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US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON --- The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown. Congress scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure -- a...Keep on reading: US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 20th, 2018

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON --- The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown. Congress scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure -- a...Keep on reading: US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Myanmar gov t says Bangladesh to blame if Rohingya returns delayed

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar's government on Sunday, November 11, insisted any delays to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees would be the fault of Bangladesh, just 4 days ahead of the controversial planned start date. After repeated setbacks, the neighboring countries declared that the first of more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Villar, Poe justify TRAIN support; blame gov’t, traders for higher cost of goods

Some traders and executive agencies, and not the government’s tax reform program, should be blamed for the rising cost of living in the country, 2 re-electionist senators who helped pass the measure said Monday. Source link link: Villar, Poe justify TRAIN support; blame gov’t, traders for higher cost of goods.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Mocha: If I die, blame it on the NPA

Resigned Presidential Communication Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on Tuesday declared that if she gets suddenly killed, there is no one to blame but the New People's Army (NPA).   According to Uson, she refused to avail of security privileges possibly when she was still in government. But, she said, her manager prodded her to get people to protect her since she's been criticizing communists in her blogs.   "Actually, ako po yung may ayaw ng security kaya lang kasi 'yung manager ko na chief of staff ko rin, kailangan na daw kasi NPA na itong binabangga ko -- NPA, mga komunista -- so kailangan din for my safety," Uson said in an interview with One News' Agenda on Tue...Keep on reading: Mocha: If I die, blame it on the NPA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Duterte jokes: Rice shortage fault of drug addicts in rehab centers

  Blame it on drug addicts, again.   President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday shared a theory that the rice shortage in the country could have been caused by drug addicts in rehabilitation centers who now enjoy eating food.   He said the number of drug addicts surrendering to authorities has been increasing and they have been undergoing rehabilitation.   "Ngayon na marami ng na-rehab kaya tayo nagkaroon ng rice crisis," Duterte said in jest in a speech in Malacaang, eliciting laughter from his audience, mostly government career executives.   Mr. Duterte, who launched a brutal war on illegal drugs since he assumed the Presidency in June...Keep on reading: Duterte jokes: Rice shortage fault of drug addicts in rehab centers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Macau shuts down casinos for first time as Mangkhut approaches

HONG KONG – Macau shut down all its casinos in a historic first as Typhoon Mangkhut approached on Sunday, September 16, with authorities warning the gambling enclave would be hit by severe flooding. The Macau government was heavily criticized by residents last year for failing to prepare the city ahead of Typhoon Hato , which left widespread damage and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

China shuts down prominent Christian church

BEIJING, China – Beijing officials have shut down one of China's largest "underground" Protestant churches for operating without a license, the Communist government's latest move to ramp up control over religious worship. Around 70 officials stormed into the Zion Church – housed on the third floor of a nondescript office building ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Gov t did little or nothing to stop 6.4% August inflation

MANILA, Philippines – Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda said the government only has itself to blame for the country's inflation rate reaching 6.4% in August .  "Ultimately, the 6.4% was really due to the fact that we did little or nothing. We can no longer blame market opportunists, profiteers, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Inflation expected to jump even higher in August 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Government agencies and various investment houses expected inflation , or the movement of prices of goods, to jump even higher in August. The Department of Finance (DOF) announced on Monday, September 3, that they projected inflation to settle at 5.9%. (READ:  Who's to blame for soaring inflation? 'All of them' in gov't, says economist ) Alcoholic beverages and tobacco ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Drilon: Blame poor infra for rice shortage

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Sunday said the rice shortage that hit some parts of the country could be attributed to poor agriculture infrastructure that stymied growth of agriculture sector. “The government should take a closer look at the state of agriculture infrastructure in the country, if it wants to enhance agricultural productivity […] The post Drilon: Blame poor infra for rice shortage appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Time for a revolutionary government — blame Congress

Constitutional reform is never easy or quick......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Blaming NFA won’t solve Zamboanga City rice shortage, says exec

    Blaming the National Food Authority (NFA) for the state of calamity in Zamboanga City prompted by the rice shortage won't solve the problem, an official of the agency said on Friday.   Rex Estoperez, Director of Public Affairs and spokesperson of the NFA, said this as senators earlier criticized the government agency for the rice scarcity in Zamboanga City.   Senator Francis Pangilinan called for the dismissal of NFA officials and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian even gave a harsh proposal - abolish the agency altogether.   READ: Senators blame NFA for rice shortage, high prices   "Ang tanong diyan... naintindihan ba nila ang ...Keep on reading: Blaming NFA won’t solve Zamboanga City rice shortage, says exec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

ATHENS, Greece – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday, July 27, said he assumed "political responsibility" for the country's deadliest wildfires as a bitter debate raged over who was to blame for the tragedy. The opposition earlier accused the government of refusing to take responsibility after it said that the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

Macau government adopts abandoned greyhounds as track shuts

HONG KONG – Authorities in the gambling hub of Macau have taken under their care more than 500 greyhounds abandoned by the operator of the city's dog-racing track after it closed. The Canidrome Club, owned by one of the city's most powerful women Angela Leong, was until its shutdown Asia's only ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Who s to blame for soaring inflation? All of them in gov t, says economist

MANILA, Philippines – The June 2018 inflation rate ended up even higher than all government forecasts , targets, and market expectations, after it surged to  5.2% . Who should be held accountable for the spike? And how can inflation be tamed to within a decent range? University of the Philippines ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Overheated hardware shuts down government websites

Overheated hardware resulted in the shutdown of several government websites this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

‘Spoken like a true leader’

“IT’S to end the blame game,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque yesterday said as he clarified President Rodrigo Duterte’s taking full responsibility for the “misencounter” between government troops and policemen in Sta. Rita, Samar last week. “It’s to end the blame game. Spoken like a true leader, the buck stops with….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Duterte took full responsibility for misencounter to end blame game –Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday made clarifications as regards President Rodrigo Duterte taking full responsibility over the “misencounter” between government troops and policemen in Sta. Rita, Samar last week. Source link link: Duterte took full responsibility for 'misencounter' 'to end blame game' –Roque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Gov’t call for intensified price monitoring only an ’empty gimmickry’ — Gabriela

After the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Agriculture's (DA) announcement to intensify price monitoring among retailers, Gabriela Women's Party accused the government of attempting "to make an impression that it is doing something" amid price hikes. "The truth is, the Duterte regime only wants to make an impression that it is doing something on rising prices amid mounting complaints by mothers and consumers when what it is really doing is to just watch prices soar," Gabriela Representative Emmi de Jesus said on Wednesday in a statement. "With their empty gimmickry, DTI and DA are shifting the blame on small traders who are also affected by rising prices and...Keep on reading: Gov’t call for intensified price monitoring only an ’empty gimmickry’ — Gabriela.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018