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Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa will return home next week: Local media

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 12 min ago
August 17, 2022 6:25 PM

Mr Rajapaksa will reportedly arrive in Sri Lanka on Aug 24. 

Categories: Asian News

‘Popular vlogger,’ her lover in custody after citizen’s arrest

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 13 min ago
A WOMAN and her alleged lover are in police custody after the latter’s wife had them arrested on Tuesday night, August 16, 2022.

Maria Charlette Dyrit, 37, and Allen Kirby Pabinguit, 34, were found living in the former’s house on Fuente Road in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City past 10:30 p.m.

Allen’s wife Pamela Theresa, 29, who resides in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City, barged into the house accompanied by barangay tanods.

Together they made a citizen’s arrest, handcuffed Dyrit and Allen, and immediately brought them to the Police Station 2-Lapu-Lapu City.

Dyrit is reportedly a local motorcycle vlogger and is better known as “TCH Diva.”

As for Allen, he originally hails from Candanay Sur, Siquijor Province.

The two are currently detained at the Police Station 2-Lapu-Lapu City.

A concubinage case has already been filed in court against Dyrit and Allen.

According to the Philippine Commission on Women, the offending husband may be punished by imprisonment ranging from six months and one day to a maximum of four years and one day.

The imposable penalty for the concubine is destierro, which is similar to a restraining order where the woman is not permitted to enter designated places the law specifies. (BBT, PJB)

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Bogo-Medellin milling firm faces challenges amid sugar crisis

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 17 min ago
CEBU’S oldest and only sugar milling firm, Bogo-Medellin Milling Company Inc. (Bomedco), is now feeling the pinch of the sugar crisis.

This was confirmed by Medellin Mayor Benjun Mondigo Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.

He said the 94-year-old milling company located in Barangay Luy-a is now struggling to sustain its operations as some of its planters have opted to have their sugar milled in Negros.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD 7), Bomedco directed some of its employees, especially administrative staff and factory workers, to stop reporting to work from June 15 to Aug. 15.

Based on DSWD 7 data, about 240 of its workers have been under the “No Work, No Pay” arrangement for a month now.

To help the affected Bomedco workers, the DSWD as well as the local government of Medellin and national government have allocated P5,000 in cash aid and 10 kilos of rice for each of them.

The mayor has called for a special session of the Municipal Council to look into the problem and provide solutions.

Bomedco is a publicly listed company on the Philippine Stock Exchange. It first started operations on June 4, 1928, with a production capacity of 3,000 tons of sugar cane which are processed into sugar.

Based on its latest financial quarterly report, the company reported a P12.8 million net income as of end June 30, 2022. / ANV, CSL
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Crisis hits sugar milling firm in northern Cebu

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 17 min ago
A SUGAR milling company in northern Cebu was one of those affected by the ongoing sugar crisis in the country.

Medellin Mayor Joven Mondigo Jr. said the 94-year-old Bogo-Medellin Milling Company Inc. (Bomedco) located in Barangay Luy-a suspended its operations for one month from July 15 to August 15, 2022, rendering its administrative staff and factory workers jobless due to the crisis that is being felt all over the country.

“Presently, dili maayo ang dagan sa Bomedco,” said Mondigo on Wednesday, August 17.

(Presently, business is not good for Bomedco).

“Ang uban planter ni opt to mill ila tubo sa Negros, ang pagsustain sa operation ang ilang dako nga (problema),” he added.

(Other sugarcane planters opt to mill in Negros, sustaining the operation is their big problem).

Based on the list from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD 7), up to 240 employees of Bomedco worked under the “no work, no pay” arrangement for one month.

To make up for their loss of income, the DSWD and the local government unit of Medellin distributed P5,000 cash assistance and 10 kilos of rice to each of the affected employees.

In line with this, the mayor has called for a special session with the council to discuss solutions to address the problem.

“Gipatawag sa Municipal Council ang management sa central to apprise sa situation sa Bomedco,” said Mondigo.

(The Municipal Council called on the management of central to apprise the situation of Bomedco).

Bomedco is listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) under the stock symbol BMM.

The company started its operation on June 4, 1928. It can process into sugar around 3,000 sugarcane tubes in a day.

Based on its latest financial quarterly report released on June 30, 2022, the company garnered a net income of P12,813,000. (ANV, TPT)

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Myanmar junta hits back at Asean after being barred from meetings

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 18 min ago
August 17, 2022 6:19 PM

Military spokesman says Asean wants ‘us to meet and talk with terrorists’.

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Indonesia celebrates first independence day at future capital Nusantara

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 28 min ago
August 17, 2022 6:10 PM

The government is preparing to ramp up infrastructure projects to open the doors to the city.

