Latest Manila Times Philippines Headline News Today

  • 20 hours NCAA offers guidance for bringing athletes back to campus Manilatimes |Sports
    The NCAA released a long and detailed plan on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to help schools bring back athletes to campus during a pandemic. While schools will need to have testing and surveillance plans in place, the guidance does not recommend testing all athletes upon arrival for Covid-19. “There’s not a universal, easy fit guidance like that,” said Dr. Brian Hainline, the chief medical officer for the NCAA. “Even when we speak with epidemiologist who are doing mathematical modeling and so forth, we just aren’t there yet.” was announced as schools across the country prepare for the ... more
  • 20 hours Massachusetts Gov. Baker OKs pro team practices Manilatimes |Sports
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams – the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution – can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6. But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing. The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time. ... more
  • 20 hours Havertz fires Leverkusen third with Freiburg winner Manilatimes |Sports
    BERLIN: Exciting youngster Kai Havertz broke another Bundesliga record on Friday (Saturday in Manila) after scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory at Freiburg which moved Bayer Leverkusen into third place. Havertz, 20, became the first player in the history of the league to reach 35 goals before turning 21 years old eight minutes after the break, when he combined with Leon Bailey before squeezing home under intense pressure from Dominique Heintz. The dynamic German was already the youngest player to reach 50 and 100 appearances in the German top flight and became the youngest ever player to score a ... more
  • 20 hours Courts in full operation on June 1 Manilatimes
    ALL courts and offices of the courts nationwide will be in full operation starting Monday, June 1 at the start of the effectivity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to ease restrictions in many parts of the country. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta issued Administrative Circular 41-2020 over the weekend, which orders courts under the National Capital Judicial Region to operate weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Regions 1 to 12. Night courts and Saturday courts shall remain suspended, as well as flag raising and retreat ceremonies, and all official meetings, seminars training ... more
  • 20 hours Property tokenization: Real estate’s next big thing Manilatimes |Biz
    A seasoned real estate investor would tell you that real estate is one of the safest markets you can put your money in. For one thing, it’s an investment that no one can steal, and if you know how to manage your portfolio, you can turn it into a very profitable one. The thing is, real estate properties are generally illiquid, and this can make it challenging — and complex — for investors to convert their assets into cash right away. The good news is that modern technology is changing the real estate landscape for investors the world over. And ... more
  • 20 hours As football restarts around Europe, France questions decision end to season early Manilatimes |Sports
    PARIS: It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a football country? That is the question some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbours work to bring the sport back after the coronavirus shutdown. Debate has raged ever since the French league decided to bring a premature end to the season in late April with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. In contrast, a fortnight has already passed since the German Bundesliga restarted. Italy’s sports minister confirmed that Serie A will return on June 20, while La Liga and the Premier League both ... more
  • 20 hours Britain pushing US to form 5G club of nations to cut out Huawei Manilatimes |Biz
    LONDON: Britain said on Friday (Saturday in aManila) it was pushing the United States to form a club of 10 nations that could develop its own Fifth Generation (5G) technology and reduce dependence on China’s controversial telecommunications giant Huawei. The issue is expected to feature at a Group of Seven (G7) summit that US President Donald Trump will host next month against the backdrop of a fierce confrontation with China that has been exacerbated by a global blame game over the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. Britain has allowed the Chinese global leader in 5G technology to build up ... more
  • 20 hours Fed warns of widening inequality as US consumption dives Manilatimes |Biz
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic could widen inequalities in the United States, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell warned on Friday (Saturday in Manila), as government data showed consumer spending plunging by a record amount. The world’s largest economy is in dire shape, with more than 40 million layoffs since lockdowns were imposed in mid-March to stop the spread of Covid-19. And with low-wage services workers bearing the brunt of the job losses, Powell warned the pandemic could be “a great increaser of inequality.” “The pandemic is falling on those least able to bear its burdens,” he ... more
  • 20 hours Bong Go: Report corruption amid Covid-19 pandemic Manilatimes
    SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go urged the public to report corruption in the purchase or selling of medical supplies and equipment amid the country’s fight to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “Hinihimok ko ang bawat Pilipino na magsumbong kung may nakikitang korapsyong ginagawa ang mga opisyal o pribadong kompanya (I am encouraging every Filipino to report corruption committed by officials [of the government] or of a private company),” said Go in both Senate health committee hearings last May 26 and 28. “In times of crisis, every peso counts. While government maximizes its limited resources, a lot of our fellow Filipinos ... more
  • 20 hours Six talking points in Formula One Manilatimes |Sports
    PARIS: Williams potentially up for sale, McLaren and Renault cutting staff and world champions Mercedes having to deny they are pondering a dramatic exit from Formula One.
