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PH to present human rights record before UN committee

AMID allegations of human rights violations relative to the Duterte administration's massive campaign to rid the country of illegal drugs, the Philippines is scheduled to present its combined 5th and 6th periodic reports under the International Covenant o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Some 3,500 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been cleared to return home to Myanmar beginning this week, a top official said Monday, August 19, nearly two years after a military crackdown sparked their exodus. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in August 2017 from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News12 hr. 16 min. ago

Property companies limiting exposure to POGOs

Some of the country’s property giants are taking extra measures in relation to their exposure to the offshore gaming industry amid China’s crackdown on this fast growing but controversial sector......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Iran says Europe obliged to let it sell and ship oil

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Wednesday, July 31, that European nations still party to the 2015 nuclear deal are "obliged" to allow it to sell and ship oil, amid a standoff with Britain over the seizure of tankers. The deal over Iran's nuclear program has begun to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

In Photos: PDEA-7 searched female dormitory of Mandaue City Jail

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) searched the female dormitory of the Mandaue City Jail at 6 a.m. today, July 31, as part of their intensified anti-drugs search and seizure operation. But to drugs or contraband were found during the search, said an advisory posted on the PDEA […] The post In Photos: PDEA-7 searched female dormitory of Mandaue City Jail appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Security at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh will be tightened during the visit of a high-level Myanmar delegation this weekend for repatriation talks, officials said Thursday, July 25. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in nearly 3 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Nuggets sign Jamal Murray to contract extension

Denver Nuggets press release The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Jamal Murray to a five-year contract extension, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced Wednesday. Murray, 22, had the best season of his young career in 2018-19, helping lead Denver to 54 games wins and the number two seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.  In 75 games (74 starts), he averaged career-highs in points (18.2), assists (4.8) and rebounds (4.2) while shooting 43.7% from the field, 36.7% from three and 84.8% from the free throw line. He posted a career-high 48 points vs. the Boston Celtics on Nov. 5th and on Dec. 29th at Phoenix he became the first Nugget ever to record 46+ points, 6+ rebounds and 8+ assists on the road. Murray also became the fourth Nuggets player in franchise history to eclipse 3500 points through his first three seasons (VanDeWeghe, Thompson, Anthony). “It’s an exciting day for our franchise to officially announce this contract extension with Jamal,” said President and Governor Josh Kroenke. “My father and I know what kind of kid Jamal is both on and off the court, and there wasn’t a second of hesitation to get this done as soon as we could. He is an extremely talented player and we look forward to watching him continue to grow as one of the cornerstones of this team for many years to come.” “The Kroenke family has shown tremendous commitment to continuity and stability, and this is just another example of trusting in what we are all building together as an organization,” stated President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly. “We were thrilled when we were able to draft Jamal in 2016 because we believed then, as we do now, that he is an extraordinary player and a key part of what we want to accomplish here in Denver. Jamal has shown what he is capable of in his first three seasons in the NBA, particularly in last year’s playoff run, and his future is extremely bright.”   The Kitchener, Ontario, native appeared in his first postseason in 2019 helping the Nuggets reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Murray elevated his game, averaging, 21.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 42.5% from the field and 90.3% from the charity stripe in 36.3 minutes per game. He posted eight games of 20 or more points, including 34 points in back-to-back games in the second round vs. Portland. Murray became just the eighth player in NBA history to post 290+ points and 20+ three point makes in his first postseason appearance. He is also just the fifth player since 2008 to average 21+ points, 4+ rebounds and 4+ assists in a first-time playoff run. “First I’d like to say congratulations to Jamal, I couldn’t be happier for him and his family,” said Head Coach Michael Malone. “He is a special young man who I’ve been lucky to coach since he was a rookie and I look forward to many more years together. Jamal has put in the time and hard work from day one and I have zero doubt he will continue to do so with the intense drive of becoming the best basketball player he possibly can and helping lead the Nuggets to our ultimate goal, an NBA Championship.” Murray was drafted by the Nuggets with the 7th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky. Over three seasons with Denver, he has appeared in 238 games (164 starts), averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 36.2% from long range in 28.5 minutes per game. He has increased his scoring, rebounding and assist average each season of his career. Additionally, the Nuggets own a record of 42-22 (.656) when Murray scores at least 20 points throughout his career. “I want to thank the man above for showing my family and I how life works in a full circle,” said Jamal Murray. “I also want to thank the Nuggets organization for believing in a kid from a small unheard-of town in Canada, and finally to Nuggets fans, I can’t wait to shoot more arrows for you all.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

