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BALITANG MARINO DAILY NEWS for October 12, 2021

HEADLINES

Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party shuns ‘patriot only’ election

U.S. says talks with Taliban in Doha ‘candid and professional’

Sales of Tankers for Scrap Hit 39-Month High in September

Like Airbnb and Uber, everyone can be a self-shipper in shipping

ESL Shipping, Viking Line, partners to develop ship emissions reporting models

‘Maring’ now over West PH Sea but Signal Nos. 1 and 2 still up in several Luzon areas

PH among top ASEAN countries with most active COVID-19 cases – WHO data

Shorter quarantine period for travelers from low-risk of COVID-19 countries –Palace

Philippines starts vaccine rollout for general adult population

Another hefty oil price hike set this week

‘My fault’: Duterte takes blame for the days when vaccines were hard to come by

Olongapo beauty wins Miss Aura Int’l 2021 crown

Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for breakup of the Beatles

Angeline Quinto makes history as first artist to stage concert at restored MET Theater

Formula one heads into unknown with title race finely balanced

Sofia Frank closes Finlandia campaign with two more national records

PBA board softens up on rule limiting Fil-foreigners to five per team

FULL NEWSPAPER

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party shuns ‘patriot only’ election

HONG KONG, China, October 12 —— Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party will not contest upcoming “patriot only” legislature elections after none of its members met the party’s own application deadline on Monday. The decision means the December polls have been effectively boycotted by the city’s pro-democracy opposition with even the movement’s most moderate wing deciding it is not worth taking part.

The Democratic Party’s membership had been split on whether to continue with Hong Kong’s political process as authorities crack down on dissent in response to huge and often violent protests two years ago. On Monday evening the party said no-one had applied from its membership by the deadline. One member, veteran Tiananmen Square activist Han Dongfang, previously said he wished to run but did not manage to secure enough nominations within the party.

The result is a blow for Hong Kong’s government who have pushed the narrative that the once outspoken city remains politically pluralistic even as scores of opposition figures are jailed and disqualified from standing for office. Most of Hong Kong’s major pro-democracy parties have either disbanded or seen their leadership decimated by arrests and prosecutions. Under an overhaul imposed by Beijing earlier this year, only those deemed “staunch patriots” are allowed to take part in politics and anyone standing for public office must be vetted for national security risks.

The overhaul has also further reduced the number of directly elected seats in the city’s legislature from half to less than a quarter. The rest will be appointed by reliably pro-Beijing committees and special interest groups that have been vetted for their political loyalty. Beijing is sensitive to any move that might cast doubt on its new “patriots only” political model. The government has warned that anyone urging others to boycott the new polls could be prosecuted.

Last month a prominent Beijing adviser said the Democratic Party could open itself up to prosecution under Hong Kong’s new national security law if it declined to field candidates. Beijing imposed the security law on Hong Kong last June to quash dissent after the city was upended by massive, often violent pro-democracy protests in 2019. It says the law and new political vetting system has restored stability and wiped out “anti-China elements”. Critics, including many Western powers, say the crackdown has eviscerated Beijing’s promise that Hong Kong could maintain certain freedoms and turned the finance hub into a mirror of the authoritarian mainland.

Source: mb.com.ph

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U.S. says talks with Taliban in Doha ‘candid and professional’

WASHINGTON, October 12 —— Discussions between the U.S. and Afghan Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar were “candid and professional,” the U.S. State Department said on Sunday. A U.S. interagency delegation met with senior Taliban representatives in Doha over the weekend, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout. The U.S. delegation in the talks focused on security and terrorism concerns, safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals, and Afghan partners, as well as human rights and humanitarian assistance issues, according to the readout.

Price noted that “the U.S. delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words.” Amir Khan Muttaqi, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, said on Saturday that the two sides discussed opening a new chapter of bilateral relations, and the Taliban officials called on the U.S. side to lift the ban on the frozen assets in the Afghan Central Bank. The Taliban delegation also urged the U.S. side to respect the sovereignty of Afghanistan’s airspace and not to interfere in its affairs, he said, stressing the focus was on humanitarian aid and the implementation of all provisions of the Doha Agreement concluded between the two sides in February 2020.

The State Department said on Friday that the meeting in Doha “is a continuation of the pragmatic engagements” between two sides but not “granting recognition or conferring legitimacy” to the Taliban, which took over Afghanistan in mid-August and announced an interim government in early September. The meeting marked the first in-person gathering between the United States and the Taliban since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August and the first foreign visit by the Taliban government officials.

