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ICC withdrawal challenged anew in SC

THE SUPREME COURT received on Wednesday a second petition questioning the constitutionality of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), this time by the non-government organization that helped lobby for the treaty’s ratification in the country. The post ICC withdrawal challenged anew in SC appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJun 13th, 2018

Constitutionality of ICC withdrawal challenged anew in SC petition

The Supreme Court on Wednesday received a second petition questioning the constitutionality of President Rodrigo R. Dutete’s decision to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), this time submitted by the non-government organization that helped lobby for the treaty’s ratification. In their 49-page petition, the Philippine Coalition for […] The post Constitutionality of ICC withdrawal challenged anew in SC petition appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

PH forces harassed anew in Ayungin Shoal, says lawmaker

Philippine military forces were harassed anew by Chinese forces in Ayungin Shoal last May 11, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano revealedon Wednesday. The opposition lawmaker mentioned the harassment at a Congressional briefing on the recent developments in the West Philippine Sea. "On May 11, during a reprovisioning mission for our troops in Ayungin, LS507 of the Philippine Navy was challenged and harassed by the Coast Guard and the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China," he narrated. "When the Philippine Navy ship launched a rubber boat to resupply BRP Sierra Madre, a chopper of PLAN hovered in a close and dangerous distance. The PLAN chopper was so close that sea water splash ...Keep on reading: PH forces harassed anew in Ayungin Shoal, says lawmaker.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Nation: Trillanes challenges Duterte anew on bank records

ABOUT nine months after first raising this issue as the 2016 election campaign was coming to a close, Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV again challenged President Rodrigo R. Duterte to explain the alleged P2 billion in his bank accounts and the alleged millions deposited by a campaign contributor to his children and common-law wife......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

BSP seen raising rates anew

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas needs to jack up benchmark rates amid concerns of overheating due to the weak peso as well as rising inflation, the DBS Bank of Singapore said in a report......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News6 hr. 56 min. ago

Stock market down anew as US-China tensions rise

Benchmark PSEi touches 7,200, closes 1.37% down at 7,312.61 The stock market plunged to an over one-year low on Tuesday, touching the 7,200 level at one point as escalating trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies further dampened investor sentiment. News that US President Donald Trump was threatening to… The post Stock market down anew as US-China tensions rise appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News12 hr. 30 min. ago

Hontiveros: ‘Drive out tambay in South China Sea, not those in the streets’

Sen. Risa Hontiveros yesterday challenged President Duterte to drive out Chinese occupants in Panatag or Scarborough Shoal before apprehending the tambays in the streets......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News16 hr. 9 min. ago

On eve of policy review, BSP says ready to tweak rates ‘as necessary’

Ahead of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ policy review, its governor on Tuesday assured the public that monetary authorities are prepared to adjust key rates anew to curb rising commodity prices......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 9 min. ago

Why blogger’s defense of Chinese actions on Scarborough is confusing

Despite a video showing otherwise, a popular blogger identified with the Duterte administration challenged the allegations of piracy against the Chinese coast guard that stopped Filipino fishermen near Scarborough Shoal. Sass Rogando Sasot, a vocal supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte who runs the Facebook page “For the Motherland,” claimed that only crimes defined by the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News21 hr. 30 min. ago

