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Virtual surrender of WPS to China?

Watching President Duterte’s “Talk to the People” show Monday night, we were jolted toward the end of his report when he virtually surrendered to China the West Philippine Sea, or parts of it, without the aggressive neighbor even asking for it!.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 22nd, 2021

PH-China ties pinuri ni Andanar

MANILA, Philippines- Pinuri ni Communications Secretary Martin Andanar  si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte para sa pagpapalakas, pagpapatibay at mas lalong pinalalalim na  relasyon ng Pilipinas sa China. Nakatakda kasing magtapos ang termino ni Pangulong  Duterte  sa Hunyo  30. Ipinahayag ito ni Andanar  sa isinagawang virtual 6th Manila Forum for Philippines-China Relations, araw ng Biyernes, Hunyo  […] The post PH-China ties pinuri ni Andanar appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 26th, 2022

Independence Day: Groups protest Duterte s surrender of West Philippine Sea to China

Several groups on Independence Day, Saturday, trooped to the Chinese embassy to protest the regional power's continued incursions in the West Philippine Sea and what they described as President Rodrigo Duterte's failure to protect the country's sovereignty in the area. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Nikkei forum: Duterte calls for global solidarity vs COVID-19

Apart from stressing the need to stay neutral on the South China Sea disputes, President Duterte reiterated his call for greater global solidarity in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic during his virtual participation yesterday at the Nikkei Future of Asia Conference in Japan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Bitcoin tumbles to $30,000 after China warning, Musk remarks

Beijing, CHINA — Bitcoin plunged by 30 percent on Wednesday after China signalled a new crackdown on the cryptocurrency and Tesla head Elon Musk sent mixed signals about his car company’s use of the unit. The virtual currency fell to almost $30,000 — less than half the record value it reached last month — before […] The post Bitcoin tumbles to $30,000 after China warning, Musk remarks appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

Phl NovaSAR to watch over WPS

Avoiding a bloody “shooting war” is neither surrender nor accepting defeat, especially over our country’s sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea, but which we call as our West Philippine Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Duterte query answered: UN could pressure China on West Philippine Sea

An order from the United Nations could pressure China to surrender its excessive claims in the South China Sea, a retired Supreme Court justice told President Rodrigo Duterte after he claimed otherwise. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

Paggamit ng Sinovac vaccine sa health workers aprubado na ng IATF

Inaprubahan ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases ang rekomendasyon ng National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) na gamitin ang bakuna kontra Covid-19 na gawa ng Sinovac ng China sa mga health workers kahit nasa 50.4 percent lamang ang efficacy rate nito. Ito ang inihayag ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire sa virtual […] The post Paggamit ng Sinovac vaccine sa health workers aprubado na ng IATF appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2021

Wave of the future

Last Tuesday, the London School of Economics Student Union conducted a virtual panel discussion on “The Rise of Asian Sports Business” with host Yuyang Cao and academic chair Dr. Xiaoran Hu presiding in a lively one-hour forum featuring guests Sports Business Strategy and Marketing professor Simon Chadwick, former NBA China CEO Derek Chang, Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund football club head of China Benjamin Wahl and East Asia Super League CEO Matt Beyer......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2021

