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German hostage abducted in PH appears in video

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Reunited

President Rodrigo Duterte watches as eight year-old Rexon Romoc is hugged by his mother Nora at the Malacañan Palace on February 28, 2017. Rexon was abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf on August 5, 2016 and was released on February 27, 2017, a day after the bandit group beheaded German hostage Juergen Gustav Kantner. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf releases video of German s beheading

MANILA — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Philippine militants release video of German s beheading

MANILA — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage, releases video of grisly murder

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage, releases video of grisly murder.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

AFP to confirm authenticity of German hostage video

AFP to confirm authenticity of German hostage video.....»»

Category: gossipSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

Video shows German hostage alive

Video shows German hostage alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

AFP obtains ‘proof of life’ of German hostage

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A 70-year-old German that the Abu Sayyaf had snatched appears to be alive after the military got hold of a photograph of him ta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach appears in Massari's 'So Long' music video

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach appears in Massari's 'So Long' music video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

Tell it to SunStar: Passing of Senator Shahani

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> WE deeply mourn the passing away of Sen. Leticia Ramos Shahani. We send our condolences to her family, friends and all Filipinos who share a profound sense of loss at her death. More than being an accomplished diplomat, legislator and women’s rights advocate, Sen. Shahani was a nationalist who harbored a fierce sense of patriotism. In the later years of her life, her advocacy for an independent foreign policy led her to be a convenor of P1NAS. Together, we fought against China’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea and the United States’ increasing military presence in the country. We shared her strong position that the Philippine interest should not be held hostage to the imperialist designs of either China or the US. Even as she was suffering from her illness, she took every opportunity to speak out and act to defend Philippine sovereignty through what she called “People’s Diplomacy.” She actively participated in P1NAS’ events even joined a fact-finding and solidarity mission to Zambales to support Filipino fishermen in their struggle to assert the country’s rights in Panatag Shoal. Sen. Shahani will surely be missed, especially at this time of confusion on the Duterte government’s foreign policy direction. On one hand, President Duterte appears to have softened its position on Panatag Shoal, Benham Rise and other areas over which the Philippines exercises either territorial or sovereign rights. On the other hand, he has reneged on his promise to reduce US influence and military presence all over the country. Maraming salamat at mabuhay Sen. Letty! Ipagpapatuloy namin ang inyong adhikain para sa soberanya at makabayang interes ng bansa! strong>--Pilipinong Nagkakaisa Para sa Soberanya (P1NAS) /strong> strong>LGBTQ fight /strong> The population of the LGBTQ community is growing, but the fight for equality continues, especially now that President Rodrigo Duterte is against same-sex marriage. I say one’s sexual orientation comes with his/her birth. What is behind the quirks in God’s supposed infallibility in creating life on earth poses a challenge that’s for everyone to ponder. Anyway, it is apparent that homosexuality cannot be altered and will remain throughout one’s life. Some people can suppress their sexual orientation with some success, but their attraction to the same sex will manifest throughout their lives. Apparently, advocates of same-sex marriage have realized that homosexuality can’t be altered and the better alternative is to lend some legality to their practices, like same-sex partnership. Whenever the disagreement on the issue of homosexuality is, I always remember what my straight friend said: “Ang mga bakla (at tomboy) ay hindi dapat kamuhian kundi dapat kaawaan.” strong>--Gilbert G. Apura Jr., psychology student, USC /strong> /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam – The Guardian

