Witness says no gun pointed at US tankers

RIO DE JANEIRO – A man who helped translate conversations between Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, his teammates and armed security guards at a gas station says.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 20th, 2016

Witness identifies 2 cops in Kian slay

MANILA, Philippines — A witness pointed toward two members of the Philippine National Police when asked to identify those who were with 17-year-old Kian Loyd.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 5th, 2017

What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas – CNN News

When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn't from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel's gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. It was no surprise that Hamas chose Qatar. It's the home of outgoing Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, and much of his senior leadership. &'8220;Qatar is quite important for Hamas,&'8221; said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. &'8220;Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.&'8221; The recent crisis in the Persian Gulf region is putting that relationship in jeopardy. Earlier this month, nine countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed financial embargoes of varying severity. The announcement was the culmination of a feud that had been simmering for years. The nine countries accused Doha of assisting terrorist organizations, providing support for the Muslim Brotherhood and of being far too cozy with Iran. Ironically perhaps, Qatar's relationship with Hamas had not been among the biggest issues dividing the region. Unlike the US, Britain, and Europe, all of which designate Hamas as a terrorist organization, Arab states &'8212; including Qatar &'8212; do not. This was something Qatar's Foreign Minister sought to remind people in an interview with Russia's RT, in response to a call from his Saudi counterpart that Qatar stop supporting Hamas. &'8220;The US views Hamas as a terror organization. But to the rest of the Arab nations, it is a legitimate resistance movement. We do not support Hamas, we support the Palestinian people,&'8221; Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said. &'8220;Hamas' presence [in Doha] is coordinated with the US and the countries in the region, and it's part of our effort to mediate between the Palestinian factions to reach reconciliation.&'8221; For its part, Hamas says it is being squeezed unreasonably. &'8220;The Gulf Countries are pressuring Qatar to cut relations with resistance organizations. This is unacceptable and we refuse this pressure,&'8221; Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoom said in a statement to CNN. &'8220;We are a resistance movement and the whole world is a witness to this.&'8221; Hamas is seen as having been under a series of pressures for the last few years, reflected in some significant internal changes. Last month, a new leader was announced &'8212; Ismail Haniya taking over from long-time leader Meshaal &'8212; at the same time as the militant group issued its new charter. While Israel pointed to the fact the new document continued to espouse violent resistance, and a commitment to the &'8220;rejection of the Zionist entity,&'8221; others observers said the document's description of a Palestinian state with the borders existing on the eve of the Six Day War in 1967 provided evidence of a new moderation. As Hamas rank and file were digesting those changes, so the leadership was suddenly forced to pay careful attention to diplomatic developments. Hellyer sees two main reasons the nine regional allies are turning their attention towards Hamas. &'8220;First, Hamas has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood organization, which puts it in the firing line of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia,&'8221; Hellyer says. &'8220;But I think this has more to do with a western audience. The Saudi rulers took advantage of Trump's recognition of them as a powerful actor in the region and that might have encouraged them.&'8221; Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, has been a thorn in the side of regional autocrats for years. Qatar's regional influence also comes from support for Islamists, whether it is the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas at one end of the spectrum, or Al Qaeda at the other. Doha has used this sway to negotiate with various groups including the Taliban, as well as to help negotiate ceasefires between Israel and Hamas. In late 2010 and into 2011, Qatar saw its influence throughout the Middle East rise sharply. Al Jazeera, already a thorn in the side of Arab autocrats, reported extensively on the Arab Spring. The Al Jazeera Arabic channel grew additional roots in Egypt after the uprising and election of Mohamed Morsy who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood. The international community praised the new Egyptian president for bringing a swift end to a war between Gaza militants and Israel that same year. In the long run, though, as it unraveled across the region, the Arab Spring proved to be disastrous for Hamas, which saw the number of countries it could call a friend whittled away. &'8220;Hamas had very strong relations with Syria, Egypt, Qatar, Turkey and Iran,&'8221; says Mustafa Barghouti, an independent Palestinian politician. &'8220;Things have changed over time so they had to diversify relations.&'8221; Before 2012, the Hamas leadership was based out of Damascus. Tensions grew between the militants and the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad as revolution gripped the country. Eventually, Hamas sided with the rebels and cut ties to some extent with Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran. &'8220;Hamas lost a lot in the uprisings,&'8221; says Hellyer. &'8220;This is one of the reasons why Qatar stepped in.&'8221; Qatar, a strong supporter of both the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Hamas, took advantage of the situation. In the fall of 2012, the head of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, visited the Gaza Strip becoming the first world leader to do so under Hamas control. The emir inaugurated projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In the vacuum left [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2017

