Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline played like the all-star squad that it is, whipping hapless PetroGazz, 25-18, 25-16, 25-13, Sunday night to open its campaign on a smashing note in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand, a returning import with a sledgehammer of an arm, delivered 17 points, while local superstar Alyssa Valdez added 14 for the Cool Smashers as their massive buildup in the off-season bore early fruit.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather planes in, will party in the islands Earlier, PayMaya bested Tacloban, 25-8, 33-31, 25-20, to also jumpstart its bid in the conference.Tess Rountree unloaded 22 points, while Shelby Sullivan added 15 for the High Flyers, who opened up with a spectacular first set only to see the Fighting Warays drag them to a marathon second frame.Grethcel Soltones was the best local for PayMaya with nine points, while Jasmine Nabor and Celine Domingo accounted for six apiece.Jovielyn Prado led the Fighting Warays with 12 points, but Tacloban was doomed by the paltry output of imports Amporn Hyapha and Sasiwimol Sangpan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Creamline also got nine points from new recruit Michelle Gumabao, who was making a seamless back-and-forth shift from her beauty queen duties to volleyball.“We really played well. It was a very good job by the team,” said Kaewpin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Cool Smashers, it seems, still have a lot more to give in their coming games with heavy hitters Risa Sato and Jem Galanza as well as star setter Jia Morado and popular libero Melissa Gohing yet to play their best.Still, that was enough to dominate the rookie Angels, who failed to get the expected numbers from imports Kadi Kullerkann and Anastacia Trach, who accounted for just 11 and five points, respectively. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments
Budget hotel aggregator, OYO, backed by SoftBank is planning to double its inventory of 70,000 rooms to 1.5 lakh by the end of next year to cater to growing business and leisure travel in the country. It will add between 10,000 and 20,000 rooms this year.“We have been doubling our revenues year-on-year and within this year we will continue to grow our revenues by two-and-a-half times year-on-year. We will see more properties coming up in areas where occupancy rates are high,” said Ritesh Agarwal, Founder, OYO.The company’s gross bookings run rate grew to Rs 2,563 crore annually. “Last year in March, we announced that we had gotten into a net transaction profit, which means that for every Rs 100 we sell, we were making more than Rs 100. Our gross margin has been 25% and net margin is at 16%. Our belief is that in the hospitality space, long-term repeats play the biggest role,” Agarwal said.OYO is working on making bookings easier for customers and will provide more details of its properties. Each property will be given a unique number to distinguish it from neighbouring OYO properties and the signages are expected to display the address more clearly. More local residents will be allowed to use OYO as there was growing demand for this facility for various reasons.