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Gutoc, Alejano assails Duterte for blaming shortage of workers in ‘Build’ projects delay

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:09
MANILA, Philippines --- Otso Diretso opposition senatorial candidates Samira Gutoc and Gary Alejano on Friday assailed President Rodrigo Duterte for blaming the alleged shortage of skilled workers for the delay in the roll-out of the "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program. In a speech during the initial campaign sortie of his PDP-Laban party in Bulacan Thursday, Duterte said: "Itong Build, Build, Build, medyo atrasado. Walang trabahante (This "Build, Build, Build" program is delayed. No workers)." READ: Shortage of skilled workers hampering 'Build, Build, Build' program -- Duterte But Marawi civic leader Gutoc said the Duterte administration can blame itself for its failur...

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Nickelodeon set to revive ‘All That’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:08
Nickelodeon on Thursday announced that it is set to revive one of its classic shows, "All That." The television channel will revive the tween sketch comedy-variety show with an all-new cast, Variety reported. Kenan Thompson, who got his start in the show and is now part of "Saturday Night Live," will serve as executive producer. The report also said that Nickelodeon will expect former cast members to make appearances on the revival. "It means everything to me," Thompson said about the variety show. "We think there's a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars," Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins said. "We want to bring the show back in a real fun way." "All Tha...

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Maria Ressa’s accuser: ‘I am not being used by Philippine gov’t’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:51
  MANILA, Philippines --- "I am in no way being used by the Philippine Government."   This was what Wilfredo Keng, the businessman who filed a complaint against Rappler chief executive Maria Ressa, said on Friday amid the uproar on Ressa's arrest over a cyberlibel charge.   Keng also noted that his complaint against Ressa did not tackle "state suppression of policy criticism or of free expression of sentiment."   Last Wednesday, Ressa was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in relation to a cyberlibel case.   The case stemmed from Keng's complaint on a 2012 Rappler article, titled "CJ using SUVs of controver...

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Poe continues to dominate Pulse Asia’s senatorial survey

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Re-electionist Sen. Grace Poe remained the top choice of Filipino voters for the Senate in the coming May elections, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey released Friday revealed. The survey, conducted from January 26 to 31 using face-to-face interview, showed that Poe getting a 74.9 percent voter preference. Administration-backed re-electionist Sen. Cynthia Villar ranked second, with 60.5 percent voter preference. Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (53.3 percent) and former senator Lito Lapid (53 percent) took the third to sixth spot in the ranking. Senator Nancy Binay had 50.1 percent voting preference and Senator Sonny Angara scored 48.8 percent shared the...

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Newly renovated Star Wars-themed PGH Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic brings joy to indigent children with cancer

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:23
Sometime in 2016, the doctors at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the PGH Medical Foundation Inc. saw the need to renovate the Hematology -- Oncology Clinic at the Cancer Institute. While PGH is recognized as the national university's hospital, the facilities were far from being conducive for healing. "When I came in 2013, the clinic was in disarray - sira sira 'yung sahig ng clinic (the clinic's floor was dilapidated) at madumi siya (it was dirty)," related Dr. Ana Patricia Alcasabas of the PGH Cancer Institute and the section head of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. "After visiting other hospitals, even here in the Philippines, I saw the need to renovate our out-patient cl...

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National Press Club: Ressa’s arrest done in bad taste, but not ‘political harassment’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:15
    MANILA, Philippines --- The National Press Club (NPC) has expressed dismay on the manner the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Rappler executive Maria Ressa, but advised against "politicizing" the issue.   "While the NPC recognized that the NBI served the warrant as directed by the court, the manner by which it was done smacks of bad taste," the NPC said in a statement on Friday.   NPC noted how the NBI arrested Ressa at the time when the courts were already closing and could no longer process bail.   The NPC said the NBI served the warrant at the close of office hour "thus affording Ms. Ressa little, or no time at all, t...

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Amazon’s exit could scare off tech companies from New York

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:04
NEW YORK --- Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company's anti-union stance. With millions of jobs and a bustling economy, New York can withstand the blow, but experts say the decision by the e-commerce giant to walk away and take with it 25,000 promised jobs could scare off other companies considering moving to or expanding in the city, which wants to be seen as the Silicon Valley of the East Coast. "One of the real risks here is the message we send to companies that want to come to New York and expand to New York...

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Madrid’s Gareth Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:03
MADRID--- Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid's 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday. The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid's third goal. A statement on La Liga's official website says Bale "moves his right arm up towards his head in a signal of provocation towards the fans, creating a possibly obscene gesture by moving his other arm and striking halfway up his right arm." That gesture is considered offensive in Spain. The statement says Bale could be suspended for four to 12 matches if he is ...

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Magic win fifth straight, end 13-game slide vs Hornets

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:56
ORLANDO, Florida --- The Orlando Magic ended one streak and stretched another. The Magic snapped a 13-game losing streak to Charlotte, routing the Hornets 127-89 on Thursday night behind 21 points from reserve Terrence Ross. "It's like there has been a paradigm shift, if that makes sense," Magic forward Aaron Gordon said. "They've been whipping us for so long, but I'm glad we got 'em this time." The Magic have won five straight for the first time in more than three years. Nikola Vucevic had his fifth straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Gordon added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Isaac scored 16 points. "It's been a great performance by this t...

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Comelec names 40 candidates with illegal campaign posters

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:55
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released the list of candidates, including more than a dozen senatorial bets, who still have illegal campaign posters as of Thursday, Feb. 14. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon released the names in a tweet on Friday. https://twitter.com/commrguanzon/status/1096270731497754624 The poll body started on Friday the crackdown against illegal campaign materials that are either oversized or placed in prohibited areas. The campaign period for national candidates in the May 2019 polls officially started Tuesday, Feb. 12. Comelec gave them until Thursday, Feb. 14, to take down illegal campaign posters. /ee...

