Gregg Hauk Appointed National Sales Director for Pro-Spray North America

first_imgMASSILLON, Ohio – Pro-Spray Automotive Finishes, a division of Alco Industries and a leader in European technology solventborne and waterborne refinishing products for the automotive aftermarket, announced the appointment of Gregg Hauk as the new Pro-Spray national sales director, North America. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Pro-Spray is a brand of U.S. Chemical & Plastics, an Alco Industries company. The Pro-Spray line of primers, clearcoats, hardeners, thinners and support products, was developed and is manufactured in England, and distributed in Europe and North America. In his new role as National Sales Director, North America for Pro-Pray Hauk will report directly to Pro-Spray President, Tom Perry, and will be responsible for the management, sales, profit development and overall business strategy implementation for the United States and Canada.  All Pro-Spray sales personnel will report to Hauk “Gregg’s tenure in the automotive refinishing aftermarket spans nearly three decades,” said Perry. “We believe in strategically aligning ourselves with quality, experienced people. Hauk’s professionalism, enthusiasm and strong background in automotive paint sales, marketing and management will benefit our customers as well as grow and strengthen our presence in North America.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

2019 forecast: Andrew Sim (Knight Frank)

first_imgAdditionally, it is telling that fully one third of 2018’s global investment by volume took place across borders, up from 25% a decade ago. This is an asset class that is slowly but surely becoming ever more international.So what of the outlook for 2019? The first point to make is that the weight of capital targeting real estate globally will continue to build. Despite amassing record volumes of unspent commitments, private equity funds are on the hunt for more, and the evidence proves they are having little difficulty in raising it.A sizeable share of private equity fund capital still emanates from the US, but increasingly it is being directed to European assets. The challenge for funds is to identify opportunities that can deliver the strong performance their investors have become accustomed to. To do so requires a greater focus on assets further up the risk curve, such as those in second or even third-tier cities, specialist sectors, or simply those where strong rental growth assumptions can be substantiated. ”A sizeable share of private equity fund capital increasingly is being directed to European assets”Source: Shutterstock/Who is DannyNot all investors will choose to access the market directly. We have already seen a significant rise in debt fund capital as non-bank lenders investors seek a defensive exposure to the asset class. Meanwhile, amongst the banks themselves we’ve even seen the tentative revival of the commercial mortgage backed securities market in Europe.Ultimately, 2019 will be a year in which the evolving macro picture will require close scrutiny, but that should not be allowed to cloud sentiment unduly – the foundations of another very active year remain in place.Andrew Sim, head of global capital markets at Knight Franklast_img read more

SC&RA: celebrating 65 years

first_imgThe conference programme includes leading industry speakers, a product fair made up of 90 exhibitors, the 2013 Awards and Recognition Dinner and Foundation Gala Dinner and Reception. Approximately 600 executives in the crane, rigging and specialised carrier industries are expected to attend the event. For more information please visit the SC&RA website. www.scranet.orglast_img

Four more for China Navigation

first_imgThis latest order brings the total number of Deltamarin designed vessels ordered by CNCo to sixteen. Wuchang will deliver from Chengxi at the end of October.This order represents another significant commitment by the company to Deltamarin’s energy efficient B.Delta37 design which offers lower fuel consumption, additional cargo deadweight and greater cargo cubic capacity in comparison to existing designs, CNCo claims. The ships will be deployed in CNCo’s drybulk division, Swire Bulk, and will operate on a worldwide basis.They feature five double skin cargo holds and are designed to carry bulk cargoes, grain, coal, concentrates, logs, heavy general cargo, steel coils, steel slabs, as well as a wide variety of heavy project cargoes, says CNCo. The tank tops are specifically strengthened for heavy cargoes and four electric deck cranes are each rated at 36 tons at maximum outreach of 26 m. www.chinanav.comwww.deltamarin.comlast_img read more

