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  • 23 hours DoH to create digital health repository Manilatimes
    Every Filipino’s medical record will be stored in a centralized database as part of the country’s continued push for universal health care, according to a ranking official of the Department of Health (DoH).
    Dr. Enrique Tayag Dr. Enrique Tayag, director of DoH’s Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service, said setting up the National Health Data Repository is in line with the implementing rules and regulations of the Universal Health Care Law that requires every Filipino’s medical record to be submitted to the DoH and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Tayag told a media forum ... more
  • 24 hours Bohol to welcome back tourists starting Nov 15 Manilatimes
    Bohol will reopen its doors to domestic tourists starting November 15, Malacañang spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said on Thursday.
    Bohol Governor Arthur Yap Roque made the announcement at a press briefing in Panglao Island in Bohol. In the same briefing, Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap said those who wish to visit Bohol must undergo polymerase chain reaction tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Yap said do-it-yourself tours are not allowed. “Meron tayong mga itinerary na i-sheshare sa kanila na pwede nila pagpilian (We have itineraries they can choose from),” he said. The requirements for travel to Bohol can ... more
  • 24 hours World Series TV ratings average drops 32% Manilatimes |Sports
    ARLINGTON, Texas: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32 percent below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012. This year’s rating was down 36 percent from the 8.1 rating, 16 share and average of 14,067,000 viewers for the Washington Nationals’ seven-game win ... more
  • 24 hours Infant recovered at Hamad airport safe – Qatar Manilatimes |World
    The Qatar government has announced that the infant recovered from the Hamad international airport last Oct. 2, 2020 is well and now under the care of the state hospital. The baby girl was rescued from what appeared to be a shocking and appalling attempt to kill her. The infant is now safe under medical care in Doha. “This was the first instance of an abandoned infant being discovered in such a condition at HIA. This egregious and life-threatening violation of the law triggered an immediate search for the parents, including on flights in the vicinity of where the ... more
  • 24 hours Inoue looking for ‘Monster’ win Manilatimes |Sports
    The last time boxing fans saw thrill-a-minute puncher Naoya “Monster” Inoue in the ring, the Japanese was locked in the toughest fight of his career opposite Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr. Inoue was supposed to run over Donaire with the tenacity of a bowling ball smashing hapless pins, but instead he went 12 hard rounds with him. Inoue still won by unanimous decision but went home with a busted nose and fractures to his right eye socket. And, oh, Inoue was hurt by a right hand from Donaire in the ninth stanza. Inoue notched the win but worked doubly ... more
  • 24 hours UN, WB want schools open despite pandemic Manilatimes
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United Nations and World Bank pleaded in a new report on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for schools to remain open despite Covid-19 risks, highlighting the damage the pandemic has inflicted on children’s education, especially in poor nations.
    GOING VIRTUAL JM Gaerlan, a sixth grade pupil of the Alejandro Albert Elementary School in Manila listens to his teacher at the start of classes on Oct. 5, 2020. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOILI Children in impoverished countries have been deprived of close to four months of schooling since the pandemic began early this year, while ... more
  • 24 hours Distance learning a success – Briones Manilatimes
    DESPITE the challenges to the unprecedented shift to distance learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) said the class opening this school year has been a success.
    Education Secretary Leonor Briones Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said the agency focused on the proper implementation of learning modalities during the first few weeks of classes. “The opening of the school year has generally been very successful, and we will continue to face any challenge that lies ahead with great resolve to continue education in the country,” Briones said. She added that imposing an academic freeze as demanded by ... more
  • 24 hours Covid cases surge in SKorea Manilatimes |World
    SEOUL: South Korea has reported 103 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, continuing a steady spread as people increasingly venture out in the public amid eased social distancing measures. The figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday brought the national caseload to 26,146, including 461 deaths. Sixty-six of the new cases were reported in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan region. At least 31 patients have been linked to a golf gathering in Yongin, which emerged as the country’s latest cluster of infections. Officials have also been testing thousands of ... more
  • 24 hours Folayang faces Caruso, out to prove detractors wrong Manilatimes |Sports
    Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will finally get his chance to silence his critics who believe it’s time for him to retire when he faces Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso of Australia in ONE: Inside the Matrix at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore tonight, October 30. Folayang aims get his name back on the top contenders list of the lightweight division. “I know there are a lot of people who think I should retire, especially if I lose this fight against Antonio Caruso. That’s understandable. But the word retirement is not yet in my vocabulary. I believe there is still ... more
  • 24 hours Cebu sports community mourns passing of Rico Navarro Manilatimes |Sports
