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US slaps sanctions on Hong Kong leader in new offensive on China

The United States slapped sanctions Friday on Hong Kong's leader after effectively forcing Chinese internet giants TikTok and WeChat to end all US operations in a twin diplomatic-commercial offensive set to grow ahead of US elections......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsAug 8th, 2020Related News

ONE Championship lands in Top 10 in Facebook engagement in global sports

Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship has broken into the Top 10 Most Engaging Sport Profiles on Facebook Worldwide, according to figures released by independent social media marketing company Socialbakers. The data was collected between 1 January and 30 June, 2020......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsAug 7th, 2020Related News

Dangerous tendency

Although the next election is still about two years away, the Commission on Elections should already act expeditiously to plug the loopholes discovered in the previous elections conducted under the Automated Election System instituted by RA 8436 as amended by RA 9369 otherwise known as the Automated Election Law......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2020Related News

‘Philippines likely to become Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 hot spot’

Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Philippines is likely to become Southeast Asia’s coronavirus hot spot, according to The Straits Times of Singapore......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2020Related News

Pahayag ng SG na COVID hotspot ang Pinas pinalagan

Manila, Philippines – Pinalagan at itinuturing na ispekulasyon ni Testing Czar Secretary Vince Dizon ang ulat ng isang pahayagan sa Singapore na hotspot na ng coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID 19 sa Asya ang Pilipinas. Sinabi ni Dizon, isang speculative statement ang inilabas ng naturang dayuhang pahayagan na mahirap bigyan ng komento. Ani Dizon, hindi […].....»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2020Related News

North Macedonia founds new parliament

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (Xinhua) — The first constitutive session of the new Parliament of North Macedonia was held here on Tuesday following the 15 July early parliamentary elections. The session took place in line with safety health protocols against the spread of COVID-19. Speaking at the session, former Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, who will chair […] The post North Macedonia founds new parliament appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2020Related News

Comelec main office sa Intramuros, sarado ng dalawang linggo

Sarado ng dalawang linggo ang main office ng Commission on Elections o Comelec sa Intramuros, Maynila dahil sa isasagawang extensive disinfection and decontamination. Base sa inilabas na abiso, ang pagpapasara ay epektibo araw ng Lunes, Agosto 3 at tatagal hanggang Agosto 16. Nabatid na isasara rin ang Offices of the Regional Election Director of the […] The post Comelec main office sa Intramuros, sarado ng dalawang linggo appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsAug 4th, 2020Related News

Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Aug. 4

COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in a special gazette notice issued early Tuesday, declared that the new parliament will convene on Aug. 20 following the parliamentary elections.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 4th, 2020Related News

ESports’ health problems: Injury, obesity, stress

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Growing concern over health standards in eSports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi”, sent tremors through the […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 4th, 2020Related News

ONE Championship announces confirmed bouts for ONE: NO SURRENDER II, III broadcasts

Singapore---The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship, today announced confirmed bouts for ONE: NO SURRENDER II and ONE: NO SURRENDER III to be broadcast and streamed on August 14 and August 21, respectively......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2020Related News

Cash remittances dip 6.4% in January-May

The central bank said cash remittances or transfers via the banking system has declined by 6.4 percent year-on-year in the first five months of the year to $11.554 billion from $12.349 billion.  “The decline in cash remittances was due to the negative effects of the continued limited operating hours of some banks and institutions that provide money transfer services during the lockdown and the repatriation of many OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) in March 2020,” said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in a statement Monday. The cash remittances of land-based overseas Filipinos dropped 7.2 percent to $8.965 billion compared to same time last year of $9.664 billion. The remittances of sea-based workers also dipped 3.6 percent to $2.589 billion from $2.684 billion.  “By country source, the US registered the highest share to total overseas Filipinos remittances at 39.4 percent for January–May. It was followed by Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Hongkong, Qatar, and Taiwan,” the BSP said. “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78.8 percent of total cash remittances.” For the month of May only, remittances sent through the banks decreased by 19.3 percent to $2.106 billion compared to $2.609 billion same time in 2019. Also for the month of May, personal remittances fell by 19.2 percent to $2.341 billion versus $2.896 billion in May 2019. Personal remittances from land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more slipped by 21.2 percent to $1.77 billion in May from $2.24 billion. Sea-based workers and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year also declined by 12.4 percent to $519 million from $592 million in 2019. According to the BSP, “this is the third consecutive month that personal remittances posted year-on-year contraction amid the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic activity, travel, and employment, resulting in the repatriation or deferment of employment of many OFWs.” For the cumulative January-May, personal remittances went down by 6.4 percent year-on-year to $12.835 billion from $13.707 billion. Personal remittances as defined by the BSP, is the “sum of net compensation of employees, personal transfers and capital transfers between households.” For 2020, the BSP expects cash remittances to contract by five percent and end up with $28.6 billion and then recover next year, bouncing back to a four percent growth to $29.8 billion. Last year, cash remittances reached $30.133 billion or up 4.1 percent from 2018, while personal remittances grew by 3.9 percent year-on-year to $33.467 billion......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2020Related News

