James Yap says Ginebra fun to beat: ‘So many people will hate you’

first_imgThroughout his career, James Yap has always been a poster boy.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Whenever you face Ginebra, you always go up against six people and that includes the fans,” said Yap in Filipino Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena after Rain or Shine sunk Globalport, 103-97, in the quarterfinals rubber match.“I think I’ve said this before, Ginebra is so fun to beat because there are so many people who will hate you.”Yap is no stranger to breaking the hearts of the Ginebra fateful. He did that several times in the past including two playoff series in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup and 2014 Philippine Cup where Purefoods ended up taking the championship.This time, however, Yap is carrying a new team for the first time in the semifinals and he is still excited to face his old nemesis in the playoffs.“So it will be love, love, love for me and coach Caloy [Garcia] because this will be the first time for us,” said Yap who had a season-high 27 points in the game against the Batang Pier. “I’m sure coach Caloy is happy, and so am because we’re in the semifinals because when I got here the farthest we’ve come is the quarterfinals.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He was the undisputed face of the PBA in the early part of his career, winning two MVPs in 2006 and 2010 as part of the Purefood franchise.And even when he was traded to Rain or Shine in 2016, he remains a presence in the league despite his diminished role.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This positive notoriety that Yap has built in his 14-year career has always made him a crowd darling, but that doesn’t mean he will hesitate to play the role of the villain.The Elasto Painters are set to face Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, arguably the most loved franchise in the PBA, in the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals and Yap is ready to wear his cloak of antagonism. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The heavyweight battler bringing back ‘the old Pacquiao’ View commentslast_img read more

A closer look at Ogle Airport Inc. saga

first_imgDear Editor,It is with some interest that I am following the saga involving the Ogle Airport Inc. and the monopoly position that is occupied by one family. What is happening is a failure of the trust, powered by greed.My understanding of the evolution of OAI revolves around what I described as one of progressive experiments in public/private partnerships.  Five operators who, through the use of the Ogle aerodrome, benefited from the generosity of the state, would form themselves into a company; and that company would have the facility to develop for the benefit of these operators and the industry as a whole.The state provided the land through a lease at peppercorn rent, and the state also on-lent a two million Euro EU facility to the OAI interest free.  In addition, the state invested millions of dollars in equipment necessary for the proper operation of the airport.How one family has dominated the business activities and grown to have virtually total control of the Ogle Airport is a matter for the partners who were all outmanoeuvred.  Government trusted that the spirit of the initial pact would be honoured.  I also feel that the original partners operated with a great amount of trust among themselves.Warning signals went unheeded, the challenges of one of the largest operators and its public spat with OAI is well documented in the media.  The concerns of emerging operators who cannot have accommodation is also made public.In all of this, the state has a responsibility to ensure that OAI stays faithful to the spirit and letter of its agreement with the state.When the state makes concessions to allow businesses to grow and to power larger economic growth, it does so because it does not want to burden Guyanese businesses with huge unaffordable initial capital outlays.To acquire that amount of land and the investment in buildings and instruments would have cost OAI more than fifty million US dollars. These peppercorn leases were never intended to allow the lessee to extort huge supernormal profits by on-leasing at astronomical rents to others.  Thus the state has a provision that the lessee must have the state’s approval to sublet to others.  If a citizen get a house lot and wants to sell it before a certain amount of years, the house lot owner/buyer has to pay a penalty to the state. I know that an element of market value is applied in calculating this penalty.I want to advance a formula to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission/Ministry of Public Infrastructure where subletting at Ogle is concerned.  Let OAI pay an annual processing fee for the sub-letted portions.  The annual processing fee would equal Proposed subletting rent per acre less (-) annual lease rental of $6This way, any exorbitant rental fee would come to the state.In addition, the state has to be concerned with maintaining a competitive market economy and guard against monopolies.  We have to ensure that the smaller firms in any industry are not challenged with predatory practices. While we still have a long way to go to set and police general principles, we must deal condignly with the specific cases that emerge. Moral suasion, while not a panacea, could be a mechanism to start with.Thank you.Sincerely,Name suppliedlast_img read more