CHICAGO: Several government websites in the US states of Ohio and Maryland had to be shut down on Sunday (Monday in Manila) after being hacked to display messages supporting the Islamic State group. Among the affected websites was one belonging to Ohio Governor John Kasich. Posted on the websites was a message, from a group calling itself Team System DZ, vowing revenge against US President Donald Trump. The one posted on Kasich’s website also played an Islamic call to prayer. Some of the websites remained out of service early Monday, while Kasich’s www.governor.ohio.gov site was back up and running after being taken offline Sunday.
June 26, 2017 06:56 UTC
BRISBANE: Australian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight, his trainer said Monday. Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is one of the greats of his generation and a strong favorite to overcome the unbeaten Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday. “I’ve got a 10-point plan and Jeff is the only person who has that 10-point plan. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion.”He added that he knows how Horn will be feeling. I know how Jeff Horn is feeling this week.” AFP
June 26, 2017 06:22 UTC
LONDON: The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, J. K. Rowling struggled through hardship to become an unrivaled children’s author with a global voice. Now 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published, inspiring a generation of young readers—and their parents—it is hard to imagine Rowling before the seven Harry Potter books. She spent her free time writing early drafts of the Potter world, but in 1993 split from her husband and left Portugal with her four-month-old daughter. She co-wrote the award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child along with director John Tiffany, which shows the boy wizard as a grown father of three. While the world of Harry Potter has been transformed into theme parks in the United States and Japan, with merchandise traversing the globe, Rowling remains a revered public figure in Britain.
June 26, 2017 06:11 UTC
“Upon notice, Kolonwel’s technicians immediately repaired the six units and they are now in good running condition,” it added. Kolonwel took exception to the phrasing of the Inquirer report, noting that COA did not mention there was “irregularity” in the procurement. “However, in the same COA report, the COA auditor noted that the percentage of fire and emergency medical services and rescue calls responded nationwide by the BFP is 100 percent,” it said. “This factual finding of the COA auditor is more conclusive than the observation (conjecture) of the Audit Team Leaders,” Kolonwel said. Some of the firetrucks had wheels that were not aligned, damaged side mirrors, oil leakage, easily-drained battery, and low level coolant, the report showed.
June 26, 2017 06:11 UTC
“The Humanitarian Pause was generally peaceful and as a result 6 civilians and one body of a civilian victim (killed by the Maute group) were recovered from inside Marawi,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTInquirer earlier reported that fighting between the military and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group immediately resumed once the ceasefire ended. There were also reports of terrorist snipers firing at government troops during the “humanitarian pause” although no one was hurt. He said the military will continue to focus on clearing Marawi City of the Maute terrorist group and rescuing trapped residents and hostages. For donation from overseas:Inquirer Foundation Corp account:Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860Swift Code: BNORPHMM
June 26, 2017 06:11 UTC
SEOUL: South Korea’s dovish new President Moon Jae-In—who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North—heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish US counterpart Donald Trump, as Pyongyang defies international sanctions to accelerate its missile program. Center-left Moon suggested on the campaign trail that as president he would be willing to go to Pyongyang before Washington, but he is making the US his first foreign destination since he was sworn in last month after a landslide election win. US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has labeled North Korea as “the most urgent and dangerous threat” while Trump has made halting Pyongyang’s weapons program a top foreign policy priority. There have been misgivings about the first tete-a-tete between Moon and Trump, who is pushing for tougher sanctions against Pyongyang to curb its nuclear ambitions and whose administration has said military action was a possibility. That would put Seoul on the front line of any retaliation from the North.
June 26, 2017 05:26 UTC
Their testimonies shed searing light on the stolen lives of boy sex slaves, often seen as caricatures of shame and cast out of their families, with many like Jawed falling prey to a new cycle of abuse. But dancing is the only skill he has that can earn a livelihood, having had no education and with virtually no protection offered in Afghanistan for bacha bazi survivors. “Fights usually break out over who will take me home” after the parties, 19-year-old Jawed told AFP, requesting that his real name not be revealed. Instead, authorities in February launched a massive raid on a bacha bazi party in Kabul, jailing not the organisers but a handful of dancing boys, multiple witnesses told AFP. “Dancing has become too risky” since the raid, Jawed told AFP before he sidled back into his underground life.
June 26, 2017 05:15 UTC
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for a first tete-a-tete aimed at building a personal rapport in spite of very real divergences between the two leaders, whether on climate change or immigration. Initial signs were upbeat, with Trump describing Modi as a “true friend!” on Twitter, and the Indian leader posting that he “greatly looked forward” to the one-on-one. Some commentators have suggested Modi and Trump should have a natural affinity, having both risen to power in part by castigating the traditional ruling elite while offering a strongly nationalistic vision. After an Oval Office meeting mid-afternoon the leaders will dine together at the White House, though no press conference is scheduled. Trump’s protectionist instincts, however, are at odds with India’s efforts to boost exports and encourage Western manufacturers to “Make In India”—a flagship Modi scheme.
