Eighteen countries voted for the approval ofthe resolution during the 41st session of UNHRC in Geneva. Fourteen opposed itand 15 countries abstained. According to the report, Executive SecretarySalvador Medialdea signed the “confidential memorandum” cancelling “all newtalks and deals for foreign loans and grants from the 18 countries.” The UNHRC adopted the Iceland resolution lastJuly for an international investigation into the spate of killings and humanrights violations in the country due to Duterte’s drug war. “The President has not issued any memorandumsuspending loans and negotiations involving 18 countries that voted in favor ofthe Iceland resolution,” Panelo said. The countries which voted to adopt theIceland-led resolution were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria,Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia,Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, andUruguay./PN Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidDuterte did not issue such an order, contrary to a report that the Office ofthe President signed the suspension order on Aug. 27. MANILA – Palace denied reports that PresidentRodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of loans with countries which supportedthe United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigation into the “war ondrugs” in the country.
Charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002 will be filed against him./PN ILOILO City – Acarwash boy landed in jail for allegedly selling illegal drugs following abuy-bust operation in Barangay Tabucan, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. Adler Politico,45, of Bacolod City was caught around 4 p.m. on Oct. 6, a police report showed. Officers of theBarotac Nuevo Police Station staged the entrapment operation which led to therecovery of suspected shabu contained in six sachets and P6,000 markedmoney. Politico wasdetained in the custodial facility of them municipal police station.
BACOLOD City – Investing in retail treasury bonds (RTBs) is one wayNegrenses could avail of government securities that are “more convenient andaffordable,” the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said. Diaz said the issuance of governmentsecurities is a financing program of the government to raise funds. These are considered credit risk-free ordefault-free because they are direct, unconditional, and general obligations ofthe government. They are higher-yielding compared to savings accounts. However, right now, the RTBs are part ofthe government’s savings mobilization program designed to make governmentsecurities available, particularly to small investors. The RTBs have a denomination of onlyP5,000 and in multiples of P5,000 thereafter, with a maturity of three yearsand an interest rate of 4.735 percent payable quarterly. The BTr started the eight-day publicoffer on January 28, while the issue date is slated on February 11. It hasfully awarded its auction offer of P134 billion of the peso-denominated bondsat an average rate of 4.297 percent, against tenders totaling P149.83 billion. Some 50 bank representatives from Manilaand investors in Negros Occidental attended the roadshow aimed at reaching outto more retail investors. Based on RTB issuances, Western Visayas,which includes Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, has ranked sixth in the pastfive years. As part of its campaign to make statebonds available to the public, the BTr conducted the 23rd RTB Tranche Roadshowat the Seda Capitol Central here. According to the BTr, RTBs are designedto be a low-risk, higher-yielding, and affordable savings instrument. RTBs also earn a fixed interest rate,based on the prevailing market rate, and placement is targeted at retail andindividual investors. The proceeds are being used to financethe deficit of the government, infrastructure projects, and socio-economicprograms that would support its economic agenda, she added. (With a report from PNA/PN) The target market is not just corporateinvestors, but also individuals who have yet to invest in governmentsecurities. “Before, it has restrictions orlimitations as banks required minimum investment amount ranging from P100,000and above,” Diaz said. “By investing in RTBs, even ordinarypeople will now have access to government securities,” BTr director forliability management services Ma. Nanette Diaz said. read more
The novel coronavirus started from Wuhan, China and has spread to 48 countries so far. The death toll has reached 2,715 in China, its National Health Commission said on Wednesday./PN “I’d like to announce that the Inter-agency Task Force on Infectious Disease met today and it has approved to impose a ban on the entry of travelers coming from North Gyeongsang province of South Korea effective immediately,” Panelo said. The Department of Health earlier said there is no confirmed case of Filipinos infected by COVID-19 in South Korea. South Korea now has the most number of COVID-19 cases outside China with 1,146 so far, mostly in the city of Daegu and its nearby areas. It has earlier raised its alert on COVID-19 to the highest level due to the rapid surge in number of cases. World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the jump in new COVID-19 cases in South Korea, Iran and Italy is “deeply concerning.” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this move is upon the recommendation of the Inter-agency Task Force on Infectious Disease. Market workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant at a market in the southeastern city of Daegu, South Korea on Sunday as a preventive measure after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. AFP MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday announced the imposition of temporary ban on the entry of travelers from South Korea’s North Gyeongsang province in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). read more