    Renault Sport Formula One Team RS19’s Daniel Ricciardo of Australia leads the pack driving the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 31, 2019 in Bahrain, Bahrain. AFP FILE PHOTO All this and the season still hasn’t started yet. AFP Sport looks at the current state of Formula One: Williams confident of future — The likes of Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Damon Hill were all world champions ... more
  • 20 hours P1.3B fake cigarettes seized in Isabela Manilatimes
    OPERATIVES of the Bureau of Customs-Enforcement and Security Service (BoC-ESS) seized  P1.3 billion worth of assorted fake cigarettes, raw tobacco materials and cigarette packing machines following an operation in Isabela province.
    Armed with Letter of Authority issued by the BOC, ESS agents inspected on May 28, 2020 a warehouse said to contain fake cigarettes at Brgy. Palattao, Naguilian, Isabela. PHOTO FROM BOC Facebook page. Armed with a letter of authority issued by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guevarra, ESS agents inspected over the weekend a warehouse at Barangay Palattao, Naguilian, Isabela. Found inside the warehouse were 2,000 master cases of assorted ... more
  • 20 hours Rethinking packaging: Back to drawing board Manilatimes |Biz
    The ravages of the coronavirus pandemic remain top of mind among most business leaders around the world. Still, there are other challenges that continue to cut across industries, and they are building momentum to become bigger problems in the context of climate change and its adverse environmental impact.
    iSTOCK PHOTO VIA TECHSABADO.COM Fabio Tiviti, Infor vice president for Southeast Asia, shared his thoughts on what lies ahead for the packaging industry, especially the plastics producing sector. Consumer awareness about the environmental hazards of plastic, especially in food and beverage packaging, has reached a tipping point. While plastic provides a ... more
  • 20 hours Serie A confirms June 20 return Manilatimes |Sports
    MILAN: Serie A on Friday (Saturday in Manila) confirmed that top-flight football will return to Italy after a three-month coronavirus-enforced absence on the weekend of June 20-21. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday gave the government’s approval for a restart on June 20, in a championship which has been suspended since March 9. “The clubs welcomed the green light given yesterday by Minister Spadafora for the resumption of Serie A and voted unanimously to play the four postponed matches on the weekend of June 20-21,” Serie A said in a statement. The four matches in question are Atalanta v Sassuolo, ... more
  • 20 hours Digital solutions to help businesses open safely in the ‘new normal’ Manilatimes |Biz
    In this “new normal,” businesses would try to ensure the safety of both their employees and customers. So far, I experienced two banks’ implementation of their own contact tracing by requiring clients to fill out a form. What bothers me is using a pen held by others as this will be adding exposure to contamination. One bank required customers to fill up a logbook where one could see a list of names and phone numbers. It does not follow data privacy laws. Another bank did much better. Each client fills up a form and submits to a bank teller along ... more
  • 20 hours Terrorism bill’s approval welcomed Manilatimes
    DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday welcomed the approval of the anti-terrorism bill at the House of Representatives.
    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana The Committees on Public Order and Safety and National Defense and Security jointly adopted a proposed measure by the Senate that “will strengthen the government’s response against terrorism,” Lorenzana said. According to Lorenzana, the current Human Security Act of 2007 is not responsive to today’s terrorism. “Human Security Act of 2007 is no longer responsive to the evolving nature of the threats we face,” Lorenzana said in a statement. The new law to replace the present one ... more
  • 20 hours Klopp wants Liverpool to be ‘best stay at home fans’ amid police concerns Manilatimes |Sports
    LONDON: Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool supporters to prove themselves the best “stay at home fans in the world” after English police said on Friday (Saturday in Manila) they wanted any potential Premier League title-clincher for the Reds played at a neutral venue in a bid to avoid a mass gathering outside Anfield.
    Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp hugs Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 18, 2017. AFP FILE PHOTO Premier League chiefs have set June 17 as the date for ... more
  • 20 hours Big 12 revenue distribution down only slightly amid pandemic Manilatimes |Sports
    The Big 12’s revenue distribution to its 10 schools decreased only slightly because of the pandemic that led to the cancellation of spring sports, though there is still plenty of uncertainty ahead. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said on Friday (Saturday in Manila) at the end of the league’s virtual spring meetings the league was distributing an average of $37.7 million to each school for the 2019-20 school year, just $1.1 million less than the last year. That ended a 13-year streak of increasing revenues for the conference. The Big 12 got about $14 million less from the NCAA, which cancelled showcase ... more
  • 20 hours ManageEngine helps prepare IT staff for remote work challenges Manilatimes |Biz
    As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic continues to spread, businesses around the world are making remote working mandatory for their employees. ManageEngine, the information technology (IT) management division of Zoho Corp., which serves over 180,0000 organizations worldwide, made a decision early on for its employees to work from home. Under this scenario, the bulk of the responsibility fell on IT teams to facilitate a secure remote working environment, which not only enables safe connection to remote devices, but is conducive to executing routine activities without trading off cybersecurity. ManageEngine’s tools, including Access Manager Plus and Remote Access Plus, simplify remote IT networking, support and maintenance for ... more
  • 2 days Over P1T infused into PH financial system Manilatimes |Biz
    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) already injected more than P1 trillion in additional liquidity into the financial system to stimulate the country’s economy, one of its top officials told lawmakers on Friday. This comes after BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno earlier stressed the gradual and prudent unwinding of the central bank’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response, and as the Bangko Sentral released its latest money supply data that showed a sustained increase in March.
