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Trump, oldest first-time US president, turns 72

WASHINGTON, United States — President Donald Trump turned 72 on Thursday, having returned to the fray of Washington politics after his grueling trip to Singapore for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump in 2016 was the oldest person to assume the US presidency — he was 70 then — although Ronald […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJun 14th, 2018

Trump turns down his ‘probable’ choice as Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump on Friday (Saturday in Manila) said he turned down being named Time’s “Person of the Year” after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen. This file photo obtained December 7, 2016 courtesy of TIME shows then US president-elect… link: Trump turns down his ‘probable’ choice as Time’s ‘Person of the Year’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

Opinion: Trade Tripper -- Jemy Gatdula: "Trump's foreign policy benefits the Philippines"

The oldest man to be US President was sworn in at noon last Friday (Washington time) at the Western front of the Capitol. And Donald Trump's inaugural speech, to be polite, wasn't the soaring rhetoric normally associated with the occasion. But perhaps it was the right kind of speech for the times......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 26th, 2017

Trump praises congressman who assaulted Guardian reporter

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump on Thursday, October 18, praised a US congressman who assaulted a reporter, making light of the attack . Greg Gianforte was sentenced to 6 months of deferred jail time, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management sessions and $385 in fines and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Nikki Haley suddenly resigns as Trump’s UN ambassador

WASHINGTON, United States -- Nikki Haley abruptly resigned Tuesday as the US ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest departure from President Donald Trump's often shifting national security team. Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump said she had done a "fantastic job" and would stay on to the end of the year. "She told me probably six months ago," Trump told reporters, that '"I want to take a little time off.'" A successor will be named "in the next two or three weeks," he said. However, Haley was coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was "important to understand when it's time to stand aside" after a string of challenging jobs. US media repor...Keep on reading: Nikki Haley suddenly resigns as Trump’s UN ambassador.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud enters political arena

WASHINGTON, United States -- The bad blood between Taylor Swift and Kanye West goes way back. At the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, he famously interrupted an acceptance speech by the then 19-year-old Swift for Best Female Video to say that Beyonce deserved the honor. "Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!" he said, leaving Swift in tears. Now, their on-off feud has made the somewhat unlikely shift from the stage to the political arena. West is a vocal -- and somewhat improbable -- supporter of President Donald Trump and will sit down with him for lunch at the White House this week, after meeting his wife...Keep on reading: Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud enters political arena.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang

    TOKYO --- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Tokyo on Saturday for talks with Japanese officials ahead of his trip to North Korea. Pompeo is under pressure to make progress on convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons as President Donald Trump seeks to meet with leader Kim Jong Un for a second time after their June summit in Singapore. Pompeo will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono later Saturday to discuss their North Korea policies before heading to Pyongyang on Sunday. Tokyo is the first stop of his three-day East Asia tour, which also takes him to South Korea and China. In Beijing, Pompeo...Keep on reading: Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Former classmate says Trump court nominee lied about his drinking

WASHINGTON DC, USA – A one-time classmate of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee said Monday, October 1, that Brett Kavanaugh was a habitual heavy drinker, challenging the judge's Senate testimony to the contrary. The comments came days after the FBI opened a Senate-requested probe into allegations by 3 women ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Trump to world leaders: China out to meddle in 2018 election

UNITED NATIONS --- Taking center stage at the United Nations, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of trying to interfere in the upcoming U.S. congressional elections because it opposes his tough trade policies. The White House provided scant evidence of anything akin to the level of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade," Trump said as he chaired the U.N. Security Council for the first time. He made his accusation against the backdrop of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the last election to help him and amid concerns that ...Keep on reading: Trump to world leaders: China out to meddle in 2018 election.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Trump turns on Supreme Court nominee s accuser

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee rejected an ultimatum Friday, September 21 for testifying in the Senate after the US president turned against her, claiming her accusation could not be true. The increasingly ugly fight over the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Supreme Court nominee accuser gets more time to decide on hearing

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee was on Friday, September 21, given more time to decide on testifying in the Senate – hours after the US president claimed her accusation could not be true. Christine Blasey Ford, a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Professor speaks out about sexual assault by Trump Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON, USA – A college professor went public for the first time Sunday, September 16,  to accuse President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, prompting calls to postpone the nomination vote. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, initially detailed the allegations about ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Steve Bannon: ‘Time’s Up is most powerful political movement’

WASHINGTON (AP) --- President Donald Trump's former chief strategist says he's surprised the #MeToo movement hasn't had more impact on corporate America. Steve Bannon says he thinks Time's Up is "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world." Bannon spoke Saturday in New York during an ideas festival sponsored by The Economist. His comments came the same week Les Moonves (MOON'-vehz) stepped down as head of CBS Corp. and the network fired "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager. Both men deny sexual misconduct allegations against them. Asked about Time's Up, Bannon said: "I'm quite shocked that the #MeToo movement hasn't cut through corporate America...Keep on reading: Steve Bannon: ‘Time’s Up is most powerful political movement’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Manafort avoids 2nd trial, pleads guilty

