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Three Fil-Am chefs are James Beard Awards semi-finalists

NEW YORK -- Three Filipino American chefs have made the list of semifinalists for The James Beard Foundation's 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards, sometimes called the «Oscars» of the food world.     For the third year in a row

Comelec allays concerns over declaration of Mindanao as poll hotspot

MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday allayed concerns that the declaration of the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot may lead to the poll body favoring certain candidates in the May polls. «With regard to the
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Comelec allays concerns over declaration of Mindanao as poll hotspot

MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday allayed concerns that the declaration of the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot may lead to the poll body favoring certain candidates in the May polls. «With regard to the apprehension that this declaration might lead to partisanship by the [Comelec], the election management body reassures the public that this will not happen,» Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement. "The results reporting procedures of the automated election system are fully transparent and protected by multiple redundancies which, by and large, have been proven successful in preventing cheating in the last three automate...Keep on reading: Comelec allays concerns over declaration of Mindanao as poll hotspot

Vietnam police seize 300 kg of meth in mansion bust

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnam police busted a massive meth ring in a Ho Chi Minh City mansion allegedly run by a Chinese national who used a textile company as a cover for the operation, police and state media reported Thursday.   Police on Wednesday s
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Vietnam police seize 300 kg of meth in mansion bust

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnam police busted a massive meth ring in a Ho Chi Minh City mansion allegedly run by a Chinese national who used a textile company as a cover for the operation, police and state media reported Thursday.   Police on Wednesday stormed the luxury property in Vietnam's largest city, guarded with private security and outfitted with cameras during an hours-long raid which unearthed sacs of methamphetamine believed to have been smuggled in from Laos.   Around 300 kilos (660 pounds) of methamphetamine was seized, and images in the press later displayed dozens of bricks of drugs.   "Eleven people were arrested including eight Chinese and thre...Keep on reading: Vietnam police seize 300 kg of meth in mansion bust

BSP keeps cautious monetary policy stance despite easing inflation

MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, with policy makers preferring to retain a cautious stance despite acknowledging that inflation pressures have eased in recent weeks.   I
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BSP keeps cautious monetary policy stance despite easing inflation

MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, with policy makers preferring to retain a cautious stance despite acknowledging that inflation pressures have eased in recent weeks.   In a press briefing after his first rate setting meeting, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the Monetary Board's decision to keep its overnight reverse repurchase facility unchanged at 4.75 percent was based on the assessment that «prevailing monetary policy settings remain appropriate.»   "Latest baseline inflation forecasts show inflation settling within the target range of 3 percent, plus or minus 1 percentage point for b...Keep on reading: BSP keeps cautious monetary policy stance despite easing inflation

Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki board Christopher Nolan’s next film

Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have signed up for roles in Christopher Nolan's next movie, alongside previously announced star John David Washington. The film --- which Nolan has written and is also producing along with his partner Emma Thoma
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Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki board Christopher Nolan’s next film

Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have signed up for roles in Christopher Nolan's next movie, alongside previously announced star John David Washington. The film --- which Nolan has written and is also producing along with his partner Emma Thomas --- is as-yet untitled, but production is slated to commence later this year, with Warner Bros. preemptively reserving a premiere date for its release on July 17, 2020. Debicki and Pattinson have both been busy in the lead-up to their latest role landings; with Debicki having starred in Netflix's «Cloverfield Paradox» and «Widows» while also voicing a character in «Peter Rabbit»; while Pattinson has Robert Eggers' "The L...Keep on reading: Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki board Christopher Nolan’s next film

China protests Taiwan leader’s US transit

  BEIJING, China - China on Thursday protested Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's stopover in the United States after a visit to three Pacific nations, calling on Washington to block her transit.   Following a trip to Palau, Nauru and the M
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China protests Taiwan leader’s US transit

  BEIJING, China - China on Thursday protested Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's stopover in the United States after a visit to three Pacific nations, calling on Washington to block her transit.   Following a trip to Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands, Tsai is scheduled to transit through Hawaii on March 27.   Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits.   «Any attempt to create... 'one China, one Taiwan' will be opposed by all Chinese people,» Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.   "China has alread...Keep on reading: China protests Taiwan leader’s US transit

