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Pampanga cops arrest colleague for extortion

MANILA, Philippines --- Police arrested their colleague for alleged extortion in Barangay Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga on Tuesday. Cpl. Joeten Samson was arrested at around 9:46 a.m. by joint elements of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Mon
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Pampanga cops arrest colleague for extortion

MANILA, Philippines --- Police arrested their colleague for alleged extortion in Barangay Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga on Tuesday. Cpl. Joeten Samson was arrested at around 9:46 a.m. by joint elements of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and Intelligence Group (IG) after receiving P150,000 in boodle cash from a complainant, whose identity is being withheld. According to a police report, Samson demanded cash from the complainant in exchange for the release of her Toyota Vios, which was confiscated during an anti-drug operation by the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit. Instead of surrendering, the suspect, who is assigned at th...Keep on reading: Pampanga cops arrest colleague for extortion

LOOK: Jake Cuenca pokes fun on time when his ‘crush’ didn’t have a crush on him yet

Jake Cuenca recalled the time when Kylie Versoza did not reciprocate his feelings, with a throwback photo of them from their time in the 2017 film «Ang Panday», their first project together. «Yung panahon na hindi ka pa crush ng crush mo
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LOOK: Jake Cuenca pokes fun on time when his ‘crush’ didn’t have a crush on him yet

Jake Cuenca recalled the time when Kylie Versoza did not reciprocate his feelings, with a throwback photo of them from their time in the 2017 film «Ang Panday», their first project together. «Yung panahon na hindi ka pa crush ng crush mo. [laughs] Mabuti nalang nagpagupit na ako @kylieversoza,» the actor said via Instagram last Sunday, June 23. (The time when your crush did not have a crush on you. Good thing I got a haircut.) https://www.instagram.com/p/BzCpfFbH1XC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link «Buti nalang talaga», Versoza said, echoing Cuenca's statement about changing hairstyles. (It really is a good thing.) The photo shows Cuenca, sporting a long hairstyle, and ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Jake Cuenca pokes fun on time when his ‘crush’ didn’t have a crush on him yet

Pagasa: Parts of Luzon to have moderate to heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon 

      MANILA, Philippines --- Parts of Luzon may experience moderate to heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   In a thunderstor
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Pagasa: Parts of Luzon to have moderate to heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon 

      MANILA, Philippines --- Parts of Luzon may experience moderate to heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   In a thunderstorm advisory issued at 1:18 p.m., moderate to heavy rains with lightning and strong winds are expected over Tarlac, Bataan and Pampanga within the next two hours.   Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains which may persist from one to wo hours will also be experienced in San Pablo, Laguna; parts of Quezon province (Tiaong, Pagbilao, Lucena); Talisay, Batangas and San Marcelino, Zambales.   "All are advised to take prec...Keep on reading: Pagasa: Parts of Luzon to have moderate to heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon 

MWSS to tackle ‘force majeure’ defense of concessionaires on water shortage

      MANILA, Philippines --- TheMetropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will look into the «force majeure» defense of Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. over the worsening water shor
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MWSS to tackle ‘force majeure’ defense of concessionaires on water shortage

      MANILA, Philippines --- TheMetropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will look into the «force majeure» defense of Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. over the worsening water shortage hounding Metro Manila, its Chief RegulatorPatrickTy said Tuesday. The two water concessionaires submitted a «notice of force majeure» as a defense to the recent water woes, MWSS Chief RegulatorPatrickLesterTy told the House committees on Metro Manila development public works and highways, and natural resourcesduring its oversight hearing. The notice, "which under the concession agreement, suspends some portions of their service obliga...Keep on reading: MWSS to tackle ‘force majeure’ defense of concessionaires on water shortage

Palace doubts Filipino fishers ‘besieged’ Chinese vessel at Recto Bank

  MANILA, Philippines--- Malacaang now said it doubts China's claim that its vessel was «besieged» by Filipino fishermen after an incident at Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea.   READ: Panelo: Rescue of mariners not o
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Palace doubts Filipino fishers ‘besieged’ Chinese vessel at Recto Bank