Iran open to UK tanker swap amid hopes for progress

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran hinted Wednesday, July 24 it is open to a tanker swap with Britain as the owners of a  UK-flagged ship  seized by the Islamic republic expressed hopes for "positive progress" after speaking to its crew. The seizure of the Stena Impero has been seen as a tit-for-tat move ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

You must be stupid - Duterte says he won t be tried by international court

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he will never be tried by an international court for mass killings in his war on drugs, and vowed no let up in a crackdown that he said he was winning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

Gov’t makes full award of 7-year bonds

THE GOVERNMENT fully awarded the reissued seven-year Treasury bonds (T-bond) on offer yesterday amid robust demand as market participants priced in possible monetary policy easing by local and US central banks......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Vinluan on UNHRC probe: Cops will only draw guns to protect themselves

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Walang pulis na gustong pumatay!” (No police officer would want to kill!) Police Colonel Gemma Vinluan, Cebu City Police Office director, said this amid the issue of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the Philippines for crimes allegedly committed during its war against illegal drugs, which included alleged […] The post Vinluan on UNHRC probe: Cops will only draw guns to protect themselves appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

War on drugs makes Philippines fourth most dangerous country report

Dutertes violent anti-drugs operations are responsible for 75% of civilian deaths this year President Rodrigo Dutertes declaration of a war on drugs has made the Philippines the fourth most dangerou.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Philippines pullout from UNHRC is Duterte’s call – Palace

It would be up to President Duterte to decide whether the Philippines should withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which adopted an Iceland-initiated resolution seeking a review of his crackdown on illegal drugs, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Philippines wheat imports higher at 7.2 million MT

The Philippines is expected to post a record-high wheat importation this year at 7.2 million metric tons amid continuous increasing consumption following smaller corn output......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Duterte cites BJMP for role in campaign vs illegal drugs

President Duterte has commended jail authorities for the seizure of illegal drugs in prisons but he admitted he was puzzled at how the smuggling of the contraband continues. Speaking at the 28th anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City last Friday, the President expressed concern that illegal […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Serena Williams loses her 3rd consecutive Grand Slam final

