Manila government – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 00:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://apasl2019manila.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Manila government – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ 32 32 U.S. Supreme Court Limits Government Powers to Reduce Greenhouse Gases – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/u-s-supreme-court-limits-government-powers-to-reduce-greenhouse-gases-manila-bulletin/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:58:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/u-s-supreme-court-limits-government-powers-to-reduce-greenhouse-gases-manila-bulletin/ WASHINGTON, United States — The United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government’s top environmental agency cannot impose broad limits on greenhouse gases, dramatically curtailing the power of President Joe Biden’s administration. to combat climate change. Climate activists, including members of Extinction Rebellion, participate in a protest against a recent Supreme Court ruling […]]]>

WASHINGTON, United States — The United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government’s top environmental agency cannot impose broad limits on greenhouse gases, dramatically curtailing the power of President Joe Biden’s administration. to combat climate change.

Climate activists, including members of Extinction Rebellion, participate in a protest against a recent Supreme Court ruling on June 30, 2022 in New York City. In a ruling that angered the environmental community, the Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to broadly regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. The decision will further limit the power of the Biden administration to curb carbon pollution that contributes to global warming. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP

By a 6-3 majority, the High Court found the Environmental Protection Agency lacked the power to set hard caps on emissions from coal-fired power stations, which produce almost 20% of electricity consumed in the United States.

The decision sets back Biden’s hopes of using the EPA to cut emissions to meet global climate goals, set in 2015 under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

It was a significant victory for the coal mining and coal-fired power industry, which was targeted the same year for strict limits by then-President Barack Obama’s administration in the goal of reducing carbon pollution.

It also marked a victory for conservatives fighting government regulation of the industry, with the court’s majority including three right-wing justices appointed by former President Donald Trump, who had sought to weaken the EPA.

Biden called it “another devastating move that aims to set our country back.”

“We cannot and will not ignore the danger to public health and the existential threat posed by the climate crisis.”

Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said it was “a setback in our fight against climate change”.

– Capital letters ‘perhaps a good idea but…’ –

In the case between West Virginia and other coal-mining states against the government, the court said that while the EPA had the power to regulate individual power plants, Congress had not given it such sweeping powers to set limits covering all power-generating units.

The majority justices said they recognized that capping carbon dioxide emissions to move away from coal power “could be a sensible solution” to global warming.

But they said the case involved a “major issue” of US governance with broad consequences, and that the EPA should be specifically delegated those powers by the legislature.

The three-member liberal minority on the court lambasted the majority for overriding the powers they said the EPA was in fact facing “the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.”

“The stakes here are high,” Judge Elena Kagan wrote. “Whatever else this court may know, it has no idea how to tackle climate change.

– Over-regulation –

Conservatives cheered the decision as a strike against excessive regulation.

“The Court struck down illegal regulations issued by the EPA without any clear authorization from Congress and confirmed that only the people’s representatives in Congress – not unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats – can write the laws of our country,” wrote Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who represents Kentucky, a state with a major coal mining industry.

Michelle Bloodworth, president of America’s Power, a coal industry lobby, applauded the decision.

“We are delighted that the court agreed with us that the EPA does not have unlimited power to do whatever it wants,” she said in a statement.

“Coal-fired power plants provide affordable and reliable electricity,” she added.

But House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called the move “radical” by the “pro-pollution judges.”

“In curtailing the authority of the EPA, the Republican supermajority on the court has bowed to dirty energy special interests who seek to poison the air our children breathe and the water they drink by all impunity,” she said in a statement.

Environmental groups have called on the Democratic-controlled Congress to take more action on climate change, with more investment in areas such as clean energy and public transit.

“It means Congress has an even stronger imperative to act boldly and quickly,” the Sierra Club said.

– Court Tories show muscle –

Thursday’s decision capped a term for the court in which the new conservative majority has flexed its muscles in ways that will have profound effects on American society.

Two similar 6-3 decisions last week shook the country. One extended the rights of gun owners to carry their guns wherever they go, with few limitations.

The second ended a half-century-old constitutional right to abortion, setting off a chain reaction in which more than half of the 50 states are poised to ban or severely restrict the practice.

The EPA’s decision could also have far-reaching implications.

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote separately that the decision was a statement that no government agency can craft policies with far-reaching effect without express authorization from Congress.

“When an agency claims the power to regulate vast swaths of American life, it risks not only encroaching on the power of Congress, but also encroaching on the powers reserved for the states,” Gorsuch wrote.

But critics said it ignored the deep divisions in Congress that have stifled important policy debates.

“Insisting instead that an agency can only enact a large and meaningful climate rule by showing ‘clear congressional authorization’ at a time when the court knows that Congress is indeed dysfunctional, the court is threatening to upset the ability of the national government to protect public health and welfare,” said Richard Lazarus, a professor at Harvard Law School.

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Russian missile hits crowded shopping mall in Ukraine https://apasl2019manila.org/russian-missile-hits-crowded-shopping-mall-in-ukraine/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 07:59:49 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/russian-missile-hits-crowded-shopping-mall-in-ukraine/ KREMENCHUK, Ukraine: Rescuers searched the charred rubble of a shopping center on Tuesday for other victims of a Russian missile strike that killed at least 18 people and injured dozens in what Ukraine’s president called ” one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history”. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said many of the more than […]]]>

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine: Rescuers searched the charred rubble of a shopping center on Tuesday for other victims of a Russian missile strike that killed at least 18 people and injured dozens in what Ukraine’s president called ” one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history”.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said many of the more than 1,000 afternoon shoppers and workers inside the mall in the city of Kremenchuk managed to escape. Giant plumes of black smoke, dust and orange flame billowed from the wreckage as emergency crews scoured the shattered metal and concrete for victims. Drones swirled overhead, clouds of black smoke still emanating from the ruins hours after the fire was extinguished.

