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  • 8 months 10th TCS Clark Animo Marathon: La Salle alumni running with a purpose Manilatimes |Biz
    To run for world peace must be a strong statement. But it can’t provide the actual, more direct effect of giving back to beneficiaries. The Pampanga chapter of the De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSAA) has made it a point to give back even more each time it conducts its Clark Animo Marathon now on its 10th incarnation. The coming edition, set this coming March 10, promises to be the biggest draw to date, with about 10 thousand runners expected to join. “On our first year, we had 600 participants,” recalled DLSAA-Pampanga president Atty. Melvin Panlilio, The people behind the ... more
  • 8 months Ensuring a harmonious and issue-free workplace Manilatimes |Biz
    IN today’s highly competitive world, very few will get a chance to start working after their college graduation. Enrique Pablo “Eric”Caeg, now the chief executive officer of RAP Training and Marketing Services, was one of the fortunate few. “I had a colorful career that started immediately one week after college,” Caeg said. “I started as a clerk, and from then on rose from the ranks in the several local and multinational companies that I worked for.” Training and Marketing Services CEO Enrique ‘Eric’ Caeg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn between short but fruitful stints at the now-defunct Far East Bank and Trust Co., ... more
  • 8 months Malaysia scraps China rail project Manilatimes |World
    KUALA LUMPUR: A multi-billion dollar China-backed rail project in Malaysia has been scrapped, government officials said Saturday, adding that the cost of building it was too high. Malaysia has in recent months suspended several major projects signed under the country’s previous scandal-plagued regime, in a bid to cut the country’s massive one-trillion-ringgit ($251-billion) debt. Economics Minister Azmin Ali said Malaysia made the decision two days ago on the 81-billion-ringgit ($19.6-billion) east coast rail link (ECRL) that would have connected the eastern and western coasts of the peninsula. “The cost of the ECRL development is too big, so we have no ... more
  • 8 months Taliban co-founder top negotiator with US Manilatimes |World
    KABUL: The Taliban have appointed a co-founder of the movement as the new head of their political office in Doha, where talks have been held since Monday with US officials seeking to end 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan. “The esteemed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been appointed… chief of the political office,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement released late Thursday. “This step has been taken to strengthen and properly handle the ongoing negotiations process with the United States,” he added. The announcement comes as the insurgents said Thursday they had held four straight days of talks ... more
  • 8 months Cambodians warned vs bird flu, food poisoning Manilatimes |World
    The Cambodian health minister reminded all the people in the kingdom to avoid activities during the Chinese New Year festivities that might result in getting the bird flu, or food and alcohol poisoning. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng instructed everyone to be careful with their health, especially in relation to bird flu and contaminated foods and alcohol, in a public service announcement on Thursday. “Avian influenza continues to threaten health throughout the world and in Southeast Asia. I want to remind all Cambodians to stay away from sick or dead birds, and be sure to wash your hands with soap ... more
  • 8 months Japan SC: Sterilization before gender change Manilatimes |World
    TOKYO: Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents. The court said the law is constitutional because it was meant to reduce confusion in families and society. But it acknowledged that it restricts freedom and could become out of step with changing social values. The 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs, including testes or ovaries, removed and have a body that “appears ... more
  • 8 months Venezuela govt crisis taken to UN Security Council Manilatimes |World
    UNITED NATIONS: Venezuela’s political showdown moves to the UN where a Security Council meeting called by the United States will pit backers of President Nicolas Maduro against the Trump administration and supporters of the country’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to address Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) meeting along with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and the other council members, which include supporters of both dueling presidents. The session focusing on Venezuela’s crisis comes a day after Guaido vowed to remain on the streets until his country has a transitional government, while Maduro ... more
  • 8 months 9 dead, 300 missing in Brazil dam collapse Manilatimes |World
    BRUMADINHO, Brazil: Rescuers worked overnight into Saturday searching for around 300 people missing after a dam collapse at a mine in southeast Brazil killed at least nine, but the local governor said “odds are minimal” that they would be found alive. Seven bodies were recovered Friday hours after the disaster, which saw a torrent of mud break through the disused dam at the iron-ore mine close to the city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerias, around 1:00 pm. By early Saturday the official death toll had risen to nine, with “nearly 300 people missing,” the local firefighters ... more
  • 8 months Church leaders tackle sex abuse in February Manilatimes |World
    PANAMA CITY: The Vatican said Friday that next month’s meeting of Church leaders in Rome was a unique chance to tackle the “terrible plague” of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy. “This will be an unprecedented occasion to face the problem and really find the concrete measures so that when the bishops will come back from Rome to their dioceses, they will be able to face this terrible plague,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said. Gisotti played down questions over why Pope Francis failed to speak out against clergy sex abuse during his ongoing visit to Panama. The Pope addressed hundreds ... more