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Centre Court crowd kept roaring whenever Serena Williams would win a point in the Wimbledon final, seemingly trying to will her to make things interesting against Simona Halep. Never happened. Instead of earning an eighth title at Wimbledon and record-equaling 24th overall at Grand Slam tournaments, Williams fell one victory short yet again, beaten with surprising ease by Halep 6-2, 6-2 Saturday. Williams has now lost her past three appearances in major finals — and five of her last seven. There's no shame in repeatedly making it to championship matches, of course, but it used to be rather unusual to see her come up just short like this: Williams won 21 of the first 25 Slam finals of her career. "I'm always expected to win," Williams said. That is true. Still, it was the seventh-seeded Halep who grabbed ahold of this match and never let go, finishing with three unforced errors to Williams' 26. Halep created problems by repeatedly tracking down Williams' shots and forcing the 37-year-old American to hit another one and another one and another one to win a point. "I definitely knew that she was just playing her heart out. I felt like, 'OK, what do I need to do to get to that level?'" Williams said. "I don't know if there's anything I could have done differently." After entering the final with a tournament-high 45 aces, Williams only managed two on Saturday. She was broken in half of her eight service games. Halep had a lot to do with that. "I feel like I'm still incredibly competitive or else I wouldn't really be out here, per se," Williams said. "For the most part, I feel like I'm on the right track. I'm just going in the right direction in terms of getting back to where I need to be." She hasn't won a title of any sort since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant. That was Slam trophy No. 23, breaking a tie with Steffi Graf for the most in the professional era. It also moved Williams within one of Margaret Court's total, although Court won 13 of her 24 major titles before professionals were admitted to Grand Slam tournaments, while all 23 of Williams' major titles have come in the Open era, which began in 1968. Since returning to the tour last season after her daughter was born on Sept. 1, 2017, Williams has reached the finals at three of six major tournaments she entered, defeated in straight sets each time. A year ago, she was the runner-up at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber, and then the runner-up at the U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka in a final that descended into chaos when Williams was penalized a game for arguing with the chair umpire. Williams recently revealed that she saw a therapist after that episode and sent Osaka a written apology. She's also dealt with a series of injuries and arrived in England having contested only 12 tour-level matches in all of 2019. Just four of the other 127 women in the Wimbledon field had fewer; 105 had at least twice as many. After losing to 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open, Williams stuck around in Paris for medical treatment on her left knee. By the time she began preparing in earnest for Wimbledon, about 1½ weeks before the start of play, she was pain-free. "I feel like I'm just really on this journey of just doing the best that I can," Williams said Saturday, "playing the best that I can when I can." According to the WTA's website, women's tennis pioneer Billie Jean King said recently that she would like to see what Williams could do on the court if she were to put "everything else aside" and "focus on what's necessary" for her tennis. King added: "If she's happy doing it this way, then that's fine. It's whatever makes her happy — it's not about us." The last question of Williams' post-match news conference referenced those comments and asked for a reaction. "The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me," Williams said, "will be the day I'm in my grave.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Record high rice imports seen this year

The Philippines appears to be on an unlimited importing spree as it is set to reach its record-high rice imports at 3.1 million metric tons this year, already nearing China’s requirements, amid a new regime for Filipinos’ main staple......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