The death toll rose as rescuers searched the smoking rubble. Regional Governor Dmytro Lunin said at least 18 people were killed and emergency services reported more than 60 injured.

“We are working on dismantling the construction so that it is possible to bring machinery into it because the metal elements are very heavy and large, and dismantling them by hand is impossible,” said Volodymyr Hychkan, a service manager. emergency.

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At Ukraine’s request, the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting in New York on Tuesday to discuss the attack.

In the Russian government’s first commentary on the missile strike, the country’s first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, alleged multiple inconsistencies which he did not elaborate on, claiming on Twitter that the incident was a provocation from Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied it was targeting civilian infrastructure, even though Russian attacks hit other shopping malls, theaters, hospitals, kindergartens and apartment buildings during the four-month war.

The missile strike came as Western leaders pledged continued support for Ukraine and the world’s major economies prepared new sanctions against Russia, including oil price caps and higher tariffs. on the goods. Meanwhile, the United States seemed ready to heed Zelenskyyy’s call for more air defense systems, and NATO planned to increase the size of its rapid reaction forces by almost eight times – to 300 000 soldiers.

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to remove debris from a burned shopping center after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. AFP PHOTO

Zelenskyyy said the mall posed “no threat to the Russian military” and had “no strategic value”. He accused Russia of sabotaging “people’s attempts to lead normal lives, which is what makes the occupiers so angry.”

In his evening speech, he said it appeared Russian forces had intentionally targeted the mall and added: “Today’s Russian strike on a mall in Kremenchuk is one of the most most audacious in European history”. He said Russia “has become the biggest terrorist organization in the world”.

Russia increasingly used long-range bombers during the war. Ukrainian officials said Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers flying over Russia’s western Kursk region fired missiles, one of which hit the shopping center and another a sports arena in Kremenchuk.

The Russian strike echoed previous attacks that caused large numbers of civilian casualties – such as one in March on a theater in Mariupol where many civilians had holed up, killing around 600 people, and another in April on a station in eastern Kramatorsk that killed at least 59 people.

“Russia continues to assert its impotence over ordinary civilians. It is futile to expect decency and humanity from it,” Zelenskyyy said.

The United Nations called the strike “deplorable”, stressing that civilian infrastructure “should never be targeted”, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Leaders of the Group of Seven condemned the attack in a statement late Monday, saying “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime. Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held accountable.”

The attack coincided with Russia’s all-out assault on the last Ukrainian stronghold in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk province, “firing fire” at the town of Lysychansk from the ground and air, according to the local governor. At least eight people were killed and more than 20 injured in Lysychansk when Russian rockets hit an area where a crowd had gathered to get water from a reservoir, Lugansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said.

The dam was part of the intensified offensive by Russian forces aimed at wresting the eastern region of Donbass from Ukraine. Over the weekend, the Russian military and its local separatist allies forced Ukrainian government troops out of the nearby town of Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk.

State emergency service volunteers and firefighters work to put out a fire at a burnt-out shopping center after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, early Tuesday, June 28, 2022. AP PHOTO

State emergency service volunteers and firefighters work to put out a fire at a burnt-out shopping center after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, early Tuesday, June 28, 2022. AP PHOTO

On Monday, west of Lysychansk, the mayor of the city of Sloviansk – potentially the next major battleground – said Russian forces fired cluster munitions, including one that hit a residential area. Authorities said the number of casualties has not yet been confirmed. The Associated Press saw one death: A man’s body lay hunched over a car door frame, his blood pooling on the floor from chest and head injuries. The blast blew out most of the windows of surrounding buildings and the cars parked below, littering the floor with shattered glass.

“Everything is now destroyed,” resident Valentina Vitkovska said in tears as she recalled the explosion. “We are the only people still living in this part of the building. There is no electricity. I can’t even call to tell the others what happened to us.”

Russian forces also struck other Ukrainian cities, killing at least five people and injuring 15 others in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, and hitting the key southern Black Sea port of Odessa. , where a missile attack destroyed residential buildings and injured six people, including a child, Ukrainian authorities said.

In Lysychansk, at least five high-rise buildings and the last road bridge were damaged over the past day, Haidai said. A crucial highway linking the city to government-controlled territory to the south has been rendered impassable. The city’s pre-war population of around 100,000 dwindled to less than 10,000.

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Myanmar says seized drugs worth half a billion dollars were set on fire https://apasl2019manila.org/myanmar-says-seized-drugs-worth-half-a-billion-dollars-were-set-on-fire/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 16:34:33 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/myanmar-says-seized-drugs-worth-half-a-billion-dollars-were-set-on-fire/ ]]>

Smoke rises from a pile of illegal drugs seized during a destruction ceremony to mark the United Nations

RANGON: Myanmar authorities said they torched more than half a billion dollars worth of narcotics on Sunday as part of World Drug Day eradication efforts, as the UN warns that methamphetamine production in the region reached record levels.

Nearly two tons of heroin and more than 630 million methamphetamine “yaba” pills went up in smoke during ceremonies in the commercial center of Yangon, the central city of Mandalay and Shan State in the north, announced authorities.