PH eyes modest $31-M export deals at China expo participation

The Philippine delegation is targeting to attract over 1,300 buyers and generate a modest  $31 million worth export deals at the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE),  significantly lower than the $300 million the Philippines realized during last year’s China International Import Exposition (CIIE). Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the apparently lower sales target this year may mean on the spot deals only and may not include post CIIE sales attributed to said expo. “Factoring also that this year is Pandemic year. This is a hybrid show this year, where the goods are displayed but negotiations are done via the online B2B facility.  The target is also based on the reduced pavilion size this year, as well as the projected decrease in the number of buyers attending CIIE this year,” said Lopez. Philippine mango and pili nuts are among the products that will be showcased under the FOODPhilippines Pavilion. Already, DTI’s Export Marketing Board and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) facilitated initial talks with the Philippine delegation and 40 Chinese buyers in a video conferencing. These Chinese buyers are importers, distributors, and retailers. During last year’s CIIE, Philippine exhibitors booked around $300 million in sales at the second CIIE, more than double the $124 million recorded sales in 2018. This year’s third CIIE will be held on Nov. 5-10 in Shanghai. In the B2B session, Chinese buyers expressed interest in working together with Philippine companies that produce fresh fruits and vegetables, chocolates, healthy snacks, seafood, beverages, and condiments.  For this hybrid participation, there will be a mix of physical product presentation in the pavilion that will be facilitated by onsite officers from the DTI trade posts in China and online B2B matching activities between our companies in Manila and the Chinese buyers who will visit the Philippine booth in Shanghai, according to CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan. With the theme “Healthy and Natural,” 40 Philippine companies will exhibit and sample the country’s wide range of tropical fruits and vegetables, processed fruits and nuts, healthy snacks, seafood and marine products, and other premium food selections. The FOODPhilippines pavilion will feature interactive conference pods for the first time in CIIE to enable virtual business-to-business (B2B) activities and video conferencing. In place of actual Philippine exhibitors manning the booths, Philippine Commercial Counsellors will represent the government and exhibitors, promote exhibitor brands and products onsite, and relay all business leads and contacts generated during the show. The participation in CIIE is organized in partnership with the Foreign Trade Services Corps (FTSC) through the Philippine Trade & Investment Centers (PTICs) in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, and the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB). Government partners are the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Office of the Agricultural Counsellor in Beijing (DA-OAC-Beijing) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The Philippine mango and pili nuts are among the products that will be showcased under the FOODPhilippines Pavilion.project is likewise supported by business associations such as the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII).          Leading the FOODPhilippines’ opening in CIIE are representatives from the Philippines and China, namely the Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, Philippines’ DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, FFCCCII President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, and Deputy Director General Yang Weiqun from the Department of Asian Affairs of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Under the FOODPhilippines delegation, 40 companies that will highlight tropical fruits and vegetables will be Hilas Marketing Corporation, Agrinurture, Inc., Mancoco Food Processing, Inc., Excellent Quality Goods Supply Company, Castillo Import Export Ventures Inc., Doxo International Trading, Magsasakang Progresibo Marketing Cooperative, See’s International Food Mfg, Corp., Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc., Team Asia Corporation, Eau de Coco, Inc., Eng Seng Food Products, Greenlife Coconut Products Philippines, Inc., Tongsan Industrial Development Corporation, Islandfun Inc., Limketkai Manufacturing Corporation (LMC), KLT Fruits, Inc., Zigmund Enterprise, Business Innovations Gateway, Inc., Sangkutsa Food Products, Inc., AG Grays Farm, Marigold Manufacturing Corporation, and the Federation of People’s Sustainable Development Cooperative. To show its goodwill to the Chinese market, the Philippine delegation will donate healthy products to Food Bank China as part of the launch of the Shanghai Food Bank Project with Liwayway China on November 5. The donation will include 200 packs of banana chips from Excellent Quality Goods Supply Company, 50 tuna packs of premium handline tuna from Century Pacific Food Inc., and bundles of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and various coconut products from Team Asia Corporation. The food donation to the Food Bank China serves as a way of giving back and a token of appreciation to the Chinese community for its continued support towards the Filipino representatives and communities in China, according to Commercial Vice Consul Mario Tani of the PTIC in Shanghai. Meanwhile, healthy snack varieties will be showcased by Magic Melt Foods Inc., Sandria’s Delicious Concept, Vegetari Vegetarian Products, Market Reach International Resources, SL Agritech Corporation, and the Philippine Franchise Association. Tuna and other seafood selections will be presented by Century Pacific Food Inc., Universal Canning, Inc., Fisher Farms, Incorporated, Jam Seafoods, Inc., Phil. Union Frozen Foods, Inc., and Gerabuenas Trading. Likewise, premium food selections will be offered by Global Basic Co., Ltd, Subic Superfood Incorporated, Chocoloco, Inc., Filipinas de Oro de Cacao, Inc., and Seabeth Food Processing......»»

