SKorea prosecutors to seek arrest of ex-president Park

Prosecutors in South Korea will seek an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-Hye, they said Monday, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. The former president is accused of multiple offences including bribery, leaking government information, and abuse of power in the scandal. “The accused abused her enormous power and status as president to receive bribes from companies or to infringe upon the rights to freedom of corporate management and leaked important confidential information on state affairs. These are grave issues,” the prosecutors said in a statement. The statement did not make explicitly clear whether they had already applied to the Seoul Central District for an arrest warrant.

March 27, 2017 02:48 UTC

United Air bars girls with leggings, ignites Twitter storm

WASHINGTON — United Airlines found itself at the center of a social media storm after it barred two girls from boarding a flight in Denver on Sunday because they were wearing leggings. Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed, a witness said. “Since when does @united police women’s clothing?”“A 10-year-old girl in gray leggings,” she added of one of the girls. “Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants,” a spokesman told The Washington Post. “@united Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds.

March 27, 2017 02:10 UTC

United Airlines bars girls with leggings, ignites Twitter storm

United Airlines found itself at the center of a social media storm after it barred two girls from boarding a flight in Denver because they were wearing leggings. Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed, a witness said. “Since when does @united police women’s clothing?”“A 10-year-old girl in gray leggings,” she added of one of the girls. “Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants,” a spokesman told The Washington Post. “@united Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds.

March 27, 2017 02:03 UTC

Brexit job fears stalk Britain’s financial centers

MANCHESTER: Worries are whirring in Britain’s smaller financial centres — which together employ far more people than the glamorous City of London — that the looming EU departure will lead to heavy job losses. Financial and professional services, which rely heavily on access to Europe’s single market, employ 2.2 million people, or seven percent of Britain’s working population, according to TheCityUK, a lobbying group. The northwestern English city of Manchester, for example, is one of Britain’s biggest finance hubs. “Inevitably there’s going to be a focus on the jewel in the crown, which is London,” Campkin said. “Only time will tell what impact on growth Brexit will have,” said Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council.

March 27, 2017 02:03 UTC

Opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

MOSCOW: Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Sunday’s march in Moscow was one of the biggest unauthorised demonstrations in recent years, with police putting turnout at 7,000-8,000 people. Police detained Navalny, who has announced plans to run for president in the 2018 election, as he was walking to the protest, putting him in a police minibus. The Interfax news agency said 130 people were arrested in Saint Petersburg, where about 4,000 people gathered in the city centre. Despite the dramatic scenes in Moscow, state TV did not cover the protests, instead showing soap operas and nature films.

March 27, 2017 01:07 UTC



WhatsApp eyed in London attack probe

LONDON, United Kingdom — British police investigating a deadly attack on parliament made a new arrest Sunday as officials set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer. READ: 4 dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament | London attack is latest in which vehicles are used as weaponNine people have been released without charge, while a 58-year-old man remains in custody and a 32-year-old woman has been released on bail. The arrest came as the government confirmed Masood had used the WhatsApp messaging service, saying it was crucial that the security services be allowed to access the heavily-encrypted app. Media reports said Masood used the Facebook-owned service just minutes before staging his assault, although it was unclear whether he sent any messages or just looked at the app. “We are horrified at the attack carried out in London earlier this week and are cooperating with law enforcement as they continue their investigations,” a spokeswoman told AFP.

March 26, 2017 23:28 UTC

Oxfam exposes tax haven habits of EU big banks

“New EU transparency rules give us a glimpse into the tax affairs of Europe’s biggest banks and it’s not a pretty sight,” said Manon Aubry, a tax specialist at Oxfam. “Governments must change the rules to prevent banks and other big businesses using tax havens to dodge taxes or help their clients dodge taxes,” she said. The report also uncovered that European banks posted 628 million euros in profit in tax havens where they employed zero staff. Oxfam uncovered the data using new EU legislation that requires banks to report their profit on a country by country basis. Europe’s 20 biggest banks posted more profits in the small EU duchy of Luxembourg than they did in the UK, Sweden and Germany combined.

March 26, 2017 21:56 UTC

Merkel’s party easily beats centre-left in state poll

SAARBRUCKEN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party easily won a regional election Sunday, dealing an early blow to centre-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign. In the Saarland state vote held six months before a general election, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) won 40 percent against 30 percent for the Social Democrats (SPD), according to early results by public broadcasters. The “Schulz effect” has seen especially younger voters flock to the more than 150-year-old workers’ party, which is now polling neck-and-neck at the national level with Merkel’s conservative bloc. Another leftist party — the ecologist Greens, possible candidates for a future “red-red-green” national coalition — meanwhile scored less than five percent, meaning they missed the hurdle for parliamentary representation and were kicked out of the state assembly. The anti-immigration and right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party just scraped in with six percent, meaning it is now represented in 11 of Germany’s 16 state assemblies.

