Aces survive Floodbuster’ rally to remain unbeaten

Import Corey Jefferson tallied 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting and 11 rebounds to lead the Aces for a 3-0 start in the tournament. Import James White posted 30 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Floodbuster, who fell to 1-3. But the Aces relied in the clutch shots of Thoss, Abueva and Carl Bryan Cruz to seal their third straight victory. Scores:ALASKA 98 – Jefferson 30, Abueva 17, Thoss 11, Racal 8, Cruz 8, Enciso 6, Exciminiano 5, Galliguez 5, Pascual 2, Casio 2, Mendoza 2, Andrada 2, Magat 0. MAHINDRA 92 – White 30, Yee 13, Revilla 12, David 10, Mallari 7, Celda 5, Paniamogan 5, Guevarra 2, Teng 2, Galanza 2, Ballesteros 2, Elorde 2, Deutchman 0, Caperal 0, Salva 0.

March 29, 2017 11:48 UTC

MMDA postpones transfer of temporary terminal for provincial buses

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has postponed its planned transfer on April 4 of the temporary terminal for southwest provincial buses in Pasay City, pending the release of the new bus route and to avoid confusion among commuters, especially with the upcoming Holy Week celebration. The new temporary terminal, located at a lot owned by the agency along Macapagal Boulevard, was supposed to be inaugurated next week. ADVERTISEMENTThe MMDA is expected to save at least P1.12 million in rental fee monthly with the transfer of the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Systems (SWIPTS) terminal in Pasay City. The new temporary terminal is equipped with 17 loading slots and 11 unloading slots for provincial buses, and another six loading bays for city buses. With the inauguration of the SWIPTS terminal put on hold, the MMDA would instead open next week an integrated center for traffic and flood monitoring.

March 29, 2017 09:33 UTC

Meningitis outbreak kills nearly 270 in Nigeria

ABUJA: Nearly 270 people, most of them children, have died in the past five months during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit Nigeria, public health officials said on Wednesday. “Presently we have 1,828 suspected cases… and we have 269 deaths in about 15 states,” Olubunmi Ojo of the National Centre for Disease Control told local television. Nigeria lies in the so-called “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, where outbreaks of the disease are a regular occurrence. The country and neighboring Niger were both badly hit by meningitis outbreaks in 2015, when over 13,700 people were infected in six months, with more than 1,100 deaths. Meningitis is caused by different types of bacteria, six of which can cause epidemics.

March 29, 2017 09:33 UTC

SKorea media slam govt over ferry ‘remains’

Newspapers said relatives of the missing had been put through “heaven and hell” and accused the maritime ministry of recklessness. The maritime ministry raised their hopes Tuesday when it said human remains had been found by workers and were “suspected to be one of the missing victims”. The Dong-A Ilbo daily said it had “jumped the gun”, under a headline reading: “The maritime ministry goofs up, again”. Animal bones and human bones are easily discernible even to the naked eye, it added. Relatives who have set up home at a port near the accident site burst into tears when a senior official told them “human remains” had been retrieved, the paper said.

March 29, 2017 08:26 UTC

Former PM Valls endorses Macron for French presidency

PARIS: France’s former prime minister Manuel Valls endorsed the presidential bid of centrist Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, the most high-profile Socialist to back the ex-banker over their party’s nominee. Asked on French television if he would vote for the 39-year-old former economy minister, Valls said: “Yes, because I think you should not take any risks for the Republic. So, I will vote for Emmanuel Macron.”Valls’s allusion to “risks for the Republic” was seen as a reference to a possible Le Pen win. The former prime minister’s decision to opt for Macron was a further blow for the struggling Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon. Rivals are likely to pounce on Valls’s thumbs-up as proof of their claim that Macron is a Trojan horse for centrists within the Socialist Party, represented by President Francois Hollande and Valls.

March 29, 2017 08:26 UTC

Air Force receives 2 more fighter jets from Korea

MANILA, Philippines — Two more FA-50PH fighter jets from South Korea arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday. The fourth batch of planes, which arrived on Wednesday, brings its total number of fighter jets to eight. The Philippine Air Force (PAF) received the new air assets, with tail numbers 007 and 008, at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City at Clark Air Base in Pampanga. The two jets are part of the 12 supersonic trainers bought for P18.9 billion in 2014 by the Aquino administration from South Korean defense contractor Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), under the military's modernization program. The first batch of fighter jets arrived in November 2015, which marked the symbolic return of the PAF to the supersonic age.

March 29, 2017 06:39 UTC

Suspected thief electrocuted in Batangas gas plant

BATANGAS CITY — A suspected thief was electrocuted when he attempted to enter a facility of the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) in Bauan town in Batangas province, police said Wednesday. A Bauan police report said the fatality, who has not been identified, entered the company’s sub-station located in Barangay (village) San Roque, through the cyclone wiring but landed in an area electrified with 69,000 volts around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. He died of shock, the report added. ADVERTISEMENTAG&P, according to its website, is an industrial process outsourcing firm manufacturing liquefied natural gas with projects in Russia and Australia.