    CEBU: The Cebuano sporting community is mourning the passing of local sports icon Rico Navarro, who died of heart attack on Tuesday. He was 53. Navarro was the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regional director for Central Visayas. Navarro also served as athletic director for the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and was an officer in Cebu’s prime sports league, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. He was also the founder of the Cebu Youth Basketball League and was responsible for the bringing the BEST Center Cebu and the BEST Center Twin Tournament to the Queen City of ... more
  • 24 hours INC to hold outreach programs worldwide Manilatimes
    THE Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) will conduct simultaneous Lingap sa Mamamayan, or Lingap, outreach activities all over the world on Oct. 31, 2020 to celebrate the 65th birthday of Executive Minister Brother Eduardo Manalo. INC General Auditor Glicerio Santos Jr. said the group chose to honor Manalo’s special day by continuing his advocacy of providing humanitarian help through local and international projects. He noted that the INC’s Lingap sa Mamamayan, or Aid to Humanity, aims to provide livelihood and material assistance to INC members and non-members alike as it has been held not only in the Philippines, but also in various parts of the globe. ... more
  • 24 hours 16 die in Afghan suicide attacks Manilatimes |World
    KABUL: Several terrorist attacks including car bomb, roadside bomb and suicide attack claimed the lives of 16 people including seven attackers in Afghanistan, officials confirmed. In the latest violent incident, a roadside bomb struck a car in Siory district of the southern Zabul province on Tuesday evening killing four civilians aboard and injuring three others, provincial police chief Hekmatullah Kuchi said.
    Photo taken on Oct. 27, 2020 shows debris at the site of a car bomb attack in Khost city, Afghanistan. Several terrorist attacks including car bomb, roadside bomb and suicide attack claimed the lives ... more
  • 24 hours Passengers hit invasive inspection at Qatar airport Manilatimes |World
    DOHA: Female passengers on 10 planes flying out of this city were forced to endure invasive physical examinations, Australia’s foreign minister said, as Qatari authorities expressed regret for the distress caused to the women. Qatar had already been under immense pressure after it was revealed that women were removed from a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways flight and forced to undergo vaginal inspections in the search for a newborn baby who had been abandoned at Doha airport. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne then announced Wednesday that the number of planes targeted was much greater than first thought. She told parliament ... more
  • 24 hours MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field Manilatimes |Sports
    ARLINGTON, Texas: Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. The commissioner’s office said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) it is starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman. The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field.
    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates with the trophy after ... more
  • 24 hours Watch cemeteries, police chiefs told Manilatimes
    Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General LtGen. Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed police commanders to ensure that cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaria would remain closed from October 29 to November 4.
    Deputy Director General LtGen. Guillermo Eleazar He urged police commanders to strengthen their coordination with the local government units. The commander of Task Force Covid Shield said regular police patrols should be conducted near cemeteries and memorial parks, particularly on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditionally, people flock to cemeteries, memorial parks and columbariums on these dates to visit their dead. “We should make sure that the order of the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious ... more
  • 24 hours Duterte oks probe of ‘abusive’ envoy Manilatimes
    President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to investigate the country’s ambassador to Brazil, Marichu Mauro, who was alleged to have maltreated her Filipina household help, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said on Thursday.
    Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. He stressed that the President has to give his consent to the investigation of his appointees. “Bilang isang presidential apointee kinakailangan po ang pagpayag ng Presidente bago po maimbestigahan ang dating Philippine ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro (The President has to approve before former Philippine ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro could be investigated),” he said. Foreign ... more
  • 24 hours American kidnappers demand ransom Manilatimes |World
    MASSALATA: The gunmen who kidnapped an American citizen in southern Niger issued a ransom demand Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for his release, a local official said. The hostage, Philip Walton, described as the son of a missionary living in Niger, was abducted Monday night by six men armed with Kalashnikovs on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the border with Nigeria. “The kidnappers phoned the man’s father and demanded a ransom,” said Ibrahim Abba Lele, prefect of the Birni Nkonni department, which includes Massalata. ... more
  • 24 hours Miller family says they’re selling Jazz to Ryan Smith Manilatimes |Sports
    SALT LAKE CITY: The majority interest of the Utah Jazz is being sold to technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, a move that when formally approved by the NBA will end the Miller family’s 35-year run as owners of the franchise. The Jazz said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that “definitive agreements” have been struck with Smith on the sale of the team, Vivint Arena, the team’s G League affiliate and management of a Triple-A baseball club. Part of those agreements call for the team to remain in Utah.
