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Local leaders say 1,000 dead from Sierra Leone mudslides

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — More than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone's capital nearly two weeks ago, a local leader an.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 28th, 2017

312 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides, floods

312 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides, floods.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 15th, 2017

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 15th, 2017

With ISIS ’emir’ in Southeast Asia dead, terrorists’ projection of ‘growing presence’ seen disrupted

The deaths of local terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute will seriously set back efforts to project the Islamic State as succeeding in efforts to expand in Southeast Asia after being driven out of strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the military chief said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Sierra Leone churches hold services for mudslide victims

FREETOWN — Churches across Sierra Leone held special services yesterday in memory of the more than 450 people who were killed in mudslides and flooding earli.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2017

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2017

No Filipino victims in Sierra Leone mudslides, says foreign affairs

No Filipino victims in Sierra Leone mudslides, says foreign affairs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 17th, 2017

Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’

  The anti-dictatorship movement in the Filipino American community helped oust Ferdinand Marcos during the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising. That spirit of opposition to repression and injustice didn't go away after 1986. When President Rodrigo Duterte launched his War on Drugs in 2016, leaving thousands of mostly poor victims dead, the killings and the administration's impulse to heavy-handed rule rekindled the spirit of opposition in the Fil-Am community. With their US taxes used as aid in procuring weapons, intelligence, and the war on drugs, as well as Duterte's closeness to Trump and China, many community leaders and activists have decided to begin educating the pu...Keep on reading: Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 34 min. ago

DILG Urges Newly Elected Brgy Captains to Be Vigilant, Committed to Service

Staying vigilant, maintaining proper coordination and commitment to service. These were the points that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Eduardo Año highlighted in his speech during the recent Presidential Visit in Lapu-Lapu City. Speaking before a crowd of 3,000 newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Visayas, Año emphasized that barangay leaders should realize […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Nissan storms market with new Terra

Challenging local market leaders, Nissan recently launched the all-new Terra, an SUV model that aims to compete head-on with the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Montero. The regional reveal of the Terra was held at the grounds of the new Clark Global City in Angeles, Pampanga, where Nissan created a virtual off-road playground to showcase […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Youth leaders told to maximize energy in service

NEWLY elected officers of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation for Iloilo Province were told to maximize their energy in providing service to the youth. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Iloilo provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay said there are high expectations from the elected leaders as they are “the catalyst of change and the hope […] The post Youth leaders told to maximize energy in service appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Davao del Norte Publisher Killed in Shooting Incident

CMFR/PHILIPPINES - The publisher of a weekly local newspaper was shot dead on 07 June 2018 by unidentified assailants in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Davao del Norte is 1,470 km south of Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

New drug personality dies in Batangas clash

CAMP Gen. Miguel Malvar, Batangas -- Police the other day shot dead a drug personality during a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Aya, San Jose town, provincial police chief PIO Senior Insp. Hazel P. Luma-ang said. Local police director Senior Supt. Edwin Aguilan Quilates said the suspect, identified only as Lando,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Celebrities, chefs pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain

MANILA, Philippines – International and local celebrities and stars grieved over the death of TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain, who was found dead  Friday, June 8 in France in an apparent suicide. Food Network host and Iron Chef America's Michael Symon tweeted: "RIP Tony Bourdain ...Wtf ...in complete shock ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Pinay missing after Taiwan quake