Short-handed Bulls stun Wizards

CHICAGO--- The fading Washington Wizards were going against a struggling team missing two of its top players. It's fair to say their latest loss had a little extra sting. Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 ---
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Short-handed Bulls stun Wizards

CHICAGO--- The fading Washington Wizards were going against a struggling team missing two of its top players. It's fair to say their latest loss had a little extra sting. Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 --- including eight in overtime --- to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night. «They were hungry,» Washington's Bradley Beal said. "When you have a team like that --- guys who, a lot of them weren't on the team last year, weren't on the team early in the year. Guys who don't have deals; they're hungry. They want to play and they're taking advantage of their opportunity an...Keep on reading: Short-handed Bulls stun Wizards

Asian shares gain as Fed says it will hold off on rate hikes

          BANGKOK - Shares advanced across Asia on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it has ruled out interest rate increases for this year. The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.9 percent to 3,119.72 while H
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Asian shares gain as Fed says it will hold off on rate hikes

          BANGKOK - Shares advanced across Asia on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it has ruled out interest rate increases for this year. The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.9 percent to 3,119.72 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.2 percent to 29,371.12. South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.5 percent to 2,187.71, while Australia's S&P ASX was flat at 6,167.20. Shares were higher in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Markets in Japan and India were closed for national holidays. U.S. equities fell Wednesday, led by banks, after the central bank said it expects no interest rate increases this year and issued a dimmer outlook on ...Keep on reading: Asian shares gain as Fed says it will hold off on rate hikes

James Harden’s 57 points not enough as Grizzlies overcome Rockets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough. All because of a last-second free throw. Mike Conley scored 3
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James Harden’s 57 points not enough as Grizzlies overcome Rockets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough. All because of a last-second free throw. Mike Conley scored 35 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a career-best 33, including the game-winning free throw with less than a second left as the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Houston Rockets 126-125 on Wednesday night. «We put ourselves in a hole and tried to pick it up, but it was too late,» Harden said. «We were down (17), so I had to do something.» Harden led a 17-2 Houston rally in the fourth --- scoring 15 points during that stretch --...Keep on reading: James Harden’s 57 points not enough as Grizzlies overcome Rockets

Auschwitz tourists urged to stop posing on railway tracks at Nazi death camp

Visitors of the Auschwitz Museum have been urged to «respect» the site, particularly in the kinds of pictures taken at the former concentration camp. Auschwitz Memorial, which preserves the former German Nazi camp in Poland, wrote on Twitte
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Auschwitz tourists urged to stop posing on railway tracks at Nazi death camp

Visitors of the Auschwitz Museum have been urged to «respect» the site, particularly in the kinds of pictures taken at the former concentration camp. Auschwitz Memorial, which preserves the former German Nazi camp in Poland, wrote on Twitter Wednesday, March 20, «When you come to @AuschwitzMuseum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed.» https://twitter.com/AuschwitzMuseum/status/1108337507660451841 «Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths,» it said, and shared examples of individuals balancing on the tracks for a picture. ...Keep on reading: Auschwitz tourists urged to stop posing on railway tracks at Nazi death camp

In Dwyane Wade’s final game in San Antonio, Heat snap Spurs’ 9-game win streak

SAN ANTONIO --- Dwyane Wade was upset, ecstatic, tenacious and gracious in his final battle with the San Antonio Spurs. It was the perfect ending to Wade's fiery showdowns with San Antonio, albeit an unusual one with the fans serenading him with cheers as
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In Dwyane Wade’s final game in San Antonio, Heat snap Spurs’ 9-game win streak