  MANILA, Philippines--- Malacaang now said it doubts China's claim that its vessel was «besieged» by Filipino fishermen after an incident at Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea.   READ: Panelo: Rescue of mariners not ordered by UNCLOS if they pose security threat   «First of all, how can that be? [That] they will be besieged, eh nabangga nga eh, nabangga at kumalat na nga, iyong mga Filipino fishermen nakakapit na nga doon sa almost submerged boat. So parang malabo iyong -- baka imagination [nila],» Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said Tuesday in an interview with CNN Philippines.   Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said a ...Keep on reading: Palace doubts Filipino fishers ‘besieged’ Chinese vessel at Recto Bank

4 dead in police shootouts in Calabarzon

SAN PEDRO CITY ---- Four people were killed in separate shootouts with the police in the Calabarzon region. Reports from the Calabarzon police office showed that two of the incidents happened during buy-bust operations. In Laguna, provincial police chie
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4 dead in police shootouts in Calabarzon

SAN PEDRO CITY ---- Four people were killed in separate shootouts with the police in the Calabarzon region. Reports from the Calabarzon police office showed that two of the incidents happened during buy-bust operations. In Laguna, provincial police chief Col. Eleazar Matta said suspected drug pusher Erick Masalonga, a tricycle driver from Barangay Parian, Calamba City, was killed in a buy-bust around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Matta said Masalonga, 41, sold suspected shabu (crystal meth) to Patrolman Pablo Carag in Barangay Lawa. As police were about to arrest him, Masalonga allegedly drew and fired a .38-caliber gun, forcing the police back-up to shoot him down. In Calatagan, Bat...Keep on reading: 4 dead in police shootouts in Calabarzon

Janno Gibbs, other celebs bemoan water service interruptions

As water service interruptions in Metro Manila and nearby provinces worsen, some celebrities took to social media to bemoan the lack of water in their homes. Actor and singer Janno Gibbs did not hold back when he aired his grievances via Instagram Stories, s
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Janno Gibbs, other celebs bemoan water service interruptions

As water service interruptions in Metro Manila and nearby provinces worsen, some celebrities took to social media to bemoan the lack of water in their homes. Actor and singer Janno Gibbs did not hold back when he aired his grievances via Instagram Stories, saying his family has not had water for almost a week. «Siguro naman may refund water bill namin! Halos isang linggo na kami wala tubig eh. Nagkakaroon lang maybe 2 hrs a day. 2x if [we're] lucky,» Gibbs said via Instagram Stories on June 24. «Laki na talaga ng improvement nitong pu#^!$ bansa natin! Kagabi konting ulan, baha na agad! Ang galing!!!» (Maybe our water bill will have a refund. We have not had water for almost a week...Keep on reading: Janno Gibbs, other celebs bemoan water service interruptions

Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer bags Coach of Year honors again

Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer has won Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career at the NBA Awards. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference fina
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Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer bags Coach of Year honors again

Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer has won Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career at the NBA Awards. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to eventual NBA champion Toronto. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1143349593855467520 He got choked up while thanking his wife and kids Monday night. Budenholzer also coached Team Giannis in the All-Star Game last season He earned his first Coach of the Year trophy with Atlanta in 2015. Budenholzer beat out Denver's Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers....Keep on reading: Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer bags Coach of Year honors again

Angat Dam water level dips, NWRB sees more water allocation reduction

    MANILA, Philippines --- The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may further reduce the water allocation for Metro Manila should there be no rain to address the decline in Angat Dam's water level.   «Kung wala po talagan
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Angat Dam water level dips, NWRB sees more water allocation reduction

