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E-cigarette industry calls for ‘fair’ tax regime

E-cigarette industry calls for ‘fair’ tax regime.....»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineSep 11th, 2019

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian ‘atrocities’

President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime’s “atrocities” as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday. In a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump “expressed concern over the violence in Idlib, Syria and… conveyed the United States’ […] The post Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian ‘atrocities’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Food industry seeking to expand Mideast footprint via Gulf fair

Food industry seeking to expand Mideast footprint via Gulf fair.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Duterte calls on Pinoys to boost domestic tourism

It’s more fun in the Philippines as President Duterte urged Filipinos to travel around the country to boost local tourism and help the aviation industry now facing revenue losses estimated at P42.9 billion from cancelled flights and hotel bookings through April as a result of the new coronavirus disease outbreak......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Mandani Bay brings Chinatown to Cebu

Strategically located along the Mactan Channel on Mandaue City’s side, Mandani Bay transformed its internationally acclaimed show gallery into a lively Chinatown on Saturday, February 1, 2020, to welcome the Year of the Metal Rat. Mandani Bay management organized an outdoor food fair and Chinese show for their invited guests and industry partners. The food […] The post Mandani Bay brings Chinatown to Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

9 firms to join organic food fair in Germany

The Department of Trade and Industry is bringing a delegation of nine companies to the world’s leading trade fair for organic food in Germany next month as part of efforts to grow the country’s exports......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2020

Study points to improved abstinence rate among electronic cigarette users

A major player in the global e-cigarette industry shared the results of a latest scientific study on the positive effects of its products in helping smokers abstain from combustible tobacco......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

Thailand urged to comply with WTO ruling on Philippine cigarettes

The Department of Trade and Industry has written its Thai counterpart to press for compliance to a ruling issued by the World Trade Organization on a cigarette tax case the Philippines won, warning of possible consequences of non-compliance......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Russia confirms it will appeal 4-year Olympic ban

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia confirmed Friday that it will appeal its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Next year's Olympics in Tokyo will be the third consecutive edition of the games preceded by a legal battle over Russian doping issues. RUSADA said it “disputes the (WADA) notice in its entirety," including the evidence of tampering with the data archive. The data was handed over in January and was meant to clear up past cover-ups, but has led to more legal tussles. RUSADA's own CEO, Yuri Ganus, attached his own note of protest to Friday's letter. Ganus is critical of Russian officials and had disagreed with the decision to appeal. He was overruled by his agency's founders, which include some of Russia's most influential sports leaders. The WADA sanctions ban the use of the Russian team name, flag or anthem at a range of major sports competitions over the next four years, including next year's Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup. Ganus said he believes any appeal has little chance of success and could even lead to harsher sanctions, including a ban of all Russian athletes, who under the current ban are allowed to compete as neutrals. “There is a possibility of entering the case new players which may demand from the court not to soften the sanctions but to toughen them,” Ganus said. "The sanctions regime that is in place against the Russian sport is not full, it is not a 100 percent. There were greater sanctions, up to a ban of all athletes." Russians will be allowed to compete in Tokyo as unaffiliated athletes if they pass a vetting process that examines their history of drug testing, and possible involvement in cover-ups at the lab. That has prompted anger from some Western athletes and organizations like the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which wanted a blanket ban on Russian athletes. The appeal was widely expected with Russian President Vladimir Putin having branded the ban “unfair.” RUSADA's supervisory board voted Dec. 19 to file an arbitration case with CAS in Switzerland after WADA ruled Russia had manipulated doping laboratory data to cover up past offenses. Putin has said it was not fair to threaten Russia with more doping-related punishment, and that any sanctions should be on an individual basis. “I think it is not just unfair but not corresponding to common sense and law,” Putin said. After a panel of three CAS arbitrators is chosen, a verdict will be issued within three months. Putin added that WADA's recommended four-year ban on Russia hosting major sports competitions would have little effect, pointing to the 2022 men's volleyball world championships as an event Russia intends to keep. WADA demands events are moved unless it's "legally or practically impossible" to do so, which could create a loophole for event organizers who don't want to break financial commitments. That ban already doesn't apply to next year's European Championship soccer games in St. Petersburg or the 2021 Champions League final, both of which are exempt because they're continental, not world, championships. Russia handed over the lab's doping data archive in January in return for having earlier sanctions lifted in 2018. WADA investigators found evidence that Russia was intensively editing the data in the weeks before the handover to remove signs of failed drug tests. Ganus has said he believes the editing took place, and he said a hearing reveal further evidence of data manipulation. “What are the risks? First of all, it is a public hearing, which will reveal to the whole world the supporting information of the official position of sports authorities on changes in the computer database,” Ganus said. WADA said it found fake messages spliced into chat logs in an apparent attempt to smear former lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, who's become a key witness for WADA since leaving Russia. Rodchenkov went public with allegations of a vast state-sponsored doping scheme after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where Russia was the top medal-winning country......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2019