  • 8 months NASA visits ‘space snowman’ Ultima Thule Manilatimes |World
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: The space snowman visited by NASA on New Year’s Day is pitted all over and has a bright “collar” between its two fused spheres. These are the newest details to emerge about Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever explored. A close-up picture taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft right before closest approach on January 1, and released Thursday, shows lots of little pits on Ultima Thule. They’re less than a half-mile (0.7 kilometers) across. There’s also a much bigger, circular depression on the smaller lobe, considered the snowman’s head. Scientists don’t know if these are impact ... more
  • 8 months Australia aborigines protest Invasion Day Manilatimes |World
    MELBOURNE: Thousands of Australians attended “Invasion Day” rallies across the country on Saturday, calling for a rethink of national day celebrations they say are disrespectful to indigenous people. The annual January 26 Australia Day holiday commemorates the arrival of the first British settlers in 1788, but for many Australians it marks the beginning of colonial oppression of Aboriginal people. Several thousand joined the annual march in Melbourne Saturday chanting “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land,” and holding placards stating “Australia is a crime scene.” Thousands more joined similar demonstrations in major cities around the country, calling for a change ... more
  • 8 months P10-M shabu seized in Bulacan, NCotabato Manilatimes
    CLOSE to P10 million worth of shabu were recovered while three high-value targets for illegal drugs were arrested in separate buy busts in Bulacan and North Cotabato on Friday. Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna said anti-narcotics operatives arrested Jeffrey Samson alias Jeff, 35, of Barangay San Jose, Hagonoy town after he received a parcel of vacuum sealed plastic containing shabu. “The parcel was addressed to the suspect from Las Vegas, US,” Bersaluna added, but did not reveal the source. DRUG BUST Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna (left) and Supt. Sonny Mera (right), Provincial Special Operation Group ... more
  • 8 months Iran: France destabilizing Middle East Manilatimes |World
    TEHRAN: Iran has accused France of being a destabilizing force in the region after its foreign minister threatened new sanctions against Tehran over its missile program. “The Islamic republic has always called for the strengthening of peace and stability in the region,” the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement released overnight Friday. As such Iran “considers the mass sales of sophisticated and offensive weapons by… France as a factor in destabilizing the balance of the region,” the statement said. It came after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday said Paris was ready to impose new sanctions on ... more
  • 8 months Zambo Sibugay leaders support Go’s senate bid Manilatimes
    ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY: Former special assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” received a “Manifesto of Support” from officials of Zamboanga Sibugay province for his senatorial bid in the midterm elections. In the two-page manifesto, the officials vowed “to do everything within our power and influence to ensure his victory in the May 2019 elections,” as they cited Go’s capacity to work towards the goals set by the Duterte administration and his capacity to give voice to Mindanaoans, particularly Sibugaynon, at the national level. Go received the manifesto recently and was honored at the gesture of local government officials of ... more
  • 8 months Fitch unit: PH economy ‘unlikely to gather steam’ Manilatimes |Biz
    The Philippine economy is “unlikely to gather steam” in 2019, a Fitch unit said, with growth expected to ease for a second straight year. “[W]e maintain our forecast for real GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the Philippines to slow slightly to 6.1 percent in 2019, from 6.2 percent in 2018 and 6.7 percent in 2017,” Fitch Solutions said in a January 24 report issued following the government’s release of 2018 growth data. “We expect a further tightening of monetary conditions, the likelihood of a reescalation of global trade tensions, and a deteriorating business environment to weigh on the Philippines’s ... more
  • 8 months US, China far from ending trade war Manilatimes |Biz
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washington and Beijing are “miles and miles” from resolving their trade war, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). A high-level Chinese delegation is due in Washington next week for talks to resolve the dispute by March 1, when US duty rates on Chinese imports are due to rise sharply, but Ross tried to tamp down expectations to those meetings. US President Donald Trump holds a tariff table as he speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2019. Trump spoke about the unfair trade practices at play in the world. AFP PHOTO“There’s ... more
  • 8 months ‘Little reason’ for BSP to again hike policy rates Manilatimes |Biz
    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will likely keep policy rates unchanged this year but will tap other instruments to infuse liquidity into the financial system, a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) economist said. “With the 6.5-percent to 7.0-percent growth momentum still intact and with demand remaining strong, we still believe the BSP has little reason to adjust its policy rate throughout 2019,” BPI Vice President and lead economist Emilio Neri Jr. said in a report issued after the release of the 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) growth figures. GDP growth came in at 6.2 percent last year, short ... more
  • 8 months PCC slaps P6.5-M fine on Grab PH Manilatimes |Biz