    MANILA, Philippines --- The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may further reduce the water allocation for Metro Manila should there be no rain to address the decline in Angat Dam's water level.   «Kung wala po talagang ulan na pumapasok, titignan po natin yung alokasyon natin kung kailangan magkaroon ng bagong adjustment para po mapangalagaan natin 'yung suplay hanggang umabot po itong pag-ulan,» NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said Tuesday over an interview with Radyo INQUIRER.   «Umaasa po tayo na sana ay soonest na. Umuulan po dito sa Metro Manila pero hindi pa po umaabot doon sa Angat Dam,» he added.   Angat Dam's wat...Keep on reading: Angat Dam water level dips, NWRB sees more water allocation reduction

Rudy Gobert named Defensive Player of Year for 2nd straight year

https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1143352161482547201 Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz has won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season at the NBA Awards. READ: Moved to tears, Rudy Gobert feels disrespect in NBA All-Star snub The 26-year
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Rudy Gobert named Defensive Player of Year for 2nd straight year

https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1143352161482547201 Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz has won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season at the NBA Awards. READ: Moved to tears, Rudy Gobert feels disrespect in NBA All-Star snub The 26-year-old center from France beat out Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and Paul George of Oklahoma City....Keep on reading: Rudy Gobert named Defensive Player of Year for 2nd straight year

Health secretary faces graft, plunder charges

MANILA, Philippines --- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is facing graft and plunder charges in the Office of the Ombudsman over a lease agreement between a company owned by his family and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). With help from
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Health secretary faces graft, plunder charges

MANILA, Philippines --- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is facing graft and plunder charges in the Office of the Ombudsman over a lease agreement between a company owned by his family and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). With help from the Public Attorney's Office (PAO), the parents of 10 schoolchildren who allegedly died after being given the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in 2016 filed the complaint on Friday, accusing Duque of allowing his family's Educational and Medical Development Corp. (EMDC) to lease three floors of its building in Dagupan City, Pangasinan province, to PhilHealth for the national health insurer's regional office in Ilocos. Duque is ex-offi...Keep on reading: Health secretary faces graft, plunder charges

Minor, 7 others nabbed in drug bust; P2.1 M shabu seized

MANILA, Philippines -- Police arrested eight drug suspects, including a minor and seized an estimated P2.1 million worth of shabu (crystal meth) following an anti-illegal drugs operation in Quezon City Monday night.   Arrested were Mary Jane Marian
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Minor, 7 others nabbed in drug bust; P2.1 M shabu seized

MANILA, Philippines -- Police arrested eight drug suspects, including a minor and seized an estimated P2.1 million worth of shabu (crystal meth) following an anti-illegal drugs operation in Quezon City Monday night.   Arrested were Mary Jane Mariano, 25; Efren Zafra, 27; Teofilo Zafra, 50; Elmer Howit, 32; Vina Baldovina,37; Mercylinda Miron, 38; John Erick Tupaz, 18 and a 17 year-old boy.   Operatives of the Quezon City Police District's Batasan police station - Drug Enforcement Unit apprehended the suspects after a buy-bust operation along Lansones Street in Area A, Barangay Payatas at around 9:30 p.m.   The drug suspects yielded 310 grams of shabu with...Keep on reading: Minor, 7 others nabbed in drug bust; P2.1 M shabu seized

Monarchy cost British taxpayers $85.2 million last year

  LONDON - Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost British taxpayers 67 million pounds ($85.2 million) during 2018-19, a 41% increase on the previous financial year.       The number rose primarily because of higher lev
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Monarchy cost British taxpayers $85.2 million last year

  LONDON - Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost British taxpayers 67 million pounds ($85.2 million) during 2018-19, a 41% increase on the previous financial year.       The number rose primarily because of higher levels of spending devoted to critical renovations for Buckingham Palace in London.   The iconic structure is in the second year of a 10-year project after a Treasury report concluded the building's infrastructure was in danger of a catastrophic failure.   The total Sovereign Grant, which funds Queen Elizabeth II and her household's official expenses, was 82.2 million pounds, or 1.24 pounds per person in the U.K. ...Keep on reading: Monarchy cost British taxpayers $85.2 million last year

