Gov t deals fresh blow to ABS-CBN with halt orders vs Sky Cable Direct, TVPlus

The Lopez-led network's woes just keep piling up......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 30th, 2020

Watch what they do

Not content with shutting down ABS-CBN’s free radio and TV operations, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday ordered the company’s subsidiary Sky Cable Corp. to close channels that air on its digital TVPlus service and to stop its direct-to-home satellite transmission......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 50 min. ago

Top UK minister quits, deals Johnson new Brexit blow

LONDON, United Kingdom – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a fresh blow on Saturday, September 7, when senior minister Amber Rudd quit her work and pensions post in protest at his handling of the Brexit crisis. "I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative Whip," Rudd tweeted. "I cannot stand ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

Sky Cable Corporation Statement on Cease and Desist Order issued to Sky Direct by NTC

SKYdirect’s 1.5 million subscribers nationwide, including those in remote areas that do not receive television signals, will be deprived of access to the channels we carry that bring them news, information, education, and entertainment starting tonight June 30, 2020, as Sky Cable Corporation complies with the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) stopping the company from operating its direct broadcast satellite service immediately......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

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

PLDT building 9,400-km cable

PLDT Inc., along with other members of Asia Direct Cable Consortium, is building a high-performance submarine cable connecting the Philippines, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

Hyundai Card Super Match LIVE on SKY SPORTS FREEVIEW

For the first time in nine years, Hyundai Card will stage the 'Super Match'.  Current world number one ranked women's golfer Jin-young Ko takes on third-ranked Sung-hyun Park via a skins game, where the golfer with the lowest score on a given hole wins the money. The winner will get 100 Million won (USD 85,000), which she gets to donate to a COVID-19 charity of her choice. Catch the Hyundai Card Super Match between Jin-young Ko and Sung-hyun Park live at 1 PM on May 24, Sunday with replays until May 25, Monday via SKY SPORTS FREEVIEW.  SKY Freeview is available on SKY Cable via SD Channel 161 and HD Channel 261 in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Batangas and SD Channel 61 and HD Channel 961 in Baguio, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Dumaguete, Davao, Gensan. It also can be seen via SKY Direct Channel 25 For more information, visit SKY Cable's official website.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

SMDC partners with local farmers through SM Foundation

ACCESS to various basic goods, including fresh produce, has been limited because of stringent physical distancing measures implemented to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). To address this problem, SM Development Corporation (SMDC) started rolling out its weekly community grocer initiative, The Good Guys Market, where SMDC residents can start purchasing affordable fresh […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

ABS-CBN Sports Upfront serves up new episodes on LIGA

ABS-CBN Sports continues to deliver fresh content to its viewers with its sports and lifestyle show “Upfront” offering new episodes featuring some of the biggest sports stars starting May 17. Now airing on cable sports channel LIGA, “Upfront” debuts its fun online at home edition with a feature on UP Fighting Maroon Ricci Rivero, who will answer fan questions in #UpfrontAsk. The UAAP guard will also share basic dribbling moves that can easily be done at home.  Also joining the show are fellow UAAP stars and animal lovers Kiefer and Dani Ravena, Kim Fajardo, and Mel Gohing. The basketball phenom and the three volleyball champions will be giving some tips on how to take care of pets during this quarantine period. Viewers must also stay tuned this May 24 as Ateneo Lady Eagle Kat Tolentino joins the cook-off challenge with “Upfront” host Turs Daza. The UAAP champion will also share how she is keeping busy now that she is back home in Canada during this COVID-19 lockdown. Meanwhile, fans can also expect never-before-seen episodes of “Upfront: What’s In My Bag?” featuring PVL MVP Jema Galanza and former Ateneo setter Deanna Wong. “Upfront,” which received the Anak TV Seal award in 2018, is hosted by Martin Javier, Angelique Manto, Janeena Chan, and Turs Daza. Don’t miss “Upfront’s” new and exciting episodes every Sunday starting May 17 at 8 am, with replays at 1 pm and 6 pm on LIGA on Channel 86 and LIGA HD on Channel 183 on SkyCable and Destiny. LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates.   Continue to celebrate sports culture with Kapamilya sports fans by following @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribe to the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel. For sports news, visit For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Coronavirus deals powerful blow to Putin s grand plans

The bombastic military parade through Moscow's Red Square on Saturday was slated to be the spectacle of the year on the Kremlin's calendar......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 8th, 2020

Court administrator orders inventory of cases, release of qualified detainees

Citing congestion of jails amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of the Court Administrator on Monday told judges to conduct an inventory of pending cases and direct the release of qualified detainees. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

PORTLAND, Oregon:  Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the US were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as the movement to eliminate single-use plastics took hold in mainstream America. What a difference a pandemic makes. In a matter of days, hard-won […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak will slash global investment flows – U.N.

GENEVA, Switzerland – The rapid spread of the deadly new coronavirus is expected to take a serious toll on foreign direct investments (FDI) worldwide, with United Nations (UN) economists forecasting a drop of up to 15%. A fresh report from the UN Conference on Trade, Investment, and Development (UNCTAD) warned that regardless of how ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

Guevarra: NTC not compelled to obey Congress on ABS-CBN s provisional franchise

Guevarra said that these “cannot be construed as direct orders of the legislature that the NTC is legally compelled to obey.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020

British finance minister quits in reshuffle upset

LONDON, United Kingdom – British Finance Minister Sajid Javid resigned on Thursday, February 13, in a shock move that deals a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government just weeks after Brexit and a month before the annual budget. The chancellor of the exchequer stood down after Johnson tried ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Fresh investments in property sector expected

By Denise A. Valdez Reporter LOCAL real estate developers are seen to forge deals with foreign players in the upcoming 71st World Real Estate Congress by the Federacion Internationale des Adminstrateurs de Biens Conceils et Immobiliers (FIABCI). Happening for the first time in the Philippines, the event will gather real estate experts in a five-day […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

SEC orders Korea& rsquo;s Lotte to stop Pepsi tender offer

The Securities and Exchange Commission ordered Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co. Ltd., a unit of the Lotte Group of South Korea, to halt its P4.16-billion tender offer on soft drinks maker Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. due to a questionable fairness opinion report......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

Government review of water deals to affect FDI inflows — MAP

The government’s review of the water concession deals is seen to worsen the decline in foreign direct investments as regulatory risk affects the country’s attractiveness to investors, the Management Association of the Philippines said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2020

Taal eruption deals blow to tourism

Taal eruption deals blow to tourism.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Louisiana reelects Democratic governor in setback for Trump

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Louisiana reelected its Democratic governor on Saturday, November 16, in a fresh blow to US President Donald Trump, who campaigned heavily in the state amid the ongoing impeachment investigation into his conduct as president. The setback comes during one of the most fraught weeks in Trump's presidency as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2019

Afghan chief executive wants halt to election recount

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah called Sunday, November 10, for a halt to a recount of the recent presidential election, saying he would not accept "fraud-marked" results. The move adds a fresh layer of uncertainty following the September 28 poll, which already has been marred by record-low turnout ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2019