    The country’s anti-trust watchdog on Friday fined Grab Philippines anew for failing to fulfill pledges related to its purchase of rival ride-hailing firm Uber. The P6.5-million penalty adds to the P16 million the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) told both firms to pay last year over violations committed while the deal was being reviewed. PCC Chairman Arnesio M. Balisacan told reporters that Grab had filed “deficient, inconsistent and incorrect data for the monitoring of its compliance with its voluntary commitments.” Grab ride-sharing appWhile the PCC cleared Grab and Uber’s controversial merger in August 2018, it vowed to keep a close eye ... more
  • 8 months Stock market dips on profit-taking Manilatimes |Biz
    The stock market dipped on Friday as investors cashed in following a surge earlier in the day. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index fell by 0.14 percent or 11.70 points to close at 8,053.20 while the wider All Shares dropped 0.16 percent or 7.61 points to finish at 4,853.62. “Our index closed slightly lower today as investors took profits when our market revisited the 8,100 level earlier,” Timson Securities Inc. trader Jervin de Celis said. Below-target economic growth results for 2018 have already been priced in, he added, thus there is “not much to worry” about as long as the ... more
  • 8 months A non-lawyer’s cheat sheet to contract review Manilatimes |Biz
    KARLA MESINAWhen dealing with contracts, lawyers are notorious for their obsessiveness, paranoia and pessimism. We may forcefully insist on writing a clause a certain way, in a specific place within the contract, for very particular reasons. This overzealous attitude is explainable. Lawyers are trained to be their client’s primary line of defense against contractual liability, not the last. We spend most of our professional life digging through and making sense of documents that nobody else wants to read, so we are the first to spot the provision that may cause you to transfer ownership of intellectual property for free, or ... more
  • 8 months Group backs bill raising tobacco, alcohol taxes Manilatimes |Biz
    An advocacy group has supported the proposed increase in excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products. “Sin taxes prove to be both pragmatic and crucial as a policy measure. This measure will serve to simultaneously generate much-needed revenues and curb the consumption of these harmful commodities,” the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) said in statement. President Rodrigo Duterte recently certified as urgent Senate Bill 1599 filed by Senator Emmanuel Pacquaio. The bill seeks to increase the excise tax of tobacco to P60 per pack and alcohol to P40 per liter. “President Duterte has already certified the measure as urgent. Likewise, ... more
  • 8 months Fertilizer costs up last year Manilatimes |Biz
    THE average annual dealers’ prices of fertilizers increased in 2018 compared to their levels a year ago, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its latest report on “Updates on fertilizer prices,” PSA said price increases were observed for four fertilizer varieties, namely urea, complete, ammosul and ammophos. Most of the regions exhibited positive average annual rates during 2018, it added. PSA said the country’s average annual dealers’ price of urea was at P1,031.05 per sack, a 12.93-percent increase from the 2017 level. The increase for urea was seen in all regions, the agency added. For the complete variety, ... more
  • 8 months AVID sales drop 17% in 2018 Manilatimes |Biz
    The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) reported its sales for 2018 dropped by 17 percent to 88,700 units from 106,285 units the previous year due to high inflation, rising borrowing costs, oil price hikes and tax increase. “Full year 2018 AVID sales recorded 88,700 units sold amidst unfavorable economic condition,” AVID President Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo said in a statement on Friday. The passenger car (PC) segment, which comprised 35 percent of the total sales, recorded a 22-percent decline in sales from 39,721 units in 2017 to 30,960 units last year. Hyundai led the PC segment, selling 19,905 units ... more
  • 8 months Warriors switch gears to beat Wizards for 9th straight win Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry made a timely return to finish with 38 points as the Golden State Warriors won their season-high ninth straight game with a 126-118 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday (Friday in Manila). With Curry on the bench in the fourth quarter, the Wizards cut the Warriors lead to just two, 108-106, but the two-time defending NBA champions pulled away after he re-entered the contest. Kevin Durant delivered 21 points on nine-of-18 shooting from the floor as the Warriors switched gears against the Wizards from their successful three-point attack to an inside game. “We are trying ... more
  • 8 months James, Antetokounmpo named NBA all-star captains Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo were named captains of their teams after leading their respective conferences in voting, the NBA announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Joining James as a Western Conference all-star are Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Golden State guard Stephen Curry and Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Antetokounmpo is joined in the East by Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid in the frontcourt and two guards, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and Kyrie Irving of the ... more
  • 8 months Palay farmgate price still falling Manilatimes |Biz
    The average farmgate price of palay (unmilled rice) continued to fall in the second week of January and reached a new all-time low of P19.85 per kilo since the downtrend started in September last year. In its weekly update on palay, rice and corn prices, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the latest average quotation of palay was 0.50 percent lower than previous week’s P19.95 per kilo. The figure, however, was 4.09 percent higher year-on-year (yoy). PSA said the wholesale and retail prices of both well-milled and regular-milled rice still declined in the second week of January. The average wholesale ... more
  • 8 months RoS clashes with Ginebra in Calasiao Manilatimes |Sports
