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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: philstar philstarAug 21st, 2017

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:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 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

Church of England to hold services to mark gender change

LONDON, United Kingdom – The Church of England on Tuesday, December 11, issued guidance for parishes to plan "creative and sensitive" services to help transgender people mark their transition. Services can include anointment with oil, sprinkling with holy water and existing liturgy and the transgender person's new name would be used ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Dengvaxia complainants seek to include 2 doctors among accused

THE FAMILIES of eight alleged victims of the Dengvaxia vaccine have asked the Department of Justice to include among the accused Doctor Raymundo W. Lo, deputy executive director for Professional Services at Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and another doctor for facilitating the purchase of the vaccine......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

2018 Suzuki Cup: Philippine Azkals draw Indonesia, secure return to semifinals

The Philippine Men's National Football team secured a spot in the 2018 Suzuki Cup semifinals after managing a 0-0 draw against Indonesia, Sunday evening at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. The Azkals lost the services of skipper Phil Younghusband following a collision that left a cut on the Philippines' top goal-getter.  Attempts came often for the Azkals, courtesy of the likes of Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble, and Manny Ott, but the Indonesian defense managed to hold their own at home.  In the end however, the result was enough to help the Azkals secure a spot back in the Suzuki Cup's final four after missing out on the chance back in 2016.  Defending champions Thailand had a hand in helping the Azkals through after blasting through Singapore, 3-0, in the other Group B pairing.  A Singapore win would have given them nine points and would have put them ahead of the Pinoy side provided that the Azkals left Jakarta with anything other than a win. The Azkals now meet Vietnam, the top seed in Group A. The 2008 champions finished with 10 points on three wins and one draw.  The first leg of the semifinals begins on December 2nd at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

US judge dismisses litigation over missing Malaysia Airlines flight | News

A US judge has dismissed nationwide litigation over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in which victims' families sought to hold the carrier, its insurer Allianz SE and Boeing Co.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh's Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the "inhuman act of violence" and praying for an end to the "flames of hatred" that fueled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St. Peter's Square, a day after a gunman who had expressed hatred of Jews opened fire in the synagogue during Sabbath services, killing 11 people. Francis prayed for the dead, the injured and their families. He says "all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence." He prayed for God "to help us to extinguish the flames of hatred that develop in our societies." Francis has frequently spoken out aga...Keep on reading: Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

LIVE: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live at 10 am on Monday, October 22 MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on public services will hold a hearing on Monday, October 22, to tackle the government's selection of the country's third major telecommunications player. The third major telco player is expected ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

PVL: Madayag, Gaston to skip Lady Eagles-Cool Smashers clash

Ateneo-Motolite will miss the services of some key players Sunday in the Lady Eagles’ marquee match against Creamline at the end of the first round of eliminations at the Baliwag Star Arena. Graduating players Maddie Madayag, Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino are doubtful to play in the much-anticipated showdown of the Lady Eagles and the Cool Smashers where the hold of the lead is at stake following the trio’s required school activity. Ateneo volleyball program official Sherwin Malonzo told ABS-CBN Sports that the three players left for their community immersion Friday night as part of their academic requirements. “Itong weekend sila nag-immersion pero alam ko pauwi na sila,” he said. “Yung immersion kasi part talaga yan ng school activity ng mga graduating (sa academics). Naka-schedule talaga yan.” Malonzo added that while Madayag and Gaston won’t be joining the team in the out of town game, Tolentino might still be able to make it in Bulacan. “Ang sabi ng mga coaches baka makarating si Kat pero baka di na rin palaruin,” he said. Ateneo-Motolite and Creamline are on a three-way tie at the top spot together with BanKo, sporting 5-1 win-loss slates. The Lady Eagles are on a three-game winning tear and will take on the Cool Smashers, who are hoping to win six in a row, bannered by former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez and another Ateneo product setter Jia Morado.   ---            Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Is Africa starting to choke on China s lending glut?

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – It was a time for smiles and handshakes as the delegations from Sierra Leone and China Exim Bank sealed a loan to provide the impoverished West African state with a new airport. Just months later, the much-trumpeted Mamamah International Airport scheme, estimated to cost $400 million has ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

LIVE: Senate probe into NAIA runway mishap

The Senate Public Services Committee will hold an inquiry into the Chinese airline mishap that paralyzed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for days......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday, July 26. It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Duterte to kin of misencounter victims: Forgive, don t hold grudges

President Rodrigo Duterte and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO PALO, Leyte--President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the families.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Duterte to kin of misencounter victims: Forgive, don& apos;t hold grudges - Inquirer.net

Duterte to kin of misencounter victims: Forgive, don't hold grudges - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Australian PM to deliver formal apology to child sex victims

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed on Wednesday to deliver a formal apology to victims of institutional child sex abuse, acknowledging their courage and pain in exposing the scale of the problem. The decision follows a five-year royal commission detailing thousands of harrowing abuse cases involving Australian churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and [...] The post Australian PM to deliver formal apology to child sex victims appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Senate committee to hold public hearing on TRAIN in Albay

To bring the discussions about the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law closer to the people, the Senate Committee on Public Services will conduct another public hearing outside Ma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Houston teams; athletes offer support after school shooting

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets star Chris Paul is among many in the Houston sports world offering condolences to the families affected by an area school shooting that left 10 people dead. Paul says: "It's tough, man. It's scary that that's become the norm here. We've got to do something about it." The shooting in Santa Fe, which is about 30 miles from downtown Houston, comes after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who has two school-aged daughters and was with the Astros at training camp in Florida at the time of the Marjory Stoneman shooting, expressed anger that these shootings continue to occur. He says: "It's heartbreaking, another senseless act of violence in our schools. We'll copy/paste this answer for the next time something happens because we feel like there's something happening on a routine basis that's idiotic and terrible and miserable. I hope we can somehow find a way to get past it for one, offer our condolences to the people affected and more importantly figure out a way to stop this madness." The Astros issued a statement Friday offering prayers to those affected by the shooting. They added that they'd hold a moment of silence in their honor before Friday night's game against Cleveland and that the Texas flags at Minute Maid Park would be flown at half-staff. Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, who said he is working on a plan to help a student who was among the 10 people wounded in the attack, says something has to change to stop this from happening again. He says: "I just feel like there's got to be some sort of solution. My heart goes out to the families and the kids who shouldn't even have to worry about something like that." The Houston Texans also issued a statement sending condolences to the victims and thanking first responders and law enforcement who helped in the wake of the attack......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Senate hearing on TRAIN law effects

THE Senate committee on public services will hold a hearing on the effect of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law on public services and utilities on May 25, 10 a.m. at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Senator Grace Poe, committee chair, will lead the public hearing which will start at 10 a.m. at […] The post Senate hearing on TRAIN law effects appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Deadly Indonesia church suicide bombings committed by one family

SURABAYA, Indonesia – A family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during Sunday services, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. The bombings at three churches in Surabaya were Indonesia's deadliest for years, as the world's biggest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018