SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter chief Jack Dorsey defended Tuesday his company’s decision to allow far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to use the platform to spread his message, saying he hasn’t broken user rules. Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Jones, who runs the website Infowars. His site Infowars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being “actors” in a plot to discredit the gun lobby. Apple removed most of Jones’s podcasts for violating hate speech guidelines. Several ultra-conservative websites showed support for Jones, publicly backing his claim that he was a victim of a plot by Big Tech companies.
August 08, 2018 03:45 UTC
PIA head urges Mocha to say sorry, go on leaveMANILA, Philippines — A colleague of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson at the Presidential Communications Operations Office has asked her to publicly apologize and go on leave amid the furor over her controversial video on federalism. Philippine Information Agency director general Harold Clavite said the video of Uson and her blogger co-host Drew Olivar insulted the profession of communication and public information and degraded government workers, particularly women. The PIA chief said his stand on the issue defends the integrity and intelligence of government workers. According to its website, PIA's aim is to disseminate information about government programs, projects and services to the public. READ: 'Federalism' video prompts calls to slash PCOO budget, fire MochaRelated video:
August 08, 2018 03:00 UTC
THE country’s gross international reserves (GIR) dropped anew to its lowest in six years in July, with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) attributing the drop to its foreign exchange operations, lower gold prices, and government debt payments. Central bank data released on Tuesday night showed the Philippines’ foreign exchange reserves at $76.891 billion, down 0.8 percent from June and also lower compared to the $81.065 billion recorded a year earlier. Reserve level in July was the lowest since June 2012 when it dropped to $76.129 billion. These were partially tempered by the government’s net foreign currency deposits and central bank income from investments abroad. Net international reserves, which refer to the difference between GIR and total short-term liabilities, decreased to $76.89 billion compared to the end-June level of $77.52 billion.
August 08, 2018 02:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on Wednesday apologized after passengers were forced to use their umbrellas while water was leaking from the ceiling. The MRT-3 said the leak was brought about by the airconditioning unit (ACU), which was supposed to be replaced two years ago. The train system's aircon units were last replaced in 2008 as part of its first general overhaul since it started operating in 2000. Since the Department of Transportation has terminated the MRT's previous maintenance provider in November 2017, only three out of 72 train cars have been overhauled. The MRT-3, however, assured the public that brand new aircon units from its original equipment manufacturer will arrive this month.
August 08, 2018 01:30 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie Pitt says she wants her divorce from Brad Pitt finalized before the end of the year. The declarations came in a request for a case-management hearing filed Tuesday by Jolie Pitt's attorneys in Los Angeles Superior Court. Related Stories Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt reach agreement in divorceThe document says her attorneys will work with Pitt's lawyers to ensure the actors are single again in 2018. The court filing contends Pitt "has paid no meaningful child support" since the couple's separation. Jolie Pitt filed for divorce nearly two years ago and currently has primary custody of their six children.
August 08, 2018 00:22 UTC
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is setting its eyes for its 11th overall title as it goes for the kill against defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 6 of the best-of-seven finals of Season 43 the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. A victory by Ginebra would earn it its second Commissioner’s Cup crown since 1997. It’s all hands on deck, all your eggs in one basket time,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said through a text message. On the other side, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria said they would do whatever it takes to force a sudden death Game 7. “We have to finish better than Game 5,” added Austria, who also drew 23 points and 11 rebounds from four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo in the last game.
August 07, 2018 22:07 UTC
It has become the ultimate symbol of the economic class that is lifted during periods of economic growth. The rising tide of economic prosperity in the US will further prop up and lift the billionaire family that founded Amway, the family of de Vos. Right now, we can only be sure of one thing — 99 percent of those KO’d in the anti-drug war belong to this economic category. Every profit reporting season is for them. A rising tide lifts all the yachts.
August 07, 2018 20:26 UTC
THERE’s fake outrage and there’s the real kind. As for the Yellows, understand that they will always attempt to be the arbiters of morals and the bellwethers of outrage. * * *Now, real outrage is what’s being expressed by the people about electoral fraud, as detailed in the revelations of former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong in the ongoing Senate investigation precipitated by the privilege speeches delivered by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd. Someone’s got to do it though, if only to highlight the difference between real outrage coming from the grassroots and reflected democratically online and the fake variety that the elite and the political establishment want us to swallow. But I’ve always believed that people these days are smart enough to tell the difference between truth and lies.
