Chelsea’s Conte wary of ‘Double’ talk

WOLVERHAMPTON, UK: Antonio Conte has warned his players to avoid complacency as they seek to become just the third club in the history of English football to win the Premier League and FA Cup ‘Double’ on two separate occasions. “I think it’s a little early to talk about this,” Conte said. Now, in the FA Cup, we are in the quarter-finals and I’m pleased with this because it means we’re doing very well,” the Italian added. “If someone thinks that for sure in the league Chelsea will become champions, and for sure we can win the FA Cup, it will be very difficult. We understand we want to stay there and we want to try to reach the end and win some trophies.

February 19, 2017 01:07 UTC

4 dead as ‘worst storm in years’ buffets California

LOS ANGELES, United States—A devastating storm billed by forecasters as the worst to hit California in years pounded the southern half of the state, wreaking devastation that claimed four lives, authorities said on Saturday. ADVERTISEMENTSeveral people stranded near the Los Angeles River had to be rescued with inflatable boats. Los Angeles city fire officials said the fatalities included a 55-year-old man who was electrocuted after a tree downed a power line. Another person was injured after her car fell into a massive sinkhole in Los Angeles, local television station KABC reported. It forecast “the wettest storm” on Monday and Tuesday, warning of potential renewed flooding across Northern California.

February 19, 2017 00:39 UTC

I’d prefer to stay at Arsenal – Wenger

LONDON: Arsene Wenger has revealed he wants to stay in football management long-term and has indicated for the first time he would like to extend his spell as Arsenal’s manager. Wenger said earlier this week he intends to continue working as a manager even if his 21-year reign at the Emirates Stadium comes to an end, but he says his preference would be to remain at Arsenal. When asked about his future in the game, the 67-year-old told reporters: “If you have a team, maybe you can employ me. My preference is always to manage Arsenal. Maybe (I’ll manage for) more, or maybe less.

February 18, 2017 22:30 UTC

Duterte calls for stronger AFP support in war on drugs, terror

FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY—President Duterte on Saturday called for stronger military support for his war on drugs and terrorism and his program to build a peaceful and prosperous nation. The President’s appeal to the military comes not long after he sidelined the police from the war on drugs and blasted the corruption in the Philippine National Police. The President said he had directed government forces to continue “to intensify operations using all available assets and resources” against militants. “While I never pretended to be a saint, I note that righteousness and discipline are the foundations of a nation. He had also condoled with families of slain soldiers, and visited the wounded in hospitals.

February 18, 2017 19:38 UTC

Duterte to review closure of mines

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday night that he would review the decisions of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, as he acknowledged the controversy they have stirred up. Mining firms are up in arms over Lopez’s decision to order the closure of 23 mines and to scrap 75 mining contracts for covering watershed areas. The mining companies had hit back on the closure orders, saying they had not been given copies of the audit results. In protesting the cancellation of the mining contracts, they raised the government’s responsibility to uphold contracts and follow due process. The mining firms are also seeking to block Lopez’s confirmation as environment secretary before the Commission on Appointments.

February 18, 2017 19:07 UTC

Duterte tells AMLC to bare his net worth

BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to reveal his net worth following allegations by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th that he has hidden wealth. I’ve ordered AMLC and everybody to give information about what’s my worth in this, in terms of pesos in this planet. Adopted memberDuterte described as a “double honor” being adopted by the PMA Class of 1967 and formally by the PMA Alumni Association Inc. (PMAAAI). “I am an adopted Dimasupil Class of 1967,” Duterte said. Duterte has been an adopted member of the PMA Class of 1967 since 1994 when he was mayor of Davao City.

February 18, 2017 16:46 UTC

‘Extractive’ mining a threat – Duterte

BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday blamed mining industries for causing environmental destruction in the country, particularly in Mindanao. Probe soughtOn Saturday, a lawmaker called for a congressional investigation into Lopez’s moves, saying the Environment chief should have given due process to the mining firms. 756 before the House Committee on Rules inviting Lopez to attend an inquiry to explain her basis for the closure of 23 mining firms and cancellation of 75 mining contracts. The 23 mining firms ordered closed were Benguet Corp., Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp., BenguetCorp Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corp., Emir Minerals Corp., TechIron Mineral Resources Inc., AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration, Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., SinoSteel Philippines HY Mining Corp., Kromico Inc., Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corp., Wellex Mining Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., ADNAMA Mining Resources Corp., Claver Mineral Development Corp., Hinatuan Mining Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. and Platinum Group Metals Corp.WITH DEMPSEY REYES