A Filipina caretaker is among those missing in the 6.4-magnitude quake that shook the east coast of Taiwan, authorities yesterday said. “We have a report that a Filipina caretaker is missing and presumed trapped in one of the damaged (buildings),” said the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco) in Taiwan.The earthquake caused buildings to crumble in the Taiwanese city of Halien, trapping people inside. Taiwan government said the quake had left seven dead and 200 injured.Meco chairman Lito Banayo, in a television interview, said a team led by Philippine Labor Attache Cesar Chavez has reached the site to check on the search operations for the Filipina caretaker.The team, he added, is also checking on possible injured Filipinos in the hospitals damaged by the tremor, but it has seen none so far.According to Banayo, four commercial buildings in the area are either collapsed or tilting following the quake, while two residential buildings were also damaged.“It’s not as bad as it may sound,” he said. In Hualien, rescue workers pulled survivors and bodies from buildings tilting precariously in the Taiwanese city.Emergency responders were focusing on a 12-story apartment block and a nearby hotel, both of which were leaning dangerously with their lower floors pancaked after the 6.4-magnitude quake hit the popular tourist city late Tuesday. There were grave concerns for the badly leaning Yun Tsui residential building, which also housed a restaurant, shops and a hostel. The national fire agency said 88 persons were unaccounted for as of 2 p.m. (0600 GMT) but it was not immediately clear how many of those were trapped inside buildings. Dozens of residents — and a string of pets — were rescued with ropes and ladders overnight. But fire department staff at the site told Agence France Presse at least four bodies had been pulled out of the building in the day. Officials temporarily suspended rescue efforts late afternoon over fears the building might slip further as engineers raced to push large concrete clocks and steel bars against the leaning side.At the Marshal Hotel, which was also leaning and badly damaged, at least two persons were killed when the lower floors collapsed. But most residents got out and authorities said they believed there were no more people trapped inside. Tourists rescued President Tsai Ing-wen visited the apartment block Wednesday morning.“Now is the prime time for our rescue efforts, our first priority is to save people,” she said in a Facebook post.Hualien is one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and near the popular Taroko Gorge.The government said 17 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries.Local resident Blue Hsu said some of those carried out of the hotel were foreigners. “The lower floors sunk into the ground and I saw panicked tourists being rescued from the hotel,” eyewitness Blue Hsu told AFP.Officials also said 214 persons had been injured in the quake, with 117 rescued from damaged buildings so far. Some 830 people were in shelters while 1,900 houses were without power. Jason Faustino with AFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

By Aron Heller, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players. Argentina is one of the most popular national teams among Israelis and fans had been scrambling to get a chance to see Messi in person. But after a fierce Palestinian campaign, which included images of Argentina's white and sky-blue striped jersey stained with red paint resembling blood and threats to burn Messi posters, Argentina's football federation announced it was skipping the event. Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, apologized for cancelling the match but said the safety of the players was at stake. "What has happened in the last 72 hours, the actions, the threats that have occurred have led us to take the decision not to travel," he said during a news conference in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is training prior to the start of the World Cup next week. "(We) apologize to the Israeli community. It's nothing against the Israeli community, the Jewish community and I would like everyone to take this decision as a contribution to world peace," he said. "In the end, they've done the right thing, and this is behind us," Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. "Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn't right to go." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail. Later Wednesday, Israel's Sports Ministry said a "negotiation" about the match was underway, perhaps in hopes of salvaging it, but gave no further details. "It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters." The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had called on Arab soccer fans to burn Messi posters and T-shirts if he participated. He has long tried to get soccer's world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee to impose sanctions against Israel. Rajoub believes Israel should be punished for restricting movement of Palestinian players, and for forming teams in West Bank settlements. Rajoub had also objected to holding the match in Jerusalem, whose eastern sector the Palestinians claim as their capital. Although the Kollek stadium is in west Jerusalem, it is located in a neighborhood built where a Palestinian village once stood before it was destroyed in the war surrounding Israel's independence in 1948. Following the move, he held a press conference in Ramallah featuring a picture of him with Messi and a sign reading: "From Palestine, thank you Messi." Rajoub had accused Israel of playing politics with the game, by moving it from its original location in Haifa to Jerusalem, and by trying to link it to celebrations surrounding Israel's 70th anniversary. He called it a victory for "ethics and values" of sports. "They tried to use sport as a tool for political ends, and for this I think, they failed," Rajoub said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren. "But there are values that are greater than even Messi. The politicization of the Argentinean move worries me greatly," he said. Opposition figures, however, accused Israel's headline-seeking sports minister Miri Regev of bringing on the politicization of the sporting event by insisting on moving the game from Haifa to contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a politicized photo-op with Messi. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Regev rejected the backlash at a press conference Wednesday evening saying "there is no bigger lie" than claims her decision to hold the match in Jerusalem aided in its cancellation. She said the Argentinians had not objected and that Messi himself had wanted to visit sacred Christian and Jewish sites in the holy city. Regev said the match was canceled following "threats by terror elements sent to Messi and his family and to other players." Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called the snub a "spectacular own goal" by Regev that delivered victory to boycotters of the Jewish State. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay called for a police investigation into Regev's "corrupt conduct." "We just absorbed a shot in the face. This is not just sports," he tweeted. "This, unfortunately, could start an international tsunami." Regev claimed that "terrorist" groups had made threats against Argentina's players and their families, sending them images of dead children, though she gave no further evidence. She accused members of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, of backing the boycott advocates. "Unfortunately, we have Trojan Horses in the Knesset who give headwind to terrorism," she said. The Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas praised Argentina for canceling the game. Spokesman Husam Badran said Hamas "applauds" the move and reiterated its position that rejects "all forms of normalization" with the Jewish state. A senior official at the Argentine Football Federation said the national team decided to call off the match with Israel after receiving threats from Hamas. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, did not provide evidence or details of the alleged threats. A Hamas official mocked reports that the group had threatened the players, calling them unrealistic, and saying they don't deserve a comment. The Hamas official was not authorized to comment in the issue and also spoke on condition of anonymity. Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction and has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since it took over the territory in 2007. Israel and the United States consider it a terror organization for its bombings, shooting and rocket attacks targeting civilians. Israel has largely fended off the boycott campaign with only a small number of artists and organizations shunning the country. Argentina's snubbing would appear to be the boycott movement's greatest achievement thus far. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means. Israel says the campaign goes beyond Israeli occupation of lands claimed by the Palestinians and masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the boycott movement. The Argentinean move, which featured on the front pages of all the major Israeli dailies, raised fears that it could serve as a template for future boycotts of Jerusalem, most notably next year's scheduled hosting of the popular Eurovision song contest. The Palestinians celebrated the cancellation as a major triumph. Israeli organizers said an offer had been floated to have the game played in Barcelona instead, but it was highly unlikely. "I think sports should never be involved with politics," said Shahaf Ashraga, a fan in Jerusalem. "It just makes me sad to think that the game has to be canceled because of the Palestinian pressure." Argentina opens its Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. It then plays Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive in Moscow ahead of schedule. ___ Associated Press writers Debora Rey and Victor Caivano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh --- Mohammed Hashim hid in the hills and watched as his brother begged for his life, his arms bound behind his back as soldiers marched the 35-year-old teacher away. It was the last time he saw him alive. It was Aug. 26, the day after Rohingya Muslim separatist attacks on military outposts in the group's homeland in western Myanmar. In their wake, Myanmar's military and local Buddhists would respond with a campaign of rape, massacre and arson that has driven about 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh. But more than a dozen teachers, elders and religious leaders told The Associated Press that educated Rohingya --- already subject to systematic and wide...Keep on reading: Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