Moderating oligarchs’ greed

Last July 13, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu and triumphantly declared he “dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the country’s economy without the need to declare martial law.” This came a few days after a committee in the House of Representatives rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bill. During his penultimate State of the Nation Address on July 27, Duterte took another swipe at the oligarchs whose great wealth has enabled them “to influence public policy to their advantage.” He cited as an example the Lopezes “who used their media outlets in their battles with political figures” including himself during the 2016 elections. People seem to forget that Duterte’s avowed mission to put oligarchs in their proper place was part of his 2016 campaign promise to stamp out corruption. At that time, he said the corruption in the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue was “small change in comparison to the high-level corruption that runs in the billions among the economic elite.” Oligarchy means the rule of the few, but its meaning has evolved to refer to powerful individuals or groups outside of government who are able to benefit from political connections to amass vast amounts of wealth and gain control of major industries. The term “oligarch” started popping up recently in mainstream and social media but its context in relation to what is happening in our society has become warped and obfuscated. To be fair, the President has given credit where credit is due, even to the so-called oligarchs when they helped the government in this COVID-19 crisis, but he said it is their abuses that he abhors. On several occasions, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out how oligarchs use their wealth to gain power, while the political elite used their power to amass wealth. He expressed full support to Duterte’s advocacy in changing the current system where he believes the people “willingly consent to being held back by the few who control the economy and through that, the running of the nation.” According to Cayetano, the real threat to the stability of our socio-political and economic systems are those backroom deals that make exploitation legal – “the quiet acquiescing to a system that naturally favors the ultra-rich and very powerful.” He believes that not all oligarchs are bad, saying in a media interview: “Just like every entrepreneur wanting to expand their business, these would-be oligarchs might very well have started off with the most benign or even benevolent intentions. But the malignant DNA of unabated, uncontrolled capitalism, especially corporate capitalism, eventually comes to play, leading to people and systems being abused and exploited.” Cayetano clarified, though, that capitalism and democracy work as we have seen in other economies. He thinks the situation in the Philippines is not hopeless, and we can begin to change this corrupt system by acknowledging there is a problem and we are part of it. “This is a battle between those who are willing to fight their self-interest and change with the system, versus those who deny that there is anything wrong with the status quo, specifically as it relates to themselves, and instead simply choose to blame the politicians and officials in government,” he said. This brings to mind the statement attributed to a Cabinet member of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who advised another top official to “moderate your greed.” Another cautionary tale is found in the recently re-launched book of Ricardo Manapat, who served as National Archives Director during the Arroyo and Ramos administrations. Manapat’s book is titled “Some Are Smarter Than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” which is a classic work on anti-cronyism exposing the ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Oligarchs may not be totally wiped out in the Philippines, since developed economies even have to contend with their presence. But Duterte’s relentless campaign against them could very well result in moderating their greed and freeing the country from their tight grip. nextgenmedia@gmail.com.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2020Related News

Poll postponement timely move — former WHO chief

HONG KONG, China (Global Times) — In a recent spate of row troubling Hong Kong for its postponement of its elections, Emeritus Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of the Hong Kong community, Dr. Margaret Chan shared her sentiments. “I strongly support the Hong Kong SAR government’s timely and decisive decision to […] The post Poll postponement timely move — former WHO chief appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

