Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ comeback bid is off to a good start after fending off Adamson University, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Golden Tigresses were abysmal in Season 80 after tallying a 4-10 record despite Cherry Rondina and rookie Milena Alessandrini’s stellar efforts.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rondina scored a total of 296 points, the best mark in the league, to become the Best Scorer while Alessandrini had 105 points to become the Rookie of the Year.And it was truly a comeback for UST after it squandered a two-set lead to the Lady Falcons forcing a fifth set wherein the Golden Tigresses eventually showed their grit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Golden Tigresses ran to an early 5-0 lead after Eli Soyud touched the net and that lead developed into a 13-4 barrier for UST after rookie Eya Laure’s service ace.Alessandrini then finished off the match with UST’s final two points with game-clinching one being a block on Bernadette Flora. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes was proud of what he saw in his team especially with the younger stars not only serving as support players to Rondina but matching up with their veteran star.“This was a test of character and this really is the team we’ve been searching for a long time,” said Reyes in Filipino. “Before Sisi would score 30 points on her own and we’d still lose, but now she has the support.”“Milena played softly early on but was able to ramp up the intensity in the latter periods and same thing for Eya. Even though Eya had some errors she was able to correct them and she was able to redeem herself in the end.”Laure and Rondina both had 17 points to lead all scorers for UST while Alessandrini added 15 points.Rookie Kecelyn Galdones also had moments for UST scoring eight points.ADVERTISEMENT Champion coach Obet Javier goes back to being a referee for a game in UAAP Flora led the Lady Falcons with 14 points while Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla had 13 and 12 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
BURBANK – Pixar Animation Studios, once bitterly estranged from business partner The Walt Disney Co., could become part of the Disney fold again. Serious discussions are under way for the media conglomerate to buy the creator of such blockbusters as “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc.” according to published reports. Such a transaction could potentially be valued at $6.7 billion, according to a story Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. Analysts view it as a win-win for both companies, which have enjoyed a hugely profitable partnership set to expire later this year. “I think it would be good for both sides in that it would allow the existing relationships with Pixar content and Disney distribution to continue,” said Peter Jankovskis, director of research at Lisle, Illinois-based Oakbrook Investments LLC, which has more than 700,000 Disney shares. “Certainly Disney wants to lock up what has been a very profitable relationship and shore up their in-house capabilities.” Neither Disney nor Pixar have commented officially, but some details from what have been characterized as sensitive discussions have emerged. A deal would propel Pixar Chairman Steve Jobs, also head of Apple Computer Inc., into a powerful position within Disney as the company’s largest individual shareholder. But the deal’s value, to be based on Pixar’s stock price, is said to be among the sticking points. “We would be buyers of Disney’s stock on such weakness,” Styponias wrote. “Pixar’s track record suggests that it has arguably become the pre-eminent name in animation. We also believe that to the extent Steve Jobs would become one of the largest shareholders and likely a Disney board member, that this would benefit Disney, since we believe it is critical that media companies gain a greater understanding of technology and the impact it may have on their businesses. In our view, no company understands both technology and the consumer better than Apple.” But in the short-term, talk of a possible deal got a positive reaction from shareholders Thursday as the stock price for both companies enjoyed a boost. Pixar’s shares climbed $1.61 to close at $58.87 per share on the Nasdaq market, while Disney shares rose $1.02 on the New York Stock Exchange to close at $26.24 per share. Styponias believes that whatever challenges Disney faces in acquiring Pixar would be surmountable and that one of the keys would be to preserve Pixar’s creatively focused and independent culture within the larger company. Such a deal could not have even been imagined two years ago when Jobs very publicly broke off talks with then-Disney CEO Michael D. Eisner, with whom he had a stormy relationship. Pixar announced itself open to a distribution deal with other studios once its Disney deal expired. But a shareholder revolt against Eisner only weeks later changed the landscape dramatically, with Eisner being stripped of his chairman title in 2004 and retiring as CEO last September. Eisner’s successor, Robert Iger, made it an immediate priority to preserve the relationship with Pixar and informal talks began immediately after his appointment as CEO-elect last June. “We believe that Bob Iger is open to changing existing business models and has also demonstrated that he is able to work well with executives with strong personalities,” Styponias wrote. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 firstname.lastname@example.org!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Disney’s motivation to buy Pixar is clear: The studio has never provided Disney with anything but an uninterrupted string of major box office hits dating back to 1995, with the most recent being 2004’s “The Incredibles,” a smash both in theaters and on home video. While Disney had some success with its CG-animated film “Chicken Little” last fall, its domestic box office returns ($132.9 million to date) did not come close to the success of a Pixar title. “Finding Nemo,” for example, was 2003’s biggest hit, with a domestic gross of $339.7 million. From Pixar’s vantage point, not only has the Disney movie marketing machine proved to be a boon for its CG-animated films, Disney also holds the rights to develop sequels to all the Pixar films it has released, including the upcoming summer release “Cars.” “It would resolve a sticking point of who owns the copyright of pictures going forward, and that might still be somewhat of a sticky issue,” Jankovskis said. Katherine Styponias, entertainment analyst for Prudential Equity Group, LLC, said in a note Thursday that the deal would make sense both strategically and eventually financially for Disney, which she wrote would likely suffer a negative impact on its stock in order to acquire Pixar.
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