    The Vivint Smart Home Arena is shown Wednesday, Oct. ... more
  • 24 hours 5 Spanish regions close border Manilatimes |World
    MADRID: Five more Spanish regions, including Madrid, said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) they would close their borders ahead of the All Saints’ Day long weekend to try to halt a surge in coronavirus infections. Some six million people traditionally travel to other parts of Spain during the All Saints’ Day holiday weekend and as a result the regional government of Madrid plans to close the region’s borders from Friday until November 2, said the head of the region’s government, Isabel Diaz Ayuso. “We are aware that we must continue to reduce social contacts,” she told a joint news ... more
  • 24 hours PH no longer in list of 5 worst countries for journalists Manilatimes
    The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Thursday said the Philippines was finally out of the top five worst countries for journalists and was declared the “biggest mover” in a recent report of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In its Global Impunity Index released on Wednesday, the CPJ reported that the Philippines ranked seventh among countries with the worst records of prosecuting killers of journalists. “The Philippines is the biggest mover in this year’s rankings, improving from the fifth worst country worldwide to the seventh worst,” the global media watchdog said. “The Philippines ... more
  • 24 hours Ravens intend to show Pittsburgh they play defense better Manilatimes |Sports
    In the midst of an NFL season that is on course to set records for the most points and touchdowns, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are winning on the strength of their defenses. The Steelers have the top-ranked unit in the league in terms of fewest yards allowed (286.3 per game) and are riding a streak of 63 games in a row with at least one sack. The Ravens are yielding an NFL-low 17.3 points per game and have forced a turnover in 19 consecutive games.
    Baltimore Ravens defenders Pernell McPhee (90) Calais Campbell ... more
  • 24 hours Senegal president dissolves govt Manilatimes |World
    DAKAR: Senegalese President Macky Sall on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) dissolved his 32-strong government team after 18 months, an official source said without elaborating. Presidential spokesman Abdou Latif Coulibaly said Sall had signed a decree to that effect but gave neither a reason for the move nor a date for the formation of a new cabinet. “While awaiting the putting in place of a new government, outgoing ministers and secretaries of state are charged with carrying out their ongoing affairs,” a presidential statement read. ... more
  • 24 hours 2021 Boston Marathon postponed at least until the fall Manilatimes |Sports
    BOSTON: Boston Marathon organizers said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that the 2021 race won’t be run on Patriots Day because of the coronavirus pandemic, the second straight year that it has been moved from the April weekend that was its home for more than a century. About six months before the scheduled April 19 date, the Boston Athletic Association said it was postponing next year’s race until “at least the fall of 2021,” conceding that the state won’t have sufficiently emerged from the pandemic to allow as many as 30,000 runners and a half-million fans to gather on ... more
  • 24 hours PACC backs task force vs corruption Manilatimes
    THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Thursday expressed support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on the conduct of a large-scale investigation into allegations of corruption in the entire government.
    PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez said the expanded efforts to investigate corruption was needed as the President could not eradicate it all by himself. “The President himself has said before that he cannot do this alone. He needs the help of everyone in the campaign for good governance,” Jimenez said in a statement. He agreed that the fight against corruption “is an ... more
  • 24 hours Venezuela detains 2 refinery attackers Manilatimes |World
    CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that a large oil refinery suffered a “terrorist attack” as his government struggles to provide domestic fuel to the nation amid a historic political and economic crisis. The president also said two foreigners tied to extremist groups were detained a day prior to the incident with plans to kill Venezuelan leaders. Maduro did not identify them, give their nationality or explain whether they had ties to the refinery attack. ... more
  • 24 hours Kyle Busch wins rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race in Texas Manilatimes |Sports
    FORT WORTH, Texas: Out of contention to defend his NASCAR Cup title, Kyle Busch at least extended his season winning streak to 16 with his first victory of 2020. He also denied a needed victory for Martin Truex Jr., his penalized Joe Gibbs Racing teammate who still has a chance to be one of the four drivers to be the new champion. “I feel like crap,” Busch said. “But I got a win.” Busch won the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that finished Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), three days after it started. He was 0.468 seconds ahead of ... more
  • 2 days Treasury: Govt eyes to raise P140B in Nov Manilatimes |Biz
    The government looks to raise P140 billion from local sources next month, according to a program released by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) on Wednesday. If followed, the program would be the same as the planned P140 billion this month. Of the amount, the government would raise P80 billion by issuing Treasury bills (T-bills) and P60 billion by issuing Treasury bonds (T-bonds). Of the T-bills amount, P20 billion would be borrowed through the 91-day tenor, P20 billion through the 182-day, and P40 billion through the 364-day. Of the T-bond figure, P30 billion would be generated through the ... more
  • 2 days Pagcor profit plummeted over 97% in 9 months Manilatimes |Biz
    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) saw its net income sink to P132.67 million in the first nine months of 2020. According to the state-run firm’s latest statement of comprehensive income, the amount was a 97.32-percent plunge from P4.96 billion in the same period a year ago. In a text message to The Manila Times, Pagcor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrea Domingo blamed the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic for the reduced profit without elaborating further. Pagcor suspended its regulated gaming operations on March 15 after the government declared a public health emergency in the country ... more