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

Virtual swords drawn as eSports worlds in China defy virus

ESports has bucked a grim trend to stage a world championship in Shanghai, even as numerous international sports tournaments across the globe are wiped out by the coronavirus......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing the global economy some $2.97 trillion. The figure far outstrips the 4,212 major natural disasters recorded between 1980 and 1999, the UN office said in a new report entitled “The Human Cost of Disasters 2000-2019”. The sharp increase was largely attributable to a rise in climate-related disasters, including extreme weather events like floods, drought and storms, the report said. Extreme heat is proving especially deadly. “We are wilfully destructive,” UNDRR chief Mami Mizutori told reporters in a virtual briefing. “That is the only conclusion one can come to when reviewing disaster events over the last 20 years.” She accused governments of not doing enough to prevent climate hazards and called for better preparation for looming disasters.  ‘Uphill battle’“The odds are being stacked against us when we fail to act on science and early warnings to invest in prevention, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,” she said. The report did not touch on biological hazards and disease-related disasters like the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over one million people and infected over 37 million in the past nine months. But Mizutori suggested coronavirus was “the latest proof that political and business leaders are yet to tune in to the world around them”. Monday’s report showed 6,681 climate-linked events had been recorded since the turn of the century, up from 3,656 during the previous 20-year-period. While major floods had more than doubled to 3,254, there had been 2,034 major storms up from 1,457 in the prior period. Mizutori said public health authorities and rescue workers were “fighting an uphill battle against an ever-rising tide of extreme weather events”. While better preparedness and early warning systems had helped bring down the number of deaths in many natural disaster settings, she warned that “more people are being affected by the expanding climate emergency”. Deadliest disasterMonday’s report relied on statistics from the Emergency Events Database, which records all disasters that kill 10 or more people, affect 100 or more people or result in a state of emergency declaration. The data showed that Asia has suffered the highest number of disasters in the past 20 years with 3,068 such events, followed by the Americas with 1,756 and Africa with 1,192. In terms of affected countries, China topped the list with 577 events followed by the United States with 467. While a warming climate appeared to be driving the number and severity of such disasters, there had also been an increase in geophysical events like earthquakes and tsunamis that are not related to climate but are particularly deadly. The deadliest single disaster in the past 20 years was the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, with 226,400 deaths, followed by the Haiti earthquake in 2010, which claimed some 222,000 lives......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

There may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’: WHO

The World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus/AFP FILE/ MANILA BULLETIN The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic, which has upended normal life around the globe and triggered a devastating economic crisis. “We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment — and there might never be. “For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control. “Do it all,” he urged. The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 690,000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP. China mission The WHO began pressing China in early May to invite in its experts to help investigate the animal origins of COVID-19. The UN health agency sent an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist to Beijing on July 10 to lay the groundwork for a probe aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species. Their scoping mission is now complete, said Tedros. “The WHO advance team that travelled to China has now concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins,” he said. “WHO and Chinese experts have drafted the terms of reference for the studies and programme of work for an international team, led by WHO. “The international team will include leading scientists and researchers from China and around the world. “Epidemiological studies will begin in Wuhan to identify the potential source of infection of the early cases. “Evidence and hypotheses generated through this work will lay the ground for further, longer-term studies.” The pair have not yet returned to the WHO’s Geneva headquarters for a debriefing. Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in the city of Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat. Chinese officials said early in the outbreak that the virus may have spread from a market in the city, which sold live and wild animals, but no further confirmation of that has been revealed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 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