Crowley shakes up marine services organisation

first_imgJeff Andreini has been appointed to lead the offshore services division. He rejoins Crowley from Ardent Holdings where he served as the chief financial officer for four years.Crowley’s offshore business unit includes the company’s ocean-class tugboat and flat-deck barge fleets that provide specialised cargo transportation services for the offshore energy sector as well as the emerging US offshore wind market. Porter Sesnon is taking on a leadership position for the group’s ship assist and tanker escort services, which are provided in all major West Coast ports.For the engineering division, Crowley has tasked Coulston van Gundy with growing the company’s third-party project and construction management services, as well as engineering and design-related offerings provided by both Crowley and its Seattle-based subsidiary Jensen Maritime. Commenting on the appointments, Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services at Crowley, said: “With their leadership and our business structure, we are not only going to provide routine, daily marine services, but we will be able to collaborate to provide custom solutions to maritime-related challenges – whether that is designing, building and operating vessels, installing an offshore wind farm, or towing and positioning a tension-leg platform (TLP) for installation.”www.crowley.comlast_img read more

Barbados gov’t moving to export sugar to regional countries

first_img Tweet BusinessNewsRegional Barbados gov’t moving to export sugar to regional countries by: CMC – January 27, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share 217 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share (Photo credit:, Barbados (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Ansa Merchant Bank (AMB) is providing funds to the Barbados government for a multipurpose sugar factor as Bridgetown signaled its intention of becoming a major supplier of sugar to the Caribbean.Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick, addressing supporters of the St James South branch of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), said Cabinet had approved the financing for the project at its January 8 meeting.Media reports indicate that the AMB could provide as much as BDS$60 million (One BDS dollar =US$0.50 cents) in financing for disbursement to the farmers to increase cane production and to satisfy the start-up operations of the proposed multi-purpose factory in time for the 2017 crop season.Estwick, who said stakeholders would be updated on the status of the arrangement on Wednesday, noted “we are now finalizing the funding for the field side.“I am hoping to have a meeting on Wednesday where I can now lay out . . . the way forward for sustaining the agriculture sector, both on the sugar side and the non-sugar side,” he told party supporters.“I’ll be holding a meeting with all the players and I’ll be bringing in all the stakeholders and giving them a clear indication as to how we’ll be taking that sector forward over the next five to ten years and settle that sector down.”The state-of-the-art sugar factory is part of the US$250 million Cane Industry Restructuring Project with the first phase focusing on the production of high-end direct consumption sugar, sugar for export, bulk sugar for domestic consumption, high-end sugar for the rum industry, and 25 megawatts of electricity for the national grid.The second phase would involve the production of biomedical products and Estwick challenged young scientists to work with the government to create value-added products from sugar cane.Estwick maintained his previously announced position that 2015 would be the final year for selling bulk sugar to Europe due to its unprofitability.He said the focus would shift to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) market, where he estimated states import close to one billion dollars from outside the region.“We need to shift the marketing strategy away from a losing export position to a regional positive position and the second variable of that is that all the value added products, that is our market,” Estwick said, while promising to challenge CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development where necessary.last_img read more

Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails

first_imgNewsRegional Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails by: Associated Press – February 20, 2017 Share Share 221 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! In this February 13, 2017 photo, a prisoner, too weak to stand, lies in the prison infirmary at the National Penitentiary in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian prosecutors and rights activists are sounding an alarm about collapsing conditions at the impoverished country’s prisons as malnutrition from acute food shortages and a slew of preventable illnesses are leading to an upsurge of inmate deaths. (Photo: AP)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti’s largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp.Elsewhere, prisoners are crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in cellblocks so overcrowded they have to sleep in makeshift hammocks suspended from the ceiling or squeeze four to a bunk. New arrivals at Haiti’s National Penitentiary jostle for space on filthy floors where inmates on lockdown 22 hours a day are forced to defecate into plastic bags in the absence of latrines.“Straight up: This is hell. Getting locked up in Haiti will drive you crazy if it doesn’t kill you first,” said Vangeliste Bazile, a homicide suspect who is among the about 80 per cent of those incarcerated who have not been convicted of a crime but are held in prolonged pre-trial detention waiting for their chance to see a judge.Overcrowding, malnutrition and infectious diseases that flourish in jammed quarters have led to an upsurge of inmate deaths, including 21 at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary just last month. Those who monitor the country’s lockups are sounding an alarm about collapsing conditions.“This is the worst rate of preventable deaths that I have encountered anywhere in the world,” said Dr John May, a Florida physician who co-founded the non-profit group Health Through Walls to improve health conditions in the Caribbean and several African nations.Prisoners at the crumbling Port-au-Prince penitentiary flocked around a team of Associated Press journalists on a recent morning, eager to discuss their cases and complain of being all but forgotten at the foul-smelling furnace. Some 40 percent of the country’s 11,000 inmates are housed there in appalling squalor, a block away from government headquarters, and many are tormented by the prospect of indefinite detention.“I’m really scared I won’t get to see a judge until I’m an old man,” said Paul Stenlove, a 21-year-old murder suspect who was put in the prison 11 months ago.Prisons are crowded, dismal places in any number of countries. But Haiti’s penal system is by far the globe’s most congested, with a staggering 454 per cent occupancy level, according to the most recent ranking by the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research. The Philippines comes second with 316 per cent occupancy.Inmates, some waiting up to eight years to see a judge, try to keep their sanity by maintaining a daily routine of push-ups and lifting jugs filled with dirty water. Others play checkers or dominoes. Sentenced convicts and the far greater numbers of untried suspects pool together what little money they can scare up to buy small TVs and radios for their shared cells.But with widespread malnutrition and rats scampering through cells made for 20 men but now crammed with 80 to 100 it’s hard to focus on anything but basic survival.“Only the strong can make it in here,” said Ronel Michel, a prisoner in one of the crumbling cellblocks where exterior walls are stained with dried faeces because the men have to drop their excrement out of barred windows.Not all the inmates are weakened by hunger. Some are provided meals by visiting relatives and others are permitted by guards to meet with contacts to bring in food, cigarettes and other things. AP reporters saw one inmate with a wad of cash standing near the main gate ordering spaghetti and fried plantains from a vendor outside.But the large majority of prisoners are dependent on authorities to feed them twice a day and get little more than rationed supplies of rice, oats or cornmeal. Even clean drinking water is often in short supply.Prison authorities say they try their best to meet inmates’ needs, but repeatedly receive insufficient funds from the state to buy food and cooking fuel, leading to deadly cases of malnutrition-related ailments such as beriberi and anaemia.“Whenever the money is late it’s the prisoners who pay,” said National Penitentiary Director Ysarac Synal.Haiti’s penal system is so overcrowded that suspects are held indefinitely in other fetid, cramped pens, including cells at four police stations, where malnutrition is common. Three inmates recently died of malnutrition ailments at a prison in the southern city of Les Cayes.Life was supposed to be getting a little better for prisoners here. In 2008, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered Haiti to bring its “inhuman” prisons in line with minimum international standards. After a devastating earthquake in 2010, donor nations and humanitarian organizations launched projects aimed at building new infrastructure and improving deplorable conditions.One of these improvements was the “Titanic” cellblock at the National Penitentiary, built with US$260,000 from the International Committee of the Red Cross. Its cement tower was intended to ease overcrowding. But a few years after opening, it is possibly the most crowded block in the prison.“It’s a permanent struggle just to keep them (Haitian prisoners) alive,” said Thomas Ess, chief of delegation for Haiti’s Red Cross office.Severe overcrowding is partly due to rampant corruption, as judges, prosecutors and lawyers join in creating a market for bribes, said Brian Concannon, director of the non-profit Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.“If nine in 10 prisoners is in pre-trial detention, and a person has no prospect of getting a fair trial for years, his family will find some way of raising the funds to bribe him out, regardless of guilt,” Concannon said.Some foreign officials who have seen the system up close are exasperated by a lack of political will to solve problems of corruption, sluggish justice and prison conditions.“It is unconscionable that despite hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid the situation is even worse today, with inmates suffering from severe malnutrition and dying of preventable diseases,” US Senator Patrick Leahy, who toured the National Penitentiary in 2012, said in an email.As men continue to die unnecessarily at the National Penitentiary, Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor Danton Leger has been holding mass burials for prisoners, purchasing caskets and floral arrangements. Dead inmates, regardless of whether they were convicted or not, were previously dumped in a potter’s field.“The men in there are forced to live like animals. They can at least be buried like people,” Leger told AP.last_img read more