    BSP Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila, Jr. During a Senate hearing, BSP Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila, Jr. said “our estimate is that the total liquidity support ... more
  • 2 days Inflation seen settling at 1.9-2.7% in May Manilatimes |Biz
    The country’s headline inflation could have eased further to 1.9 percent or picked up to 2.7 percent this month on the back of higher oil and food prices, as well as lower electricity rates, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) projected on Friday.
    This Feb. 5, 2020 shows cucumbers, carrots and potatoes and their prices on display at a stall on R. Hidalgo Street in Quiapo, Manila. The country’s headline inflation this month is projected to settle between 1.9 and 2.7 percent on account of higher food and oil prices. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA In a Viber message, ... more
  • 2 days Sun Life sees U-shaped economic recovery for PH Manilatimes |Biz
    The gradual resumption of economic activities here and overseas could support a U-shaped gross domestic product (GDP) recovery for the Philippines, according a Sun Life Philippines analyst. In a virtual market outlook briefing on Thursday, Sun Life Philippines Chief Investments Officer Michael Enriquez said the country’s economy could shrink by 2 to 2.5 percent this year. His latest estimate compares with his previous forecast of 2.8 percent to -6 percent. The outlook also compares with the government’s revised GDP contraction of -2.0 to -3.4 percent this year. In the first quarter, the economy shrank by 0.2 percent. Despite this projection, ... more
  • 2 days GCQ news pushes PSEi to 5,800 level Manilatimes |Biz
    The stock market surged to the 5,800 territory on Friday after the government announced that the lockdown it imposed on Metro Manila would be eased after this month ends. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange (PSEi) soared by 4.82 percent or 268.62 points to finish at its intraday high of 5,838.84, while the broader All Shares climbed 3.26 percent or 109.04 points to 3,457.70. “The local market surged by 4.82 percent after the government eased lockdown measures by placing Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) effective June 1,” Philstocks Financial Inc. research associate Claire Alviar said. During a Palace briefing ... more
  • 2 days Gas firms back LPG bill Manilatimes |Biz
    AN association of petroleum companies is urging Congress to pass a bill regulating the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry in the country.
    Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker lines up at the Liquigaz depot in Mariveles, Bataan to refill and deliver LPG for distribution to retailers all over Metro Manila, PHOTO BY RENE DILAN In a statement on Thursday, the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) said it was strongly supporting Senate Bill 1188, or the “LPG Act,” which seeks to establish a national energy policy and regulatory framework for the LPG sector. “The bill is principally geared to ensure the ... more
  • 2 days IBPAP supports Create, offers recommendations Manilatimes |Biz
    The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) on Friday expressed its support for the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (Create) Act, but offered some recommendations that it hoped would be included in the measure. “As we are currently facing the global economic fallout caused by Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), what is now known as the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act will be instrumental in jump-starting the Philippine economy and getting us on the road to recovery and growth,” IBPAP President and Chief Executive Officer Rey Untal said in a statement. A ... more
  • 2 days San Miguel profit slips 91% in Q1 Manilatimes |Biz
    Listed San Miguel Corp. saw its first-quarter net income drop by 91 percent to P1.1 billion from P12.8 billion year-on-year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a disclosure on Friday, the conglomerate said the growth it recorded in the first two months of the year was stunted by the pandemic, which forced most economic activities in the country and overseas to stop. Consolidated revenues in the quarter also slid by 15 percent to P214.1 billion from P250.9 billion in the same period last year. “This is an unprecedented crisis we are in and many countries all over ... more
  • 2 days Vista Land earnings hit over P11B in 2019 Manilatimes |Biz
    Listed Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. reported on Friday that its net income reached P11.6 billion last year, a 10-percent increase from P10.5 billion in 2018. In a disclosure, the Villar-led property developer said the strong performance of its commercial assets and the sustained contribution of its residential business enabled it to record double-digit growth in 2019. Consolidated revenues also climbed by 7 percent to P44.4 billion in January to March from P41.5 billion year-on-year. “We are pleased with the company’s 2019 performance, as both our leasing and residential businesses provided steady growth,” Vista Land Chairman and former Senate President ... more
  • 2 days Sumitomo acquires stake in MPIC railway unit Manilatimes |Biz
    Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) has welcomed Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. as a strategic partner in its railway business. In a disclosure on Friday, MPIC said Sumitomo purchased a 34.9-percent stake in that business, which has an effective 55-percent stake in the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC). LRMC — a joint venture between Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings — secured a 32-year concession to operate and maintain the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1). LRT-1 currently has 20 stations, serving about 500,000 commuters daily. LRMC also clinched the deal to construct the 11.7-kilometer ... more
  • 2 days Belle Q1 net income down 31% Manilatimes |Biz
    Listed Belle Corp. registered a 31-percent decline in its first-quarter net income to P577 million from P835 million in the same period last year. In a filing on Friday, the real estate company said its consolidated revenues also dropped to P1.42 billion in the three months ending March, down 25 percent from P1.89 billion year-on-year. It largely attributed the double-digit decrease to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, which adversely affected economic activities. “The effects of the pandemic began with declining tourist arrivals prior to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantines nationwide and was compounded by ... more
  • 2 days If MMDA hesitates, we all lose Manilatimes |Biz
    There is a saying that “he who hesitates is lost.” Today, as all of us confront the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, we need key officials and agencies to take decisive action. If they hesitate, if they fail to act, all will suffer. Some may be seriously injured; others may lose their lives. For some time now, many different sectors have called on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to lead the creation of networks of safe walking and cycling corridors in the National Capital Region. The fundamental reason is that public transport would be in very short supply due ... more
  • 2 days 3 practical sources of business financing Manilatimes |Biz
    In the middle of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, it has become a trend for businesses, even those in the essentials category, to manage their finances more efficiently to survive. Business financing is one of the most pragmatic ways to sustain your business during the “new normal.” For some, it could take just once to jump-start their operations, while others might need to maintain a continuous business financing cycle, as delayed payments may just be a trend for customers who are also tied due to the coronavirus -caused recession. Regardless, the solution it provides is keeping your business’ cash ... more
  • 2 days Covid-19’s footprint on the global economy Manilatimes |Biz
    The global economy is now entering the phase that I call “chaotic numbers.” We all know that the harsh lockdowns around the world have generated an economic meltdown in many countries. This is no surprise, but now, the economic data starts to describe how wild the situation is in some countries, and even in very important economies. I refer to a part of the macroeconomic data as “chaotic numbers,” because they are partially extreme and are especially important, since they originate from large economies. The prime example is the labor market data from the United States. The April unemployment rate ... more
  • 2 days Jobless Americans now number 41 million Manilatimes |Biz
    WASHINGTON, D. C.: The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears on Thursday (Friday in Manila) that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the US economy. Despite a few glimmers of hope, most of the latest economic news from around the globe was likewise grim, as some of the world’s most populous countries reported rising infections and deaths. The confirmed US death toll has surpassed 100,000, the highest in the world. The latest job-loss figures from the US Labor ... more
  • 2 days Ancajas hones form as boxing returns Manilatimes |Sports
    International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion JerwinAncajas is employing a low-key training pace as boxing without a live audience returns to Las Vegas on June 9. “Mganasa 75 percent na, pasangawamuna (I’m at 75 percent, barely passing),” Ancajas, 28, told The Manila Times lightheartedly on Thursday night. “Excited napoako, ganunpotalagapag fighter ka, mananabikkasalabanperokontrollangtayo (I am excited. It’s normal for a fighter to get excited about a fight but I have to tone down my training).”
    IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas wallops Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai in their bout last year in Stockton, California. PHOTO COURTESY OF JHAY ... more
  • 2 days Kaepernick defends protesters Manilatimes |Sports
    Los Angeles: Former NFL quarterback-turned-civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick on Thursday (Friday in Manila) voiced support for protesters who have demonstrated against the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Kaepernick, who ignited controversy in 2016 after kneeling during pregame renditions of the US national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice, said protesters had been left with no choice after Monday’s killing of George Floyd by police officers. Floyd, a 46-year-old restaurant worker, died after being pinned to the ground with one police officer pressing a knee into his neck for several minutes. The arrest, which was captured ... more
  • 2 days Quarantine restrictions loosened further Manilatimes
    President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday further eased quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas where the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases continue to be high.
