19, 8 月 2022
Russian strikes kill 23 as Zelensky accuses Moscow of terrorism

Russian missiles struck Vinnytsia in central Ukraine Thursday, killing at least 23 people including three children, in what President Volodymyr Zelensky called “an open act of terrorism”.,The midday attack on the city hundreds of kilometers from the frontlines and invading Russian troops came as EU officials convened in The Hague to discuss war crimes in Ukraine.,The charred remains of upturned cars surrounded by burnt debris were seen in images distributed by officials next to a business gutted by a fire with brown smoke billowing nearby.,In his daily address to the nation late Thursday Zelensky confirmed the toll and said it was likely to rise, with dozens still missing and many hospitalized in critical condition.,“No other state in the world poses such a terrorist threat as Russia,” a somber Zelensky said. “No other state in the world allows itself to destroy peaceful cities and ordinary human life with cruise missiles and rocket artillery on a daily basis.”,Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “appalled” by the attack, while the EU slammed it as an “atrocity.” Both called for accountability.,And Zelensky led a moment of silence before urging European and International Criminal Court officials to open a “special tribunal” into Russia’s invasion.,“I believe it is inevitable that International Criminal Court will bring accountability to those guilty of crimes under its jurisdiction: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide.”, , , ,– War crimes tribunal –, ,The ICC in The Hague opened an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine just days after Moscow’s forces invaded and it dispatched dozens of investigators to the country to gather evidence.,Russia invaded on February 24 and the conflict has seen thousands of people killed, destroyed cities and forced millions to flee their homes.,“Every day, Russia kills civilians, kills Ukrainian children, carries out missile attacks on the civilian facilities where there is no military target. What is this, if not an open act of terrorism?” Zelensky said after the Vinnytsia attack.,A Ukraine military spokesman said its forces had managed to knock out two from a barrage of cruise missiles that were launched from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea and caused widespread damage in Vinnytsia.,Deadly strikes in central Ukraine have become relatively rare, but the war has raged around cities like Mykolaiv in the south which the presidency said was hit by a “massive missile strike”.,“Two schools, transport infrastructure and a hotel were damaged,” the presidency said in its morning military update Thursday.,The skeletal insides of one building gutted by the strikes were visible in images distributed by local officials, with municipal workers clearing bricks and rubble strewn after the attack.,The heaviest fighting in Ukraine, however, has focused recently on the industrial Donbas region in the east.,– ‘Total victory’ –,Moscow-backed troops there said Thursday they were closing in on their next target, after wresting control of sister cities Lysychansk and Severodonetsk two weeks ago.,“Siversk is under our operational control, which means that the enemy can be hit by our aimed fire all over the area,” a pro-Moscow rebel official, Daniil Bezsonov, was cited as saying by Russian state-run news agency TASS.,In a Ukrainian trench position along the eastern frontline, a 25-year-old soldier who went by the nom de guerre Moryak was working to fortify defenses.,“We hide when they shell, we dig when it’s calm,” another soldier nearby told AFP journalists.,– High-stakes grain talks –,Delegations from Kyiv and Moscow met in Istanbul this week to discuss unblocking Ukraine’s grain exports.,The meeting involving UN and Turkish officials ended after more than three hours with an agreement to meet again in Turkey next week.,Zelensky said “the entire world” was counting on the negotiations to finalize a deal.,The conflict has pushed up grain prices and Europe is suffering from sky-rocketing energy bills stemming from sanctions on Russia and Moscow’s move to limit gas flows to Europe.,US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that Russia’s war in Ukraine posed the “greatest challenge” to the global economy, as G20 ministers prepare to start talks in Indonesia.,The European Commission meanwhile slashed growth forecasts for the eurozone, saying the consequences from the war in Ukraine were continuing to destabilize the economy because of record high inflation.,Following concerns about arms being smuggled out of Ukraine to equip crime gangs in Europe, Ukraine’s presidency called on lawmakers to form a monitoring committee that would oversee weapons received from Western allies.,The head of the Ukrainian presidency Andriy Yermak said Thursday all arms supplied by the West are “registered and sent to the front” but such a committee would make the process “as transparent as possible”., , 