Source: mb.com.ph

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MARITIME NEWS

Sales of Tankers for Scrap Hit 39-Month High in September

October 12 —— Sales of tankers for demolition reached a 39-month high during September. Yet, with the sector notorious for holding on to tonnage and oil prices on the rise, the long-expected rebalancing of supply and demand among the tanker operators appears still to be delayed.

Industry trade group BIMCO reports that a total of 1.9 million dwt of capacity was removed in September from the tanker sector. This compares with sales of just a total of 2.2 million dwt of capacity scrapped in the prior eight months of 2021. “The increasing number of VLCCs being demolished is the main driver behind this 39-months high,” says Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst. “Still, in addition to the four 25-year-old VLCCs, we had one Suezmax, four Aframaxes removed from the actively trading fleet in September adding to the much-needed rebalancing of the supply and demand balance of the market.”

For the month of September, BIMCO reports that a total of 15 crude oil tankers were sold for scrap. This included the demolition of three oil product tankers, two small Handymax bulkers. Yet while the scrap mark has been strong due to increasing steel prices, BIMCO also notes that no containerships were sold to the breakers. For 2021 as a whole, just 15 containerships have been demolished, with an average age of 28 years. According to BIMCO, it is a testament to a spectacularly profitable container freight market in sharp contrast to the rates crude oil tankers have been receiving in the spot market. “Spot market freight rates for all sizes of crude oil tanker are still loss-making as we head into the early winter market, which often brings about positive surprises to the spot market freight rates, while denting the demolition interest at the same time,” Sand says.

In addition to a slight rise in spot rates for crude tankers in recent days, BIMCO also notes that September did not have any sudden change in events that could prompt October to see high crude oil tanker demolitions. Sand concludes that the removal of three high steel content supertankers bringing in $27.4 million per ship to its owners, may have been a one-off event in the market. With the expectation that there might be a slightly positive movement in the sector, the prediction is that tanker owners are likely to continue to hold on to tonnage. Beyond the occasional, opportunistic sales the expectation is that demolitions of tankers will remain at low levels despite depressed spot rates.

Source: maritime-executive.com

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Like Airbnb and Uber, everyone can be a self-shipper in shipping

October 12 —— Israeli shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has established a new subsidiary, Ship4wd, a digital freight platform offering online solution services similar to Airbnb and Uber. The new service will cover all aspects of the complex international shipping process, enabling customers without previous experience in cross-border shipping to manage their import and export business.

The Ship4wd platform will also allow users to choose either the most economic or the fastest shipping option, with both sea and air shipping services up to the final destination, including land & rail transport, and associated logistic services. “Similar to the way other groundbreaking platforms such as Airbnb in tourism and Uber in transportation have transformed their industries, we are aiming to enable everyone to be a self-shipper, by simplifying and streamlining the transfer of goods worldwide down to its essence – a ‘few clicks’ shipping solution,” Assaf Tiran, ZIM VP Global Customer Service also heading Digital Innovation, added.

The division will target US and Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) importing from China, Vietnam and Israel. The service will become operational on 18 October. “The global need for digital services via personal mobile phones and tablets is increasing, especially among small and medium businesses, and Ship4wd is the … solution,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.

“We believe it’s time for international shipping to become simple, easy and trustworthy for SMBs. Our promise of unremitting reliability and support from industry professionals will offer a much-needed solution for small businesses and entrepreneurs relying on relatively small shipments for their ongoing business,” Carmit Hoshen-Glik, Ship4wd CEO.

Source: offshore-energy.biz

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ESL Shipping, Viking Line, partners to develop ship emissions reporting models

October 12 —— Finnish shipping company ESL Shipping, compatriot ferry operator Viking Line and development services provider Attracs have recently joined forces with Åbo Akademi University and PBI Research Institute in an effort to solve the most pressing obstacles for reducing emissions and improving transparency in the shipping industry. As explained, the aim of the project, called Driving Emissions Out of Shipping (DEOS), is to develop emissions reporting models.

The models would enable cargo owners to understand the emissions of their supply chain and select verified low emission transportation that gives them and actors in their supply chain a competitive advantage.  Magnus Gustafsson, Head of Research at the Laboratory of Industrial Management at Åbo Akademi University, underlines the pressing need for this project: “Recent research has shown that consumers today are ready for, if not even demanding, sustainable products. By opting for low emission transportation and bringing emissions from shipping into the consumers’ awareness, cargo owners can support their customers in making better choices in their everyday life.”