Unleashing Antique’s Golden Age

Deputy Speaker and Representative of the Lone District of Antique Loren Legarda was a three-term Senator, emerging number one twice in the 1998 and 2007 senatorial elections, and ranked second in 2013......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

Retired US Navy officer proposes ship repair facilities in Subic

A decorated former United States Navy admiral has discounted the possibility of the reported plan to re-establish an American military base in the Philippines like the facility they used to share in Subic Bay.In an open letter to President Duterte, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr. instead suggests it would be a “good business” for the Philippines to embrace the idea of bringing shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay. McKinnon was reacting to the statement made by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address last week where the latter flatly rejected the reported US plan to return to its former naval base in the Philippines. “I saw in the press that in your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) you voiced concern about the United States Navy returning to establish a base in the Philippines, like the remarkable joint security facility we used to share in Subic. I believe I can assure you it will never happen,” the retired US naval officer said in his letter dated July 29, 2020.McKinnon, who was stationed at the former US base in Subic, said what can happen is that the US Navy can help re-establish a viable “commercial” ship overhaul and voyage repair, or even ship construction industry on historic Subic Bay. “And why not? It is neither war provocation nor threatening to the Philippine people,” the retired US Navy officer said.If approached to bring shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay under a public-private partnership, the Philippine government should embrace the idea, noting that the Philippines is a 7,000-island archipelago straddling a major artery of world commerce. “Repairing ships transiting that artery is only good business,” he said. He explained that the US Navy, and every sea power, commercial or naval, needs voyage repair.  For decades the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) on the deep-water port of Subic Bay, and a similar facility in the port of Yokosuka in Japan, helped sustain the upkeep of ships far from home. He recalled having attended the opening of Philseco, a commercial ship repair facility at Subic City in 1981. The US bases, however, were closed in 1992 after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of its tenure.  The facility later became Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, a commercial bulk cargo ship construction on the Redondo peninsula across the City of Olongapo. “It became of national importance, providing employment to the many skilled Philippine shipyard workers displaced when the US Navy SRF at Olongapo closed in 1992. It was sad to see Hanjin go into bankruptcy and the effect it had on Philippine families,” McKinnon said. In his open letter, McKinnon remembered back in 1968 when his naval ship was undergoing repair in Subic. “I and my friends became tourists. It was wonderful to attend a concert of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, visit the historic island of Corregidor, and learn to love ‘pancit’, both ‘canton’ and ‘bihon’. Doctors loved going into the small communities on Luzon providing family health care. Ships, both commercial and military, need voyage repair. Sailors go ashore, become tourists, and make friends.” Upon the closure of the SRF in Subic, the US Navy workload moved to countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, among others. When the first United States military command was established in Singapore in 1991, it became a regional contracting center, not a base.  “It was all about the conduct of business in Asia,” he said. While in Subic Bay, McKinnon was assigned as Director, Shipbuilding and Overhaul Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command and Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Depot.  He co-founded an organization that provides vocational training to unemployed young men, co-founded a foundation that supported the City of Olongapo hospital and orphanage, and later becoming an honorary citizen of the city.In his military career, McKinnon was a recipient of two Legions of Merit and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal of the US Department of Defense. .....»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

Hong Kong suspends elections

HONG KONG, China (AFP)— Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow Friday, 31 July, as authorities postponed local elections for a year because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas. The city’s democracy camp has come under sustained attack since Beijing […] The post Hong Kong suspends elections appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

Iglesia Filipina Independiente marks 118th anniversary

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente will mark its 118th proclamation anniversary tomorrow, with online and physical celebrations but strictly following health safety protocols in its 49 dioceses in the Philippines and in North America, and in organized congregations in Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 1st, 2020Related News

HK postpones polls over virus; China raises curbs

Hong Kong -- Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow Friday as authorities postponed local elections for a year because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsAug 1st, 2020Related News

Trump: Defer US elections

US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 election, in which he is currently lagging badly in the polls, citing the coronavirus and what he said would be “fraudulent” voting......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJul 30th, 2020Related News

Abalos cleared of COVID-19

Former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, according to his son and former Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 30th, 2020Related News