19, 8 月 2022
I don’t think charter change is divisive—Rep. Sandro Marcos

Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos has defended moves to amend the 1987 Constitution amid efforts to introduce changes in the charter.,“I don’t think charter change is divisive as people make it out to be.  I think even people on the opposite side of the political spectrum will tell you that there are certain provisions in the Constitution that have just simply become outdated because of how old it is,” Marcos said in an exclusive interview with Daily Tribune’s Straight Talk.,Separate measures were filed in the House of Representatives and in the Senate seeking to amend the Constitution.,“What I think is important is that enough due diligence is made to make sure that if the Constitution is ever changed, it is only changed to the point that it has to be changed and not beyond that, which is, what I think some people are scared off,” Marcos added.

19, 8 月 2022
Dull open amid weak US close

Philippine market index was trading flat at open of 6,248.13.,US stocks declined anew on Thursday (Dow Jones Ind’l Average: -0.46%; S&P: -0.30%) as big bank earnings kicked off with disappointing results, leading traders to assess the possibility of even tighter monetary policy.,Analysts say there was also a knee-jerk reaction after the eye-popping inflation numbers. Federal Reserve Board of Governors member Christopher Waller in comments Thursday maintained his support for a 75bps rate hike at policymakers’ next meeting later this month but said he would be open to backing an increase of one full percentage point if upcoming economic releases point to strong consumer spending.

19, 8 月 2022
Solon urges Marcos to appoint SRA administrator

A lawmaker is urging President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, to urgently appoint an administrator to lead the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) in averting the projected supply shortage due to higher demand.,Negros Occidental 5th District Congressman Dino Yulo pointed out that having an actively working regulatory body helps determine the necessary actions to counter any supply crisis.,“A new sugar crop year starts in September, so we need to appoint a new administrator. Basically, that will help classify the national production whether we still have to import sugar or not in case the reserves are enough,” Yulo told reporters during a press chat on Wednesday.,“Our stock balance will be tight at the end of the crop year in August next year. We need a new sugar board to determine if there’s a need to import additional supply,” he added.,Last month, former SRA administrator Hermenigildo Serafica warned that local sugar stocks will be depleted by August as demand outpaces supply due to lower production and delay in import arrivals.,As of 26 June, SRA data showed that the country’s raw sugar supply stood at 2.04 billion MT while demand was at 1.7 billion MT — bringing the physical raw sugar stock to only 224,075 MT. Meanwhile, refined sugar has a total supply of 1.04 billion MT and a demand of 858,073.15 MT. This means the country has only 182,646.20 MT of physical stock of refined sugar.,The SRA said that historically, the country must have carryover stocks of 250,000 MT of raw sugar and around 200,000 MT to 250,000 MT of refined sugar at the end of any crop year.,To recall, the previous SRA board approved Sugar Order 3 (SO3), which allowed for the importation of 200,000 MT of refined sugar composed of both bottlers’ grade and standard refined grade.,The agency likewise planned to import another 350,000 MT of sugar to further boost domestic sugar supply and prevent price spikes, but it did not push through after it received a legal opinion from the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel.,Full support needed,However, Yulo noted that importation alone cannot bring down the spiking retail prices of sugar “because it is earmarked for industrial users.”,“I don’t think this would bring down retail prices. Our problem is the retail market. They were already supposedly included under SO 3 and the more important for us is to resolve the retail market, that’s where the majority of our consumers are. Again we don’t want the sugar industry to be one of the culprits of high inflation,” he said.,According to Yulo, the government should also support bringing down the fertilizer prices to help cut production costs and improve yields.,“The problem with farmers is the high input costs. The three basics of production — high fertilizer costs, crude oil which affects all aspects of production, and third, we cannot blame our laborers if they ask for a corresponding wage,” Yulo said.,“It’s imperative for the sugar industry. If the drive of the admin is food security, they need to bring down fertilizer prices. Since it’s a worldwide problem, we need to put up mechanisms for farmers to be compensated,” he added.

