Cebu Pacific plane’s tire catches fire on runway

(Via ABS-CBN News)

MANILA – The tire of a Cebu Pacific plane bound for Tacloban caught fire while taxiing after aborting take off, the budget carrier said Monday night.

Cebu Pacific flight DG6577 bound for Tacloban from Cebu aborted takeoff Monday evening due to fluctuating oil in one of its engines, according to lawyer JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs.

The Cebu Pacific plane aborted takeoff. While taxiing, the aircraft’s wheel caught fire.

The passengers were immediately evacuated. Of the 67 passengers and crew, only one reported minor injury.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said its inspectors are investigating the cause of the incident.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson expands his film company to Hawaii

(Via Pacific Business News)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor, is expanding his production company to Hawaii, Pacific Business News has learned.

Late last month, Johnson registered 7 Bucks Entertainment Inc. with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

The new company’s address traces back to the Beverly Hills, California, business-management firm Grant, Tani, Barash & Altman Inc.

Howard Altman, a partner with the firm and one of Hollywood’s most powerful business managers, lists Johnson as one of his clients.

Johnson said he came up with the meaning behind his production company from a motivating experience in 1995 when he had exactly $7 in his pocket, according to a Twitter post from his official account.

That next year, Johnson would gain worldwide fame by joining the World Wrestling Federation and then World Wrestling Entertainment.

He would eventually transition from the ring to the big screen, where today he is the top-paid actor in the world, bringing home $64.5 million in 2015.

The 44-year-old Johnson, who has lived in Hawaii, has starred in such movies as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “Furious 7,” “ San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence,” “Moana,” “Fast 8” and “Baywatch.”

Johnson, who formed 7 Bucks with his ex-wife in 2012, sees big opportunities in producing films and television shows.

He is set to star in a remake of the blockbuster movie “Jumanji” along with Kevin Hart and Jack Black. It is scheduled to start filming this fall and be released in July 2017, more than two decades after the original movie that starred Robin Williams, who died in 2014.

Johnson is also the voice behind the demigod Maui in Disney’s “Moana,” which is being released Nov. 23 and stars Kamehameha Schools student Aulii Cravalho as “Moana.”

Duane Shimogawa covers energy, commercial real estate and development for Pacific Business News.

Source: Pacific Business News

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30 Pinoy teachers illegally recruited to Vietnam seek CHR’s help

(Via GMA)

A group of teachers recruited to Vietnam sought the help of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in nabbing the illegal recruiter who sent them to Vietnam.

Suzette Maricar Orden told the CHR in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental that a certain Nico James Aligasa Bantayanon allegedly tricked her and 29 others into paying thousands of pesos for placement at an English tutorial center in Vietnam.

According to a GMA News report, Orden reportedly paid up to P58,000 in miscellaneous fees to Bantayanon after the latter promised work at Ocean International Language Center, where he served as a training director.

Even though she and the others were deployed to Vietnam less than a month after their contact, it was quickly revealed that the offer was not what it seemed.

Every teacher was made to pay board and lodging and their airfare, all of which were supposed to be free, based on what was promised to them.

Their contract also had no clear stipulations and most were not given work loads.

“In my case, regular ang work load ko pero sa aking mga close friends na kasama ko doon wala na. two to one month nang hindi nagteach. So, I ask Mr. Nico: Sir anong status sa kanila? It is no work pay? Ang sabi niya: Yes. Pinandigan nilang No work no pay,” Orden recalled.

She added that instead of receiving a monthly pay of $900, teachers only took home $800 and were not paid for their overtime.

They were also made to exit to another country instead of staying for their two-year contract at Vietnam after their second month of employment passed.

“Sa second month naming doon nagsent siya mail sa amin na kailangan daw kaming mag-exit sa ibang bansa kasi raw hindi naworkout ang aming working permit,” Orden explained.

“I told him, pinuntahan ko siya sa main office why will we go for an exit na dumaan naman kami sa agency. Ano ang kaibahan sa tourist at sa dumaan sa agency. Wala siyang magandang naisagot,” she added.

Orden and others managed to return home to the Philippines but some teachers were forced to stay with Bantayanon as they could not pay for their airfare and the debts they incurred to have their applications processed.