The German bank that loaned $300m (£260m) to Donald Trump played a prominent role in a money laundering scandal run by Russian criminals with ties to the Kremlin, the Guardian can reveal. Deutsche Bank is one of dozens of western financial institutions that processed at least $20bn – and possibly more – in money of “criminal origin” from Russia. The scheme, dubbed “the Global Laundromat”, ran from 2010 to 2014. Law enforcement agencies are investigating how a group of politically well-connected Russians were able to use UK-registered companies to launder billions of dollars in cash. The companies made fictitious loans to each other, underwritten by Russian businesses. The companies would default on these “debts”. Judges in Moldova then made court rulings enforcing judgments against the firms. This allowed Russian bank accounts to transfer huge sums to Moldova legally. From there, the money went to accounts in Latvia with Trasta Komercbanka. Deutsche, Germany’s biggest lender, acted as a “correspondent bank” for Trasta until 2015. This meant Deutsche provided dollar-denominated services to Trasta’s non-resident Russian clients. This service was used to move money from Latvia to banks across the world. During this period many Wall Street banks got out of Latvia, citing concerns that the small Baltic country had become a centre for international money laundering, especially from neighbouring Russia. In 2013, and under US regulatory pressure, JP Morgan Chase ceased providing dollar clearing services to the country. From 2014, only two western lenders were willing to accept international dollar transfers from Latvian banks. They were Deutsche and Germany’s Commerzbank. Deutsche eventually withdrew correspondent services to Trasta Bank in September 2015. Six months later, Latvian regulators shut down the bank. They cited repeated violations, and said the bank had failed to deal with its money laundering risk. Latvia’s deputy finance minister, Maija Treija, said the money sent via Trasta was “either stolen or with criminal origin”. The defunct bank was being used as vehicle to get money out of the ex-Soviet Union and “into the EU financial system”, she added. Deutsche said it had significantly strengthened its systems and controls. It said that by the end of this year it will have hired more than 1,000 new staff in its compliance and anti-financial crime unit since 2015. It added: “The bank has comprehensively reviewed its client onboarding and know-your-client processes and where necessary is exiting higher risk client relationships and markets.” Commerzbank said it could not comment on its relationships with other banks. It said it put a high value on compliance. It said that suspicious transactions picked up during routine monitoring were reported to the authorities. Deutche Bank ended its relationship with Trasta soon after Latvia’s regulator issued a warning, it is understood. In August 2015, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission stopped all transactions above €100,000. Deutsche severed its relationship with the other key Laundromat bank &'' Moldova’s Moldindconbank – in 2012. Ties with Russia are a matter of acute sensitivity for Deutsche. In February, it emerged that Deutsche had secretly reviewed multiple loans made to President Trump by its private wealth division to see if there was a connection to Russia. Trump owes Deutsche about $300m. Deutsche refused to comment on its internal review. Sources say the bank discovered no evidence of any Moscow link. That covers other members of the US president’s family who are also Deutsche clients. They include Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and Kushner’s mother, Seryl Stadtmauer. In January, the UK and US imposed record $630m fines on Deutsche for its role in another money laundering scam run out of its Moscow office. The bank failed to prevent $10bn of Russian money being laundered in a complex “mirror trades” operation. The wealthy Russians that used the scheme have not been identified. Deutsche’s Private Bank – the division that lends to Trump – appears in the Global Laundromat scheme. Sources suggest that many of its clients are rich Russians, typically with personal assets of $50m-plus. According to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutsche processed more than $24m of Laundromat cash in 209 transactions. Records obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta from anonymous sources show how the money was spent. Much of it vanished into opaque offshore companies. Some of it went on luxury items including diamonds, leather jackets, and home-cinema equipment. One of Deutsche’s high net worth customers blew €500,000 at Mahlberg, a German jewellery firm. The payment in January 2013 was made by Seabon Limited, a Laundromat company registered in Tooley Street, London. More than $9bn was funnelled via Seabon, records show. Almost €1m went to a Munich electronics firm, Rohde &'38; Schwarz, which produces surveillance technology for security services and police. Often, the explanation for high-volume payments was fake. The money spent on watches was marked down on the bank wire transfer as a payment for “computer equipment”. Another $500,000 payment was made to a London fur broker, Gideon Bartfeld. Bartfeld said the money had arrived from Deutsche Bank New York, before being sent on to the Bank of New York Mellon, which paid the invoice. Trasta – the bank that first sent the money to Deutsche – did not appear in any paperwork, he added. Bartfeld said the payment came via two “highly reputable and respected” global banks. He said: “Consequently, we received this payment in full confidence [as they] were satisfied that the payment met their [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2017