SAN ANTONIO --- Dwyane Wade was upset, ecstatic, tenacious and gracious in his final battle with the San Antonio Spurs. It was the perfect ending to Wade's fiery showdowns with San Antonio, albeit an unusual one with the fans serenading him with cheers as he walked off the AT&T Center court after one final win over the Spurs. Goran Dragic had 22 points and the Miami Heat snapped the Spurs' nine-game winning streak with a 110-105 victory Wednesday night, sending Wade home a winner in what was likely his final game in San Antonio. «We're playing as good as a group together as we've played since I got back here,» Wade said. "It's fun playing basketball with these guys this ...Keep on reading: In Dwyane Wade’s final game in San Antonio, Heat snap Spurs’ 9-game win streak

Poe to LGUs: Provide cash-for-work opportunity for farmers affected by drought

      MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Grace Poe on Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to implement cash-for-work programs to give temporary relief to farmers affected by El Nio. Poe said LGUs have a big role in extendin
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Poe to LGUs: Provide cash-for-work opportunity for farmers affected by drought

      MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Grace Poe on Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to implement cash-for-work programs to give temporary relief to farmers affected by El Nio. Poe said LGUs have a big role in extending assistance to farmers whose livelihood is at risk due to the dry spell. «Dapat magbigay ng cash-for-work sa panahon na naghihintay ang ating mga magsasaka ng pagkukunan ng kita,» Poe said in a statement. (There should be cash-for-work at the time when our farmers are awaiting other source of income.) «Puwede silang magkaroon ng trabaho mula sa local government sa tulong na rin ng national government,» she added. (They c...Keep on reading: Poe to LGUs: Provide cash-for-work opportunity for farmers affected by drought

NBTC: RJ Abarrientos shines as FEU stuns Canada Durham to enter semis

MANILA, Philippines---FEU Diliman once again banked on the fourth quarter expertise of RJ Abarrientos as it stunned Canada Durham, 87-84, in the Fantastic Eight of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena. Abarrientos, who had 12 point
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NBTC: RJ Abarrientos shines as FEU stuns Canada Durham to enter semis

MANILA, Philippines---FEU Diliman once again banked on the fourth quarter expertise of RJ Abarrientos as it stunned Canada Durham, 87-84, in the Fantastic Eight of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena. Abarrientos, who had 12 points in the first three quarters of the game, exploded in the fourth quarter and dropped 20 to push the Baby Tamaraws to the Division 1 semifinals against La Salle-Green Hills. The Baby Tamaraws trailed 56-67 at the end of the third but charged to a 19-7 run that Abarrientos capped off with a three-pointer for the 75-74 lead with 3:08 left. «That's RJ for you, he will always deliver,» said FEU head coach Allan Albano. "In every...Keep on reading: NBTC: RJ Abarrientos shines as FEU stuns Canada Durham to enter semis

Ex-Philippine officials, fishermen file ‘crimes against humanity’ case vs Chinese president at ICC

MANILA, Philippines -- In an unusual move, two former high-ranking Philippine government officials have filed a case against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court, saying the «atrocious actions of Chinese officials in the
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Ex-Philippine officials, fishermen file ‘crimes against humanity’ case vs Chinese president at ICC

MANILA, Philippines -- In an unusual move, two former high-ranking Philippine government officials have filed a case against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court, saying the «atrocious actions of Chinese officials in the South China Sea and within Philippine territory'' constitute crimes against humanity that the ICC can prosecute. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales filed the complaint, technically called a communication, on behalf of Filipinos and the hundreds of thousands of Filipino fishermen »persecuted and injured'' by China's aggressive island-building and occupation of islands in the West Philippine ...Keep on reading: Ex-Philippine officials, fishermen file ‘crimes against humanity’ case vs Chinese president at ICC

Senate, House to set dates of last budget talks

MANILA, Philippines --- After weeks of bickering over the ratified 2019 national budget, the Senate and House of Representatives have finally agreed to sit down and discuss the future of the budget bill. House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya
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Senate, House to set dates of last budget talks

MANILA, Philippines --- After weeks of bickering over the ratified 2019 national budget, the Senate and House of Representatives have finally agreed to sit down and discuss the future of the budget bill. House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya Jr. on Thursday said they are now in talks with senators to finalize the date of their meeting. «Dates are being finalized. What is good is that we finally come to a consensus to sit down and talk,» the Camarines Sur 1st District representative said in a text message. Senate President Vicente Sotto III shared the same optimism about breaking the budget impasse, a day after the lower chamber recalled its version of the spending ...Keep on reading: Senate, House to set dates of last budget talks

Gemma Chan defends playing a white woman: ‘Why are actors of color only allowed to play their own race?’

