ExcludedIn a few years, China and Vietnam will likely be exploiting the oil and gas resources, possibly in collaboration under the aegis of shared benefit from whatev-er resources the South China Sea may offer. The Philippines will be excluded from this bonanza. By some estimates, the natural gas deposits beneath the South China Sea could be at least as large as what Saudi Arabia has. The first involves collapsing “sovereignty” and “sovereign rights” into one and the same concept. Fortunately, we have an option in the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) currently rising from the marshes in nearby Bulacan.
January 25, 2023 23:25 UTC
Thousands of citizens are seen returning from the mainland on the last day of the Lunar New Year holidays. The Futian port was so jammed that crowd control measures had to be in place. People packed at Futian port starting around 3 pm and had to enter the port group by group. Some were irritated with the lack of arrangements, with certain people even turning to verbal fights due to their anger boiling over. There are 50,000 quotas for entering Hong Kong among the four ports, with the Futian port having 35,000 quotas.
January 25, 2023 23:05 UTC
A police officer has wounded a Filipino man by firing three shots at him while investigating a noise complaint on the outlying island of Peng Chau on Tuesday night. The incident happened at 10pm yesterday when two officers responded to Wing On Street to deal with noise complaints from a restaurant. The officers reportedly went up to a flat where a group of Filipinos were drinking and being rowdy. It is understood one of them argued with the officers and went hands-on by grabbing one policeman by the neck. Police sources said they have arrested two Filipino men during the incident, including the 43-year-old man who was shot.
January 25, 2023 06:09 UTC
MELBOURNE (AFP) — Karen Khachanov reached his second consecutive Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday when Sebastian Korda retired hurt at the Australian Open, ending the young American’s dream of emulating his father Petr’s 1998 title run. Russia’s Karen Khachanov hits a return against USA’s Sebastian Korda during their men’s singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Melbourne. It went to a tiebreak, where Khachanov held his nerve, sealing it on his third set point with a blistering backhand down the line. Korda needed treatment on his right, serving, wrist at 3-2 in the second set. The Russian consolidated and with Korda struggling, flexing his wrist between points, he broke again to take a two-set lead.
January 25, 2023 00:49 UTC
He added he had about HK$1,000 budget for betting and especially wore a red jacket hoping to boost his luck. He wished citizens good health and good lives. Another woman surnamed Lau said she was here to feel the electricity at the racecourse with her family. Her family joked that she wore red underwear for the occasion, while Lau said her grandma had a few hundred dollars for betting. Lau also wished her family good health in the Year of the Rabbit.
January 24, 2023 21:12 UTC
By NIKOLE JAVIERThe groundwork and timetable are both set for the Philippine women’s national football team as it tackles a busy year ahead. The Philippine women’s football team gears up for a busy year that includes competing in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. There will not be much rest for the national team as it heads straight to the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May. “There’s a very real chance right now for our women’s team [to win the gold medal in the SEA Games]. Meanwhile, the PFF is working on getting the national team involved in more pocket tournaments in the country in June before proceeding to New Zealand for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
January 24, 2023 20:10 UTC
All secondary five students will travel to the mainland in April at the soonest for their mandatory study tour under the Citizenship and Social Development subject, said Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin. Choi said the Education Bureau will take care of the arrangements for the tours and mull with Chinese authorities on Covid-19 coordination. Schools need only to ask students to sign up for the tours, Choi also said, hoping they will seize the opportunity during the Easter holidays. Choi said the bureau will first send students on one-to-two-day tours in Guangdong province now that the border has opened. As for newly hired government teachers and those planning for a promotion, there will also be seven or eight study tours, offering some 800 places.
January 24, 2023 17:52 UTC
Farmer reveals how he made Lionel Messi's world's biggest tattooThe 'tattoo' becomes more visible when corn grows from bird's eye view. PARIS — An Argentine farmer has used a high-tech tractor to create a giant "tattoo" of the face of football legend Lionel Messi. Charly Faricelli used special software to plant the corn seeds in different concentrations in a field the size of four football pitches in Ballesteros, northwest of Buenos Aires. Messi's popularity knows no bounds, with figurines of the former Barcelona star also Catalonia's bestselling "caganer" this year. Barcelona-based Argentinian student Kevin Sakkal said his chest filled with pride to see so many squatting Messis on the shelves.
