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BoI eyes declaration of Marawi as less developed area

THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) on Friday proposed to include the city of Marawi and the surrounding towns to be included in the list of the country’s less developed areas (LDA) to speed up its economic recovery after bearing the brunt of a five-month firefight between the Maute group and the military. The Department of […] The post BoI eyes declaration of Marawi as less developed area appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJan 12th, 2018

Could North Korean, US threats of destruction cause an accidental war? – CNN News

The war of words between North Korea and the United States could be pushing the region closer to the brink of an accidental conflict. While neither country is outwardly moving towards an actual war footing, military displays of power, mixed with threats and counter threats may result in an ugly outcome, Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker told CNN. &'8220;The North Koreans assume that the threats will be enough to restrain US action but the US might be thinking the same thing, so you end up in a situation where a provocation from one side is seen by the other as an actual move towards war,&'8221; he said. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho announced on Monday that US President Donald Trump had &'8220;declared a war&'8221; on his country by tweeting that North Korea &'8220;won't be around much longer.&'8221; Ri's interpretation of Trump's tweet was roundly dismissed by the White House later that day. The South Korean government has been desperately calling for calm on both sides, as the country's citizens would be among the first to suffer in any war. Speaking in Washington on Monday, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the United States has to help to reduce tensions on the peninsula. &'8220;It is very likely that North Korea will conduct further provocations,&'8221; she said. &'8220;It is imperative that we, Korea and the US together, manage the situation &' in order to prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control.&'8221; Foreign Minister Ri told reporters Monday North Korea would shoot down any US bombers which flew near the Korean Peninsula, even if they didn't enter North Korea's airspace. &'8220;In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK,&'8221; Ri said, according to his official English translator. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was quick to respond, saying Monday the US had not declared war and any suggestion along those lines was &'8220;absurd.&'8221; Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said while the physical threat of war had not increased, every unfulfilled threat from the US did damage to its international position. &'8220;When threats are made and not followed through US credibility suffers both in the eyes of North Korea and its allies,&'8221; Graham said. &'8220;The US is very unlikely to engage in a preventative war against North Korea, so it's more the risk of stumbling into this because the North Koreans decide they have to escalate or they believe something US is doing is a preventative strike or a decapitation attack (against the leadership).&'8221; Over the weekend, North Korea moved airplanes and boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, quoting intelligence agencies. It followed a flyover by US bombers close to North Korea on Saturday. US B-1B bombers from Guam flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, according to the Pentagon, a move they said underscored the seriousness of Pyongyang's &'8220;reckless behavior.&'8221; It was the furthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the area of land between North and South Korea, which US fighters or bombers had flown in the 21st Century, the Pentagon said. Stratfor's Baker said he was concerned any moves by North Korea to shadow US planes or to engage in displays of military might could lead to accidental conflict. &'8220;There haven't been many incidents where they've engaged in this sort of behavior so they don't know how to deal with each other in this situation, they don't know how to read the way that each side is acting, so you can get accidents and the North Koreans, again, they may overestimate their hand,&'8221; he said. But Baker added it was important to note that neither side had engaged in the large movement of troops or evacuation of civilians which would precipitate a full blown war. &'8220;We don't see the US taking action to rapidly reduce the number of civilians and non military personnel in South Korea &' at the same time, rhetoric is working to increase the potential of an accident.&'8221; The latest standoff between Washington and Pyongyang came as a North Korean Foreign Ministry official flew to Moscow to meet with a representative of the Russian government. According to state media KCNA, director general at the Foreign Ministry's North American Department Choe Son Hui left for Moscow on Monday. She'll meet with Oleg Burmistrov, a &'8220;roving ambassador&'8221; with Russia's Foreign Ministry. The meeting comes amid cooling relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, with China's Ministry of Commerce announcing on Saturday it would immediately restrict petroleum exports to North Korea in line with UN sanctions. &'8220;Russia has been a supplier of petroleum products either directly or not paying attention to what it's own countries are doing in regard to North Korea,&'8221; Baker said. The latest round of sanctions, agreed to on September 11, were reportedly amended by the US after it became clear Russia and China wouldn't allow stronger restrictions. &'8220;Russia is a potential helpful card for the North Koreans to use particularly if they're worried that China is going to get more hostile and especially as secondary sanctions (from the US) come into play,&'8221; Graham said.(&'8220;Russia is a potential helpful card for the North Koreans to use particularly if they're worried that China is going to [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Eyes of a child