Gemma Chan sees no problem in her casting as Bess of Hardwick, a noble white woman who historically became one of the wealthiest women in England during her lifetime. Chan was criticized for playing the role in the historical drama «Mary Queen o
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Gemma Chan defends playing a white woman: ‘Why are actors of color only allowed to play their own race?’

Gemma Chan sees no problem in her casting as Bess of Hardwick, a noble white woman who historically became one of the wealthiest women in England during her lifetime. Chan was criticized for playing the role in the historical drama «Mary Queen of Scots» because of her Asian heritage. The film has been hit for its historical inaccuracies. The British actress said in an anAllurefeature on Tuesday, March 19, «Why are actors of color, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race?And sometimes they're not even allowed to play their own race. In the past, the role would be given to a white actor who would tape up their eyes and do the role in yellowface.» ...Keep on reading: Gemma Chan defends playing a white woman: ‘Why are actors of color only allowed to play their own race?’

Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact

SEOUL: North Korea’s illicit and highly sophisticated efforts to circumvent UN sanctions may have sought to cushion their impact, but they offer no long-term solution to the fallout of tightened…READ The post Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failin
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Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact

SEOUL: North Korea’s illicit and highly sophisticated efforts to circumvent UN sanctions may have sought to cushion their impact, but they offer no long-term solution to the fallout of tightened…READ The post Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

New Zealand bans assault weapons less than a week after massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: New Zealand is banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday, rapidly making good on a pledge…READ The post New Zealand bans assault weapons le
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New Zealand bans assault weapons less than a week after massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: New Zealand is banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday, rapidly making good on a pledge…READ The post New Zealand bans assault weapons less than a week after massacre appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Pagcor backs crackdown on money laundering

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) on Thursday affirmed its support to the government’s crackdown on illegal gambling and gaming-related money laundering activities in the country. PAGCOR president Alfredo…READ The post Pagcor backs cr
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Pagcor backs crackdown on money laundering

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) on Thursday affirmed its support to the government’s crackdown on illegal gambling and gaming-related money laundering activities in the country. PAGCOR president Alfredo…READ The post Pagcor backs crackdown on money laundering appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Dad receives thousands of greetings, thanks to sons’ birthday billboard

One dad got the surprise of a lifetime when he was bombarded with thousands of calls and messages from strangers wishing him a happy birthday. Except, the greetings came days before his actual birthday. Chris Ferry of Linwood, New Jersey already had a hunch
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Dad receives thousands of greetings, thanks to sons’ birthday billboard

One dad got the surprise of a lifetime when he was bombarded with thousands of calls and messages from strangers wishing him a happy birthday. Except, the greetings came days before his actual birthday. Chris Ferry of Linwood, New Jersey already had a hunch who could be behind the stunt after a stranger told him he found his number on a billboard. His two sons Christopher and Michael, who both live in Florida, wanted to give their dad a birthday so memorable they bought him a billboard for his 62nd birthday, as per KYW last March 10. The brothers bought the said billboard along Black Horse Pike in Atlantic City and had Ferry's face plastered on it along with his phone number and a me...Keep on reading: Dad receives thousands of greetings, thanks to sons’ birthday billboard

RAID: Watch as Sambie Rodriguez-Tung Gives Us a Tour of Her New Pad

Dressed in an emerald green floor-length dress while cradling her cute pup 'Bear,' model and GuavaPass country manager Sambie Rodriguez-Tung sweetly quips, «Can I use 'dislike' instead? Because I don't like the word 'hate'.» At a glance, one ca
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RAID: Watch as Sambie Rodriguez-Tung Gives Us a Tour of Her New Pad

