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Martial Law protests, Duterte’s ‘guilty’ verdict, Comelec substitution rule | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: September 21 rallies: 'Resist the creeping dictatorship.' What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte? After criticism, Comelec amends rule on substitution of bets. {module 3998}.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2018Related News

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

MANILA, Philippines – The International Peoples’ Tribunal in Brussels, Belgium, handed down on Thursday, September 20, a guilty verdict on President Rodrigo Duterte for crimes against humanity over the alleged “gross and systematic violations of human rights” in the Philippines. This is not a legally binding ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 20th, 2018Related News

People s tribunal a venue to air grievances, rights group says

The government's dismissal of the International People's Tribunal as a "sham proceeding" undermines the efforts of people and groups testifying at the tribunal in Belgium, a rights group said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 19th, 2018Related News

Palace dismisses International People s Tribunal as sham proceeding

A sultan from Marawi and the daughters of detained National Democratic Front of the Philippines would be among those to testify on the alleged rights violations of the Duterte administration before the International People’s Tribunal in Brussels, Belgium......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 18th, 2018Related News

Sultan of Marawi to testify against Duterte in ‘Global Court’

Sultan Hamidullah Atar of Marawi City will testify against the Duterte administration before the International Peoples' Tribunal (IPT2018), human rights group Karapatan said on Monday. The IPT2018 is a global court convened by the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, IBON International, and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines. According to Karapatan, Atar is set to testify on Sept.18-19 at the IPT2018 in Brussels, Belgium about the human rights violations allegedly committed by the Duterte regime to the Meranaws during the Marawi City s...Keep on reading: Sultan of Marawi to testify against Duterte in ‘Global Court’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 17th, 2018Related News

17-year-old yields 2T marijuana sticks; buy-bust nets P1.1M worth of shabu

TWO thousand marijuana sticks were seized from a 17-year-old boy and a man during a buy-bust on Echavez St. in Barangay Lorega San Miguel, Cebu City last Saturday night. The man was identified as Emanuel Trajano, a resident of Belgium St. in Barangay Pasil. The subject of the operation was the minor (name withheld), whom… link: 17-year-old yields 2T marijuana sticks; buy-bust nets P1.1M worth of 'shabu'.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Sep 17th, 2018Related News

EU clears Apple plan to buy music app Shazam

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The EU on Thursday, September 6, approved US tech giant Apple's plan to buy leading song-recognition app Shazam , saying the move would not reduce choice for music streaming consumers. The bloc launched a detailed probe into the deal with London-based Shazam, worth a reported $400 million, in April, at the request of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 6th, 2018Related News

EU clears Apple plan to buy music app Shazam

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- The EU on Thursday approved US tech giant Apple's plan to buy leading song-recognition app Shazam, saying the move would not reduce choice for music streaming consumers. The bloc launched a detailed probe into the deal with London-based Shazam, worth a reported $400 million, in April, at the request of several EU states amid fears it could harm competition in an intensifying battle of streaming services. The Apple-Shazam investigation was another round in the ongoing tussle between Brussels and Silicon Valley as the European Union adopts tougher regulation for the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon. "Data is key in the digital economy. We must therefore c...Keep on reading: EU clears Apple plan to buy music app Shazam.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 6th, 2018Related News

Team USA brings NBA players to camp for next World Cup qualifiers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The U.S. is upgrading its roster slightly to start the second round of qualifying for the Basketball World Cup, bringing 10 players who were on NBA rosters last season to training camp. The first two games of the second round are later this month. The first two windows were in November and February, when NBA players were prevented from playing, and the June-July window conflicted with free agency and summer league. The Americans used mostly G League players under coach Jeff Van Gundy for those games. But the group headed to camp in Las Vegas beginning Thursday includes players such as Frank Mason III of the Sacramento Kings, the 2017 NCAA player of the year, Dwayne Bacon, who played 53 games with Charlotte last season, and former lottery pick Henry Ellenson of the Detroit Pistons. Reggie Hearn and center Jameel Warney, who helped the Americans go 5-1 in the first round, will also be in camp. The rest of the roster: Jordan Crawford, Isaiah Hicks, Derrick White, Dakari Johnson, Bryce Alford, V.J. Beachem, Ben Moore, Chasson Randle and Travis Trice. The Americans play Uruguay on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas and visit Panama on Sept. 17......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 4th, 2018Related News