Longest-running DTI trade fair returns to the mainstream market showcasing Bicol’s pride

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) successfully launched the comeback of the longest-running DTI-initiated Orgullo Kan Bikol (OKB) 2019 Trade and Travel Fair at the Megatrade Halls 1 and 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City last October 9......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

As global refugee meet begins, rich nations urged to do ‘fair share’

GENEVA: A global refugee summit opens in Geneva on Tuesday amid calls for concrete actions to help a surging number of displaced people, and for wealthy nations to shoulder their share of the burden. The Global Refugee Forum begins exactly a year after the UN General Assembly adopted a framework aimed at creating a more […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

Gatchalian calls for LTFRB to re-assess Grab fare matrix

"Without competition in the hail-riding industry, our poor commuters will always be at the mercy of high fares," the senator said in closing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

FDA: Relasyon sa mga doktor sa tobacco ug e-cigar industry gidili na

Gidili na sa Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ang tanang mga doktor nga makig lambigit sa bisan unsang tobacco industry o e-cigarette industry......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Metro Fiesta trade fair features NCR s unique local products

MANDALUYONG CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry - National Capital Region (DTI-NCR) holds the Metro Fiesta: National Capital Region Trade Fair and Exhibition centered on the r.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

Profit over health? Vape, e-cig industry slammed

Sen. Pia Cayetano yesterday hit the local e-cigarette and vape industry for opposing the government’s efforts to protect Filipinos’ health......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2019

DTI-NCRO s Metro Fiesta opens Dec. 4

QUEZON CITY Nov. 22 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry-National Capital Regional Office (DTI-NCRO) is inviting the public to visit its annual regional trade fair and exhibition that will.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

