M&MFast forward to 2019, when memories are fading and relations between Europe and the United States deteriorating. “Well, I don’t share them very often,” said Arthur Jacobson, who was just 20 when he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Soon the former Bazooka operator was sharing stories of friends lost, ties gained, all between a chuckle and a moist eye. Yet, those people live on the scar tissue of war, where battlefields, memorials and cemeteries lie just a few miles away. Marcel, ever the optimist, is looking to a new generation of U.S. troops, soldiers like Moretti, to carry on the torch.
December 15, 2019 11:37 UTC
A camel, cow and donkey that were found roaming together along a Kansas road have been booked to appear in a Christmas Nativity scene. The trio will be the celebrity guests Saturday during a holiday event at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, The Wichita Eagle reports. ADVERTISEMENTSully the camel, Gus the donkey and Rufus the cow made headlines last month when the Goddard Police Department asked for help in a Facebook post locating the owners of the “three friends traveling together (towards a Northern star).”Law enforcement later determined that they belonged to an employee of the wildlife park, but not before posting that if they could not find the owner, they would be “halfway toward a live Nativity this Christmas season.”The holiday event, called Happy Hoof-i-days, is a first-ever for the park, which normally is closed from mid-November through about mid-March. Goddard is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Wichita. RGARELATED STORIES:Camel, cow, donkey found roaming together along Kansas roadNativity scene shows ‘most well-known refugees’ Jesus, Mary and Joseph in cagesRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
December 15, 2019 10:52 UTC
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — A businessman was killed in an ambush on CL Montelibano Avenue in Barangay Estefania in this city at around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Roberto “Kaishek” Lo Tan, 70, was driving his Nissan Sentra car when two men onboard a motorcycle overtook his vehicle and fired six times at him. ADVERTISEMENTThe suspects then fled going west after the incident. While waiting for the SOCO, Fr. Felix Pasquin arrived at the scene to bless the body.
December 15, 2019 09:55 UTC
An employee from North Carolina, United States allegedly stole over $88,000 (around P4.4 million) from the bank he was working at. He then saw it fit to post pictures of himself with the cash on social media. ADVERTISEMENTHenderson was said to have access to the bank’s vault, and has stolen cash from it on at least 18 occasions this year. He allegedly used the money for personal expenses, including a $20,000 cash downpayment for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz luxury car. Prosecutors say a man stole $88,000 from a bank vault.
December 15, 2019 09:45 UTC
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The massive regreening of Baguio and the rehabilitation of its sewer system is the focus of the city's planned rehabilitation, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said. The Baguio sewerage treatment plant operates at 12,400 cubic meters daily, way above its normal operating capacity of only 8,600 cubic meters daily. Another tourist spot that will be rehabilitated is the Baguio City market, which will be done in phases. 'Smart City'According to Magalong, Baguio City has received its fund request of P200 million from President Duterte for the first phase of the project, which will turn Baguio into a smart city. "From a safer city, we want Baguio to be known as a smart city," Magalong said.
December 15, 2019 09:45 UTC
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Police arrested two people and rescued 13 massage therapists who were reportedly asked regularly to do “extra service” for clients in Barangay Mabolo and Barangay Cogon Ramos here after two separate raids were conducted on Saturday evening, Dec. 14. ADVERTISEMENTThe names of the suspects and the rescued therapists were withheld. According to reports, the massage therapists allegedly offered “extra service” for at least P500. Extra service pertains to sexual services provided by the therapists to the client. They offer extra services to customers,” Mayam said.
December 15, 2019 09:45 UTC
Gregory Fields entered a rehab in San Francisco, California in September to better himself, Vice reported on Dec. 10. However, a few months later, Fields found himself behind bars for eating a cookie which he allegedly stole. ADVERTISEMENTA judge from the Superior Court of San Francisco Country reconsidered his initial decision, amended Field’s sentence and released him under probation. Deputy public defender Dana Drunsinsky, Field’s lawyer, stated that Fields had a reputation at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center as a friendly face. There, Fields was sentenced to serve six months in jail for eating a cookie.