    Unbeaten Rain or Shine (RoS) guns for back-to-back victories when it faces crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at 5 p.m. today in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. Though coming off a 96-87 first game triumph against winless Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) last week, the Elasto Painters and coach Caloy Garcia are taking on the Gin Kings with caution. James Yap of Rain or Shine (No. 18) fires a jumper as Mac Tallo (No. 26) of NLEX looks on during a Season 44 PBA Philippine Cup game last week at the Ynares ... more
  • 8 months Kvitota aims to hit Osaka with early onslaught in Open final Manilatimes |Sports
    MELBOURNE: Czech Petra Kvitova is aiming to rock Japan’s ‘on fire’ Naomi Osaka with an early onslaught in the Australian Open final, predicting the decider will be more slugfest than tactical masterclass. The final on Saturday features two of the game’s biggest hitters in a showdown for both the Australian crown and the world number one ranking. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova is on an 11-match winning streak and has been in imperious form at Melbourne Park, where she is yet to drop a set or even be stretched to a tie-break. The 28-year-old is jubilant about making a Grand Slam ... more
  • 8 months Ateneo, San Beda vie for last berth Manilatimes |Sports
    Ateneo De Manila University and San Beda University will dispute the last finals spot in Game Three of the semifinals the Philippine Collegiate Champions’ League (PCCL) Presidents Cup at 3 p.m. today at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Winner will head to the grand finals against the University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who earned the first berth in the national championship after dominating the regional qualifiers. Last year’s runner-up, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titlist San Beda prevailed in the low-scoring Game One, 49-43, last Monday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. ... more
  • 8 months Guiao includes Thirdy Ravena to nat’l pool Manilatimes |Sports
    Coach Yeng Guiao included collegiate hoops star Thirdy Ravena to the 15-man national pool for the last window of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asian Qualifiers. “Every time we name a player into the pool is like future investment, just like in the case of Kobe (Paras) and Ricci (Rivero). Last window, we brought in Kai Sotto,” Guiao told The Manila Times on Friday in a phone interview. “The coaching staff has agreed to give Thirdy (Ravena) a chance and I think he’s allowed by Ateneo since he already practiced yesterday (Thursday),” added Guiao. Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo Battles for ... more
  • 8 months Oladipo out for season with knee injury Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during his team’s victory over Toronto, the NBA team confirmed on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Oladipo collapsed to the court in the second period of the Pacers’ 110-106 victory over the Raptors on Wednesday, clutching his right knee in agony. Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers is taken off of the court on a stretcher after being injured in the second quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. AFP PHOTOA ... more
  • 8 months ‘Bishop’ arrested for drugs in Cavite Manilatimes
    A DRUG suspect who claimed to be a Catholic priest was arrested with another companion during a buy-bust on Thursday in Bacoor City, Cavite. Police said “Bishop” Richard Alcantara was arrested after he sold P200 worth of shabu to a poseur buyer with his cohort Fernando Dacuma, alias Nanding, in Tagumpay Compound, Tabing Dagat of Barangay Alima in Bacoor. Dacuma reportedly escaped during the commotion and a reinforcement team was able to arrest only Alcantara and another companion, identified as Perlito Alibay. Supt. Vicente Cabatingan, Bacoor City Police chief, said anti-narcotics teams seized 0.5 grams of shabu worth P3,400, six ... more
  • 8 months Rahm seizes early lead at Farmers, Woods with 70 Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Jon Rahm had two eagles on his front nine in a sizzling 10-under 62 on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to grab a one-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open where Tiger Woods is making his 2019 debut. Spain’s Rahm, whose first win on the US PGA Tour came at this event two years ago, is one stroke ahead of world number one Justin Rose and American Doug Ghim, who both shot nine-under 63s. “There’s a lot of happiness going on in this area for me, so I just feel I’m going to play good when I tee up,” ... more
  • 8 months Maduro gets military backing Manilatimes |World
    CARACAS: Venezuela’s powerful military threw its weight behind President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido pressed a direct challenge to his authority, and the fate of the crisis-wracked country hung in the balance. As the death toll from days of street protests jumped to 26, a defiant Maduro announced the closure of Venezuela’s embassy and consulates in the United States, a day after President Donald Trump’s administration declared his regime “illegitimate.” The oil-rich but economically devastated country was plunged into uncertainty Wednesday when Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself “acting president” ... more
  • 8 months Fitzpatrick grabs early Dubai lead from Garcia, DeChambeau Manilatimes |Sports
    DUBAI: Matthew Fitzpatrick produced a burst of birdies over the closing stretch to take a one-shot lead after the Dubai Desert Classic opening round on Thursday (Friday in Manila), with Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau in an eight-way tie for second. At the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club, the 24-year-old Englishman birdied his last four holes, and five of his last six, to card a seven-under-par 65, playing in the decidedly tougher scoring conditions of the afternoon session. American DeChambeau, the highest-ranked player in the tournament, fired a 66 to sit in the logjam for second alongside 2017 champion ... more
  • 8 months Proposals to end US shutdown blocked Manilatimes |World
