jan. 26. View commentslast_img read more

LPRC’s Laudable Achievement: a Sign of Things to Come?

first_imgThe Liberian public has waited for a while and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has spent a pretty penny (millions of United States dollars) to see the partial completion of its fuel storage tanks.  This is part of the LPRC’s ongoing Product Storage Terminal Rehabilitation Project.On Tuesday this week, the company’s Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams II, led its Board of Directors on a guided tour of the newly constructed terminal, which has now  increased LPRC’s storage capacity from 12.3 to 18.5 million gallons of mixed petroleum products—a milestone in the history of the company’s storage capacity.This, said Mr. Williams, will result in increased revenues and dividends to the Liberian government. He referred to previous achievements in the rehabilitation project, including a modern product testing laboratory, a close circuit television security system, a fire water tank and four petroleum tanks as part of the PST Expansion Project. The entire project, said William, is slated for completion next year—2016.The other good news is that, according to Mr. Williams, the piping and fabrication works on the new tanks were undertaken by a Liberian company, Green Coast Construction, owned by Henry Getto.  LPRC Operations Manager Bobby Brown informed the Board that these works were executed “perfectly” and far ahead of schedule.One of the benefits to be derived from the new tanks is the reduction in the overstay of vessels at the jetty (where oil tankers dock to offload their oil cargo).  Another major benefit is an increase in the strategic reserve—over 90 days—of all petroleum products.These achievements by LPRC deserve high commendation.  It is an indication that long gone are the days—especially in the 1980s—when hundreds of motor vehicles lined up at petroleum stations for hours waiting for fuel, often in vain.LPRC’s immediate challenge, even before the current rehabilitation project is completed next year, is to begin plans for an extension of the “strategic reserves” from 90 days to 90 weeks—or approximately a year and a half.  That would put Liberia ahead of many countries in the West African sub-region and ensure that the   country will never be short of fuel any time soon.We have two other major challenges that we hope LPRC would seriously consider.  The first is the rebuilding of a petroleum refining facility.  This is something Liberia has not seen since the 1970s when Sun Oil built and operated such a facility at the old LPRC site in Gardnersville, off Somalia Drive.Should LPRC be able to rebuild the refinery, the company would be empowered to export many of its products to neighboring countries and replenish much of the foreign exchange used to import petroleum.  The petroleum refinery would be even more necessary if and when, by God’s grace, Liberia strikes oil in commercial quantities.The second major challenge which we hope LPRC would consider is the erection in downtown Monrovia of a skyscraper—a 15-20 storey  building which would house not only its modern  headquarters but the headquarters and offices of many other industries and commercial firms.In so doing, LPRC would be emulating the great example of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASCORP), which has invested some of its money in office complexes and guest houses in various places around the country.This newspaper has long argued that it is only Liberians that will build Liberia and transform this land of liberty, once called the Grain Coast, into a beautiful, modern country that can still become a great country.What we need are serious, focused and visionary people of integrity, commitment and patriotism, who can look beyond the horizon and into the vistas of the future and see and grasp opportunities and accomplishments that can make Liberia the envy of Africa.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vihiga stun holders Tusker out of GOtv Shield