DEOS has received financing from Business Finland, the Finnish government organization for innovation funding. The project is scheduled to last until spring 2022 and is currently sailing forward with full speed. Pilot cases of emission reporting in the entire logistics chain are progressing and the dialogue with policymakers and cargo owners is active, according to ESL Shipping. With 90% of Finnish exports and 80% of imports carried onboard ships, emissions from sea transport play an important role when cargo owners strive to reduce emissions of their supply chains. The alarming report from IPCC published in mid-August underlines the need for proactive actions in all sectors.

Additionally, emissions reporting in shipping has received increased attention after the EU Commission released its proposal for the new requirements on energy used on board ships. This is one of several proposals that aim to make the EU ‘fit for 55’ and help deliver on the European Climate Law target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by at least 55% by 2030, and enable climate neutrality by 2050.

Source: offshore-energy.biz

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PHILIPPINE NEWS

‘Maring’ now over West PH Sea but Signal Nos. 1 and 2 still up in several Luzon areas

October 12 —— Severe tropical storm “Maring” (international name “Kompasu”) has slightly intensified while moving over the West Philippine Sea on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 a.m. bulletin. The center of severe tropical storm Maring was located 170 kilometers (km) west of Calayan, Cagayan at around 4 a.m.

It now has maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph while continuously moving westward at 20 kph. PAGASA said the effects of Maring may still be felt in several areas in Luzon on Tuesday. Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, northern portion of Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.

The rest of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, northern portion of Bataan, and northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands remains under Signal No. 1.

Heavy rainfall, gusty conditions persist

“Today (Oct. 12), heavy to torrential rains are highly likely over Batanes, the northern portion of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region,” PAGASA said. Likewise, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cagayan, while light to moderate with at times heavy rains may affect Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and the rest of Cagayan Valley.

Severe tropical storm Maring could also enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” and bring rains over Western Visayas, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro in the next 24 hours. PAGASA advised affected residents to remain vigilant against possible isolated scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides especially those in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards. Moreover, gale-to-storm-force strength winds may prevail in areas where Signal No. 2 is currently in effect, while strong winds with higher gusts may persist in areas under Signal No. 1.

PAGASA said that due to the expansive wind field of the tropical storm and the enhanced southwest monsoon, gusty conditions may also prevail over Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin, Zamboanga del Norte, and the rest of Luzon even in the next 24 hours Furthermore, rough to high seas, up to 2.8 to 7.5 meters high, will be experienced over the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 1. “These conditions are risky for all types of sea vessels. Mariners are advised to remain in port or take shelter in port until winds and waves subside,” PAGASA said.

A gale warning is also in effect along the western seaboard of Central Luzon, seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas, and western, eastern, and northern seaboards of Mindanao. PAGASA warned that sea travel in these areas remains risky for small seacrafts, while it advised mariners without the proper experience to immediately seek safe harbor. Should it maintain its current speed and track, Maring will likely leave the Philippine area of responsibility between Tuesday morning and afternoon.

Source: mb.com.ph

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PH among top ASEAN countries with most active COVID-19 cases – WHO data

October 12 —— The Philippines is among the top Southeast Asian countries with most number of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and taking the 20th spot worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a recorded televised public briefing which was aired just minutes before midnight, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reported this latest development citing the WHO world rankings of countries based on data as of October 10.

Active cases

The Philippines ranked third among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with regards to the number of active COVID-19 cases, with 90,927 active cases. Malaysia, which had 116,596 active cases, was ranked first, closely followed by Thailand with 110,880 active cases. Compared to nations worldwide, the country took the 20th spot, while the United States of America topping the list having 9,805,835 active cases followed by the United Kingdom with 1,365,107 cases.

Case fatality rate

Based on the rankings, the Philippines ranked fifth among ASEAN countries when it comes to COVID-19 case fatality rate at 1.48 percent. Myanmar took the top spot with 3.80 percent, followed by Indonesia with 3.37 percent, then Vietnam with 2.45 percent, and Cambodia with 2.14 percent. Globally, the country was at 113th spot with regards to the case fatality rate for COVID-19. “Sa pagkakataong ito, ating binigyang pansin ang rankings buhat sa WHO sapagkat sinasalamin nito ang kumpleto o longitudinal o cumulative data ng higit na maraming mga bansa.