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Senate on Thursday blocked dueling plans to reopen shuttered federal agencies, a fresh setback in efforts to end a month-long government shutdown, but President Donald Trump signaled he could back a “reasonable” proposal that includes border security. The legislative deadlock left Congress and the president grasping for a solution as thousands of federal workers, some reliant on food banks to make ends meet, are about to miss a second paycheck. But shortly after the votes, the outlines of a possible deal to end the deepening crisis began to take shape, when Senate leaders huddled in private ... more
  • 8 months Ardina bags Beverly crown ahead of LPGA jaunt Manilatimes |Sports
    Dottie Ardina gave her upcoming LPGA Tour campaign a big morale boost, claiming the ICTSI Beverly Place Ladies Classic crown in emphatic fashion on a closing 67 for a six-stroke romp over Pauline del Rosario at the Beverly Place Golf Club on Friday in Mexico, Pampanga. Two-up over a pair of Thai rivals after 36 holes, Ardina hiked her lead to four over Chonlada Chayanun with back-to-back birdies from No. 2 and though she slipped with a bogey on the par-3 No. 8, no one failed to cash in, enabling the 25-year-old Canlubang ace to scoot home to victory on ... more
  • 8 months Court issues hold departure order against Baldo Manilatimes
    The Regional Trial Court in Legazpi City issued a Precautionary Hold Departure Order (PHDO) against Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, alleged mastermind behind the murder of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe. Department of Justice Undersecretary Mark Perete said the order was issued on Friday based on a request of the prosecution to monitor the movements of Baldo to ensure that he would not sneak out of the country. The Ofiicer in Charge Provincial Prosecutor of Albay on January 7 applied for a PHDO against Baldo and five other suspects in connection with the murder complaint filed against them. The complaint is ... more
  • 8 months 2 Marines wounded in NPA ambush Manilatimes
    CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao: Two Marines were wounded when communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels ambushed government forces in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, the military said on Friday. Maj. Arvin Encinas, spokesman for the 6th Infantry Division (6th ID), said the wounded soldiers belong to the 2nd Marine Battalion Landing Team and were part of the government troops conducting patrol in Barangay Datu Ito Andong, Kalamansig. Encinas did not identify the wounded Marines. Major. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the 6th ID commander, said the ambush showed the NPA’s insincerity in talking peace with the Duterte administration as he cited reports ... more
  • 8 months ‘Seek common ground,’ Queen urges Britons Manilatimes |World
    LONDON: Queen Elizabeth 2nd has emphasized the need for Britons to come together to “seek out the common ground,” in what has been viewed as an appeal to overcome divisions over Brexit. Speaking to members of the Women’s Institute (WI) near her Sandringham estate in eastern England, the 92-year-old said people should never lose sight of the bigger picture. “Reflecting on a century of change, it is clear that the qualities of the WI endure,” she said, noting the foundation of the institute in 1915, to encourage contributions to World War One. ROYAL APPEAL In this file photo taken on ... more
  • 8 months Greek MPs delay Macedonia name change vote Manilatimes |World
    ATHENS: Greek lawmakers are due to vote Friday on a deal to change the name of neighboring Macedonia and resolve a diplomatic dispute that has dragged on for nearly 30 years. The vote was originally scheduled for after midnight Thursday but had to be postponed to Friday because some 230 lawmakers wanted to speak on the issue, the parliament speaker said. Hundreds opposed to the deal protested outside parliament on Thursday evening, with police using tear gas to disperse them. The vote on the agreement to rename Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia is now planned for around 2:30 ... more
  • 8 months Go helps conjoined twins have normal lives Manilatimes
    Conjoined twins Divine and Mercy of Sabang, Camarines Norte will get a good chance at living as separate, normal children as former special assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go assured them of his assistance for their surgery and treatment. In a meeting recently with the twins’ parents, Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, Go said he would shoulder all expenses for the operation to separate the twins who were born joined at the chest. He added that his heart goes for the twins and asked for prayers for the successful operation of Divine and Mercy. To make it ... more
  • 8 months Troops sent for trapped miners in Agusan Manilatimes
    ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military has dispatched more soldiers on Friday to help search for three missing miners buried in landslide inside tunnels in Mount Manhupao in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. The three were missing since January 20 after torrential rains triggered the landslide in Barangay Bangonay that killed four people, according to Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command. He said Maj. Gen. Felimon Santos, division commander, ordered the deployment of additional military rescuers to help search for the missing miners. They were identified as Rex Penig, Jay-ay Matanog and another known only by his first name ... more
  • 8 months Pope Francis brings World Youth Day to Panama’s detained youth Manilatimes |World
    PANAMA CITY: Pope Francis is bringing World Youth Day to Panama’s juvenile delinquents who can’t participate in the Catholic Church’s big festival of faith. Francis was to celebrate a special penitential Mass inside the Las Garzas de Pacora detention center, which is Panama’s main youth lockup. In a twist, he will also hear the inmates’ confessions inside confessionals the detainees made themselves. It’s all part of Francis’ belief that prisoners deserve the same dignity as everyone else — as well as hope. Francis opened his first full day in Panama with that message of hope Thursday, formally welcoming tens of ... more