first_img0Shares0000Charles Okwemba celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the two Vihiga United goals in a GOtv Shield Quarter final clash against defending champions Tusker FC on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20- Veteran Charles Okwemba struck a first half penalty and Dennis Lugalia scored late on as National Super League (NSL) leaders Vihiga United stunned defending champions Tusker FC 2-0 to book a slot in the semi-final of the GOtv Shield. Tusker were shockingly lethargic in their approach and did not show any hunger of either winning the game or retaining the title they won for the first time in 23 years last year.“I am really disappointed today because I can’t even understand why we played this badly. We had possession but possession without purpose. It is a sad moment for us because this is a cup we really wanted to retain,” a dejected Tusker head coach George Nsimbe said after the match.His opposite number Edward Manoah was elated with the result, guiding the NSL side to their first ever domestic cup semi-final.“We stuck to our strategy and that is what paid off. We play well with speed on the wings and our break out strategy was brilliantly executed. It is a calming result for the boys especially with the uncertainty around our sponsorship,” the former Chemelil Sugar boss told Capital Sport.Vihiga, though not entirely dominant over the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions stuck to their strategy; defend well, find spaces and create chances. Though their head coach Manoah was sent to the stands with 15 minutes left, they still remained tucked to their style to see off the win.Vihiga United’s Charles Okwemba dribbles past Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a GOtv Shield quarter final match at the Nyayo National Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOkwemba who has over two decades of experience playing in the Kenyan top flight was hugely influential for the NSL side, pulling strings in midfield and spraying passes well upfront.Tusker’s Humphrey Mieno was hugely subdued and his body language spoke volumes of a team that clearly wasn’t in the best of shapes to win the match.The holders dominated possession in the opening minutes of the game, but failed to get even a single shot on target to make their dominance count.The visitors grew into the game with Tusker not taking their approach seriously and they had their first chance in the 17th minute when Dennis Wafula forced a save off Duncan Ochieng at the far post when he raced to connect to a cross from the right.Their pressure paid off in the 24th minute when Okwemba scored from the spot after Marlon Tangauzi handled the ball inside the box in an attempt to defend from a corner.Three minutes on the turn, the brewers had a chance to draw back level but Danson Kago, not in his best element wasted a glorious chance. Boniface Muchiri cut back the ball to him well placed the edge of the six yard box, but the winger blasted the ball over.Vihiga managed to sustain the Tusker surge upfront and they kept their back four intact, not even their two fullbacks getting into any forays upfront. Tusker on their side were careless with possession and lost balls cheaply.Vihiga United’s Edwin Mukoya tightly marks Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a GOtv Shield quarter final match at the Nyayo National Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe defending champions were forced to change personnel with midfielder Cersidy Okeyo being forced out with a back injury and his place taken by Jackson Macharia.In the second half Okwemba almost doubled his tally with a well taken volley from the edge of the box but it went inches wide after Godfrey Airo had chested down a cross or him. On the other end, Muchiri had an effort from a freekick deflect off the wall and out for a corner.Vihiga kept their defensive shape with 15 minutes left on the clock, safeguarding their lone goal advantage.With Tusker not showing any urge to score, it was the visitors who would get the last laugh, Lugalia nodding the ball home from close range after some suspect Tusker defending from a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rohr keeps Nigeria players on toes as top spot at stake

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr plans changes for Madagascar © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jun 29 – Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr pledged to ring the changes for his team’s final Africa Cup of Nations group game against surprise package Madagascar to stoke competition in the squad.The Super Eagles are guaranteed a place in the last 16 but need a point on Sunday in Alexandria to secure top spot in Group B and set up a meeting with a third-place finisher in the next round. “It’s important to finish first of the group, it’s better to play a team in third than second so we will do all to finish top,” Rohr told reporters at a pre-match news conference in the Mediterranean city.“We have our scout watching a lot of games in Cairo. We have to prepare to play against a good team. It could be South Africa, DR Congo or maybe Cameroon so in all cases it will be a very tough match in the round of 16, but we’re not there yet and are focused on the game tomorrow.”“Will I make changes? Yes, because I want to put everyone under pressure and have that competition in each position. We’ll see in the last training tonight which changes we will do,” he added.Madagascar are well positioned to reach the knockout stages in their debut in the competition after collecting four points from their opening two games.“It will be a really interesting match against a team that has a lot of offensive qualities. I think it will also be a ‘final’ in the group, the winner will be top and that’s a big motivation for us.”Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa said morale in the squad was good despite a training strike earlier in the week over unpaid bonuses.“I dont think there’s anything separating the team in camp,” said Musa. “We have to fight for our country and we have to work very hard.“Each game is more important and we are improving each game and I think the next game will be even better.”A draw would send Madagascar through as runners-up but coach Nicolas Dupuis, who combines the role with his job a French fourth division club Fleury, insists the Indian Ocean islanders aren’t quite there yet.“I’m very proud of my players, they’ve all been very good,” said Dupuis. “We’ve played in our first CAN, got our first point and first win.“We’re not yet qualified for the last 16 so I’m not going to try and calculate things. It would be a shame for it to end here.”He added: “We’re going out there to try and win knowing we’re not favourites. One point will be enough for us to finish second.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Starlets plot to finish off Ghana at home