From the sublime to the ridiculous

NEW YORK --- Just when you thought he couldn't go any lower, he did. At a meeting at the White House to discuss an immigration deal last week, the Orange Man objected to certain provisions of the proposal on the table, describing Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries." Both Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said they heard the president utter those words. Adding insult to injury, OM also wondered why the U.S. couldn't get more immigrants from countries like Norway. To his credit, Senator Graham retorted that the United States was an idea and not a race. Too, as several commentators pointed out, why would Norwegians want to immigrate h...Keep on reading: From the sublime to the ridiculous.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News4 hr. 41 min. ago

Queenie Padilla defends dad Robin on ‘PGT’ controversy: ‘That’s the way my father is’

It is now the daughter's turn to defend her father. Former actress Queenie Padilla took to Instagram to stand by her father Robin after he drew flak for his treatment of a Korean contestant, Kim Jiwan, on the talent show "Pilipinas Got Talent". Robin scolded the contestant on live television for not speaking Tagalog despite having lived in the country for years. His manner of reprimanding the young contestant was deemed rude and racist by critics. Writing her defense of her dad via an Instagram post on Wednesday, Queenie remarked, "Calling my father a racist is wrong." She pointed out that Kim had asked Robin "in an improper way" when the contestant said the words "Can I use...Keep on reading: Queenie Padilla defends dad Robin on ‘PGT’ controversy: ‘That’s the way my father is’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News17 hr. 2 min. ago

Yung defense namin parang bata -- Alas on blowout loss

Phoenix’s terrible decision-making on offense and passive defense made Rain or Shine look good. Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas was furious with his team’s performance as Phoenix absorbed a 99-120 beating against the Elasto Painters in the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Big Dome. The mentor admitted that he felt that the game was already out of hand after his squad gave up 39 points in the opening period alone.  “Bad decision-making namin offensively fuels their transition offense,” said Alas. Rain or Shine converted Phoenix’s 19 turnovers to 30 points and outran the Fuel Masters to cop 22 fastbreak points. “First half 72% field goal (ang Rain or Shine), paano ka naman mananalo dyan? Defensive team ang gusto mong maging trademark mo, gi-give up ka ng 39 points in the first quarter, that’s bad,” said Alas, whose squad’s next assignment is on Saturday against Magnolia. “I just told them, ‘If we will have the same attitude on Saturday expect the same score.’ So it will be a test of character.” Ed Daquioag toyed with Phoenix’s defense as he scored 21 points to pace the Elasto Painters while James Yap, who was just averaging 3.3 points in three games, scored 20 points in an 8-of-10 clip from the field. If not for a bad fall on an and-one play off rookie Jason Perkins with 7:33 left in the third, Daquioag, the second-year guard out of UST, would’ve done more damage against Phoenix. He never got to shoot his bonus free throw and sat out the rest of the game. “(Si) Daquioag parang nagra-round robin. Sabi ko, ‘What kind of a defensive team are we? We have to shape up.’ Talagang kapag ang sama ng opensa ko, di kami maka-stop sa depensa,” said Alas. “We've got six keys to win, checkin natin lahat... lahat wala kaming nagawa. Yu’ng pick and roll defense namin, parang bata. Sabi ko. ‘'Yan ba ang gusto niyong defensive identity natin? Giving up 39 points in one quarter? We're not like that,’” he added. The Elasto Painters got their game going to build some separation early, and their lead ballooned to 86-47 in the third. “Nu’ng first three plays pa nga lang, nag-timeout ako ng mabilis eh. Sabi ko, ‘Guys, we're very passive.’ Dalawang TOs agad ‘yun,” said Alas. “First quarter nakadalawang timeouts kaagad ako just to stop the bleeding.” Alas pointed that he has to address the problems they had against the Elasto Painters as they prepare for Magnolia.    “Unang-una ‘yung shot selection namin. Kasi kapag nagmintis ka makikita mo kukunin mo na lang yung inbound su-shoot na yan. We need to adjust that and defensively kailangang pagbutihin namin ‘yung transition defense naming,” he said. “We need to improve on that several notches higher.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

