100 days in, Trump says he’s brought about ‘profound change’

READ: Trump’s first 100 days in 10 tweetsADVERTISEMENT“We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore,” he said in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. The goal is to determine whether America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the 164-nation World Trade Organization. Though the White House created a website touting its accomplishments of the first 100 days, Trump has tried to downplay the importance of the marker, perhaps out of recognition that many of his campaign promises have gone unfulfilled. “Together we are seeing that great achievements are possible when we put American people first,” Trump said in his weekly radio and internet address. During the campaign, Trump railed against Obama’s use of orders, which don’t need congressional approval.

April 30, 2017 03:45 UTC

Ohio family surprised when Mark Zuckerberg comes to dinner

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio — An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports Zuckerberg dined Friday with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. The newspaper reports Zuckerberg had asked his staff to find Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump. READ: Mark Zuckerberg funds scientists, experiments to cure all diseasesADVERTISEMENTNot all the dinner chat was political. Zuckerberg’s project, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, says he visited Youngstown’s Eastern Gateway Community College Friday and met with people recovering from opioid addiction in Dayton Saturday.

April 30, 2017 00:33 UTC

A staycation in a blissful bed and more

Bellevue Hotels and Resorts ‘levels up’ service menuGritty deadlines during the hot summer season make one long for a weekend escape from the hectic routine. If the beach or out-of-town vacation is not at all possible, a staycation in one of the hotels in the metropolis can be an excellent option. Surely, the staycation is something to relish and worthy to stack on the memory shelves for a long time. Exclusive welcomeSpecial guests get a personalized check in at The Bellevue Signature Club located on the 21st floor. Grandiose roomsThe 18th, 19th and 20th floors of the newly built Bellevue Tower Wing has 45 signature rooms perfect for a staycation experience for the family.

April 29, 2017 19:41 UTC

China on their minds

Who can say if tomorrow the Philippines won’t be overwhelmed and annexed by China as an offshoot of its brazen exploits of land reclamation and military buildup in the South China Sea? Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had China in mind when they released their final declaration after the Asean Summit on Saturday. They expressed concern about Beijing’s construction of islands in the South China Sea, and reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability, security and freedom of navigation in disputed waters. Does it really matter to the people of Southeast Asia if China will continue to build structures and islands in the South China Sea? Thus it is important for Asean members to strengthen the ties that bind them in the face of a strong China lobby.

April 29, 2017 19:30 UTC

Fatima: The Blessedness of Jacintha and Francisco

Unlike Francisco, Jacintha was more concerned about souls going to hell, and she spent her short life after Fatima offering her sufferings for the conversion of sinners. Jacintha was most affected by the First Secret of Fatima: Hell. Given these holy preoccupations and the spectacular events of Fatima, one would think Francisco and Jacintha would have been beatified and canonized decades ago. So, why can’t God give the Spirit to Jacintha, 6 going on 7, and Francisco, 8 going on 9, during the Fatima apparitions from May to October 1917? May Blessed Jacintha and Francisco Marto fill our minds with such thoughts, which they received from Our Lady of Fatima, enlivened and sustained by the Holy Spirit.

April 29, 2017 19:30 UTC

Who sexually abused the children?

Extraterritorial jurisdiction is the legal authority of the United States to prosecute criminal conduct that took place outside its borders. Philippine social workers and police rescued the children from a dilapidated grass-roofed house in a remote village in Subic, Zambales. The other four children between the ages of five and six as well as a six-month old baby were sexually abused, according to medico-legal examinations. But where is she hiding now and who are the men who repeatedly sexually abused the children? It is now the duty of the Philippine government and non-government organizations, working with US-based child protection groups, church-based and civil organizations to campaign for justice for these abused children.

April 29, 2017 19:18 UTC

It’s high time workers were liberated from enslavement by history

This necessarily meant the Soviet Union as the center of that dictatorship. Theoretically, only after a socialist state has been established can the process for transforming that state into communism start. As we are all aware, until now Paris continues to sizzle and scintillate with French bourgeois high living. But workers have been continuously deluded by false hopes of socialism and communism becoming a reality in the Great Beyond. Is this delusion a handiwork of capitalism or is it actually an ideological enslavement by history?

April 29, 2017 19:07 UTC

Ressa, Mocha, fake news

Instead Ressa, and this article, were referring to the death of democracy … in relation to fake news and people like Mocha. Many media practitioners would go on their social media accounts and blogs, and explain the notion of bias, the fact that it does exist (of course!) She says: “You look at anyone who says anything against the killings, against the drug war, especially if they are women, they will get clobbered on social media. But it hasn’t happened to me, and I’ve been as critical as the next person especially on social media. But then again, one understands this dichotomy between Ressa and Mocha, Mocha and Ressa.