March 26, 2017 19:07 UTC

Interest in Earth hour waning in Philippines

During Earth Hour, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, the maximum load for the Luzon grid was 77 MW lower than usual. Companies like SN Aboitiz Magat and National Grid Corp. in Cagayan Valley, as well as national government offices, also observed Earth Hour. In Cabanatuan City, residents, local officials and members of civic groups gathered at two malls to commemorate Earth Hour, which was highlighted by a lightbulb centerpiece. Residents of Savannah Iloilo Subdivision also joined the Earth Hour observance and gathered at the community’s rotunda. Among the towns that joined the observance was Palompon in Leyte province, which marked Earth Hour for the first time.

March 26, 2017 18:36 UTC

Robredo warned on Duterte dinner invite

Don’t be deceived by President Duterte again. This was the advice Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV gave on Sunday to Vice President Leni Robredo following the Chief Executive’s dinner invitation to her. The advice was also for “people monitoring what’s happening that they should be well aware of these tricks of deception constantly being used by (Mr.) Duterte and his lieutenants,” according to Trillanes. He said Mr. Duterte had used this strategy before with Robredo when he belatedly offered her a Cabinet post under public pressure. Mr. Duterte invited Robredo to dinner after he had asked his allies to stop any impeachment bid against her, and yet accused her of being eager to replace him at the same time.

March 26, 2017 18:33 UTC

Art auction funds feeding stations

Instead, interested bidders would commit to provide “lugaw” (rice porridge) for the Duterte’s Kitchen feeding program for indigents. The first Duterte’s Kitchen is located near MRT Cubao between Farmers Plaza and the Social Security System building, which was loaned to PDP-Laban for its use as headquarters during the 2016 campaign. The owner extended his generosity by agreeing to convert it later to Duterte’s Kitchen. When it opened last year, Duterte’s Kitchen gave priority to street children. During that time, Duterte’s Kitchen catered to between 50 to 70 street children and adults daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

March 26, 2017 18:31 UTC

Iloilo courts order arrest of NDFP negotiator

Concepcion Araneta-Bocala is still facing arrest even as peace negotiations are set to resume early next month. Therese Enriquez-Gaspar, presiding judge of RTC Branch 33, set a P30,000 bail for a rebellion charge against Bocala. She was released on Aug. 16, 2016, after she was allowed to post bail totaling P400,000 in courts in Iloilo City, Aklan and Antique. Other chargesBocala is also facing a 1975 murder charge at the Kalibo, Aklan RTC Branch. She has also been charged with rebellion at the Culasi, Antique RTC Branch 13.

March 26, 2017 17:03 UTC

Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom

Moving onThe health care loss was a devastating early setback for Trump that could cast a long shadow over his presidency. “We will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform,” he said. “That will be next.”But the head of the Freedom Caucus, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, insisted Sunday that progress on health care remained possible. It was an early critic of the Trump candidacy, branding him a “big-government liberal.”The Heritage Foundation is a leading conservative think tank. On Friday, before the scheduled vote, Trump had tweeted a warning to his party’s right wing: “The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P.

March 26, 2017 16:52 UTC

2019 Barangay, Cha-cha vote eyed

But unlike last year’s move in which the barangay polls were postponed and incumbents were allowed to served for another year in a holdover capacity, President Duterte wants to scrap the barangay polls in October and appoint barangay officials instead. Federalism [through charter change]is set to be discussed [when we return in May], so it is possible that the vote on Cha-cha would be done with that of the barangay polls,” Tugna said in a radio interview. “If that will be the case, the results will be reflective of the genuine sentiment of the people because voters show up for barangay polls,” Tugna added. Pimentel, considered as the “father of the Local Government Code,” was referring to the plan of Duterte to do away with the barangay polls and just appoint new barangay officials. There is no assurance that appointing barangay officials will completely eradicate the corruption and illegal drug problem, he pointed out.

March 26, 2017 16:41 UTC

Duterte leads online poll for Time’s most influential

DESPITE international criticism, President Rodrigo Duterte is leading early in the online poll for Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. Duterte ranked first with four percent of the online votes, beating Pope Francis whom he cursed in the campaign trail for creating a traffic mess during his 2015 visit to the Philippines. Duterte is also beating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who each got two percent of the votes. But for the Time 100, the popular vote is not the clincher because Time magazine’s editors will choose who gets in the final list. Duterte promised to eradicate the illegal drug trade and corruption in three to six months after assuming the presidency on June 30, 2016, but has since backtracked.

March 26, 2017 16:41 UTC




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