  • 8 months Indonesia floods, landslides death toll climbs to 59 Manilatimes |World
    MAKASSAR, Indonesia: Floods and landslides in Indonesia have killed at least 59 people, the government said Friday, after heavy rain pounded Sulawesi island and forced thousands to flee their homes. “I’ve never seen something this bad — this is the worst,” Syamsibar, head of South Sulawesi’s disaster mitigation agency, told AFP, adding that 25 people were still missing. Lashed by the heavy rain, rivers swelled and burst their banks, inundating dozens of communities in 11 districts of southern Sulawesi. Parts of the provincial capital Makassar have also been affected. SWEPT AWAY Indonesian rescuers search for survivors after a landslide in ... more
  • 8 months Misuari’s arraignment reset to February Manilatimes
    The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division moved to February 27 the arraignment of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Nur Misuari pending his motion to reconsider the denial of his appeal for the dismissal of the cases he is facing along with several others. Misuari is facing charges of graft and of malversation through falsification over the alleged anomalous procurement of information technology package. His lawyers earlier filed a petition to dismiss the cases against him citing inordinate delay by the Office of the Ombudsman in filing the charges in 2017. “Considering that the prosecution had already filed its Opposition to the motion for reconsideration ... more
  • 8 months Manila Water gets nod for Manaoag project Manilatimes
    MANILA Water Co. Inc. was given the approval to develop water projects for the Manaoag town in Pagsanjan. In a disclosure on Friday, it said, Manila Water Philippine Ventures Inc. (MWPV), received a notice to proceed through an ordinance that grants its “franchise to operate, maintain, manage, finance, and expand water supply operation and septage management in the area.” The 25-year franchise, excluding two years of construction, has an estimated capital expenditure (capex) of more than P588.6 million. The project is expected to be operational by 2020 and estimated to deliver a potential billed volume of 9 million liters per ... more
  • 8 months Rare pangolins perish in wildlife rescue Manilatimes |World
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: When Chinese police found them in the trunk of a smuggler’s car, 33 of the trafficked pangolins — endangered scaly mammals from southern China — were still alive, wrapped in plastic bags soaked with their own urine. But the fate of the creatures — whose scales are worth nearly their weight in silver on the black market — was not a happy one. Every last pangolin died in government captivity within a few months of the August 2017 seizure. A pioneering environmental nonprofit in Beijing has launched an investigation, called “counting pangolins,” to figure out what happens to ... more
  • 8 months Rakhine cower in pagoda as new conflict flares Manilatimes |World
    BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar: As bullets smashed into the walls, the residents of Alecheung village were jolted from their sleep and fled, leaving everything behind — civilian victims of a crackdown by Myanmar’s army on ethnic Rakhine militants in an area already concussed by violence. “I just ran… I didn’t even have time to take my phone,” Zaw Win, 22, told AFP on Friday from a makeshift camp in the grounds of a pagoda, a few kilometers from his village in restive Buthidaung district. Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh, is a cauldron of religious and ethnic hatreds. SEEKING REFUGE Mro ethnic women ... more
  • 8 months Court grants ex-Iloilo lawmaker’s travel plea Manilatimes
    The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division has granted former Iloilo 2nd district Rep. Judy Syjuco permission to travel abroad in February to accompany her husband, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director Augusto Syjuco for medical treatment. “Considering that the accused had already been arraigned and the reason for the travel advanced in the said motion/s, the Court, over the objection of the prosecution, hereby resolves to grant the said accused permission to travel to Singapore on Feb. 7 to 22, 2019,” the court said. Syjuco is facing a charge of graft and of malversation through falsification along with other individuals over the alleged ... more
  • 8 months PH growth slows, misses 2018 target Manilatimes |Biz
    The economy picked up in the last three months of 2018 but the marginal gain was not enough to lift full-year growth to within the government’s target. High prices were blamed for 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.2 percent — lower than the downwardly-revised goal of 6.5-6.9 percent — but result was still described by economic managers as a “firm finish”. The expansion — slower than the 6.7 percent recorded a year earlier — did not surprise as analysts had expected the 2018 mark to be missed. “This is a firm finish that cements the Philippines’ standing as ... more
  • 8 months Economy seen easing anew in 2019 Manilatimes |Biz
    Bank economists have offered differing views about how the Philippine economy will fare in 2019 but their estimates all point to growth again missing the government’s target. Following Thursday’s announcement of gross domestic product (GDP) growth results for 2019, economists from Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC both forecast continued expansions in the 6-percent range, below the official 7.0-8.0 percent goal. GDP growth came in at 6.2 percent last year, short of the government’s downwardly revised 6.5-6.9 percent target. Standard Chartered economist Chidu Narayanan said 2019 could see an acceleration to 6.4 percent while HSBC economist Noelan Arbis forecast an ... more
  • 8 months Investors unfazed by growth slowdown Manilatimes |Biz