  • 2 days Finance dept to LGUs: Tap govt financing, support Manilatimes |Biz
    Local government units (LGUs) are urged to tap the various financing and other technical support that the government has made available. During a webinar hosted by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said LGUs “play a key role in revitalizing our economy that has been battered by the [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic.” “They can help pump-prime the national economy through local public investments,” he added as he encouraged local governments to utilize their borrowing capacity to bolster recovery programs. For instance, the Finance chief said, Republic Act 11494, or “Bayanihan to Recover ... more
  • 2 days Cashless toll collections to start on December 1 Manilatimes |Biz
    Motorists using toll roads now have over a month to secure their radio frequency identification (RFID) tags after the Department of Transportation (DoTr) extended the deadline for the full implementation of the cashless collection system. In a statement on Wednesday, the DoTr said the shift to this system was moved to December 1 from the original November 2 deadline after toll plazas saw a surge in the number of motorists wanting to get the RFID tags, resulting in long queues. The new deadline “will no longer be extended beyond this date,” it added. Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive ... more
  • 2 days Pro-green groups welcome moratorium on new coal plants Manilatimes |Biz
    Two groups on Wednesday commended the government’s move to no longer endorse new coal power plants, saying it would promote competition and wider renewable energy (RE) use. In separate statements, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) and Greenpeace welcomed the Department of Energy’s (DoE) moratorium on greenfield coal-fired power plants or coal facilities that are yet to be constructed, which they said would pave the way for the country’s transition to RE. “By declaring a moratorium on new coal plants, [Energy] Secretary [Alfonso] Cusi is adhering to [the] DoE’s mandate to enable competition in the energy ... more
  • 2 days Filinvest Land, Megawide, Cityland offers cleared Manilatimes |Biz
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the public offerings of two real estate companies and one construction firm aimed at raising funds for capital expenditures and projects, among others. In a statement on Wednesday, the SEC identified the offerings as the P30-billion fixed-rate bonds of Filinvest Land Inc., the P5-billion perpetual preferred shares of Megawide Construction Corp. and the P1.4-billion commercial papers of Cityland Development Corp. These were approved in a meeting on October 27, it said. Gotianun-led Filinvest Land will offer up to P6.75 billion worth of three-year and five-and-a-half-year bonds — due 2023 and ... more
  • 2 days Semirara Mining income tumbled 64% in Jan-Sept Manilatimes |Biz
    Listed Semirara Mining and Power Corp. reported on Wednesday that its net income after taxes fell to P3 billion in the first nine months of 2020 on reduced coal prices and volumes. In a disclosure, the Consunji-led integrated energy company said the amount was a 64-percent decrease from P8.2 billion in the same period a year ago. For the third quarter alone, net income dived by 71 percent to P7.5 million from P2.58 billion last year. Semirara Mining attributed the reduction in the July-to-September profit to the “further decline in coal export prices and lower coal volume sold.” ... more
  • 2 days Grab PH eyes revival of motorcycle taxi biz Manilatimes |Biz
    Grab Philippines may again seek the government’s permission to participate in the latter’s extended motorcycle taxi pilot run, an official said on Wednesday. During a virtual briefing, Ronald Roda, Grab Philippines head of transport and shared services, said his company might approach the Department of Transportation on reintroducing its GrabBike ride-hailing service after Malacañang decided to resume motorcycle taxi services to boost public transportation in the country’s capital. He also said Grab Philippines could bank on its about 70,000 motorcycle riders to reenter the market, but added that there was a need to conduct safety training. The official’s ... more
  • 2 days UnionBank earnings slipped to P8.5B in first 9 months Manilatimes |Biz
    Listed Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) saw its net income dip to P8.5 billion in the first nine months of the year on larger loan loss provisions. In an October 23 statement that was released on Wednesday, the Aboitiz-led lender said the amount was 0.9-percent lower than the year-earlier figure. For the third quarter alone, UnionBank’s net profit was P4.2 billion, an 11-percent expansion from the year-ago amount. The bank said the nine-month figure “already includes the extraordinarily high provision for loan losses, which could result from the Covid (coronavirus disease) crisis, that it set aside earlier ... more
  • 2 days Philex Mining resumes underground operations after Covid-19 halt Manilatimes |Biz
    Philex Mining Corp. on Wednesday resumed underground operations at 50-percent capacity at its Padcal mine site after these were suspended to implement coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) precautionary protocols there. In a disclosure, the Pangilinan-led mining company said operations resumed after 779 employees tested negative for the coronavirus following its expanded swab testing and after eight of the 151 positive cases at the mine site had recovered. “The company expects operational capacity to jump up to 90 percent in the next three days,” Philex Mining said, noting that most of the affected employees were involved in underground operations, prompting ... more
  • 2 days Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988 Manilatimes |Sports
    ARLINGTON, Texas: Mookie Betts came to the Dodgers to make a World Series difference. With a mad dash to home plate, he put Los Angeles over the top. The end of a frustrating championship drought for LA — and perhaps just the start for Betts and the Dodgers. Betts bolted from third for the go-ahead run on Corey Seager’s infield grounder in the sixth and led off the eighth with a punctuating homer, and the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to claim their first championship since 1988.
