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‘Ompong’ to affect 5.2 million people – NDRRMC

Over five million Filipinos living in the path of typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) are expected to be affected by the wrath of the most powerful storm to hit the country this year, a disaster official said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2018

At least 1.4 million affected by Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines – At least 1.4 million people have now been affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) as of Thursday morning, September 20, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). A total of 345,158 families or 1,436,997 people were affected from 4,216 barangays in the Ilocos Region, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Over a million now affected by Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the number of people affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)  has risen to more than a million as of Wednesday morning, September 19. A total of 264,304 families or 1,096,799 individuals were affected from 3,780 barangays in the Ilocos ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

2.14-million people affected by & lsquo;Ompong,& rsquo; landslides

2.14-million people affected by & lsquo;Ompong,& rsquo; landslides.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Typhoon Ompong affects over 800,000

MANILA, Philippines – Over 800,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) as of Tuesday, September 18, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). A total of 218,492 families or 893,944 individuals were affected from 3,237 barangays in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Over 500,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

  MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the number of people affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has risen to more than half a million as of Monday morning, September 17. A total of 147,540 families or 591,762 individuals were affected from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

Published @ 3:34 p.m., Sept. 16, 2018 | Updated @ 12:14 p.m., Sept. 17, 2018 HONG KONG --- Typhoon "Mangkhut" barreled into southern China on Sunday, killing two people after lashing the Philippines (where it was known as "Ompong') with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. More than 2.4 million people had been evacuated in southern China's Guangdong province by Sunday evening to flee the massive typhoon and nearly 50,000 fishing boats were called back to port, state media reported. It threatened to be the strongest typhoon to hit Hong Kong in nearly two decades. "Prepare for the worst," Hong Kong Security Minist...Keep on reading: Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

At least 250,000 people affected by Ompong

A quarter million of Filipinos were affected by Typhoon Ompong, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

'ReliefPH: Help victims of Typhoon Ompong

Bookmark and refresh this page for updates MANILA, Philippines –  Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) made landfall early Saturday morning, September 15, affecting parts of northern Luzon. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council earlier estimated that at least 5.2 million people are in the path of the typhoon. As of Saturday morning , at least 31,631 families, or ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

P6.1-M medical aid given to Typhoon Ompong victims

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health said on Saturday, September 15, that it will give P6.1 million worth of assistance for people affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). In a statement issued at 6 pm on Saturday, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

‘Ompong’ brings howling winds to Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY---- Fallen acacia trees along the national highway and galvanized iron sheets torn from several houses and schools greeted residents of Ilocos Norte on Saturday morning, Sept. 15, as Typhoon "Ompong" (international name: Mangkhut) brought strong winds and rain here. Some of the trees smashed cars. Government work crew tasked to clear roads have begun to inspect some areas of the province but howling winds prevented them from venturing any further. Power outages affect most towns as well as telephone and internet signals. About 9,000 people mostly from coastal areas have since moved to evacuation centers before the storm hit. On Friday morning in Badoc town, ...Keep on reading: ‘Ompong’ brings howling winds to Ilocos Norte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Ferocious ‘Ompong’ plows through rain-soaked northern Luzon

TUGUEGARAO CITY --- Typhoon "Ompong" (international name: Mangkhut) slammed into the Philippines' northeastern coast early Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught. The typhoon made landfall before dawn in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon Island, a breadbasket of flood-prone rice plains and mountain provinces often hit by landslides. More than 5 million people were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center categorizes as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalen...Keep on reading: Ferocious ‘Ompong’ plows through rain-soaked northern Luzon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Looking back: ‘Yolanda’ kills thousands in central Philippines

TACLOBAN, Philippines --- Filipinos are facing the powerful Typhoon "Ompong" (international name: Mangkhut) with the memory of another devastating storm still fresh in their minds. Nearly five years ago, Typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, flattened entire villages, swept ships inland and displaced more than 5 million in the central Philippines --- well to the south of Ompong's path. Yolanda demolished about a million houses and displaced more than 4 million people in one of the country's poorest regions. The Associated Press is republishing this Nov. 13, 2013, story written by Todd Pitman in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the typhoon. ...Keep on reading: Looking back: ‘Yolanda’ kills thousands in central Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Over a million now affected by monsoon rain, floods

