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UN rights expert sets visit to PH

A United Nations human rights rapporteur said Monday she intended to visit the Philippines to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on illegal drugs, but was seeking security guarantees for people she planned to speak with. Duterte las.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

UN rights expert plans to probe Philippine killings

MANILA: A United Nations rights rapporteur told Agence France-Presse Monday she intended to visit the Philippines to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on crime, but was seeking security guarantees for people she planned to speak with. Dut.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

Philippines reversal on Paris climate deal a risk: experts

As the United Nations announced plans to fast-track ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, elected in June, is now backtrack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 25th, 2016

PHL growth outlook eases with rest of the world

SIMMERING trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China, will weigh on global economic prospects, the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Wednesday -- a factor that led Fitch Solutions Macro Research to slash its own gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection for the Philippines in particular for this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

CoA chairman nominated to UN board of auditors

THE Philippines nominated Commission on Audit (CoA) Chairman Michael Aguinaldo for membership in the United Nations Board of Auditors for the term 2020-2026. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on…READ The post CoA chairman nominated to UN board of auditors appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

U.N. experts to PH gov t: Stop red-tagging Corpuz, human rights groups

MANILA, Philippines – Three United Nations experts on Wednesday, May 1, condemned the continuous attacks and allegations linking one of their own to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).  The UN special rapporteurs said that the new accusations against UN special rapporteur ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2019

Philippines, Asean join disaster risk insurance facility

Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) including the Philippines are joining Japan in the establishment of a disaster risk insurance facility to build the financial resilience against climate and disaster risks......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2019

7 gov’t procurement execs face plunder raps

MANILA, Philippines - A non-government organization claiming affiliation with the United Nations yesterday filed plunder and graft charges against seven offi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

UN: 2016 hottest year since 1880

MANILA, Philippines - Last year was the hottest ever recorded since 1880 and scientists put the blame on human activities, according to a United Nations weat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Unemployment mars PHL's growth picture

THE PHILIPPINES is expected to remain among Asia’s fastest-growing economies at least up to next year, according to estimates released yesterday by the United Nations (UN) that nevertheless showed the country also with among the highest unemployment rates, underlining the need to make sure economic expansion generates more jobs and lifts more people out of poverty......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Liverpool frustrated with FIFA over Matip eligibility

  LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp expressed his frustration on Sunday that FIFA has failed to make a swift decision about the eligibility of defender Joel Matip. Matip withdrew himself from consideration for future selection for Cameroon's national team in September 2015, but his country tried to call him up for the African Nations Cup that started this month. Although Cameroon finalized its squad for the tournament more than a week ago, without Matip in it, Liverpool says the Cameroon Football Federation has failed to confirm he can play for the club during the African Nations Cup. The Premier League team has sought clarification from FIFA about the issue, but hasn't been given a decision by world soccer's governing body and did not feel it could take the chance on playing Matip against Manchester United on Sunday. He was therefore withdrawn from selection for a game that finished 1-1 at Old Trafford. 'We, the club, did everything we had to do to make this clear but until now we could not get the response we need to be 100 percent sure that he can play,' Klopp said. 'It's pretty difficult and pretty frustrating, to be honest. He's been in training for five days and would have been in the squad, 100 percent, maybe on the pitch today, so I don't think it's fair. But we cannot do more and are still waiting on the decision. We could not take the risk.' Liverpool believes Matip has followed all the correct procedures and considers he should be available for selection during a busy period for the club, which is playing Premier League, FA Cup and League fixtures this month. 'We need to get an answer as quickly as possible because on Wednesday we have the next game (an FA Cup third-round replay at Plymouth) and then another game and another game. We cannot wait forever,' Klopp said. 'It is public now, we have this problem and we are not the only team with this problem.' Fellow Premier League club West Brom has faced a similar situation with defender Allan Nyom, who has not played in the team's last two matches because it has not had similar clarification from FIFA. FIFA has the power to ban players it feels have not correctly acceded to the request of their national association. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Palace welcomes UN response on RH law

MANILA, Philippines - After getting unfavorable remarks from United Nations rapporteurs over President Duterte’s bloody drug war, Malacañang welcomed yesterd.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

McCain: China presents Asian nations with false choice

MANILA, Philippines – China is presenting Asian countries with a “false” choice between itself and the United States and is trying to make them believe the b.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer br /> ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino's favored plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved Tuesday by the FIFA Council. It meets Infantino's election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA's 211 member federations. With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, plus ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA projects an increased profit of $640 million despite some extra operating costs and prize money for teams. FIFA's six continents should find out by May how many extra places they will each get. UEFA wants 16 European teams at the tournament, which is strongly favored to be played in North America. The CONCACAF region has not hosted the World Cup since the 1994 tournament in the United States. American, Canadian and Mexican soccer leaders have had informal talks about a co-hosting bid. Africa and Asia could be winners in a bigger World Cup with up to nine places each. They had only five and four teams, respectively, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Still, FIFA said it expects the standard of soccer to drop compared to the 32-team format locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. The 'absolute quality' of play, defined by high-ranked teams facing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA acknowledged in a research document sent to members last month. It made 10,000 tournament simulations to reach that conclusion. Instead, Infantino wants to create fervor and months of anticipation back home in the 16 extra nations which would qualify, some probably making their World Cup debut. FIFA has pointed to Costa Rica, Wales and Iceland as examples of teams which overachieved at recent tournaments. FIFA must break with soccer tradition to make its new format work after an original 48-team plan — with an opening playoff round sending 16 'one-and-done' teams home early — was unpopular. Instead, three-team groups will replace the usual groups of four to create simple progress to a knockout bracket. However, it leaves one team idle for final group games and could risk collusion between the other two teams. FIFA said it could guard against result-rigging by introducing penalty shootouts after group games that end in draws. Despite the 16 extra games, FIFA believes the current maximum of stadiums needed will stay at the 12 used by Brazil and Russia. However, the demand for more training bases and hotels means developed countries would be better equipped to win future hosting contests. North America is the strong favorite for 2026 because European and Asian countries are blocked by a FIFA rule excluding continents which hosted either of the two previous tournaments. Russia will host the World Cup next year and Qatar in 2022. South America has been focused on a centenary tournament including original 1930 host Uruguay, and African nations are seen as lacking existing capacity and unlikely to fund multi-billion dollar infrastructure spending. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