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal crimes and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to more time in prison. The deal gives special counsel Robert Mueller a key cooperator who steered the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Miss America ratings fall amid drop of swimsuit competition

NEW YORK --- The Miss America ceremony subtracted the swimsuit competition for the first time in its 98-year history, and subtracted one million television viewers, too. The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, down 19 percent from the 5.35 million viewers last year. Declining viewership has been a consistent trend for the pageant over the past few years. With Miss America now under the leadership of former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson, the swimsuits were left behind. Instead, they were replaced by onstage interviews where contestants talked about President Trump, the NFL player protests and other topics. Yet the decisi...Keep on reading: Miss America ratings fall amid drop of swimsuit competition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

LOOK: Haslem reveals why he chose to return to Heat

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem arrived at the Miami Heat facility for a workout one day last week, and was told he needed to sign a waiver before he took the court. The reason: Technically, he wasn't on the team. "That was a little weird, having to do that," Haslem said. It won't be a problem for the next year. Haslem officially signed his one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Heat on Monday, a deal that was struck last week and finally became official when he put pen to paper. Haslem will enter his 16th NBA season, all with the Heat, and that means the Miami native will be with his hometown franchise for more than half of its 31-year history. "For the hometown kid in me, that means the world," Haslem said. "I wish I understood how big that is right now, because I really don't, but I know it's big." Haslem was the seventh-oldest player in the NBA last season — and will rise at least one spot on that list this season, with the retirement of San Antonio's Manu Ginobili. Vince Carter is 41 and will play for Atlanta, Dirk Nowitzki is 40 and back with Dallas, and Haslem is 38. "It's great to have our captain back," Heat President Pat Riley said. The others who played last season and are older than Haslem are Jason Terry, Damien Wilkins and Jamal Crawford. They all remain unsigned for the coming season. So, too, does Dwyane Wade. He and Haslem are the only two players who were part of all three Heat championship teams. Haslem said he's busily recruiting his business partner — the pair shares several off-court interests, including a pizza chain — to come back as well. "My mindset has always been for us to finish it together," Haslem said. "I want us to do a whole season together. Experience the road, dinner on the road, go through that whole process. I want us to experience that together." Wade tweeted his congratulations to Haslem when the deal was signed. "You are (the) most selfless person I've ever met," Wade said in his tweet. Congrts to my brother @ThisIsUD on season number 16 coming up! You are thee most selfless person I’ve ever met!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 11, 2018 Haslem appeared in only 14 games last season, and hasn't had much of a role with the Heat in the last three seasons. Haslem believes he can still play — he has kept himself in tremendous condition — but knows that he probably won't have a big on-court presence again. Still, a meeting with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra last week helped seal the deal to return. "Me and Spo were honest with each other," Haslem said. "Honesty is not always telling somebody what they want to hear. And we both have gotten to that point in our careers where we value each other's opinions, whether we want to hear them or not. We trust each other. We root for each other. We both have the best interests of this team in mind." But even if he doesn't get much in the way of minutes, Haslem knows he's valued. Spoelstra raves about the way he interacts and mentors teammates, and Haslem said that was a huge part of his decision as well. "It's about my love for the organization and my love for the guys," Haslem said. "It wasn't about me. If I was looking for playing time, I could have gone someplace else or played in China or something. But at the end of the day, would it have made me as happy as being around this organization and being around these guys? No, I don't think it would.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Michael Moore’s new film a call to action for democracy

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls on Americans to take back their democracy in his new documentary "Fahrenheit 11/9" exploring Donald Trump's ascension to the most powerful job in the world. The title references November 9, 2016, the date that Trump's win in the presidential election was announced, heralding a seismic shift in US politics. It's also an unofficial sequel to his "Fahrenheit 9/11" that took aim at another Republican president, George W. Bush, and was the highest grossing documentary of all time. On the red carpet late Thursday for its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moore said: "Hope right now is the death of us, hope is passive, hope is wishfu...Keep on reading: Michael Moore’s new film a call to action for democracy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Time for Trumpy Filipinos to flip, and you can do it anonymously

I've followed the phenomenon of the Trumpy Filipino for nearly two years now, and despite all the reasons for flips to flip, each time I go back and ask if any of them would like to recant their support for The Donald, they stand pat. They mention reasons for sticking with Trump, like Hillary, as if that's relevant. Or they talk about the economy. Yeah, that's a good one. Taxes are lower. And what about conservative values about controlling the debt? Oh, but the economy is good, they say. So, forget about the president who is the subject of an active criminal investigation; an unindicted co-conspirator; the subject of a damning book by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, who cal...Keep on reading: Time for Trumpy Filipinos to flip, and you can do it anonymously.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Trump signals nuclear talks with North Korea still alive

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – US President Donald Trump pledged on Thursday, September 6 (September 7, Manila time), to complete a deal on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula together with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, signaling that negotiations remain alive after weeks of an apparent deadlock. "Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