    LEADER AT LATE NIGHT President Rodrigo Duterte gives an update on the current coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) situation during a Malacañang briefing televised on May 28, 2020. MALACAÑANG PHOTO Acting on the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the President downgraded the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Calabarzon, Pangasinan, Albay and Davao City to general ... more
  • 2 days Murray to return to action in June Manilatimes |Sports
    LONDON: Andy Murray will return from his latest injury problem on June 23 in a tournament organized by his brother Jamie to raise money for a UK National Health Service charity. Jamie Murray has helped create the behind-closed-doors tournament called ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits’.
    Andy Murray AFP FILE PHOTO The event, which runs from June 23-28, will see the Murray brothers and fellow British players Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans go head to head at the Lawn Tennis Association’s Roehampton base in London. It will be screened live on Amazon Prime and aims to raise at least £100,000 ... more
  • 2 days European golf tour announces date for resumption of 2020 season Manilatimes |Sports
    LONDON: Golf’s European Tour will resume on July 22 with a run of six tournaments over six weeks in the UK, starting with the British Masters, it was announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The calendar has been wiped out since March due to the coronavirus pandemic but golf will return at Close House in northeast England. The season will run until December, with all tournaments played behind closed doors and subject to strict safety and testing protocols. The other events in the British swing are the English Open, the English Championship, back-to-back tournaments at Celtic Manor — the Celtic ... more
  • 2 days English Premier League set to restart on June 17 Manilatimes |Sports
    LONDON: Premier League clubs on Thursday (Friday in Manila) agreed to restart the 2019/20 season on June 17, provided that all safety requirements are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal — both rearranged games — will take place on that date, the English top-flight said in a statement. After those matches, all 20 clubs would have played 29 matches heading into the weekend of June 19-21, when the rest of the top flight is scheduled to be in action. The last Premier League match before the shutdown ... more
  • 2 days 28 NKoreans indicted over $2.5B laundering Manilatimes |World
    PYONGYANG: The United States Department of Justice has indicted 28 North Koreans and five Chinese nationals on Thursday for operating a money laundering ring that moved around $2.5 billion through global banks to avoid nuclear sanctions on Pyongyang. The network processed more than $2.5 billion through over 250 front companies across Thailand, Libya, Austria, Russia, China and Kuwait to evade sanctions, buy goods needed by North Korea and enrich the suspects, according to an indictment filed in federal district court in Washington. Most of those indicted were associated with a network of “covert” branches of North Korea’s blacklisted Foreign Trade ... more
  • 2 days HK security law nonnegotiable – Beijing Manilatimes |World
    BEIJING: The central government authorities, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) government reiterated their strong support and unshakable will for the new national security law for Hong Kong. Beijing said the law was imperative and nonnegotiable and warned the radical forces should not underestimate the determination of the central government, while anti-government and separatist forces are planning illegal protests and an assembly on Wednesday.
    PASSING THE BLAME China blames foreign forces for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO The bottom-line is clear: the central government would not tolerate any act of ... more
  • 2 days Jason Terry returning to Arizona as assistant coach Manilatimes |Sports
    Former Arizona star Jason Terry is headed back to the desert. Arizona hired Terry as an assistant basketball coach on Thursday (Friday in Manila), filling a hole on Sean Miller’s staff after Justin Gainey left to become Marquette’s associate head coach.
    Jason Terry AFP FILE PHOTO ”My family and I are excited to be part of the incredible Tucson community again, where our story began,” Terry said in a statement. ”I am looking forward to joining coach Miller and staff to develop student-athletes that have a passion for education, basketball excellence and community leadership.” Terry won a national championship ... more
  • 2 days Duterte seeks staggered payment of tuition to schools Manilatimes
    President Rodrigo Duterte has asked schools to stagger the payment of tuition fees to ease the burden of parents trying to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
    CLASS ACT School teacher Rea Aniasco arranges armchairs in a classroom of the Bambang Elementary School in Pasig City on May 29, 2020. The arrangement involves reducing the chairs from more than 40 to 20 as part of physical distancing requirements in preparation for the ‘new normal’ once classes starts on August 24.PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ He made the appeal after endorsing the “blended” or flexible learning methods proposed by ... more
  • 2 days US PGA John Deere Classic canceled Manilatimes |Sports
    WASHINGTON: The John Deere Classic, in position to be the first US PGA Tour event to be played with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic, has been canceled, the tour confirmed on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Multiple media outlets had reported the event, scheduled for July 9-12 in Silvis, Illinois, would not be staged this year.
    World No. 1 Rory McIlroy AFP FILE PHOTO “As a result of this decision, the PGA Tour announced that it will fill the week vacated by the John Deere Classic with a new tournament,” the tour said in a statement, adding that details on ... more
  • 2 days Don’t stand with US like Australia, Japan told Manilatimes |World
    TOKYO: If Japan wants to maintain sound economic and trade relations with China, it better not stand with and fawn on the United States as Australia did amid escalating China-US diplomatic and trade tensions, Chinese experts warned. The Japanese government should not follow the US, like Australia had done, if the Asian country still wanted to reap the dividends of the Chinese market, Bai Ming, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, told the Global Times.