USDA offers 2018 MPP-Dairy opt-out option

first_imgThe MPP-Dairy enrollment period for calendar year 2018 is Sept. 1-Dec. 15, 2017.advertisementadvertisement“Secretary Perdue is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program and not pay the annual administrative fee for 2018,” said Rob Johansson, USDA acting deputy undersecretary for farm production and conservation. “The decision is in response to requests by the dairy industry and a number of MPP-Dairy program participants.”To opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. The decision would be for 2018 only and is not retroactive.In reality, opting out of the 2018 program will save most dairy farmers just $100, the administrative fee to enroll. About 93 percent of dairy farmers participating in 2017 signed up for the minimum catastrophic coverage (protecting a margin of $4 per hundredweight), which required no additional premium payment. By opting out, a producer would not receive any MPP-Dairy benefits if payments are triggered for 2018.Bradley Karner, USDA acting director administrator of farm programs, issued a notice to state and county FSA offices regarding the opt-out provisions. Full details were also to be published in a Federal Register notice.The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides indemnity payments to participating dairy farmers when the U.S. average milk income margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the producer.advertisementUnder provisions contained in the original program, participants could adjust margin coverage levels and percentage of milk covered annually, but had to remain in the program until it expired at the end of 2018.NMPF: Opt out opens door to LGM-Dairy for 2018Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), said offering the option of opting out of the MPP-Dairy in 2018 was acknowledgement dairy farmers were dissatisfied with the program. “The Margin Protection Program (MPP) in its current form has been a disappointment to many dairy farmers, which is why NMPF has been working both with the USDA and Congress to make significant improvements to the program,” Mulhern said. “We had earlier suggested to USDA that, given this level of dissatisfaction, one option would be to allow farmers to opt out of the MPP in the coming calendar year.“The announcement to allow farmers to opt out of the program in 2018 is a welcome development, in that it acknowledges the widespread dissatisfaction among farmers enrolled in the program,” Mulhern continued. “Simply put, the way the program was enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, it does not meet the needs of America’s dairy farmers today and declining participation levels amply illustrate farmers’ disenchantment with the MPP.”Mulhern noted that opting out of MPP-Dairy would make dairy farmers eligible to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) program, a separate margin insurance program administered through the USDA’s Risk Management Agency. Current law prohibits dairy farmers from participating in both programs simultaneously.Farmers who elect to remain in MPP-Dairy for calendar year 2018 must pay the minimum $100 administrative fee. They have the option of selecting a different margin level and may change the percentage of milk production covered. If buying up coverage above the base $4 per hundredweight (cwt) level for 2018, dairy producers can either pay the premium in full at the time of enrollment or pay 100 percent of the premium by Sept. 1, 2018. Premium fees may be paid directly to FSA, or producers can work with their milk handlers to remit premiums on their behalf.advertisementUSDA has a web tool to help producers determine their desired level of coverage.Dairy operations enrolling in the program must also meet conservation compliance provisions.For more information, visit FSA online at or stop by a local FSA office.Hold off on 2018 MPP-Dairy sign-upCiting recent volatility in both milk and feed prices, the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Bob Cropp, professor emeritus, and Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis, recommended dairy farmers hold off on locking down MPP-Dairy coverage levels for 2018. Waiting until the Dec. 15 closing date nears will give farmers time to evaluate market trends before buying coverage for the year ahead.USDA urged to improve dairy income insurance optionThe fate and framework for MPP-Dairy beyond 2018 rests in the hands of Congress and the 2018 Farm Bill, and political activity continues.Adjustments to MPP-Dairy have been the subject of both House and Senate ag committee hearings, and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has taken its priorities to Capitol Hill.