POC President Vargas all praises for Pinoy athletes in Asiad

JAKARTA — Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas is all praises for the Filipino athletes who competed in the 18th Asian Games and bagged four gold, two silver and 15 bronze medals. Vargas, who was installed as POC president along with Abraham Tolentino as chairman in a special election only last February, congratulated members of the delegation despite disappointments in many fronts. After 17 days of competition, the 227-athlete delegation improved on the 1-3-11 gold-silver-bronze haul in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and put the Philippines to its best performance in eight years—since its 3-4-9 harvest in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. “‘Yung mga atleta natin can stand proud on the medal stand. We have really improved our medal tally from one gold, three silvers and 11 bronze medals. We've done better,” Vargas said. “Ang atleta talaga ang magdadala, kaya the athlete needs all the support. They get the blame, they get the reward, but our role is to really support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation,” said Vargas in paying tribute to the athletes. All of the Philippines’ gold medalists in the games are women, with the youngest at 17 years old — golfer Yuka Saso, who is joined by fellow golfers Bianca Pagdanganan, 21, and Kaye Lois Go, 19, and skateboarder Margielyn Didal, 19. Even the oldest of them all in weightlifting icon Hidilyn Diaz is still a millennial at 27. “The women in sports are really giving us so much pride. So we should really look at parity and bring in more (of them) in sports. They have proven that they can win,” Vargas said. From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to no. 19 this time, still behind Southeast Asian Games rivals Thailand (12th, 11 golds, 14 silvers, 46 bronzes),  Malaysia (14th, 6-12-15) and Vietnam (17th, 4-16-18). Vargas, the head of the sport of boxing, had a silver from flyweight Rogen Ladon and two bronze medals from light flyweight Carlo Paalam and middleweight Eumir Marcial — a result which the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines president gave him “mixed emotions.” “From the sport that I lead, I’m frustrated not by how the boxers performed, but how the results were judged,” Vargas said, ruing the judging in the games, which seemed to have favored boxers from Uzbekistan, the home country of International Boxing Federation interim president Gafuk Rakhimov. “When boxing presidents and athletes come to your dugout saying that you won, it gives you a sense that injustice has been done. When the crowd from Indonesia and some from Thailand were cheering for the Philippines, then there must have been something wrong that had happened,” Vargas said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

At 39, Schnyder returns to Slam tennis; loses to Sharapova

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — As her 40th birthday approaches, Patty Schnyder came back to tennis for nights like this — facing Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open under the lights in a 14,000-seat arena. It was Schnyder's first main-draw appearance at a major tournament since 2011, and she did make things interesting, erasing a big deficit in the second set only to fall short of pushing their match to a third, eventually losing to five-time major champion Sharapova 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday night. "That," Schnyder said, "was fun." Schnyder is ranked 186th, so she had to go through qualifying rounds to make it into the main draw — and she became the oldest woman to successfully do that at any Grand Slam tournament. She also was the oldest member of this year's 128-woman singles field, and the third-oldest in U.S. Open history. "Doesn't feel like I've been gone for such a while," said Schnyder, who after initially retiring seven years ago, returned to a full tour schedule in 2016. "It has been a part of my life for so long, that it feels like it's just great. And it's the passion of my life, and it's just great to be out there." This was her ninth career meeting against 2006 U.S. Open champion Sharapova, but first in 10 years. "I knew we'd go out on the court today and kind of relive the memories," said the 31-year-old Sharapova, who is now 8-1 against Schnyder. "I know what a competitor she is. To come back and still have the desire is admirable." The match was in Louis Armstrong Stadium and, every so often, Schnyder would peek at the large video screens and catch a glimpse of her 3-year-old daughter, Kim, who sat in the stands and was allowed to stay up way past her bedtime on this occasion. Sharapova raced through the first set, winning all four of Schnyder's service games and holding a 9-0 edge in winners. The second set began with more of the same, as Sharapova went ahead 5-1. But she began to miss more and more, even clutching at her left elbow after one miscue, and that allowed Schnyder — using that familiar looping lefty forehand — to get to 5-all, then force the tiebreaker. Even then, Sharapova didn't have an easy time of things, needing four match points before she was finally able to close things out and move her U.S. Open night-session record to 21-0. Schnyder, meanwhile, had never before lost in the first round of this hard-court tournament, going 14-0 during her "first" career. "She still has incredible hands," was Sharapova's report on Schnyder afterward. "Moves incredibly well for being out of the game for so long. Still very competitive." Schnyder said she isn't sure quite what to make of this trip to New York. She had tasted success all those years ago, a semifinalist at the 2004 Australian Open and a quarterfinalist six other times, including at Flushing Meadows in 2008 and — wait for it — 1998. So does this return trip to the bright lights and big city make Schnyder want more? Or did it satisfy a craving and she's ready to go back to retirement? "I don't know. I'm not really planning (ahead). And now that I'm here and I made the main draw, maybe it gives me different thoughts," replied Schnyder, who turns 40 in December. "I really don't know what I'm up to the next few months.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018