    Los Angeles Dodgers’ ... more
  • 2 days UN mobilizes P1.4B for PH’s Covid response Manilatimes
    THE United Nations has mobilized in-kind support and technical assistance worth P1.4 billion to help the Philippines respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) through 20 different agencies.
    Gustavo Gonzalez According to Gustavo Gonzalez, the UN’s resident and humanitarian coordinator in the country, the international agency has moved swiftly to support the government-led effort to contain the virus and limit its socioeconomic impact. “Our support combines the reorientation of existing interventions to cope with the crisis, the implementation of timely impact assessments as well as technical assistance and in-kind support to national, regional and community ... more
  • 2 days Unbeaten Steelers reach top spot in AP Pro32 poll Manilatimes |Sports
    NEW YORK: As the league’s only unbeaten team, the Pittsburgh Steelers have climbed all the way to the top of the NFL. As well as the No. 1 spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. But just barely. The Steelers received seven of the 12 first-place votes for 378 points in balloting on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Steelers held off the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Sunday in a matchup of 5-0 teams when Stephen Gostkowski missed a 45-yard field goal with 14 seconds left. The loss dropped the Titans ... more
  • 2 days NBA trade rumors: Is Victor Oladipo the Lakers’ third wheel? Manilatimes |Sports
    Before the LA Lakers won the title, they were not seen as title contenders. Only when both the Clippers and Bucks were eliminated did they suddenly give the true Tinseltown team proper notice. Now that they are champions and title favorites for the next season, they are now legitimate destinations for “title chasers.” Salary cap reality The goal of the salary cap is to achieve parity, and we have to appreciate that they accomplished that. The Lakers were maligned for their supporting cast, but now that they have proven their worth, they may go elsewhere. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was ... more
  • 2 days 800,000 US kids Covid-positive Manilatimes |World
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: Nearly 800,000 children in the United States had been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since the onset of the pandemic, according to a new report of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. A total of 94,555 new child cases were reported from October 8 to 22, which was a 14-percent increase in child cases over two weeks, according to the report.
    Students study online at a recreation center in Los Angeles, the United States, on Sept. 3, 2020. XINHUA PHOTO Altogether 792,188 child Covid-19 cases had been ... more
  • 2 days The sad, unsolvable gender gap in pro sports Manilatimes |Sports
    AN interesting comparison being passed around the social media in the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory in this year’s National Basketball Association championship raised some uncomfortable questions about the persistent disparity between men’s and women’s sports at the professional level. I don’t have as much time as I’d like these days to flex my rusty sportswriting skills, but this topic ultimately merges into my usual business-and-economics lane and is important enough that it deserves some attention. The comparison in question, presented in the form of an infographic, put the two biggest stars of the NBA and ... more
  • 2 days Old cars root of air pollution – UN Manilatimes |World
    UNITED NATIONS: Getting rid of old cars was helping clean the skies over developed nations, but many clunkers were ending up in developing countries where they added significantly to air pollution, a United Nations report warned. The European Union, Japan and United States exported around 3 million used vehicles each year between 2015 and 2018, with most going to low- and middle-income countries and more than half ending up in Africa, according to a report released Monday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP). With the expansion of car ownership in developing countries expected to be a major source ... more
  • 2 days PetroGazz, Motolite join PSL beach volley Manilatimes |Sports
    Two new teams will be seeing action when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) unwraps its 2020 Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup on November 26 in Subic.
    Philip Ella Juico FILE PHOTO PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico on Wednesday welcomed the inclusion of PetroGazz and Motolite, two teams from the Premier Volleyball League who are raring to test their mettle against the best beach spikers from the PSL. So far, the confirmed teams from the PSL are the United Auctioneers, Cignal, Sta. Lucia and F2 Logistics, but Juico expects other teams to join since the country’s health situation ... more
  • 2 days Lacson wants oversight power over military Manilatimes
    SEN. Panfilo Lacson wants to exercise oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of “red-tagging or red-baiting” of certain celebrities, institutions and organizations. The senator wants to handle the oversight functions as chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation.