The night Hollywood wore black

  From the get-go, the 2018 Golden Globe awards wore the TV-film industry's collective heart on its sleeve--- and it was colored black. Black for cumulative mourning over past, unaddressed excesses; for firm, no-nonsense resolve to finally put a stop to the power-tripping and sexual exploitation that have claimed many victims for decades---and as a grim and "deadly" warning for predators to stop. Now. The no-nonsense tone was set early on by the very first award, for best TV actress Nicole Kidman's portrayal of a victim of domestic violence in the series, "Big Little Lies." To further underscore the pointed focus, reference and preference, the show itself won for bes...Keep on reading: The night Hollywood wore black.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Pray the ‘Oratio Imperata,’ Legazpi Diocese asks Catholics in Albay

  The Diocese of Legazpi appealed to the Catholic faithful in Albay to join in praying the "Oratio Imperata for Calamity" amid the threat of eruption from the famed Mayon Volcano.   Fr. Rex Paul Arjona, social action director of the diocese, said they have requested the airing of the said prayer in several radio stations in the province.   In an interview over the Church-run Radio Veritas, the priest pointed out that praying the Oratio Imperata plays a huge role in the spiritual preparation of the faithful.   "The spiritual intervention really forms part of our preparation. This is why the Oratio Imperata for Calamity is being played almost ev...Keep on reading: Pray the ‘Oratio Imperata,’ Legazpi Diocese asks Catholics in Albay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

‘93 Brown’s Chicken Massacre back in the news, 2 Filipinos were youngest victims

  CHICAGO---Exactly 25 years after one of the most notorious crimes in Chicago area history happened on January 8, 1993, the "Brown's Chicken Massacre" is back in the news. One of the two convicted killers, James E. Degorski was recently denied a new trial based on his claim that his former girlfriend, Anne Lockett, who became a key prosecution witness in his 2009 trial, lied on the witness stand so that she could eventually receive a portion of the $98,000 reward offered for his and his partner's arrest. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan on January 8 agreed with prosecutors that Degorski's lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean,failed to prove that his rights had been violated at tr...Keep on reading: ‘93 Brown’s Chicken Massacre back in the news, 2 Filipinos were youngest victims.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Yuan Thong Temple joins Bacolaodiat Festival 2018

YUAN THONG Temple invites guests to visit the Temple at Burgos Extension and witness “A Family Legacy of Loyalty and Honor”—its version of Chinese New Year celebration on February 15 as part of the Bacolaodiat Festival 2018. There will be a series of activities lined up as the temple opens its doors to the public […] The post Yuan Thong Temple joins Bacolaodiat Festival 2018 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Robredo camp: Is abolishing OVP a ‘hidden agenda’ in draft Constitution?

Published: 4:44 p.m., Jan. 14, 2018 | Updated: 11:36 p.m., Jan. 14, 2018 The camp of Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo's suspects abolishing the Office of the Vice President could be a "hidden agenda" under the draft Constitution being pushed by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). In a statement on Sunday, Robredo's legal counsel, Ibarra "Barry" Gutierrez III, pointed out that the Office of the Vice President (OVP) "has been a feature of our republic for over 80 years, ever since it was created under the 1935 Constitution." "The only time since then that we have had no VP was during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos," Gutierrez said. "Tha...Keep on reading: Robredo camp: Is abolishing OVP a ‘hidden agenda’ in draft Constitution?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Proposed Cha-cha may abolish OVP, says Colmenares