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Williams loses to Raducanu; US Open next

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 47 min ago
THE second stop on Serena Williams’ farewell tour was a short one.

The 40-year-old Williams fell to 0-2 in matches since announcing “the countdown has begun” on her career, losing 6-4, 6-0 to US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the Western & Southern Open on Aug. 17 (PH time).

Williams said last week in a Vogue magazine essay and an Instagram post that her career was winding down, although she did not explicitly say the US Open, which begins Aug. 29 in New York, would be her last tournament.

The Cincinnati event was the second US Open tuneup for Williams, and the next time she takes the court will be at Flushing Meadows. She lost to Belinda Bencic in straight sets last week in Toronto. A day before the announcement, Williams beat Nuria Parrizas-Diaz for her first match win since the 2021 French Open.

Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion, most recently in 2017 at the Australian Open, when she was pregnant with daughter Olympia. She said wanting to expand her family was a big reason she plans to step away.

Raducanu, ranked No. 19 in the world, was sharp as she dispatched Williams—and quieted the vocally pro-Williams crowd—in one hour, five minutes.

“I can’t believe I just played Serena Williams,” the 19-year-old Raducanu said. “It’s something that I think I’m really fortunate to have been able to do, and for our careers to have crossed when there’s such a big (age) gap and watching her growing up, it was an amazing experience to just play her.”

Williams did not speak to reporters after the match.

Fans cheered heartily when Williams was introduced, and again when she won her first point on a Raducanu error in the second game. Williams yelled in frustration when she double-faulted and screamed even louder and pumped her fist when she won the third game of the first set.

“I just knew how important every single point was because you let up a little bit, yeah, she’s going to be all over you,” Raducanu said. “She’s just such a legend.”

Down 2-0 in the first set, she fought back within 4-3 and then 5-4, but Raducanu closed out the set at love. Raducanu rolled from there, with Williams looking frustrated and even resigned near the end.

Williams was sidelined for a year by a torn hamstring suffered last year at Wimbledon, and her late-career injuries have contributed to inconsistency on the court.

The players thrilled the crowd with an exciting rally in the fifth game of the second set, won by Williams with a forehand volley. But she double-faulted on the next point on the way to being broken.

She briskly left the court after the match, waving to the crowd as she exited.

“I think that the crowd was pretty electric,” Raducanu said. “The stadium was really packed, and even though they were cheering for Serena ... I was prepared for that.”

Raducanu, who faces veteran Victoria Azarenka in Wednesday’s second round, has not won a title since her out-of-nowhere triumph at the US Open last year.

In the men’s draw, top-ranked Daniil Medvedev of Russia advanced to the third round, beating 24th-ranked Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 7-5.

Medvedev, banned by Wimbledon for his country’s invasion of Ukraine, was coming off a second-round loss to Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios last week in Canada.

Kyrgios beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was eliminated by Shuai Zhang, 6-4, 7-5.

The tournament lost another big name, Coco Gauff, when she retired from her match against qualifier Marie Bouzkova with a left ankle injury. Gauff had her ankle taped after the first set and dropped out after the first game of the second set.

Karolina Pliskova advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Williams’ older sister, Venus. Bencic fell to Sorana Cirstea, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4.

Rafael Nadal, sidelined since withdrawing from Wimbledon with an abdominal tear, practiced before a large crowd. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to play Borna Corcic on Wednesday. (AP)
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Wave of at least 17 arson attacks and bombings hits southern Thailand

SCMP Asian News - 6 hours 3 min ago
The attacks in Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, Buddhist-dominated Thailand’s only Muslim-majority provinces, mainly targeted convenience stores and petrol stations, the Thai military said.
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Mandaue mulls exporting bibingka, other local delicacies

Cebu Sun.Star - 6 hours 29 min ago
MANDAUE City is mulling on exporting its local delicacies, particularly its well-known "bibingka" (local rice cake), to help promote more Filipino food to the international scene and help Mandaue City’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) develop their businesses.

Kristian Cabahug, Mandaue Investments Promotions Tourism Action Center (MIPTAC) head, told reporters on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, that they target to develop this initiative by next year.

Cabahug said they had already coordinated with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to create a technology that would vacuum seal the bibingka and increase its shelf life.

At present, bibingka's maximum shelf life is within seven days, but with DOST's technology, Cabahug said they target to expand its shelf life up to 90 days or three months so that it would suit for exportation.

Cabahug said the study is ongoing and the technology created will be applied to the bibingka and other Mandaue delicacies.