A Maranao boy observes his elders during a noon prayer on Friday (23 June 2017) at the mosque inside the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol complex in Marawi City as clashes between government forces and the Maute Group continue to rage in the city's downtown area. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2017

Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota's still-buzzing stadium. "Hey, let's open these things up!" Zimmer blurted out mid-sentence, prodding a Vikings official to push the button that removes the window shades and allows the premium ticket-holders in an adjacent lounge to peer in the room. His wish to interact with the customers who cheered the Vikings on to a last-play divisional round victory was granted. Zimmer then proceeded to slowly and rhythmically clap above his head, dignifying the ritual "Skol" chant performed by the purple-clad fans at each game honoring the area's Scandinavian heritage and the team's nickname. "You deserve it!" Zimmer said, again interrupting his own answer to acknowledge the crowd. From peers around the league to players in the locker room to people up and down the organization, there's a strong sentiment that Zimmer has earned this, too, pulling within one win of a Super Bowl appearance. The way the Vikings finished their 29-24 victory over New Orleans on a last-chance 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs suggested they're on some kind of charmed path, an uncharted territory for this championship-deprived franchise. Zimmer, for his part, has experienced his own share of painful setbacks. "I just think he was so proud of us," tight end Kyle Rudolph said. "Proud of us for fighting until there were zeros on the clock." Zimmer is only here, preparing the Vikings for the NFC title game in Philadelphia on Sunday, because he himself resisted the urge to quit. After being passed over for so many head coach vacancies during a six-year run as Cincinnati's defensive coordinator, Zimmer nearly canceled a second interview in Minnesota in 2014 after a different team that considered him chose a different candidate. He ignored the discouragement in his head, instead accepting the offer to become the ninth head coach in team history at age 57. "Sometimes you wonder, but I have a lot of confidence in myself," Zimmer said at his introductory news conference at team headquarters. "I feel like I was destined to do this." That first season, the Vikings improved by two wins to finish 7-9 with rookie Teddy Bridgewater forced into action ahead of schedule at quarterback and running back Adrian Peterson absent for all but one game because of the child abuse case and subsequent NFL discipline dispute he was involved in. In 2015, they went 11-5 and ended Green Bay's four-year hold on the NFC North title. The potholes in the road were waiting, though. Blair Walsh's 27-yard field-goal try went wide left at the end of the one-point wild-card round loss at home to Seattle. The 5-0 start in 2016 was washed away by a torrent of season-ending injuries, including Bridgewater, Peterson and several offensive linemen. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned the day after Zimmer had the first of eight eye surgeries to address a torn retina. The third procedure forced him to miss a game for the first time in his career . The first quarter of the 2017 season brought knee injuries to quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Dalvin Cook, who needed reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL. The Vikings didn't blink, though, particularly with the experience of 2016 so fresh. Case Keenum deftly took over for Bradford, and Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray became a productive backfield tandem. All of these on-field hurdles have paled next to the pain Zimmer has endured in his personal life. His wife, Vikki, died suddenly in 2009. His father and former high school coach, Bill, passed away during training camp in 2015. Zimmer was hired by the Vikings because of his acumen as a defensive strategist and teacher, having started his 24-year NFL career as the defensive backs coach for Dallas before a promotion to defensive coordinator in 2000. Calling plays has been his forte, a responsibility he has yet to give up despite his duty as the main man on the staff on game day, but his ability to mold a disciplined, selfless unit from a collection of alpha males and high draft picks helped the Vikings' defense rank first in the league in 2017 in both fewest yards and points allowed. Beneath the gruff exterior is a deep affection for his players, an emotion that has caused his voice to crack and his eyes to well up several times over the years in various public discussions of their development or character. He's a football coach just like his father, though, and the critical eye and demanding approach are always quick to come out. "We can't make these mistakes in playoff games or we'll be going home," Zimmer said on Monday, reflecting on the reality of the performance after the euphoria of the winning play had worn off. Now the Vikings must go on the road to face a team with a 14-3 record just like theirs, the last and biggest obstacle looming before they can experience a Super Bowl. "We've got a bunch of fighters on this team," Zimmer said. "They've been a resilient bunch all year long. I expect it to continue to be that way.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Five ‘big firms’ to submit proposals for Marawi City rehab --HUDCC

The developers are expected to submit a plan to turn the 250-hectare most affected area into a modern central business district. But only one will implement the project.........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Marawi rebuilding eyes up to P86-B investments