December 15, 2019 09:22 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Some local government units in Mindanao announced the suspension of classes for Monday, Dec. 16, following a powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck parts of the region on Sunday. The tremor’s epicenter was recorded in Padada, Davao del Sur, and was felt in other areas, Phivolcs said. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolts Davao del SurDavao Region (Region 11)Davao City — all levels (public and private)Digos City, Davao del Sur — all levels (public and private)Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim MindanaoCotabato City — all levels (public and private)/atmADVERTISEMENTRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
December 15, 2019 09:21 UTC
After a 60-year-old woman failed her driving test thrice, her devoted son took matters into his own hands by attending her fourth test on her behalf last Tuesday, Dec. 10. Despite Heitor Schiave’s best efforts to look like his mother, the man from Porto Velho, Brazil was caught by his driving examiner and was charged with identity fraud and attempting to deceive a government body, as per Daily Mail on Thursday, Dec. 12. ADVERTISEMENTMaria Schiave’s 43-year-old son dressed up as her by donning a floral blouse and a green floor-length skirt. Heitor’s driving examiner did not buy the man’s act. Heitor immediately confessed to the police, the report stated, and claimed that his mother was unaware of the identity fraud he committed.
December 15, 2019 08:48 UTC
Leonor “Leni” Robredo backed Sunday the review of the deals between the government and water concessionaires but warned that “careless decisions’ on the part of the Duterte administration might drive away investors. Robredo cited the estimated P127-billion drop in some of the conglomerate’s shares in the stock market after President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against the water firms. According to her, the state-run Social Security System and Government Service Insurance System, both of which have investments in the water firms’ parent conglomerates might be affected. I’m sure that, when they assumed office in the middle of 2016, they already knew about the arbitration case,” she pointed out. Both water firms said they would no longer collect the almost P11 billion indemnification from the government.
December 15, 2019 08:26 UTC
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A three-story commercial building in Padada town of Davao del Sur caved in after a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the town on Sunday afternoon. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said that the quake struck 6 kilometers northwest of Padada at around 2:11 p.m. Intensity 6 was felt in Matanao in Davao del Sur but people reportedly felt the ground shaking from northern to southern Mindanao. The quake, the strongest to have hit Mindanao so far after the series of powerful quakes in October, was felt at Intensity 7 in Matanao and Magsaysay towns of Davao del Sur; at Intensity 6 in Kidapawan City in Cotabato province and General Santos City in South Cotabato; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel & Malapatan in Sarangani province and Koronadal City. It was felt at Intensity 5 in Tulunan and Matalam in Cotabato province; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani; at Intensity 3 in Kalilangan, Talakag & Dangcagan, Bukidnon; at Intensity 2 in Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City; and at Intensity I in Zamboanga del Sur, according to Phivolcs.
December 15, 2019 08:03 UTC
MADRID — After two weeks of talks on tackling global warming, nations have little progress to show for it. ADVERTISEMENTBut one of the key issues at the talks, an agreement on international carbon markets, has eluded officials even after the Chilean chair extended Friday’s talks deadline to allow more time for negotiations. The talks have been accompanied at times by angry protests from indigenous and environmental groups, both inside and outside the venue. The demonstrations reflected growing frustration, particularly among young people, at the slow pace of government efforts to curb climate change. So far, the world is on course for a 3- to 4-degree Celsius rise, with potentially dramatic consequences for many countries.
December 15, 2019 07:30 UTC
Tagle tells faithful to spread the Good News, not fake news 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Leslie Ann AquinoCardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has asked everyone to be like the angels by spreading the Good News and not fake news. “Unfortunately in our age today communication is not about good news…you are an angel if you bear the Good News of salvation…definitely somebody who spreads fake news is not an angel. Although physically they are alive, you kill his peace of mind by spreading fake news,” Tagle said. The cardinal expressed hope that those present will help stop the spread of fake news.
House panel recommends bill imposing hefty penalties against stealing, vandalizing gov’t road facilities 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Charissa Luci-AtienzaThe House Committee on Revision of Laws has sought the plenary approval of a bill seeking to impose hefty penalties against stealing or vandalizing government road signs and other warning devices, accessories, and other facilities. Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu disclosed yesterday that the panel, chaired by Zambales Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla, passed on December 10, Tuesday House Bill No. “These (road signs and warning devices) are installed as safeguards to motorists and pedestrians to avoid loss of lives,” he said. The following acts are prohibited under the HB 2090: stealing of or possessing road signs and warning devices, including manhole and accessories; and stealing or buying disaster warning and risk reduction instruments and their accessories, Abu said.
LGUs to get more funds from national gov’t in 2020 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ellson QuismorioHere’s something good to look forward to as far as local government units (LGUs) are concerned. The House leader said the P5.6 billion is 75 percent higher than the P3.2 billion share of local governments in 2019 in terms of the money obtained from the productive use of the national wealth within their jurisdictions. “Under the law, once the local governments receive their portions, they have to use the money to fund local development and livelihood projects,” the Mindanaoan solon said. The proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 was ratified by both chambers of Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) last week, bringing it on the brink of enactment.