21 active stars who should have their jersey retired someday

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com Tony Parker is the latest all-time great to see his jersey raised to the rafters for his years of service in San Antonio. But he won’t be the last of his generation to be honored that way. Parker’ big night in San Antonio generated some interesting conversation about who, among current NBA players only, would be in line for similar honors someday. Keep in mind that the standards for a retired jersey with one franchise differs from one to another. Winning titles in Los Angeles or Boston -- or even Chicago or Golden State -- is a tougher sell than it is where there aren’t already multiple championship banners. Accomplishments matter … and so does sentiment, too. There are always unique variables at work when it comes to retiring jerseys, which is a much more significant honor than inducting a player into a franchise’s ring of honor. With Parker’s star-studded ceremony still fresh in our minds, here’s a list of other stars who will one day be able to see their jerseys up in the rafters: * * * LeBron James (Cavs and Heat): If there is anyone that’s an absolute lock to see his jersey raised high when he calls it a career, it’s LeBron. He delivered Cleveland a title, ending the city’s 52-year title drought, in his second stint with what is essentially his hometown team. Before that, he was the catalyst for the Heat’s four straight Finals trips (2011-14) and back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. The standard to join the Lakers’ retired-jersey fraternity is tougher, of course. The greatest Lakers get statues -- a fate that might await LeBron in Cleveland one day. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala (Warriors): Also known as the “Hamptons 5”, they will all be immortalized someday by Golden State. All five played a role in the championship fun and excitement they generated during the franchise’s golden era of the past half-decade. You can make case for all five of them to enjoy jersey retirement ceremonies on their own. That, however, would go against everything their “Strength In Numbers” era was about. Rest assured, though, that all five of them will have their day. James Harden (Rockets): Harden started his career as a super sixth man in Oklahoma City before rewriting his legacy after a trade to Houston. He’s already one of the most prolific and creative scorers the league has seen. The Rockets have had their fair share of legendary players and know what it’s like to bask in the championship glow provided by the rise of a transcendent player. Harden’s jersey will be in good company some day, perhaps right next to Hakeem Olajuwon’s No. 34. Russell Westbrook (Thunder): In an era where nearly every other elite superstar of his generation made a move via trade or free agency, Westbrook stuck to his roots in Oklahoma City until he had no choice but to move on. He endeared himself to generations of OKC fans by playing at a fever pitch from start to finish, earning All-Star, All-NBA and Kia MVP honors there. Being a part of a Finals team with Durant and Harden helped cement his legacy. Although he’s now in Houston, he’ll always have a place in the hearts of Thunder fans. Damian Lillard (Blazers): Lillard personifies the values of a basketball-mad fan base in a city that adores its team and stars in a unique way. The Blazers did their homework on the unheralded point guard from Weber State and have enjoyed everything that’s happened since. From his Kia Rookie of the Year campaign in 2013 to today, he has played out better than anyone could have imagined. Lillard, one of the most underappreciated stars of his generation, couldn’t have found a better match in a city and franchise. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks): The rise of the "The Greak Freak" from obscure prospect to Kia MVP in just six seasons gives his story extra dramatic flair. His relentless work ethic helped change the culture in Milwaukee and branded him as a potential successor to James as the face of the league. The fact that he authored the greatest individual season in Bucks history since Kareem-Abdul Jabbar’s days has carved out a permanent space for Antetokounmpo’s jersey in franchise lore. Kemba Walker (Hornets): The face of the franchise in Charlotte for the first eight years of his career, Walker has since moved on to Boston. But he remains the Hornets’ career leader in several categories and was a beloved fan favorite for a team that never achieved any sustained postseason success. Few players of his or any era forged a connection to a city and franchise as Walker did with Charlotte. Derrick Rose (Bulls): Born and raised in Chicago, Rose (at 22) became the youngest player to win the Kia MVP in 2011. He also joined Michael Jordan and Elton Brand as the only Bulls to win Rookie of the Year honors. Even though knee injuries derailed his career in his hometown, he piled up enough early career accolades to one day be honored with a retired jersey. Although he never led the franchise back to championship prominence, he is the the most decorated Bull since MJ. Vince Carter (Raptors): How many players can say they served as the basketball inspiration for an entire nation? Carter can. His time with the Raptors served as the spark for generations of future NBA players, many of whom have gotten the chance to play with their childhood idol in the twilight of his future Hall of Fame career. His five seasons with the New Jersey Nets solidified his status as one of the best players of his generation. But his star was never brighter than it was from 1998-2004 when “Vinsanity” inspired Canada. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley (Grizzlies): These two should grit and grind their way to the rafters in Memphis, on the same night if possible. They helped usher in the greatest run in franchise history, spearheading a feisty and physical style that spoke to the city’s blue-collar ways. The “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies validated their rise to prominence with a West finals run in 2013 steered by Gasol and Conley. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan (Raptors): Lowry and his best buddy DeRozan were separated before they could realize their dreams of winning a title together in Toronto. Lowry realized it last season alongside Kawhi Leonard, thus cementing his legacy as an all-time great Raptor. He’ll always have a place to call home north of the border because of the franchise-altering success that took place on his watch. DeRozan was a fan favorite who wanted to finish his career in Toronto. He, too, will always have a home in the city. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Clippers): The LA end for these two was messier than it should have been, especially since they oversaw the “Lob City” era that revitalized the franchise. Time will surely heal all wounds, somewhere down the road. History will be kinder to the Clippers’ climb out of the doldrums than anyone was during their injury-tortured run. Griffin and Paul are locks for the Hall of Fame one day. Plus, a franchise without much history to celebrate could use a couple of jerseys to jazz up their new building. Kawhi Leonard (Raptors): Is a one-year surreal playoff run enough to warrant franchise immortality? Clippers fans are hoping Kawhi and Paul George give them a reason to raise their jerseys to the rafters someday, too. Right now, Leonard is a seeming lock for the honor with the Raptors, where his brief-but-fruitful stay there gave their rabid fan base their first NBA championship. Dwight Howard (Magic): After his first eight seasons in Orlando, Howard had a near slam-dunk case for the Hall of Fame and retired jersey status. Yes, his exit from Orlando was messy. And he has yet to find a way to part ways with any of the other franchises on good terms. Still, you can’t overlook his Magic-era feats: All-Star berths, three Kia Defensive Player of the Year awards, five All-NBA first team nods and a Finals trip in 2009. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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 NewsNov 13th, 2019