COTABATO CITY: The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the poorest region in the country, is expected to generate up to P86 billion worth of investments as plans for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi proceeds this year, an official of the ARMM Regional Board of Investments (ARMM-RBOI) said. Ishak Mastura, ARMM-RBOI chairman and managing… link: Marawi rebuilding eyes up to P86-B investments.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Surigaonons greet New Year with flash floods 

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) — The New Year revelry here was cut short as rains brought about by a low pressure area that developed into tropical depression ‘Agaton’ by Monday afternoon caused flash floods in several low-lying villages. Rains started to pour at 3 am. and continued without let up into the night. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

LPA now Tropical Depression Agaton

THE low pressure area (LPA) east southeast of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte has developed into a tropical depression named “Agaton,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. advisory. The state weather bureau said that as of 4 p.m., Monday, January 1, the center of Tropical Depression Agaton… link: LPA now Tropical Depression 'Agaton'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

NDRRMC on alert as Agaton threatens southern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) remains on red alert as a low-pressure area has developed into a t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Storm Signal No. 1 raised in several areas as LPA turns into depression

Track of Tropical Depression "Agaton" as of 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. A low pressure area (LPA) spotted east-southeast of Surigao City has developed into a tropical depression named ".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Storm Signal No. 1 raised in several areas as LPA turns into depression

Track of Tropical Depression “Agaton” as of 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. A low pressure area (LPA) spotted east-southeast of Surigao City has developed into a tropical depression named " Source link link: Storm Signal No. 1 raised in several areas as LPA turns into depression.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

18 areas under Signal No. 1 as LPA intensifies into Agaton

MANILA, Philippines — Storm signals were raised over 18 areas Monday as the low pressure area off Surigao del Sur developed into a tropical depression......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

30% of affected area in Marawi City free of explosives --AFP

Aside from construction support, the JETG also assisted the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in the construction of 500 temporary shelters for the displaced residents of Mara.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

30% of Marawi battle zone cleared of bombs

MANILA, Philippines — Around 30 percent of the main battle area in Marawi has been cleared of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

30% of affected area in Marawi City free of explosives –AFP

Two months after liberating Marawi City from the Maute group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has only cleared 30 percent of the affected area of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive device. Source link link: 30% of affected area in Marawi City free of explosives –AFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

6 companies offer to rebuild Marawi

MANILA, Philippines — Six companies have offered to rehabilitate the main battle area in Marawi, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) C.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

P2M rice turned over to AFP for soldiers’ ‘tasting’

AT least P2 million worth of premium quality rice were turned over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for “tasting” of soldiers assigned in Marawi who remained in the area even as President Duterte has declared fighting cessation in mid-October. The Department of Agriculture said a total of….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Can a weekly serving of fish benefit children’s cognition?

New United States research suggests that children who eat fish once a week could benefit from better sleep and have higher IQ scores than those who eat fish less frequently or not at all. Carried out by the University of Pennsylvania, the research follows previous studies which have already found a relationship between omega-3s (the fatty acids found in many types of fish) and improved intelligence, and omega-3s and better sleep. However, the three have not been connected together until now. "This area of research is not well-developed. It's emerging," explained Jianghong Liu, lead author on the paper. "Here we look at omega-3s coming from our food instead of from supplement...Keep on reading: Can a weekly serving of fish benefit children’s cognition?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Marawi City, Lanao del Sur under state of calamity due to Vinta

MANILA, Philippines - Lanao del Sure province, including Marawi City, was placed under a state of calamity on Friday, December 22, due to widespread flooding in the area caused by Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin). "Placing the entire province under state of calamity will expedite the humanitarian efforts being undertaken by the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Hirna taxi-hailing application launched in Davao, eyes nationwide expansion

DAVAO CITY — Hirna, a new taxi-hailing application similar to that of Grab and Uber, was launched in Davao City Tuesday, Dec. 19, as part of a comprehensive transportation master plan that will be developed by the city government and the Department of Transportation (DoTr). Hirna, which is a play on the phrase “here now,” […] The post Hirna taxi-hailing application launched in Davao, eyes nationwide expansion appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

LPA develops into Tropical Depression Vinta; Signal No. 1 up in 2 areas

MANILA, Philippines — The low pressure area in Mindanao, which has developed into a tropical depression, begins to threaten Surigao del Sur and northern Dava.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017