Source: mb.com.ph

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Shorter quarantine period for travelers from low-risk of COVID-19 countries –Palace

October 12 —— The Palace said Monday that the shortened facility quarantine period for inbound travelers from countries under the green and yellow list, or countries with low risk of COVID-19 infection, will cover those who started quarantine on October 8. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was referring to the new protocol in which travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 coming from green and yellow countries will only be required to be in a facility quarantined for five days and be subjected to an RT-PCR test on the fifth day. They would then finish the rest of the 10-day quarantine at home if the RT-PCR yielded a negative result.

Unvaccinated travelers from green and yellow countries would also have a shorter quarantine period of seven days with an RT-PCR test on the seventh day. And if the RT-PCR yields a negative result, the traveler would be allowed to finish the remaining seven days of his or her quarantine at home. Countries under the yellow list cover countries with 50 to 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population, while a country in the green list has 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.

“What will happen to those who already started quarantine before October 8? Good news because the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) issued a Resolution making this shortened quarantine period retroactive,” Roque said. “So if you are already on the sixth day of quarantine as of the moment, you should already have yourself subjected to an RT-PCR test because if that test yields a negative result, you can finish the rest of the quarantine at home,” Roque added.

Likewise, Roque said the IATF also ordered the smooth implementation of national digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates to ensure that the Philippines’ system would be able to confirm the vaccination status of non-overseas Filipino workers and foreigners who were fully vaccinated abroad.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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Philippines starts vaccine rollout for general adult population

MANILA, Philippines, October 12 —— The Philippine government will now start vaccinating the general adult population, the Department of Health announced on Monday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual briefing that the Philippines now has enough supply of vaccines for this rollout. Speaking in Filipino, she said: “We are announcing the start of COVID-19 vaccination on general adult population. According to our vaccine cluster, headed by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., we now have enough vaccine supply against COVID-19.” But Vergeire urged local government units to prioritize senior citizens and those with comorbidities in vaccinating their constituents, as they are more vulnerable to severe symptoms of COVID-19 and hospitalization.

“We continue to call on our A2 and A3 [priority group] to continue getting their vaccines,” she added. In a separate memorandum circular, the DOH said that the government is projecting the delivery of 100 million doses of vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021. The health department said that the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved last September 30 the vaccination rollout to general adult population. But the DOH stressed: “Given that the eligible population under Priority Group A bears significant higher risk over the rest of adult population, they shall be prioritized in the provision of COVID-19 vaccination services.

“The categories under Priority Group A shall be retained, and its coverages shall be monitored on a regular basis,” it added. The vaccination priority list covers health workers and their families, Overseas Filipino Workers, senior citizens, individuals with comorbidities, pregnant women, 12-17 year olds with comorbidities, workers in essential sectors and the indigent population. The pilot vaccination of minors will cover the 12 to 17 age bracket and is set to start on October 15. Minors with comorbidities or health risks will be under the A3 priority group, while the rest will be classified as priority group C.

The first phase of the pilot vaccination will be done in selected hospitals. Eight hospitals in Metro Manila have registered for the rollout but hospitals from Iloilo and Cebu have also expressed interest to join the pilot. As of October 10, the government so far administered 46,673,491 doses. There are 23,186,969 Filipinos who have so far completed their vaccines against COVID-19 while more than 26 million are waiting for their second jabs. Health authorities on Monday reported 8,292 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 2,674,814.

Source: philstar.com

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Another hefty oil price hike set this week

MANILA, Philippines, October 12 —— For the seventh straight week, oil firms are raising gasoline prices, this time by P1.30 per liter, diesel prices by P1.50 per liter and kerosene prices by P1.45 per liter. Most oil players are implementing the price adjustments at 6 a.m., with Chevron Philippines Inc. adjusting its prices effective at 12:01 a.m. and Cleanfuel raising diesel and gasoline prices starting 4:01 p.m. At the start of the past trading week, global oil prices rose to a three-year high after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided it would maintiain its production level, Reuters reported.

By midweek, oil retreated from multi-year highs due to higher US inventories and the plan to sell oil from its strategic reserves. But at the close, global oil price recovered and surged as the global energy crunch boosted prices to their highest since 2014 and prompted China to demand increased coal production, Reuters reported. Before these price changes take effect, year-to-date adjustments stand at a net increase of P16.55 per liter for gasoline, P15.00 per liter for diesel and P12.74 per liter for kerosene.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the Department of Energy (DOE) is studying measures – including the suspension of excise tax – to protect consumers from massive fuel price hikes. “Suspension of excise tax, it needs a law,” Cusi said in a text message to The STAR. He was referring to a mechanism under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law that would automatically suspend excise tax on refined oil products if the world price of crude would average $80 per barrel for three consecutive months. “This needs to be repealed through a passage of a law. We are studying this,” Cusi said.