February 18, 2017 16:41 UTC

‘Strength, not violence’: Prayer rally protests killings

Echoing Martin Luther King, Tagle told the crowd that “violence will not be overcome by violence.”“If violence is also met with violence, we double the violence. They ought to be judged by the court of law and never by the barrel of the gun.”Villegas also spoke out against the death penalty bill pending in Congress. Death penalty is contrary to the sacredness of human life. Instead of restoring the death penalty, cleanse the ranks of the police, reform the judiciary and strictly enforce rules in our penitentiaries,” he said. “We say ‘No to Death penalty!’ Yes, to the reforms in the criminal justice system.

February 18, 2017 16:41 UTC

Subdue ISIS-linked groups, AFP ordered

BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered government forces to contain adherents of the jihadist militant group Islamic State (IS) in the country. “I have directed the AFP and PNP to continuously contain the [IS] threat, to intensify operations using all available assets and resources. Duterte said Hapilon was “severely injured” after a military air assault operation in Butig, Lanao del Sur last January. In February, the President tasked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to take over the campaign, with the coordination of the AFP. PMA alumni also urged government officials and personnel and the public to support the President.

February 18, 2017 16:41 UTC

Losing its luster?

Rather, India, Indonesia, and South Korea, in that order, are tipped as the most attractive markets for foreign portfolio investments right now. Nevertheless, we have to recognize that there may be good reasons why the Philippines may have lost a little of its luster as an investment destination. Late last week, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported that in January, net hot money flows recorded a positive $301.33 million, reversing a $129.85 million outflow in the same month a year earlier. By contrast, in the three countries said to be better options, foreign equity and debt investments are much more balanced. The reason this is important and should concern policymakers here is because foreign investments in local stocks and bonds are based on very different perspectives.

February 18, 2017 16:38 UTC

Stories of children behind bars

The advocates of the new law claim thousands of children are into criminal acts and into drug peddling and crime. He was treated as a criminal and locked behind bars with other children. They were made to climb up the bars of the cell and their fingers and feet were tied to the bars for hours. Then he was brought and locked behind bars in the detention center. The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council is strongly opposing the proposed law lowering the minimum age of criminal liability of children.

February 18, 2017 16:31 UTC

The lie is cast

* * *Cayetano calls Trillanes “Kuryente King.” No, Meralco is not interested in employing him after his term expires. * * *De Lima: “I have long prepared myself to be the first political prisoner under this regime.” Political? Are all heinous crimes now “political?”* * *Senator Trillanes is celebrating Easter Sunday too early. Jointly produced by “Peramount Pictures” and “20th Century Fix.”* * *We have to accept that there are people who can lie “naturally” or without blinking. One can see the facial expressions, body language, that can betray the easy way people can lie or when cornered.

February 18, 2017 16:31 UTC

The party’s over

But of course the mining companies, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), and pro-mining advocates will not take this sitting down. Watersheds are of course part of NIPAS, which makes all watersheds protected areas. This is a common problem in some parts of the Pacific region, which has relatively few protected areas and many major mines. In the Philippines, for example, mining is prohibited in intact forests and protected areas, yet approximately a third of all mining concessions overlap with these areas. Lest they have yet to see the writing on the wall: the party’s over.

February 18, 2017 16:30 UTC

Do you believe in prophecies?

One problem about prophecies is that most people believe them only after they come true. No one listened to his warning of a great flood until people watched his ark sail away while rising waters engulfed them. So is this the triumph of Our Lady of Fatima? When prophecies come trueA sweeping review of major prophecies about coming chastisements needs more space than we have left. Many La Salette prophecies were unimaginable at the time.

February 18, 2017 16:22 UTC

In show of force, thousands of Catholics rally vs killings

Tagle, the country’s highest ranking church official, called for “active nonviolence” in opposing extrajudicial killings, which has come to define President Duterte’s young government. “If the response to violence is also violence, we merely abet the violence,” Tagle told the gathering. Show of forceManila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo called it “a show of force,” adding that they did not expect thousands to take part in the p rayer rally. Somehow this is already a show of force by the faithful that they don’t like these extrajudicial killings,” Pabillo told reporters before addressing the crowd. It does not show our humanity.”The people, he said, “are standing up for life.”“A culture of death like the extrajudicial killings and the death penalty, they don’t want that,” he said.

February 18, 2017 16:18 UTC

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