Q& A: Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com A year ago, on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls switched gears. Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota, taking with him any pretense that the Bulls were a legitimate playoff team. In that moment, Chicago committed to a rebuild, which is to say, a dive into the draft lottery where coach Fred Hoiberg and his team presumably would be rewarded not for how many games they won but how many they lost. By whatever means necessary. Soon after Butler was moved to the Timberwolves, veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was waived. A few months later, Dwyane Wade was cut loose (via a handsome buyout) to bounce through Cleveland to Miami. The Bulls moved forward with three young pieces courtesy of the Wolves -- wing Zach LaVine, guard Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in 2017, rookie forward Lauri Markkanen -- and a general acceptance that getting from there to here was going to bring a lot of pain. Some of that was literal: Bobby Portis slugged teammate Nikola Mirotic in a preseason practice, breaking two facial bones and putting Mirotic on the shelf for 23 games. Some of it was figurative: the frustration of a season that began as a 3-20 mess and ended in a 10-28 slog. In between, though, the Bulls somehow put together a 14-7 stretch that offered a glimpse of what 2018-19 might be. It also cost them precious lottery balls, eventually leaving them with the No. 7 pick (and No. 22, after dealing Mirotic in February to New Orleans) in Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) Draft. Hoiberg, who went from an alleged coaching “hot seat” during two .500 seasons, wound up with more job security as a coach headed toward 50 defeats and beyond. He spoke with NBA.com about his and the Bulls’, er, challenging season. This is edited from a pair of longer conversations, one at the end of the regular season, the other within the past week. NBA.com: So you go through everything that was 2017-18, dutifully lose 55 games and wind up at No. 7 instead of in the top three for the Draft. The inevitable question is, was it worth it? Fred Hoiberg: Obviously you’re disappointed. You were hoping to move up. But we’re confident we’re going to get a good player with the No. 7 pick and we’re confident we’ll get a good player with the 22nd pick. NBA.com: C’mon, this isn’t our first rodeo. I get that people don’t like to use the word “tanking,” but the Bulls’ marching orders last season were pretty clear. FH: I don’t think you can look at it that way in the midst of your season. The players are competitive, your staff is competitive. You want to play as well as you can and put yourself in a position to win. When you look at the successful stretch that we had in December and January, you think about carrying those things forward and then adding, based on who we get, to the roster. There was some real frustration that we didn’t get a lot of wins at the end. But we developed some younger players and saw what we had with some of our guys. NBA.com: When you guys had that run before the season’s midpoint, winning seven in a row (first team in NBA history with such a long winning streak immediately after a losing streak of 10 in a row) and 10 of 12, did you and the front office ever consider a Plan B? As in, maybe, show potential free agents how good your supporting cast could be, in hopes of luring big-name help this summer? FH: I think we did. What we showed was a really good foundation and a young core that we can build around. When I look back at it, I just wish we could have had more opportunity to work with it and see what it would have looked like. When Zach LaVine came back [Jan. 13 from ACL knee surgery], the plan was for him to play about 20 minutes a night. Then his third game, Kris Dunn fell against Golden State and had that concussion [that cost him 11 games, before missing the final 14 with a toe injury]. It’s too bad we didn’t get the full look. But players like Cam Payne, Denzel [Valentine], Bobby, Robin [Lopez], Justin Holiday all had career years.   NBA.com: You had a lot of injuries down the stretch. Not to suggest that they weren’t all legit, but were you instructed at any point by VP John Paxson or GM Gar Forman to dial it back after that 14-7 success? FH: No, we weren’t. And the big thing from the very beginning of last season, the two things we wanted to see, was competing at a high level every night and the development of our players. I think we accomplished that. NBA.com: What -- in your background as a player, coach, competitor, you name it -- prepared you for this past season? FH: Part of what prepared me for this was, I had been through this as a player. I went from four really competitive teams in Indiana, playing with someone as driven and helpful as Reggie Miller, taking me under his wing. There were other great veteran players who helped me just to survive and taught me a lot. Larry Brown was the coach, then Larry Bird my last two years.   Then when I came to Chicago, I knew it would be an opportunity to play. But it was a rebuild. Eventually I got thrust into the role of captain, as the oldest player on team at 28. It really helped me with what we’re going through now. I learned how important it is to keep guys’ morale up and be positive through the ups and downs. I give our guys all the credit in the world for remaining so positive, keeping up a great work ethic and still being sponges in wanting to learn. NBA.com: What were the takeaways from the best and healthiest part of last season? FH: We got a pretty good feel for what Kris Dunn can be. He really evolved into being a closer for our team. Lauri was closing games for us, taking big shots as a 20-year-old kid. Zach had the game against Minnesota. What people fail to remember about Zach, he averaged over 22 points a game in February and really got into a pretty good rhythm. Then he had some knee soreness and wound up sitting for the rest of the year. But we had some flashes of what this can turn into. NBA.com: Niko paid for his role in sparking that hot streak. FH: Niko was great. He missed those first 23, and I thought our team handled that adverse situation about as well as anybody could, not letting it affect us in a negative way. We were able to move past it. You even saw the chemistry that Niko and Bobby played with when they were out there together. NBA.com: How hard was it personally downshifting from a team that had gone to the playoffs to