A former lawmaker warned on Sunday that the current Charter change (Cha-cha) proposal may abolish the office of the vice president but would not disqualify President Rodrigo Duterte from running for president in 2022.   "Under the PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan)Constitution, the office of the Vice President will be abolished by 2019 if they succeed in having the new Constitution ratified during the 2019 elections," Bayan Muna Chair and former Congressman Neri Colmenares pointed out in a statement.   "Vice-President Leni Robredo will be ousted from her office long before her term ends in 2022," he said.   "While PDP Laban may ar...Keep on reading: Proposed Cha-cha may abolish OVP, says Colmenares.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte marries mother of his infant son

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has wed the mother of his 7-month-old son. Lochte and former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid were married by a judge Tuesday in Gainesville, Florida, where Lochte attended college. Their son, Caiden, was born last June. According to the marriage license obtained by TMZ Sports, Lochte's father, Steven, was a witness. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, and Reid appear to be holding off on a honeymoon. He is scheduled to be in Austin, Texas, on Saturday to sign autographs at a swim meet, while Reid tweeted Thursday that she was on her way back to their California home with Caiden. The couple got engaged in October 2016, not long after L...Keep on reading: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte marries mother of his infant son.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Faeldon gets furlough for child’s birth

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate granted yesterday former customs chief Nicanor Faeldon a brief pass from detention to allow him to witness the birth of his.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Senate’s united stand vs joint voting on Cha-cha backed by Constitution – Sotto

Backed by the Constitution, the Senate is united against moves that would allow Congress to vote jointly on any amendments to the Charter, Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Friday.   Sotto pointed out that joint voting by Congress is only allowed on martial law declaration.   "Jointly, separately? Pwede ba tigilan na. Consti says only in martial law vote ang jointly. Nowhere else is jointly mentioned," he said on Twitter.   Asked in a text message if the Senate has specific plans to stop the joint voting being pushed by some lawmakers, Sotto said there was no need for it as he already has his own strategy "in case some people are insistent on vi...Keep on reading: Senate’s united stand vs joint voting on Cha-cha backed by Constitution – Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

DOJ reopens probe on Atio Castillo hazing

State witness and Aegis Juris fraternity member Mark Ventura is set to appear before the DOJ as government prosecutors decided to re-open its preliminary investigation on the death of University of Santo Tomas law student Horacio Tomas ‘Atio’ Castillo III last September 17, 2017. #BeFullyInformed DOJ reopens probe on Atio Castillo hazing State witness and… link: DOJ reopens probe on Atio Castillo hazing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

DOJ reopens Horacio Castillo III hazing case

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reopened the investigation into the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.   Assistant Prosecutor Attorney II Wendel Bendoval, a member of the panel of prosecutors handling the case, said the case has to be reopened even if it has been submitted for resolution last year to give way for the sworn statement of Aegis Juris fratman Mark Ventura.   Bendoval said they have just received last Jan. 3 the affidavit of Ventura, one of the 37 respondents to the death of Atio. He is already under the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP).   "It's material evidence we have to c...Keep on reading: DOJ reopens Horacio Castillo III hazing case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Aces forge first win

  Alex Compton does not want to bring up the past, the very recent one. "That hurts," he said after it was pointed out that his Alaska Aces finished last year with four straight losses dating back to the tailend of the last PBA conference. "We just talked about a blank slate and we need to write a new story on it." The Aces put a win on that blank slate on Wednesday night, showing up with their best form yet in the Philippine Cup and going on to plaster Meralco, 103-98, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. "Last year was so difficult," he said. "There was so much frustration for all of us. But I am so happy with the effort they (his players) came up with today and we ...Keep on reading: Aces forge first win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Cop in Korean’s kidnap-slay turns state witness

ANGELES CITY, Philippines — A police officer accused of involvement in the kidnapping and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo has turned state wi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Cop in Korean’s slay allowed to turn state witness

A POLICEMAN accused of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo in October 2016 has been allowed to turn state witness by the Angeles City court trying the case. Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 58 Judge Irineo Pangilinan, Jr., in granting the Department of Justice’s request, said Senior […] The post Cop in Korean’s slay allowed to turn state witness appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Cop in Jee Ick Joo kidnap-slay now a state witness

MANILA, Philippines — A cop accused in the kidnap-slay case of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo has been admitted as a state witness......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018