HUNTSVILLE, Texas – An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. King was openly racist and had offensive tattoos on his body, including one of a black man with a noose around his neck hanging from a tree, according to authorities. King, 44, was put to death at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was the fourth inmate executed this year in the U.S. and the third in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. King kept his eyes closed as witnesses arrived in the death chamber and never turned his head toward relatives of his victim.
April 25, 2019 00:33 UTC
'All is well': Britney reassures fans over mental healthLOS ANGELES, United States — Pop princess Britney Spears took to Instagram Wednesday amid swirling rumors she was being held against her will in a mental facility, telling her 22 million followers: "All is well." Entertainment website TMZ and industry bible "Variety" reported last month that Spears had voluntarily checked into a mental health facility as she dealt with a number of personal issues. The Mississippi native had announced earlier this year she was taking a break from her Las Vegas residency to concentrate on her father's declining health. There was even a protest on Monday outside the city hall in West Hollywood, California, where fans brandished placards bearing the hashtag and demanding her release. "My situation is unique, but I promise I'm doing what's best at this moment," she wrote, without directly addressing the mental health facility rumors.
April 25, 2019 00:32 UTC
Laure Duque, meanwhile, held off Laia Barro, 2&1, to notch her third straight point in the round-robin girls’ division while Rianne Malixi bounced back with a 4&2 romp over Kim Ga Yeon for two points. 12, went 2-up with a par on the 14th and built a three-hole cushion with another par on No. 15 then matched Seo Dong Bin’s par on the par-5 16th to seal a quarters face-off with No. 13 Kim Tae Soo upended fourth ranked Perry Bucay, 1-up, after 19 holes to set up a clash with No. Leandro Bagtas toppled Josh Jorge, 5&3, in the other half of the draw to arrange an encounter with No.
April 25, 2019 00:26 UTC
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Two moderate earthquakes rocked several parts of Mindanao before noon on Wednesday, a day after a 6.5-magnitude temblor struck Eastern Samar. ADVERTISEMENTThe stronger of Wednesday’s quakes—a 4.7-magnitude tremor, hit at 11:43 a.m. and was centered underwater 59 kilometers off Baganga town in Davao Oriental province, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Earlier, at 11:28 a.m., a 4.5-magnitude tremor was recorded by Phivolcs some 374 km southeast of Sarangani town, Davao Occidental province. Both quakes were of tectonic origin and were not expected to cause damage or generate aftershocks. Disaster officials in Southern Mindanao advised residents to remain calm but stay alert for possible quakes.
April 24, 2019 21:33 UTC
The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Eastern Visayas said the damage, especially to government infrastructure, was minor. The earthquake shook Eastern Samar and nearby places at 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday. In a bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) traced the epicenter of the earthquake at San Julian town, Eastern Samar. Falling debrisBased on OCD data, San Julian municipal government and a rescue team from Tacloban City in Leyte province, 13 people were hurt by falling debris during the quake. These are San Isidro Elementary School, Bunacan Elementary School, San Miguel Elementary School, San Julian Central School, Campidhan Elementary School and Libas Elementary School.
April 24, 2019 21:33 UTC
Based on its financial performance over the past nine years, Manila Water can absorb the penalties and rebate. Neri Colmenares, Makabayan senatorial candidate, said consumers hit hardest by weeks of water shortage should be the first to benefit from the penalties. Apology, early retirementAmid the public outcry over the water shortage, the Zobel brothers of the Ayala group of companies issued an apology late last month. The fallout from the water shortage led to the early retirement of Manila Water chief operating officer Geodino Carpio. Aquino administration blamedThe MWSS imposed the penalties on Manila Water even as it pinned the blame on the previous administration for the water shortage.
April 24, 2019 21:22 UTC
It is not a matter of betting on winning horses. “No matter if my candidates do not have a high rating, my vote for them is not wasted even if they lose. What is worse is that I vote for a winnable candidate who is a bad public servant … and may have contributed to the ill in society,” the prelate said. Pabillo earlier cited the 10 candidates that lay Christian leaders belonging to the People’s Choice Movement have recently selected out of the 62 senatorial aspirants, using a set of Christian criteria. Let us be wiser.”Click here for more elections stories.
April 24, 2019 21:11 UTC
ILOILO CITY, Philippines — A suspect in the killing of former mayor Luis Mondia of Pulupandan, Negros Occidental was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in Dingle, Iloilo yesterday. Rammy Enojo fired at law enforcers serving an arrest warrant at his house in Barangay Tambunak at around 5:30 a.m., Maj. Jonathan Pinuela, head of the Iloilo police special operations group, said. Pinuela said Enojo was ranked sixth on the list of most wanted persons in the province. Mondia was shot dead after hearing mass at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City on Feb. 17, 2010.