    Senator Panfilo Lacson He filed on October 28 Resolution 559 directing the committee to craft proper guidelines that will “prevent misunderstanding between the public and the military and ensuring the protection of the constitutional rights of the people” amid the recent statement of military officials threatening personalities ... more
  • 2 days Barcelona president Bartomeu quits in fallout of Messi feud Manilatimes |Sports
    MADRID: Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu resigned on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) amid the fallout of his feud with star Lionel Messi, and on his way out revealed the Spanish club wants to join a potential new super league of elite European teams.
    Lionel Messi AFP PHOTO After one of the club’s worst seasons in more than a decade, Bartomeu announced that his entire board of directors also resigned, effectively avoiding a motion of censure vote that was scheduled for the coming weeks. Bartomeu wanted to delay the vote, citing health concerns for the club’s more ... more
  • 2 days Djokovic wins Vienna opener to close on Sampras record Manilatimes |Sports
    VIENNA: Novak Djokovic defeated Filip Krajinovic in the first round in Vienna on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to edge closer to Pete Sampras’s all-time record of ending the year as world number one on six occasions.
    Novak Djokovic AFP PHOTO Djokovic beat compatriot Krajinovic 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 and needs to win his next match in Austria against Borna Coric to ensure he equals the achievement of his childhood idol. The 33-year-old Serb has been the top-ranked player at the end of a season five times: in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. He shares that ... more
  • 2 days Covid to linger – DoH Manilatimes
    The Department of Health (DoH) said the novel coronavirus will linger in the country for quite a while, reflecting a warning from a university-based research group of a possible rise in infections following the easing of restrictions. In its report dated October 26, the Octa Research Group, led by the University of the Philippines, predicted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case count to go up after the government relaxed health rules for public transportation in an effort to revive the economy that has been crippled by the pandemic. In an earlier interview with The Manila Times, Prof. Guido David of ... more
  • 2 days New Covid outbreak alarms China Manilatimes |World
    XINJIANG: In the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak in Kashi, residents of Urumqi, capital of Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are being encouraged to get tested for the virus, in an expansion to the city’s regular nucleic acid testing of city residents which began in mid-September. In Urumqi, some residential compounds have asked all residents to get tested, while other communities are asking only the elderly and children to take the free nucleic acid test. Public sector workers in Urumqi have been tested every seven days since September following an earlier outbreak in the ... more
  • 2 days Time to build safe evac centers – Go Manilatimes
    SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has renewed his call for the creation of safe and properly equipped evacuation centers for victims of disasters and calamities. He made the call following the onslaught of Typhoon “Quinta.” The chairman of the Senate Health and Demography committee prodded his fellow lawmakers to act on his proposal for the creation of evacuation centers in every province, city and municipality. “When disaster strikes, the Filipinos, especially [the] underprivileged, suffer. Ibig sabihin, nasisira ang mga bahay, marami pong apektado (Meaning, their houses are destroyed and many are affected),” Go said in a radio interview. While the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ... more
  • 2 days Woods wins Vuelta stage seven as Carapaz keeps overall lead Manilatimes |Sports
    MADRID: Canadian Michael Woods timed his move to perfection on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to win the seventh stage at la Vuelta, as Richard Carapaz retained the overall lead.
    Michael Woods AFP PHOTO Woods came out on top by four seconds after a tense finish involving five riders in northern Spain and claimed his second stage victory in the event. The 34-year-old finished alone, ahead of the Spanish duo of Omar Fraile (Astana), who was second, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third, while it was France’s Nans Peters and Guillaume Martin in fourth and fifth ... more
  • 2 days DFA reviews policy amid abuse rap vs diplomat Manilatimes
    THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is reviewing its policy of allowing Filipino diplomats to bring domestic helpers from the Philippines. The review came amid allegations against Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro for maltreating her Filipina household worker. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the DFA would “be firm in meting out” the appropriate sanctions against Mauro. Locsin noted that President Rodrigo Duterte had vowed to protect the rights of every single Filipino worker abroad. “Rest assured the DFA’s response on this matter will be severe to the fullest extent of the law especially when it involves a high ranking DFA ... more
  • 2 days World 100m champion Coleman handed two-year ban, to miss Olympics Manilatimes |Sports
    PARIS: World champion sprinter Christian Coleman is set to miss next year’s Tokyo Olympics after being banned from athletics for two years for anti-doping violations, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
    Christian Coleman, AFP photo The American, who won the men’s 100 metres at last year’s World Championships in Doha, was provisionally suspended for three ‘whereabouts failures’ in June. World Athletics’ Disciplinary Tribunal upheld the charge and banned Coleman for two years, backdated to 14 May, 2020. The 24-year-old has 30 days to appeal the decision at the Court of ... more
  • 2 days Don’t use our songs, Trump told Manilatimes |World
    LOS ANGELES: From the beloved opening lines of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to the rousing, children’s-choir conclusion of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies have been filled with classic songs whose authors and their heirs loudly reject him and his politics. It’s become a subcycle in the endless campaign cycle. The Trump campaign can hardly play a song without the artist denouncing its use and sending a cease-and-desist letter. Neil Young, John Fogerty, Phil Collins, Panic! At The Disco and the estates of Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty and Prince are ... more
  • 2 days FIFA president Infantino tests positive for Covid-19 Manilatimes |Sports
    ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for Covid-19.