first_img“We have to keep the habit of winning at home. We pushed ourselves away and now we have to do better and I hope the players can set their minds to win tomorrow. I want them to go into the match with confidence,” Ouma told Capital Sports on Monday afternoon.The tactician has lauded the players for their performance away in Accra especially their defensive discipline and now for the crucial return tie, he hopes they can complement their defense with a spice of attack to bag the goals and progress.Harambee Starlets midfielder Corazone Aquino vies for the ball with a teammate during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have set up properly for the return leg. We know our terrain at home very well and we can get confidence from the result away. We tried to contain Ghana away in the best possibility we could and we had three chances in the second half which we should have done better,” the coach noted.“But now, we are at home and we now know how Ghana play. We know their strengths and weaknesses and we need to ensure that we exploit their weaknesses to the maximum at all costs,” the tactician further stated.For the 2016 Olympics, Starlets fell off in the penultimate stage, losing 2-0 on aggregate to eventual tournament winners South Africa with identical 1-0 defeats home and away.This time though, Ouma who was still in charge at that time says they are a better outfit with more self-belief and a rejuvenated squad hungry for success.Harambee Starlets players during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulumothy“We have done very well with the Federation to scout for talent from all over the country and now we have a strong squad. The players know that the door is open for everyone and all of them are working hard to keep their places,” stated Ouma.He added; “The team is developing and growing in each game. I want them to express themselves on the pitch tomorrow and show their qualities. Everyone has an equal chance to dream big and qualify and we are on that path. In football, sometimes you need a little faith and a fighting spirit.”In the hunt for goals, Starlets will look on the prowess of Mwanahalima Adam and youngsters Gentrix Shikangwa and Cynthia Shilwatso as they look to knock on the door of history.0Shares0000(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma exchanges idea with his assistant coach during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma says the team hopes to maximize their home ground advantage when they take on Ghana’s Black Queens in the return leg of the Olympic Qualification tournament third round at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday.Starlets held the Ghanaians to a barren draw in the first leg played in Accra on Friday and will need a win to progress to the penultimate qualification round where a date with either Zambia or Botswana awaits.last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE: GETTING IN SHAPE FOR SUMMER

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE, RUSHE FITNESS: Getting in shape is like playing with a Rubik’s Cube.You try every way you can to solve the puzzle, but you only ever seem to get one side right.Everyone has their own way of trying to solve the puzzle.You can spend endless hours pounding the pavement, doing endless miles and never seeming to see any change in how your clothes fit. You can join a gym; use all the machines, go to all the classes, get a great sweat going; but again you never seem to see any difference.Why not??Why is it so hard to get all the pieces to join up so you can finally get in shape?After all, summer is just around the corner and who doesn’t want to shed a few pounds before heading on holidays in August?First we have to look at what is involved in getting the body that you want. 1: Burning FatWhen people think of weight loss, they always judge by what the scales say, but the scales only tell part of the story.You can lose ‘weight’ by using regular cardio methods, but spending long hours on the roads and on machines at the gym for 1-2 lbs every few months isn’t really the optimal method for doing this.What we really want is Fat Loss and lots of it.While running can be beneficial for weight loss, you don’t really want to lose weight without toning up at the same time.The latter will help you to look and feel better in your clothes, and more importantly, in your bikini or shorts on the beach.Using a mix of cardio and resistance training is the best way to achieve this. 2: Eating the Right FoodsThis is probably the trickiest part for most people when it comes to getting in shape for summer, (or in general).What should I eat and when should I eat it?Should I eat Carbs or not eat Carbs?Should I eat after 6pm?If I eat at night, will it turn to fat?How much food is too much food?How much water do I need to drink?Should I count calories??The list of questions goes on and on…There isn’t one answer that will fit everyone unfortunately, but with the right diet guidelines, a sound nutrition plan and the right motivation, you can achieve great results in a short space of time.3: When to exerciseHow often should you be exercising in order to get to where you want to be?How many times per week should you be doing cardio and how many times per week should you be doing your resistance training? (an equal amount to align with your goals)Can you do too much training and could this lead to over training? (not really)Does cardio actually make you fat?? (it doesn’t)The list of myths and questions goes on and on when it comes to training and when to do it.4: Moral SupportI have spoken before about how important having a supportive social circle is when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape.You want a group of like-minded people, with the same goals as you have.You want people who will support you when things get tough.You want people who you can swap recipes for food with.You want a group of people who will keep you on track and keep you motivated.You might also want someone who you can ask questions to and get the right answer for YOU and YOUR goalsWith so much conflicting information on the internet and in magazines, it is easy to see why so many people who try to get in shape end up going around in circles and eventually stopping altogether.But it doesn’t have to be that hard and I am here to help!On Monday the 27th of June, my Fit in 42 program will be launching the Summer Shape Up. This Program will address all of the issues that I have outlined above.It will use Full Body Metabolic Training to help torch fat, keep your curves and maintain muscle.It will use Bodyweight exercises that are more effective at burning fat than any machine in your gym.It will have a solid nutrition plan that I have used with clients who have lost more fat than they ever thought possible.It will have a private Facebook group that is only for members of this program.In this support group, I will be answering any questions you may have and I will be posting weekly nutritional recipes aimed at your goals.This is a Members’ Only Group, so everything you post is private and will only be seen by the other members.I am only taking limited numbers on this program so don’t miss out on getting started on your summer body!#TrainSmartIf you want to be parts of this exclusive program please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: GETTING IN SHAPE FOR SUMMER was last modified: June 12th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘The Mourinho I love’ – these Man United fans delighted ‘the don’ is back

