Aquino, Tanada slam veto of coco levy fund bill

      MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to veto the Coco Levy Fund bill was assailed by opposition senatorial candidates Former Quezon Rep. Erin Taada III and Sen. Bam Aquino on Tuesday. Taada III said that the veto was based on a "non-existent perpetual trust fund provision." In a statement on Tuesday, Taada stressed that he was inclined to believe that the Chief Executive has not been informed of the provisions of the proposed law seeking to create a P100 billion trust fund for coconut farmers.   READ:Duterte vetoes coco levy fund bill   "Upon reading his veto message, the President cited as one of the gr...Keep on reading: Aquino, Tanada slam veto of coco levy fund bill.....»»

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Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

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PHOTOS: Deadly measles outbreak in the Philippines (Video)

PHOTOS: Deadly measles outbreak in the Philippines Yahoo News The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8400 others have fallen ill in an.....»»

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Sabah moves to control measles after Philippines outbreak - Nation

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 February) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is eyeing South Cotabato province’s initiatives on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) as model for local government interventions. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, said Monday a team from the WHO visited the province […].....»»

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South Cotabato to immunize 6,700 kids vs measles, other diseases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 February) — Health personnel in South Cotabato province are targeting to cover around 6,700 children for its ongoing catch-up immunization activities against measles and two other viral diseases. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said Monday they have deployed health teams in various barangays to […].....»»

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President Duterte signed into law a bill that will finally end quantitative restrictions on rice importation and impose tariffs on rice imports......»»

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

By John Leicester, Associated Press BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP) — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas' saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics. Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can't slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies . Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids . "With young people today, it's a real public health issue. They don't do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs," says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. "It's becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one's thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural." In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker , Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. "Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth," Aubailly says. "Lightsaber films have the same impact . Young people want to give it a try." And the young at heart. Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he's had for the "Star Wars" universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977 . He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green "because it's the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master." "I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law," he said. Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it's still light years from becoming mainstream. The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers' photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as "Star Wars" characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break. In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes. "We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect," said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer. Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don't get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters "sudden death," where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters. Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in "Star Wars." Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in "The Phantom Menace" that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay. Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024. But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try. Or, as Yoda would say: "Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.".....»»

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after this season

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it's nearly time to retire. Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager. He told the team before Monday's spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium. "In my mind it's time," he said. Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists "the health's great" and didn't factor into the choice. He begins his 13th season with the Giants. He led the club to World Series championships in 2010, '12 and '14. "I've managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it's a gut feeling it's time," Bochy said. "It's been an unbelievable ride. There's so much in there to be grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans, my ride here. It's time. I'll stay in baseball and do something. ... I'm not going too far, trust me. I love this game. It's been in my blood, so sure I'll be doing something in another capacity and I look forward to it." Bochy came to San Francisco from the San Diego Padres before the 2007 season, in time to watch Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron's career home run record that August. He managed Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012 and a pair of no-hitters by Tim Lincecum against the Padres in July 2013 and June '14. "This will give me time to go back and reflect and even watch some games and think about some of these great achievements and milestones these players have reached," Bochy said. "I've always had a deep appreciation for the gifts and talents of these players. I consider myself fortunate to have managed players like a Bonds and Lincecum." Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I haven't even thought about that," Bochy said. Giants CEO Larry Baer already envisions a place in Cooperstown for Bochy, "Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy," Baer said in a statement. "His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown." Giants Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford considers himself fortunate to have played for the same manager his entire career. "That's definitely special. I don't think many guys have one manager throughout their entire career," Crawford said. "Obviously we have this year to take care of first. Hopefully we make it a memorable one for him. A part of what's made him such a good manager over the years is just being able to work with the players he has, whether that's the bullpen or the bench, he always seemed to plug the right pieces at the right times." Bochy has faced daily questions about his future, and he wanted to address his plans now and avoid distractions later in the season when he hopes to have a contender again following two years out of the playoffs. He intends to stay in baseball. "It's something I put a lot of thought in it," Bochy said. "There's a lot of things that I look forward to doing, but right now my head's at this moment, hey, I'm going to focus on getting this team ready. I look forward to one more shot, trust me, and us having a big year. I'm all in." He spent his first 12 seasons as a manager with the Padres from 1995-2006, guiding San Diego to the NL pennant in 1998. Bochy came to the decision over the winter, but had all but realized this would be his last year at the end of the 2018 season. He discussed it with family and the front office. Executive Brian Sabean was hardly surprised by his dear friend's decision, saying "that's a pretty elite and, as we all know, fast treadmill to now do this for 25 years." "Two different organizations, four trips to the World Series, you win three, that's pretty elite company," Sabean said. Once he's through, Bochy will stick to his simple life of fishing excursions and family. "I'm not going anywhere. I don't have any cruises planned, trust me, I don't plan on going up Mount Everest. Baseball, that's my life. I'll be around," Bochy said. "I don't have a bucket list. There's no hidden agenda in all this, trust me.".....»»

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Tito Sotto blames Palace exec for series of vetoes

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Measles outbreak death toll hits 136

The Department of Health has launched an infomercial featuring boxing champion and Sen. Manny Pacquiao to reduce the number of measles cases after the disease claimed the lives of 136 children from January to Feb. 16 this year......»»

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‘Smoking employees may not be promoted, hired’

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo MAYOR Jose Espinosa III is serious in maintaining the anti-smoking campaign of the city government even inside the Iloilo City Hall. During the regular flag ceremony on February 18, 2019, Espinosa expressed his support for the hiring and promotion of non-smoker personnel as proposed by the City Health Office and the Iloilo […] The post ‘Smoking employees may not be promoted, hired’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Measles cases breach 8,000-mark over a week since outbreak

MANILA, Philippines – A week after a measles outbreak was declared in several regions in the country, over 8,000 cases have been recorded, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The DOH’s latest count as of 9 am, Saturday, February 16, listed 8,443 measles cases since January 1 this year. ........»»

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Why are measles cases still rising? Duque explains

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday, February 18, said the increase in measles cases has not yet waned as the government has yet to achieve its target of 95% vaccination coverage. This was the explanation Duque gave for the continued rise in the number of measles ........»»

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Killer cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

PARIS, France – Scientists said Monday, February 18, they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease . Influenza epidemics, largely seasonal, kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, according to ........»»

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Rates for short-term debt papers rose across the board due to the market’s anticipation of a Retail Treasury Bond (RTB) issuance this quarter, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said yesterday......»»

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Proposal to ease bank secrecy still a hurdle for general tax amnesty

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Monday said he will support the passage of a general tax amnesty bill in the 18th Congress, but noted that lawmakers may still be “wary” of easing bank secrecy laws, as requested by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his veto message last Friday on this measure......»»

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