Vietnam readying for Kim train arrival next week: sources 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseVietnamese authorities are preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to arrive by train next week ahead of his summit with US president Donald Trump, several sources told AFP Friday. “We are preparing for the arrival of the (North Korean) delegation around the 25th of February. A second logistics source confirmed the expected train arrival late on February 25 or February 26. Both sources said Kim planned to visit Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh provinces, home to several industrial zones.
February 23, 2019 04:41 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The fire that struck the Bureau of Customs (BOC) building at the Port Area in Manila on Friday evening left P50 million in damage, the BOC reported. In a Tweet, the BOC said around 30 firetrucks were deployed to put out the fire. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) immediately responded to the incident. More than 30 firetrucks were deployed to the site to contain the fire. pic.twitter.com/MVFiPq4ise — Bureau of Customs PH (@CustomsPH) February 22, 2019After four hours, the blaze was declared under control.
February 23, 2019 04:38 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) lauded on Saturday the appointment of 80 individuals as members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). The PCID said in a statement that they trust and expect that the appointment of the 80 members would use its potential in addressing the problems in Mindanao. Nevertheless, it noted that solving the conflict in the region through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is not easy. Ending decades of violent conflict and healing the divide caused by civil strife may not be accomplished overnight,” PCID said. With this, the PCID urged the public to support the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomour Region of Muslim Mindanao toward attaining peace and development in the region.
February 23, 2019 04:31 UTC
DepEd lauds winners in Science Fair contests 32 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Merlina Hernando-MalipotThe Department of Education (DepEd) has lauded six innovations that explore the sustainable development and preservation of the country’s natural resources in this year’s National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF). The participants competed in the following categories: Life Science, Physical Science, and Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Krista Angeles and Jan Mackenzie Guese (Information Communication Technology High School, Region III); Haris Engka, Haikal Kasim, and Ronnie Joy Moabon (Canizares National High School of Arts and Trade, Region XII); and John Lloyd Balantac, Rodge Carl Vea, and Regine Parico (Bacarra National Comprehensive High School, Region I). Krista Angeles and Jan Mackenzie Guese (Information Communication Technology High School, Region III); Maryjoise Karla Buan and Jeremy Fortaleza (Pangasinan NHS, Region I).
February 23, 2019 04:30 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) unveiled on Saturday the commemorative stamps honoring Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. Norman Fulgencio, chairman of the board of PHLPost said during the launching at Novotel Araneta Center that the Catriona Gray stamp is a way of recognizing her after winning the Miss Universe title. The stamps feature the two iconic pictures of Gray after her win during the Miss Universe 2018 pageant night. The postal stamp costs P12 while the special stamp will cost P55 with an embellished crown and lava gown. PHLPost also issued special stamps to honor previous Miss Universe title holders namely: Gloria Diaz, Margarita Moran, and Pia Wurtzbach.
February 23, 2019 04:07 UTC
A man, who was convicted in court in Ohio, USA, on Tuesday punched his lawyer in reaction to his 47-year prison sentence. David Chilston, 42, was handed down the sentence for setting his apartment complex on fire in April 2017, local media WEWS first reported. ADVERTISEMENTAside from this, he was slapped with several charges including assaulting his girlfriend and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, as per WKYC. Brockler sustained a broken nose and severe concussion, but said he is now in good spirits and recovering. “What occurred in courtroom 18-C today was unfortunate, and we are thankful that Attorney Aaron Brockler was not more seriously injured,” presiding judge John Russo said.
February 23, 2019 03:33 UTC
DFA cries foul over German journalist’s report 76 SHARES Share it! It failed to show Mr. Henze’s deliberate attempts to provoke Secretary Locsin into giving controversial remarks,” the DFA said in a statement. Locsin’s remarks in the interview drew a sharp reaction from the German Foreign Ministry, calling it “unacceptable” as it summoned the acting Philippine ambassador to Berlin to convey its dismay. Also on Friday, Locsin fired back via his social media account saying that he already ordered the Philippine Embassy in Berlin to tell the German foreign ministry to ask their ambassador to Manila to see him. Henze premised his question from a 2016 statement made by Duterte saying, “Hitler massacred three million Jews.
February 23, 2019 03:23 UTC
Clint Bondad to Catriona Gray: 'I wish you the very best'MANILA, Philippines — Model Clint Bondad on Saturday said he wishes Miss Universe Catriona Gray “the very best on your path” amid news of their split. In an interview on “Tonight with Boy Abunda” on Friday, Catriona, 25, confirmed that she and Clint had ended their over six-year relationship, adding she intends to stay single during her one-year reign as the Miss Universe. I wish you the very best on your path, wherever it will carry you...Truly,” he added. Asked about the reason for the breakup, Catriona, without giving specific details, said sometimes couples “outgrow” each other. She added she “[doesn’t] feel ready at all” to fall in love again at the moment.