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top right) is seen on a live TV broadcast in Tokyo’s Shinjuku. ... more
  • 2 days India issues preventive measures for locust attack Manilatimes |World
    NEW DELHI: The local government in India’s capital Delhi has issued an advisory on preventive measures to control a possible locust attack in its territory. The advisory calls for organizing awareness programs for the public and farmers to prevent the probable attack of swarms of locusts in the national capital territory of Delhi. It said since the swarms usually fly during the day and rest at night, the pests should not be allowed to rest. “As the swarm of locusts flies in daytime, and rests during the night, it should not be allowed to rest at night,” reads the advisory ... more
  • 2 days Ex-Georgetown G McClung signs with Texas Tech Manilatimes |Sports
    LUBBOCK, Texas: Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy. Coach Chris Beard said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) that McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders. The junior, who had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft, has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
    In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Georgetown guard Mac McClung (2) shoots as he is defended by Butler forward Bryce Nze (10) during the second half of ... more
  • 2 days World Bank approves $500 million more for PH Manilatimes
    The Philippines got another $500 million loan from the World Bank, which it will use to ease the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on poor and vulnerable households and provide financial relief to small and medium businesses.
    World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC In a statement on Friday, the World Bank said the Philippines Emergency Covid-19 Response Development Policy Loan supported the country’s efforts to provide social assistance to 18 million poor and vulnerable Filipinos badly hit by the pandemic. It includes additional subsidies in the monthly cash transfers to 4.3 million beneficiaries of the “Pantawid Pamilyang ... more
  • 2 days ’Return to normal life’ as Italy’s Serie A resumes on June 20 Manilatimes |Sports
    ROME: Italy’s Serie A was given the green light on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to resume on June 20 after a three-month absence as one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic begins to ease restrictions. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said that the government’s Technical and Scientific Committee (CTS) had agreed to the health protocol proposed by Italian football chiefs. “Italy has started to return to normal life again, it is only right that football should do the same,” said Spadafora. “The federation assured me that it had a Plan B and a Plan C. “In light of ... more
  • 2 days Virus misinformation fuels panic in Asia Manilatimes |World
    BANGKOK: False alerts about a man shot dead at a coronavirus checkpoint, old footage of a supermarket stampede amid reports of panic buying and a 2015 video of a police raid on a brothel recirculated with misleading claims. A deluge of online misinformation and hoaxes during the coronavirus crisis is stoking fear and confusion across Asia, where violators of lockdown rules can face jail and hefty fines in some countries.
    NEWS More than 150 lockdown-related misinformation reports across the region have been compiled by various news organizations since February 2020, the period when governments beyond China began introducing restrictions ... more
  • 2 days First Times online business forum tackles the ‘new normal’ Manilatimes
    Three business management experts shared their vision of the new realities being shaped by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the first The Manila Times online business forum on Thursday.
    TALKING HEADS Manila Times President and Chief Executive Officer Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd (left) and Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua. TMT SCREENGRABS Karl Kendrick Chua, Acmad Rizaldy Moti and Sheila Lobien were the speakers at the “Business Forum 2020: Business As Usual Under The New Normal,” broadcast live on the Times’ Facebook page and streamed on its YouTube channel and moderated by Times President and Chief ... more
  • 2 days Businessmen, ex-DoH chiefs back move to GCQ Manilatimes
    Presidential Adviser (PA) for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd PROMINENT business leaders and former Department of Health (DoH) chiefs have backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to place Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1, easing restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Presidential Adviser (PA) for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd stressed that the economy should be reopened whether the country was “ready or not” to save livelihoods as well as micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “Ready or not, I think ... more
  • 2 days Shenzhen airport signal now fully 5G Manilatimes |World
    SHENZHEN: With the last outdoor base station installed, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport had embraced the full coverage of the 5G network, three months ahead of schedule, the airport said. Since this year, the airport has accelerated the construction of a 5G network by building 41 outdoor base stations with signals that can cover all places including terminals, the flight area and the freight transport area. The speed of the 5G network is more than 15 times faster than the current 4G network and will support superfast movie downloads, according to initial tests. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is a major airport ... more
  • 2 days Ricciardo ‘in Ferrari talks’ before McLaren switch Manilatimes |Sports
    PARIS: Daniel Ricciardo said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) he had been talking to Ferrari about a dream drive with Formula One’s most famous team before penning a deal to switch to McLaren in 2021. The 30-year-old Australian will instead leave Renault for McLaren from where Carlos Sainz has been signed to replace four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who will leave Ferrari at the end of this season. “There have been discussions already from a few years back. And that continued all the way through to now,” Ricciardo told CNN of his talks with the Italian team. “So yeah, I ... more
  • 2 days Philippines cited by WHO on health research Manilatimes
    THE Philippines has been cited among the few countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Health Evidence Network (HEN) report that looks into the health research systems of different nations.