“Looking ahead, Congress must make more resources available to the MPP, so that the program provides a more effective, affordable safety net – one that provides support when farmers need it,” Mulhern said. “We are currently working with lawmakers to secure program improvements that will restore farmers’ faith in the value of the MPP. We also will continue to work with USDA and Congress to develop additional risk management options for dairy producers.”In August, more than 25 members of Congress representing both parties sent a letter to Perdue, urging him to use his authority to provide dairy farmers with financial relief and insurance options similar to those offered under the USDA Risk Management Agency’s Federal Crop Insurance Program. The letter criticized the current program and asked the USDA to define milk as a distinct agricultural commodity eligible for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) coverage.The American Farm Bureau Federation is finalizing a Dairy-Revenue Protection program and plans to submit a proposal to the FCIC in October. An online survey is available to collect farmer input.Congress also continues to wrestle with a federal budget, which could include a Senate Appropriations Committee proposal to jump-start MPP-Dairy changes before the 2018 Farm Bill.However, that proposal, including lowering insurance premiums for smaller dairy herds, is not garnering universal support.In a weekly newsletter to members of California’s Milk Producers Council (MPC), Geoff Vanden Heuvel, MPC board member and economics consultant, said the dramatically lower premiums for smaller producers, without any reductions for larger producers, increases the disparity in federal safety net protection.“Milk Producers Council supported the creation of the Margin Protection Plan because it provided a safety net that was available to all producers regardless of size,” Vanden Heuvel said. “The program that Congress created already favors the small volume producers through reduced rates. This proposed change by the Appropriations Committee greatly exacerbates the current situation.”Under the proposed premium restructuring, a farmer producing less than 5 million pounds of milk annually could insure a $8-per-cwt margin for a premium of 15 cents per cwt, while the cost for a larger herd (milk production above 5 million pounds annually) would remain at $1.36 per cwt.“We appreciate the desire by the Appropriations Committee to strengthen the MPP with more resources, but believe those resources should be deployed in a way that does not pick winners and losers among American dairy farmers.”During 2016, 78 percent of dairy operations enrolled in MPP-Dairy had a production history of less than 5 million pounds of milk, according to analysis by John Newton, director of AFBF’s Market Intelligence. These farms, however, represented less than 20 percent of the covered milk in MPP-Dairy.The farms with a production history of less than 5 million pounds of milk correspond to approximately 217 milking cows based on USDA’s estimate of 2016 milk production per cow of 23,037 pounds per year; the median size of dairy farms in the U.S. is 223 milking cows. Thus, farms at or below the median size will see their costs for buy-up coverage drop substantially.Under the proposal, dairy operations with less than 5 million pounds of production history would see their premium rates for buy-up coverage drop by as much as 78 percent, Newton said. The cost for $8 buy-up coverage would drop from 47.5 cents per cwt to 15.3 cents per cwt, a decline of 68 percent. The most popular buy-up coverage levels during 2015 and 2016, $6 and $6.50 per cwt, would see their premiums drop to 1.7 cents and 4.3 cents per cwt, respectively.   The enrollment period for participation in the 2018 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) is open Sept. 1, but don’t rush into your Farm Service Agency (FSA) office just yet. And, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has given dairy farmers another option – they can opt out of MPP-Dairy altogether next year. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