But some analysts have warned that the $642 million bonfires are part of a long game of smoke and mirrors played by a junta government that is unwilling to tackle the problem.

The televised fires represent a “decade of illusions” about Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar drug industry, independent analyst David Mathieson told AFP.

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“The military claims to take drug eradication seriously and the West claims to believe them,” he said.

There was “active military complicity in protecting large-scale drug production to provide stability in conflict zones,” Mathieson added.

This includes Shan State, Southeast Asia’s main source of methamphetamine according to the United Nations.

The state is home to militias and has seen relatively little violence against the military since Myanmar generals seized power in a coup last year.

At the ceremony in Yangon, packets of meth wrapped in innocuous-looking Chinese tea wrappers sat next to bricks of cannabis as well as bags of ketamine and MDMA.

A series of small explosions sent the contraband into flames before thick plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.

Firefighters responded for safety and officers took selfies against the backdrop of the blaze as Burmese pop music blared through the speakers.

Last month, the UN said law enforcement in Southeast and East Asia recovered nearly 172 tons of methamphetamine in 2021, about seven times more than a decade ago. .

The increase in supply has caused selling prices in Thailand and Malaysia to fall to historic lows.

From Shan State, drugs are increasingly shipped to Laos and then Thailand before reaching Malaysia, where they are on their way to countries in Asia-Pacific, according to the UN report. .

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Macron’s call for ‘compromise’ meets opposition resistance https://apasl2019manila.org/macrons-call-for-compromise-meets-opposition-resistance/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 22:10:50 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/macrons-call-for-compromise-meets-opposition-resistance/ French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a press conference during a European Council in Brussels on June 23, 2022. PHOTO AFP Paris, France: France risked a protracted political stalemate on Thursday (Friday in Manila) after opposition parties gave a chilling reception to President Emmanuel Macron’s call for “compromises” to keep France governable after an indecisive […]]]>

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a press conference during a European Council in Brussels on June 23, 2022. PHOTO AFP

Paris, France: France risked a protracted political stalemate on Thursday (Friday in Manila) after opposition parties gave a chilling reception to President Emmanuel Macron’s call for “compromises” to keep France governable after an indecisive parliamentary election.

Macron made his plea in an address to the nation on Wednesday evening after failing to retain a majority in parliament, a setback that threatens to cripple his ability to carry out his planned reforms.

His centrist alliance finished Sunday’s legislative elections with 44 seats from a majority in the National Assembly, as a new left-wing coalition and the far right made significant gains.

The situation undermines Macron’s reform plans for his second term after his presidential re-election in April – including a key measure to raise the retirement age – and risks damaging his international stature.

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Breaking three days of silence the day after the elections, Macron ruled out a national unity government but was optimistic about the chances of progress, even if he offered no concrete solution.

Macron said French political forces must “collectively learn to govern and legislate differently” by building “compromises, additions and amendments but doing so transparently, in the interests of national unity.”

He pointed to two possible paths – either a formal coalition government agreement with another party or by “creating bill-by-bill majorities” in parliament.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, for her part, said she was “very confident that we can find deputies to vote on texts because we have integrated their proposals”.

“No one has a monopoly on good ideas. Dialogue and listening make it possible to improve good projects. This must be a chance for France,” she added.

“Back against the wall”

The main opposition parliamentary groups, triumphant after upsetting the president’s party, seemed in no mood to help Macron, however.

“It’s him with his back to the wall, not us,” said Socialist MP Valérie Rabault, whose party is part of the new left-wing alliance NUPES which saw a surprise increase in votes.

“If he tries to push through his program without an absolute majority, he will be blocked,” she said.

“He will be responsible for the paralysis of France.”

She called for a “correction of course” from the government, in particular in favor of a higher minimum wage and measures to compensate for the rising cost of living.

The conservative Les Républicains (LR) party, seen by many as Macron’s most suitable potential ally, has meanwhile rejected any formal coalition deal, with LR leader in the Senate Bruno Retailleau saying he would examine Macron’s policies. Macron on a “case by case” basis.

“There will be no blank cheque, especially since his projects are so unclear,” added Olivier Marleix, who has just become leader of the party’s parliamentary group.

Acting chairman of Marine Le Pen’s far-right RN party, Jordan Bardella, said it was up to Macron to “take the first step” by telling the opposition what policies he was willing to back down in exchange for their support.

Veteran centrist and Macron ally Francois Bayrou, meanwhile, warned that “the status quo” was not an option without a mandate from voters if Macron was to avoid further “election incidents”.

Earlier this week, Macron sounded out opposition leaders at the Elysee Palace, meeting Le Pen on Tuesday, while far-left NUPES alliance leader Jean-Luc Melenchon sent MP Adrien Quatennens to represent it.

Despite little obvious progress, Macron said on Wednesday that the opposition was ready “to move forward on major issues” such as the cost of living, employment, energy, climate and health.

“No ultimatum”

Macron, who is attending an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, a G7 summit in Germany from Sunday and a NATO summit in Madrid from Tuesday, in his televised address seemed to give the opposition 48 hours to clarify its positions. .

But when asked about the apparent ultimatum on Thursday, government spokeswoman Olivia Gregoire insisted there was no such deadline.

“Allow me to be very clear this morning,” she told FranceInfo radio. “There is no ultimatum, and no question of 48 hours.”

Instead, negotiations could take “several days, maybe even weeks, but certainly not 48 hours,” she said.