World Championship bouts set to headline ONE: NO SURRENDER in Bangkok

ONE Championship will be putting some of the best strikers in the world on display when they finally return to action for ONE: NO SURRENDER this coming July 31st in Bangkok, Thailand.  ONE Championship's first live event since February will feature an exciting ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout between two elite strikers in reigning champion Rodtang "The Iron Man" Jitmuangnon and challenger Petchdam "The Baby Shark" Petchyindee Academy.  Also on the card, the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship will be up for grabs, as titleholder Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy meets the legendary "Boxing Computer" Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.  Plus, two of ONE's newest stars will finally make their promotional debut, as Superbon Banchamek faces Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in a ONE Super Series Kickboxing contest.  More fights are expected to be announced soon.  ONE: NO SURRENDER will be ONE's first live flagship event since ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE in Singapore back in February 28th, before the COVID-19 pandemic, and will once again feature a closed-door, audience-free format.  Last weekend, ONE returned to action in Shanghai, China with tapings of ONE HERO SERIES 13 and 14. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

ONE Championship set to return to live events in July

After around four months of not being able to hold major live events, Asian martial arts promotion ONE Championship will once again be putting their brand of action on display. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Friday evening that ONE will be returning to Thailand for ONE: NO SURRENDER, scheduled for Friday, July 31st.  This comes off the heels of ONE's official return to action last weekend wherein they taped ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 in Shanghai, China.  "After a successful ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 in China last weekend, ONE Championship will now kick off our flagship event schedule with ONE: No Surrender on July 31 in Thailand!" Sityodtong wrote.  This will be ONE's first live major event since their KING OF THE JUNGLE card last February 28th in Singapore, which was their first event to feature a closed-door, audience-free format as a way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  ONE initially planned on putting on shows in Singapore throughout March and April, but eventually had to cancel the events due to Singapore's 'Circuit Breaker' lockdown as well as other restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  NO SURRENDER will feature the same closed-door, audience-free format, said Sityodtong. "ONE: No Surrender will be a closed-door, audience-free stadium event for live global broadcast." Apart from the event itself, Sityodtong added that there will be 12 extra bouts to signal the launch of the new ONE Dark Series, a taped card for global broadcast partners.  "We will also be holding 12 extra fights on that day for the newly-launched ONE Dark Series, a taped first-air product for our broadcast partners around the world," Sityodtong shared.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

‘Remember Recto Bank sinking’

A year after the ramming and sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in Recto Bank, former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario is urging Filipinos not to forget the incident or surrender to China’s “persistent” aggression to gain control of the entire South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

PH, China resume talks on transport projects

MANILA - The Philippines has resumed talks with China to renegotiate China-funded transport projects in the country, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Sunday.In a press statement, the DOTr said Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian met in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News16 hr. 56 min. ago

Oppo Reno8 series to debut in Philippines on September 1

Washington [US], August 14 (ANI): The Oppo Reno8 series was introduced in China in May, had its debut internationally last month, and is now headed to the Philippines. According to GSM Arena, Oppo will launch the Reno8 series in the Philippines on September 1. Though the Chinese company hasn't specified how many Reno8 series smartphones it would release there, it has stated that the Reno8 is one of the devices doing so. T.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 14th, 2022

Bank upgrades digital platforms as more people use digital apps

MANILA - An executive of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said additional features will be introduced to their digital platforms as more people continue to use digital applications despite the ability to go to the banks as the economy continues to reopen.In a virtual briefing on Friday,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2022

Breakthrough forum: Drug users share rehab journey through SuGod

CEBU CITY, Philippines — How did the 2,000 drug dependents change and got rid of their drug addiction through the Surrender to God or “SuGod” program? This is what “Breakthrough: A forum on the state of drug addiction recovery in Cebu” on Sunday, August 14, at the IEC Convention Center aims to tell Cebuanos, especially […] The post Breakthrough forum: Drug users share rehab journey through SuGod appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2022