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Most powerful passports: Philippines in weaker half

MANILA, Philippines — Despite improving its position, the Philippine passport remained in the lower half of the latest annual rankings for world’s most power.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

Most powerful passports: Philippines in weaker half

MANILA, Philippines — Despite improving its position, the Philippine passport remained in the lower half of the latest annual rankings for world’s most power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Palace Welcomes Higher PH Ranking in World’s Most Powerful Passports

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the country’s climb in the latest Henley and Partners Passport Index, which ranks all of the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The Philippines rose three notches higher to 72nd place in 2018 from 75th last year, according to Henley and Partners, a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Makati clinches maiden franchise win in Datu Cup over Basilan

MANILA, Philippines – Down in the first half, the Makati Skyscrapers still managed to snatch their first win in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup over the Basilan Steel, 77-65, on Tuesday, June 19 at the Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan. Cedrick Ablaza connected an easy jumper ........»»

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Sereno: I don t need to be chief justice to fight

MANILA, Philippines – Under the glare of a spotlight and before hundreds of cheering supporters, ousted c hief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno stood with a smile. With finality, she was no longer the most powerful woman in the Philippine judiciary, kicked out of the chief justice post by no less than her colleagues in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Philippines to benefit from cut in China’s import tariff

China’s decision to slash by more than half the import tariffs on 1,500 consumer products starting July 1 stand to benefit the Philippines, the country’s trade chief said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Students’ safety

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded school officials across the country to prioritize the safety and well-being of students and pupils during typhoons, floods and other calamities. And with the onset of the rainy season, when powerful typhoons and storms batter the Philippines, school authorities should not take for….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Safety in the Philippines at par with South Korea, Australia, research firm says

The Philippines maintained its ranking in the upper half of the research firm Gallup’s 2018 Global Law and Order report, which determines people’s sense of personal security and experience with crime and law enforcement......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Ceres draws with Kaya

Ten-man Ceres-Negros kept its six-point gap at the top of the Philippines Football League after a thrilling 1-1 away draw with Kaya Iloilo on Saturday, while the Davao Aguilas ended a four-game losing spell at the expense of JPV Marikina. The league's top two teams battled tooth and nail in front of close to 2,000 fans at Iloilo Sports Complex with Ceres midfielder Mike Ott opening the scoring in the 86th minute and Shirmar Felongco grabbing the equalizer two minutes later. Ceres was reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Omid Nazari was sent off for a second yellow card. Over in Laguna, Davao finally picked up three points after a 3-0 win over JPV Marikina in a match c...Keep on reading: Ceres draws with Kaya.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PH gets high peace grade

A global survey on peace and security gave the Philippines an 82 rating for it to land on the top half of 142 countries graded in terms of their citizens’confidence in law and order. The 2018 Global Law and Order report of US pollster Gallup showed the Philippines was a notch behind New Zealand, two […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Why I love shopping at SSI stores

    Poof! Just like that, half of 2018 is gone! Time is, indeed, the new priceless luxury that we all strive to make the most of.   After devoting quality time to the family, we choose to spend some of it on things we need and enjoy. For me, that residual time is for shopping.   I've been a loyal customer of products offered by Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI)---which has been in the specialty retailing industry for three decades. As the leader in the Philippines with the biggest portfolio of international merchants in Asia Pacific and a network of over 600 stores, the SSI Group has permeated our lives with its curated selection of worldwide brands....Keep on reading: Why I love shopping at SSI stores.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

6 Philippines firms make Forbes 2000 list

Six Philippine companies made it to the Forbes Global 2000 list of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in the world......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Kompany exits early as Portugal holds Belgium to 0-0 draw

BRUSSELS (AP) — European champion Portugal held Belgium to a tame 0-0 draw Saturday, a result overshadowed by fears that defender Vincent Kompany may have sustained an injury early in the second half. Without waiting to be substituted, the injury-prone Kompany walked off shortly after the break after appearing to overstretch while making a defensive challenge. It was not immediately clear if he was injured or left the field as a precaution. The Manchester City defender's career has been blighted by injuries, but he appeared fit ahead of the pre-World Cup friendly at the King Baudouin stadium. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said it was too early to say whether 32-year-old Kompany was seriously hurt. "Maybe he only has something small to deal with," De Bruyne said. Kompany's departure was the major talking point in a disappointing goalless draw which underscored that Belgium's star-studded squad still has work to do if it is to live up to its billing as one of the favorites to win the World Cup in Russia. Belgium fans jeered their team off the pitch at full time. Portugal was without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested after winning the Champions League a week ago with Real Madrid. Without him, Portugal missed the handful of chances it managed to carve out. Portugal faces neighbor Spain, Iran and Morocco in Group B at the World Cup, while Belgium is in Group G alongside England, Panama and Tunisia. Belgium opened strongly, outplaying Portugal in the midfield, but could not turn its pressure into a goal. Portugal weathered the early storm and gradually took control. In the closing minutes of the first half, Bernardo Silva saw his powerful shot deflected just wide by City teammate Kompany and Gelson Martins shot across the face of the goal as Portugal came close to breaking the deadlock. Belgium's only serious effort of the opening half came when Yannick Carrasco shot just wide in the 31st minute. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez made four changes in the break, but the substitutes could not change the team's fortunes. Despite the Red Devils' wealth of midfield and attacking quality, it was left back Jan Vertonghen who came closest after the break. The Tottenham defender nearly marked his 100th appearance for Belgium with a goal, but saw Portugal goalkeeper Beto tip his effort over the bar just before the hour mark. "It wasn't bad, but we could do better," De Bruyne said. "We still have two or three weeks to get ready.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