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the number of people affected by rain and floods from the enhanced southwest monsoon or hanging habagat has risen to more than a million. There were 1,420,802 residents or 342,669 families affected from 954 barangays in the Ilocos Region, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

New head of Spanish federation upset over World Cup trip

MADRID --- The new president of the Spanish soccer federation has attacked the past administration for paying about $2 million to take more than 150 people to Russia during the World Cup, saying the expense could even affect the prize money for the players. Luis Rubiales said he found out the federation gave an eight-day trip to local officials and sponsors. "I'm very upset," Rubiales said. "This is going to affect the negotiations of the (World Cup) prize. If it was a trip of three days instead of an eight-day vacation, then we would have a bigger margin that could return to the players." Rubiales said the trip cannot be canceled and the money cannot be reimbursed. Those invited f...Keep on reading: New head of Spanish federation upset over World Cup trip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Know about illegal drugs and their ill-effects

WHAT’S WITH DRUGS that make the world so deeply concerned about people using them? In the Philippines alone, an estimated four to seven million of its 104 million populations are said to be using prohibited drugs. As a campaign promise, President Rodrigo Duterte has made the crackdown on illegal drugs a centerpiece of his administration — for which he has been chastised from all fronts, in and out of the country. Drug addiction, no doubt, has severely affected society, cutting across all socio-economic echelons and demographics. No one can deny that drug addiction is a societal menace, resulting in countless crimes, financial problems, and broken relationships, both with families and friends. Here’s a glimpse of what the common prohibited drugs are and how they affect the body and mind. According to a primer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) posted on its website, drugs are chemical substances that affect the normal functioning of the body, either physically and/or psychologically. Not all drugs are illegal, it says. The caffeine in coffee, the nicotine in cigarettes, and alcohol are technically legal drugs. Medicines are pharmaceutical drugs used to treat or prevent illnesses. They are legal, although they could also be abused. The ones people should totally shun are the illegal drugs because they alter a person’s mood, thinking, and behavior. All illegal drugs have immediate physical effects, and they also hinder psychological and emotional development, especially among young people, says the UNODC. Drugs cloud a user’s judgment, making him/her take more risks, for instance having unsafe sex that could lead one to contract sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. The effects of illegal drugs do not last long. When they wear off, a user gets depressed, lonely and sick, appears confused, sweats a lot, has red eyes, and neglects his/her physical appearance and then comes the irrational craving. The following are the most common prohibited drugs and how they affect their users: Methamphetamine Methamphetamine, also known as Shabu, also goes by the names Crack meth, Ice, Crystal meth, Tik, and Yaba. Methamphetamine belongs to a group of drugs called amphetamine-type stimulants. Like ecstasy, it is manufactured in illegal laboratories and sold in powder, tablet or crystal form. It could be swallowed, sniffed, smoked or injected. The UNODC says meth produces a feeling of physical and mental well-being, euphoria, and exhilaration. Users experience a temporary boost in energy, often perceived to improve their performance of manual or mental tasks, along with delayed hunger and fatigue. At times, they become more aggressive and violent. Over the short term, users tend to lose their appetite, start to breathe faster, and sweat due to increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Taking in large doses would make users feel restless and irritable and could induce panic attacks. Taking in excessive doses could result in convulsions, seizures, and death from respiratory failure, stroke or heart failure. Long-term use could also lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and psychological dependence and stopping its use results in a long period of sleep, followed by depression. Ecstasy Ecstasy goes around by the names E, Snackies and New Yorkers. The drug, usually made in illegal laboratories, consists of a range of substances that make it dangerous to consume. It comes in the form of tablet, powder or capsule and is usually swallowed, but could also be snorted or injected. Ecstasy increases users’ empathy levels and induces a feeling of closeness to people around them. It makes them feel more sociable and energetic. Short-term use of ecstasy prompts the body to ignore distress signals such as dehydration, dizziness, and exhaustion, and interferes with the body’s ability to regulate temperature. It could also severely damage the liver and kidneys and could cause convulsions and heart failure. In large doses, ecstasy could cause restlessness, anxiety and severe hallucinations. Long-term use damages certain parts of the brain, bringing about serious depression and memory loss. Cannabis Sativa Cannabis is known by many names – Bongo, Ganja, Grass, Pot or Thai sticks. Its most famous name, however, is Marijuana, or Mary Jane. Cannabis, a tobacco-like greenish or brownish substance made of dried flowering tops and leaves of the cannabis plant, is usually smoked, but its resin and oil could also be swallowed or brewed in tea. According to the UNODC, cannabis smoke contains 50 percent more tar than high-tar cigarettes, putting users at an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. After taking cannabis, users feel relaxed and sometimes euphoric, with an intensified sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Short-term use makes them experience increased appetite and pulse rate, and an impaired ability to perform physical and mental tasks, such as driving a car and thinking logically. With large doses, users’ thinking slows down and they become confused and have bouts of anxiety, panic, and psychotic episodes. The UNODC said that regular users of cannabis run the risk of developing psychological dependence to the point that they lose interest in all other activities, such as work and personal relationships. Cocaine Cocaine is known as Crack, Bazooka, Blanche, Cake, Coke or Lady. It is a fine white or off-white powder extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. The UNODC said that on the street, cocaine is diluted with other substances, such as ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), to increase its quantity and produce crack. Cocaine is usually sniffed or injected, while […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