first_imgManchester United fans enjoyed Jose Mourinho’s celebration towards Juventus fans following their 2-1 win in Turin on Wednesday night in the Champions League.Mourinho was criticised for cupping his ear towards the home fans, which saw Leonardo Bonucci confront him at full-time. Ronaldo celebrated his goal by showing people his torso Jose Mourinho with Leonardo Bonucci after the final whistle United legend Paul Scholes was among the critics and said on BT Sport he needs to ‘win with class’.Juventus looked to be heading for a win at home after Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning goal gave them the lead, with the former Old Trafford star celebrating wildly, much to the dismay of many United fans. That’s the old #Mourinho we love, his arrogance gives belief, when he first arrived he told everyone he was the best and convinced his players they were too, we need more of that! WHAT A RESULT! @ManUtd 🙏🏽⚽️❤— Josh Shepherd (@Coachjoshshep) November 7, 2018 Absolutely love Jose Mourinho. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/2VO1Efiu7m— Ramesh (@RameshUtd) November 7, 2018Mourinho also took a swipe at the Football Association in his interview after the match following his charge for using alleged offensive language after the Newcastle game. This is the #Mourinho I love! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/hNdmZ9qEZr— Scott Taylor (@S_Tay02) November 7, 2018 Unapologetic! I love my manager #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/49NEZux8Fb— Uwagwu Samuel. O (@uwagwusam) November 7, 2018 What goes around comes around Ronaldo. Jose Mourinho the DON Loool this is why i love Manchester United.Never ever right us off❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/usRG5jiiNi— Tяυsτ №¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) November 7, 2018 2 LOOK AT JOSE MOURINHO AFTER THE GAME. DON’T EVER TELL ME THIS MAN DOESN’T LOVE THIS CLUB. UNBELIEVABLE FROM THE SPECIAL ONE. WHAT A MAN. HUGE WIN.— Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) November 7, 2018 THIS IS WHY WE DON’T NEED ANY MANAGER. JOSE MOURINHO IS LOVE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— ➆ (@MysticalAlexis) November 7, 2018 Love it from Mourinho! pic.twitter.com/B7aquybb32— Terry (@TelSaunders7) November 7, 2018 Mourinho’s personality just keeps growing on you. He’s not perfect, which he admits!! You either love him or hate him, but you just can’t ignore him. He’s our box office manger, José Mourinho ♥️ #mufc #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/BODQHEPkDq— Vaibhav (@taintedrobot) November 8, 2018 2 But Juan Mata curled in a late free-kick and Alex Sandro turned the ball into his own net as the Red Devils won 2-1.The post-match scenes, while condemned by some, was loved by many United fans on Twitter. I honestly love Mourinho, what a man! Calling out the @FA 😂 pic.twitter.com/fz6czZHWWp— Aidan Walsh 🔰 (@AidanWalshMUFC) November 7, 2018last_img read more