He added that once the technology is ready, DOST has committed to shouldering all the training and seminars for all the local delicacy-related business owners who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity.

But Cabahug said the DOST had not yet disclosed an estimated budget for the program.

Also on Wednesday, the City launched its "Choose Mandaue Brand Campaign Year 3" at the Ani Restaurant in Barangay Alang-Alang.

Cabahug said the campaign started in 2020 as a way for the City Government to give an avenue to small businesses and promote their products, especially those affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

For this year, Cabahug said Choose Mandaue Brand Campaign would focus on partnering start-up businesses with mentors coming from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), among others.

Some topics they will discuss include branding and product development to improve participants' business management skills.

Cabahug said the seminars would be whole year round, composed of mostly three days to weekly sessions. (HIC)
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2nd test confirms high fecal coliform level in Cordova waters

Cebu Sun.Star - 6 hours 30 min ago
THE result of the second water quality check off Cordova in Mactan Island, Cebu, shows that the fecal coliform level has reached 2,400 milliliters (ml).

Related story: Seawaters off Cordova ‘not safe’ for swimming

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 conducted the test in the vicinity of floating and fixed cottages in the town on August 10, 2022.

Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan made the announcement during the stakeholders’ forum at the town’s gym in Barangay Poblacion on Wednesday, August 17.

The forum was attended by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and representatives of different government agencies.

Suan had said that the water off Cordova was no longer suitable for swimming after the first water quality check showed a fecal coliform level of 1,300 ml.

According to the DENR website, “the standard coliform level for coastal waters which is safe for swimming and other similar recreational activities is at only 100 most probable number per 100 ml.” (MKG, PJB)
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DOLE, DOT eye job fairs for hospitality sector in September

Philippines Times - 6 hours 40 min ago

MANILA - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) are looking to hold two-day job fairs in various parts of the country next month.

Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said Wednesday the collaboration will help boost employment in the hospitality indus

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DepEd records 75% enrollment in Eastern Visayas

Philippines Times - 6 hours 41 min ago

TACLOBAN CITY - At least 979,465 elementary and high school learners in Eastern Visayas have signed up for the new school year as of August 16 or six days before the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported on Wednesday.

The number represents 75.24 percent of th

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DOT bats for barrier-free tourism in Caraga

Philippines Times - 6 hours 43 min ago

BUTUAN CITY - The Department of Tourism (DOT) 13 (Caraga) is bolstering its campaign for barrier-free tourism for the benefit of persons with disabilities (PWDs) visiting the region.

At least 35 front-line workers from the different DOT-accredited accommodation establishments in the region a

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TDF rates rise ahead of MB rate-setting meeting

Philippines Times - 6 hours 46 min ago
MANILA - The rates of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' (BSP) term deposit facility (TDF) rose anew on Wednesday and investors' preference remained on the short-term.The average rate of the seven-day TDF rose to 3.6913 percent from 3.5623 percent during the auction last Augus
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BOC chief says full digitalization nearing implementation phase

Philippines Times - 6 hours 52 min ago

MANILA - The full digitalization of processes in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is seen to greatly eliminate corruption in the agency, its chief said on Wednesday.

In an interview with Radyo Pilipinas, Customs Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz said the digitalization of procedures within the bureau

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PCC, NBI partner to boost antitrust body's enforcement capacity

Philippines Times - 6 hours 52 min ago
MANILA - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have forged partnership to strengthen the antitrust body's enforcement capacity to crack down on anticompetitive activities in the market.On Wednesday, PCC officer-in-charge J
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Man who leaped on LRT-1 tracks in critical condition

Philippines Times - 6 hours 54 min ago

MANILA - A man who jumped in front of an oncoming train at the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) has survived but in critical condition at a hospital in Caloocan City on Wednesday.

In a statement, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) spokesperson Jacqueline Gorospe said the male passenger jum

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US gives P3-M equipment to boost PH maritime law enforcement

Philippines Times - 6 hours 56 min ago

MANILA - The United States government donated PHP3 million worth of maritime tactical and first aid equipment to boost the Philippines' maritime law enforcement capability, the US Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.

The donation was turned over by the Department of State - Bureau of Internation

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VP Sara hails reservists' role in nation-building

Philippines Times - 6 hours 56 min ago

MANILA - Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte has cited the role of reservists in nation-building through their "dedication to public service".

Duterte made this remark in her speech read by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) board member and retired Armed Forces of

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Tributes pour in as founding chairman of Malaysia’s DAP, Dr Chen Man Hin, dies aged 97

SCMP Asian News - 6 hours 58 min ago
The predominantly ethnic Chinese party described Chen as a ‘tireless fighter for justice and equality’
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