DoF worries over impact of mine closures on jobs, taxes

THE Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) is expected to convene next week to discuss the impact of the Environment department's order to shutter 23 mines in the country, a move which miners said would affect around 1.2 million people......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2017

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

WASHINGTON --- Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. As the partial government shutdown moves through its fourth week with no end in sight, the economic blow is being felt not only by federal workers but also by business people, households and travelers across the country. And while the hit to the overall economy so far remains slight, economist foresee real damage if the shutdown drags into February or beyond. "Even if the shutdown is over by the end of ...Keep on reading: From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 29 min. ago

Sooners QB, A s pick Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared himself eligible for the NFL draft on Monday. Murray announced his decision in a tweet, ending his brief and storied college career. What's next for the Murray is not yet known. I have declared for the NFL Draft. — Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019 The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June and agreed to $4.66 million signing bonus. The A's agreed to let him continue playing football, and he made the most of it by winning the Heisman in his only season as a starter for the Sooners. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in FBS history. As Murray dominated, his draft stock improved. Jim Callis, a senior writer on MLB.com, said the A's couldn't have foreseen that Murray would be a potential first-round NFL draft pick because of his size. Listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds, Murray would be a small quarterback in the NFL by any standard. "The primary risk was, what if he gets hurt on the football field?" Callis said, recalling his conversations with scouts before the season. "I don't think anybody was saying he could be an NFL first-round pick." Once the NFL emerged as a potential option for Murray, the A's took action. Representatives of the A's and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Murray, and the possibility existed that Oakland could offer more money by putting him on the 40-man major league roster. Even with the A's efforts, Murray would have a shot at a bigger payday sooner in football and he wouldn't have to go to the minor leagues. Callis and other observers say it is very unlikely Murray will be able to play both sports because he's a quarterback. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders pulled it off, but Jackson was an outfielder and a running back and Sanders was an outfielder and cornerback. "This isn't Bo Jackson showing up and here, we'll pitch you the ball and you outrun everybody, or Deion Sanders helicoptering in and his great speed, coverage skills," Callis said. "When you're a quarterback, you have to put in hours and hours of study running an offense. ... You can't play both sports when you're a quarterback. I think if he wants to play quarterback, which appears to be his greatest love, there can't be any question that he's 100 percent football." Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in November that if anyone could play both sports, it's Murray. "I don't want to put it past him," Riley said. " A lot of people would say he can't do what he's done right now — how well he performed for our baseball group here this spring, and how well he's played here for us. So there's certainly some different dynamics with it. Obviously the fact that he would want to play quarterback, if he chooses the football route, is a little different than Deion or Bo or some of those guys. But he athletically is so gifted and can transition between the two." The NFL scouting combine is in late February and early March and could intersect with his spring training — major league camp starts in mid-February and minor league camp begins in early March. If Murray wanted to participate in the combine, the A's would need to allow it and it would need to be reflected on his contract. Murray's road to his NFL draft choice was a winding one from his prep days in suburban Dallas. After a disappointing freshman season in football at Texas A&M in 2015, he transferred to Oklahoma. He sat out a year because of transfer rules, then was the backup during Baker Mayfield's Heisman-winning 2017 season. Murray then had an impressive enough baseball season in 2018 to draw the A's attention. Callis said Murray is somewhat like a faster version of outfielder Andrew McCutchen. After he was drafted, Murray took batting practice at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, greeted by "WELCOME TO OAKLAND" on the big scoreboard with his photo. A's manager Bob Melvin, executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football this season as the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff, losing to Alabama in a semifinal. As recently as last month, the A's said they expected Murray to pursue baseball. Murray had also said multiple times throughout the football season that he plans to focus strictly on baseball after this season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Uneasy twosome: Golf and politics at Saudi Arabia tournament