Starting January 2018, the TRAIN Law imposed higher excise tax on gasoline from P4.35 per liter to P7 per liter and new tax rates of P2.50 per liter on diesel, P3 per liter on kerosene and P1 per kilogram on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). In January 2019, a higher excise tax was imposed on gasoline to P9 per liter, on diesel to P4.50 per liter, on kerosene to P4 per liter and on LPG to P2 per kilogram. In a separate text message to The STAR, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said his department will check the revenue impact on the DOE’s proposal.

“Under the TRAIN what was allowed to be suspended, upon recommendation of the DOF (Department of Finance), was the annual increases of rates (which ended in 2020) and only if the Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS) for Dubai Crude in the last three months far exceeded $80 per barrel. We will check the revenue impact, assuming it can be done,” he said. Serving as the benchmark for local fuel products, the MOPS is the daily average of all trading transactions of diesel and gasoline as assessed and summarized by Standard and Poor’s Platts, a Singapore-based market wire service.

The DOE, together with its partners and stakeholders, provided mitigating measures to help consumers cope with the effects of the TRAIN Law during its first implementation, such as fuel discounts through corporate social responsibility and promotional programs, Pantawid Pasada, energy efficiency tips and rigorous monitoring of gas stations to ensure good quality and right quantity of petroleum products.

In October 2018, senators urged the President to suspend the increases in excise taxes on petroleum products for 2019 and 2020 as mandated by the TRAIN Law. At the time, international oil prices breached the $80 per barrel level, to which the TRAIN Law stated that the 2019 increase in excise tax in fuel can be suspended if the three-month average price of Dubai crude reaches at least $80 per barrel.

Source: philstar.com

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‘My fault’: Duterte takes blame for the days when vaccines were hard to come by

October 12 —— President Duterte has owned up to the “sin” of having to compete with richer countries as far as the Philippines’ supply of the life-saving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines are concerned. In his pre-recorded “Talk to the People” public briefing late Monday night, Oct. 11, Duterte couldn’t help but look back earlier this year when the Philippines was unsure of how it would get access to COVID-19 jabs due to the great global demand. “Hirap na hirap tayo noon kasi wala naman tayong manufacturing company ng bakuna dito sa Pilipinas at nakipag-agawan tayo ng bakuna sa ibang bayan,” he said.

“Yan ho ang nakabigay ng problema sa akin at kung mayroon man nagkasala dyan, aminin ko na lang. Kasi wala rin ako magawa, gusto ko bumili, wala naman ako mabilihan (That’s what gave me problems and if somebody is at fault there, I admit to it. Because I couldn’t do anything, I want to buy vaccines but there’s nobody to buy from),” noted the President, who held his briefing in Davao City. “At kung makipag-contest ako doon sa mga mayayaman sa bilihan ng bakuna, eh talagang huli ako. So yan dapat ang inyong maintinidhan,” Duterte further said.

According to the Chief Executive, he deserves blame for the vaccine supply difficulties because he’s the one in office. “Ngayon, kung kasalanan man yan, eh walang iba dyan kung di ako na. Aaminin ko na yan. Ako yung nasa…nakaupo ngayon sa opisina ko. So dapat somebody has to, well…maski na ginusto ko man eh wala akong mabili,” Duterte said. Duterte, in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month, castigated the wealthy nations of the world for allegedly hoarding the jabs to the detriment of poor countries.

The Philippines began its mass inoculation program against the deadly COVID-19 on March 1, 2021. For the first few weeks of the program, vaccines deliveries–which came from donations and government procurements–were few and far in between. But the rate of the arrival of the jabs slowly improved over time, and now the Philippines has a total of 87,690,960 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in its inventory. Of these, 49,673,491 doses have been administered nationwide. As of Sunday, 23,186,969 people in the country are considered fully vaccinated from the disease.

COVID-19 has claimed 39,660 lives in the Philippines as of Monday. The country has an estimated population of 110 million people. If anything, Duterte reiterated that Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has assured him that the Philippines has enough money “to pay for the vaccines for all Filipinos”.

