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Bangko Sentral charter improvement measure signed into law

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:52
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure which provides improvements to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Charter. In a tweet Friday, Senator Francis Escudero, one of the authors of the bill in the Senate, thanked Duterte for signing the bill. "I would like to thank PRRD, the members of the Senate & House of Reps, as well as the Congressional & BSP staff, who worked tirelessly for the passage into law of RA 11211 w/c provides for far reaching amendments/improvements to the BSP Charter to keep up with the changing times," Escudero said. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the signing of the law in a text message to...

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Duterte OKs bill pushing for stronger SSS pension fund

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:42
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into the law a measure which will overhaul the charter of the Social Security System (SSS). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this Friday. One of the salient features of the new law is the rationalization of powers of the Social Security Commission, the policy-making body of the SSS, allowing it to expand the investing capacity of the pension fund that will generate better income for the benefit of its members and pensioners. /ee...

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Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:36
MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas are on a tough bind in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with the team sitting at the fourth place of Group F and needing to win their last two games. Head coach Yeng Guiao also has the tough task of leading the national team into the enemy territories of Qatar and Kazakhstan for their last games but the fiery head coach is unconcerned of the difficult order. "I'm confident and I'm happy with this group of guys," said Guiao after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday before their trip. Guiao added that he's proud of what naturalized center Andray Blatche had done to be in top physical shape for the coming window. "...

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Rice tariffication law to boost agri sector – Sen. Villanueva

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:34
      MANILA, Philippines - Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the rice tariffication bill into law, which seeks to lift restrictions on rice importations. "We hail the recent passage into law of the Rice Tariffication bill that will ease import restrictions and lead to a decrease in the price of rice, the Filipino family's staple food," Villanueva said on Friday. The senator also said the law is a "significant piece of legislation" which will provide consumers adequate supply of rice. Villanueva added that the law will help uplift the agriculture sector. "Sa kasalukuyan, naghihikahos po ang ating sektor...

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Duterte signs law on cheaper political ads

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:31
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure which seeks ensure reasonable rates for political advertisements. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this on Friday. /ee...

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Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:10
    WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese. The White House on Thursday released results of his most recent physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That's based on the fact that he's now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. That's up from 236 pounds in September 2016 before he became president. An index rating of 30 is the level at which doctors consider someone obese under this commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, and that raises their risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Trump doesn't drink alcohol or smoke, but...

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Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremonies up 40 percent

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:01
TOKYO --- The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent. Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen --- about $82 billion --- in 2013 when it was awarded the games. Despite the increase, Muto said the privately funded operating budget of 600 billion yen --- about $5.5 billion --- would be unchanged. He said there was a reserve fund for such increases. "Using London Olympics spending as a model, this is the minimum we need to spend to get the job do...

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Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:59
GENEVA --- Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland's groundbreaking online voting system --- and potentially earn tens of thousands of francs (dollars) if they succeed. The Federal Chancellery and Swiss regions, known as cantons, expressed satisfaction at the high response barely a week after launching a registration for IT experts to help crack a planned update to Switzerland's 15-year-old e-voting system. Among countries in Europe, only Estonia has a similar online voting program, a Swiss official said. As of Friday morning, more than 2,000 had been re...

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LOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:56
MUMBAI, India --- Is it gymnastics? Is it yoga? Is it even a sport? Picture a person climbing a coconut tree. Now imagine the person twisting, turning, rotating and practicing yoga postures, all while firmly gripping the tree with the thighs. Mallakhamb is this and more. Mallakhamb is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India, and its name comes from the words malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole. Now after centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship this weekend in the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where it first originated. Like yoga, the time ...

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North Korea and China in ice dance to the music of diplomacy

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:34
At the climax of a festival on ice to celebrate late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday, Olympic skaters from the host nation and neighboring China swapped partners to dance together. The moment symbolized the markedly improved relations between Beijing and nuclear-armed Pyongyang amid a flurry of diplomacy on and around the peninsula. The four skaters --- Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik of the North, who qualified for last year's Winter Olympics in the South, and Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who took the ice dance silver in Pyeongchang --- were the star attractions of the pageant. With portraits of Kim --- father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un --- and his own ...

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AKO Bisdak #22 party-list fights for regional representation

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:26
There is pride in a name. There is pride in an expression like "AKO BISDAK." "AKO Bisdak" means I am a Visaya or I am someone from the Visayas. You don't simply say the words, you say it with pride according to retired Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez and Architect Rommel Gavieta who were recently interviewed by Radyo Inquirer. Enriquez and Gavieta are first and second nominees for the partylist-group "AKO Bisdak"#22 in the ballots. Before this election, the two were never involved in politics. But going around in several provinces in Regions 6, 7, and 8, they said they saw that much has yet to be done for the poor communities in these regions and that the issues that concern t...