Ann Beverly Corona-Verbosidad, who filed a complaint with the CHR, said Bantayanon gave his blessing for the teachers to seek help with the commission after he refused to show their payslip and how their pay was being deducted.

“Iniwan ko (ang trabaho sa Pinas) because I really believed the offer and it was really good. Then temporary ko sa NORSU (Negros Oriental State University) but again hindi ko sinisi ang recruiter kasi those were my choice,” she said.

“However, may nakapagsabi sa akin sa mga kasama that he is still party responsible kung paano kami nakasama doon (Vietnam). Napaniwala lang talaga niya kami sa lahat niyang pangako sa amin,” Verbosidad continued.

Their employment agency, the Sky Resources Exchange Corporation, was verified as a licensed manpower agency registered with the Department of Labor and Employment by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.

However, Kindrick Villaluz of DOLE Negros Oriental said being a licensed agency does not mean automatically mean that a company’s method of recruitment is legal, nor that Bantayanon was a licensed recruiter.

“So, ang procedure nito is kung pupunta sila to recruit outside Metro Manila or any provinces for the recruitment, they should have special recruitment authority issued by the POEA. Even if licensed ang recruitment agency, the person himself should also be authorized to recruit,” he explained.

Dr. Jesus A. Cañete, CHR Negros Oriental OIC, promised to conduct an in-depth investigation on the case.

Cañete also vowed to take Bantayanon’s side for impartiality although though he warned the recruiter from charging the teachers left in his care with further fees.

“Pakiusap kang huwag naman agad magagalit sa akin kasi I want to get your side but I would warned you that any action later on to be taken by you at the expense by these people lalo na sa mga teachers na nasa labas pa ng bansa, it will be detrimental to the interest to these teachers I will be on your heels,” he said.

GMA News Online has sought Bantayanon for comment but has yet to receive a reply. Rie Takumi/VVP, GMA News

Source: GMA

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Cebuano ‘Aquaman’ swims for cleaner seas


Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Sep 17 2016 06:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 17 2016 10:34 PM

Atty. Ingemar Macarine while swimming from Mactan Island. Photo from Macarine’s Facebook page

CEBU CITY – Lawyer Ingemar Macarine, Cebu’s own “Aquaman,” swam nearly six kilometers at sunrise on Saturday to campaign for cleaner seas.

It took Macarine two hours to cross the Hilotongan Channel from Mactan Island to Olanggo Island to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day.

Rough waters due to the full moon, however, prevented Macarine from swimming back to Mactan.

Macarine said he noticed how the waters contained more trash compared to his 2004 attempt to cross the channel.

His next swim is a 17-kilometer stretch from Ubay, Bohol to Bato, Leyte on October 19.

Macarine was dubbed as the “Aquaman” after swimming several channels in the country including the Tañon Strait, between the islands of Negros and Cebu.

His attempt to become the first Filipino to swim the English Channel early this year was cancelled due to bad weather, but he will try again next year after a series of trainings and acclimatization.

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.)

Source: ABS-CBN

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Obama suffers the slings and arrows of a restive world

(Via CNN)

President Barack Obama bade farewell to G20 leaders in Hangzhou, China, on Monday by reminding them they’re living in “turbulent” times — and he wasn’t kidding.

His valedictory Asia tour, which moved on to Laos later in the day, is unfolding amid diplomatic slights and great power rivalries that reflect the unstable nature of the world Obama will bequeath to his successor in January.

New players

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The controversies reflect the way international politics is now a stew of many competing, rising or resurgent powers that see fewer reasons to simply fall into line behind the United States than was the case following World War II and the Cold War. And it may suggest that foreign leaders are now just as interested in who will sit in the Oval Office next as they are in Obama as he heads for the exit.
Obama is not only confronting regimes in Russia, China and North Korea that are at times openly hostile to Washington — or at least willing to make clear they don’t want to play by its rules — but over the long weekend, he got headaches from allies as well, notably Turkey and the Philippines.
“Who is he?,” the fiery new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, asked Monday at a news conference, referring to Obama. The Southeast Asian leader warned he would lash out if the US President raised extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ new war on drugs in an anticipated meeting in Laos.
“I am a president of a sovereign state. And we have long ceased to be a colony of the United States,” Duterte continued. “Son of a b****, I will swear at you.
It was a stunning show of disrespect for an American president. And though Obama shrugged off the comments from the “colorful” leader during his own news conference Monday, the White House later canceled his meeting with Duterte, conferring instead with the President of South Korea. Duterte later apologized for any offense caused.