Source: mb.com.ph

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Olongapo beauty wins Miss Aura Int’l 2021 crown

MANILA, Philippines, October 12 —— Alexandra Faith Garcia will go down pageant history as the first Filipina to win the Miss Aura International title. The tourism graduate from Olongapo City bested 30 other contestants to emerge as the grand winner in coronation rites held at the paradisiacal Rixos Sungate Resort in Antalya, Turkey. She was crowned by last year’s winner Andreia Correia of Portugal.

Alexandra Faith’s court is comprised of Alexandra Strue (Romania, 1st runner-up), Katerina Pidkopai (Ukraine, 2nd runner-up), Maria del Mar Meza (Colombia, 3rd runner-up), and Cassandra de Sousa (France, 4th runner-up). Cited for her exemplary behavior during the national pageant, Alexandra Faith brought her winning virtues to the international stage and bagged the top spot. She aced the national costume, in a beaded terno with fan headdress and a train with a calesa sculpture perched on it, as well as the swimsuit and evening gown preliminaries. The pageant ran from September 20 through October 5.

This year’s pageant is the 16th edition of the annual selection held yearly since 2006 in Turkey. The Miss Aura International was formerly known as the Miss Kremer International pageant.

Source: philstar.com

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Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for breakup of the Beatles

LONDON, October 12 —— Paul McCartney has said he wanted to continue performing with the Beatles when the band famously split in 1970 and that John Lennon instigated the breakup. Speculation about what caused the demise of the world’s most famous pop group has ranged from artistic differences and legal disputes, to Lennon’s marriage to artist Yoko Ono.

In a forthcoming episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life,” McCartney, 79, discusses what he called the most difficult period of his life. “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny,” he said. “This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.” When the singer-songwriter was asked about his decision to strike out on his own, McCartney told the interviewer to “stop right there” before setting out his explanation of what happened.

“Oh no, no, no, John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving the Beatles,” McCartney said. “And he said, ‘It’s quite thrilling, it’s rather like a divorce.’ And then we were left to pick up the pieces.” McCartney said the band would have continued if Lennon had not walked away. “I thought we were doing some pretty good stuff – “Abbey Road,” “Let It Be,” not bad,” he said. McCartney claims after Lennon announced he wanted to leave, the remaining members of the group were advised by their new manager, Allen Klein, to keep their impending disbandment a secret while he tied up some loose ends.

“So for a few months we had to pretend,” McCartney said. “It was weird because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles but we couldn’t just walk away.” McCartney’s full interview with the BBC will be broadcast on Oct. 23.

Source: inquirer.net

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Angeline Quinto makes history as first artist to stage concert at restored MET Theater

October 12 —— From being named the next female pop superstar in “Star Power” to becoming the country’s Power Diva, Angeline Quinto has truly come a long way in establishing herself as one of the most important and most bankable musical artists of her generation. To celebrate her decade in the industry, Angeline is set to hold a 10-part concert series titled “10Q” at the new and improved MET Theater (formerly the Metropolitan Theater) from Oct. 29, 2021 to Feb. 19, 2022. “There is no stopping me from giving a grand concert experience for my fans and to everyone who supported me since day one. The pandemic may not allow us to do live events but thanks to our streaming partners, we can still make this happen,” Angeline said.

Angeline will be the first music artist in history to hold a concert at the newly renovated and still iconic MET Theater. “I am very happy to have been given this honor and privilege to perform at the MET Theater. Back in the days, my mama Bob and I would pass by the then Metropolitan Theater and I remember telling her that one day I’ll be performing there before a huge crowd,” Angeline recounted.

Fans are in for a treat because Angeline will have not just one but 10 concert dates with more than 10 celebrity guest stars to join her on stage. Asked about megastar Sharon Cuneta, Angeline said: “We’re still not sure if Sharon Cuneta will appear in one of the 10 shows because of her prior commitments here and abroad. Sana.” Angeline was a known “contesera” before she rose to fame in 2011 after winning “Star Power: Sharon’s Search for the Next Female Pop Superstar.” Prior to winning, Angeline was a finalist in “Star for a Night” where she competed with Mark Bautista and Sarah Geronimo.

Since then, Angeline conquered the music scene and in 2012, she debuted her career in acting as she top-billed the romantic drama movie “Born to Love You” opposite Coco Martin. A year after, she also starred in her first primetime teleserye “Kahit Konting Pagtingin” where she’s entangled in a love triangle with Sam Milby and Paulo Avelino.

