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Balance of payments gap narrows to $455M in July

The Philippines posted a narrower balance of payments (BoP) deficit in July with the shortfall the lowest in three months, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. July’s deficit of $455 million was significantly smaller than the $1.177 billion and $678 million recorded in June and a year earlier, respectively. “Outflows in July 2018 stemmed mainly from payments [...] The post Balance of payments gap narrows to $455M in July appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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PH Navy warship heads to Australia for war games

  A Philippine Navy warship is heading to Darwin, Australia to take part in the two-week maritime drills.   A sendoff ceremony for the 300-man contingent of BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) was held on Monday to participate in the 14th multilateral regional maritime exercise Kakadu 2018.   The Philippine Navy's participation of maritime drills overseas comes after taking part in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) exercise in Hawaii.   Kakadu is the third international defense and security engagement of the Philippine Navy this year, said public information officer Commander Jonathan Zata.   It is Australia's largest exercise, hosted bienniall...Keep on reading: PH Navy warship heads to Australia for war games.....»»

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Duterte urges Muslim Filipinos to embody courage, conviction

President Rodrigo Duterte urged Muslim Filipinos to embody "courage and conviction" as the Philippines faces challenges in pursuit of meaningful transformation. "This sacred feast serves as a reminder of the fulfillment that is found in sacrifice. Ibrahim's faithfulness taught us the way towards a strong spiritual foundation that is guided by our shared values of compassion, selflessness and hope," Duterte said. The President noted that Eid'l Adha not "only commemorates the admirable act of being obedient to one's God, but also celebrate the significance of faith in our pursuit of meaningful transformation." "As Muslims all over the world honor this remarkable sacrifice, I hope...Keep on reading: Duterte urges Muslim Filipinos to embody courage, conviction.....»»

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Ronaldo arrives as Serie A returns in FIFA19 video game

Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in Italy has boosted the international popularity of Serie A which will return in the FIFA 19 video game to be launched next month, the Lega Serie A confirmed Monday. Lega Serie A chairman Gaetano Micciche said they had agreed a partnership with EA Sports that will see the league feature in the new edition of the world's most famous football simulator. "We are very happy to come back in a famous and popular game like FIFA 19," Micciche said in a statement. "The agreement signed with an internationally renowned partner such as EA Sports testifies to the worldwide recognition that our championship has." Rival video game company Konami had held the rights f...Keep on reading: Ronaldo arrives as Serie A returns in FIFA19 video game.....»»

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U.S. firms to Trump: Don’t hike tariffs on more Chinese goods

WASHINGTON, DC--- Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese goods: Don't do it. The Trump administration will hold six days of hearings starting Monday in Washington on the next barrage in an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies: Trump's proposed tariffs of 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods that could kick in as early as next month. Once in effect, the tariffs would immediately ...Keep on reading: U.S. firms to Trump: Don’t hike tariffs on more Chinese goods.....»»

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Activist-journalist Jon Melegrito wins AARP AAPI Hero award

KENSINGTON, Maryland---Filipino American activist and journalist Jon Melegrito, a tireless advocate for Filipino World War II veterans, won the 2018 AARP AAPI Hero Award in the Volunteer Hero Category. Melegrito has dedicated his time and energy to educating and bringing awareness to t The plight of Filipino veterans. AAPI Hero Awards recognizes everyday heroes across the US: volunteer and staff members who dedicate their time to assisting nonprofit organizations, and who serve 50-plus Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Melegrito's legacy is getting the approval for the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII Vets, where the US Congress finally acknowledged Filipin...Keep on reading: Activist-journalist Jon Melegrito wins AARP AAPI Hero award.....»»

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Publicity stunt: Indonesia leader gets lift from motorbike skit

An actor impersonating Indonesian President Joko Widodo rides a motorbike during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. /.....»»

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Asian Games: Agatha Wong gives Philippines its 3rd bronze medal

Agatha Chrystenzen Wong of the Philippines competes in the women's taijiquan event at the womes's wushu competition during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO /.....»»

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MPBL HIGHLIGHTS MANILA CITY STARS VS BULACAN KUYAS/ REIL CERVANTES – Manila Video

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League August 16, 2018 Manila Stars-Robust Energy Capsule def. Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports, 84-62. Powerade Best Player of the Game: REIL CERVANTES – 19 pts, 4 reb, 3 assists #mpbl #DatuCup #LigaNgBawatPilipino source link: MPBL HIGHLIGHTS MANILA CITY STARS VS BULACAN KUYAS/ REIL CERVANTES – Manila Video.....»»

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Villanueva: Signing of safer workplace law a resounding victory to all workers

August 20, 2018. Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday welcomed the signing of Republic Act No. 11058 or An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) that seeks to amend the 41-year old Labor Code of the Philippines which, at present, does not declare unlawful or impose a fine… Source link link: Villanueva: Signing of 'safer workplace' law a resounding victory to all workers.....»»

