Carpio: Ramming of Filipino vessel highly likely intentional 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Jeffrey DamicogThe ramming of a Filipino fishing vessel by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea is highly likely intentional, Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said. “It is thus highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1,” he said in a statement. Also, Carpio indicated that China’s maritime militia vessels have “reinforced steel hulls purposely for ramming fishing vessels of other coastal states.”“No other coastal state has fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels,” he emphasized. This is the first time that a Chinese maritime militia vessel has rammed a Filipino fishing vessel,” he added.
June 15, 2019 02:26 UTC
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says his wife, first lady Melania Trump, is an icon on the same order of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Trump made the comparison Friday as he defended his decision to change the iconic Air Force One paint job devised under the former first lady’s watch in the 1960s on the next version of the presidential aircraft due to enter service in 2024. ADVERTISEMENTTrump tells “Fox & Friends,” ”You know the baby blue doesn’t fit with us,” noting he plans to replace it with a darker navy and the gold stripe along the aircraft with one in red. He says: “That was Jackie O and that’s good, but we have our own Jackie O today, it’s called Melania.”Trump added, “We’ll call it Melania T.” NVGRELATED STORIES:US First Lady Melania Trump criticized for wearing ‘I don’t care’ jacket in border visitMelania Trump draws laughs, flak for planting tree while wearing high heelsRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
June 15, 2019 02:15 UTC
BEIJING — The U.S. government expressed deep concerns to the U.N. about a reported trip by the U.N. counterterrorism chief to the restive Xinjiang region in China’s far west. “More specific information will be released in time,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily briefing. China has faced international criticism over internment camps in Xinjiang that hold an estimated one million members of the Uighur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. Chinese officials describe the camps as vocational training centers and say they are necessary to curb religious extremism. Geng has previously said the U.S. accusations are “fabricated lies” and that the United States should not interfere in China’s internal affairs.
June 15, 2019 02:15 UTC
HONG KONG — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests. Many in Hong Kong fear the measures would undermine the former British colony’s legal autonomy. Le urged the U.S. to treat Hong Kong “objectively and fairly,” the ministry said in a statement. Pressure on the Hong Kong leader, caught between a restive public and Communist rulers in Beijing, is growing, said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The detention of several Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015 intensified concern over the territory weakening legal autonomy.
June 15, 2019 01:41 UTC
Trump clarifies would report foreign dirt on rivals to FBI 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PressePresident Donald Trump on Friday sought to clarify his comments that he would accept dirt on election rivals from a foreign power, now saying he would “absolutely” report such an encounter to US authorities. “Of course you give it to the FBI, or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that,” Trump said. “Of course, you have to look at it, because if you don’t look at it you’re not going to know if it’s bad,” Trump said. “I’m just thinking, gee, if they say ‘We don’t like your opponent,’ am I supposed to put the president of France, am I supposed to report him to the FBI?”
June 15, 2019 01:29 UTC
Trump aims to slash number of federal advisory committees 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy the Associated PressPresident Donald Trump is trying to take an ax to federal advisory committees, ordering that their numbers be slashed. Trump signed an executive order Friday that directs every federal agency to evaluate the need for all of its advisory committees created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Federal advisory committees are typically made up of private citizens who offer advice and assistance to the executive branch. The U.S. General Services Administration, which helps oversee FACA implementation, says there are approximately 1,000 federal advisory committees and 50 federal agencies with FACA programs in effect at any given time.
June 15, 2019 01:07 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The government is expected to award to the Mislatel consortium the frequencies it won along with its permit to operate by the first week of July, making official the entry of a third telecommunications player in the country. “But even as we are speaking right now, they already started rolling out their infra, starting in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao. The deal was signed by Udenna Corp. chairman Dennis Uy, Chelsea president and chief executive officer Chryss Alfonsus Damuy and China Telecommunications Corp. deputy managing director Xiao Wei. Following Congress’ approval of the transfer of ownership last May 20, Mislatel updated its timetable of key activities to obtain its CPCN or permit to operate from the National Telecommunications Commission by next month. The Mislatel consortium is set to be awarded with frequency bands of 700 megahertz (MHz), 2100 MHz, 2000 MHz, 2.5 gigahertz (GHz), 3.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz.