19, 8 月 2022
Tokyo stocks trade lower with eyes on China data

Tokyo stocks traded lower Friday morning, as the tailwind from a cheaper yen was offset by worries over US inflation and investors awaited China’s GDP data due later in the day.,The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.04 percent, or 11.15 points, at 26,632.24 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.51 percent, or 9.67 points, at 1,883.46.,“Even though a cheaper yen against the dollar is a positive factor, concerns over US inflation are weighing on the market,” Mizuho Securities said in a note, adding that investors are also likely to take to the sidelines ahead of a three-day weekend in Japan.,Traders are closely watching Chinese second-quarter GDP data due at 0200 GMT, analysts added.,Overnight, Wall Street stocks finished mostly lower following another troubling inflation report as disappointing bank earnings set a downcast tone for the second-quarter earnings season.,For the second day in a row, US indices tumbled after data showed an acceleration in wholesale prices instead of the hoped-for moderation.,The Dow ended down 0.5 percent at 30,630.17 and the broad-based S&P closed down 0.3 percent, while the tech-rich Nasdaq ended up less than 0.1 percent.,The dollar fetched 139.03 yen in early Asian trade, up from 138.93 yen in New York.,In Tokyo, Fast Retailing climbed 8.01 percent to 75,750 yen after it revised its full-year profit forecasts upward.,SoftBank Group was down 0.69 percent at 5,348 yen after a Wall Street Journal report said executives from Alibaba’s cloud division have been called in for talks by Shanghai authorities in connection with the theft of a vast police database.,SoftBank Group owns roughly 25 percent of Alibaba shares.,Among others, Nintendo was up 1.81 percent at 61,180 yen but Hitachi was off 0.51 percent at 6,395 yen and Sony Group was down 0.49 percent at 11,150 yen., , , 

19, 8 月 2022
Saudi opens airspace to ‘all carriers’ in gesture to Israel

Saudi Arabia announced Friday it was lifting restrictions on “all carriers” using its airspace, an apparent gesture of openness towards Israel ahead of US President Joe Biden’s arrival.,The US leader welcomed the “historic” decision, the latest conciliatory move by Riyadh concerning the Jewish state, which it has refused to recognize despite intensive efforts by the Israelis to establish ties with Arab countries.,The Saudi civil aviation authority “announces the decision to open the Kingdom’s airspace for all air carriers that meet the requirements of the authority for overflying”, it said in a statement on Twitter.,The decision was made “to complement the Kingdom’s efforts aimed at consolidating the Kingdom’s position as a global hub connecting three continents”.,“This decision is the result of the President’s persistent and principled diplomacy with Saudi Arabia over many months, culminating in his visit today,” US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in the statement, adding that Biden “commends” it.,He said the US president, who will land in Saudi Arabia for a controversial visit later Friday as part of a trip to the Middle East, “will have more to say on this breakthrough later today.”,Prior to Biden’s arrival in Israel at the start of his Middle East trip on Wednesday, Washington had hinted that more Arab nations could take steps to pursue relations with Israel, spurring speculation about whether Riyadh would alter its long-held position of not establishing official bilateral ties until the conflict with the Palestinians is resolved.,The kingdom did not show any opposition when its regional ally, the United Arab Emirates, established diplomatic ties with Israel in 2020, followed by Bahrain and Morocco under the US-brokered Abraham Accords.,Yet analysts have stressed that any immediate gains are likely to be incremental and that Riyadh will probably not agree to formal ties — not during Biden’s visit or while King Salman, 86, still reigns.,Biden will travel to the Saudi city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast Friday afternoon, despite a previous vow to treat the kingdom as a “pariah” over the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.,He is to travel directly from the Jewish state to Saudi Arabia — becoming the first US president to fly from there to an Arab nation that does not recognize it.,In 2017, his predecessor, Donald Trump, made the journey in reverse.,– ‘A major change’ –,Shortly after the Abraham Accords were announced in 2020, Saudi Arabia allowed an Israeli aircraft to pass over en route to Abu Dhabi and announced that UAE flights to “all countries” could overfly the kingdom.,Friday’s announcement effectively lifts overflight restrictions on aircraft travelling to and from Israel.,Israel has been pushing for the overflight rights to shorten links to destinations in Asia.,Israeli authorities also want Muslim pilgrims from Israel to be able to travel directly to Saudi Arabia.,Currently they are required to make costly stopovers in third countries.,There has been “a major change in Saudi thinking” concerning Israel under de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who Biden is expected to meet on Friday, said Dan Shapiro, Washington’s former ambassador to Israel.,Prince Mohammed “and to some degree even the king himself have indicated that they see normalization with Israel as a positive,” said Shapiro, now with the Atlantic Council.,“They supported the Abraham Accords. Their own normalization may take time and may be rolled out in phases, but it seems close to inevitable that it will happen.”, 