FIFA set to approve bigger, richer World Cup on Tuesday

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer   FIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. A decision could be delayed if some Council members demand to know exactly how many qualifying places each continent will get before agreeing to scrap the 32-team format. It has been successful, popular and profitable since 1998 and is locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. The prize of 16 extra places, and the biggest increases to Africa and Asia, has 'overwhelming' support from FIFA's 211 member federations, Infantino has said. Their promise of extra funding from Zurich could also be secured by FIFA's forecast 20 percent rise in rights fees paid by broadcasters and sponsors. 'Financially, the 48-team format is the most appealing or successful simply because the sporting element is prevailing and every match is important,' Infantino said two weeks ago. 'The decision should not be financially driven, neither in terms of revenue or costs ... but the driver should really be the development of football and boosting football all over the world.' World Cup champion Germany is not in favor. It argued that diluting the number of European and South American teams — which won all 20 titles since 1930 — could 'strengthen the imbalance' seen at some tournaments. 'The (German soccer federation) fundamentally believe that the current 32-team format is the best option,' its president Reinhard Grindel said last week. Germany has no delegate at Tuesday's meeting though Grindel is set to join the FIFA Council in May. FIFA acknowledged the risk of lower standards in a research document sent to members last month, as first reported by The Associated Press. The 'absolute quality' of soccer, defined by high-ranked teams playing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA said, citing 10,000 tournament simulations made to reach that conclusion. Still, Infantino promised voters more World Cup places and funding raises before his election last February. FIFA expects $5.5 billion income tied to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, though 25 of 34 sponsorship slots are unsold. The research document predicted the equivalent of $6.5 billion revenue from a 48-team tournament in the '16x3' format, which would send two teams from each group to a new Round of 32 knockout bracket. All 80 matches would play in an exclusive time slot. Currently, 64 World Cup matches have 56 broadcast slots because the eight four-team groups play their last matches simultaneously. FIFA predicts organizing costs for '16x3' rising from $2 billion to $2.3 billion, giving a potential profit rise of $640 million. Though a '16x3' World Cup would still need a maximum of 12 stadiums, the demand for 16 more top-quality training camps and hotels suggests FIFA would look for 2026 hosts with existing capacity. A North American bid from two or three of the United States, Canada and Mexico is currently favored in a contest that could start within weeks. Five options are open Tuesday, including staying with 32 teams. Infantino campaigned last year on a 40-team promise, in either eight groups of five teams or 10 groups of four teams. Neither impressed voters in recent regional meetings of FIFA member federations. When the FIFA leader first proposed 48 teams, it included an opening playoff round. The 16 winners would join 16 seeded teams in a traditional 32-team group stage. FIFA members disliked 'one-and-done' teams going home before the 'real' World Cup kicks off. It would also stretch to a 39-day event with more short-notice travel for fans. Africa and Asia could be the big winners, and FIFA hopes new teams would include another Iceland, Wales and Costa Rica — over-achieving teams and feelgood stories at recent tournaments. Still, hapless Tahiti was outclassed at the 2013 Confederations Cup, conceding 24 goals in three games. 'The goal of expanding the FIFA World Cup,' it has told members, 'is to further advance the vision to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game to all.' ___ Entry quotas for 2018 World Cup: Europe 14 (including host Russia to qualify direct); Africa 5; Asia and South America 4.5 each; North, Central America and Caribbean 3.5; Oceania 0.5. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Export exec downplays Trump risk

TOTAL EXPORTS of the Philippines -- consisting of both services and goods -- should sustain a “minimal” blow should the United States adopt protectionist policies under President-elect Donald J. Trump, who assumes office on Jan. 20, a top industry official said last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

UNESCO condemns killing of Catanduanes journalist

MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the murder of a Filipino journalist in Virac, C.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2016

Leila on latest Rody rants: It’s Fentanyl-induced

MANILA, Philippines - The insults hurled by President Duterte against the United Nations human rights chief were drug-induced, Sen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

Duterte: UN rights chief a joker, idiot

MANILA, Philippines - After a day of silence, President Duterte yesterday lashed out at the United Nations human rights chief for saying that he should be in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

Duterte: UN rights chief a joker, idiot ‘3 of 5 Americans idiots’

MANILA, Philippines - After a day of silence, President Duterte yesterday lashed out at the United Nations human rights chief for saying that he should be in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2016