June 15, 2019 01:06 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTO’Rourke, addressing questions on topics including health care, housing affordability and education, acknowledged what he identified as his own struggle with not knowing enough about the history of slavery in the United States and its ongoing ramifications. “White Americans do not know this story,” O’Rourke said, noting that until a tour of the church’s grounds, he hadn’t known anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman had lived in the area. O’Rourke has addressed issues concerning white privilege before, telling a crowd at a historically black college in South Carolina earlier this year that he might not know their struggles but wanted to try to help them. We must repair this country from its very founding, kidnapping peoples from West Africa, bringing them here in bondage to literally build the wealth of the United States,” he said. “The path there, though, has to come through learning and telling this American story with everyone.
June 15, 2019 00:33 UTC
Brazil asks for WTO investigation of Indonesia on poultry trade 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersSAO PAULO – The Brazilian government has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to open a panel to investigate Indonesian policies on Brazil’s poultry exports, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday. Brazil won a case against Indonesia at the WTO in 2017, but the South American country argues that the WTO decision was never implemented by Indonesia, which continues to block any chicken imports from Brazilian companies. Brazil is not allowed to export poultry to Indonesia because it lacks an international sanitary certification that needs to be issued by the Islamic country’s government. Brazil, the world’s largest poultry exporter, said its request for a panel will be evaluated by WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body in a meeting scheduled for June 24.
June 15, 2019 00:00 UTC
MEXICO CITY — Mexico published the document Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump fleetingly showed the press this week as evidence he had extracted tough new concessions on migration from the neighboring country. The document is a “supplementary agreement” to the deal the U.S. and Mexico signed last Friday, and outlines additional measures the two sides agree to take. Under that “binding bilateral agreement,” the countries “would accept the return, and process refugee status claims, of third-party nationals who have crossed that party’s territory to arrive” in the neighboring country, it says. The document adds that the agreement would be “part of a regional approach” to dealing with undocumented migrants and refugees. Under last Friday’s main deal, Mexico agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guardsmen to reinforce its southern border, and to expand its policy of taking back migrants as the United States processes their asylum claims.
June 14, 2019 23:26 UTC
Brazil’s president says criminalizing homophobia could ‘hurt’ gays 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseBrazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to criminalize homophobia, saying it could “hurt” gays by deterring companies from hiring them. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Bolsonaro said employers would “think twice” before hiring a gay person for fear they could be accused of homophobia. Bolsonaro also raised again the possibility of nominating an evangelical judge to the country’s highest court to help “balance” the bench. The three judges that voted against the measure agreed with Bolsonaro on his point that criminalizing homophobia was Congress’s job, not the court’s.
June 14, 2019 23:15 UTC
Sea of purple: Swiss women strike for equal pay 0 SHARES Share it! The action comes nearly three decades after women held the country’s first nationwide strike for equal pay. And for men and women with equal qualifications, the wage gap remains nearly eight percent, according to the national statistics office. – Women work for free –For those women unable to take a full day, the organisers urged them to at least pack their things and leave by 3:24 pm. “After that, women work for free,” said Anne Fritz, the main organiser of the strike and a representative of USS.
June 14, 2019 23:03 UTC
US to launch public hearings on additional China tariffs next week 0 SHARES Share it! The hearings beginning Monday will end on June 25, the USTR said in a statement on Friday. Since then, Trump raised tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods and ordered his trade representative to prepare tariffs on another $300 billion, effectively covering almost all Chinese exports to the United States. The proposed tariffs on another $300 billion are a further “response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation,” USTR said in its statement Friday. The tariffs will hit consumer goods hard, including cellphones, laptop computers, toys, video game consoles, television sets, clothing, and footwear.
June 14, 2019 22:52 UTC
US unhappy about UN counterterror envoy’s Xinjiang visit 0 SHARES Share it! The world body said Thursday that Vladimir Voronkov, the under-secretary general for counterterrorism, was on a visit to China. UN sources said that trip included a stop in Xinjiang. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan called UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday to express his “deep concerns,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. “Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,” the statement said.
June 14, 2019 22:30 UTC
MADISON, New Jersey — Nearly 200 dogs that were rescued from a former award-winning breeder’s property are recovering well, and some will be available for adoption as soon as Saturday, according to a veterinarian facility. The dogs were removed from a property in western New Jersey on Tuesday because of concerns about their treatment. Most of the dogs are Parson Russell terriers, a slightly larger version of Jack Russell terriers, Parker said. More than 100 of the dogs already have been transferred to other shelters to be readied for adoption. Until they finish investigating, we just don’t know what went wrong, that it got to 188 dogs.”ADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
June 14, 2019 22:07 UTC