one that didn’t put a priority on winning? FH: When the move was made on draft night, when those three kids came in, right away there was an excitement. Everyone had seen what Zach had done. He was a highlight reel and had those slam dunk championships. He plays the game with ease on the offensive end. His athletic tools and ability to get up and down the floor. Kris, everybody absolutely loved coming out of the draft [in 2016]. Then he had an up-and-down rookie season. Helping him to get that swagger back that he had coming out of Providence took some work, but he was aching to put that work in. Markkanen, I know the guys upstairs knew how good he was but I had no idea. I didn’t study him because we had the 15th pick. He comes over after a grueling summer -- summer league, Eurobasket with all that pressure in front of his home fans -- and he was exhausted. But then you saw every day, “Man, this kid is really good.” You’re thinking, we could probably put the ball in this kid’s hands. Then he goes up and dunks over a whole team and you say, “My God, this kid’s more athletic than we thought. He uses his feet, he’s got anticipation, he’s got toughness.” He showed a little more every day. NBA.com: Was it difficult asking a proud veteran like Robin Lopez to put it in idle over the final 25 games? FH: I think he understood. He’s been a part of a lot of different situations. He was great. He continued to lead. He continued to practice hard. He talked to the bigs as they came off the floor. NBA.com: Was your own health challenged at all by the stress of this season? Your past issues related to your heart are widely known, and coaching an NBA team even in the best of times is a demanding job. FH: After two open-heart surgeries, I do have to sometimes check myself. There are so many things you can over-concern yourself with in this business. Then you look back a week or two later and say, “My God, why did I put so much effort into that one stupid thing that happened?” You have to let go sometimes. My family is so important for me with that. You get some normalcy in your life. [At night, lying in bed, Hoiberg can hear a valve in his heart every time it beats. He let a visitor listen, too, and sure enough... ] If this ever affected me to the point where I had to throttle back, I would move on to something else. When I had my first surgery and they removed the diseased tissue from the aorta that had an aneurysm in it, they got rid of the problem. The valve deteriorated after they put a new valve in and they had to go in again, but the diseased tissue no longer was there. If it was a risk, I’d be doing something else. But it’s a constant reminder. You think you’re going to get used to it, but you never really do. My wife will be lying next to me and she hears it. NBA.com: When you look back on 2017-18, is it like “Casablanca” for you guys? As in, you’ll always have December? FH: It was fun to see how much the work paid off. Everyone was putting so much into it to get out of that slump. You can say, we had something to build on there. But whenever I talked to our team, before or after, it was all about competing on a nightly basis. Being consistent with their effort. I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled it. They were on time. They kept trying to get better. They worried about what they could control. I didn’t have to have even one of those conversations where I sat a guy down and said, “You’re not playing hard enough.” I did have a few conversations where I said, “You need to move the ball more.” [laughs] NBA.com: Big difference, coaching relative kids after the so-called “three alphas” of Butler, Wade and Rondo? Jimmy seemed eager to stay here to win. FH: Jimmy did so many things for this team. He was great to coach. You knew every night you were going to get an unbelievable effort. A guy who never backed down. Who never shied away from the big shot. And was going to defend at a high level every time he stepped on the floor. So Jimmy was missed in a lot of ways. But when you look at the young guys’ abilities, it’s exciting. NBA.com: What do you make of having better job security now that the losses are mounting, compared to those .500 seasons? FH: I don’t think any one of the 30 guys in our position pay attention to that. You can’t do your job if you do. You go in and try to improve as an individual, as a staff, as a team. Our first year, Derrick Rose suffered an orbital fracture in the first workout. We had 10 rotation players who missed double-digit games. Two starters missed 50 or more [Mike Dunleavy, Joakim Noah]. Niko had that botched appendix surgery. The next year was a completely different team. Nobody predicted we’d be a playoff team but we were and had a good chance to beat Boston before Rondo got hurt. NBA.com: When you’re not coaching veterans, is it a purer form, as far as installing “your” system vs. tailoring things to them? FH: You always look for the best system, the best approach. The basics don’t change, but [in 2016-17] we had a lot more isolation players, so we ran more of those types of actions. This [past] year, more ball movement, player movement fit this group better. We had longer, harder practices as opposed to a veteran group as the year went on. NBA.com: Since the end of the season, how much time have you put in on developmental activities and draft preparation? FH: We’ve had a lot of guys in and gotten a lot of work in, in the early part of the offseason. We’re looking forward to working again after the draft with some new young players as part of the roster. It’s all about moving forward. NBA.com: As you look back over the past year, with the script flipping to the point where the Bulls wanted to win by losing and maybe lost -- some draft position, anyway -- by winning, what goes through your mind? FH: What was Donovan Mitchell [the Rookie of the Year finalist chosen by Utah]? The 13th pick? You just never know with the draft. You play hard, you get the culture established the way you want it and things take care of themselves. What really would have been devastating would have been ending the season with negativity, with your team not playing hard, with your team disinterested. That’s something that would be a real cause for concern going into an offseason. But our guys felt good about themselves. Some were sacrificing in a big way and pulling for younger guys. They were playing hard, they were cheering for each other. 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 NewsJun 19th, 2018