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press Golf usually isn't all that complicated for Dustin Johnson. He decides where he's going to play and tries to post the lowest score. The newest addition to his schedule involved a little more than that. Johnson is among several of golf's biggest stars who are scheduled to play the Saudi International at the end of the month. Johnson and Masters champion Patrick Reed were among the first to sign up last April for the European Tour event, long before Saudi Arabia came under even greater scrutiny over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Johnson said he talked to his corporate sponsors to make sure they didn't have a problem with him playing. He will be joining a field that features Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau — that makes four of the top five players in the world ranking — at Royal Green Golf and Country Club on Jan. 31. "Obviously, that was a concern with our team," Johnson said. "I'm going over there to play a sport I'm paid to play. It's my job to play golf. Unfortunately, it's in a part of the world where most people don't agree with what happened, and I definitely don't support anything like that. I'm going to play golf, not support them. "I'm not a politician. I play golf." He also said it might have been a tougher decision if not for so many others going. Along with four of the top five in the world, the Saudi International includes the last two Masters champions — Reed and Sergio Garcia — and former British Open champion Henrik Stenson. "I think any time we're trying to grow the game and expose the game in a positive way, that's what we're trying to do," said DeChambeau, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour last year. "I don't think it's a bad decision as long as they want us there. That's what I've heard — they want us there. And they want to have a little bit more exposure in the game of golf. And that's what I'm trying to do." It's not all goodwill, of course. The purse is $3.5 million, though the primary income for these players is appearance money, likely to be in the $1 million range for the biggest names. That's common for some European Tour events, especially early in the year in the Middle East, which hosted its first golf tournament in Dubai in 1989 and now has six on the Arabian Peninsula. Johnson and Koepka start their journey this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, an event that in years past has featured top players like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Saudi Arabia's human rights record has come under intense scrutiny since the killing in October of Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for The Washington Post. He had been living in self-imposed exile before he was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, according to Turkish media and officials. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley deflected concerns when he introduced the Saudi International to the schedule in November. "As like many global companies, we monitor the situation in the areas countries, areas we play and the viability of the golf tournament, and I can simply say that the Saudi International is on our schedule in 2019," Pelley said. "And I really don't have anything more to add than that." Among those not going is Paul Casey, who last April was listed as "confirmed" for the tournament with Johnson and Reed. He says that was never the case, only that he had entertained the idea of going. "But there were a lot of questions," Casey said. "Do I want to go to Saudi? That was the main question." There also was the matter of Casey being an ambassador for UNICEF, with the logo on his golf bag. "There are a lot of places in the world that I have played and continue to go, which you could question ... some human rights violations that governments have committed," he said. "I thought I'd sit this one out." PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has granted releases for his members to play the tournament, held the same week as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He said the U.S. tour's only involvement was making sure the trip was safe for its players. "Those are all terrible things that have happened, and that's what gives us concern about our players' safety," Monahan said about recent developments in Saudi Arabia. "Our players are independent contractors. Ultimately, they're going to make their own choice. Our job is to make them as informed as they can be." Koepka, who won two majors last year and was the PGA Tour player of the year, also said he received no pushback from his sponsors. Like Johnson, it was another offer to play golf in a new spot. The PGA Tour runs a developmental tour and sponsors a World Golf Championship event in China. The European Tour has had Turkey on the schedule since 2013. "People are always going to have different views on politics wherever you go," Koepka said. "All these places, there's a bit of conflict if you want to get into it. I'm not going to get into it. It's going to be an unbelievable field of golf there. Hopefully, you can spread some goodwill through golf when you're there.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

More than 2.8M voters to take part in Bangsamoro plebiscite

MANILA, Philippines – More than 2.8 million people are expected to take part in the plebiscite  to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez announced on Monday, January 14. In a press briefing, Jimenez said the Comelec recorded 2,839,659 million registered voters distributed over 18,439 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019