    The stock market returned to the 8,000 level on Thursday as investors chose to ignore news that economic growth fell below target last year. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index grew by 0.94 percent or 75.25 points to end the day at 8,064.90 while the wider All Shares gained 0.98 percent or 47.22 points to finish at 4,861.23. “The market has already priced in the undershoot of GDP (gross domestic product) figures, that is why market is up even though the GDP [growth result] is not favorable,” Philstocks Financial Inc. research associate Piper Chaucer Tan said, adding that investors had ... more
  • 8 months VMC’s successful rehab Manilatimes |Biz
    Emeterio Sd. PerezBusinessman Lucio Tan may have been the business tycoon who is mainly responsible for the successful rehabilitation of Victorias Milling Co. (VMC). How about the company’s public stockholders who were made to sacrifice too, because they held and still own today 447.281 million VMC common shares, or 16.31 percent of 2.742 billion outstanding VMC common shares? The question may be true with all the rehabilitation cases that were transferred to regular courts designated by the Supreme Court. In the case of listed companies, their public stockholders and their holdings should be the main concern of government regulatory authorities, ... more
  • 8 months Highlights of the new BOC audit rules Manilatimes |Biz
    MARK ANTHONY TAMAYO(First of two parts) The regulation on the guidelines of the Post Clearance Audit (PCA) and Prior Disclosure Program (PDP) has finally been signed by the Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary last Jan. 9, 2019. Embodied under Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 01-2019, said CAO shall take effect on February 15 (30 days after its publication on January 16 at The Manila Times). CAO 01-2019 implements Executive Order No. 46 series of 2017 (signed last Oct. 20, 2017) which created an empowered post clearance audit group (PCAG) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) that is expected to aggressively ... more
  • 8 months DA optimistic on farm sector growth Manilatimes |Biz
    The government’s rice tariffication program, planting calendar adjustments and easy access credit program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will likely be the main drivers of farm sector growth this year. “An adjustment in the planting calendar for rice farmers in Northern Luzon, the ‘Southern Swing’ initiative which will identify new farming areas outside of typhoon paths, an aggressive easy access credit program, the P10 billion in tariffs from rice importation, the P10-billion Coco Levy Fund and a bigger budget allocation are expected to contribute to the robust growth of the agriculture sector, especially crops, in 2019,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a statement ... more
  • 8 months High-flying Harden makes history at the fabled Garden Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: James Harden took his high-scoring act to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) where he dazzled his way to a season-high 61-points as the Houston Rockets edged the hapless New York Knicks 114-110. “Every time I come to the Garden I got to put on a show. They expect it and that is what I gave them,” said Harden. Harden is scoring at a pace the NBA hasn’t seen since the heyday of Wilt Chamberlain, as he stretched his streak of scoring 30-plus points to 21 games. He is making anything seem possible, earning his third ... more
  • 8 months Embracing uncertainties Manilatimes |Biz
    AIRA REGINA S. ARBOLEDAChange is constant and endless opportunities come and go every day, and in a heartbeat. It may seem like a lot to take and we acknowledge that we really cannot control all of it. Hence, we plan hard for those circumstances we can anticipate. In the process however, how well do we understand that anticipating future uncertainties is equally important? Recognizing assets (or liabilities) in accounting are triggered by past events that materialize, resulting in eventual inflow (or outflow) of resources in the organization. But the real beauty of accounting is that creation of assets (or liabilities) ... more
  • 8 months PH palay, corn output down in 2018 Manilatimes |Biz
    THE country’s palay (unmilled rice) and corn production fell in 2018 as farms, particularly those in Northern Luzon, were battered by a series of typhoons. “We have data on the extent of the damage of the typhoons on the rice sector and the total is about 1.7 million metric tons (MT). So that was really the main reason why there was a reduction in production,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol told reporters at the sidelines of the 1st National Galunggong Summit. Piñol’s statement followed the Philippine Statistics Authority’s release of its latest rice and corn situationer, which showed full-year production losses ... more
  • 8 months Mayweather is the priority Manilatimes |Sports
    ED C. TOLENTINOManny Pacquiao will not resort to a little trash talking if there is no gold in the garbage. Shortly after defeating challenger Adrien Broner to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) ‘regular’ welterweight crown, Pacquiao immediately challenged rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a rematch. Deviating from his template post-fight remarks, Pacquiao told reporters: “I’m still here in boxing. I want to fight the best fighters out there. If he (Mayweather) cannot fight on my level, he better stay retired.” You read it right, Pacquiao just unloaded a verbal left straight on Mayweather’s jaw. With Mayweather still receiving harsh ... more
  • 8 months Eustaquio wants total supremacy vs Moraes Manilatimes |Sports
    Expect fireworks in the cage when defending ONE flyweight world champion Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio collides against former titleholder Adriano Moraes of Brazil in the main event of ONE: Hero’s Ascent tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The 29-year old Eustaquio wants to put an end to a four-year rivalry through a convincing win over “Black Diamond” Moraes on their third meeting, which is the first ever trilogy in ONE Championship’s history. The Baguio City native went through six months of grueling training at the famed Team Lakay gym for the fight. Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio ... more