Next- Gen Satellite Extensions with Full Band Capture and Eight Demodulators in a Single Chip

first_imgBroadcom has announced a satellite set-top box (STB) solution that delivers a boost in performance with lower power consumption and support for the new DVB-S2X broadcast standard. The new BCM45308 system-on-a-chip (SoC) device integrates Full Band Capture (FBC) technology to provide satellite operators with more efficient video and IP service distribution to subscribers’ connected devices throughout the home.The Broadcom BCM453xx Series dramatically simplifies system design and cost by integrating dual FBC Analog Digital Converters (ADCs) and up to eight demodulators in a single chip. The inclusion of FBC technology and DVB-S2X demodulators allows operators to digitize the entire 250-2350 MHz spectrum and provide flexible bandwidth deployment and tuning function in the digital domain, which enables a drastic reduction of tuner area and power. Remote diagnostics capabilities provided by FBC technology saves operators costly on-site customer visits and pairs with FastRTV technology to provide quick channel change regardless of frequency. The latest DVB-S2X satellite standard offers improved operating range and performance in direct-to-home (DTH) satellite markets to cover additional subscriber deployments and business applications. The BCM453xx Series supports all new DVB-S2X coding rates, modulation schemes, channel bonding and sharper roll off factors to improve efficiency on transponder bandwidth. The BCM453xx Series of devices are ball compatible to Broadcom’s BCM452xx DVB-S2 Series of devices to provide a very quick and easy upgrade path to support the S2X standard.last_img read more

Meralco survives last-minute Ginebra fight back for 2-1 lead

first_imgSCORESMERALCO 107 – Durham 36, Newsome 22, Alapag 18, Hugnatan 17, Hodge 6, Faundo 4, Uyloan 3, Amer 1, Nabong 0, Al-Hussaini 0GINEBRA 103 – Brownlee 42, Tenorio 14, Aguilar 12, Thompson 10, Mariano 6, Cruz 6, Devance 5, Mercado 4, Marcelo 2, Ellis 2, Caguioa 0QUARTERS – 18-20, 48-44, 71-69, 107-103[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Meralco survives last-minute Ginebra fight back for 2-1 lead’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By Adrian Stewart Co[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Reynel Hugnatan came up with crucial triples in the endgame as the Meralco Bolts surged to a 107-103 win over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in Game 3 of the 2016 Oppo PBA Governor’s Cup best-of-seven finals on Wednesday at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.With the Bolts holding on to a slim 92-89 lead late in the period, Hugnatan uncorked back-to-back triples to widen the gap to 98-92. Another corner triple by Hugnatan with just 44 seconds left gave the Bolts a comfortable 105-98 edge.The Bacolod City, Negros Occidental-native Hugnatan finished with 17 points, nine coming in the final quarter, for the Bolts, which moved to a 2-1 lead in the championship series.“He (Hugnatan) is actually a pretty good three-point shooter, but I didn’t know that until I started putting the big men through some three-point shooting drills and he ended up number 1 every day,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black.Reinforcement Allen Durham led the way with 36 points and 19 rebounds, while rookie Chris Newsome and Jimmy Alapag contributed 22 and 18 points, respectively, for the Bolts, which recovered from an 82-79 loss to the Kings in Game 2.The Bolts had a strong start behind Newsome and Durham for a 13-5 lead. But the Kings quickly retaliated behind Justin Brownlee to tie the count at 15-all before surging ahead at the end of period at 20-18 on baskets by Aljon Mariano.Both teams went on a tight exchange early in the second frame until the Bolts went on a scoring run behind Jonathan Uyloan, Durham and Clifford Hodge for a 45-38 edge. The Kings, however, trimmed it down to 48-44 at halftime.The Bolts surged to a 51-44 lead at the start of the third frame on a Newsome triple but the Kings answered with a 13-0 blast to take a 57-51 edge. The Bolts, however, leaned on Newsome and three-pointers from Alapag to hang on to a 71-69 advantage.The Bolts had another fiery opening in the fourth as it built a 78-69 lead behind Newsome and Durham. The Kings then leaned on Jervy Cruz and Joe Devance to come to within 78-75.Triples by Alapag and Durham gave the Bolts a 85-79 lead, but after another run by the Kings, Alapag and Hugnatan combined for three triples for a 105-98 edge. The Kings rallied to within 105-103 but free throws by Durham clinched the win for the Bolts.Brownlee top-scored with 42 points, while LA Tenorio and rookie Earl Scottie Thompson added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Kings, which will hope to tie the series in Game 4 on Friday./PNlast_img read more