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said Wednesday police forces must remain vigilant in ensuring that the peace and order. MANILA – With the community quarantine expected to be relaxed in several areas in the country, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned of possible surge of crimes. Those working in permitted industries and those who will access essential services are allowed to leave their homes, he added.Quarantine measures will still be imposed for persons below 21 years old; persons 60 years old and above; persons who are immunocompromised; pregnant women; and people who reside with the aforementioned individuals.However, seniors who are working or will go out to access essential services will be exempted from the home quarantine.The Philippine National Police’s constant implementation of peace and order protocols during the enhanced community quarantine from March 17 to May 9 led to only 3,166 crimes committed nationwide.He said the figure is a far cry from the 8,135 cases reported from January 23 to March 16, the days leading to the implementation of the ECQ in Luzon.“The 61 percent decrease in crime volume within March 17 to May 9, 2020, with a total of 3,166, must be maintained by the PNP even under GCQ,” Año said.During the ECQ, 865 incidents of theft were recorded. The figure is much lower than the 2,752 incidents reported in the months before the ECQ. The same pattern was observed in other crimes, such as murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape, among others./PN The movement is still limited in areas under GCQ, according to Año and that quarantine control points will remain. He urged policemen to thwart criminal threats that are expected to surge under new normal or less-stringent general community quarantine (GCQ).“Mas matindi ang inaasahang pagpapairal ng batas sa panahon ng GCQ dahil nariyan pa rin ang banta ng coronavirus at samahan pa ng mga masasamang-loob na wala rin namang pinipiling panahon at krisis,” Año said. read more
Pounding rain since late Friday in Japan’s southern region of Kyushu has triggered widespread flooding. More rain was predicted in Kyushu and the western half of Japan’s main island as the rain front moved east. A man walks on heavily damaged road following a heavy rain in Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Monday, July 6, 2020. KOJI HARADA/KYODO NEWS VIA AP TOKYO – Soldiers rescued residents on boats as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by deadly rains that were expanding across the region Tuesday. At least 50 people have died and a dozen are missing. In Fukuoka, on the northern part of the island, three soldiers waded through knee-high water pulling a boat carrying a mother, her 2-month-old baby and two other residents. (AP)
According to Bautista, the economy in Boracay is gradually recovering after the island’s halt of operations starting mid-March due to COVID-19 pandemic. Tourists enjoy their time in the world famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan in this undated photo. Acting Malay mayor Floribar Bautista said they will reduce the curfew hours in the world-class island resort. BOY RYAN ZABAL/AKEAN FORUM BORACAY – Acting Malay town mayor Floribar Bautista said they will shorten the curfew hours in this world-famous island resort. The curfew hours in the island resort was implemented as part of the preventive measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19.) This move came after the Department of Tourism announced that those Western Visayan tourists below 21 years old and those above 60 years old are now allowed to visit the island.The proposed 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in Boracay will replace the original 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. schedule.“Bars and restaurants will now have longer time to operate,” said Bautista. As of July 23, Malay town and Boracay Island reported no active case of COVID-19. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) The adjusted curfew hours also gives tourists more time to spend in the evenings. Strict hygiene measures such as wearing of facemasks, application of proper physical distancing remain implemented in Boracay to keep residents and tourist safe from the virus. read more
If you have followed the Big Ten basketball season, you know that there is no longer a home (and home) schedule. When there were only 10 teams, you played the other 9 at home and on the road each year. Now you play all 13 teams once and 5 of them twice adding up to 18 games. I don’t know how they determine the schedule, but it certainly is not even.Some of the schools played Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue twice while others faced these top teams only once. This will make quite a difference when the seeding for the Big Ten Tourney comes out. Supposedly, it is the Big Ten Tourney that eventually determines your NCAA seed. I don’t know what the solution for this is. No one wants to play 26 league games nor do they want to play just 13. If I had my say, the Big Ten would have stayed an actual 10 team league. Everybody in Indiana wants to see Purdue and IU play home and home. read more
Claudia L. Schlacter, 63, Lake Santee, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at her residence with her husband by her side. Born January 11, 1954 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Fred E. and Claudine (Paules) Tyson. Claudia graduated from Parkland High School in Allentown. She was a banker at the Main Source Bank in Greensburg. She was married to Michael Schlacter on March 10, 1973 and he survives. She is also survived by one daughter, Brittany Schlacter, Grand Rapids, Michigan; one son, Dan Schlacter, Greensburg; one sister, Dawn Smoyer, Slatington, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a wonderful mother, friend, and member of the community. Claudia’s smile could light up a room. She was generous, selfless, and kind. Claudia touched many lives and will be missed dearly by those who loved her. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 1 to 3:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com read more
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