“The president is reaching out to anyone who wants the country to move forward,” she said.

Talks would begin as soon as Macron returned from EU headquarters, she said.

“We are opening negotiations, this is the beginning of consensus and compromise,” she said.

“An ultimatum would be the end.”

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KUWTT: “Give workers a second reminder” | June 23, 2022 https://apasl2019manila.org/kuwtt-give-workers-a-second-reminder-june-23-2022/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:24:15 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/kuwtt-give-workers-a-second-reminder-june-23-2022/ Have a good day. Here are the top stories from the Manila Times for Thursday, June 23, 2022. READ: “Give workers a second reminder” Presidential Entrepreneurship Advisor Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd Wednesday urged the government to approve second booster shots for employees “who are now keeping our economy afloat.” The founder of Go Negosyo […]]]>

Have a good day. Here are the top stories from the Manila Times for Thursday, June 23, 2022.

READ: “Give workers a second reminder”

Presidential Entrepreneurship Advisor Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd Wednesday urged the government to approve second booster shots for employees “who are now keeping our economy afloat.” The founder of Go Negosyo has appealed following the decision of the Health Technology Assessment Board (HTAC) to allow the recommendation of Covid-19 boosters for immunocompromised minors aged 12-17. Concepcion said vaccinations have a high acceptance rate among employees and the private sector already has its own supply of vaccines. Additionally, he said the majority have already taken their first boosters and may already need second boosters. Allowing second boosters for this segment will bring many benefits, Concepcion said.

READ: Immunocompromised teens get booster shots

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The Philippines has started administering the Covid-19 vaccine booster to immunocompromised adolescents aged 12 to 17. Group members are eligible to receive their first booster 28 days after receiving their primary doses. The government kicked off the campaign as 32 more cases of BA.5 Omicron subvariants were reported in the country on Wednesday, the highest number of subvariant detections in any sequencing round. The Western Visayas region recorded 21 cases of BA.5 while four were detected in the National Capital Region and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon). Central Luzon has recorded three cases. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said nine of the 21 cases in Western Visayas were detected in a cluster of workplaces and three in a cluster of households. All but two cases were fully vaccinated, one was partially vaccinated while the last was unverified. A total of 22 had mild symptoms, five were asymptomatic and five have not yet been checked for disease manifestation. Vergeire said that although there is a sustained increase in the number of infections, the number of serious and critical cases remains stable and will not result in more hospitalizations.

READ: Afghanistan earthquake kills 1,000

A powerful earthquake struck a rural and mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 others in one of the deadliest tremors in decades, the report reported. official news agency. Officials have warned that the already grim toll could rise further. Information remained sparse about the 6.1 magnitude earthquake near the Pakistani border, but earthquakes of this strength can cause severe damage in an area where homes and other buildings are poorly constructed and landslides of land are frequent. Experts put the depth at just 10 kilometers (6 miles) – another factor that could lead to serious destruction. The disaster was a major test for the Taliban-led government, which seized power last year as the United States planned to pull out of the country and end its longest war, two decades after ousted the same insurgents following the September 11 attacks. . The nearby Pakistan Meteorological Service said the quake’s epicenter was in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the city of Khost. Buildings were also damaged in Khost province and tremors were felt some 375 kilometers (230 miles) away in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

READ: TMT Forum tackles manufacturing in PH

Titled “Reorienting Industry to Retool the Economy”, the Manila Times forum today will highlight the growth prospects of the manufacturing sector. Commerce Secretary Ramon Lopez is optimistic that the Philippine manufacturing industry, one of the main engines of the country’s economic growth, would return to its robust pre-pandemic state. Among the speakers at today’s forum are the President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, George Barcelon, and the Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce and Industry (DTI), Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba . Moderated by Manila Times editors Conrad Cariño and Dafort Villaseran, the forum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon through the Manila Times Facebook page, as well as its YouTube and Dailymotion channels. In the business

READ: PH budget deficit narrows

The Philippine national government’s budget deficit is expected to shrink this year and next, Fitch Solutions said, which bodes well for debt sustainability. The research firm said in a report on Wednesday that it now expects the Philippines’ budget deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) to be 7.5% in 2022 and 6.2% in 2023, up from 8. .6% in 2021. The Fitch Group unit said the forecast was revised down from its previous estimate of 8.1% in 2022 and 6.7% in 2023 after the memorandum was released. on the national budget (NBM) on June 9, detailing the budget aggregates that are approved by the coordination of the development budget. Commission (DBCC) on May 24. The Philippines will start prioritizing fiscal consolidation in 2022, according to the NBM, with the aim of reducing the fiscal deficit to 4.1% by 2025.

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READ: Tim Cone joins PH team coaching staff

Just like in the good old days, TNT coach Chot Reyes and Ginebra coach Tim Cone will work together to lead the Philippines men’s basketball team in the 2023 World Cup, where the country is co-hosting the event with Japan and Indonesia. Reyes, head coach of the Gilas Pilipinas program, unveiled it after receiving his sixth Coach of the Year award from the PBA Press Corps on Tuesday night. Reyes, who holds a PBA record of six Coach of the Year awards, reached out to his old friend, Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history with 24 championships and the only mentor to win two. Grand Slam tournaments.