June 26, 2017 05:03 UTC
Bolick drained the dagger trey with 8.5 seconds remaining to hand the Red Lions their second Premier Cup title in three years and deny his former team a repeat in the preseason tilt. “I’m so happy because we won” said Bolick, who sizzled with 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Ben Mbala, who was the tourney’s Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player, finished 24 points and 14 boards for the Green Archers. Bolick sized up Santi Santillan then suddenly pulled up over the outstretched arm of the La Salle forward as the 5-foot-9 playmaker knocked down the biggest shot of the game. Mbala took an ill-advised three-point attempt that went way off the mark in the ensuing play for the Green Archers.
June 26, 2017 03:11 UTC
WASHINGTON: The White House declined to comment Sunday (Monday in Manila) on speculation that a pivotal US Supreme Court justice might announce his retirement on Monday, the last day of the high court’s current session. The original ban and a later revised order, both blocked by courts, represented one of Trump’s most controversial actions. They sparked global condemnation and threw travel from the targeted countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — into turmoil. Kennedy, who was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, has often cast a “swing” vote from the bench. Speculation about a Kennedy retirement was sparked partly because he was slow to hire clerks for the court’s next term.
June 26, 2017 02:48 UTC
GUATAPE, Colombia: At least nine people were dead and 28 missing after a tourist boat sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, a regional official said. “At the moment we officially have nine people who have been found dead” and “approximately 28 people reported missing,” said Margarita Moncada, head of the disaster prevention department of the Antioquia regional government. She said the boat was carrying 170 people, most of whom were rescued by other boats or escaped by themselves. Visiting the scene of the sinking, President Juan Manuel Santos said “there are no children” among the dead so far. The Antioquia regional government said on Twitter that 24 people caught in the wreck were being treated in hospital.
June 26, 2017 02:15 UTC
HONG KONG: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters on Monday draped a black flag over a statue symbolising the city’s return to China by Britain, days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the handover. High-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attached the black cloth to the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong’s harbourfront in an early morning protest as security tried to stop them climbing on the famous tourist attraction. Police were called to take the flag down while the protesters chanted “democratic self-determination for Hong Kong’s future” and “one country, two systems has been a lie for 20 years”, referring to Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status. You are Chinese!”The “one country, two systems” deal made when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 allows the city rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech. Wong’s party Demosisto wants a public referendum on Hong Kong’s future in 2047, the year the handover agreement guaranteeing the city’s way of life and liberties expires.
June 25, 2017 23:48 UTC
LONDON: The fallout from London’s devastating tower block blaze continued on Sunday with the government announcing 60 high-rises have failed safety tests, as an insurance body said they had warned officials of the fire risks. The massive operation to test tower blocks follows the Grenfell Tower inferno earlier this month that is presumed to have killed 79 people after it spread at shocking speed. Suspicion has fallen on the cladding installed on the outside of Grenfell and urgent checks have found such material used on 60 other residential buildings has failed fire tests. The new figure is a significant jump from the 34 high-rise buildings in England deemed unsafe by the government on Saturday. Despite the safety fears, around 200 residents have refused to leave their homes, some of whom suffer from agoraphobia, according to local authority leader Georgia Gould.
June 25, 2017 23:26 UTC
PARIS: Dozens of city mayors from around the world — including Washington, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney — on Monday called on G20 leaders to stick to their commitments on tackling climate change. The 20 leaders will gather in Hamburg, Germany on July 7 and 8. The list of mayors who have signed up to the statement also include those of Karachi, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, Chicago, Warsaw, Seoul and Vancouver. “Local leaders around the world stand together with you, redoubling our commitment to bold action on climate change, working with business leaders and citizens worldwide,” the mayors said in their statement, urging ordinary citizens to sign a petition to back their cause. “We must all work together to save the planet,” the statement stressed.
June 25, 2017 22:30 UTC
HALLE WESTFALEN: Swiss great Roger Federer thrashed Alexander Zverev to win his ninth Halle title on Sunday and admitted he’s feeling fresh ahead of his assault on an eighth Wimbledon crown next month. Federer will head into Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, as favourite to win an outright record eighth title and surpass the mark of seven he currently shares with Pete Sampras. “It’s a boost for me personally, with my confidence, knowing that my body is in good shape. Zverev, 20, battled hard to stay with his illustrious opponent at the start of the second set, but failed to make any inroads into the Federer serve. A trademark forehand passing shot and a comfortable service game moved Federer to within a game of victory.
June 25, 2017 22:07 UTC