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Flood-battered Germany prepares billions to rebuild

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet will huddle Wednesday to approve a massive relief package to rebuild German regions destroyed in historic flooding and better protect them in future......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJul 21st, 2021

Merkel to visit flood zone as western Europe death toll tops 170

Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit flood-ravaged areas in Germany on Sunday to survey the damage and meet survivors, after days of extreme rainfall in western Europe left at least 171 people dead and dozens missing......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 18th, 2021

Pandemic-battered community press tries to rebuild from the ashes

"For some, they might think, ‘Oh, that’s only a small number.’ But one newspaper that goes down is one too many," PPI executive director Ariel Sebellino said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Congratulations flood in for Biden’s ‘historic’ win

Congratulations poured in for US president-elect Joe Biden from around the world, with Washington’s allies, particularly in Europe, seeing his win as a chance at a fresh start after the antagonistic years under Donald Trump. From the EU to the UAE president-elect Joe Biden has received congratulations from around the world (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) As crowds rushed into the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration after US networks declared Biden the winner, here are some reactions from across the globe:  – Germany – “Congratulations!” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman. – France – French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”  – Britain – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden “on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” – European Union – In a joint statement, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, which represents the leaders of EU member states, said: “We take note of the latest development in the electoral process.  “On this basis the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on reaching enough Electoral Votes.”  – NATO – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as a “strong supporter of our Alliance”. Stoltenberg, who often had to adapt to President Donald Trump making unexpected announcements about US troop drawdowns from NATO deployments, said in a tweet he looked forward to working with Biden. “A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe,” he said.  – Canada – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.” – Barack Obama – Former US president Barack Obama hailed Biden’s win as “historic and decisive” and appealed to Americans to overcome bitter divides and “find some common ground.” “Once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory,” Obama, Donald Trump’s White House predecessor, said in a statement. – Ireland – The republic’s prime minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to take to Twitter, tweeting: “I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!”  – Greece – Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I’m certain that under his presidency the relationship between our countries will grow even stronger.” – Italy –  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “Congratulations to the American people and institutions for an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner.” – Spain – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “The American people have chosen the 46th President of the United States. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. We wish you good luck and all the best. We are looking forward to cooperating with you to tackle the challenges ahead of us.” – India – “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. In a separate tweet to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, Modi wrote: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.” “Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president. She is the first woman of color elected to the US vice presidency. – Nigeria – In his congratulations, President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of Africa’s most populous nation, called for “greater engagement” with the continent. He said he looked forward to “enhanced cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic and political levels, including especially on the war against terrorism”. – Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted in English: “Congratulations to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris! Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the USA have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”  – South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Twitter his government looked forward to “working with you and deepening our bonds of friendship and cooperation”. – Iraq – President Barham Saleh extended “warmest congratulations” to Biden, describing him as “a friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to achieve our common goals and strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East”. – Egypt – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt, the most populous Arab country, looked forward to “strengthening strategic bilateral ties between Egypt and the US in the interest of both countries and peoples”. – UAE –  “Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” tweeted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Realign portion of NTF-ELCAC’s P16 B to help typhoon victims — Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday the government should realign a portion of the P16-billion anti-insurgency fund to relief and rehabilitation efforts for communities ravaged by super typhoon “Rolly.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Instead of funding a controversial program under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Hontiveros said the budget could go a long way in helping Filipinos recover from the calamity.“Ngayong panahon ng sakuna, ‘di hamak na mas kailangan ng mga kababayan natin sa Bicolandia at sa iba pang mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo ang milyon-milyong pondo ng pamahalaan. (During this time of calamity, our people in the Bicol region and other provinces badly-hit by the typhoon need government funds),” Hontiveros said.“It is clear that the billions earmarked for NTF-ELCAC would be better spent on helping Filipinos battered by the typhoon get back on their feet,” the senator stressed.“Unahin nating bigyang-tulong at pondo ang mga nabiktima ng kalamidad, hindi ang mga ahensiya na puro pagre-redtag at pagkakalat ng fake news ang ginagawa. (Let’s prioritize helping victims of calamities by giving them funds, not agencies that do nothing but red tag people and just go about spreading fake news),”  she reiterated.At the hearing of the Senate Committee on National Defense, the lawmaker noted that NTF-ELCAC has been allocated a proposed budget of P19-billion for 2021. Of this amount, P16-billion has been earmarked for its Barangay Development Program. Hontiveros also pointed out that the budget for NTF-ELCAC is “questionably astronomic” compared to the proposed budgets of other key agencies particularly the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development which only has P632-million, Office of the Ombudsman with only P3.36-billion, Department of Budget & Management (DBM) with only P1.9-billion, and even the Department of Finance (DOF) which only has P17.46-billion.“We should not spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on an agency running after ordinary citizens using the communist bogeyman. This is on top of the NTF-ELCAC’s bad track record of spreading fake news and silencing critical and dissenting voices,” she said. Hontiveros earlier defended entertainment personalities and women’s rights groups from the red tagging activities of Lt. General Antonio Parlade, chief of the Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and NTF-ELCAC spokesperson.  She said she cannot begin “to imagine the anguish and emotional toll this must have taken on these women who have been directly-hit by these accusations, as well as their families.”“I am certain that it has also caused a chilling effect on citizens who only want to weigh in on issues of national importance and hold the government to account for its failures to the people,” she stressed. “The issues of the communist insurgency are not new to me. My party Akbayan historically has called for human rights accountability of non-state actors, at kasama dito ang NPA. I will not hesitate to speak against the violations of the NPA,” she further said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Yulo gets additional P800K Olympic bid funding