    Gianni Infantino AFP PHOTO The governing body of world soccer said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) that Infantino has mild symptoms and “has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.” People who have come into contact with the 50-year-old Swiss lawyer in recent days have been informed “to take the necessary steps,” FIFA said. Infantino has traveled little during the coronavirus pandemic, but he attended a signing ceremony at the White House last month to mark normalized ... more
  • 2 days ‘Quinta’ death toll rises to 14 Manilatimes
    THE death toll from Typhoon “Quinta” rose to 14, with 21 injured and seven persons missing, authorities said. The Office of Civil Defense in Bicol said five persons died in the region. All of them drowned. It also reported that five people were missing and 15 were injured. In Region 4B, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) recorded seven fatalities. Among the dead were a mother and her infant who drowned in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro. The other victims either drowned or were hit by a falling tree. Two people also died in Region 7. The NDRRMC estimated damage to agricultural and infrastructure at P429.7 million across the ... more
  • 2 days Covid infects Mexico mayor Manilatimes |World
    MEXICO CITY: Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Tuesday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Sheinbaum wrote on Twitter that she was informed of the test result on Monday night and said that she would work remotely under medical supervision, although she added that she felt “well” and “strong.” In a videoconference, the head of the government of Mexico’s capital, explained that she takes a Covid-19 test every 15 days. ... more
  • 2 days Violence threatens Tanzania polls Manilatimes |World
    ZANZIBAR: Tanzanians will vote Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) amid rising concern for democracy under President John Magufuli, who is seeking a second term, and with tensions high in volatile Zanzibar, where violence erupted ahead of the vote. Long deemed a haven of stability in East Africa, observers say Tanzania has seen a worrying crackdown on the opposition and freedom of speech under the 60-year-old Magufuli and his Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, which has been in power since 1961. Magufuli is counting on his ambitious program of infrastructure development and fiery anti-corruption stance to secure him a second mandate ... more
  • 2 days CA approves promotion of 50 AFP of ficers Manilatimes
    THE Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of 50 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The CA’s national defense committee headed by Rep. Luis Ferrer 4th moved for the approval of the appointments of the officers in plenary. Among those approved were the ad interim appointment of Juvymax Uy and the nomination of Vener Odilon Mariano as major generals. The 48 others are colonels and captains belonging to various armed services of the AFP, namely: Vincent Arnold Dy, Joel Aquino, Jonathan Dumlao, Sonny Ramos, Dennis Gutierrez, Camilo Saddam, Eliezer Valdez Jr., Ramon Zagala 2nd, Melencio Ragudo, Dante Bermillo, Vicente Edgardo ... more
  • 2 days Masterly De Bruyne inspires City past tame Marseille Manilatimes |Sports
    MARSEILLE: Manchester City made it two wins from two in their latest bid for Champions League glory as Kevin De Bruyne starred in a straightforward 3-0 win at Marseille on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The English side, who have never reached the semifinals under Pep Guardiola, sit top of the early Group C table after their opening victory at Porto last week. The City boss said that his side have to accept recent criticism after only winning two of their five Premier League matches so far this season, but that he was confident they can put together a ... more
  • 2 days Hollywood stars solicit for Biden, Harris Manilatimes |World
    HOLLYWOOD: Joe Biden sharing a split-screen with George Clooney. Kamala Harris joining an online quiz with the Marvel superhero film stars. Virtual fundraisers with Hollywood and Democratic leaders have combined with powerful anti-Donald Trump sentiment to prompt an unprecedented flood of donations in California — the nation’s wealthiest state, long seen as the party’s election cash cow. As the race for the White House reaches its blockbuster finale, both campaigns are mounting breakneck tours of swing states, and are notably absent in the liberal Golden State where Biden leads Trump by over 30 points. AFP ... more
  • 3 days DoE issues ban on new coal plants Manilatimes |Biz
    THE Department of Energy (DoE) will no longer accept new endorsement applications for the construction of greenfield coal power plants, pending a review of the country’s energy needs. In a statement on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the DoE’s the periodic assessment of the country’s energy requirements prompted them to declare a moratorium on endorsements for greenfield coal power plants. Greenfield coal plants refer to those power facilities that are yet to be constructed. In a message to reporters, Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said the moratorium covers new applications and the ban will last until such ... more
  • 3 days Filipinos want better public transportation amid pandemic Manilatimes |Biz
    Filipinos are demanding a more comprehensive plan from the Duterte administration to address transportation woes amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, a study conducted by data analytics firm WR Numero showed.