England right to pay tribute to ‘record-breaker’ Wayne Rooney, says Sam Allardyce

first_imgThe decision to bring the 33-year-old out of international retirement and give him one last cap has split opinion, with some saying it cheapens the achievement of playing in a Three Lions shirt.But Big Sam has backed the tribute game, which will also raise money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, and says as a country we should appreciate our top sporting stars more instead of knocking them down.“I’d let him come back for this game, no problem at all – he’s the record breaker,” Allardyce said on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We’re following other countries who have honoured players who have probably achieved less than Wayne has, so I’ve got no problem with it. 2 “I’d have let Rooney come back, no problem!””Other countries honour players who have achieved less!””I think some of the press lads get jealous.”🗣️ Sam Allardyce says the negativity surrounding Rooney’s England return comes as no surprise…[🎥 w/ https://t.co/gCPtsiLjeK] pic.twitter.com/g11XUJEiSS— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 9, 2018 Sam Allardyce is pleased Rooney will receive a fitting send-off after his record-breaking England career Wayne Rooney is presented with the Golden Boot by Sir Bobby Charlton after breaking his England scoring record center_img “I think we should embrace it, but we don’t embrace things like that [as a country].“Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray – we don’t appreciate them and what they have done as champions of their sports.“It’s all jealously, that’s what it’s all about.”Listen to Big Sam’s verdict in full below… Former England manager Sam Allardyce says the Football Association are doing a great thing by giving Wayne Rooney a fitting send-off in one last game for the Three Lions.Rooney, the country’s record goalscorer and most-capped outfield player, will make his 120th and final England appearance in a friendly against the USA on November 15 at Wembley Stadium. 2last_img read more

Meetings 12/19

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or send e-mail to dnmetro@dailynews.com. Here is a list of upcoming neighborhood council meetings: Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today at Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540. Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Toluca Lake Elementary School, 4840 Cahuenga Blvd., Toluca Woods. Call (818) 755-7674 or see www.greatertolucalake.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Music pricing being probed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Vivendi Universal SA’s Universal Music Group had also received subpoenas. Neither company returned calls seeking comment. Calls to EMI Group PLC’s offices in New York and London went unanswered. In September, CEO Steve Jobs of Apple Computer Inc. in Cupertino, Calif., publicly criticized music companies, calling some major labels “greedy” for pushing Apple to hike prices on its popular iTunes service. Recording company executives have scoffed at the suggestion. In a speech before an investors conference, Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. said that Apple’s 99-cent price for single tracks ignores the issue that not all songs are the same commercially and, like any other product, shouldn’t be priced the same. Such discord has not kept the labels from licensing their music videos to Apple. Still, as their contracts with Apple come up for renewal, the music companies are seeking to improve their take. ALBANY, N.Y. – State investigators have subpoenaed several major music companies as part of a preliminary inquiry into whether the digital music services have engaged in any illegal price-fixing activity. Darren Dopp, a spokesman for state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, said the office is seeking information on wholesale prices the music labels charge for digital music files that can be downloaded. Dopp said Tuesday it would take months for the office to launch a full investigation, if one is warranted. Warner Music Group Corp. said in a regulatory filing Friday that the subpoena it received is part of “an industrywide investigation.” “As disclosed in our public filings, we are cooperating fully with the inquiry,” Amanda Collins, a spokeswoman for Warner Music Group, said in a statement. “All the prices do seem to move in lock step,” said industry analyst Phil Leigh, who runs U.S. market research firm Inside Digital Media. “There has been talk of raising prices for several months. I’m surprised (music companies) raised the issue. It’s clear the industry convention is 99 cents.” The subpoenas issued this month are not the first time Spitzer, a Democrat running for governor in 2006, has looked into the music industry. In November, Warner Music agreed to pay $5 million to settle an investigation into payoffs for radio airplay of artists. In July, Sony BMG agreed to pay $10 million and stop bribing radio stations to feature artists. Spitzer also asked for documents from EMI Group and Vivendi Universal in that probe. On the Net: New York Attorney General’s Office: www.oag.state.ny.us 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more