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Spain s Socialists vote to end political impasse

MADRID — Spain's Socialist party voted yesterday to stop blocking the conservative Popular Party from forming a minority government, setting the stage to end.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2016

EU suspends Colombia’s FARC from terror list

BRUSSELS: The European Union said Tuesday it had suspended Colombia’s FARC rebel group from its terror list, following the official signing of a peace accord between the leftist rebel force and the Columbian government. The Revolutionary Armed Forc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 27th, 2016

Opisyal ng NoKor, binitay na

KAMATAYAN ang naging hatol ng North Korea sa pamamagitan ng firing squad sa mataas na education official nito. Si Kim Yong Jin ay tinaguriang ng North Korean Government bilang 'anti-party and counter revolutionary member' kung saan hindi naging maganda an.....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 1st, 2016

Economy: DTI sees tuna exports most vulnerable to loss of GSP+

EXPORTS to the European Union (EU) can survive the loss of a preferential trade arrangement that allowed the tariff-free access of over 6,000 products, but some agricultural products may be more vulnerable than others, a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Government optimistic on peace talks but...

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The government views with guarded optimism the peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) which resume in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Front Page: IMF sees 2017 PHL growth on target

THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the Philippines to remain among Asia's growth leaders in 2017 on the back of increased public spending and a recovery in exports, its country official said, even as he stressed the need to legislate tax reforms to support the government's aggressive fiscal plans......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Germany: Merkel ally regrets manner of critic s departure

BERLIN — A top official in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says he's not surprised by the departure of a hard-line conservative lawmaker who had increasingl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017
Category: newsSource:  manila_shimbunRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Palace official: Public support needed for government reforms

MANILA, Philippines — The government needs public support to reform its agencies, a Palace official said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

2-time Ryder Cup captain John Jacobs dies at 91

div>VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91. /div> div>  /div> div>The European Tour announced the death of its 'founding father' on Friday. A cause was not provided. /div> div>  /div> div>Jacobs played for Britain at the 1955 Ryder Cup in California and was instrumental in later bringing together Europe and Britain. /div> div>  /div> div>In 1979, Jacobs was captain of the first Ryder Cup team that included players from continental Europe, including Seve Ballesteros. /div> div>  /div> div>Jacobs championed the expansion of golf, and the first European Tour event was staged in 1972. /div> div>  /div> div>Jacobs was also one of the most popular golf teachers. The tour said Jacobs revolutionized coaching 'through his innovative philosophies based on ball flight, club face alignment and swing path.' /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Iceland gets new govt, could restart talks on entering EU

LONDON — Iceland got a new, Pirate Party-free government on Wednesday, almost three months after an election that produced no outright winner......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

