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African countries demand Trump apology

UNITED NATIONS -- A group of "extremely appalled" African countries demanded Friday that US President Donald Trump retract and apologize for his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole" nations. After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color." The group is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media," a st...Keep on reading: African countries demand Trump apology.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

US shuts border post as migrants try to cross from Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico -- US officials closed a border crossing in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the "caravan" condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from the Mexican city of Tijuana, authorities announced. The dramatic shutdown took place only three days after Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to a level where we're going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt." Border officials in San Diego, California, said on Twitter that they had temporarily closed the San Ysidro crossing point -- one of the busiest between the two countries -- to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. ...Keep on reading: US shuts border post as migrants try to cross from Mexico.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

DU30, Locsin: Blame Obama

President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. both held former President Barack Obama responsible for the heightened friction among countries with conflicting claims over the West Philippine Sea. Mr. Duterte in a speech during the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite said US President Donald Trump is now “cleaning […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Saudi butchers? Trump looks the other way

The smell in the air isn't from the California fires, which is bad enough. In the state with all the American Filipinos, the air is so unhealthy, people are walking around like they are in the most polluted parts of Asia. It's a sign of how much under the Trump administration America hasn't exactly become "great again." Instead, America is drawing closer and closer to those countries which were once known as the "third world." And if you doubt that, all you need to do is read the Jamal Khashoggi statements from Trump. It's enough to convince anyone that America is quickly closing the gap between it's status as a paragon of right and wrong and the likes of the Philippines' Dut...Keep on reading: Saudi butchers? Trump looks the other way.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Trump kicks out senior advisor

WASHINGTON — An angry Donald Trump pushed out a senior advisor Wednesday after First Lady Melania Trump demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections. Melania Trump made the extremely rare demand for deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

China to boost grain imports from ‘Belt & Road’ countries amid Sino-US trade spat — official

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING — China aims to step up grain imports from countries linked by President Xi Jinping’s project to create a modern-day Silk Road, seeking to diversify supply sources amid a trade war with the United States, a key cabinet researcher said on Wednesday. With demand rising, countries included in Xi’s ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ have […] The post China to boost grain imports from ‘Belt & Road’ countries amid Sino-US trade spat — official appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to defuse a row with visiting US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday, November 10, hailing the "great solidarity" between their countries after Trump blasted his proposals for a European army. The two leaders held talks at the presidential palace in Paris ahead of World War 1 commemorations taking ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

US denies China ‘Cold War’ but deep gaps persist

  The United States on Friday insisted it was not pursuing a new "Cold War" with China, but the Pacific powers could only paper over deep differences during high-level talks. The defense chiefs and top foreign affairs officials of the two countries met in Washington for a regular dialogue that had been pushed back amid months of spiraling tensions between the world's two largest economies. After President Donald Trump's barbed comments against China in the runup to this week's congressional elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned conciliatory in tone if not always in substance. "The United States is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with China," ...Keep on reading: US denies China ‘Cold War’ but deep gaps persist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

AP Fact Check: Trump’s fabrications on Medicare, immigrants

WASHINGTON --- In the final days before pivotal midterm elections, President Donald Trump is painting a distorted picture of immigration while exaggerating his record of achieving economic gains for non-whites and improving health care for veterans. He insists that Republicans will be able to attract the non-white vote in Tuesday's elections because he's achieved "the best median income numbers for all of these groups." In fact, incomes for African-Americans and Asian-Americans reached their highest levels prior to his administration. On immigration, Trump inflates the number of foreigners living in the U.S. illegally and misrepresents Democratic legislation in the Senate as pr...Keep on reading: AP Fact Check: Trump’s fabrications on Medicare, immigrants.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

World shares reap big gains on Trump-Xi chat

BANGKOK — Shares charged ahead Friday in Europe and Asia after President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke by phone and both Trump and the Chinese state media reported progress in resolving trade tensions between their two countries. KEEPING SCORE: The CAC 40 in France jumped 1.3 percent to 5,153.62 and Germany’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Russia loses in vote to criticize US leaving missile treaty

UNITED NATIONS --- Russia lost a vote Friday that would have allowed the U.N. General Assembly to consider a resolution supporting a landmark missile treaty and opposing U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from it. The vote to put a Russian resolution backing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on the agenda of the Assembly's disarmament committee was 31 countries in favor, 55 against and 54 abstaining. Senior Russian arms control official Andrei Belousov said he didn't understand the result, noting that most countries that abstained "are active supporters of nuclear disarmament" and a significant number of those who voted against the procedural measure ...Keep on reading: Russia loses in vote to criticize US leaving missile treaty.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

NATO in saber-rattling vs Russia

GIANT MILITARY DRILLS Serving our national interest will demand that we hold our nerve through these last stages of the negotiations OSLO, Norway —- Norway hosts NATO’s biggest exercises since the end of the Cold War from Thursday, to remind Russia the Alliance stands united despite seeds of doubt planted by US President Donald Trump. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

OSLO, Norway – Norway hosts NATO's biggest exercises since the end of the Cold War from Thursday, October 25, to remind Russia the Alliance stands united despite seeds of doubt planted by US President Donald Trump . Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft from 31 countries ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

WASHINGTON — Rapper Kanye West, with a stream of consciousness speech in the Oval Office and a burst of profanity, defended his support for President Donald Trump on Thursday, to the great delight of Trump himself. The event was billed as a lunch at the White House to discuss prison reform, jobs for African-Americans and […] The post Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

WASHINGTON, USA – President Donald Trump said Monday, October 9, he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in US history. At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

PH bans entry of pork from 6 swine flu-hit countries

THE Philippines placed a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild pigs and their products, including pork meat and semen originating from countries hit by African Swine Fever (ASF) to protect the local swine industry. The ban came at the onset of the “ber” months – September, October, November and December – when [...] The post PH bans entry of pork from 6 swine flu-hit countries appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Melania Trump visits Kenyan national park, plans safari

  NAIROBI, Kenya --- Melania Trump is visiting a national park in Kenya to highlight animal conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady arrived at Nairobi National Park on Friday to learn about steps the east African nation is taking to conserve elephants and rhinos. She'll also go on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump plans to visit with children at an orphanage and take in a children's performance later Friday at Nairobi National Theater. She is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. Mrs. Trump opened the trip on Tuesday in Ghana and visited Malawi on Thursday. Egypt is the final stop on a four-nation tour of the continent to...Keep on reading: Melania Trump visits Kenyan national park, plans safari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Judge bars US from ending protections for immigrants from 4 countries

A US federal judge in California barred the Trump administration on Wednesday from implementing a plan to end temporary protections for more than 300,000 immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. Source link link: Judge bars US from ending protections for immigrants from 4 countries.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Poll: Most Pinoys have confidence in Trump, but many countries are frustrated

Filipinos’ confidence in United States President Donald Trump has improved, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Pew Survey: America s Image Worsens Under Trump

BERLIN - The image of the United States has deteriorated further among its traditional allies after a year in which President Donald Trump ratcheted up his verbal attacks on countries like Canada a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018