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Philippines hopeful on result of EU GSP + review

MANILA, Philippines — With the outcome of the review of the European Union General System of Preferences Plus (EU GSP+) expected to come out this month, the.....»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

Joma to Duterte: Let s end war of words, war on the ground

MANILA, Philippines – The professor is still hopeful his student has not entirely abandoned the peace process, despite proclamations that formally ended negotiations and tagged the party he founded a "terrorist organization." Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison urged President Rodrigo Duterte to review developments in backchannel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Bodies of some of the 10 missing US sailors found after collision off Singapore – ABC News

Bodies of some of the 10 missing sailors have been found in flooded compartments of the USS John S. McCain, a Navy destroyer that collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early Monday morning, the U.S. Navy said. Ten sailors have been missing since the collision, and the remains of some were found by divers performing recovery operations inside the ship, Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. Remains that may belong to another sailor missing from the McCain were found by the Royal Malaysian Navy as it assisted the U.S. in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Swift said. &'8220;Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of those sailors and the families of our sailors who were injured,&'8221; he said in the statement, issued from Singapore's Changi Naval Base today, where the damaged USS McCain is docked and where the tanker that it collided with is anchored. &'8220;The search-and-rescue efforts continue.&'8221; One of the missing sailors was identified by government officials as Ohio resident Jacob Drake. Drake's cousin, Brandie Roberts, told ABC News that he joined the Navy right out of high school at 17 years old. Roberts described her cousin as a &'8220;hilarious&'8221; and &'8220;ridiculously smart&'8221; person. &'8220;We are all begging for answers and begging he is found safe,&'8221; she said. Drake is engaged, Roberts said. He has plans to marry next summer, The Columbus Dispatch reported. In a statement, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, offered his support to Drake's family and the U.S. Navy. &'8220;Connie and I are thinking of Jacob’s family during this horrible time and we join Ohioans in praying for Jacob’s well-being and safety,&'8221; Brown said. &'8220;Servicemembers like Jacob represent the very best of our state, and I’m hopeful the divers searching for these brave sailors can find him and bring him home safely.&'8221; Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote on Twitter that he is &'8220;praying for all, especially Ohio's own Jacob Drake.&'8221; The McCain was heading to Singapore on a routine port visit after conducting a sensitive freedom-of-navigation operation near one of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea, according to the Navy. The destroyer collided with a tanker vessel, the Alnic MC, off the coast of Singapore around 5:20 a.m. local time Monday, the Stealth Maritime Corp. said in a statement. Reports of the damage to the two ships seem to indicate that they were crossing paths or at least attempting to move in different directions at the time of the collision. The McCain's hull received significant damage as a result of the collision, according to the Navy. Photos show what looks like a wide cave on the port side of the ship at the water line. An initial report about the collision indicated that the ship reported a loss of steering three minutes prior to the impact, a U.S. official said. The official notes this was an initial report, and that it’s not clear if this is what led to the collision, as the crew could have taken several evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision &'8212; something crews are trained to deal with. After the collision, adjacent compartments on the McCain —- including crew berth, machinery and communications rooms —- flooded, according to the Navy, which added that a damage-control response prevented the situation from becoming more serious. Ships from multiple countries searched for the missing sailors after the collision. President Trump tweeted that his &'8220;thoughts and prayers&'8221; are with the McCain's sailors. Several politicians on both sides of the aisle echoed his sentiment, including Sen. John McCain. The ship is named for his grandfather John Sidney McCain Sr. and his father, John Sidney McCain Jr. &'8220;Cindy and I are keeping America's sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight &'8212; appreciate the work of search &'38; rescue crews,&'8221; McCain wrote in a tweet. The collision was hardly an isolated incident for the Navy. It comes only two months after the USS Fitzgerald's collision with a Philippine container ship in the middle of the night off the coast of Japan. Seven U.S. sailors lost their lives in that collision, and last week the Navy relieved the Fitzgerald's commanding officer, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor for mistakes that led to the crash. The USS Lake Champlain, a guided missile cruiser, collided with a fishing boat in the Sea of Japan in May. There were no injuries from that crash. The Navy ship tried to alert the fishing boat before the collision, but it was too late. The USS Antietam, also a guided-missile cruiser, ran aground off the coast of Japan in February, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water. John Richardson, the Navy's top admiral, called for an operational pause in the region and &'8220;a deeper look into how we train and certify forces operating in and around Japan,&'8221; after the McCain's collision. &'8220;We'll examine the process in which we train and certify our forces that are deployed in Japan to make sure we're doing all we can to make them ready for operations and war fighting,&'8221; he told reporters. &'8220;This will include but not be limited to looking at operational tempo, trends in personnel, material, maintenance and equipment. It will also include a review of how we train and certify our service warfare community, including tactical and navigational proficiency,&'8221; he said yesterday at a press conference.( MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN, JULIA [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

WBO to review Pacquiao vs Horn bout for certainty of result

MANILA, Philippines – The World Boxing Organization has had a change of heart and will now conduct a review of the welterweight title fight between Manny Pac.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2017

MILF hopeful for passage of Bangsamoro law in 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is optimistic Congress will approve the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Film review: Ferdinand; A heartwarming tale aboutcourage & compassion

