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13,000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk

GENEVA — Swiss authorities near the famed Matterhorn peak have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train service into the nearby town of.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 9th, 2018

Monsoon rains threaten Ecija town river overflow

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija -- The municipal government through its disaster reduction and risk management office is closely monitoring the river systems here for possible overflowing amid heavy monsoon rains induced by tropical storm Inday as it left the Philippine Area of Responsibility early morning yesterday and a new low-pressure….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News2 hr. 15 min. ago

Abra PDRRMC records landslide in Malibcong, soil collapse in Danglas

Abra province’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reported that inclement conditions due to Tropical Depression Josie and the southwest monsoon had caused a landslide in Malibcong town and a soil-collapse Danglans town. Source link link: Abra PDRRMC records landslide in Malibcong, soil collapse in Danglas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News28 min. ago

Tourists at Spanish resort humiliated online as they take ‘walk of shame’

Foreign tourists are being filmed and humiliated online after doing the "walk of shame" in Magaluf, a popular European holiday resort town in the island of Majorca, Spain. Armed with filming devices and gadgets, men embarrass tourists who do the "walk of shame" by posting clips on a Facebook page called Maga Walk of Shame Official. "Walk of shame" in this context is defined as an instance when one walks back home, usually dressed in the clothes worn the night before, after a casual sexual encounter. Filming equipment in tow, men accost women and men alike, asking them with whom they had sex with: "Was s/he a worker or was s/he a tourist?" It is worth noting, however, that wh...Keep on reading: Tourists at Spanish resort humiliated online as they take ‘walk of shame’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

IMF team in town to validate Philippine economic outlook

OFFICIALS of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are in town for an annual health check on the Philippine economy, at a time the multilateral lender sees uneven prospects for global growth amid trade tensions......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Malay town councilors divided over proposed environmental fee hike in Boracay

AKLAN, Philippines –  Malay town councilors are divided on the proposed increase of environmental fees to tourists who enter Boracay Island. Town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf has asked the Malay's Sangguniang Bayan (SB) to increase Boracay's environmental fee to P500 from the current P75, in time for the island's reopening  on October 26. Graf ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Negros Occidental mayor beefs up security amid death threats

Amid the spate of killings of local officials, police have beefed up the security of Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan of La Castellana town in Negros Occidental, who said she has been receiving death threats......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Golden State Warriors not just good, they re lucky too