April 29, 2017 19:07 UTC

Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists are struggling to get their message across to a skeptical public at a major conference in Vienna this week. Delegates made time for soul-searching at the meeting in the Austrian capital, conceding that they bear part of the blame for alienating some people. “Many of us think that facts speak for themselves, but I think that is a misconception. Facts actually need trust and that is something we need to gain.”The answer? “What we can do, and should do, is keep emphasizing what science can’t do and can do,” added Langenberg.

April 29, 2017 18:56 UTC

PRC works. Humanitarian work is forever

***It is not true that President Trump is considering appointing Dennis Rodman as ambassador of goodwill to Pyongyang. ***An important announcement from PRC Chairman and Senator Richard J. Gordon:The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will officially launch its first humanitarian ship on May 9, 2017. The PRC humanitarian ship is a brand new modern twin-hulled roll on roll off vessel, originally commissioned by the Borough of Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska. With this vessel, the PRC has raised its capabilities as a humanitarian organization by several notches. This huge humanitarian ship deserves support from everyone.

April 29, 2017 18:56 UTC

PH exports fish to China

FUZHOU, Fujian, China: Some Philippine companies are now exporting varieties of fish to China, according to a China Asean Marine Product Exchange (Campe) that transacts online, delivers offline and settles cross-border trade. “We import milk fish from Philippines and one of these companies is Sinocom which is based in Manila,” said Campe General Manager Jian Zhou. He said the marine products are mostly shipped to various areas within China. Fujian, with a 38.74-million population, is the starting point of ancient Maritime Silk Route more than 2,000 years ago. Fujian is located at the southeast coast of the China and is about one hour and 15 minutes from Hong Kong.

April 29, 2017 18:00 UTC

Farm experts call for soil conservation

The Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) is urging the use of farm mechanization and renewable energy, and to undertake soil and water conservation and management to help secure the country’s food needs. The PSAE concluded its 67th PSAE Annual National Convention in Legazpi City on Saturday, where experts presented their views on how the Philippine agricultural sector can harness modern technologies to produce more food. The theme of the convention was “Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers: Pr“The event aimd to provide the participants with the development and trends of agricultural engineering practices and technologies in the area of farm power and agricultural machinery, post harvest and agro-processing, renewable energy, agricultural buildings and structures and irrigation, soil and water conservation and management; and upgrade their professional capabilities in line with the practice of their profession,” the group said in a statement. Based on data from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), the country’s farm mechanization level is 1.02 per hectare, while China’s is 4.10 hp/ha and Vietnam 1.56 hp/ha. Soil and water conservation efforts have also been slow, with too much water available during the rainy season and none during the dry season.

April 29, 2017 17:48 UTC

‘Dinengdeng’ showcases in La Union festival

AGOO, La Union: The Dinengdeng Festival of Festivals will be held on Monday (May 1) in Cases Boulevard here as the main attraction of the town’s annual fiesta from April 30 to May 6. Mayor Stefanie Ann Eriguel said the idea for the competition was to highlight this Ilocano dish that is highly nutritious and most economical. The town decided to hold the annual Dinengdeng festival because the ingredients of the dish are abundant in the province. It is supported by the local government unit leaders and La Union 2nd Dist. This year, the festival will showcase 101 different recipes for Dinengdeng prepared by the different restaurants and barangay (villages).

April 29, 2017 17:48 UTC

Marines kill notorious Abu Sayyaf leader

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine troops have killed Alhabsi Misaya, one of the Abu Sayyaf Group’s (ASG) most notorious sub-leaders in Sulu, in an operation late on Friday. His body was brought to a military base in Jolo town. A report branded the daring military operation as an “entrapment to neutralize” one of the Abu Sayyaf’s notorious executioners. He was also behind the beheading of Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall in 2016 and seven Filipino workers in Sulu. Both Sekkingstad and Flor had been freed in exchange for huge ransom payoffs.

April 29, 2017 17:48 UTC

Asean hits China’s island-building

A 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea is legally non-binding. He insisted it was a “non-issue” with other Asean countries even if there were four other countries with claims on the South China Sea that overlap with China’s. Leaders welcomed by Duterte, partnerDuterte, together with his partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, welcomed regional leaders to the 30th Asean Leaders’ Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Duterte presided over the Asean Summit Plenary session at the PICC, which was followed by the Leaders’ Retreat at the nearby Coconut Palace. The Filipino leader hosted a gala dinner at Sofitel Manila for the Asean leaders, who were garbed in Rajo Laurel barong shirts showcasing the fabric of Mindanao ethno-linguistic tribes.

April 29, 2017 17:48 UTC

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