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FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships 2016

MANILA -- VakifBank Istanbul fought back from a second-set loss to beat Volero Zurich, 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-22, 25-11), on Sunday to take the bronze in the 2016 FIVB Women's Club Championships at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Dutch import Lonneke Sloetjes topscored with 16 points for the 2013 champion VakifBank, which also got 15 points from Serbian import Milena Rasic. Rasic also contributed seven of her team's 19 blocks. Chinese Olympic champion Zhu Ting added 13 points, including five blocks for VakifBank, which is one of four wild card entries in the tournament organized by Philippine Superliga in cooperation with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. Team captain Kirdar Gozde finished with 11 points while Kubra Akman delivered three of the team's six aces. Volero, making their fourth consecutive appearance in the …

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Makati dominates Yellow Cab Cup (Sports)

MANILA -- Makati Football Club showed why it is one of the best youth football programs in the country as the club took two championships in the Yellow Cab Football Cup at the Chelsea-Gatorade Blue Pitch on Saturday. Makati, in total, got two golds, one silver, and two bronzes in the said tournament sponsored by Yellow Cab in partnership with UFL Club Kaya. Makati ruled the U11 and the U13 divisions, even getting 1-3 finishes in the said age groups as their second team took the bronze. The club also made the final of the U9 division. Makati needed a penalty shootout before trampling Kaya Yellow, 3-1, to claim the U11 championship, while the U13 side survived a down-the-wire battle with La Salle-Greenhills to win, 3-2, for the U13 title. The U13 final win …

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NVAP to cigar makers: Follow GHW law, too

MANILA -- The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) is reminding cigar makers that they are also covered by the Graphic Health Warnings (GHW) Law, which is set to be fully implemented on Nov. 4, this year. According to NVAP President Emer Rojas, cigarette products are not the only ones covered by Republic Act No. 10643 but also other tobacco products available in the country. “Cigar makers are also sternly reminded to follow the existing GHW Law as they are also covered by it. They have to put picture-based warnings on the hazardous effects of smoking cigars,” Rojas, an engineer, said. Under R.A. 10643, all tobacco products packaging available in the country must bear GHWs as well as an accompanying textual warning that is related to the picture. The law defines tobacco products …

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Discovering the past: Australian Embassy holds exhibit showcasing Indigenous Australians of Filipino descent

MANILA -- "A picture tells a thousand words", and stories, too. Living in the modern times doesn't mean people these days don't have ways to discover the past. Using photographs, for instance, makes one appreciate history, and uncover the things that made an impact on his/her life today. As part of the Indigenous People's Month, the Australian Embassy, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), mounted an exhibit this week. The exhibit showcased photos from the book, "Re-Imagining Autralia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent" by Deborah Wall, a Filipino-Australian journalist and researcher who specialized in Aboriginal studies and oral history. Launched last Oct. 18, the book recounts the story of Manila men, who are Aboriginal Australians from Western Australia who also have Filipino descent. The book costs USD25 …

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China busts group selling expired New Zealand milk powder

SHANGHAI -- Police in Shanghai have arrested 19 people suspected of repackaging more than 200 tons of expired New Zealand-made Fonterra milk powder to sell on the market. Shanghai's food safety regulatory and police announced on Sunday that the suspects, operating under Shanghai-registered trading firm Jiang Di International Trade Co., Ltd, repackaged 276 tons of expired milk powder into smaller portions and sold them online or through retailers in several provinces for enticing lower prices. Police were alerted in March after they discovered the repackaged products in a raid on a Shanghai retailer's warehouse. Subsequent raids confiscated 109.2 tons of the expired milk powder from Jiang Di's warehouse. The other 166.8 tons had been sold to retailers. Authorities said they were pursuing the dairy products in question that had entered the market and …

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Salceda wants BOC to address smuggling of products from China

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay (second district) Rep. Joey Salceda wants the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to address the smuggling of products from China estimated at USD17 billion. He said the country imports about USD11 billion worth of goods from China through formal channels. "With our new trade relationship, we can now monitor smuggling from China," said Salceda, who is the vice chair of the House appropriations and ways and means committees. He said an independent assessment placed at USD34 billion the estimated worth of smuggled goods from China but the country's formal records had placed it at USD17 billion. President Duterte's four-day state visit to China has garnered USD24 billion worth of investments and financing agreements broken down into USD15 billion investment projects and USD9 billion credit facilities. Salceda said the country can achieve stable …

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Dagupan City still flooded 3 days after onslaught of ‘Lawin’

DAGUPAN CITY -- Three days after the onslaught of typhoon "Lawin", the City Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) here is still on red alert as water from upland municipalities is still flowing to the city, flooding to date more than 10 barangays. Being the catch basin of all water from upstream of the Sinocalan river, Dagupan City catches all the water cascading from the upland in case of heavy rains and typhoons before ending in the Lingayen Gulf, said City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Ronald de Guzman. De Guzman said more than 10 barangays close to the Sinocalan River are still underwater in Dagupan, which is the reason some 92 families evacuated prior to typhoon Lawin, still remain at the Dagupan People's Astrodome, the remaining evacuation center in the …

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Iraq not willing to cut 4.7-M barrel oil output irrespective of OPEC deal

MOSCOW -- Iraq is not going to reduce current oil production level, media reported Sunday. Iraq is not going to reduce the achieved oil production level of 4.7 million barrels per day, media reported Sunday, citing Falah Al-Amri, the head of the state-backed Iraqi company State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). "We have passed 4.7 million barrels a day … We are not going back. It’s a question of sovereignty," Al-Amri said at the press conference in Baghdad as quoted by Bloomberg. On September 28, member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on cutting its oil production for the first time in eight years. The output ceiling was set at 32.5-33 million barrels a day for the whole cartel, however, no exact limits for each country have been placed. The …

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More wildlife rescued in Eastern Visayas

Palo, Leyte — The number of recovered wildlife has risen significantly this year following the opening of a rescue center here, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reported. From only five rescued animals in the previous years, the number rose to 40 this year. The rescue center, which opened last March 3, located in Cadahug village, this town, is also open to educational tours and family trips. DENR assistant regional director Carlito Tuballa said the wildlife had lost their natural habitats to human incursion. “After rescue, our personnel check the health condition of these animals before releasing them back to the wild,” Tuballa told the Philippines News Agency. DENR development management officer Winston N. Solite said the increase in number of turned over animals indicates a heightened public awareness on the value of …

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US firms share P480-M in CSR for PH

Member firms of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) have contributed some P480 million or USD10 million worth of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in the country. A survey on CSR was conducted by AmCham to determine how its member companies institutionalize their CSR projects contributing to the welfare of the society. The survey showed that AmCham members’ CSR activities were focused in areas of education, poverty and hunger alleviation, women and youth empowerment, environment and climate protection, reducing inequalities, indigenous community development, persons with disabilities and elderly welfare, and other training workshops. “I was surprised and touched on the interest of our members to greatly contribute for the welfare of the Filipino people,” AmCham Executive Director Ebb Hinchliffe said. “This means that a large number of American businesses in the …

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