January 24, 2023 13:35 UTC
MELBOURNE (AFP) — Caroline Garcia became the latest top-10 seed to fall at the Australian Open with a shock defeat to Magda Linette, but Aryna Sabalenka blasted her way into the quarterfinals on Monday. Poland’s Magda Linette celebrates victory against France’s Caroline Garcia after their women’s singles match on day eight of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2023. I don’t know what to say.”Belarusian Sabalenka never really looked like she would follow Swiatek, Garcia and the rest out of the first major of the year. Hard-hitting Sabalenka sprinted into her first quarter-final at the Australian Open and said: “My whole life, it took me a little while to understand that negative emotion is not gonna help you on court. Djokovic would normally be a hot favourite at Melbourne Park, where the former world number one is chasing a record-extending 10th Australian Open crown and 22nd major title.
January 24, 2023 02:50 UTC
Her time as a devotee to the Hindu goddess Yellamma has also rendered her an outcast in the eyes of her community. Devadasis have been an integral part of southern Indian culture for centuries and once enjoyed a respectable place in society. Four decades after the state ban, there are still more than 70,000 devadasis in Karnataka, India's human rights commission wrote last year. 'Many women have died'Years of unsafe sex exposed many devadasis to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. "Devadasi women are still looked down upon."
January 24, 2023 02:43 UTC
Truckers welcome PPA proposal on logistics feeCargo trucks queue along Road 10 at the North Harbor Port in Manila on September 15, 2022. MANILA, Philippines — The Confederation of Truckers Associations of the Philippines (CTAP) said yesterday it is open to the Trusted Operator Program Container Registry and Monitoring System being proposed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to address the soaring logistics costs imposed on truckers. “For the longest time, our biggest issue in the logistics sector is dealing with the various charges imposed on us. “Before, the fees ranged from P10,000 to P15,000 for a 40-footer shipping container. We hope that this insurance fee system could be a solution,” she added.
January 24, 2023 00:55 UTC
I'd like to dwell this time on Boy Abunda's much-vaunted, not necessarily contentious, return to GMA, his original home. Already a PR consultant for GMA, Kuya Boy, as I fondly address him, was convinced by then-network executive Bobby Bareira to try TV hosting. It was on the late-night program Show and Tell with co-host Gretchen Barretto where Boy got his proverbial baptism of fire. But while with GMA, Boy seemingly enjoyed the company of those in the production team and vice versa. If a good deal is swung in his favor, Boy would like to co-produce this on GTV, GMA's sister channel.
January 23, 2023 21:07 UTC
By NIKOLE JAVIERManila Hustle 3×3 will stage the first Philippine women’s invitational basketball game on Feb. 4 to 5 at Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City. A total of 12 teams from five Asian countries are expected to participate as Uratex and Smart together with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) launch the first invitational basketball game featuring an all-women lineup. There is much learning to be made from that,” said Peachy Medina, tournament director and Uratex Managing Director. In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 3×3 basketball format was officially added to the ball games featuring both men’s and women’s categories. “We are very optimistic that the number of 3×3 leagues across the country will grow because of this event.
January 23, 2023 20:33 UTC
In photos, video: Binondo Chinese New Year 2023 celebrationsBINONDO, Philippines — Even if fire broke out in a building near Lucky Chinatown Mall, prompting all of Binondo's volunteer firefighters into the scene, nothing can stop revelers from welcoming the Year of the Water Rabbit yesterday in arguably the world's oldest Chinatown dating back to the 1600s. Apart from street food fests and street entertainment like acrobats and fire eaters, local and foreign visitors took part in Chinese New Year celebrations such as fireworks displays and traditional Chinese dragon dances. — Video by Philstar.com/Deni Rose M. Afinidad-BernardoLUNAR NEW YEAR IN BINONDOFilipinos visited Chinatown in Binondo, Manila to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Sunday. Jose Monsieur Santos for https://t.co/3UWeeHiNED pic.twitter.com/yvkOmra6lW — Philstar.com (@PhilstarNews) January 23, 2023Philstar.com/Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo A temple was setup in the middle of Lucky Chinatown Mall, a favorite Chinese New Year destination in Binondo, Manila. RELATED: Great year for romance: Joseph Chau's forecast for the Year of the Water Rabbit
January 23, 2023 19:01 UTC
Australia said on Monday it would accelerate plans to buy advanced sea mines to protect its maritime routes and ports from "potential aggressors" amid China's plans to increase its influence in the Pacific region. The so-called smart sea mines are designed to differentiate between military targets and other types of ships, a defence department spokesperson said in a statement. "(Australia) is accelerating the acquisition of smart sea mines, which will help to secure sea lines of communication and protect Australia's maritime approaches," it said. The federal government will soon announce a contract to buy "a substantial number" of sea mines from a European weapons supplier, the report said, citing unidentified defence industry sources. So we have looked at missile defence, we're looking at cyber security, we're looking at all of these issues," Albanese said.
January 23, 2023 16:14 UTC