End of an era: Westbrook exits Oklahoma City

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LAS VEGAS – Just when you thought it was safe to step out from under a doorway, another seismic tremble rumbled through the NBA Las Vegas Summer League Thursday evening (Friday, PHL time). Earthquake again? Nope, just more Thunder. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! Oklahoma City and general manager Sam Presti were back at it, this time reportedly sending former Kia MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for guard Chris Paul, first-round draft picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025. Six days earlier, OKC had stunned the pro hoops world by trading All-Star wing Paul George to the LA Clippers, serving up the co-star that coveted free agent Kawhi Leonard wanted as a condition of signing with Staples Center’s other NBA team. That deal yielded for the Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, along with five first-round picks and swap rights on two more. The biggest difference in moving Westbrook was that this one was anticipated. George had gone to Presti quietly after conspiring with Leonard, requesting the trade in a way that enabled the OKC GM to work behind the scenes. Presti had leverage on the Clippers, since he in essence was delivering both two-way stars – George and Leonard, who otherwise might have re-signed with Toronto – simultaneously. The deal Thursday (Friday, PHL time) paired Presti with Rockets counterpart Daryl Morey. Given their trade-happy track records, it wasn’t surprising that, if an NBA fan listened closely, he or she might have heard the sound of gods bowling. George’s departure and OKC’s subsequent trade of forward Jerami Grant to Denver made it clear which direction the Thunder were heading. Getting ousted from the playoffs’ first round for three consecutive years made the team’s $146 million payroll (and the luxury taxes it triggered) untenable. “People [within the league] knew they were going to do something pretty profound,” one GM told NBA.com earlier this week. “What they got for George was more than a king’s ransom. And if they end up trading Russell for all the tea in China, it will be the same deal again, right?” There were other suitors, most notably Miami, fueling speculation that Presti might not be done. How about Chris Paul to the Heat for expiring contracts, a prospect or two and more draft assets? As it is, the Thunder already have lassoed or retained an outrageous 15 first-round picks over the next six years. That sets up Oklahoma City ridiculously well, on paper, for the medium- and long-term. Short-term? Meh. A crew of Paul (if he stays), Gallinari, Gilgeous-Alexander, Andre Roberson, Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson seems undermanned in the wild, wild West. But Presti has amassed enough picks that Thunder fans won’t have to worry about their favorite team tanking -- they can just root against the Clippers, the Heat and the Rockets in hopes of desirable draft positions. Westbrook deserves credit for spending the first 11 years of his career in an unglamorous, small-revenue market (though $168 million in NBA earnings had something to do with it too). He had two MVPs (Kevin Durant and James Harden) and one MVP candidate (George last season) leave via trade or free agency before he did. Now he has a chance, re-teamed with Harden in Houston, to step into the void opened by Golden State’s anticipated decline in 2019-20 (Durant’s departure from the Bay has something to do with that). The Rockets and Morey have to be on the clock, their extended window as championship contenders not likely to stay propped open for long. Westbrook and Harden, a tandem of past MVPs, should have most of their statistical and usage itches scratched by now. Each badly needs a ring on his resume. Paul, meanwhile, might find himself hooking up with Jimmy Butler with the Heat, a pairing that makes more sense than Butler-Westbrook at least in terms of basketball compatibility. Presti’s performance over the past 10 days or so has been “breathtaking,” according to the rival GM. But with so many folks in and outside OKC so eager to spin the Thunder’s picks and prospects forward, a nagging question remains: What should we make of their past? In Presti’s 12 seasons, beginning with the franchise still in Seattle in 2007-08, his team has won 50 games or more six times (counting the 47-19 equivalent in lockout-shortened 2011-2012). Over the Thunder’s first 10 seasons in Oklahoma, only the San Antonio Spurs won more often. The Thunder have reached the postseason nine times, winning 14 series. They lost the Finals in five games to Miami in 2012, and got bounced three times from the conference finals, once from the West semifinals and four times from the first round. There were injuries and close calls, sure, but those are a part of it for everyone. Drafting, Presti strung together Durant (No. 2 overall in 2007), Westbrook (No. 4, ’08) and Harden (No. 3, '09). His record deeper into the first round has been predictably mixed: Reggie Jackson (No. 24, ’11) and Adams (No. 12, ’13) on one side of the ledger, fellows such as Perry Jones (No. 28, ’12), Mitch McGary (No. 21, ’14) and Cameron Payne (No. 14, ’15) on the other. The Thunder’s two most notable trades prior to this summer involved Harden going out and George coming in. When they sent out Harden -- the league’s reigning Kia Sixth Man of the Year award winner in 2012 -- it was an anticipatory financial move that for a time kept them out of luxury tax trouble ... as well as the Finals. When Presti traded for George in 2017, the players he gave up, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, had a better first season in Indiana than George in OKC. But as with Westbrook, Presti got George to sign a *cough* long-term extension, and the former Pacer finished third in MVP balloting this spring. So bottom line, which is it: Should the Thunder’s extended run as a contender in the West be applauded? Or should they be considered underachievers, considering the three MVPs they had – Durant in 2014, Westbrook in 2017 and Harden (with Houston) in 2018 – as well as George? OKC got a total of 25 seasons from those four players, 23 of them in tandem or as a trio. Only Durant as a rookie and Westbrook in 2016-17 worked as a solo act, star-wise. Those two plus George made a total of 17 All-Star appearances while playing for the Thunder, and in seven of the past nine seasons, OKC sent two to the February gala. That’s a lot of firepower for a fairly limited payoff (the lone Finals trip). So as excited as the Thunder and their fans might be for what’s headed their way, they’re right to feel melancholy over what’s done and now gone. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and 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, 2019

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn t understand PH

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte accused Iceland of filing a resolution for action against his controversial illegal drugs crackdown without understanding the Philippine situation. Poking fun at the country's name, Duterte said people in Iceland "only eat ice" and enjoy low crime rates, hence they can't grasp the need ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Nicaragua officials release more prisoners after crackdown - Philippine Canadian Inquirer

Nicaragua officials release more prisoners after crackdown Philippine Canadian Inquirer The releases came amid a broader move to set free people detained since last year for their role in the protest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019