MANILA, Philippines — At least 147 people, most of them from Metro Manila, were arrested for buying and selling votes over the weekend, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday. PNP spokesman Col. Bernard Banac said most of the violators were either caught red-handed while accepting money in exchange for their votes or handing out cash to voters in favor of some candidates. From the separate operations of 105 special police teams created to focus on vote buying and selling, 60 were arrested in Makati City, 17 in Muntinlupa, six in Quezon City and one in Malabon. There were also 23 apprehensions in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region. “This may serve as a warning to all other candidates and supporters (not to bastardize our election process). Our PNP chief and the Comelec have given clear instructions… to run after those involved in vote buying,” said Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, National Capital Region Police … [Read more...] about PNP: 147 nabbed for vote buying
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By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press Fri., May 10, 2019 BOSTON—The door to the visiting team’s penalty box had scarcely slammed shut before the official was opening it again for another Carolina Hurricanes player to serve his punishment. Penalty. Goal. Penalty. Goal. Twenty-eight seconds apart, Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored on power plays during a four-goal outburst as Boston rallied from a third-period deficit to beat Carolina 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. “We took advantage of our power plays early, and that’s huge,” said Bruins forward Charlie Wagner, who skated in alone on Petr Mrazek with 2:02 left to clinch it. “We tied it up pretty quick there, and I think we kept our foot on the gas for the most part.” Article Continued Below Boston trailed 2-1 before capitalizing on back-to-back power plays about three minutes into the third period. With about three minutes left in … [Read more...] about Bruins’ score four goals in 3rd, beat Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1
China's Marshall Plan Editorial It was a curious scene in Beijing last week. It could not have been more jarring to see - more than 70 years after the establishment of the neoliberal economic order - the United States retreating, threatening trade war with China, Europe and other major economic powers, and demanding concessions from everyone it accused of cheating. China, on the other hand, has proclaimed its intention to promote free trade, pledged structural reform to open up its economy and committed billions of dollars to build infrastructure that will connect the world through a new version of the millennia-old Silk Road. Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a gathering attended by more than 1,500 delegates, including 40 heads of state, not only pledging that he would spend US$440 billion (S$600 billion) on building infrastructure, but also promising that the money would be spent with accountability. Mr Xi's pledge matters because, given its status as a rising superpower, China … [Read more...] about The road ahead for China’s BRI partners
CHA DAS CALDEIRAS, Cape Verde: Four years after the volcano erupted - razing everything in its path in Cape Verde's Cha das Caldeiras valley - the floor tiles of the small, rebuilt inn are warm to the touch."We constructed too quickly on lava that had not yet cooled down," says hotel owner Marisa Lopes, in her early 30s."For the first months, the floors in the rooms were so hot that you couldn't walk on them with bare feet."Lopes is one of dozens of entrepreneurs locked in a perpetual tug of war with the Pico do Fogo volcano towering over Cha das Caldeiras, whose population numbers 500.The name means Peak of Fire in Portuguese.The volcano generates the bulk of the crater community's gross domestic product, attracting some 5,000 tourists every year who need hotel beds, food and tour guides - about 30 make a living as guides in this remote part of West Africa.But on the downside, the festering giant erupts once a generation - six times in the last 200 years - destroying everything in its … [Read more...] about The village that keeps rising from the volcanic ashes
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?