DA urges free, fair rice trade

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday urged the country’s rice industry stakeholders to uphold free and fair trade amid the negative perception on rice importation under Republic Act (RA) 11203 or the “Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).” “It is true that under RTL, we encourage free trade primarily to lower the price of rice in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Fair trading of rice urged as imports flood market

The Department of Agriculture is calling on the rice industry stakeholders to uphold free and fair trade amid the continued negative perception on rice importation under the Rice Tariffication Law......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

New motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide set to challenge Angkas

MANILA, Philippines – New motorcycle ride-hailing firm JoyRide may soon challenge Angkas, even as the industry navigates legal hurdles to operations. While JoyRide is not yet operational, it has started beefing up its driver roster to around 5,000. It calls its driver-operators "kasundo" – a play on the words "sundo" or to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2019

Adam Silver on China: Not sure where we ll go from here

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league emphatically dismissed the request. Silver also said that the league is already feeling “substantial” financial losses because of the Chinese reaction to Morey’s deleted tweet. “Obviously, we made clear that we were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) during an appearance at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York. “We said, ‘There’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.’” On Friday morning, China refuted Silver's claim that it demanded Morey be fired, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying the “Chinese government never posed this requirement.” Silver said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) he isn’t sure what will happen to the NBA’s relationship with China, which has been growing steadily over the last three decades. “I felt we had made enormous progress in terms of building cultural exchanges with the Chinese people,” Silver said. “Again, I have regret that much of that was lost. And I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here.” The league and LeBron James, one of its biggest stars, have been heavily criticized by some U.S. lawmakers for the perception that they caved to the Chinese regime. Morey has not been rebuked publicly by the league, and Silver has said that the league will support his freedom of expression. “We wanted to make an absolute clear statement that the values of the NBA, these American values -- we are an American business -- travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression,” Silver said. “We wanted to make sure everyone understood we were supporting free expression.” The Rockets were of massive interest in China, largely because of Yao Ming -- the Chinese star who spent his entire NBA career in Houston. Yao is now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which has suspended its ties to the Rockets because of the tweet. Morey has not commented publicly since a pair of tweets on Oct. 6 attempting to clarify his position. “I understand there is a point of view from some that we shouldn’t be in business at all in China, and I’d say from an intellectual standpoint, that’s fair -- not getting into whether the tweet or the response to it,” Silver said. “But if people believe that we shouldn’t be engaged in commerce in China or frankly in other places in the world ... I, at some point, look to the American government. “We’re in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement,” Silver continued. “Many multinational corporations do trade extensively with China. And if that’s ultimately how our government feels we should be dealing with China, again, we are a U.S. company.” Chinese state broadcaster CCTV did not air the two NBA preseason games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets last week. Tencent, which has a $1.5 billion deal to stream NBA games in China over the next five years, has also stopped showing Rockets games but has not totally dropped all NBA content. “The losses have already been substantial,” Silver said. “Our games are not back on the air in China, as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.” Silver was at the summit to discuss the league’s deeper commitment to ensuring players and employees are taking care of their mental health, something that has been a growing topic in the NBA in recent years -- particularly with the acknowledgment of top players like San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan and Cleveland’s Kevin Love that they struggle with certain issues. Silver also addressed how social media can make matters more difficult for those who engage. “Social media, it seems pretty clear, is raising the anxiety level and stress level among our young people,” Silver said. “There’s a lot of hate speech out there. There’s stress to be included, there’s emotional issues about being left out of groups. And then compound that with NBA players when there’s in some cases millions and millions of seemingly anonymous people taking shots at them. And while the advice often is ‘just don’t read it,’ it’s awfully hard.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019