UNWTO forum on food and travel calls on industry to harness untapped power of technology

A United Nations-organized meeting attended by 600 leaders and decision-makers in the global travel industry wrapped up in Bangkok, Friday, concluding that the gastronomy tourism industry can do more to harness the powers of technology in the promotion of culinary heritage. At the 4th annual World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism held in Bangkok, attendees discussed the untapped ways technology could be used to help with areas like sustainable development, food waste, storytelling and engagement. "Gastronomy is about people and places, to tell a story; value the tangible and intangible; harnessing technology as a tool to preserve and promote authenticity in local communities, enhanc...Keep on reading: UNWTO forum on food and travel calls on industry to harness untapped power of technology.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

12 dead as truck, van collide in Davao del Sur

AT least 12 people died and five others were injured, after a 10-wheeler truck and a closed van collided in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur on Sunday, according to a local station there, which posted on its Facebook page a video of the accident. The closed van is a Hino 300 operated by the Franklin [...] The post 12 dead as truck, van collide in Davao del Sur appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

12 migrants shot dead while escaping from Libyan camp

More than 12 migrants were shot dead by human traffickers last week while trying to escape a camp in Libya, where some were subjected to "torture abuse", the United Nations said Friday. The incident, previously reported by Doctors Without Borders and local sources, occurred on May 23 in the town of Bani Walid, 170 kilometres (110 miles) southeast of Tripoli. "Human traffickers in Libya reportedly killed more than a dozen people and wounded many others after a group of some 200 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, being held captive, attempted to escape," the UN refugee agency said in a statement, adding that those killed "were shot". "The survivors spoke of torture abuse and explo...Keep on reading: 12 migrants shot dead while escaping from Libyan camp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

President Trump: U.S. Team Arrives in DPRK to Prepare for His Meeting with Kim

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim on Sunday crossed into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to talk about the preparation for a summit between leaders of the two countries, local report said. Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and ex-nuclear negotiator, was summoned from his present posting as […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018