August 07, 2018 20:26 UTC
Popularly known for its charitable programs and services especially its Individual Medical Assistance Program or IMAP, PCSO also caters to the needs of groups or organizations in support of their activities that benefit their respective communities especially those who can’t afford the high cost of medicines through the Medicine Donation Program (MDP). Target Mall located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna invited PCSO as partner for its medical mission dubbed as “Libreng Gamutan 2018.” On July 12, Lyndon Escobedo, representing the company, received medicines worth P9,959.56 for the mall’s charitable activity held on July 14. The Medicine Donation Program provides augmentation of the needed medicines in kind to qualified government and non-government agencies enabling them to deliver efficient and effective health care services. MLC ESTIGOYLoading...
August 07, 2018 19:07 UTC
Aware of the senators’ stance, Arroyo did not give a timeline, admitting that the House cannot finish the job alone. That [discussions on Charter change]will be a joint deliberation [with the Senate], [with the House and the Senate]voting separately, ” Arroyo said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged the House to give up on convening Congress into a ConAss to amend the constitution. Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd said Arroyo’s resolution strengthened the position of the Senate that congress should vote separately. The Senate in a recent caucus agreed to allow the committee on constitutional amendments to continue hearings on Charter change and federalism.
August 07, 2018 18:33 UTC
Calvin Abueva’s six-year stay with Alaska ended on Tuesday after he was sent to Phoenix in exchange of guard Karl Dehesa plus a 2019 first round pick. Abueva was named the 2016 Best Player of the Conference and was included twice in the mythical first team selections. “The Alaska Aces have decided to trade Calvin Abueva to Phoenix. We would like to thank Calvin for his six years of service with Alaska and the good memories. We felt as a franchise it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start at this time,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton through a statement to the media.
August 07, 2018 18:22 UTC
ATHENS: A 95-year-old woman injured in Greece’s deadliest fire last month died early Monday (Tuesday in Manila), raising the death toll to 91, state agency ANA reported. The woman succumbed to burn injuries hours after the government, widely criticized for its response to the emergency, replaced the heads of the police and fire brigade. Another 36 people are still hospitalized after the July 23 disaster, six of them in critical condition. The fires burned with such ferocity that most people fled to the sea with just the clothes on their backs. As a result, many drivers were mistakenly diverted into the fire zone and died after becoming trapped in Mati’s narrow streets.
August 07, 2018 18:11 UTC
Headline inflation rate accelerated to a fresh five-year high of 5.7 percent in July, surpassing expectations and cementing views that monetary authorities are poised to raise interest rates for the third time this year. Core inflation, which excludes select food and energy items, rose to 4.5 percent from 4.3 percent in June. Average inflation rate in the first seven months of the year was at the upper end of the 4.0-4.5 percent forecast range of the country’s economic managers. Higher interest ratesAnalysts expect the Bangko Sentral to raise its key interest rates for the third time during the Monetary Board’s August 9 policy meeting. “The emerging inflation trajectory warrants further tightening in our view,” ANZ Research said, forecasting another 25 bps BSP rate hike this week.
August 07, 2018 17:37 UTC
But one has to be “smart” in doing so, carefully crafting or, in the case of the US, maintaining a leading position if not in the world then at least in a region. And President Trump as a former seasoned businessman should, of all politicians, know this very well. Meanwhile, the situation in many developing countries could not be more different. On the other hand, the imposition of tariffs (customs taxes) of up to 25 percent on imported goods from many countries is perhaps not such a smart move. That would indeed be a smart move.
August 07, 2018 17:26 UTC
Hanging out with the Michael Jackson of Japan 0 SHARES Share it! Share Tweet By: Giselle SanchezMeeting Japanese superstar Gackt is like eating chocolate lava cake: You get blown away once you get to the inside. Being Filipino with no knowledge of Japanese pop culture, I was clueless about him. “I used to be part of Malice Mizer but they kicked me out. Tags: Gackt, gossip girl, Hanging out with the Michael Jackson of Japan, Japanese pop culture, Japanese Pop superstar, Malice Mizer, Manila Bulletin, Manila Bulletin Entertainment, mb.com.ph
August 07, 2018 16:07 UTC