Hamilton denies Ferrari a home win at Italian GP

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MONZA, Italy (AP) — For Ferrari, the wait continues. For Lewis Hamilton, it was a dream race. Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday after starting third on the grid to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel following an opening-lap collision with the German driver that effectively ended his chances of victory. Ferrari had been hopeful of ending an eight-year wait for a win at its home track after taking the front two places on the grid at the Italian GP for the first time since 2000. However, pole-sitter Raikkonen was overtaken by Hamilton eight laps from the end and the Mercedes driver held on, much to the disappointment of the passionate Italian tifosi fans. "Today was so difficult. Whilst the negativity is never great, that's what powered me along. I actually accept it," Hamilton said after getting roundly booed on the podium. Hamilton, who said he rated the win as among the top performances of his career, tied Michael Schumacher's record of five Italian GP victories and extended his overall lead to 30 points over Vettel "Disappointed but there was nothing I could do," said Raikkonen, who struggled with a tire problem in the final few laps. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of Vettel and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who received a five-second penalty. The 33-year-old Hamilton pinpointed the collision with Vettel as the decisive moment of the race. "That was definitely a very, very key moment, getting past him was the immediate goal ... my race is not really with Kimi, it's with Sebastian. However, I do need to get past Kimi at the same time," Hamilton said. "Getting past Sebastian at the beginning was clearly a massive turning point. That definitely took a lot of pressure off ... I could just focus on Kimi for the whole race. We had a couple of good battles." Vettel had cut the gap at the top of the standings to 17 points with victory at last weekend's Belgium GP. Hamilton put his rival under pressure from the start but Vettel pulled clear and was alongside Raikkonen into the first corner. Hamilton had another go on the outside heading into the second chicane, inching ahead of Vettel when they made contact, causing Vettel to spin and lose part of his front wing. The safety car was deployed and Vettel was forced into the pits for a new wing, coming out 18th. Both drivers complained on team radio but an investigation decided that no further action was necessary. "Obviously I guess Lewis saw his chance but he didn't leave me any room so I got spun around and couldn't avoid what happened," said Vettel. "It could have been the other way, which would have been nicer for us, but wasn't and I was facing the wrong way. "We did well to come back given the damage that we had." There are seven races left on the calendar, including the Singapore GP on Sept. 16 — on a track which suits Ferrari. "There are many points to win back now in the championship, but we still have time to improve and we have the margin to recover," Vettel said. Moments after the safety car came in on lap four, Hamilton swiftly overtook Raikkonen on the straight but gave the lead back almost immediately at the second chicane. Meanwhile, Vettel was powering through the field and had made it back into the top 10 by lap 15 and was up to fifth nine laps later. But the German's hopes of getting onto the podium were diminished when he was forced to make another pit stop and came out 10th. Raikkonen pitted from the lead at the end of lap 20 and came out fourth, behind Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen. Hamilton waited until the end of lap 28 to come in for fresh tires, handing the lead to Bottas who was ahead of a charging Raikkonen. Hamilton emerged third and, with his teammate holding up Raikkonen, the British driver was able to close the gap. When Bottas eventually pitted at the end of lap 36, the fight was on, with Raikkonen holding a one-second advantage over Hamilton. A few laps later Hamilton struck, coming around the outside of Raikkonen on turn one at the end of the straight to overtake the Finn and never looked back. Behind them there was a scrap for third place culminating at the first chicane when Verstappen appeared to move into Bottas, forcing the Finnish driver onto an escape road. Verstappen was furious when told he had been given a five-second penalty for his role in the incident on team radio, swearing and adding: "They're doing a great job of killing racing, honestly.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 2nd, 2018Related News

E.U. urges U.S. to reconsider regrettable decision on U.N. Palestinian agency

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union (EU) on Saturday, September 1, urged the United States (US) to reconsider "its regrettable decision" to halt funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees. The EU stresed the importance of continued international support for UNWRA, which runs schools for ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 2nd, 2018Related News

Race crash

A Mclaren driver of Spain (top) goes over the top of Sauber driver of Monaco as they are involved in a crash at the start of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. AP.....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 28th, 2018Related News