From glory to humiliation: PSG loses in dramatic style

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer br /> PARIS (AP) — The man hired to lead Paris Saint-Germain to Champions League glory delivered the most embarrassing result imaginable. PSG became the first team to throw away a 4-0 lead from the first leg in the Champions League, losing to Barcelona 6-1 in the second. The awful outcome was made worse by the calamitous way PSG conceded three late goals. In the previous four seasons, PSG had reached the quarterfinals. That was insufficient in the eyes of Qatari owners QSI, who fired coach Laurent Blanc — despite Blanc winning back-to-back domestic trebles — and replaced him with Unai Emery. When PSG dismantled Barcelona at home with an electric display of attacking soccer three weeks ago, the back-slapping and congratulations were in full swing. There was a growing confidence, if not certainty, that Emery was the perfect man to lead PSG to its first European Cup. He was credited with instilling the breathtaking energy the players showed that night. Now, he and his players will be known as the ones who threw it all away. 'We had everything in hand and we gave them the game,' PSG right back Thomas Meunier said. 'We made an enormous amount of errors.' On a disastrous night, the club's initials could have stood for something else: Pathetic. Spineless. Gutless. The French press let rip. Shortly after the loss, sports daily L'Equipe's website carried the headline 'A Historic Disaster' along with a picture of midfielder Marco Verratti lying on his back with his hands covering his face. L'Equipe's newspaper called it 'Unqualifiable' — underlining the shock while delivering a scathingly sarcastic verdict on PSG's inability to progress in the most favorable of circumstances. 'We weren't worthy of playing for PSG,' Meunier said. Angry fans gathered at the airport to jeer and heckle the players when they arrived back. ___ LACK OF LEADERS As the exasperated Emery gesticulated wildly on the sidelines, there was no one on the field to stop the damage. From the first minute, PSG sat far too deep, inviting Barcelona to overrun midfield and camp around the penalty area. That gave PSG the look of a small, retreating army with a massive one bearing down on it, attacks coming from all sides. Thiago Motta's absence in central midfield was sorely missed. A great organizer, strong tackler and neat passer, Motta would have added steel and calmness. The hard-nosed Italian is also a relentlessly competitive character and would have got a response from his flagging teammates. 'We were a bit lost,' Meunier said. 'We allowed ourselves to be victims.' PSG also missed veteran left back Maxwell, with Layvin Kurzawa out of position all game and scoring an own-goal. ___ CHANGING A WINNING TEAM When PSG routed Barcelona at Parc des Princes, observers marveled at Emery's tactical innovation. His three-pronged attack of Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria worked to perfection, while his decision to pick inexperienced center half Presnel Kimpembe paid off as he contained Lionel Messi. Then he changed a winning team. Kimpembe was on the bench for the return leg. Worse, with PSG needing only to see out the last few minutes, Emery kept him there. Di Maria was overlooked in favor of Brazilian player Lucas. When Di Maria came on, PSG looked sharper going forward and soon pulled a goal back. If Barcelona had to defend the whole game against Cavani, Draxler and Di Maria, they might have had fewer occasions to charge forward. ___ SHEER COMPLACENCY PSG's lethargic absenteeism on the field was mirrored by a complacent approach before the game. Two days before the match, the club released a video on YouTube called 'Supper Club' with four players sitting around a table. As they pick at their pizzas and slurp soft drinks, Blaise Matuidi and Verratti are joined in conversation by Draxler and Meunier. They are casually discussing the game ahead. 'The first 20 minutes are going to be tough, eh Marco? The field is really big,' Matuidi says. '(Barcelona) attack, attack, and they leave a lot of spaces.' Draxler then intervenes, telling Matuidi 'you will need to run a lot' and they both laugh when Matuidi retorts 'I'll need you to (run) as well.' The players certainly appeared to taking Barcelona lightly. ___ BAD GOALKEEPER When Emery took over he recalled goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from a loan spell and made him his No. 1. Then, uncertain about Areola's level, he picked Kevin Trapp. Against Barcelona, Trapp exposed all of his limitations: Poor composure, weak handling, erratic decision making. On the first goal, the German keeper came up to claim a looping ball with his fists bunched rather than his hands apart, reducing his own surface area. Trapp appeared to be terrified and his inability to command his back four made sure that panic set in — and stayed throughout. ___ WHAT NEXT? Emery's future clearly hangs in the balance. PSG trails Monaco by three points in the French league and Emery's position will be further undermined if he does not win the title. PSG also faces Monaco in the League Cup final next month. After the Barcelona match, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was asked if Emery was still the right man for the job. 'That's not a question for now,' Al-Khelaifi said. It will be soon, though. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2017

Military to bring remains of German hostage to Manila

JOLO, Philippines - The military is scheduled to transport the remains of beheaded German captive Juergen Gustav Kantner on Tuesday, security official said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 7th, 2017

Gov’t stresses resolve vs ASG

The government has vowed that the cruel and “mindless acts” of the Abu Sayyaf Group will “not go unpunished” after troops recovered the remains of beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner in Sulu......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Remains of German hostage recovered in Sulu - Philippine Star

Remains of German hostage recovered in Sulu - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Remains of German hostage recovered in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines  – Government troops recovered the remains of the Abu Sayyaf group’s German hostage late Saturday, almost a week after he was be.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Body of beheaded German hostage found – military

Body of beheaded German hostage found – military.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Military recovers both body and head of executed German hostage - GMA News

Military recovers both body and head of executed German hostage - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Body of beheaded German hostage found - Manila Bulletin

Body of beheaded German hostage found - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 4th, 2017

Abus still have 31 hostages

MANILA, Philippines - The Abu Sayyaf group that beheaded German hostage Juergen Kantner last Sunday is still holding 31 foreign and local hostages, the Depar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2017