    The opening of the swabbing center at the Palacio de Manila at Roxas Boulevard will boost the efforts of the government to detect, isolate, and treat COVID-19 patients. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. and Deputy Chief Implementer Sec. Vince Dizon with Coastguard Medical Frontliner witnessed the opening of the swabbing facility. PHOTO BY: RENE H. ... more
  • 2 days NFL team owners pass again on changing onside kick rule Manilatimes |Sports
    NEW YORK: NFL team owners decided on Thursday (Friday in Manila) against a proposal that would allow clubs an alternative to onside kick attempts to retain possession in a virtual meeting to consider rule changes. The plan was set aside for further future discussion, the second year in a row owners dismissed an idea to allow a fourth-down and 15-yards-to-gain play instead of an onside kick attempt. The NFL competition committee did not endorse the plan, proposed by the Philadelphia Eagles, nor did it back last year’s similar idea. Under the plan, coaches could have chosen to have the team ... more
  • 2 days Covid-19 leads to chronic water crisis Manilatimes |World
    NAVAJO: Amanda Larson pulls up at a water station a few miles from her home in the Navajo Nation, and her three children get to work filling up large bottles lying on the bed of her pickup truck. The 66 gallons will be used by her family for drinking, washing clothes and bathing — before the next trip out in two or three days to repeat the back-breaking task. “It’s embarrassing. It’s degrading. It’s heartbreaking for my kids because they can’t jump into a shower like everybody else and just wash,” the 35-year-old preschool teacher tells Agence France Presse (AFP) ... more
  • 2 days Rescheduled Boston Marathon now canceled — mayor Manilatimes |Sports
    NEW YORK: The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in the event’s 124-year history because of ongoing coronavirus fears, officials confirmed on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Boston mayor Marty Walsh said that the race, which had already been postponed to September 14 from its April slot, would not now be held as planned for public health reasons. “There’s no way to hold the usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity,” Walsh said in an announcement. “While our goal and our hope was to make progress and contain the virus in recovering our ... more
  • 2 days Camera phones expose racism in US Manilatimes |World
    MINNEAPOLIS: From the death of a black man in Minneapolis to a racist incident in Central Park, camera phones are increasingly being used as a weapon against racism even when justice does not always follow. Two videos shot on smartphones spread from social media to mainstream media this week, highlighting how bystanders are now frequently capturing incidents that in the past may have gone unnoticed.
    Los Angeles, California: A man burns an upsidedown US flag as protesters gather in downtown Los Angeles on May 27, 2020 to demonstrate after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested ... more
  • 2 days Misinformation stops switching to e-cig – group Manilatimes |World
    GENEVA: A regional tobacco harm reduction organization has warned that misleading and downright false information on e-cigarettes is stopping smokers from switching to the better nicotine alternative. According to Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (Caphra), the perception of harm from vaping was not consistent with the scientific evidence. Caphra is a regional alliance committed to educating, advocating and representing the right of adult alternative nicotine consumers to access and use of products that reduce harm from tobacco use. Its country representatives work with tobacco harm reduction (THR) experts and advocates from around the world. Caphra members currently ... more
  • 2 days Chinese POGO workers probed over virus tests Manilatimes
    THE Paranaque City government is investigating reports that some 300 Chinese workers of a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) were being tested for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at a facility inside a private subdivision in the city. Mayor Edwin Olivarez stressed that no permit was given to a local laboratory at the park clubhouse of BF Homes to screen the workers and ordered that the tests be stopped. “Pinatigil po natin sila dahil nga po illegal ang kanilang act. Hindi po dapat sa open space sa isang subdivision gawin ang mass testing (We stopped that because their act is illegal. Mass testing should not be done in an ... more
  • 2 days QC orders residents to wear face masks even after Metro Manila shifts to GCQ Manilatimes
    QUEZON City Mayor Josefina Belmonte would enforce an order mandating residents to wear face masks in public places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Metro Manila shifts to a general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1. In April, Belmonte issued Executive Order 25, requiring residents to wear any form of covering for the nose and mouth, including medical masks, industrial masks, earloop masks or even do-it-yourself masks in all public places. On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, will be placed under GCQ from June 1 to ... more
  • 2 days 10% of diabetics die within days of virus affliction Manilatimes |World
    SEATTLE: One in 10 diabetics with coronavirus dies within seven days of hospital admission, according to a study of more than 1,300 patients published Friday in the journal Diabetologia. Two-thirds of the patients were men and the average age across both sexes was 70, the study found. “The presence of diabetic complications and increased age increase the risk of death,” the researchers said in a statement. “Increased BMI” — body mass index, a ratio of height to weight — “is associated with both increased risk of needing mechanical ventilation and with increased risk of death,” they said. Worse blood sugar ... more
