Advertisements


China stands out in education survey

Teenagers from four big Chinese regions outshone Western contemporaries nations in a keenly watched survey of education capabilities published Tuesday, which also showed no improvement trend in developed countries over two decades. The PISA survey is carried out every three years by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), this time among its […] The post China stands out in education survey appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneDec 3rd, 2019

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Yet Another S. China Sea Survey by China, near Taiwan-occupied Pratas

China has begun a new deep sea survey in the South China Sea, near the Taiwan-occupied feature of Pratas, ship-tracking software shows.The Hai Yang Di Zhi 9, a research and survey vessel aff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

DepEd conducts survey on new learning strategies

The Department of Education is conducting a survey on the capability of households to adopt learning strategies that will be utilized in lieu of traditional face-to-face classes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

Quiet Diplomacy or Inaction: Lessons from a Survey Ship Standoff

When a Chinese survey ship deployed close to a Malaysian-contracted oil exploration vessel in Malaysian waters in mid-April, tensions in the South China Sea went up a notch. United States and Austr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Online survey ng DepEd, ibinabahay-bahay sa Isabela– ACT

MAYROON umanong mga guro sa Isabela na inutusang magbahay-bahay para magpasagot ng online survey ng Department of Education. Ito ang sinabi ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines na nagpapakita umano ng kalagayan ng mga estudyante sa mga probinsya kaya imposible na magtagumpay ang online learning sa ngayon. “The irony seems to be lost on […] The post Online survey ng DepEd, ibinabahay-bahay sa Isabela– ACT appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

U.S. Calls Out Intimidation as China Pressures Malaysian Drillship

The top U.S. diplomat has accused China of deploying an energy survey ship to contested waters off Malaysia to intimidate other South China Sea claimants from developing hydrocarbon resources in th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

U.S. Calls Out Intimidation as China Pressures Malaysian Drillship

The top U.S. diplomat has accused China of deploying an energy survey ship to contested waters off Malaysia to intimidate other South China Sea claimants from developing hydrocarbon resources in th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

2010 Miracle in Hanoi team stands out the most for former Azkals star Phil Younghusband

Former Philippine Men’s National Football Team captain Phil Younghusband has been an integral part in the rise of football in the Philippines over the last decade or so. The Fil-British striker, who began his Philippine football career back in 2006, is widely considered the face of the sport in the country, and has been part of numerous iterations of the Philippine Azkals as well as multiple historic moments. In late-2019, Younghusband officially announced his retirement from football, ending his career as the all-time leader in goals scored (52) and matches played (108).  (READ ALSO: Phil Younghusband believes he isn’t done with Philippine football yet)  For arguably Philippine football's biggest star however, there’s one particular team that stands out in his mind and in his heart. Talking to long-time teammate and Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, Younghusband shared that the 2010 team was the one that stood out the most because of the camaraderie that they built. “Each year we had new talent, and we’d always introduce a new and exciting player each year. The level of play just got better and better each year,” Younghusband said. “I think everyone knows the answer, in terms of what we had in 2010, the closeness, we didn’t have the talent that we have now and he ability that we have now, but we had a closeness.” 2010 is considered as essentially the year that football took off in the Philippines, following the National Team’s breakthrough performance in that year’s edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam. After failing to qualify for the Southeast Asia-based tournament in 2008, the Philippines qualified for the 2010 tournament and put on an impressive showing in the Group Stage, going undefeated with one win and two draws, enough to earn a spot in the semis. The highlight of that tournament however, was the Philippines’ improbable 2-0 win over defending champions Vietnam, which would be dubbed as “The Miracle in Hanoi”. Fittingly enough, it was Younghusband who scored the game-sealing goal in that match, putting the nationals up 2-0 in the 79th minute. Younghusband explained that back then, training camp would last for two months, which allowed the players to bond more as a team. “I think the format of training has completely changed, back then we would go on six to eight-week, two month training camps before the competition, so we’d be together for two months, and during that time, you build relationships with players and you get used to players and you understand how players play and their personalities on and off the field.” “I think with that format of training before tournaments, it meant that that team was closer, because we went to Thailand, we went to China…you go through those hardships together, and through those hardships, you build a closeness and you build relationships,” Younghusband added. The 13-year National Team veteran notes that nowadays, training camps don’t run as long and the teams aren’t always complete, given the players’ respective club schedules. “Now, it’s more similar to what we do in Europe, where players will arrive a few days before. I don’t think during those three days, you can build relationships as we were able to do during 2010.” “I’m very proud, obviously, to have played 108 caps. That’s since 2005, that’s been a while. Back then, we were lucky if we had one tournament a year. We were lucky if we had three or four games a year when we first started. Now, obviously there’s a lot more games,” he added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020