Safety agency calls for tighter skydiving flight rules

  HONOLULU - The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday called on the Federal Aviation Administration to tighten its regulations governing parachute operations after a skydiving plane in Hawaii crashed and killed all 11 people on board. &nb
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Safety agency calls for tighter skydiving flight rules

  HONOLULU - The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday called on the Federal Aviation Administration to tighten its regulations governing parachute operations after a skydiving plane in Hawaii crashed and killed all 11 people on board.     The NTSB recommended to the FAA more than a decade ago that it strengthen its rules on pilot training, aircraft maintenance and inspection, and FAA oversight, board member Jennifer Homendy told a news conference in Honolulu.   She said the FAA hasn't acted on those recommendations.   «Are we trying to put the FAA on notice for this? Yes,» Homendy said. "We identified several safety concerns ...Keep on reading: Safety agency calls for tighter skydiving flight rules

Andi Eigenmann celebrates baby shower, 28th birthday in tropical fiesta party

Andi Eigenmann recently celebrated both her baby shower and her 28th birthday in a «chic tropical fiesta eleganza» party. Eigenmann, who turns 28 today, June 25, is currently eight months pregnant with her second child. She took to social media
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Andi Eigenmann celebrates baby shower, 28th birthday in tropical fiesta party

Andi Eigenmann recently celebrated both her baby shower and her 28th birthday in a «chic tropical fiesta eleganza» party. Eigenmann, who turns 28 today, June 25, is currently eight months pregnant with her second child. She took to social media on June 24 to share photos of the bash, which was held in Rockwell Center, Makati. «Baby shower! Last weekend,@apricaphand@jennasypr threw me a baby shower, and it was so much fun!» Eigenmann said via Instagram. «For this I will forever be grateful!» https://www.instagram.com/p/BzFwZQilV9Y/ Nice Print Photography also shared photos from the event on its Instagram account on June 23. In one of the photos, Eigenmann, her boyfriend surfer Phi...Keep on reading: Andi Eigenmann celebrates baby shower, 28th birthday in tropical fiesta party

Debt payments nearly double to P54B in April

DEBTS paid by the government to its creditors reached P53.840 billion in April on the back of higher amortization and interest payments, according to the Bureau of the Treasury. Bureau…READ The post Debt payments nearly double to P54B in April appeared
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Debt payments nearly double to P54B in April

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COA questions PCOO misuse of 2017 Asean summit funds

MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Audit (COA) has chided the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for its failure to account for P38.8 million allocated for the country's hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) su
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COA questions PCOO misuse of 2017 Asean summit funds

MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Audit (COA) has chided the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for its failure to account for P38.8 million allocated for the country's hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in 2017. In a report, the COA said the PCOO, headed by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, had yet to comment on any of its nine recommendations in connection with the questionable disbursements, which represent 17.7 percent of the total audited Asean fund worth P219.24 million. The audit body said the PCOO also violated the government procurement law after it spent the P38.8 million but failed to conduct a "postquali...Keep on reading: COA questions PCOO misuse of 2017 Asean summit funds

Probe won’t tackle China’s poaching at Recto Bank – DOJ

MANILA, Philippines --- The proposed joint investigation with China of the June 9 boat ramming incident at Recto Bank in the South China Sea is not the proper forum to tackle the Chinese vessel's poaching in the area, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said o
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Probe won’t tackle China’s poaching at Recto Bank – DOJ

MANILA, Philippines --- The proposed joint investigation with China of the June 9 boat ramming incident at Recto Bank in the South China Sea is not the proper forum to tackle the Chinese vessel's poaching in the area, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Monday. The incident, where a Chinese trawler hit and sank the anchored Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 1 and abandoned its crew of 22, happened near Recto Bank, about 148 kilometers northwest of Palawan and within the Philippines' 370-km exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. «The poaching issue is a collateral issue to the incident,» Guevarra said. "But the marine inquiry is not the proper forum to discuss this...Keep on reading: Probe won’t tackle China’s poaching at Recto Bank – DOJ