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FIBA WC Asian Qualifiers: Guiao set to take over Gilas in second window

'Gilastopainters' head coach Yeng Guiao's duty with the national team will enjoy an extended stay as he is set to mentor the team at the continuation of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The fiery Guiao, who is currently in Jakarta handling the affairs of the national squad, will now be in charge of handling a Gilas squad still reeling from the suspension of 10 players and head coach Chot Reyes, who was himself slapped with a one-game ban. Guiao, who currently coaches the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, previously held the post in 2009, where he guided a Powerade Team Pilipinas squad to 8th place in the FIBA Asia Championships that year. According to SBP president Al Panlilio, Guiao will be handling the squad when they face Iran on Sept. 13 and a close-door home game against Qatar on Sept. 17. “We advised Coach Yeng last night, and he has of course accepted it para sa bansa,” Panlilio told Manila Bulletin's Waylon Galvez. “He’s committed to also coach the next window.” Reyes and the team were meted the punishments following the brawl against Australia last July 2 at the Philippine Arena......»»

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ASIAN GAMES: Wushu s Wong overcomes injuries to deliver Philippines third bronze

JAKARTA — Not even a recurring tendinitis and a battered right knee could stop wushu artist Agatha Chrystensen Wong from delivering the third bronze medal for the Philippine delegation as she placed third in the women's taijijian and taijiquan all-around competition in the 2018 Asian Games held Monday at the Jakarta International Expo. The 20-year-old De La Salle-College of St. Benilde student, who performed second in the field of 16 entries in the finals of the combined event, finished fifth with a score 9.68 points in the taijiquan held Sunday before ending up third with 9.68 in the taijijian on Monday for a total score of 19.36, just enough for her to clinch the bronze and grab her very first medal in a maiden Asian stint. In doing so, Wong tried to focus amid all the noise of an animated crowd, that included Indonesia President Joko Widodo, who came as early at the start of the event and personally witnessed home bet Lindwell Lindwell score a 9.75 first-place performance for a total of 19.50 points and the gold medal. Juanita Uen Ying Mok of Hong Kong grabbed the silver medal with a total of 19.42 points. “I was so nervous because I placed fifth in the first discipline. I had to make sure of an impressive performance in the second discipline so I can have a chance,” said Wong, who had an impressive stint in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia with her gold in the taijiquan event and another silver in the taijijian event. Performing to the tune of Heal the World, Wong,unmindful of Widodo’s presence, dished out her best performance despite a nagging pain in her foot and a bruised knee that both bothered her landing. “Nahirapan po talaga ako tumapak dahil sa tendinitis ko, tapos hirap ako magbend dahil sa knees ko. But I felt relieved kasi tapos na ako and my hard work paid off," said Wong, who didn't expect she will have podium right on her first try in the Asiad. "I had no expectations. I just wanted to do my best and I think I did my best performance. So I think that's worth it na din for my sacrifices and my family, who always supports me," Wong said. "I just always keep a very positive mindset and that has taken me places already ever since SEA Games and World Championships," add Wong. Wong’s bronze medal was the third of such color for the Philippine team here, counting the two others from the men’s and women’s poomsae taekwondo teams......»»

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August 20, 2018 Visayas Weather Forecast

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST Forecast Areas: Visayas, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro Issued at: 6:00 AM, 20 August 2018 Valid Beginning: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Luzon. Meanwhile, at 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon SOULIK was located based on all available data at 1,670 km East […].....»»

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4 Cities Outside NCR Join PH’s Most Competitive

The cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, and Cebu are among the 10 most competitive highly-urbanized cities in the Philippines today, according to an annual survey. The Cities and Municipalities Index (CMCI) 2018 showed that the number of cities outside Metro Manila to attain this status increased to four from only two last year, […].....»»

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Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rains

ARAFAT — As more than 2 million pilgrims from around the world braved stormy weather in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to begin the annual haj ritual, the country’s health minister said there was no sign of any outbreaks of disease. Worshippers arrived in the kingdom last week for the five-day ritual – a once-in-a-lifetime religious […].....»»

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Behind Tulfo brother’s rant against the Philippine General Hospital

Broadcast host Ramon Tulfo walked into a substitute emergency room of Philippine General Hospital on Aug. 15, 2018 with his staff and a weeping girl who was hit by his driver. He walked away angry and posted a video on Facebook purportedly showing medical staff who were indifferent to the patient. Tulfo named a doctor, […].....»»

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Guiao s Gilas tenure extended to FIBA World Cup qualifiers

Initially the national coach for a few hours, Yeng Guiao did become the bench chieftain of the Philippine national quintet in the 18th Asian Games. And his tenure has just been extended with the Asiad still in progress......»»

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Djokovic wins Cincinnati title to complete Masters matched set

CINCINNATI, USA – Novak Djokovic ended a career-long jinx, lifting the trophy in Cincinnati at last to complete a matched set of Masters 1000 titles. Djokovic, who came up empty in five prior Cincinnati finals, defeated seven-time winner Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The former world number 1 became the ........»»

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Madilim Ang Gabi tells the other side of Duterte s drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Madilim Ang Gabi (Dark is the Night), one of the  Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018  movies, is about Sara (Gina Alajar) and Lando (Phillip Salvador), who peddle shabu. Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr, the movie tracks the couples' lives as they attempt to get out of the drug business amid President ........»»

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House panel to probe NAIA runway mess

MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on transportation is set to investigate the temporary closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway, which led to flight delays and cancellations that left thousands of passengers stranded. "Yes, we're going to have an investigation. The schedule I set is on ........»»

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