April 24, 2019 21:00 UTC
Pinatubo as Aetas at Barangay Inararo in Porac town, Pampanga province, reported seeing steam explosions near the volcano. According Phivolcs, the epicenter of Monday’s quake was in Castillejos town in Zambales. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the Zambales quake was not caused by a volcanic activity. De la Peña, who briefed President Rodrigo Duterte here on Monday, said there was a low probability that another quake with a higher magnitude would occur from the same source. The tsunami threat for Zambales and Pampanga would come from the movement of the Manila Trench, located west of [these] provinces,” De la Peña said.
April 24, 2019 21:00 UTC
—Leila B. SalavierraOverseas voting off to good startMANILA, Philippines — The first week of overseas voting for the May 2019 midterm elections has gotten good response with a high turnout of voters, said James Jimenez, spokesperson of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The monthlong overseas voting began on April 13 in 83 Philippine posts abroad. Based on Comelec records, there are at least 1.8 million registered overseas Filipino voters, majority of whom are in the Middle East and African regions. The embassy has so far repatriated only 11 Filipinos since antigovernment forces began to attack Tripoli last week. It said 29 other Filipino workers are waiting to be repatriated but most have opted to stay despite the dire situation.
April 24, 2019 21:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has P20 billion in the 2019 national budget to help people and communities stricken by earthquakes and other calamities or disasters. In the budget he proposed to Congress in July 2018, the President recommended a P20-billion allocation for the national disaster risk reduction and management (NDRRM) fund, formerly calamity fund. The fund amounted to P15.8 billion in 2017 and P19.6 billion in 2018. Aside from the NDRRM fund, the President could use relevant appropriations in the national budget, and in the Office of the President (OP) outlay in particular, to help calamity-hit communities. He could also tap his social fund, which holds billions in contributions from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
April 24, 2019 20:15 UTC
According to the survey, 9.5 percent of Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger in the first quarter of 2019. The survey noted that hunger rate declined in Metro Manila from 18.3 percent to 11.7 percent — or 6.6 points. SWS said this was the first in four quarters that there was a decrease in Metro Manila’s hunger rate. The hunger rate also decreased in Mindanao but slightly increased in Balance Luzon and Visayas. The March 2019 SWS survey was conducted from March 28 to 31, 2019, using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults, aged 18 years old and above, nationwide.
April 24, 2019 17:48 UTC
AMA offers flexible options for freshmen enrollees for SY ‘19-’20By THE MANILA TIMEShome/Campus Press/AMA offers flexible options for freshmen enrollees for SY ‘19-’20First year college students can enroll in any course at AMA schools for a full-year tuition of P30,000. AMA Colleges and Universities is offering first year college students flexible study options this School Year 2019-2020, as it understands the needs of both first year students and their parents as they adjust to college life. The flexible tuition fee scheme for incoming first year college students is part of AMA’s mission of making education accessible to more Filipinos. “Through this flexible tuition program, we are making our expertise in IT (information technology) and other fields available and highly accessible to students. Students who wish to avail of this flexible tuition program need to first pre-register online.
April 24, 2019 17:15 UTC
Totally unprepared for cyber wars 0 SHARES Share it! How did the Russian cyber spies do it? Putin enhanced ground operations with cyber activity with full cooperation of Russia’s military sector. Cyber technology can create civil wars and untenable conditions conducive to martial law and military intervention. In a way, this hybrid war is raging around us and we are totally unprepared.
April 24, 2019 16:41 UTC
Fitch Ratings cuts PH growth forecasthome/Business/Top Business/Fitch Ratings cuts PH growth forecastFitch Ratings has slashed its 2019 Philippine growth forecast, tagging the delayed approval of the national budget and outside circumstances as reasons for the adjustment. “Fitch has revised down its GDP (gross domestic product) growth forecast for 2019 to 6.2 percent from 6.6 percent previously, as it expects the recent budget delay and external factors to weigh on growth,” the debt watcher said in a report released on Wednesday. The projection matches last year’s actual growth and falls near the lower end of the government’s downwardly-revised 6.0-7.0 percent target. The government’s decision to lower this year’s GDP growth goal to 6.0-7.0 percent, from 7.0-8.0 percent previously, was primarily based on expectations that the budget delay would extend to April. Lastly, Fitch also trimmed its 2019 government revenue-to-GDP estimate to 16.2 percent from 16.5 percent in line with the lower growth forecast.
April 24, 2019 16:30 UTC