5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda --- Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries were transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park on Monday. Two male and three female eastern black rhinoceroses were released into protect
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5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda --- Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries were transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park on Monday. Two male and three female eastern black rhinoceroses were released into protective enclosures and will eventually be introduced into open plains to increase the genetic diversity of the park's rhino population, said officials. The eastern black rhino is in critical danger of extinction with about 1,000 remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The five rhinos from European zoos and safari parks will bring to 20 the number of eastern black rhinos in Akagera...Keep on reading: 5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda

Trump signs order that aims to reveal real health care costs

  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down .   The idea is to give patients practical inform
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Trump signs order that aims to reveal real health care costs

  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down .   The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to save money. For example, if a hospital charges your insurer $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test costs $550 in a doctor's office, you might go for the lower-price procedure to save on copays.       But insurers said the idea could backfire, prompting hospitals that now give deeper discounts to try to raise their own negotiated prices to match what high earners...Keep on reading: Trump signs order that aims to reveal real health care costs

France put on hot weather alert as heat wave reaches Europe

PARIS - The sunset had an orange glow. So did the extreme weather warning for Paris.   Meteorologists placed more than half of France, including around the capital, on alert for high temperatures Monday as a heatwave was expected to spread across c
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France put on hot weather alert as heat wave reaches Europe

PARIS - The sunset had an orange glow. So did the extreme weather warning for Paris.   Meteorologists placed more than half of France, including around the capital, on alert for high temperatures Monday as a heatwave was expected to spread across continental Europe this week.     National weather agency Meteo France predicted the hot weather could produce temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Ft) across the country just as the summer tourist season shifts into high gear.   The French weather agency set the heat warning level at orange - the second-highest intensity on its four-level categorization system for potentially dangerous condi...Keep on reading: France put on hot weather alert as heat wave reaches Europe

US in the World Cup quarterfinals after 2-1 win over Spain

REIMS, France --- Megan Rapinoe converted a pair of penalty kicks and the United States set up a much-anticipated quarterfinal meeting with host France at the Women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Spain on Monday. Rapinoe's first came in the seventh mi
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US in the World Cup quarterfinals after 2-1 win over Spain

REIMS, France --- Megan Rapinoe converted a pair of penalty kicks and the United States set up a much-anticipated quarterfinal meeting with host France at the Women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Spain on Monday. Rapinoe's first came in the seventh minute to the cheers of the U.S. supporters melting in temperatures that reached nearly 90 degrees at the Stade Auguste-Delaune. They were quieted a short time later when Jennifer Hermoso tied it up for Spain with the first goal the Americans had allowed in France. Video review was used to confirm a foul on Rose Lavelle that gave the pink-haired captain the game-winner in the 75th minute, spoiling Spain's spirited effort in its ...Keep on reading: US in the World Cup quarterfinals after 2-1 win over Spain

Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

NEW YORK --- Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players
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Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

NEW YORK --- Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist in his native Congo, recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people to take precautions and get care that might stop the disease's spread. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began posting the spots Monday on its YouTube channel and onthe agency's website. Officials are trying to get radio and TV stations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to air them....Keep on reading: Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

Trash Mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal --- After every party it's time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything fro
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Trash Mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal --- After every party it's time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that threatens drinking water. Budget expedition companies charge as little as $30,000 per climber, cutting costs including waste removal. Everest has so much garbage --- depleted oxygen cylinders, food packaging, rope --- that climbers use the trash as a kind of signpost. But this year's haul from an estimated 700 climbers, guides and porters on the mountain has been a shock to the ethnic Sherp...Keep on reading: Trash Mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Everest

Working mom: McDonald balances World Cup, 7-year-old son

PARIS --- Jessica McDonald quickly was put in her place by Jeremiah, her 7-year-old son. «I tried to explain to him: 'Buddy, we're going to the World Cup,'» the American forward remembered. «And he's just like: 'OK, can I have a toy now?'
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Working mom: McDonald balances World Cup, 7-year-old son