February 23, 2019 03:00 UTC
Time’s Up CEO resigns after son accused of sexual misconduct 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseThe chief executive of Time’s Up, the movement which rose in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, resigned from her position Friday following allegations of misconduct against her son. Lisa Borders, who is also the former president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, took the reins of Time’s Up in early October. The 61-year-old stepped down after a woman alleged in a Facebook post that her son, Garry “Dijon” Bowden Jr, 36, was sexually inappropriate with her after offering her a “healing session.”Celia Gellert told the Los Angeles Times she felt “violated” when, according to her, he touched her genitals, kissed her neck, and brushed his penis against her body during the session. “We respect the rights of all survivors to own their own stories,” it continued, urging others to come forward and contact Time’s Up should they need legal assistance.
February 23, 2019 02:58 UTC
Venezuela’s Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly 0 SHARES Share it! Humanitarian aid has become a key focus of the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido, who has been recognized as interim leader by more than 50 countries. The violence occurred in southeastern Bolivar state close to the border with Brazil, which Maduro ordered closed on Thursday. Guaido has set a Saturday deadline for the entry of humanitarian aid, saying as many as 300,000 Venezuelans are in dire need of food and medicines after years of shortages and malnutrition. Branson said he hopes to raise $100 million for humanitarian aid over the next 60 days via internet donations, though meanwhile aid is being stockpiled in Colombia, Brazil and the Caribbean island of Curacao because of Maduro’s ban.
February 23, 2019 02:52 UTC
As hundreds of US troops stay in Syria, Trump insists no U-turn 25 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PressePresident Donald Trump insisted Friday he was not pulling an about-face on his Syria withdrawal plans after it was announced hundreds of US troops would remain in the war-torn country. Trump, an avid Fox viewer, said he watched Graham and supported leaving “a small force with others. Graham claimed “thousands of Europeans” had been killed by IS fighters coming from Syria into Europe. Akar, the Turkish minister, said Ankara did not have a problem with the Kurds in Syria, only with the armed US-backed Kurdish fighters there.
February 23, 2019 02:51 UTC
Household consumption, the country’s economic backbone, was adversely affected by higher commodity prices. For 2019, however, the delayed passage of the budget and the election spending ban may knock a few percentage points off economic growth. To keep the momentum going, economic managers are seeking an exemption for priority public works projects from the election ban. For 2019, the World Bank expects economic growth to improve to 6.5 percent, while ADB projects an expansion of 6.7 percent. Meanwhile, economic managers continue to push for an ambitious target: a GDP growth of at least 7 percent.
February 23, 2019 02:43 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Freshly crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray has split with model Clint Bondad, her boyfriend for more than six years. In an interview on “Tonight with Boy Abunda” on Friday, Catriona, 25, confirmed that she and Clint had ended their relationship, adding she intends to stay single during her one-year reign as the Miss Universe. Catriona revealed she and Clint “were having some problems even before the pageant. Last December, the Filipino-Australian beauty beat more than 90 contestants in the Miss Universe competition, making her the fourth Filipina winner of the prestigious beauty pageant, and the second since Pia Wurtzbach in 2015. I mean, being a Miss Universe for a year is an amazing experience and I just wanna be able to grow in that kind of season as Miss Universe,” she added.
February 23, 2019 02:26 UTC
HANOI–Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators were held for questioning by Vietnamese police after they appeared in Hanoi, where the US and North Korean leaders will meet next week for a second summit. Kim impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump lookalike Russell White staged a ‘meeting’ in downtown Hanoi Friday ahead of a second summit between the real Trump and Kim on February 27-28 in the Vietnamese capital. Howard X, a Hong Kong resident, insisted he was in Vietnam legally and will not leave unless he is forced to do so. Full-time Kim impersonator Howard X joked that his colleague might have to look past Pyongyang’s nuclear intentions in order to meet eye-to-eye. Vietnam’s hardline administration have little tolerance for spontaneous public gatherings of any sort, and Vietnamese security personnel were keeping a close eye on the impersonators during their afternoon walkabout.
February 23, 2019 02:01 UTC
Palace orders flags at half-mast on Sunday for Mañosa 1497 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Argyll Cyrus GeducosThe Office of the President has instructed that all flags displayed in the country and in Philippine embassies abroad to fly the flag at half-mast for the interment of the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby’ Mañosa. Earlier, Malacañang expressed grief over the recent passing of the National Artist. Mañosa popularized the bahay kubo and the bahay na bato that became motifs in contemporary Filipino architecture. His most famous work, he noted, was the “iconic” Coconut Palace that became the former office of the country’s Vice President.
February 23, 2019 01:41 UTC