‘Speakership race now a free-for-all’ Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) - June 2, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The speakership race will be a bruising fight among several supporters of President Duterte, a senior party-list lawmaker said yesterday. “The race is now a wide open free-for-all with the President’s commitment that he would not meddle in the election of speaker,” Rep. Mikee Romero of party-list 1-Pacman said. He added that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has repeatedly stated that she would not endorse any aspirant. “In this free-for-all contest, we could be the swing vote,” Romero said, referring to the 54-member Party-List Coalition, of which he is president. The coalition is the second biggest group in the House after the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party, which claims to have won at least 80 seats. Romero urged the … [Read more...] about ‘Speakership race now a free-for-all’
Whos lonely now
He was once the hottest actor in Hollywood. The Matrix had made him an icon. But then his career fizzled, not that he ever stopped working. He appeared in two Matrix sequels and many forgettable potboilers. But then John Wick happened, and in Parabellum, his third outing, currently getting rave reviews, the 54-year-old is back on top. At his press conference in New York he is surprisingly cooperative, which wasn’t always the case. In previous interviews, he wouldn’t talk about his father, who was serving time in jail for cocaine possession, or about the loss of his child (with the late actress Jennifer Syme) that was stillborn. “I don’t feel I have any obligation to share my private life with people who enjoy my work”, was his rationale. Although born in Lebanon, Reeves holds a Canadian passport. even though his mother is British and his father is of Chinese-Hawaiian parentage. The name Keanu means “cool … [Read more...] about Keanu Reeves says he is a lonely guy
MANILA, Philippines — Several names are being floated for the possible replacement of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she ends her term next month. Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, president of President Rodrigo Duterte's political party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), earlier said the party would regain the leadership of the House of Representatives. Frontrunners for the speakership post are from the dominant PDP-Laban — Pantaleon Alvarez (Davao del Norte), Aurelio Gonzales (Pampanga) and Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Marinduque). Administration allied lawmakers are also being eyed for possible speakership — Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig City), Martin Romualdez (Leyte) and presidential son Paolo Duterte (Davao City). Fredenil Castro (Capiz) of the National Unity Party and outgoing Sen. Loren Legarda have also expressed interest for the post. Pantaleon Alvarez Former Speaker Alvarez, who was booted out of the House Speakership in a coup last … [Read more...] about Race is on: Who will be the next House speaker?
I’ve always associated the province of Antique with the poll violence that took place there in the 1986 Snap Elections — not with its culture as rich as Muscovado sugar, heritage as precious as the gems of Sibalom, seas the color of sapphire and rivers as transparent as crystal. The Antique I saw last week when I visited Sen. Loren Legarda during the fiesta of its capital San Jose was a diamond not so much in the rough anymore. Some of its facets were already beginning to shine, like the bright sun over its beaches (the entire province is embraced by the sea on one side and has one of the most scenic coasts I have seen). What’s Loren doing in Antique? She has roots in Antique and during her visits to the province, found much potential in it, like a talented ingenue waiting for the right break. “Sabi nga nila, I have accomplished so much already for the province. I’ve done it already for so many years even when I was not even aspiring, intending to … [Read more...] about The new Antique
By Jack Ewing The New York Times Milan Schreuer Mon., May 6, 2019 On a breezy day in September, an ominous text message appeared on Fredrik Ekstrom’s phone: Go immediately to the war room. Ekstrom is chairman of Nasdaq Clearing, an outpost of the U.S. stock exchange company in Stockholm, which processes futures trading and acts, in part, as a shield against contagious losses in the global financial system. He headed toward an ordinary conference room outfitted with extra phones, video hookups, data terminals and policy manuals, designed to be a command center in case of a financial crisis. Until then, the war room had been used only for drills. Other senior executives were waiting when he arrived. They described an unfolding disaster. A trader named Einar Aas was having a spectacularly bad day. Ekstrom knew the name. Aas worked from his seaside home in a remote Norwegian fishing village, trading futures contracts tied to the price of Scandinavian … [Read more...] about How a lone Norwegian trader shook the world’s financial system