On her secrets to success, Angeline said: “Kung hindi man nila makamit ang gusto nila, sana huwag silang sumuko or panghinaan ng loob. Hindi naman sa unang sali mo andiyan na agad eh. Suwerte mo kung manalo ka sa unang pagkakataon. Mas masarap sa pakiramdam yung pinaghihirapan mo ang isang bagay bago mo ito makuha. Yan ang natutunan ko sa buhay. Mas na e-enjoy mo yung mga pangarap mo kapag pinaghihirapan mo. I’m sure sa pagkatalo nila, mas marami silang natututunan na technique sa sairli nila at sa pagkanta nila.”

She was later on dubbed the Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs after performing the theme songs of some of the biggest teleserye on ABS-CBN such as “Kunin Mo Na Ang Lahat Sa Akin” from “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin,” “Pangarap na Bituin” from “Princess and I,” “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon,” from a teleserye with the same title, “Ikaw Lamang” from “Ina, Kapatid, Anak,” and “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin” from “The Legal Wives.”

Angeline was also recognized by different award-giving bodies, both for her music and her acting. This includes the PMPC Star Awards, Awit Awards, Catholic Mass Media Awards, Golden Screen Awards, Box Office Entertainment Awards, and the Asia Pacific Luminare Awards.

Source: mb.com.ph

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SPORTS NEWS

Formula one heads into unknown with title race finely balanced

October 12 —— The Turkish Grand Prix may have been a dull, processional race but it was also a taut game of worn-tire poker and after it ended, the players continued to try to bluff each other. With six of the 21 rounds to race, Max Verstappen of Red Bull has retaken the lead in the drivers’ championship by six points over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. The battle has not been so close since 2016 when Hamilton edged Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by five points. After the spray had settled, the two teams started spinning. The mental games were also internal after Hamilton ended the race blaming Mercedes tacticians for his lowly fifth place.

Much of race was driven under a cloud of uncertainty with rain constantly threatening but never falling heavily. Only the two drivers who started with grid penalties, Hamilton and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari, drove with consistent aggression. Verstappen was content to plod round in second and grab the points he needed. The Dutchman said his greatest challenge was “staying awake”.

Mercedes won with Valtteri Bottas and picked 36 points to 33 by Red Bull. But the Austrian team had two podium finishers, with Sergio Perez third, and Verstappen took the lead in the drivers’ championship. “I think we managed to maximize the result,” said Verstappen before suggesting he was the underdog. “I wish I had a bit more pace in the car,” the Dutchman said. “But we are in the fight and we keep fighting, and we’ll see in the coming races how competitive we are going to be.”

Hamilton was furious after a late tire change which he thought cost him two places. “We shouldn’t have come in,” he said over team radio. “I told you!” Later he became a good team player. “We win as a team and we lose as a team. Overall, the car was great this weekend,” the Briton said. “If we can continue to perform like that over the next few races, we’ll be in a good position come the end of the season.”

It is difficult to judge form for the final six races. The next three – in the United States, Mexico and Brazil – were not held last year. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are new and the last one, Abu Dhabi, has been redesigned to create more spectacle on a circuit with a reputation as boring. “I’ve stopped trying to anticipate whether it’s historically a strong race for us or not,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner liked his team’s chances. “We’re going to Austin, where we should be in the mix, then Mexico and Brazil, where we’ve always been strong,” he said.   “We don’t know anything about Qatar, we don’t know anything about Jeddah. Same with Abu Dhabi,” he added. “So you can say it’s 50-50.”

Mercedes has dominated in Austin since 2014, taking pole every time and winning every year except 2018. “Austin’s one of Lewis’s strongest circuits and we know that he’s very, very quick around there,” said Horner.

At altitude in Mexico City engines lose performance, which, has usually favored Red Bull’s better aerodynamics. Verstappen won in 2017 and 2018 and only lost to Hamilton in 2019 because of a penalty.

The Dutchman won the last race in Brazil in 2019 but Hamilton has won there twice. Verstappen also won in Abu Dhabi last year, but Hamilton won the previous two. Mercedes has won seven straight drivers’ and constructors’ titles, but Red Bull, and their engine supplier Honda, seem to have closed the gap.

Between 2014 and 2020, Red Bull had six pole positions. This season, Verstappen has eight, while the two Mercedes men have five between them. “We’re fighting at it and we’re not giving up anything and to be, at this stage of the championship, leading the drivers’, still in touch in the constructors’, that’s phenomenal,” Horner said.