19, 8 月 2022
Defiant Nobel laureate Ressa fights for her freedom

Less than a year after winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to protect free speech, journalist Maria Ressa is fighting to stay out of jail while her news site Rappler faces possible closure.,But the spirited veteran reporter — a vocal critic of former president Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly drug war — refuses to be cowed into silence.,“This is a newsroom that’s been under attack for six years and we’ve prepared ourselves,” Ressa, 58, told AFP this week at Rappler’s office.,“We will not voluntarily give up our rights.”,Rappler, which Ressa co-founded a decade ago, had to battle for survival under Duterte as his government accused it of violating a constitutional ban on foreign ownership, as well as tax evasion.,Days before Duterte’s term ended on June 30, the company received a shutdown order from the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).,Less than two weeks later, Ressa lost an appeal against a 2020 conviction for cyber libel, putting her one step closer to serving up to nearly seven years behind bars.,Drawing on decades of experience working as a journalist across Asia, including in conflict zones, Ressa said she had to be “ready for anything”.,“This is something I do as a person, whatever it is I’m most afraid of, I think about the worst-case scenario and then I plan it out,” said the former CNN correspondent, who is on bail.,Ressa is facing seven court cases, including the cyber libel conviction, while Rappler faces eight.,Their lawyers describe the cases as “state-sponsored legal harassment”.,Trouble for Ressa and Rappler started in 2016 when Duterte came to power and launched a drug war in which more than 6,200 people died in police anti-narcotics operations, official data show.,Rights groups estimate tens of thousands were killed.,Rappler was among the domestic and foreign media outlets that published shocking images of the killings and questioned the crackdown’s legal basis.,Local broadcaster ABS-CBN — also critical of Duterte — lost its free-to-air license, while Ressa and Rappler endured what press freedom advocates say was a grinding series of criminal charges, probes and online attacks.,Duterte’s government said previously it had nothing to do with any of the cases against Ressa.,After the SEC shutdown order, Ressa said the online harassment increased “exponentially” and has continued since the son and namesake of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos succeeded Duterte.,“This was the largest spike for sure. It hasn’t stopped, it’s been pretty much non-stop,” said Ressa.,“The attacks are always connected to a defense of the Marcos administration.”,– ‘Make or break’ –,Ressa became a journalist in 1986, the same year that the elder Marcos was ousted in a popular revolt and his family chased into exile in the United States.,But the pattern in the past three weeks, including the social media attacks, “bodes ill for press freedom and for Filipino journalists”, she said.,“It hasn’t been magnanimity in victory,” said Ressa.,“This is not one or two people not being nice — these are concerted information operations.”,Some of her colleagues at Rappler, where the average age of staff, including reporters, is about 25, have also been targeted.,As Ressa and the company fight to have the SEC and cyber libel decisions overturned, their future is uncertain.,She had hoped that winning the Nobel Peace Prize in October, which she shared with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, would shield her and other journalists in the Philippines.,Ressa said the outcome of the cases against her and Rappler could have broader implications for Filipinos and their rights.,She points to the controversial cyber libel law, which she has been accused of violating. It was introduced in 2012 and applied to an article published by Rappler months before the law took effect.,“This is make or break,” Ressa said.,“What’s at stake goes beyond my freedom or Rappler. It really will determine where this country will go.”, , 