Asian troubles

Duterte is not the first erratic president of the Philippines, but his unpredictability and willingness to fan latent colonial resentment against the US represents an unwanted disruption for the White House at the end of Obama’s tenure.
It comes in a regional cauldron where Beijing is making aggressive moves in the South China Sea and Southeast Asian nations are increasingly important to US efforts to rein in the rising power.
Obama had hoped to spend his final journey to Asia as president talking up the highlights of his pivot to the region. The fact sheet the White House put out at the conclusion of the G20 touted the economic progress under the eight years of the Obama presidency. And in one key outcome of the summit, he and Chinese President Xi Jinping formally agreed that both their nations would join the Paris Climate Agreement committing to cutting carbon emissions.
But that bright spot aside, his trip to China has offered reminders that since Obama took office in 2009 — and especially since Xi emerged as a nationalist leader after taking office in 2012 — Sino-US relations have worsened.
Obama comments on 'friction' during his China arrival
Obama comments on 'friction' during his China arrival


Obama comments on ‘friction’ during his China arrival 01:25
At the start of his trip, a logistical spat over missing airline airplane stairs needed for Obama to reach the red carpet at Hangzhou airport and verbal altercations between US and Chinese officials grabbed headlines.
At one point, a White House official warned a Chinese counterpart against restricting access of pool reporters under the wing of Air Force One, noting that it was, after all, a US plane. “This is our country,” the man yelled back.
Obama shrugged off that incident, too, acknowledging that disagreements over press access often arise with China but contending that they were not emblematic of the US-China relationship.
The Republican hoping to succeed Obama, however, took a much dimmer view of the episode.
“Can you believe that the Chinese would not give Obama the proper stairway to get off his plane – fight on tarmac!” Donald Trump tweeted.
Beijing said that an “unprofessional” American press had “hyped” up the incident.
“China has warmly and friendly welcomed all the leaders who are attending the G20 summit, why would we cause problems to the American delegations on purpose?” said Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson.
Either way, the flap served as a symbol of the tensions over issues of sovereignty that can occur between an ascending authoritarian state and an established democratic superpower used to getting its own way — clashes that some analysts fear could play out on a geopolitical stage in years to come.

Frosty ties

Obama and Putin met in Hangzhou.

Another country that has expanded its power base by thumbing its nose at the United States — Russia — also grabbed the spotlight during the G20 summit. Obama and President Vladimir Putin were pictured on Monday locked in an unfriendly stare, clearly with little love lost between them.
“Typically, the tone of our meetings are candid, blunt, businesslike — and this one was no different,” was how Obama described it to reporters.
He referred to “gaps of trust” over Syria, warned that the US has “more capacity” both “offensively and defensively” when it comes to cyber espionage and stressed that the US has no intention of easing sanctions against Russia over its action in Ukraine.
The tough talks were a reminder that the “reset” of Russia relations that Obama pioneered at the start of his administration is now but a memory, while Putin has also taken advantage of chaos in the Middle East to reinstate Russian influence with Syria and Iran.

Turkish tensions

Obama meets Erdogan, promises cooperation
Obama meets Erdogan, promises cooperation 02:35
Obama also invested significant first-term political capital in improving relations with another foreign leader he met at the G20 — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey — with whom tensions were on display in their joint appearance.
Even though Obama bemoaned the “terrible attempted coup” that failed to topple Erdogan in July, the Turkish President did not shy away from raising differences with the US in front of the press.
“All forms of terrorism are bad. All forms of terrorism are evil,” Erdogan said, then mentioned the names of a Kurdish group with which the US is allied in Syria but is regarded by Ankara as a terrorist organization.
As he headed to Laos, Obama professed to being undeterred by the unpredictable unfriendly international environment at the end of his presidency.
“I think we all to have recognize these are turbulent times. A lot of countries are seeing volatile politics,” he said at his news conference. “But then when you look back over the course of eight years, actually you find out things have gotten better.
“I tell my staff when they feel worn out sometimes that better is always good,” he added. “It may not be everything that needs to get done, but if it’s better than before we started, we’ll take it.”

Source: CNN

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