Explosions cause panic in Maguindanao, North Cotabato towns John Unson (philstar.com) - May 14, 2018 - 5:06pm NORTH COTABATO, Philippines — A series of explosions ripped through the boundary of Tulunan, North Cotabato and S.K.Pendatun, Maguindanao on Monday morning, scaring voters in polling sites nearby. Local officials said projectile grenades may have been used in the bombings. The grenades may have been fired from a distance and into the marshes separating Tulunan and S.K.Pendatun towns. Superintendent Aldrin Gonzales, spokesman of Police Regional Office-12, said on Monday afternoon that the explosions were heard at Barangay Dungos in Tulunan. He said no one was reported hurt in the explosions, but the incident caused panic among voters. Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares of the Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said probers are now investigating the explosions that were also heard in S.K. … [Read more...] about Explosions cause panic in Maguindanao, North Cotabato towns
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For understandable reasons, when Isabel Oli (real name: Maria Olivia So) exchanged “I do’s” with John Paulo Prats not just once but twice last Saturday, May 16, she wore flats. You see, she stands an inch taller than John (height measurement confidential, even if it’s obvious). “Even most of us ladies 5’5” and taller also wore flats,” said Sherilyn Reyes-Tan, John’s good friend and former neighbor who served as one of the Honorable Maidens. The twin event was held in Batangas, first the church rites at 10 a.m. at the Nuestra Señora Dela Paz Y Buen Viaje, followed by, as the invitation described it, “a scrumptious lunch” at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort in nearby Balete town; and then the Christian rites at 3:30 p.m. at the Manggahan, followed by an “adult dinner” reception at the Main Garden of the same resort. Only close family members and friends were invited to the church wedding but more than 700 to the … [Read more...] about John, Isabel wedding: The bride wears flats!
Mayor John Tory criticized the city’s level of mental health care on Friday while promising to alleviate some of the pressure on local shelters during upcoming budget talks. “I’m confident that we’re going to make some of the investments that have to be made in the emergency shelter system, but the mental illness situation goes beyond that,” Tory told reporters after speaking to staff at a town hall at Metro Hall. He described the poor availability of supports for mental health, “overall, in this city, in this province and in this country” as being a “scandal, in terms of the degree to which we don’t provide the care … people need who have mental health issues.” Tory, who has been visiting shelters this week after the deaths of two homeless men, said he believes Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government shares that concern. He promised to work on his relationship with the province, especially in the area of mental health … [Read more...] about Mayor John Tory calls city’s lack of mental health supports a ‘scandal’
WASHINGTON—An international airdrop of food and water — supported by U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militants — sought to bring relief to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. Aircraft from Australia, France and Britain joined the U.S. in delivering the aid to thousands of Shiite Turkmen in the farming community about 170 kilometres north of Baghdad, said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby in a statement. The aid came at the request of the Iraqi government. Kirby said the operations would be limited in scope and duration, carried out as needed to address the humanitarian crisis in Amirli and protect the civilians trapped there. In the face of the dramatic Islamic State onslaught across northern Iraq in recent weeks, the Shiite Turkmens have stayed and fortified their town of 15,000 with trenches and armed positions instead of fleeing. While Amirli fought … [Read more...] about U.S. leads humanitarian airdrop for besieged Iraqi town
Now that John Tory has been mayor for nearly a year, it’s time to test his election claim that traffic would improve once he got to drive the bus. A central theme in Tory’s 2014 mayoral campaign was reducing gridlock by cracking down on parking scofflaws, along with other measures to get traffic moving. It’s hard to quantify, but we drive around the city every day, and it seems to us that traffic is no worse than a year ago. But it sure as hell doesn’t appear to be any better. During the campaign, Tory often said reducing gridlock and traffic jams was a top priority for him and that after he was elected, it wouldn’t be long before traffic started moving real smooth-like. And right after the election, he told reporters at Toronto’s Traffic Management Centre that “when it comes to traffic, there’s a new sheriff in town. We can’t go on this way. I won’t put up with it.” … [Read more...] about Has ‘Sheriff’ John Tory cut your traffic woes?: The Fixer