MANILA, Philippines -  Film audiences will surely remember lovable animals in memorable animated features......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

MPIC seen to complete tech review of MRT-3 this month

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) expects Metro Pacific Investments Corp......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Following the suspension of two logging concessions on the Zamboanga Peninsula, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered a review of 104 companies that were granted Integrated Forest Management Agreements (IFMAs) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In a statement on Wednesday, January 10 , the DENR said that companies under the IFMA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Calida: SC has no power to review martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Calida said that the Supreme Court does not have the power of judicial review over the decision of Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao. Calida made the statement in his response to the petition of opposition lawmakers seeking to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

MICC taps experts for mines review

MANILA, Philippines — The interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) has commissioned 25 experts to undertake the “fact-finding and science-base.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Ricci Rivero, Andrei Caracut not closing any doors on Gilas tour of duty

Of the 23 players on Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes’ wishlist for 2023, four are from UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University and three are from NCAA champion San Beda College. Five hail from foreign schools while National University has three players, Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines have two apiece, and all of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines University, and Mapua University have one each. Aside from now-graduated Abu Tratter, nobody else is representing De La Salle University in Reyes’ wishlist. According to sources, Andrei Caracut, Ricci Rivero, and Santi Santillan were also all considered for the wishlist for 2023, but were ultimately left out for undisclosed reasons. Still, both Mythical selection Rivero and former Rookie of the Year Caracut are hopeful they can make the cut when the Gilas roster is finally made official in five years. “Ipipilit ko yan kahit anong mangyari kasi pangarap yan ng lahat ng player,” Rivero said. “Kaya lang, kung ayaw nila, wala akong magagawa.” Caracut could only agree. “Wala pa namang kumausap sa akin, pero siyempre, gusto ko. Lahat ng players naman, gusto yun,” he expressed. Keep believing, 2023 is still a long ways away, boys. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

MICC set to start review of 26 mining operations

MANILA, Philippines — An interagency panel will begin a “fact-finding and science-based” review this month covering 26 mines ordered either suspended or shut.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Dennis Uy’s FamilyMart buyout ok’d

Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy has obtained imprimatur from the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to acquire the 67-store Philippine FamilyMart store chain through his petroleum trading and distribution arm Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. In a press statement late Thursday, the PCC said it had approved Phoenix Petroleum's percent acquisition of Philippine FamilyMart CVS Inc. (PFM) or Philippine Family Mart. Based on a decision made on January 3, the PCC's Mergers and Acquisitions Office (MAO) found that the transaction "does not result in substantial lessening of competition in the relevant market." PCC noted that there's no ability or incentive for the firms in...Keep on reading: Dennis Uy’s FamilyMart buyout ok’d.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

PAL hopeful to become 4-star airline this 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Listed Philippine Airlines Incorporated (PAL) remains hopeful that it will be able to join the prestigious circle of 4-star carriers this 2018, as it accelerates efforts in expanding routes, upgrading fleet, and modernizing passenger service. This is part of its efforts to earn 5-star status as a globally competitive ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

NEW YEAR MESSAGE ‘Embrace New Year with glimmer of hope’

“EMBRACE this coming New Year’s uncertainty with a glimmer of hope” amid our trials and the string of natural and man-made calamities that devastated the Philippines in 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his New Year message issued to Palace reporters on the eve of 2018. “I remain hopeful that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Renewable energy development not likely to push up power rates – Cusi

MANILA, Philippines — Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the pursuit toward renewable energy (RE) development would not result in higher power rates......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Malacañang says bright 2018 reason for high SWS ratings

MANILA, Philippines – Following the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed an increase in the satisfaction ratings of the Cabinet and a record-high number of Filipinos  optimistic about the coming year , Malacañang said on Saturday, December 30, that “indeed, there are reasons to be hopeful.” “The prospects for the future thus ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Barangay plebiscites in Navotas, Occ. Mindoro town on January 5

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) scheduled on Friday, January 5, two separate plebiscites in some barangays in Navotas City and in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro to vote on whether to ratify the creation of new barangays there. As a result, during the plebiscite period, election-related prohibitions such as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

EU provides P34 million in humanitarian aid to Vinta victims

MANILA, Philippines – The European Union announced it is contributing P34 million (570,000 euros) for emergency relief assistance to families affected by Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin). "This EU contribution underlines our commitment to the people of the Philippines, many of whom have suffered great losses as a result of Tropical Storm Vinta ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

EU pledges P34-M aid for ‘Vinta’ survivors

The European Union (EU) has pledged 570,000, or almost P34 million, worth of humanitarian aid for survivors of Tropical Storm "Vinta" (international name: Tembin). In a statement issued on Thursday evening, the EU said the funding would help boost relief efforts and address the immediate needs of families affected by the calamity. "This EU contribution underlines our commitment to the people of the Philippines, many of whom have suffered great losses as a result of Tropical Storm Vinta and are in dire need ofimmediate assistance," said Christos Stylianides, EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management. "My thoughts are with the victims and all affected by the c...Keep on reading: EU pledges P34-M aid for ‘Vinta’ survivors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Davao fire, Dengvaxia, PH embassy in Israel | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: 'Heads must roll over Davao mall fire deaths ' – labor groups. DOH set to form independent panel for Dengvaxia review . Philippines denies plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem. Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Director.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017