COA gives Navotas top rating anew

NAVOTAS, June 18 (PIA)--The Commision on Audit (COA) has given the Navotas City Government the highest audit rating for three yearsin a row. COA has also given Navotas "unqualified opinion" ratings i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Suspended ERC commissioners again run to CA

The four Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) officials ordered suspended anew by the Office of the Ombudsman have once again sought relief from the Court of Appeals......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

COA gives Navotas top rating anew

NAVOTAS, June 18 (PIA)--The Commision on Audit (COA) has given the Navotas City Government the highest audit rating for three yearsin a row. COA has also given Navotas "unqualified opinion" ratings i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Sotto asks Inquirer.net to remove Pepsi Paloma stories

Published: 7:14 a.m., July 17, 2018 | Updated: 11:34 p.m., July 18, 2018 The Inquirer.net articles linking him to the withdrawal of charges against the suspects in the alleged rape of movie starlet Pepsi Paloma were the "original fake news," according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Sotto said he expected these to be removed from the site. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which criticized his request to remove the articles from the website, do not know what really happened and should talk to the Inquirer, he said. "That is the original fake news, so do not make a big deal out of it," Sotto told reporters at the Senate on Monday. Asked if he ...Keep on reading: Sotto asks Inquirer.net to remove Pepsi Paloma stories.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Some cops still sleeping on duty

DESPITE an order by Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde for his men to be on alert each time they are on duty, there are still some policemen who literally sleep on the job. This was discovered anew by National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

3rd telco selection delayed anew

The Duterte administration's third telco initiative has stalled as the oversight committee members crafting the draft rules for the selection process appear unable to overcome big differences.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Lawmakers demand resignation of 4 Energy commissioners suspended anew

FOUR commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission, whom the Office of the Ombudsman ordered suspended for a second time, should resign as soon as possible, lawmakers at the House of Representatives said on Monday. Representatives Johnny Pimentel of Surigao del Sur and Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao made the call after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the [...] The post Lawmakers demand resignation of 4 Energy commissioners suspended anew appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Ombudsman suspends 4 ERC commissioners anew

The four Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) officials earlier suspended for favoring a power utility firm have been slapped with another suspension order by the Office of the Ombudsman......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

By ANNE M. PETERSON ,  AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute and Serbia opened its World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday. After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn't reach it. Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 tournament, had the early advantage in a tough group that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland. After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena. The final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused. The Ticos were the surprise of the last World Cup, sweeping through to the quarterfinals in Brazil before being ousted by the Netherlands on penalties. It was the furthest the small Central American nation had advanced in soccer's premier tournament. But there was some uncertainty surrounding the Ticos after a pair of friendly losses heading into the World Cup, including a 4-1 rout by Belgium a week ago. Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin last year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russia by Krstajic. The opening half between Costa Rica and Serbia was back and forth from the start: Aleksandar Mitrovic's header missed the target in the opening minute and moments later Marco Urena's angled shot for Costa Rica was saved in the left corner by Vladimir Stojkovic. Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic's mark. The 34-year-old Ivanovic had matched Stankovic's record last Saturday in a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia. Stankovic, known as "Deki," played for the national team from 1998-2013, through three different eras: Yugoslavia, Serbia-Montenegro and finally Serbia. Ivanovic currently plays for Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, but he's best known for his time at Chelsea (2008-17). Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury. He was replaced on the roster by Kenner Gutierrez. GROUP DYNAMICS Costa Rica advanced out of the group stage in Brazil with victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England, but the country's players insisted in the run-up to Sunday's game that this team should not be judged on the past. "There's always a lot of talk about four years ago, but this is a new World Cup, a new history," Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzales said. "Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup. We know the eyes of the world are on us." Costa Rica will next face Brazil on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Serbia plays Switzerland on Friday in Kaliningrad. KEYS TO SUCCESS Milinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn't score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia. He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic's bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside. Currently with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Irked Go challenges Trillanes to ballpen duel in lieu of bank waiver

RESPONDING to Sen. Antonio Trillanes lV’s dare to sign a bank waiver, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go challenged the lawmaker to a ballpen match. "Waiver na naman? Gusto mo saksakan? Kahit saan puntahan kita!" "Waiver na naman? o saksakan ng ballpen. Ito ba hina-hanap mo ballpen? Mr.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

ERC commissioners ordered suspended anew

THE FOUR commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) who have been ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman in a case relating to electricity consumers’ bill deposits have filed a petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) with the Court of Appeals (CA), their lawyer said. The post ERC commissioners ordered suspended anew appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018