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- In this town, fates and fortunes can turn drastically any day, hour or minute. A flip of the card, pull of the switch or roll of the dice can make or break souls. Which brings us to NBA Summer League, the Golden State Warriors and the field. The league is holding its annual gathering of executives, coaches and player hopefuls here, and 29 of the 30 NBA teams are wondering about their chances this upcoming season and why the Warriors are the Chosen Ones. Meanwhile, the Warriors, winners of three of the last four championships, are no doubt doing some head-scratching about how a key injury is once again helping their cause and making them stronger. This is about luck, then, and why those chasing the Warriors can’t seem to get a break, and how the Warriors managed to make themselves both good and lucky. There is considerable buzz among the basketball throng in Vegas regarding the Warriors, who are less than a month removed from a convincing sweep of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and how they won twice this summer: championship and then free agency. The collective moan from the rest of the NBA seems to say: What the hell? DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors for the NBA equivalent of loose change in a sofa: $5.3 million. Just like that, the Warriors added a dominant and versatile center, maybe the best in the game, which made coach Steve Kerr wisecrack about how the Warriors “needed another All-Star.” This was made possible because of a quirky circumstance that caused Cousins a lot of pain, which translated into plenty of gain for Golden State. When Cousins tore his Achilles last spring with the Pelicans, his market value in free agency fell to the floor right along with him. Suddenly, the rest of the league, including the Pelicans, became wary about investing heavily in a hulking center who most certainly would need most of the 2018-19 season to rehab, without any guarantee Cousins would return to form once medically cleared to play. Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks last season, perhaps the best of his career. He turns 28 in late August. Had he avoided injury, he would’ve been far too expensive for the Warriors to afford. They’re well over the luxury tax and are limited to exceptions, which allow them to sign players but only on the cheap. A healthy Cousins was destined to command in excess of $20 million a season, more had he stayed with the Pelicans. “If he’s healthy, he’s the best player at his position in the league,” said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. Well, when free agency opened, Cousins’ phone didn’t ring, and you probably know the story by now: He personally called the Warriors and signed up on the spot. His reasoning: If my only choice in this league is a short-term deal, might as well be with the team in the midst of a dynasty. The Warriors understandably were shocked, but why would they be? This isn’t the first time an injury went their way. Steph Curry’s chronic ankle sprains once threatened his career. He underwent surgery in the summer of 2011 and played only 26 games the next season. At that time, Curry was a good player, but far from the superstar who’d win a pair of MVPs and destroy three-point shooting records. So the Warriors were understandably worried, especially once Curry was due a contract extension. The two sides made a compromise that protected both parties: Four years, $44 million. The risk the Warriors took is Curry would continue having ankle issues and never see a full season. Curry’s risk: He’d remain healthy and see his production swell and spend most of that contract as a bargain. A bargain, for sure: At the end of that deal, Curry was the fourth-highest-paid player. On his own team. The upside for the Warriors and Curry: That contract helped them extend Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala and more importantly, add Kevin Durant. When you’re good and lucky -- remember, the Warriors won their first title over the Cavs when Cleveland was largely without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and beat the Rockets last spring after Chris Paul suffered a series-ending hamstring injury -- then you get plenty of rings. The beauty of the Cousins situation is the Warriors don’t need him during the regular season. This was mentioned more than a few times by rival general managers and coaches in Vegas. Cousins’ rehab is expected to require another five or six months -- full recovery form Achilles surgery is usually a year -- yet there’s no rush. Golden State won 73 games a few years ago without him and won 58 games last season on cruise control. They can wait until next spring, where Cousins could return, say, in March and use the final few weeks as a warm-up for the playoffs. After using the likes of the plodding Zaza Pachulia and quirky JaVale McGee in the middle, the Warriors are legit at center. Cousins fits the Warriors’ style because he can shoot 3s and is a willing and efficient passer from the high and low post. “That’s really an area where they’ve struggled and been inconsistent,” said Gentry, a former Warriors assistant coach before taking the top job in New Orleans. “It’s going to be a position where they make an upgrade." Meanwhile, Houston lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, a pair of athletic swingmen, this summer from free agency and therefore aren’t a better team on paper than last season, although the Rockets might soon add Carmelo Anthony, for whatever that’s worth. The Lakers welcome LeBron, but they didn’t get Paul George, who stayed in Oklahoma City, and the idea of trading for Kawhi Leonard this season remains a fantasy, at least for now. Which means the Warriors are once again the odds on favorites across town in the Vegas casinos to sip champagne next June. “Hey, that’s the NBA,” said Gentry with a shrug. “It’s supposed to be that way. You’re supposed to put out the best team you can. It’s up to the rest of us to catch them. They’ve put together a great team, drafted great, and guys in free agency wanted to come there. That’s what it’s all about. We have to pick up our game, it’s not that they should say, 'Oh we’re too good, let’s give away players.’ We all have to find a way to catch them, not them coming back to us.” Damian Lillard, the star guard for the Trail Blazers, spoke for the field when he said: “It's just going to get tougher and tougher. It is what it's always been, but just a little tougher. But you know what? Once the season starts, we gotta go. Nobody’s got time to be out there, not having fun and being stressed and all that BS. We gotta find to make it happen.” Twenty-nine teams, and especially the contenders in the West, are at a disadvantage regarding the Warriors because of a lack of All-Stars; not only do the Warriors now have five, but they’re all in their prime years. It’s one thing to try to be as good as the Warriors. Nowadays, you must rise to their level of luck as well. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

