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Sri Lanka’s former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will return next week, after self-imposed exile, local media say

SCMP Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:58
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the first Sri Lankan president to quit midterm, is temporarily sheltering in Thailand, after fleeing Sri Lanka on a military plane to the Maldives and then spending weeks in Singapore.
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House panel pushes for conservation, protection of PH wildlife

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:54

MANILA - A House of Representatives panel on Wednesday approved measures for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources, as well as the promotion of sustainable forest management.

The House Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. approved the propo

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Pot-smoking tourists not welcome in Thailand, says health minister

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:48
August 17, 2022 6:48 PM

Cannabis businesses with special smoking rooms have been a hit with foreigners.

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67 ex-NPA rebels in Aurora to get livelihood aid

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:46

BALER, Aurora - A total of 67 former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) in Dilasag town are set to receive livelihood assistance as part of the government's efforts to help them reintegrate into society, an official of the National Intelligence Coordinatin

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DBM open to dialogue amid issues hounding its procurement arm

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:43

MANILA - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) remains open to dialogue with President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., legislators and stakeholders to address issues hounding its purchasing arm, the Procurement Service (PS-DBM).

DBM Undersecretary Joselito Basilio made this remark in

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CDSL may face legal action for sudden closure: QC legal dep't

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:42
MANILA - The Quezon City legal department said Wednesday the Colegio de San Lorenzo may face legal action as a result of the school's sudden and unexpected closure.In a message sent to the Philippine News Agency, city legal counsel Orlando Paolo Casimiro said the city govern
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Mindanao coffee farmers now earn more after Nescafe training

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:39

DAVAO CITY - Some 1,500 small coffee farmers in Mindanao have increased their yield and income by around 64 percent and 45 percent, respectively, in 2021.

The increase in harvests came after the completion of the three-year Project Coffee+ launched by Nestle Philippines through the NESCAFE P

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NEDA readies proposal to address sugar industry issues

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:35
MANILA - Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the government is finding ways to address the current issues in the local sugar industry.On the sidelines of an economic forum organized by the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines and the San Mi
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Barbecue that brings Cebuanos to the ‘Yard’

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:28
When you hear the words “Sunday Family Day,” you think of a family having a lunch at the backyard, enjoying their home-cooked charcoal-grilled meat or Pinoy-style barbecue. Right?

There’s something about charcoal-grilled meat that has become a tradition to most Filipino families. The smell and the taste of these dishes bring comfort and warmth among those who partake of them.

D’Yard Grill House takes inspiration from this family tradition and provides a place where one can indulge in good grilled food, especially to those who are away from their families.

Located on President Aguinaldo St., Kasambagan, Cebu City, D’Yard Grill House is not one’s typical barbecue place. This has probably something to do with the fact that it has indoor and alfresco setups with lush greenery, fairy lights at night, and a vibe similar to enjoying some good barbecue and drinks at your own backyard. It is also located right in the middle of a residential area and is away from the noisy and busy streets of Mabolo.

As for its dishes, unlike the Pinoy-style barbecue, it leans more towards the smoky-tangy side of the taste spectrum with a little bit of sweetness. Its version, which is inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s recipe, lets the natural sweetness of the meat of chicken, pork, chicken gizzard and liver, chorizo and hotdogs, to name a few, shine through.

Simply put: If you’re not a fan of sweet barbecue sauce, D’Yard Grill House is for you.

D’Yard Grill House also offers all-day breakfast meals; seafood like calamares, tuna panga, tuna belly, shrimp, scallops; coffee from The Daily Grind; and its rendition of Filipino favorite snacks such as puto sikwati with mango, turon con sorbetes, minatamis saging with ice cream, mango and banana with gelatin and pancit molo. Of course, beers and liquors are available to make the barbecue experience complete.

Each dish is beautifully plated on an oway weaved plate with banana leaf, just like what Cebuanos usually do during gatherings or out-of-town trips. If one prefers a la boodle type setup, its platters are available.

On top of its offerings, D’Yard Grill House also boasts of its customer service. As a business owned and run by a senior operations manager in one of the biggest business process outsourcing companies in the country, it ensures that each staff member is well trained on how to properly handle customers with smiles on their faces.

Bonus point: Beside D’Yard Grill House is a carwash, making it more an ideal place to go specially if one wants to have his car washed. One should also look forward to this barbecue place’s acoustic nights, when one can sing along while enjoying the barbecue dining experience.

D’Yard Grill House is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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Albay criminal gang member falls

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:27

LEGAZPI CITY - Authorities arrested a member of a criminal group in Albay during a manhunt in Tanauan City, Batangas on Tuesday.

In a report on Wednesday, Maj. Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) spokesperson, said members of the Libon Municipal Police, Police Intelligence U

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

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:25
August 17, 2022 6:25 PM

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

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

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:25
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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IPOPHL seeks Mindanao LGUs support vs. fake brands

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:23

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is seeking the support of Mindanao local government units (LGUs) in the campaign against counterfeit brands.

During the agency's information campaign leg here Wednesday, IPOPHL Deputy Director General Teodoro

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Lawmakers seek probe into alleged TV5 franchise violations

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:22

MANILA - Lawmakers on Wednesday filed separate resolutions seeking a congressional inquiry on the probable violations of TV5 Network Inc. regarding its legislative franchise.

Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Wilter Palma filed House Resolution 280, which seeks to investigate the network's alleged viola

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Bogo-Medellin milling firm faces challenges amid sugar crisis

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:21
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 - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:21
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 - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:19
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 - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:10
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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1,445 NorMin public schools to conduct full 'F2F' classes

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 18:03

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY-At least 1,445 public schools out of the total 2,520 government-run learning institutions in Northern Mindanao are set to open full face-to-face (F2F) mode of classes on Aug. 22.

Some 160 private schools will also conduct F2F classes, according to the data presented by Dr

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NoKor fires 2 cruise missiles toward Yellow Sea

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 17:54

SEOUL - North Korea test-fired two cruise missiles toward the Yellow Sea on Wednesday, a South Korean military official said, as President Yoon Suk-yeol held a press conference to mark the 100th day since taking office.

"(The military) has detected two cruise missiles launched by North Korea

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