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No Michelle Morente for La Salle in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:26
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs94TpkHbvS/ MANILA, Philippines---Michelle Morente caused some stir when she left Ateneo and transferred to De La Salle in September 2017. Morente, though, won't be suiting upat all for the Lady Spikers in women's volleyball with the defending champions instead slotting in former University of Perpetual Help star Lourdes Clemente in the final lineup for Season 81. Morente represented De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament and her inclusion in the first-semester sport meant that she's exhausted all her playing years in the UAAP. Clemente, who passed the UAAP's mandatory eligibility period for a student coming in from the NCAA...

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JBC releases shortlist of candidates for new SC associate justice

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:52
MANILA, Philippines --- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) released on Friday its shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice position vacated by Lucas Bersamin when he was appointed chief justice. A total of 13 candidates made it to the list, including Court of Appeals (CA) justices Edgardo Delos Santos and Amy Lazaro-Javier, who were leading the list with six votes each. Meanwhile, Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) justice Roman Del Rosario and CA justices Japar Dimaampao and Ramon Garcia received five votes each. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparao Cabotaje-Tang and CA justices Henri Jean-Paul Balinghasay Inting, Jhosep Ylarde Lopez, Mario Lopez, Eduardo...

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 282 pass master plumber licensure exams

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:51
MANILA, Philippines - A total of 282 examinees passed the Master Plumber licensure examinations, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said on Friday.   Erie Catacataca Angeles Jr. from Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City topped the licensure exams with a rating of 80.40 percent.   Camarines Norte State College-Daet was the top performing school with an 80 percent passing rate.   The examinations were administered by PRC Board of Master Plumber Chairman Valentino Mangila and its members, Engr. Pedrito D. Camilet, Jr. and Arch. Prospero A. Abellano on Feb. 12 and 13, 2019 at PRC testing centers in Manila, Baguio and Iloilo. / gsg ...

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Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:38
TOKYO --- Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work for free. That's the case next year at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where about 80,000 volunteers will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. Most don't seem to mind, thrilled about a once-in-a-lifetime chance and largely unaware that their unpaid ...

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Duterte signs rice tariffication bill into law

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:37
  MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the rice tariffication bill into law. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this toINQUIRER.netin a text message. "Yes," Medialdea said when asked if the President has already signed the bill into law. The measure, which seeks to convert the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice into tariffs is set to lapse into law on February 15 if it is not acted upon by the President. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also confirmed the development in a separate message. Farmers and the National Food Authority (NFA) have been asking for some changes to the bill. They are particularly seeking to t...

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As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:20
MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas is facingits biggest challenge yet in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers as one slip could very well eliminate Filipinos from the competition. The Philippine national basketball team needs all the positivity it can get and Gabe Norwood said he and the team's continued familiarity with head coach Yeng Guiao's system could prove vital in their quest for the World Cup. "Just doing his system and I think anybody who's watched coach Yeng can see that everybody's going to have an opportunity to play," said Norwood after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday. Guiao's system usually employs 12 players on a team and this assura...

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Amid measles outbreak, Duterte appeals for children’s immunization

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:17
MANILA, Philippines --- Amid a measles outbreak in the capital and other regions of the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has taken a direct hand in the information campaign that seeks to restore the public's confidence in the government's immunization program. In a short message aired over state-run PTV-4 on Friday, Duterte called on the parents to have their children vaccinated to avoid the highly communicable disease. "Mga kababayan, dumadami ang kaso ng tigdas at ang komplikasyon nito ay mamatay ka. Sa mga anak natin, bakuna lamang ang tanging paraan makaiwas sa sakit na ito," Duterte said. (Countrymen, measles cases are rising, and its complications are fatal. Vaccination ...

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Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:08
    COLUMBIA, S.C. --- The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. Economic officials on Thursday removed the estimated $61 million windfall the winner was expected to pay in state income taxes from tax and other estimates. That extra money had been included as the governor and lawmakers prepared their spending priorities at the beginning of the year. An extra $61 million could buy new voting machines for the entire state, give a nearly 2 percent raise to all South Carolina teachers or put a police officer in every public school in the state. It is about...

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Poll bets warned: Do not politicize PMA homecoming

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:56
MANILA, Philippines --- An official of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on Friday asked candidates in the 2019 polls who would attend this year's alumni homecoming to refrain from politicizing the event as a sign of respect to the PMA's independence. PMA Information Officer Lt. Col. Harry Baliaga Jr. said that while they cannot penalize people who would try to use the event to gain political mileage for the upcoming elections, they are pleading to candidates to respect the activity. "Wala na tayong control don, ang magagawa lang natin ay paki-usapan natin sila (We don't have any control over that, but we can do is make an appeal)," Baliaga told reporters inside the PMA Campus ...

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