Source: sports.inquirer.net

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Sofia Frank closes Finlandia campaign with two more national records

October 12 —— Sofia Frank ended her 2021 CS Finlandia Trophy campaign the way she started it after setting two new national records en route to an 18th place finish at the Espoo Metro Areena in Espoo, Finland, Monday (Manila time).

The 16-year-old, who just completed her second international tournament with this campaign, officially claimed the three highest scores ever registered by a Filipino female skater when she took 94.79 points in the free skate and a total of 148.09. The previous best scores in the segment and the total in an ISU competition were held by two-time Southeast Asian Games medalist Alisson Perticheto set in the 2019 CS Warsaw Cup.

Frank opened her routine again with a jump combo, a solid triple lutz-triple toe combo, which set the tone for her program. She then had to recover from a misstep on her following jump — a triple flip — with better execution on her succeeding one, including a triple lutz later in the program. The teenage skater’s technical elements score of 48.92 is just a few points shy of the minimum technical score required for qualification to the World Championships next year.

Frank went melodramatic in this segment with Romeo and Juliet’s Wedding Vow as her choice of music, and once more gained her best scores in composition and interpretation of music. This time, however, the 2021 Colorado Springs Invitational bronze medalist showed improvement in her skating skills with a score 6.00.

Russia’s Kamila Valieva brought home the gold medal after coming up with the big elements in the free skate. After finishing at third, the 15-year-old scattered quadruple jumps into her segment’s program to leapfrog compatriot Elizaveta Tuktamysheva for the title. Another Russian in Alena Kostornaia bagged the bronze medal.

Source: tiebreakertimes.com

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PBA board softens up on rule limiting Fil-foreigners to five per team

October 12 —— THE good news: the PBA board of governors has softened up on the rule limiting its teams to five Fil-foreign players in their lineups. The bad news? The contentious rule is unlikely to be lifted.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the Fil-foreign limit was one of the rules revisited by the league’s board over the past few months, hinting that a change is on the way. Alaska coach Jeff Cariaso was among those who have spoken out against the decades-old rule, which was put in place after the ‘Fil-sham’ controversies on the nineties. Cariaso feels the rule is already outdated. “The rule may have made sense maybe 20 years ago, pero ngayon parang iba na, e,” said Cariaso, a US-raised Fil-American who was Rookie of the Year in 1995. The PBA has placed a similar limit of one Fil-foreign per team in its soon-to-be-launched 3×3 league.

Cariaso will be pleased to know that the board has reviewed the rule and will likely make changes soon, according to Marcial. “Pinag-usapan na sa board level ‘yan,” the league commissioner said. “On when the changes will be made, I’ll let the board decide on that.”

However, a total lifting of the limit on Fil-foreigners is unlikely since the board is still mindful of the exposure given to homegrown players, a league insider said. “Malamang dagdagan [ang quota ng Fil-foreign players],” a source said. According to Marcial, the board is also looking at making changes to the stringent screening of Fil-foreign players entering the PBA rookie draft. The league resisted calls to relax the rules before last year’s draft, all but shutting the door on applicants like Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Gray, and Brandon Rosser.

Source: spin.ph

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MOT-BARKO MANILA, INC. CORPORATE MANAGEMENT PLAN
From November 2010 to present, MBM deployed over 900 seafarers on board 23 vessels comprising of the following types: 2 Pure Car Carrier, 18 Bulk Carriers, and 3 Wood Chip/Cargo Ships that added real value to seafarers, customers and other stakeholders. This is undoubtedly due to combine efforts and hard works of all involved, in principle therefore as a manning agent we will;

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2012 CAR CARRIER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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We are please to announce that 10 vessels have demonstrated excellence in safety, delay-free, and bunkering-saving operations and have thus been selected to receive the Car Carrier of the Year Award for 2012

The M/V Santa Lucia saved human lives.

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The M/V Santa Lucia, an 180,000-ton bulk carrier we operate with 22 Pilipino crew, saved human lives.
In the early hours of March 16, while sailing in the Molucca Sea, Indonesia, on a voyage from Japan to Australia, the ship received a distress call from an Indonesian fishing boat.
The M/V Santa Lucia proceeded to the site and rescued all 15 crew members from the boat. All the rescued crew were safe and sound and handed over to Indonesia’s coast guard in the afternoon of the same day.