READ: Serena makes a winning comeback

Serena Williams made a winning comeback after a year on the sidelines as the USA legend teamed up with Ons Jabeur to beat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 in the Eastbourne international doubles Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, was back in action for the first time since her tearful exit from Wimbledon last year. The 40-year-old suffered a leg injury in her Wimbledon first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and has not been seen on court since. Before Williams made the surprise announcement of her comeback last week, retirement rumors had been swirling around her for several months. But, with Wimbledon starting on June 27, Williams finally resumed her career, playing with Jabeur in the Wimbledon warm-up at the Sussex seaside.

READ: Op/Ed

The Times, in its editorial, commends the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency for their willingness to take a substantial risk in the Philippines by helping to completely transform the country’s underdeveloped public transport infrastructure. Read the full version in the Opinion section of the paper’s print and digital editions or listen to the voice of the times. The columnists featured on the front page are Antonio Contreras, Yen Makabenta and Danton Remoto. Contreras writes about the real victims of political unrest, citing martial law under the regime of the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr.; Makabenta on between campaign and government; and Danton Remoto on Jal Laylo, the Filipino who was shot by a gunman in Philadelphia on June 20, and who was his friend and colleague.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on paper, subscribe to his digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. follow us on Twitter, Facebook Where instagram and Track times.

This is the report by Christian Crow Maghanoy.

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No shortage of nurses but low salaries, the lack of tenure pushing them abroad https://apasl2019manila.org/no-shortage-of-nurses-but-low-salaries-the-lack-of-tenure-pushing-them-abroad/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:16:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/no-shortage-of-nurses-but-low-salaries-the-lack-of-tenure-pushing-them-abroad/ MANILA, Philippines — While it’s nothing new for nurses in the Philippines choosing to go abroad in search of better opportunities, this time the wave of resignations comes just as the country anticipates a new wave of COVID-19 infections. Amid steady work and pandemic-induced burnout, some nurses are taking advantage of the reopening of overseas […]]]>

MANILA, Philippines — While it’s nothing new for nurses in the Philippines choosing to go abroad in search of better opportunities, this time the wave of resignations comes just as the country anticipates a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

Amid steady work and pandemic-induced burnout, some nurses are taking advantage of the reopening of overseas economies and the easing of border restrictions to seek employment overseas.

“[It’s] due to the lack of opportunity in our country,” Dr. Anthony Leachon, former adviser to the National Pandemic Task Force, told Philstar.com by phone earlier this month.

“They are overworked, they are overworked but less appreciated and of course they seem undervalued. And there is a discrepancy between payments from private hospitals and public hospitals,” Leachon added in a mixture of English. and Filipino.

Earlier he sounded the alarm that nurses in private hospitals are “resign en masseHe said that nurses from private hospitals would transfer and work for public hospitals instead or end up in other industries before taking the mandatory exams for the country to which they would migrate.

Pay gaps

Private hospital nurses are paid minimum wage or around 537 pesos per day in Metro Manila or more or less around 12,000 pesos per month, but those in the provinces are paid even less.

According to a report by ABS-CBN, St. Luke’s Medical Center is promising more benefits such as a P10,000 signing bonus, free rides and accommodation, among other things in a bid to incentivize nurses to apply in their clinics.

But the groups say not all private hospitals can afford to issue such benefits.

“Only the best hospitals can provide these packages and premiums, but our concern is with private hospitals that may not have the operational revenue,” Melvin Miranda told the Philippine Nurses Association. Philstar.com in a separate phone call.

“They are the ones who will really need help in this regard because they are the ones who have been identified with problems related to the nursing shortage.”

The salary in private hospitals is not enough for some nurses to choose to work for higher education institutions instead.

“We are also experiencing a shortage of clinical instructors in nursing education,” Miranda said.

Meanwhile, nurses working for public hospitals are on the 15th year salary, about 35,097 pesos a month. Filipino Nurses United (FNU) National President Maristela Presto-Abenojar said the implementation of this also varies.

“Not all public sector nurses receive this salary because we know that our healthcare system has also been decentralized since 1991,” she said. Philstar.com in a video call.

In some provinces, nurses in public hospitals receive only 65% ​​of what they are supposed to earn.

“This is the reason why it is difficult for our nurses to support their own families if they are breadwinners because their salary is not enough for themselves. It is not a living wage in done,” Presto-Abenojar said.

She notes that about 50% of the country’s nurses in government institutions are contract workers. This means that half of nurses in public hospitals are not entitled to benefits such as paid holidays and medical leave.

No shortage, many unemployed

Citing data from the Ministry of Health, Presto-Abenojar noted that the total number of nurses in the public and private sectors in December last year stood at 172,589.

“Out of 10 registered nurses, two work in either the public or private sector, which equates to 19% of the total 915,291 registered nurses,” she said, adding that 35% or four registered nurses in 10 in the Philippines have opted to become migrant health workers instead.

The FNU maintains that the country is not short of nurses, but hospitals are experiencing “chronic understaffing”. Some 32% of registered nurses do not practice, either because they are unemployed or perhaps underemployed.

The Professional Regulation Commission has just announced that 6,616 or 68% of 9,729 applicants passed the May 2022 nursing board exams. But the question is, how many will choose to serve the Philippines in the next three to five years? ?

“We call them our frontliners, but are we really giving them enough to be able to name them the heroes of this particular pandemic? I wouldn’t stop them from coming out if there were better opportunities because there are other members of family who would need their help,” Dr. Leachon said in a mix of English and Filipino.

Work abroad

As economies open up and more countries adjust their travel restrictions, healthcare workers can now take advantage of the opportunities available. The exodus does not only concern nurses, but also other health personnel in the country.

Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which Philstar.com obtained through the UNF, showed the following as the top destination countries for healthcare workers:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UK
  • Qatar
  • Germany
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Ireland
  • Oman
  • Kuwait

As of March 28 this year, 8,752 healthcare workers have left the country. This number is expected to increase as the total number of healthcare workers who migrated last year stood at 22,895.

When deployed to the main destination, Saudi Arabia, agency-employed nurses can reportedly earn at least $500 or SR1,875 (just over P27,000) and up to SR3,840 (more of P55,500) per month. If employed under a government scheme, they can earn a minimum wage of SR4,110 or more than P53,000 per month.

Miranda from PNA even said that a junior nurse’s salary abroad could even allow her to earn up to 750,000 pesos per year, which could attract nurses working even for public hospitals here in the country.

Just recently, Germany and the Philippines signed a memorandum of understanding that allows more Filipino healthcare workers to work in the European country. The agreement “will improve the existing private recruitment pathway for nurses and other healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists, radiographers, [and] occupational therapists” for employment in Germany.

The Foreign Office said there were 6,000 Filipino nurses in Germany. POEA data showed that their salary, under the government-to-government scheme, should be at least €2,300 per month, or about P135,700.

“A chronic problem”

Stories of Filipina nurses or other medical professionals who prefer to work overseas due to higher take-home pay and other benefits such as insurance are not new.

“It’s a chronic problem and [it was] heightened due to the COVID pandemic,” Leachon said.

In addition to caring for patients who test positive for COVID-19, they must also care for those with other illnesses.

But when they are paid crumbs here at home, why prevent them from going abroad?

“As much as possible, we don’t want to see in the picture that the Philippines is seen as the main [labor] export,” said Miranda of PNA.

However, he notes that Filipino nurses have the advantage of having a good command of the English language and having competitive training.

“It was recognized that our program here in the Philippines is also universal,” Miranda said.

Data from the POEA showed that the deployment of healthcare professionals decreased during the pandemic. In 2017, this number stood at 106,009 and fell to 75,938 in 2018. The deployment of healthcare workers fell by almost 74% in 2020, from 78,403 to 20,652.

How do you make them stay?

In an Inquirer.net report over the weekend, Undersecretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire said the exodus of nurses can be solved through a “whole of government approach”. She said the department is trying to find incentives for nurses to stay in the Philippines.

However, Migrante Philippines President Arman Hernando said providing incentives would not be the answer.

“Hangga’t walang sapat and nakabubuhay na sahod at maayos na health system in Pilipinas, patuloy na maghahanap ang ating mga health workers of mga oportunidad in ibang banssa,” Hernando said on June 19.

(Until the country can’t offer a decent, living wage and a proper healthcare system, our healthcare workers will continue to seek opportunities abroad.)

FNU advocates that private and public hospitals in the Philippines pay nurses a starting salary of 50,000 pesos per month. If small and medium-sized hospitals cannot afford it, they suggest the government subsidize salaries for the first three to five years.

With this, they also call on the government to increase its health budget.

Meanwhile, among the PNA’s appeals to government is “the establishment of representation for nurses in national government agencies”. Miranda said it would pave the way for nursing leaders to “be empowered” even at the local level through provincial, city and municipal health boards.

Nine days away from the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr., he has yet to name a new health secretary who would lead the country out of the pandemic.

“Health care should be the focus of the new administration,” Dr. Leachon said.

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“We are done with the peace talks” https://apasl2019manila.org/we-are-done-with-the-peace-talks/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 16:15:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/we-are-done-with-the-peace-talks/ We’re not sure we fully understand what new national security adviser Clarita Carlos really meant when she said recently that she was “done with peace talks” with communist rebels. That’s because, in the same breath, she said they should be invited “to be part of the change.” Maybe she was referring to official peace talks […]]]>

We’re not sure we fully understand what new national security adviser Clarita Carlos really meant when she said recently that she was “done with peace talks” with communist rebels.

That’s because, in the same breath, she said they should be invited “to be part of the change.”

Maybe she was referring to official peace talks that took place abroad, brokered by the Norwegian government in its last round, which happened pffft because talks were still going on at the negotiating table then that both sides were rushing to the throat in the battlefield seemingly with unrelenting joy.

But the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) was created precisely in response to the futility of formal peace talks without a bilateral ceasefire in place.

The aim was to seek out armed rebels in remote areas and convince them to surrender their firearms and reintegrate into society in exchange for livelihoods and housing assistance for their families.

The Task Force boasts of having convinced thousands of rebels and NPA sympathizers to return to the fold of the law.

But didn’t the army also boast of having reduced the number of NPA rebels to only a few thousand thanks to relentless offensive operations against them?

The problem with ignoring the national leadership of the CPP-NPA-NDF and dealing only with local cadres and commanders is that the latter only move under central direction or instructions from above.

If local cadres and commanders travel alone, they run a big risk of finding themselves facing the commercial end of an AK-47 assault rifle from the higher organs and their own comrades in arms.

The retired UP professor said the two sides had already come to an agreement on “some things”.

To our knowledge, the only agreement concluded as early as the 1990s was the JASIG, or Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees for rebels participating in the peace process.

But it seems that only the pseudonyms of the rebels and not their real names were reflected in the JASIG documents.

Again, if we are not mistaken, both sides at the 2016 peace talks discussed draft agreements on social and economic reforms.