DOT launches new tourism package in Orani

Residents of Orani town welcome tourists and guests as they witness the launching of One Countryside Experience of the Department of Tourism. (1Bataan Facebook page) ORANI, Bataan, July 3 (PIA) -- Mor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

How Philippine banks will fare amid rising interest rates

Moody’s Investors Service said Philippine banks will continue to thrive in the wake of back-to-back policy rate increases from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and rising global yields. The global credit rater also see little risk of problem loans even as interest rates rise further, noting that policy adjustments can be expected to temper […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Index slides 1.53%

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) slid anew yesterday amid mixed sentiments in the region and the decline in Wall Street overnight. The PSEi closed the session down 1.53 percent, or 109.86 points, to 7,066.57. The broader all-shares index was also down 1.28 percent, or 56.07 points, to 4,323.23. "We think there is still downward pressure on Philippine equities as investors are not yet fully compensated for the risk they are taking," Papa Securities said in a note to investors. It was referring to the Philippine 10-year bond yield of 6.4 percent, a traditionally safer investment, in relation to the 6.1-percent earnings yield of the PSEi. It noted that some inde...Keep on reading: Index slides 1.53%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Malta grants safe haven to rescue ship ending 6-day odyssey

An aid ship stuck at sea for six days will be allowed to dock in Malta and the more than 200 migrants onboard will be distributed among eight European Union states, Malta's prime minister announced Wednesday, ending Europe's second impasse in recent weeks over the fate of people saved at sea amid rising political resistance to their welcome......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Malta grants safe haven to rescue ship ending 6-day odyssey

An aid ship stuck at sea for six days will be allowed to dock in Malta and the more than 200 migrants onboard will be distributed among eight European Union states, Malta's prime minister announced Wednesday, ending Europe's second impasse in recent weeks over the fate of people saved at sea amid rising political resistance to their welcome......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

LOOK: Quite a mud-dle! Filipino devotees bathe in soil

ALIAGA, Nueva Ecija -- They say there's nothing quite like it for cooling the blood, but for more than a thousand Filipinos at a Catholic festival on Sunday, slathering their bodies in mud was a way to show devotion and humility. The annual tradition forms part of a joyous religious festival honoring a saint they believed saved residents from execution by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Men, women and children sat in soggy rice paddies before dawn in the town of Aliaga, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Manila, covering each other in muck before donning dried banana leaves in the annual "Mud People" festival. A tradition that draws the faithful and tourists alike...Keep on reading: LOOK: Quite a mud-dle! Filipino devotees bathe in soil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don t want to talk about Kosovo

By Mike Corder, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not about an entrenched political dispute casting a shadow over their teams' World Cup showdown in Russia. Tensions have been building in Serbia before the Group E match Friday in Kaliningrad. Not between Swiss and Serbian fans, but between Albanian and Serbian supporters. That is because several players in the Swiss squad have Kosovo Albanian roots, including midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri who was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic didn't want to discuss the issue Thursday. When a reporter asked Petkovic him how he would discuss it with his players, he sidestepped the question. "We will tell them we had a great match against Brazil. That's not enough; we have to play better against Serbia," Petkovic said through an interpreter. Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening match, while Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 to top the group after one round. Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic was equally reluctant to be drawn into the debate. "I'm not into politics," he said, also speaking through an interpreter. "We have our goals. We're here for sports to represent our country in the best possible way and we're not at all interested in anything else." Shaqiri makes no secret at his pride for his heritage at the World Cup. At training Thursday, he wore football boots with Kosovo's flag on his right heel and the Swiss flag on his left. Midfielder Valon Behrami grew up in what is now Kosovo, moving to Switzerland with his family in 1990 amid rising tensions between ethnic Albanians and Serbs. He has the flags of Switzerland and Kosovo tattooed on his left arm. Such displays have angered some Serbian fans, who often wear T-shirts bearing the map of Kosovo with the Serbian flag on it. The reaction of some Serbian players has also been sharp. "If they are such great patriots, why don't they play for their own countries instead of Switzerland?" Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic asked recently. Friday's match also features two coaches who both come from Bosnia, a country that emerged from the former Yugoslavia after a bitter war in the 1990s. Bosnia finished third in its qualifying group and didn't make it to Russia. "I think that Mr. Petkovic is from Sarajevo. I hail from Zenica," Krstajic said. "So we have two coaches from Bosnia-Herzegovina representing different teams at the World Cup." Zenica is a town about 70 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital. ____ Associated Press writer Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Duterte insists on putting Boracay under land reform