  • 2 days Majority of 302 infected police assigned to checkpoints – Gamboa Manilatimes
    MAJORITY of policemen infected with the coronavirus were frontliners designated to man checkpoints, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Archie Gamboa said on Friday. He added that more than 60 percent of the victims were from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). NCRPO chief Debold Sinas said majority of the infected personnel were manning the quarantine control points in Metro Manila. Under Sinas, the testing mechanism of the NCRPO has been extensive and as a result, many policemen were discovered to be infected. Based on PNP data, four policemen had died of the coronavirus. Gamboa said the PNP maintained a ... more
  • 2 days LatAm’s slums face losing battle vs virus Manilatimes |World
    RIO DE JANEIRO: As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Latin America’s slum dwellers waited defenseless in its path. Now, with the region becoming the new epicenter of the crisis, the virus is unleashing destruction on its most vulnerable populations. With limited sanitation and little space, millions of people living cheek by jowl in slums cannot take even the most basic hand-washing and physical distancing precautions recommended by health authorities. “We are increasingly concerned about the poor and other vulnerable groups more at risk from disease and death from the virus,” Pan American Health Organization chief Carissa Etienne said ... more
  • 2 days Duterte offers to pay Covid patients’ bills Manilatimes
    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has offered to pay for the hospital expenses of Filipinos infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as he reiterated his order for local government officials to help those stranded amid the pandemic. In a public address late Thursday night, Duterte said he had “no problem” shouldering the hospital cost of ordinary Filipinos, telling local government officials to just send him the hospital bill. “If he is sick, he can seek hospitalization and charge everything to [the] government,” he added. Duterte then directed local government officials to “expedite” the hospitalization of people needing medical assistance in their ... more
  • 2 days 26 suspects in London murder nabbed Manilatimes |World
    ANTWERP: Police in Belgium and France have arrested 26 suspected people smugglers over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated truck in Britain in 2019. The migrants — 31 men and eight women — were found dead in the truck in an industrial zone east of London in October 2019, sparking an international outcry.The driver of the lorry has already admitted manslaughter over the deaths, but Tuesday’s arrests targeted the ring of smugglers suspected of organizing the migrants’ journey. AFP ... more
  • 2 days Finex urges Congress to pass Create Bill Manilatimes
    AN organization of financial executives has urged lawmakers to immediately pass the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (Create) Bill before Congress adjourns on June 3. In a recent statement, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) said the proposed bill would be a “life-restoring boost to market confidence, providing the most direct, cost-efficient and instant relief to businesses” suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic. Create is a revised version of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act, which seeks to reduce gradually the corporate income tax (CIT) by 1 percentage point every year, from the current 30 ... more
  • 2 days Girl, 14, killed for illicit affair Manilatimes |World
    TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for new protections for women after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her father in a so-called “honor killing,” sparking outrage in the country. Romina Ashrafi’s father is suspected of killing her with a farming sickle after she ran away from her family home in northern Iran’s Talesh County with a 29-year-old man, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Police have arrested the teenager’s father. AFP ... more
  • 2 days Go supports amendment to Mental Health Act Manilatimes
    SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and mental health experts have pushed for amendments to the Mental Health Act (MHA) amid concerns on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to persons with mental health problems.
    Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go The Senate Health and Demography committee, headed by Go, held a virtual public hearing last Thursday on Senate Bill (SB) 1471 that seeks to amend Section 5 of the MHA by inserting a new provision in order that the service user shall receive benefits or compensation if the user have mental issues in the course of performing work. The senator ... more
  • 2 days Turkey’s train services resume Manilatimes |World
    ANKARA: Turkey’s high-speed train services between four provinces have resumed after nearly eight weeks of stoppage as part of its normalization plan after the novel coronavirus outbreak. “We are taking another important step in the normalization process. The high-speed train will run 16 times a day, between Ankara and Istanbul, Ankara and Eskisehir, Ankara and Konya and Konya and Istanbul,” Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister AdilKaraismailoglu said. Although the trains will run at 50 percent capacity with a sparse seating arrangement, physical distancing rules and isolation, ticket prices would remain the same, he addded. Xinhua ... more
1 2 3 102