But no agreement was reached at all on substantive issues, as the NDF draft contained outlandish demands, short of calling for a coalition government.

Carlos is therefore mistaken in saying that the two parties have already reached an agreement on “some things”. If they did, it is not about social and economic reforms, electoral and political reforms, cessation of hostilities and disposition of forces that constitute the substantive phase of a comprehensive peace agreement.

In other words, we are back to square one with regard to formal peace talks, and we have not moved an inch to reach an agreement on the root causes of the armed conflict.

Carlos, however, is absolutely right that red marking is counterproductive and does not create an atmosphere conducive to lasting peace in this country.

The new administration should work towards what could be called an “inclusive peace” that involves the government, the private sector and civil society in the search for lasting solutions to the poverty and social injustice that breed rebellion.

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The return of Satanic Panic? https://apasl2019manila.org/the-return-of-satanic-panic/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:33:02 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/the-return-of-satanic-panic/ Joseph Quinn is Dungeon Master Eddie Munson in “Stranger Things 4”. Dungeons and Dragons has seen a resurgence recently. NETFLIX PICTURES There’s a funny tweet with that thought – ‘Top Gun’ is number one movie, Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill (Deal With God)’ earns top spot on Billboard charts and USA disagrees with Russia. […]]]>

Joseph Quinn is Dungeon Master Eddie Munson in “Stranger Things 4”. Dungeons and Dragons has seen a resurgence recently. NETFLIX PICTURES

There’s a funny tweet with that thought – ‘Top Gun’ is number one movie, Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill (Deal With God)’ earns top spot on Billboard charts and USA disagrees with Russia. Are you sure it’s not 1986?

These aren’t the only things with ’80s (or maybe late medieval?) undertones. With the announcement of the construction of an exorcism centre, otherwise known as ‘St. Michael Center for Spiritual Liberation’ in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati, could we too be entering a new era of satanic panic in the Philippines?

The satanic panic of the 80s is part of the plot of the final season of Netlfix’s “Stranger Things”. In the wake of gruesome deaths, the residents of Hawkins, Indiana inevitably set their sights on rocker and dungeon master Eddie Munson as a pawn used by the devil to carry out his dastardly deeds.

Viewers know he’s innocent, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being part of both a rock band and a Dungeons and Dragons game group called “The Hellfire Club” makes him the prime suspect.

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In the 80s, I remember listening to the religious show “700 Club” at 11:30 p.m. one night (it was one of those late night shows you watched before the stations ended) and it warned us all of “Dungeons and Dragons” being a gateway to manipulation by Satan.

There was actually a 1982 TV movie called “Mazes and Monsters” starring Tom Hanks based on a book about the dangers of fantasy role-playing games. In high school, people were also warned about the rock songs I listened to – that there were supposed satanic messages hidden in songs by Queen, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and more.

St. Michael’s Center, which is expected to be completed late next year, will house the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Extraordinary Phenomena, the Office of the Ministry of Exorcism, the Office of the Ministry of Visions and phenomena and the headquarters of the Philippine Association of Catholic Exorcists.

A Daily Mail article says that according to the church, “the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical stress caused by the pandemic has created a perfect storm for demonic possessions and intervention.”

Apart from Covid, “witchcraft and unhealthy domestic lives” also contribute to the physical harassment of people by evil spirits.

I just hope it doesn’t lead to some version of religious red-marking or real witch-hunting like they did from the 15th to the 18th century and there will be men and women of medical science at board to examine anyone they bring in for an exorcism. What if they just have a real mental breakdown or if they have a psychiatric disorder?

Regarding the stress of the pandemic, I think focusing on social services and asking the government to eliminate all corruption in the provision of health services so that the facilities, programs and funding of a staff also resolve this level of stress and its effects.

All of this made me think of director Penny Lane’s 2019 documentary “Hail Satan” which paints a picture of the modern Satanic Temple (TST) in the United States.

The Satanists she features in the documentary champion religious freedom, challenge corrupt authority, and would rather see the plurality of religions publicly represented than to have one religion so dominant that it strongly influences governance and politics. And yes, it asks why the TST is the subject of scorn and derision when hundreds of thousands of minors have been recorded as victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church over the past seven decades.

The documentary mentions the “seven fundamentals” of the TST and number five being quite relevant, “beliefs should be consistent with one’s best scientific understanding of the world. Care should be taken never to twist scientific facts to fit one’s own needs. beliefs.”

The first, however, is: “One must strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.” That’s why they had cut ties with a prominent figure, Jex Blackmore, who had taken more extreme actions as offensive to the President (at the time, it was Donald Trump). Lucien Greaves of TST reiterated that he espouses non-violence. The final part of the documentary shows them doing a blood drive, collecting socks for the homeless, and cleaning up the beach (albeit using pitchforks).

I think it’s pretty scary when we let our emotions – fear, depression, anger – take hold of us and cause us to jump to conclusions that might hurt someone who has different beliefs but is innocent. Like our friend, Eddie Munson.

Perhaps when it comes to fighting evil, the focus should shift from deviants and dissenters to those who abuse authority and don’t think about inflicting trauma on others.

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World Bank: China’s economy is expected to grow by 4.3% https://apasl2019manila.org/world-bank-chinas-economy-is-expected-to-grow-by-4-3/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 12:51:45 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/world-bank-chinas-economy-is-expected-to-grow-by-4-3/ BEIJING: The World Bank sharply cut its annual growth forecast for China, warning in a report last week that disruptions from Covid-19 could further slow the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy. China is the latest major economy to adhere to a zero Covid policy, using rapid lockdowns, mass testing and strict movement restrictions to […]]]>

BEIJING: The World Bank sharply cut its annual growth forecast for China, warning in a report last week that disruptions from Covid-19 could further slow the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy.