Philippines stands by WHO amid US fund cut

Malacañang yesterday stood by the World Health Organization, which is facing a significant funding cut after US President Donald Trump withheld funding for the international body because of its supposed biased for China......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

Philippines stands by WHO

Malacañang Thursday stood by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is facing a significant funding cut after United States (US) President Donald Trump withheld money from the international body because of its supposed biased for China......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

China Sends Survey Vessel into Vietnamese Waters

China has sent a survey vessel involved in a standoff with Vietnam last year back into that nation's exclusive economic zone this month, vessel-tracking data shows, in a move likely to fuel tension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

China Sends Survey Vessel into Vietnamese Waters

China has sent a survey vessel involved in a standoff with Vietnam last year back into that nation's exclusive economic zone this month, vessel-tracking data shows, in a move likely to fuel tension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

China sinks Hanoi fishing boat; PH stands with Vietnam - Philippines Lifestyle News

China sinks Hanoi fishing boat; PH stands with Vietnam Philippines Lifestyle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 12th, 2020

Small businesses to benefit from financial support

CHINA (China Daily) — Some ministry-level departments, including those responsible for finance, human resources and social security, and education, have responded recently to issues of public concern. China will offer more government-guaranteed financing and credit support to small and micro-sized businesses and agricultural and rural entities to tide them over the current tough economic times. […] The post Small businesses to benefit from financial support appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 7th, 2020

Covid new world, a game changer

Because of this coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, we are seeing unprecedented changes in social behavior, education and modes of international cooperations.  The United States is receding in its leadership in this crisis because of the “America First” attitude of President Donald Trump and the extension of assistance by China around the world.  There will be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

29 virus deaths lowest in China

China reported 29 more deaths on Thursday from the new coronavirus epidemic, the lowest daily figure in almost a month, and the number of fresh infections rose slightly. The death toll now stands at 2,744 in mainland China, according to the National Health Commission. The daily tally of fatalities has fallen for three straight days […] The post 29 virus deaths lowest in China appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

China reports 29 more coronavirus deaths, lowest since January

BEIJING, China – China reported 29 more deaths on Thursday, February 27 from the new coronavirus epidemic , the lowest daily figure in almost a month, and the number of fresh infections rose slightly. The death toll now stands at 2,744 in mainland China, according to the National Health Commission. The daily tally ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

Information drive

In my past columns, I have urged the Duterte administration to embark on a massive education and information campaign in the wake of the dreaded and still incurable novel coronavirus. It has spread beyond the borders of China; the World Health Organization has declared a global emergency because of it, Santa Banana!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

Unang batch ng OFW sa China uuwi next week

HANDA na ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na ilikas ang may 50 mula sa 300 Pilipino na nasa Hubei at Wuhan, China sa gitna ng malaking banta ng 2019 novel-coronavirus (2019 nCoV) outbreak “The Department of Foreign Affairs stands ready to repatriate Filipinos in China amid health concerns brought about by 2019 novel-coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) outbreak,” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

Protect students from coronavirus strain, senator tells DepEd

The Department of Education should put schools on alert and ensure that preventive measures are in place to protect students from a new coronavirus strain that has already struck 222 individuals across neighboring China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020