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Knicks finally win, ends 18-game skid by beating Hawks

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:51
ATLANTA --- Knicks coach David Fizdale gives his team credit for not giving up during a losing streak that lasted nearly six weeks. "I keep talking about this team's character," Fizdale said. "It would've been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we're going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it." Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points and New York snapped a franchise-worst, 18-game losing streak with a 106-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. The Knicks ended their longest skid within a single season with their first victory since Jan. 4 at the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, with...

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Myanmar court sentences 2 to death for killing Suu Kyi aide

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:46
YANGON, Myanmar --- A court in Myanmar has sentenced two men to death for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to the country's top leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The court found the gunman, Kyi Lin, guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession for the Jan. 29, 2017 shooting of Ko Ni in broad daylight at the Yangon airport. An accomplice involved in planning the killing was also sentenced to death, and two other men involved in the crime received prison sentences. A fifth suspect thought to be the crime's mastermind remains at large. Ko Ni advised Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy on ways to get around articles in the army-imposed con...

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Prada announces diversity council after blackface outrage

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:44
Italian brand Prada said it is forming a diversity council to "elevate voices of color within the company and fashion industry at large," a move that follows accusations of racism in the luxury fashion world. Two Americans, artist Theaster Gates and film director Ava DuVernay, will chair the council, Prada said Wednesday. The group will work to develop "diverse talent" and create more opportunities for students of color, the luxury fashion house said. Gates said his work "amplifies the voices that have been absent from the broad cultural conversations," and he was happy to work with Prada to help make the company more "reflective of the world today." Prada apologized in Dece...

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Gilas Pilipinas heads to final Fiba window on high note after routing Meralco

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:43
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine national basketball team made sure to wrap up its camp in the Philippines on a positive note, handing Meralco a 100-82 rout in its final tune-up game here Friday at Meralco Gym. Gilas Pilipinas is leaving for Doha onSaturday for the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It will face Qatar at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall on February 21 then Kazakhstan three days after atSaryarka Velodrome. The national team was already in control against the Bolts after the first half with a 55-45 lead but took it up a notch in the third after Gabe Norwood put Gilas up 74-50 with a breakaway jam to complete a 23-5 run. Gilas al...

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A few feel-good moments to remember from NY Fashion Week

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:41
Fashion Week has ended in New York, leaving a trail of sequins and feathers, worn-out stilettos and blisters and traffic jams. But sometimes, fashion feels good: there were some moments of genuine, happy emotion. Here are a few feel-good moments of the week: Barry in the house No, Michael Kors didn't make that orange bedazzled "Copa" jacket that Barry Manilow wore to perform at the designer's show. We're not sure who did, but it was fabulous. Manilow, a surprise guest at Kors' '70s runway bash, belted his hit "Copacabana" from a glitzy stage set up near the catwalk as Bella Hadid danced beside him and rock muse Patti Hansen (married to Keith Richards) hopped up for a quick k...

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Flights to Tagbilaran canceled due to bad weather

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:41
MANILA, Philippines --- Flights going to Tagbilaran were canceled due to inclement weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said on Friday.   In an advisory, MIAA said the following flights were canceled:   5J 615 --- Manila-Tagbilaran 5J 616 --- Tagbilaran-Manila...

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Siargao surfers win Coca-Cola Barkada Award for instilling value of education, environmental protection

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:40
Siargao has witnessed a major spike in tourism in recent years because of avid Filipino and foreign surfers flocking to the surfing capital. Because of this, many local children have also developed a passion for the water sport. Seeing this desire among the local youth, a group of dedicated individuals were inspired to put up the Sun Crew, using surfing as a tool to make a positive change in the lives of the island's locals. At the 16th Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) Awards, the Sun Crew was recognized as one of the main winners and was honored with the Coke Barkada Award for its innovative programs that have empowered local children and communities to build a brighter fu...

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Duterte’s endorsement of Jinggoy just for ‘courtesy’ — Palace

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:39
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to endorse the Senate bid of Jinggoy Estrada is just for "courtesy" to avoid embarrassing the former senator, Malacaang said Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this after Duterte, during the initial campaign sortie of his PDP-Laban party in Bulacan, announced his preferred 11-man senatorial lineup without Estrada's name, whom he endorsed last week during an event in Legazpi City, Albay. READ: President endorses Jinggoy's Senate comeback bid The President explained that he just felt obliged to raise Estrada's hand in the event because the former senator was already there. "From what I know on the ...

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Sales for Jill Abramson book sluggish during first week

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:31
Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson's "Merchants of Truth." The former New York Times executor editor's media critique sold just over 2,800 copies through its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday by NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market. The book came out Feb. 5, and throughout the week Abramson addressed allegations of lifting outside material without proper credit, starting with several passages noted in a tweet by Vice News correspondent Michael C. Moynihan. Abramson promised to amend the text in future editions but has been widely criticized for making erro...

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With or without Duterte endorsement, Jinggoy vows to continue support for admin

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:30
MANILA, Philippines --- With or without President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement, senatorial aspirant Jinggoy Estrada on Friday vowed to continue being supportive of the Duterte administration. "I respect the recent statements made by President Duterte and the decision of the PDP-LBN regarding their preferred senatorial bets," Estrada said in a statement. "With or without the endorsement of the President, I will continue to be an ally of this administration. My support to this administration is not diminished in any way," he added. READ: Duterte drops Jinggoy from admin Senate slate The former senator made the remark after Duterte, during the initial campaign sortie of his PDP...

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