PARIS --- Jessica McDonald quickly was put in her place by Jeremiah, her 7-year-old son. «I tried to explain to him: 'Buddy, we're going to the World Cup,'» the American forward remembered. «And he's just like: 'OK, can I have a toy now?'» A 31-year-old forward, McDonald made her World Cup debut at the start of the second half against Chile on June 16, a pinnacle on a circuitous, protracted path to soccer's highest level. She sparked the offense and her curling shot hit a post in the 62nd minute. A big part of the joy for McDonald is that Jeremiah is headed to the World Cup to watch the latter stages. The defending champion Americans play Spain on Monday with a chance to adv...Keep on reading: Working mom: McDonald balances World Cup, 7-year-old son

Dutchman swims epic ice-skating course threatened by climate change

A Dutchman on Monday completed a marathon swim along the route of the country's most famed ice skating race -- which has not been held for two decades as climate change bites. Instead of skating the daunting «Elfstedentocht» (Eleven cities race
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Dutchman swims epic ice-skating course threatened by climate change

A Dutchman on Monday completed a marathon swim along the route of the country's most famed ice skating race -- which has not been held for two decades as climate change bites. Instead of skating the daunting «Elfstedentocht» (Eleven cities race), Olympic gold marathon swimmer Maarten van der Weijden ploughed his way through all 195 kilometres (121 miles) of its murky canals. Van der Weijden embarked on the epic journey across northern Friesland province on Friday afternoon and finally finished it on Monday evening, as the Netherlands basked in a heatwave. «It took a long time but it was also very special and very beautiful,» the 38-year-old was quoted as sa...Keep on reading: Dutchman swims epic ice-skating course threatened by climate change

G-20 Summit: US and China Pre-Meeting Negotiation Efforts

The sides were seeking to «consolidate the important consensus reached between the two leaders» in a telephone call last week, Wang Shouwen, a Commerce Ministry vice minister, told reporters. Wang gave no details about specific issues under discus
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G-20 Summit: US and China Pre-Meeting Negotiation Efforts

The sides were seeking to «consolidate the important consensus reached between the two leaders» in a telephone call last week, Wang Shouwen, a Commerce Ministry vice minister, told reporters. Wang gave no details about specific issues under discussion. https://twitter.com/marcaross/status/1141435764519120896 This week's G-20 meeting in Osaka is the first opportunity Trump and Xi have had to thrash out the trade dispute face-to-face since Trump said he was preparing to target the $300 billion in Chinese imports that he hasn't already hit with tariffs, extending them to everything China ships to the United States. Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese im...Keep on reading: G-20 Summit: US and China Pre-Meeting Negotiation Efforts

Should We Keep Drilling for Oil? the Gulf of Mexico Hidden Oil Spill

A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14 years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. https://twitter.com/Quad_F
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Should We Keep Drilling for Oil? the Gulf of Mexico Hidden Oil Spill

A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14 years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. https://twitter.com/Quad_Finn/status/1141126747628298240 Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform, which dragged and broke a bundle of well pipes. Taylor capped nine wells but said it couldn't cap 16. The company contends oil sheens on the water's surface indicate there's only a dribble of 2.4 to 4 gallons (9 to 15 liters...Keep on reading: Should We Keep Drilling for Oil? the Gulf of Mexico Hidden Oil Spill

How We Have Monetized the Moon and What’s to Come

Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the moon. Hundreds of millions of people were riveted when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Naturally, marketers jumped at the chance to sell products from ca
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How We Have Monetized the Moon and What’s to Come

Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the moon. Hundreds of millions of people were riveted when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Naturally, marketers jumped at the chance to sell products from cars and televisions, to cereal and a once-obscure powdered drink called Tang. https://twitter.com/NASA_Johnson/status/1140692686082433025 They are at it again in 2019, as the 50th anniversary of the giant leap for mankind approaches. There's the cosmically priced $34,600 limited edition Omega Speedmaster, a tribute to the watch that Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon. And the more down-to-Earth Budweiser Discovery Reserve, which re...Keep on reading: How We Have Monetized the Moon and What’s to Come

Will the 2020 Election Be Easier for Trump If He Is Impeached?