    GETTING READYWorkers disinfect a train of the Philippine National Railways on Aug. 18, 2020 in preparation for the resumption of public transportation on Wednesday. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO Quarantine controls have been eased since the past weeks as the government hopes to revive the Philippine economy, but workers continue to face problems from the country’s mass transportation system. “As Filipinos adjust to the ... more
  • 3 days Budget bill finally transmitted to Senate Manilatimes
    SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd said the early submission of the proposed 2021 P4.5-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) by the House of Representatives (HoR) will ensure its passage before the end of December.
    It’s done Speaker Lord Allan Velasco signs the General Appropriations Bill before sending it to the Senate on Oct. 27, 2020. Contributed photo Speaker Lord Allan Velasco transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday afternoon one set of hard copies of the budget measure. The HoR also provided a USB (universal serial bus) containing the soft copy of the GAB. “[The] Senate just ... more
  • 3 days 40 PH firms to showcase healthy, natural food exports in China expo Manilatimes |Biz
    Forty Philippine companies are set to showcase various healthy and natural food selections in the country’s third participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, China on November 5 to 10, 2020. In a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the Philippine delegation will focus on healthy and natural food products to tap into the growing demand for nutritious fruits, snacks and ingredients in China. The delegation is under the FOODPhilippines banner led by DTI through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem). ... more
  • 3 days Metro Manila stays under GCQ Manilatimes
    THE National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) from November 1 to 30, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday. He made the announcement in a taped address to the nation following a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The provinces of Batangas and Lanao del Sur and cities of Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban and Iligan will also be under GCQ for a month. The President said community quarantine measures would still be enforced not to make people’s lives “miserable” but to ensure their protection since coronavirus cases are “still ... more
  • 3 days Moon holds more water than thought – scientists Manilatimes
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. And for the first time, the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface has been confirmed, scientists reported on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). That’s good news for astronauts at future lunar bases who could tap into these resources for drinking and making rocket fuel. While previous observations have indicated millions of tons of ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the moon’s poles, a pair of studies in the journal Nature Astronomy take the availability of ... more
  • 3 days Psalm to 2 firms: Pay P671M arrears Manilatimes |Biz
    The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm) is demanding two firms to settle their long overdue obligations of at least P671.16 million combined, according to the Department of Finance (DoF). In a statement on Tuesday, the Finance department said Psalm sent separate final demand letters to First Bay Power Corp. (FBPC) and Abra Electric Cooperative Inc. (Abreco). Copies of the letters — both dated August 24 this year — were furnished Finance Secretary and Psalm Chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. In the letters, Psalm President Chief Executive Officer Irene Besido Garcia and acting Vice President ... more
  • 3 days SM Prime Holdings 9-mo net income down 48% Manilatimes |Biz
    Sy Group’s SM Prime Holdings saw its consolidated net income slump by 48 percent to P14.4 billion in the first nine months of the year from P27.6 billion in the same period last year. The integrated property developer in a filing on Monday said its consolidated revenue for the period also declined by 29 percent to P60.7 billion from P85 billion year-on-year. SM Prime president Jeffery Lim said their core businesses, especially their malls, exhibited a slight recovery as the government began to reopen more industries to aid the economy in the second half of the year. Lim ... more
  • 3 days The culture of resilience Manilatimes
    When Mapecon was founded on Oct. 28, 1961, the world was in crisis, with the United Nations General Assembly condemning the racial segregation of apartheid in South Africa and the Germans building the Berlin Wall, a symbol of segregation of East and West.
    Gonzalo Catan Jr. and Bernard Ryan AtienzaCONTRIBUTED PHOTO Over half a century later, Mapecon has outlasted apartheid and the fallen Berlin Wall, which makes one wonder: what is it in the Filipino company’s culture that allows it to overcome all the crises throughout its 59 years of existence? The Manila Times “Coffee Break” ... more
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