A guide to FIFA's options for expanding the 2026 World Cup

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer   FIFA is preparing to decide Tuesday on adding 16 more teams to the 2026 World Cup for a 48-team tournament. President Gianni Infantino's favored format would break with soccer tradition to play in groups of only three teams. Two would advance from each group to a Round of 32 knockout bracket. If agreed by the Infantino-chaired FIFA Council in Zurich, the 2026 hosting contest could formally open in weeks. A co-hosted North American bid is widely seen as the best option. Here are some things to know about overhauling the greatest competition in the world's most popular sport: ___ WHY EXPAND? A bigger World Cup was an Infantino campaign promise before his election last February, when his plan was 40 teams. It might have been key. Infantino's momentum for victory in a second-round poll was a three-vote lead over Sheik Salman of Bahrain in the first. Sheik Salman had promised only to review if more World Cup teams were wanted. Infantino also pledged to give more of FIFA's money to member federations — all 211 are now entitled to $5 million from each World Cup — and send more to continental and regional soccer bodies. So, more teams also had to mean more games, earning more revenue from broadcasters and sponsors. The '16x3' format arguably works better with only group winners advancing. But that would leave total matches unchanged at 64. Infantino also wants to create fervor in the extra countries which would qualify. In the short-term, competing national teams attract more sponsors. The long-term goal is appealing to more young people who are the future players, fans and officials. Expect to hear much FIFA talk of helping the next Costa Rica or Iceland — feelgood stories at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 — by inviting 16 more teams to the party. ___ 48-TEAM OPTIONS A near-consensus is growing around the '16x3' option revealed just one month ago. All 80 games would be played in exclusive time slots. That's more hours of TV exposure for sponsors and sales time for broadcasters in the same 32-day tournament period. By advancing two teams from each group, a Round of 32 ensures most teams still play at least three matches. FIFA's own analysis predicts this format will raise revenue by 20 percent from the equivalent $5.5 billion forecast from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The flaw for purists is planning for penalty shootouts to settle drawn group matches. If each game has a 'winner' that guards against teams colluding on a mutually favorable result in the last group games. Previously, Infantino suggested an opening playoff round of 16 matches to decide who would join 16 seeded teams in a traditional 32-team group phase. That was unacceptable to many FIFA members federations who said 'one-and-done' teams were not part of a real World Cup. It also would stretch the tournament to 39 days. ___ 40-TEAM OPTIONS Infantino's plan from one year ago is now almost friendless. Either of two options, 10 groups of four teams or eight five-team groups, gives lopsided or weak match schedules, FIFA judged. In '10x4,' only 76 matches are played and only six group runners-up advance from a muddled tiebreaker process to a Round of 16. In '8x5,' the 88 matches include meaningless ones in a flabby group phase ripe for collusion. Also, the four semifinalists would play eight matches and that workload is unacceptable to European clubs releasing employees to national-team duty. ___ PROVEN 32-TEAM FORMAT Why fix something that is not broken? Germany, the defending champion, has publicly asked this question. The 32-team format and perfect 64-match bracket has worked well since being introduced at the 1998 World Cup in France (where Europe had 15 teams). FIFA acknowledged that it produces the best soccer — 'the highest absolute quality' of games pitting high-ranked teams against each other. Recall that former winners Italy, England and Uruguay were drawn in the same 2014 World Cup group — and yet Costa Rica finished top. Still, enough of FIFA's 211 members want change and their chance to play. ___ WHO WILL PLAY? A big question is likely not being resolved Tuesday. FIFA has yet to announce exactly how many entry slots each of six confederations would get for their own qualifying program. Quotas for a 40-team World Cup were proposed in December 2015 by a FIFA advisory group that included Infantino, then UEFA's general secretary. Some saw a cynical move to sweeten skeptical FIFA voters who were being asked to vote through modernizing and anti-corruption reforms on the same day they picked a new president. Then, assuming a single host nation would get automatic entry, the proposal for sharing 39 qualifying slots was: Europe 14; Africa 7; Asia 6; South America 5; North, Central America and Caribbean 5; Oceania 1; plus a final slot awarded 'based on sporting merits using a method yet to be defined.' Going from 40 to 48 can add at least one more from each continent. Who could those new teams be? On current form, maybe Wales and Panama, Congo and Burkina Faso, Uzbekistan and Oman, will bring something new to the 2026 World Cup. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Brazilian official resigns after celebrating inmate deaths

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Brazilian government's national secretary of youth has resigned after celebrating the deaths of inmates killed in prison uprisings......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Chinese official shoots 2, kills self at party meeting – reports

Chinese official shoots 2, kills self at party meeting – reports.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Knighthoods for Murray and Farah in New Year's Honors List

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list on Friday, recognition from the monarch for reaching the pinnacle of tennis by winning his second Wimbledon and Olympic titles on his way to topping the rankings. The 29-year-old Murray was previously named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in 2012 after becoming Olympic champion for the first time. Joining Murray in being knighted in British sports is Mo Farah, who retained his 5,000- and 10,000-meter titles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, becoming the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals. 'I'm so happy to be awarded this incredible honor from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight,' Farah said Friday. 'Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today — it's a dream come true. 'I'm so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career.' Lee Pearson, who won his 11th Paralympic gold in equestrian in Rio, was also knighted. He already held the MBE, OBE and CBE for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport. Damehoods went to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger, who both retired from competitive action following the Rio Olympics. Ennis-Hill added silver in Rio to her gold at London, as did Grainger, who came out of retirement to compete in the double sculls alongside Vicky Thornley. Knights are addressed as 'Sir' or 'Dame.' Recipients of the other honors have no title, but can put the letters after their names. The ranks for the Orders of the British Empire are Commander, Officer and Member, in descending order. Away from the Olympics, Wales manager Chris Coleman was awarded an OBE for steering his national football team into its first semifinal at the European Championship. Northern Ireland was eliminated by Wales at Euro 2016 in the round of 16 but its manager, Michael O'Neill, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE. Britain's honors are bestowed by the monarch, but recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2016

NDF: NPA won’t give up arms

The New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), should be strengthened and keep its arms even after a comprehensive peace agreement is signed between the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Fron.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 26th, 2016

Death penalty push could imperil Philippines' GSP-plus privilege

THE GOVERNMENT’s move to bring back the death penalty may come at the expense of the country’s exports to the European Union (EU), a senior official of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) warned last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 26th, 2016

NDF: NPA can be tapped to implement socioeconomic reforms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 December) &'8212; The New People's Army, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, should not be disarmed but should instead be strengthened to assist the government in implementing major socioeconomic reforms, an offi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 26th, 2016

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Christmas Party, Office of the President. 20 Dec 2016

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk MESSAGE OF PRESID.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

Polish govt rejects renewed pressure from EU on rights

WARSAW  — Poland's government on yesterday rejected renewed pressure from the European Union for the way it is consolidating power, and opposition lawmakers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2016