Asked on NBC's «Meet the Press» whether he thought impeachment was good politics for him, Trump replied, «I think I win the election easier.» The president repeated his longstanding allegation that the FBI's counterintelligence investi
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Will the 2020 Election Be Easier for Trump If He Is Impeached?

Asked on NBC's «Meet the Press» whether he thought impeachment was good politics for him, Trump replied, «I think I win the election easier.» The president repeated his longstanding allegation that the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into his 2016 campaign was illegal. https://twitter.com/joncoopertweets/status/1141787824523554816 «I was spied on. What they did to me was illegal. It was illegal on the other side. I did nothing wrong,» he said in the previously recorded interview. «So impeachment's a very unfair thing because nothing that I did was wrong. And if you look at the Mueller report, there was no collusion. This was all about collusion.» The Democrats are spl...Keep on reading: Will the 2020 Election Be Easier for Trump If He Is Impeached?

Duterte OK with having third party in probe of boat sinking

MANILA, Philippines --- After being heavily criticized in what lawmakers said was a surrender of Philippine sovereignty, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was open to having a third party in the joint probe between Manila and Beijing on the sinking of a Filip
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Duterte OK with having third party in probe of boat sinking

MANILA, Philippines --- After being heavily criticized in what lawmakers said was a surrender of Philippine sovereignty, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was open to having a third party in the joint probe between Manila and Beijing on the sinking of a Filipino boat at the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. «Well it's going to be a marine board of inquiry --- whatever satisfies the requirement of fair play and due process,» the President told reporters after gracing the premiere of movie «Kontradiksyon» in Mandaluyong City. The President said there should be «due process that everybody should be heard.» "Fair play is that there is no one that is under suspicion of sidin...Keep on reading: Duterte OK with having third party in probe of boat sinking

Jinggoy Estrada’s plunder trial resumes July 8

MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan set the plunder trial of former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada for July 8 after denying the demurrer to evidence he had filed. Estrada was accused of plunder for allegedly receiving benefits from co-accused Janet Lim-Napole
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Jinggoy Estrada’s plunder trial resumes July 8

MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan set the plunder trial of former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada for July 8 after denying the demurrer to evidence he had filed. Estrada was accused of plunder for allegedly receiving benefits from co-accused Janet Lim-Napoles worth P55.79 million. This was supposedly for allocating part of Estrada's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to Napoles's bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs). Last June 14, the Fifth Division denied the demurrer filed by Estrada because the prosecution was able to establish that he had approved the transfer of PDAF to the NGOs. A demurrer is a document contesting evidence presented by the prosecution. Had th...Keep on reading: Jinggoy Estrada’s plunder trial resumes July 8

Water level in Angat Dam may breach its ‘record-low’ this week – NWRB

MANILA, Philippines --- The water level in Angat Dam is likely to breach its «record-low» before the end of this week if rain won't come soon to fill it, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said Monday.   NWRB Executive Director S
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Water level in Angat Dam may breach its ‘record-low’ this week – NWRB

MANILA, Philippines --- The water level in Angat Dam is likely to breach its «record-low» before the end of this week if rain won't come soon to fill it, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said Monday.   NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said Angat Dam reached its lowest water level in July 2010 at 157.57 meters.   «'Yun ang record-low 157.57 meters noong July 2010. Sa tingin natin, kung hindi magbabago ang sitwasyon at tuloy-tuloy ang pagbaba, at walang pag-ulan na darating sa nalalapit na mga araw, sa tingin po natin ay bago magtapos ang linggong ito, baka malampasan ang record-low,» Sevillo said in an interview over radio station DZMM.   Des...Keep on reading: Water level in Angat Dam may breach its ‘record-low’ this week – NWRB

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