Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Altas will be without veteran AJ Coronel, who was suspended for one game after accumulating two unsportsmanlike fouls in their loss to Gilas the previous week.“We have to improve in many facets of the game,” said Emilio Aguinaldo head coach Aris Sison in Filipino. “Some of our veterans have not done well and it is the young players who are responding to the challenge. As you know, the new players will only carry you so far.”La Salle rookies Brandon Bates, Taane Samuel and Miggy Corteza have been impressive this early in the tournament and are all looking UAAP-ready.The Generals, meanwhile, will be leaning on JP Maguliano, Philip Tampoc and point guard Maui Cruz.Tickets can be purchased at the venue gates.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tip off is at 4:30 p.m. with the Archers, who are playing under a new coach in Louie Gonzales, priming up for the UAAP as they gun to unseat bitter rival Ateneo.In another interesting match, the UP Fighting Maroons shoot for a third straight win when they tangle with the Perpetual Help Altas in the 6:30 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 12:30 p.m. contest will pit Lyceum against College of St. Benilde even as University of Santo Tomas slugs it out with San Sebastian at 2:15 p.m.The Maroons are coming off wins over National University and the underachieving Gilas Cadets. LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Female prodigy stamps class in Petron karting tilt MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments A De La Salle team seeking to bond more shoots for a fourth straight win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup when it tangles with winless Emilio Aguinaldo College at Flying V Centre in San Juan on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident
About 4,150 long-term care clients have received updated information on adjustments to what they pay for long-term care accommodations. The adjustments are based on increases in the cost of operating facilities, changes in individual incomes, and increases to the old age security/guaranteed income supplement program. No long-term care client will face an increase of more than $3.50 per day. “Annual rate reviews and adjustments are necessary to ensure that residents continue to receive quality care at a fair price,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. Letters explaining the revised rates were mailed by the Department of Health to home administrators, long-term care residents and people with powers of attorney on Sept. 25. Long-term care clients waiting for placement in a home will receive their letters this month. Effective Nov. 1, the standard accommodation charge for a nursing home increased to $79 per day, up from $75.50 per day. The daily standard accommodation charge for a residential care facility increased to $50.50 from $49. The daily standard accommodation charge for a community-based option increased to $46.50 from $46. The daily respite charge in long-term care increased to $29.75 per day from $28.70. The Department of Health also adjusted two income related areas effective Nov. 1, in keeping with this year’s increase to the federal government’s old age security/guaranteed income supplement. Single seniors are able to retain 15 per cent of their income or $2,652, whichever is greater, before they pay accommodation charges. This reflects an $96 increase in the minimum retained income amount. Couples who cannot pay the standard accommodation charges will also keep more of their money. Spouses who live in the community can retain $15,992 per year. That is an increase of $947 per year to the spousal income threshold amount. The department’s 2006-07 budget for long-term care services is about $342.9 million.
26 October 2012 With the continued gloomy outlook in eurozone countries and a slowdown in growth in a number of developing economies, a rapidly growing sub-Saharan Africa holds clear opportunities for South African businesses, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Tabling his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the National Assembly in Cape Town, Gordhan said opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa had benefited many South Africa mining, manufacturing and retail companies. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook, released earlier this month, estimates that sub-Saharan Africa will grow by 5% this year and 5.7% next year – compared to growth of just 1.3% in advanced economies and 5.3% in developing countries this year. South Africa’s exports to the EU fell 0.9% year-on-year in the second quarter, while exports to the US remained flat, and those to China and India grew by just 1.1% and 0.7% respectively. By contrast, exports to Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries grew 2.7%.SADC now SA’s second-largest export market Gordhan said the SADC was now South Africa’s second-largest export market after the EU, which is expected to account for 21% of South Africa’s exports this year. The SADC region is expected to account for 12.2% of SA exports this year, up from 9.8% in 2000 and putting it just ahead of China, which the National Treasury expects will account for 12% of SA exports this year. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement says the share of manufactured exports to the southern African region (21.8%) have increased rapidly over the past few years on the back of demand for chemical products, machinery and appliances, particularly mining equipment. It says that, with strong growth forecast for the next five years, the SADC region could become South Africa’s biggest market for manufactured exports.Fall in exports, rise in imports Overall, South Africa’s export volumes fell by 6.3% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, after a decline of 1.5% in the first quarter. Over the first eight months of the year, the value of exports of platinum fell by 21.9%, while exports of coal and chemical products remained robust. In the first eight months of the year, however, imports increased by 20%, driven by strong increases in oil, machinery, vehicles and appliances. Imports are now 4% above 2009 levels, while exports are 13% below their highs. With the fall in exports and rise in imports, South Africa’s current account deficit has widened sharply over the past year and is expected to average 5.9% this year, up from 3.3% in 2011. Over the next three years, the current account deficit is expected to moderate to 5.5%. Source: SANews.gov.za
Accused of being in possession of human skeleton, an angry mob beat two suspects to death, while a third is being treated at a medical facility in Ganta.In the recent mob violence in Ganta, Nimba County that resulted into the gruesome killing of two suspected “heartmen,” (ritual killers), the Liberia National Police (LNP) has charged 16 persons with multiple charges, and sent them to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie for prosecution.According to the LNP Nimba County Crime Services Department (CSD), the 16 people were charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, and criminal mischief due to their connection with the recent mob violence in the county.A police source informed the Daily Observer that there were several persons arrested, but after thorough investigation and screening, 16 were held liable for being at the center of the violence saga, while some were placed on parole to report regularly to the police.On March 20, 2019, a large group of residents, among them some women, reportedly intercepted and ransacked a taxi cab that was transporting seven suspected murderers in Ganta, pulled the suspects and mobbed two of them to death.According to information, the seven men were arrested in Bleevalay, Sea Gbeyi Administrative District for being allegedly connected to a skeleton that was discovered in a creek near the town.No one has yet identified the person whose skeleton was discovered, but the entire issue flared up during confusion between two groups of people that resulted to a fistfight.In the quarrel, one of the men accused his friend of being a witchcraft, while the other one too accused his friend of being involved with the killing of an unknown man that was later buried in a nearby creek.Following a tipoff to police assigned in Saclepea, central Nimba County, concerning the startling revelation, the officers dropped the fighting case and mounted investigation into the alleged killing, thereby arresting all those linked to the act.Several persons were detained for interrogation and, because of the nature of the case, the Saclepea Police Detail decided to send the suspects to Sanniquellie for further investigation.Based on that, the police hired a commercial cab to transport the suspects. However, while en route to Sanniquellie, the taxi reportedly developed mechanical fault, thus making an abrupt stop before entering Ganta.At that point, some residents, among them commercial motorcyclists, who heard of the story, reportedly mobbed two of the suspects to death, while another one that was badly wounded in the attack, was transferred to a nearby health facility for treatment.Since the mob incident, police effected several arrests and later released those who they discovered were not involved, while those they investigated and established were directly connected to the mob violence sent to court for prosecution.Our investigation continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)