1500 triathletes to make history in Philippines’ first full Ironman

SUBIC, ZAMBALES – In 2009, the Philippines had its first-ever Ironman – a 70.3 km-length course that laid the groundwork as well as paved the way for the sport in the country. Nearly a decade later, the Philippines is all set and all ready for its first-ever full-distance Ironman race – a triathlon totaling a distance of 226.75 km that will prove just how far the sport has come in the country. “We have come a long way. We wanted to do justice to the sport and with the course we have laid out, we will do that,” event organizer Fred Uytengsu said in the pre-event press conference on Friday at the Subic Bay Convention Center here. He then continued, “I’ve wanted to do a full (Ironman) in the last five years, but the community wasn’t ready. Now, if you look at the growth of (triathlon) in the last five years, it has been exponential so I believe that we’re ready.” Indeed, exactly 1, 552 triathletes from 50 different countries will be taking part in the historic Century Tuna Ironman Philippines on Sunday morning – swimming for 3.8 km, biking for 180 km, and then running for 42.95 km. Among them are 14 professional triathletes – Nick Baldwin, Liz Blatchford, Cameron Brown, Dan Brown, Jana Candrova, Simon Cochrane, Dimity Lee Duke, Eneko Elosegui, Erin Furness, Julia Grant, Alex Kochetkov, and Freddy Lampret, Simone Maier, and Alise Selsmark. All of them will be vying for the cash prize of USD 250, 000; bonuses from event sponsors Century Tuna, Alaska, NLEX/SCTEX, and Sunrise Events; and slots in the Ironman World Championships. The cycling part of the event will be along NLEX/SCTEX and company official Allan Gregorio has promised a smooth ride for each and every triathlete as well as smooth hosting for the Philippines. “This is about us Filipinos introducing ourselves to the world as a great place for triathlon,” he remarked. That is much welcome news for foreign triathletes such as Australia’s Blatchford who will be racing for the first time since giving birth as well as Spain’s Elosegui who will be racing for the first time since suffering a neck injury. While they are well aware of the tall task ahead, they are nothing but determined to push through and make history alongside Filipinos who comprise almost half of the total triathletes. “This is my first Ironman since giving birth and this will be special,” Blatchford said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

No Filipino casualties in Oman due to Cyclone Mekunu – DFA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Filipino has been reported dead or missing in Oman, following a powerful storm that triggered massive floods there. In a statement on Sunday, May 27, the DFA said Cyclone Mekunu "dumped the equivalent of two years worth of rain ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Ceres-Negros stays on top

Ceres Negros went on a three-goal flurry in seven minutes as it fought back to subdue Stallion Laguna, 3-2, on Saturday to firm up its hold of top spot in the Philippines Football League (PFL) at Bian Football Stadium in Laguna. The Busmen leaned on a couple of goals from Bienve Maraon and another from Stephan Schrock to overcome a Stallion side that started strong amid sweltering conditions. Former FEU star Jhan Jhan Melliza struck twice in the first half as Stallion looked poised to pull off an upset against the reigning champions. But Schrock got on the scoresheet in the 55th minute with a pinpoint header off Manny Ott's cross, before Maraon struck from just inside the area t...Keep on reading: Ceres-Negros stays on top.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines – China has constructed more than 1,600 structures in the disputed South China Sea, and nearly half of these can be found in waters belonging to the Philippines.  This is based on data exclusively reviewed and published by Reuters on Thursday, May 24.  The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Ceres-Negros blanks Davao, takes back top spot

  BACOLOD CITY---Ceres-Negros regained top spot in the Philippines Football League with a convincing 3-0 win over Davao Aguilas on Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium here. OJ Porteria converted from the spot in first half stoppage time, before Bienvenido Maraon scored twice in the second half as the Busmen bounced back from a 0-1 defeat to Kaya Iloilo. Over at Bian Football Stadium, Global Cebu stunned Kaya, 3-1, for its first victory of the season. With the win, Ceres increased its tally to 18 points, two ahead of Kaya, which saw a four-match winning run snapped. Davao remained in third with 14 points from 10 matches. Kaya finished the game with just nine players afte...Keep on reading: Ceres-Negros blanks Davao, takes back top spot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

DA: Cold facilities needed for PH to be top fish player

THE Philippines needs more ice plants and cold storage facilities to realize its potential as a major supplier of fish, almost half of which the country loses annually, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday. During the First Philippine Agriculture Trade and Investment Forum in a hotel in Manila, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol [...] The post DA: Cold facilities needed for PH to be top fish player appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Japan leads latest ranking of world s most powerful passports; PH at 70th spot

Image: angeloNZ/IStock.com via AFP Relaxnews The ranking for the world's most powerful passport has changed once again, this time with Japan topping the leaderboard. In the latest edition of t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Next-generation chips for upcoming iPhones now in production – report

MANILA, Philippines – Apple's manufacturing partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, began mass production of new processors meant for this year's slew of iPhones, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, May 23.  People familiar with the matter said the new processors would be 7-nanometer chips, being smaller, yet more powerful and more efficient than the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018