Ocon s uncertain F1 future draws sympathy from Hamilton

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Not even the highest praise may be enough for Esteban Ocon to keep his Formula One seat. The 21-year-old Frenchman faces an uncertain future with the re-named Racing Point Force India team, despite being one of the most promising drivers around. Two days ago, the team came out of administration following a successful takeover by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. Stroll's son, 19-year-old Lance, drives for Williams but could reportedly move to Racing Point Force India. "My future is not done. At the moment I don't know where I will race next year or what I will do," Ocon said at the Belgian Grand Prix. "The only thing I can do is do well on the track." He certainly did that on Saturday. In wet conditions at Spa, Ocon qualified in third place for Sunday's race behind four-time F1 champions Sebastian Vettel and polesitter Lewis Hamilton. "We expect to be there. We've got the cars, the consistency," Ferrari driver Vettel said before praising Ocon. "It's his day." Ocon has serious credentials. He beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen — the youngest driver to win an F1 race at 18 — to the European F3 title in 2014, winning it with a round to spare and earning a spot on the prestigious Mercedes F1 junior program. Ocon was once described as a "sponge" by his technical director because of his ability to absorb information and learn quickly . There are precious few seats up for grabs next year and his teammate Sergio Perez is unlikely to be dropped. It was legal action by Perez, who was reportedly owed around 3 million pounds ($3.9 million), which initiated the team going into administration and effectively saved it. Lance Stroll would not commit his future to Williams on Thursday. "At the moment I'm at Williams, we'll see what happens with me in the future and I wish (my father) all the best with Force India," he said. "It's definitely a very exciting future for him." Hamilton says Ocon should not be put in such an uncertain situation. "I've always been a supporter of Esteban's. How he conducts himself and how he performs on the track is exceptional," Hamilton said after taking his 78th pole position. "Unfortunately, we're in a weird place in Formula One, where you've got some teams that, rather than take an up-and-coming kid, they'll take whoever's got the money. It means the structure of the sport is probably wrong. "He needs to be in a great car because he's one of the top drivers here," Hamilton added. "You can't expect someone who's got more money to leapfrog a better driver. It shouldn't happen." Even if Williams offered Ocon a seat, it would be a step down for him considering the team is last in the constructors' championship. But with Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's teammate, given a contract for next year , there is no space yet at Mercedes for one of its own prodigies......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 26th, 2018Related News

Alonso is ‘one of greatest drivers’ – Lewis

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM: Lewis Hamilton rates his erstwhile teammate Fernando Alonso as the greatest driver he has competed against in his career. The championship leader told reporters on Thursday that he felt it was a pity that the two-time champion Spaniard, who announced last week that he will depart Formula One at the end of this [...] The post Alonso is ‘one of greatest drivers’ – Lewis appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Aug 25th, 2018Related News

Ricciardo had sleepless nights about leaving Red Bull

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Although weighing up the decision to leave Red Bull gave Daniel Ricciardo "a few sleepless nights," he felt his unexpected move to join Renault was inevitable. The Australian driver stunned F1 when, instead of signing a new deal with Red Bull on July 31 as widely anticipated, he announced days later he was joining Renault from 2019. Not, he said, because of an uneasy relationship with Dutch driver and teammate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo insists there was "no falling out or bad blood" with Verstappen, team principal Christian Horner or any of the management. His decision to leave was because he needed "fresh motivation" after feeling "frustrated and a bit numb" following so many years within Red Bull's set up. Ricciardo started in F1 with Toro Rosso — Red Bull's feeder team — in 2012 and joined Red Bull in 2014. "I was really torn with what to do and that process took time," Ricciardo said Thursday. "It wasn't easy. There were a lot of factors and variables in my mind. When I weighed it up the change of setting, a new challenge, are probably the answers I needed." Ricciardo began this season well, winning two of the first six races. Then, the team's reliability problems resurfaced as did his sometimes difficult relationship with Verstappen. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April, they crashed into each other. Neither accepted the blame. Ricciardo was faster than Verstappen in Baku but couldn't get past him. As a frustrated Ricciardo tried to force his way past, Verstappen closed the door on him and Ricciardo, with no time to react, slammed into the back of his teammate. It wasn't the first time they had collided. Last year, Ricciardo was livid with Verstappen after being bumped off the track by him on the first lap of the Hungarian GP. Ricciardo described Verstappen's driving as "amateur" for the way he swerved into him when going wide on the exit from a turn. Although the 29-year-old Ricciardo has won seven races for Red Bull, Verstappen is just 20 and considered the future star of F1. By the age of 18, Verstappen became the youngest driver to win an F1 race and qualify in the top two positions. He has already won four F1 races, secured multiple podiums, and is one of the quickest and best at overtaking. While Red Bull has always insisted the drivers were on equal footing, Verstappen was given a lucrative multi-year deal — before Ricciardo was offered his new contract — which appeared to suggest the team's focus was more on him. Ricciardo was asked if his move to Renault was to get away from Verstappen. "No is the short answer," Ricciardo replied, adding that perceptions that Verstappen was the team's designated No. 1 were inaccurate, albeit understandable. "From the outside people thought that, but hand on heart there was never any concern or sign of that," Ricciardo said. He was also happy with the new contract offered to him by Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko but it was not enough to change his mind about leaving. "(Marko's) known me for 10 years and I think he'd sensed at times some frustration or maybe some things changing in me," Ricciardo said. "He was a little bit disappointed I was moving on." Ricciardo's sudden refusal of a new deal left Red Bull scrambling for a new driver for next season. The seat has gone to 22-year-old Frenchman Pierre Gasly, fast-tracked from Toro Rosso after largely exceeding expectations this season. "He owes me a drink," said a smiling Ricciardo, who sat next to Gasly at Thursday's news conference. "Two drinks." Gasly and Verstappen are friends since their karting days but that friendship might be more difficult to maintain on the F1 track......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 24th, 2018Related News