Dressed in an emerald green floor-length dress while cradling her cute pup 'Bear,' model and GuavaPass country manager Sambie Rodriguez-Tung sweetly quips, «Can I use 'dislike' instead? Because I don't like the word 'hate'.» At a glance, one can tell she clearly knows what she wants, which could be quite intimidating. And yet, she's able to catch others off guard with her bubbly and warm demeanor. As she welcomed us into her home with a genuine willingness to speak of her musings, what was supposed to be a simple closet tour turned into a conversation about the lovely home she shares with her husband Mikko Tung. Watch as she takes us through the things she can't live without. ...Keep on reading: RAID: Watch as Sambie Rodriguez-Tung Gives Us a Tour of Her New Pad

Colmenares, Zarate join call to stop Meralco ‘sweetheart’ power deal

  MANILA, Philippines---Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and Rep. Carlos Zarate on Thursday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify several «sweetheart deals» entered into by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) Colmenares and Z
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Colmenares, Zarate join call to stop Meralco ‘sweetheart’ power deal

  MANILA, Philippines---Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and Rep. Carlos Zarate on Thursday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify several «sweetheart deals» entered into by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) Colmenares and Zarate said the supposed deals will be an added burden to consumers with high power rates for the next 20 years. In a «Petition-in-intervention with an application for urgent relief by way of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction,» Colmenares and Zarate asked the SC to allow them to intervene in the case originally filed by Alyansa Para sa Bagong Pilipinas, Inc. in 2017. Colmenares and...Keep on reading: Colmenares, Zarate join call to stop Meralco ‘sweetheart’ power deal

LOOK: Foreigner fixes broken trash bin in Dumaguete City

Sometimes, we can learn from our guests. Netizens praised a foreigner after his photo, fixing a broken trash bin in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, made rounds in social media on Saturday, March 16. https://www.facebook.com/angwelmontermoso/posts/11091
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LOOK: Foreigner fixes broken trash bin in Dumaguete City

Sometimes, we can learn from our guests. Netizens praised a foreigner after his photo, fixing a broken trash bin in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, made rounds in social media on Saturday, March 16. https://www.facebook.com/angwelmontermoso/posts/1109197815952855 Angel Montermoso, who saw the act, commended it through a Facebook post on March 16: «Woah. Maulaw ta dili taga diri pero syay ga ayos mga gubang basurahan diris boulevard. Thank you sir! God bless you po!» (It is embarrassing because he's not from here but he fixed those trash bins in the boulevard. Thank you sir! God bless you!) According to Montermoso, she doesn't know the foreigner personally and just hap...Keep on reading: LOOK: Foreigner fixes broken trash bin in Dumaguete City

Duterte slams ex-Bacolod mayor for ‘twisting’ his narco-list speech

      MANILA, Philippines---President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday slammed former Bacolod CityMayor Monico Puentevella for supposedly «twisting» his speechto put a mayoral candidate in the city in a bad light. In a vi
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Duterte slams ex-Bacolod mayor for ‘twisting’ his narco-list speech

      MANILA, Philippines---President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday slammed former Bacolod CityMayor Monico Puentevella for supposedly «twisting» his speechto put a mayoral candidate in the city in a bad light. In a video posted on Duterte's official Facebook page, the President said Puentevella, who is running for congressman in Bacolod City, deliberately «twisted» his speeches to tag incumbent city Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who is seeking for reelection, in the illegal drug trade. "'Yung sinabi ni Mayor Monico [Puentevella] na pinangalanan ko si Leonardia as one of the [narcopoliticians]...itwas, purposely and intentionally, binaliktad 'yung salita [it was...Keep on reading: Duterte slams ex-Bacolod mayor for ‘twisting’ his narco-list speech

Finland tops world happiness rankings, South Sudan bottom – UN

Finland ranked as the world’s happiest country for the second year running while war-torn South Sudan sank to the least contented in a United Nations report released on Wednesday. The…READ The post Finland tops world happiness rankings, South Suda
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Finland tops world happiness rankings, South Sudan bottom – UN