ILOILO CITY --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday defended the planned land reform on Boracay Island amid questions on its practicability and feasibility. In a speech before more than 2,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries at the Cabatuan town in Iloilo, the President dismissed criticisms that the land on the island resort is unsuitable for farming. "Wala akong pakialam diyan [I don't care]," he said. "It's the problem of the Department of Agriculture. It is not mine. If it is an arable land, fine. If it is not, then it is up to [Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel] Piol. He's an Ilonggo." The President made his speech before leading the ceremonial distribution of 3,772 Certifi...Keep on reading: Duterte insists on putting Boracay under land reform.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Papua New Guinea under state of emergency after mob burns plane, gov’s house

Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency in its rugged Southern Highlands after an armed mob went on the rampage, torching a passenger plane and the local governor's house. Police said crowds were angered by a court decision to dismiss a petition against provincial governor William Powi's 2017 election, amid concerns of corruption. They burned down Powi's home and the local courthouse in the town of Mendi late last week and destroyed an aircraft belonging to the national carrier at the airport. No one was hurt, and Air Niugini said the crew of the Dash 8 airliner were safe and had returned to the capital Port Moresby. The airline said it was conducting "a full revie...Keep on reading: Papua New Guinea under state of emergency after mob burns plane, gov’s house.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

51 Luzon villages flooded

At least 51 areas in the provinces of Pampanga and Pangasinan were inundated by up to 2 meters of flood brought by a deadly mix of monsoon rains and high tide, according to officials.   In Pampanga, 27 villages in three towns --- Macabebe, Masantol and Guagua --- were flooded on Saturday, according to the provincial risk reduction and management office.   Water rose up to more than a meter at the village of Castuli and about a meter at the villages of San Francisco and Consuelo, all in Macabebe. Other villages in the town had floods of less than a meter.   At the village of Mancatian in Porac town, still in Pampanga, flash floods destroyed 35 houses a...Keep on reading: 51 Luzon villages flooded.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Nicaragua national strike violence kills 161

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Activists faced off with Nicaraguan pro-government forces in hours of clashes Thursday amid a nationwide strike to protest government repression of dissent that has left at least 161 people dead. Despite the 24-hour work stoppage that gave the capital Managua the air of a ghost town, brutal unrest in other areas persisted, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

20,000 flee air, ground strikes vs BIFF rebels

COTABATO CITY --- About 20,000 people fled their homes in remote villages of at least three towns in Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces following Sunday's bomb run and ground operations conducted by the military against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) gunmen, reports from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government on Monday showed. The deserted communities included those within territories claimed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the towns of SK Pendatun and Pagalungan in Maguindanao, and Pikit in North Cotabato. Tahira Kalantongan, Pikit disaster risk reduction and management officer, said that in her town alone, at least 10,000 p...Keep on reading: 20,000 flee air, ground strikes vs BIFF rebels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Tornado, hailstorm hit Iloilo town

THE Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) confirmed the occurrence of a tornado with hailstorm at Barangay Lanag, Sta. Barbara Tuesday afternoon. PDRRM Officer Jerry Bionat said the tornado occurred for a few minutes only in the area. The hailstones were as small as human nails and immediately melted upon touching the […] The post Tornado, hailstorm hit Iloilo town appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018