Force India to remain in F1 under new name after takeover

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Force India will remain in Formula One as a renamed team under new ownership following a successful consortium takeover by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. F1's governing body, FIA, confirmed Thursday that the team can continue to compete in as the Racing Point Force India team. The name change is because the team had to apply as an entirely new outfit. British-based Force India was excluded from this year's championship after going into administration last month. A consortium of investors led by Stroll — the father of Williams F1 driver Lance Stroll — moved in to save Force India and its 400 employees by bringing it out of administration and wiping out its debts. The sale of the business to the new consortium — known as Racing Point UK Limited — has officially gone through and the renamed team can resume racing at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. "We are very pleased that the situation has been resolved and that the team will continue to race in Formula One," F1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey said. "It is also very gratifying that, in partnership with the stakeholders involved, we have been able to safeguard the livelihoods of the many hundreds of people working at its Silverstone base." The renamed team will lose all the points gained by Force India, which was sixth in the constructors' championship with nine races left this season, and start again from scratch. Drivers Sergio Perez of Mexico and Esteban Ocon of France are not impacted and will retain their points. Last month, Perez took legal action against Force India to save its immediate F1 future by forcing it into administration. Perez's legal action was supported by creditors including engine supplier Mercedes. Force India reportedly owes more than 10 million pounds ($13 million) to Mercedes and around 3 million pounds ($3.9 million) to Perez. Reflecting on the takeover, Lawrence Stroll said "we will invest in new resources and bring fresh energy to empower the workforce." That could also mean signing his 19-year-son. When asked at a news conference on Thursday if he was staying with Williams, the teenage driver did not commit. "At the moment I'm at Williams, we'll see what happens with me in the future and I wish (my father) all the best with Force India," he said. "It's definitely a very exciting future for him.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 24th, 2018Related News

GM Gonzales, WGM Frayna and IM Miciano turn back respective foes

GRANDMASTER (GM) Jayson Gonzales destroyed Anusha Narava Lakshmi of India to re-enter the top 10 even as Woman GM Janelle Mae Frayna and International Master (IM) John Marvin Miciano turned back their respective foes to stay in the hunt after six rounds of the Burgse Meesters in Burges, Belgium Tuesday night. The post GM Gonzales, WGM Frayna and IM Miciano turn back respective foes appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2018Related News

Frayna drops 2 rivals, moves to joint 10th

Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna downed Adrian Domerfield of England and Woman FIDE Master Paula Alexandra Gitu of Moldova for joint 10th after four rounds of the Burgse Meesters in Burges, Belgium Monday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Gonzales tramples rival, shares Belgium chess lead

Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales trounced Mart Nabuurs of the Netherlands to stay on top but Woman GM Janelle Mae Frayna bowed to sixth pick GM Wan Yunguo of China in the second round of the Burgse Meesters in Burges, Belgium Sunday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Finale Art File reenters Philippine art auction scene as ‘third player’

There's no holding back the booming Philippine art market, and auctions are where the action is. A recent Inquirer article reported that the Philippines has emerged as the world's 17th-ranked art marketplace, just behind Belgium. Quoting the international art market website Artprice.com, the report noted that the average transaction price in the Philippine auction market is above $28,000 compared with under $6,000 for Japan. Driving this growth is the stiff competition between the country's top two auction houses, Len Gallery and Salcedo Auctions. There are several smaller auction houses. If the top two are the Globe and Smart of art auctions, could the venerable gallery ...Keep on reading: Finale Art File reenters Philippine art auction scene as ‘third player’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 6th, 2018Related News