Finland ranked as the world’s happiest country for the second year running while war-torn South Sudan sank to the least contented in a United Nations report released on Wednesday. The…READ The post Finland tops world happiness rankings, South Sudan bottom – UN appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Australian PM welcomes ‘moderation’ from Turkey’s Erdogan

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday welcomed some “moderation” in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Trying to take the sting out…READ The post Australian PM wel
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Australian PM welcomes ‘moderation’ from Turkey’s Erdogan

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday welcomed some “moderation” in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Trying to take the sting out…READ The post Australian PM welcomes ‘moderation’ from Turkey’s Erdogan appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Acadsoc launches language education box in PWU

PHILIPPINE Women’s University (PWU) students now have an alternative way of studying foreign languages with the use of a state-of-the-art language education box provided by the rising juggernaut of Chinese…READ The post Acadsoc launches language educa
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Acadsoc launches language education box in PWU

PHILIPPINE Women’s University (PWU) students now have an alternative way of studying foreign languages with the use of a state-of-the-art language education box provided by the rising juggernaut of Chinese…READ The post Acadsoc launches language education box in PWU appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Big ‘shabu’ haul prompts call for house-to-house search

  The representative of the congressional district where narcotics agents had seized P1.1 billion worth of «shabu» (crystal meth) proposed on Wednesday that house-to-house searches be conducted on rented properties in exclusive subdivision
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Big ‘shabu’ haul prompts call for house-to-house search

  The representative of the congressional district where narcotics agents had seized P1.1 billion worth of «shabu» (crystal meth) proposed on Wednesday that house-to-house searches be conducted on rented properties in exclusive subdivisions to check whether these were being used by crime gangs, especially drug traffickers.   Fenced-off exclusive residential areas provide a «secure» cover for criminals as entry is strictly regulated and neighbors rarely engage with one another, Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said.   "I call on property owners and residents [of subdivisions] to cooperate and actively participate in weeding out those involved in the drug trad...Keep on reading: Big ‘shabu’ haul prompts call for house-to-house search

Lawmaker sees Palace strategy in Mindanao ‘hot spot’ tag

An opposition congressman on Wednesday assailed the declaration of Mindanao as an election hot spot and accused the government of using the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assure the victory of administration candidates in May's midterm elections. &nb
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Lawmaker sees Palace strategy in Mindanao ‘hot spot’ tag

An opposition congressman on Wednesday assailed the declaration of Mindanao as an election hot spot and accused the government of using the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assure the victory of administration candidates in May's midterm elections.   'Unjust'   «As if martial law [were] not enough, Mindanaoans are again subjected to this ignominy of [their island] being declared a hot spot for the sake of 'gaming' the electoral process to suit Malacaang's interests,» Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said in a statement.   «This is a threat to our democracy [that] we should all resist,» he said.   Catholic priest Rolando Abejo of the Movement Again...Keep on reading: Lawmaker sees Palace strategy in Mindanao ‘hot spot’ tag

Gov’t workers getting 4th pay hike after all

President Rodrigo Duterte has amended an executive order that would give government workers their salary increases even if the 2019 national budget bill has not been enacted, Malacaang said on Wednesday.   The President on March 15 issued Executiv
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Gov’t workers getting 4th pay hike after all

President Rodrigo Duterte has amended an executive order that would give government workers their salary increases even if the 2019 national budget bill has not been enacted, Malacaang said on Wednesday.   The President on March 15 issued Executive Order No. 76, which amended EO 201, or the 2016 Salary Standardization Law (SSL), which in turn modified the salary schedule and authorized the grant of additional benefits to both civilian and military personnel.   «The President does not want to prolong the overdue salary increase that our public servants, who have been working tirelessly and silently for the last two months, have been looking forward to,» presidential ...Keep on reading: Gov’t workers getting 4th pay hike after all

Enhanced positions

  At four wins and having played nine games, the playoffs are hardly guaranteed for Alex Compton and the Alaska Aces.   You wouldn't guess so by the way he relished Wednesday night's 92-77 victory over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at S
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Enhanced positions