Filipino gymnast Caloy Yulo preparation for the Tokyo Olympics got an additional boost after the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) extended a much-needed financial help on Wednesday. MVPSF president Al Panlilio announced that they have granted an extra P800,000 funding for Yulo to cover his training expenses in Japan as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled July 23 to August 8 next year. "The MVPSF wants to make sure that our athletes still get the best training possible, even as we face the current COVID-19 pandemic," Panlilio said. The financial donation was coursed through the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines. "Aside from the financial relief from the additional finding, we're hopeful that this also puts Caloy's mind at ease, because we want to show him that we're behind him all the way," said Panlilio. "His sole focus should be on his quest to win an Olympic medal, and we'll do our best to take care of the rest." The 20-year old gymnast is one of four Filipinos who have qualified for the Games, which was delayed for a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, along with pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno. Yulo earned his ticket to the Games after advancing to the final round of the men's all-around in the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He also won the gold in the men's floor exercise in the same tournament. The Manila pride also won two gold medals and five silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines. With the financial help, Yulo got all-important shot in the arm as he vies for the elusive Olympics gold.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

United States prepares for imminent arrival of worst storm in 30 years

Getty Images The storm intensified and became a hurricane this weekend. dreaded henry dangerously. is close to the northeast coast of America. According to an.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

PH Resorts losses widen to P175.6 million in H1

Dennis Uy’s listed hospitality and gaming company PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc. continue to report losses, battered by the negative impact of the global health pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Maraming salamat, Manny!

Deafening silence met the announcement that Cuban WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas retained his title against the fancied heavy favorite, eight division titleist and sitting senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio. It was a totally unexpected finish to a bout billed by his backers as the Sarangani legend's booster event as he prepares to wage battle in his other calling as a political leader dedicated to serving the people. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Filipino prospect Dato absorbs first loss in Pacquiao-Ugas undercard

Filipino fighter John Dato was battered and bloodied by Mexico’s Angel Contreras on his way to his first career loss Saturday in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Yordenis Ugas fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Sunday, Manila time)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Southern Tagalog gets biggest NTA allocation

Southern Tagalog will receive more than P113 billion, the largest chunk, from the national tax allotment for 2022 as the national government prepares to pass on many of its functions to local government units......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Coco Martin expresses lifelong gratitude to viewers, promises a more action-packed & lsquo;Ang Probinsyano& rsquo;

Television action star Coco Martin is ushering in the sixth year of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” with a grateful heart as he prepares for the series’ history-making anniversary celebration next month......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Useless government agencies

Santa Banana, I could not believe it when I read that the Department of Budget and Management was hard put in finding billions of pesos for the cash aid for people adversely affected by the two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine. It was later reported that the DBM had to source the money from savings of government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

7-mo. delay in PhilHealth memo led to billions of unpaid claims

A seven-month delay in the routing of a Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) circular on COVID-19 claims has resulted in billions of pesos that the agency owes hospitals, lawmakers learned Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

EDITORIAL - No central database

What used to be the Department of Transportation and Communications lost one aspect of its mandate and a separate department was created, with billions of pesos in public funds allotted to maintain the new bureaucracy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Investor preference seen shifting to T-bills

Investors may flood the auction for short-dated securities this week and avoid the sale of long-term bonds as they look for safe haven assets in anticipation of an extended lockdown due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Japan braces for more rain after floods, landslides

Japan braced for further downpours on Sunday as rescuers sifted through flood and landslide damage after record rain that left at least three dead......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Jun Mar Fajardo on mom’s passing: ‘Sobrang sakit!!’

  CEBU CITY, Philippines— Jun Mar Fajardo finally breaks his silence on the passing of his mother, Marites Fajardo, last Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Fajardo, a self-confessed “mama’s boy,” took to Instagram how he felt losing his mother. READ: Junemar Fajardo’s mom passes away “I’ve come to realize that nothing in this life prepares us for […] The post Jun Mar Fajardo on mom’s passing: ‘Sobrang sakit!!’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Bong Go aids Sibugay town flood victims

Sen. Bong Go has extended assistance to flood victims in Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2021

Acting Mayor Rama prepares EO for MECQ extension

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama is preparing to issue an Executive Order (EO) to lay down policies for the extended modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).  The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has maintained an MECQ for Cebu City until August 31, 2021.  Rama said that though he did not expect the […] The post Acting Mayor Rama prepares EO for MECQ extension appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2021

Labella prepares for return to Cebu City Hall

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella may be returning to the City Hall soon. He posted an image on his Facebook page as he conducts a meeting with department heads in preparation for the end of his medical leave. The mayor has been off work for almost a month now since he […] The post Labella prepares for return to Cebu City Hall appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021