  • 8 months ONE Championship in ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD Manilatimes |Sports
    ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD will air live on Friday (January 25) at 8:30 p.m. straight from Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City the fight between Team Lakay stalwart and ONE Championship’s flyweight world champion Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio and Brazilian submission monster Adriano “Mikhino” Moraes. For more stories and news on MMA and other combat sports, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com. Advertisements Advertisements Advertisements more
  • 8 months Maynilad to spend P100B to expand, upgrade system Manilatimes |Biz
    MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. said on Thursday it had earmarked P100 billion for its water and wastewater infrastructure projects for the next five years. In an interview, Maynilad President and Chief Executive Officer Ramoncito Fernandez told reporters that about P40 billion of the water concessionaire’s capital expenditure (capex) from 2018 to 2022 would be allotted to build wastewater treatment plants and conveyance tunnels. In a statement, the company said part of that amount — P26.4 billion — would be used to build new sewage treatment plants (STP) and installing sewer lines in the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa, ... more
  • 8 months James ruled out of Minnesota clash—Lakers Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was ruled out of his team’s clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as he works his way back from a groin injury. Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters that while James, 34, had returned to training with teammates, he would not be ready to return against Minnesota on Thursday. “He got out there with the guys and did some drills,” Walton said. “(He looked) good, strong, talented,” he added, before confirming James would not play Thursday. LeBron Jamesof the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers ... more
  • 8 months Northport seeks share of top spot; rookies out to prove worth Manilatimes |Sports
    Northport wants a share of the top spot currently occupied by Phoenix, when it faces Columbian Dyip in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at 4:30 p.m. today at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. The Batang Pier shoot for their third consecutive win vs the Columbian Dyip who just lost to Phoenix, 3-0, on Wednesday. “It will be the same approach. I just want to win,” said Northport’s third overall pick Robert Bolick, a former San Beda Red Lion, who marked his PBA debut with a 26 points output during their victory over Blackwater last week. “I’m ... more
  • 8 months BPI, IBM ink $260-M IT infrastructure deal Manilatimes |Biz
    BANK of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has signed a $260-million multiyear services agreement with multinational company IBM as the Ayala-led lender continues to improve its information technology (IT) infrastructure. “IBM will provide IT infrastructure services to support an agile IT and hybrid cloud, as well as digital development capabilities, to accelerate BPI’s digital transformation,” IBM said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The agreement, which is an extension of an earlier deal, covers the continued upgrading of BPI branches with new technology, as well as other financial-service apps for customers. The bank currently has more than 900 BPI, ... more
  • 8 months DeChambeau eyes world domination at Dubai Desert Classic Manilatimes |Sports
    DUBAI: Bryson DeChambeau returns to the Dubai Desert Classic three years after his debut as the top-ranked player in the field at world number five, but the American has made it clear that he is far from satisfied with his meteoric rise. The 25-year-old, popularly referred to as the ‘Mad Scientist’ because of his use of scientific methods in trying to improve his game, was the leading amateur and shot 12-under par on his first Dubai appearance in 2016. However, he is one of the hottest players in the professional game right now, having won four times on the PGA ... more
  • 8 months Ardina seizes 2-shot lead with 67 Manilatimes |Sports
    Dottie Ardina finally turned in a round expected from a player of her caliber, shooting a four-under 67 in tough conditions and grabbing a two-stroke lead over Thais Punpaka Phuntumabamrung and Chonlada Chayanun in the second round of the ICTSI Beverly Place Ladies Classic in Mexico, Pampanga on Thursday. Ardina rebounded from a one-over 72 start with a 32-35 card as the LPGA Tour-bound shotmaker found her range and rhythm on a day the erstwhile frontrunners struggled and faded with over-par cards at the short but tricky course made more daunting by its unreceptive greens. Ardina wasn’t spared of the ... more
  • 8 months Pelosi blocks State of the Union speech Manilatimes |World
    WASHINGTON, DC: President Donald Trump said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) night he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded that “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber” and that he was not looking for an alternate option after Pelosi served notice earlier Wednesday that he would not be allowed to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress next week. Pelosi had taken the ... more
  • 8 months Courageous Kvitova completes ‘long journey’ after knife attack Manilatimes |Sports
    MELBOURNE: Brave Petra Kvitova admitted Thursday it had been “a long journey” to make the Australian Open final after a knife-wielding burglar slashed her racquet hand in an attack that left her traumatized and scared to be alone. The 28-year-old feared she may never play tennis again after the 33-year-old man broke into her apartment in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov just weeks before the opening Grand Slam of 2017. She suffered career-threatening injuries to her left hand as she fought him off. Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might lose her fingers, the 2011 and ... more
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