19, 8 月 2022
Suns match Pacers’ $133-M offer sheet to Ayton – report

The Suns matched the Indiana Pacers’ four-year, $133 million offer sheet for Deandre Ayton, clearing the way for the restricted free agent to stay in Phoenix, ESPN reported Thursday.,Citing Ayton’s agents, ESPN reported that the Suns, who had until Saturday to match the offer Indiana made on Thursday, responded immediately to retain the services of the number one pick in the 2018 NBA draft.,The offer sheet from the Pacers was the largest in NBA history, surpassing the four-year, $107 million offer signed by Otto Porter Jr with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016 — one offer the Washington Wizards opted to match.,The deal appears to complicate any possibility that Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant might end up in Phoenix via a trade.,Durant, a two-time NBA champion and 2014 Most Valuable Player, sent shockwaves through the league on June 30 with reports he had requested a trade, with Phoenix and Miami reportedly his preferred destinations.,Now, however, no pre-season deal for Durant could include Ayton, who teamed last year with Chris Paul and Devin Booker to lead Phoenix to the best regular-season record in the league of 64-18.,They Suns fell in seven games to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semi-finals.,Having matched the Pacers’ offer sheet, the Suns can’t trade Ayton until January 15, and they can’t trade him for a full year without his consent.,Ayton, 23, averaged 16.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while helping anchor Phoenix’s defense during its run to the 2021 NBA Finals and he averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds this past season., , 

18, 8 月 2022
Kang Ha Neul And “Insider” Cast Can’t Stop Smiling Behind The Scenes Of Filming

JTBC’s “Insider” has shared a fun glimpse of its stars behind the scenes!

“Insider” is an action suspense drama about a judicial trainee whose life falls apart in the blink of an eye while going undercover to investigate a corrupt prosecutor. While in prison, he begins to plot revenge for the betrayal he’s experienced.

Kang Ha Neul stars as the vengeful Kim Yo Han, while Lee Yoo Young plays Oh Soo Yeon, a powerful and well-connected underground businesswoman who makes Kim Yo Han an appealing offer.

In newly released behind-the-scenes photos from filming, the cast of “Insider” switches back and forth between lighthearted and serious in the blink of an eye. While preparing to film or monitoring their own performances, the actors couldn’t be more serious, demonstrating laser focus as they get in the zone—but between takes, they show off their playful side as they fall out of character and crack each other up.

With the drama entering the second half of its run, the producers of “Insider” teased, “Together with Kim Yo Han’s growth, the stage for Act II [of the drama] will unfold on an even larger stage. Accordingly, Kim Yo Han’s strategy of play will also definitely change.”

They went on, “There will be tricks that transcend trickery and an even tighter mind game over the big picture that lies beyond. Please stay tuned to find out who the final victor will be.”

The next episode of “Insider” airs on July 7 at 10:30 p.m KST.

In the meantime, catch up on the first half of the drama with subtitles below!

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18, 8 月 2022
B.A.P’s Yoo Young Jae, Jo Yu Ri, woo!ah!’s Nana, And More Are High School Students Striving To Prove They’re Legit In “Mimicus”

Playlist and Naver NOW’s upcoming drama “Mimicus” has released a cute new yearbook-inspired poster!

“Mimicus” is a new drama about students at an arts high school trying to prove that they’re the “real deal” amidst a culture where mimicking one another is the norm.

B.A.P’s Yoo Young Jae will star as Han Yousung, the frosty son of a wealthy family who seems to have grown up in a bubble, but is secretly itching to showcase his hidden talents. Han Yousung unexpectedly gets swept up in a strange rumor that he has been copying fellow student Ji Subin (played by Kim Yoon Woo), a famous trainee who is also the son of an entertainment company executive.

The newly released character poster highlights the swirling rumors that Han Yousung has been imitating Ji Subin, marking the former student’s yearbook photo with the caption “MIMIC?” and the latter’s with “ORIGINAL?”

woo!ah!’s Nana’s character Shin Dara—an adorable YouTuber who wants everyone to like her—is tagged “CUTE,” while Jo Yu Ri’s lonely character Oh Rosi is tagged “IDOL,” a reference to her position as center of the girl group ICE.

Kim Myung Chan’s character Hyun Woo—Han Yousung’s best friend—is described as “CHILL,” while Oh Jae Woong’s character Woo Jae Young—one of Ji Subin’s fellow trainees—is marked “WANNABE.”

“Mimicus” premieres on July 22 and will be available with subtitles on Viki.

In the meantime, check out a teaser introducing main character Han Yousung below!

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