  At four wins and having played nine games, the playoffs are hardly guaranteed for Alex Compton and the Alaska Aces.   You wouldn't guess so by the way he relished Wednesday night's 92-77 victory over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   «Huge win for us, honestly,» Compton said.   «Kung natalo kami kanina, naka ano ... Boracay tayong lahat?» he added, alluding to the vacation spot that is a euphemism for getting eliminated from the playoff race.   Historically, chief league statistician Fidel Mangonon III said it takes seven losses with the current tournament format to hit the road. That's the defeat tota...Keep on reading: Enhanced positions

WHAT WENT BEFORE: Crystal meth facilities in PH

Authorities have seized multimillion pesos worth of «shabu» (crystal meth) in the recent years, most of which came from facilities operated by Chinese nationals.   The biggest facility was discovered in November 2014 at Camiling in Tarl
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WHAT WENT BEFORE: Crystal meth facilities in PH

Authorities have seized multimillion pesos worth of «shabu» (crystal meth) in the recent years, most of which came from facilities operated by Chinese nationals.   The biggest facility was discovered in November 2014 at Camiling in Tarlac province, where over P3 billion worth of shabu, raw materials and equipment for the manufacture of the illegal drug were seized. Six Chinese men who were on the premises were arrested.   In September 2014, antinarcotics agents raided two warehouses operating as shabu labs at two villages in San Fernando City, Pampanga province, and seized at least P4 billion worth of shabu and other illegal drugs. Four Chinese nationals were arrest...Keep on reading: WHAT WENT BEFORE: Crystal meth facilities in PH

Bong Go recalls early days as public servant

Every year, former special assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte and now aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go returns to Davao with the Chief Executive to join Davaoeños in their celebration…READ The post Bong Go recalls early days as p
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Bong Go recalls early days as public servant

Every year, former special assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte and now aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go returns to Davao with the Chief Executive to join Davaoeños in their celebration…READ The post Bong Go recalls early days as public servant appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

2 Abu Sayyaf members in Sabah kidnaps killed

The remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members involved in the 2000 Sidapan hostage crisis were killed in a clash on Tuesday with military forces, the Philippine Army announced on Wednesday….READ The post 2 Abu Sayyaf members in Sabah kidnaps killed appea
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2 Abu Sayyaf members in Sabah kidnaps killed

The remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members involved in the 2000 Sidapan hostage crisis were killed in a clash on Tuesday with military forces, the Philippine Army announced on Wednesday….READ The post 2 Abu Sayyaf members in Sabah kidnaps killed appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

GenSan City now a legislative district

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reapportioned the First District of South Cotabato province in southern Mindanao to create General Santos (GenSan) City as a legislative district. Duterte on March 11 signed…READ The post GenSan City now a legislative distr
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GenSan City now a legislative district

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reapportioned the First District of South Cotabato province in southern Mindanao to create General Santos (GenSan) City as a legislative district. Duterte on March 11 signed…READ The post GenSan City now a legislative district appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Childhood cancer diagnosis rates are higher among older kids

Rates of childhood cancer diagnosis are higher among older youth. Similar to rates in the United States, 23 per 100,000 teens ages 15-19 were diagnosed with cancer in California from 2011 to 2015 compared with 16 per 100,000 children under age 15. Differen
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Childhood cancer diagnosis rates are higher among older kids

Rates of childhood cancer diagnosis are higher among older youth. Similar to rates in the United States, 23 per 100,000 teens ages 15-19 were diagnosed with cancer in California from 2011 to 2015 compared with 16 per 100,000 children under age 15. Difference in cancer rates by age is consistent acrossrace/ethnicitygroups. Moreover, older and younger youth are diagnosed with differenttypes of cancer. Pediatric cancer care is highly specialized depending on the type of cancer. The patient's age also plays a role in determining the best medical approach to provide each child with the highest chance of survival and full recovery. Palliative care, which provides supportive servic...Keep on reading: Childhood cancer diagnosis rates are higher among older kids

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