March 29, 2017 03:45 UTC

Duterte campaign funder denies plotting Speaker’s ouster

Davao Del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. on Wednesday denied plotting the ouster of his “friend” Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez. Floirendo was the biggest campaign donor of President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 elections, having contributed P75 million. READ: Alvarez seeks probe of fellow Duterte ally Floirendo“Admittedly I am hurt with the action of Speaker Alvarez against me. “I still offer a hand of friendship to Speaker Alvarez amidst all that happened for the benefit of the people of Davao del Norte. BACKSTORY: Alvarez laughs off rumors he’ll be executive secretary, GMA Speaker“I have no problem with that,” Alvarez said.

March 29, 2017 03:33 UTC

Trump moves on climate, no word yet on Paris accord

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump took action Tuesday to curb rules that underpin American emissions targets, making it clear climate change was not a priority, but said nothing about the 2015 Paris accord. ADVERTISEMENTWhat do you think the impact would be of the United States pulling out of the Paris accord? READ: Miss Earth tells Trump, world leaders: Climate change is realGiven the talk coming from the US administration, does it make sense for the United States to back out? If the United States drops its greenhouse gas emissions targets, would it make sense to remain in the accord? READ: Trump poised to roll back climate protectionsI think it still matters for the US to be a part of the Paris agreement.

March 29, 2017 02:37 UTC

Quadriplegic man regains use of arm in medical first

A decade after a bike crash that left an American man paralysed from the shoulders down, he can again feed himself, researchers hailing a medical first reported Wednesday. His muscles then receive their instructions from electrodes in his arm. Other methods allow participants to control a robotic arm using their thoughts. For Kochevar the process of learning to use the prosthesis started by him practicing with a simulation of an arm that appeared on a screen. From there he quickly progressed to using his mind to direct the movements of his arm.

March 28, 2017 22:41 UTC

Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

In 2008 there were 88,000 coal miners in the United States, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Today, the number of coal miners has fallen around 25 percent. The Trump administration has not said whether it will pull out of the Paris deal. “Our incredible coal miners, we love our coal miners, great people,” he said. But Trump’s climate skepticism has struck a chord with many Republican voters.

March 28, 2017 20:15 UTC

Takeover shows mass housing woes

Kadamay initiated the biggest propoor campaign yet by leading the forcible occupation of 5,262 low-cost housing units that lasted for 12 days. The NHA website does not provide specific data on resettlement and other programs. The NHA does not have a role in choosing the locations for social housing because its land acquisition and land banking powers have been minimized since the 1990s, according to a 2012 study. The production of socialized housing is largely undertaken by the NHA through private developers it has accredited. It saw haste because several contractors proceeded with the housing projects with incomplete documents.

March 28, 2017 18:00 UTC

Cops find shabu in barangay chief’s house in Ormoc

ORMOC CITY — A barangay chief was arrested on Tuesday morning after packs of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) were allegedly recovered during a raid on her house on Mabini Street, Ormoc City, Leyte. But Josela Dumaguit, District 4 chair, claimed that the big plastic sachet and a medium-sized sachet which contained shabu were planted by members of of the City Drug Enforcement Unit of the Ormoc City Police Office. A complaint for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act was being readied against the suspect, who was detained at Ormoc Police Station 1. The raid was conducted with a search warrant issued by Judge Girlie Borrel-Yu of the Regional Trial Court Branch 35. During the search, the police found the shabu inside the room of Dumaguit’s daughter, Marjorie.

March 28, 2017 17:48 UTC

Tadeco reacts to anomaly claims

Tadeco, however, said that Alvarez’s allegations were entirely false and that the Joint Venture Agreement was above board. “In fact, among all the banana companies in the Philippines, Tadeco has been branded as a champion of labor and community relations. Tadeco said that it continues to perform its obligations and responsibilities under the JVA confident in its contributions to the government and socio-economic development. “Thus, Tadeco is befuddled as to the real reasons why Speaker Alvarez has initiated this inquiry,” it said. A 40-year-old company, Tadeco is the flagship firm of the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies owned by Davao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., the Speaker’s PDP-Laban party mate and province mate.

March 28, 2017 17:37 UTC

Window-dressing buoys PH shares

The broader All Shares also was up 41.21 points or 0.94 percent at 4,411.21. But reports have it that global markets turned a blind eye to this and focused instead on the prospects of upcoming economic policies, particularly tax reform. Telagen said the PSEi “may welcome” some gains to the 7,400 resistance level this week, fueled by end-of-quarter window dressing. Advancers led decliners, 100 to 80, while 48 shares were unchanged. On Monday, the PSEi was down 0.32 percent or 23.65 points at 7,245.97, while the All Shares decreased by 6.74 percent or 0.15 points to 4,370.

March 28, 2017 17:37 UTC

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