China is the latest major economy to adhere to a zero Covid policy, using rapid lockdowns, mass testing and strict movement restrictions to stamp out outbreaks. But it has tangled supply chains and dragged economic indicators to their lowest levels in about two years.

Growth in China is expected to slow to 4.3% in 2022, the Washington, D.C.-based global financial institution said in a June 8 report, marking a steep drop of 0.8 percentage points from its forecast for december.

This “largely reflects the economic damage caused by Omicron outbreaks and prolonged shutdowns in parts of China from March to May,” he said, referring to the highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus.

During those months, restrictions imposed on dozens of cities, including the manufacturing hubs of Shenzhen and Shanghai, as well as the breadbasket province of Jilin, have hurt business operations and kept consumers at home.

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“In the short term, China faces the dual challenge of balancing Covid-19 mitigation with supporting economic growth,” said Martin Raiser, World Bank Country Director for China, Mongolia and Mongolia. Korea.

“The dilemma … is how to make the political stimulus effective, as long as mobility restrictions persist,” he added.

Activity is expected to rebound in the second half of 2022, helped by fiscal stimulus and looser housing rules, according to the lender.

But domestic demand is expected to recover gradually and only partially offset earlier pandemic-related damage, he said.

The adjustment to the World Bank’s forecast comes amid growing concerns that China may miss its official growth target of around 5.5% this year.

Premier Li Keqiang has warned that today’s challenges are in some ways “greater than when the pandemic hit” in March 2020, and the government has put in place a series of measures to try to revive the economy.

The Chinese government has also launched a major infrastructure drive this year, but the World Bank has warned it is on a precarious path.

“There is a danger that China will remain tied to the old playbook of boosting growth through debt-financed infrastructure and real estate investment,” he said on June 8.

“Such a growth model is ultimately unsustainable and the indebtedness of many businesses and local governments is already too high,” he added.

The latest forecast also assumed that China’s zero Covid policy would be “maintained in the short term to avoid stressing its health system”, meaning recurring disruptions are possible.

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KUWTT: Balance with China continues | June 13, 2022 https://apasl2019manila.org/kuwtt-balance-with-china-continues-june-13-2022/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 19:05:49 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/kuwtt-balance-with-china-continues-june-13-2022/ Have a good day! Here are the top stories from the Manila Times for Monday, June 13, 2022. READ: The balance with China continues The incoming administration of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. appears determined to maintain the current balance in its relations with China – treating it as a partner but not ruling out diplomatic […]]]>

Have a good day!

Here are the top stories from the Manila Times for Monday, June 13, 2022.

READ: The balance with China continues

The incoming administration of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. appears determined to maintain the current balance in its relations with China – treating it as a partner but not ruling out diplomatic protests when warranted.

READ: Rodriguez to play key role as ‘little president’

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Malacañang’s executive secretary is often referred to as the “little president” because of the immense powers that come with the position.

READ: New DICT chief wants 24/7 e-govt service

The Marcos administration plans to establish a 24/7 e-government or e-government service so that Filipinos can do business with the government at any time of the day and any time. day of the week.

READ: Broadcaster lines up 7 witnesses against EastWest bank manager, ex-staff

Broadcaster Anthony Taberna will present seven witnesses in the robbery case he filed against the former chief financial officer of his bakery-restaurant and a bank branch manager.

READ: Duterte: Maintaining healthy speech

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged all Filipinos to maintain “healthy but meaningful discourse” as the nation continues on the long and arduous journey to freedom.

READ: PCG launches BRP Melchora Aquino

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday led the commissioning of the BRP Melchora Aquino, the new ship of the Philippine Coast Guard or PCG, at the South Port of Manila.

READ: Keep POEA funds out, DMW says

The Department of Budget and Management reiterated that the new Department of Migrant Workers or DMW cannot touch the 2022 budget of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA.

In regional news,

READ: Dengue fever kills 17 people in Soccsksargen

Seventeen people have died from dengue fever while 1,664 others have been infected with the mosquito-borne disease since January this year, the regional health office reported on Thursday.

In world news,

READ: China: No independence for Taiwan

China will “fight to the end” to prevent Taiwan’s independence, the country’s defense minister promised on Sunday, already stoking tensions with the United States over the island.

READ: EU must decide on Ukraine’s candidacy

The European Commission will give a clear signal next week on Ukraine’s bid for EU candidate status, its chief Ursula von de Leyen said on Saturday, as fighting raged in the east and south from the country.

In the business,

READ: Government debt service reduced in April

National government debt service was reduced in April 2022, compared to payments made a year earlier, due to lower amortization expenditures, according to data released by the Office of the Treasury.

And in sports,

READ: Celtics will bounce back in Game 5

Jayson Tatum knows he took his game to a new level in his fifth NBA season, forging his way into the top echelon of league playmakers as the Boston Celtics’ leading scorer.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao gives a

READ: Fearless predictions about the BBM presidency

Pr. Aquino intellectualizes

READ: Independence

In the Times editorial, it is noted that

READ: Cebu’s face mask order should prompt IATF review

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This is the report by Dafort Villaseran. Good day ahead!

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