PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE: Since 1997 © Copyright (PHNO) http://newsflash.org



HEADLINES NEWS THIS PAST WEEK...
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

THE WORLD - WHILE THEY WERE TALKING: HOW THE WORLD FAILED SYRIA THIS WEEK


SEPTEMBER 23 -AND THE BOMB CONTINUES TO FALL: (CNN)In New York, smartly-dressed world leaders launch a war of words over a short-lived ceasefire in Syria. Half a world away, bombs rain down on the city of Aleppo, and on an aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies for tens of thousands of desperate people. As the US and Russia -- brokers of Syria's disintegrating ceasefire -- clash at the United Nations General Assembly this week, war-ravaged civilians continued to pay the price. With airstrikes resuming, and hopes of a coordinated effort to defeat ISIS fading fast, here's what been happening in Syria during the UN summit. The bombs continued to fall...What the ceasefire looks like in Aleppo READ MORE...

ALSO ROYALS IN CANADA: The Royal Blog - William, Kate and the kids arrive in Victoria


SEPTEMBER 24 -Duchess and Duke of Cambridge with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. GETTY IMAGES
Royal fever will continue tomorrow when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make the trip to Vancouver. Check back here regularly throughout the next week as we follow the Will and Kate Show. A solemn ceremony at the cenotaph in Victoria marked the official arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate on Saturday as they embark on a week-long tour of British Columbia and Yukon. Standing alongside Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, the skirl of the bagpipes and a lone bugler preceded the royal couple laying a wreath at the war memorial near the B.C. legislature. The couple’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were not part of the official welcome and they are not expected to feature prominently during the visit. READ MORE...

ALSO: North Korea vows in UN speech to strengthen nuclear forces


SEPTEMBER 24 -North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. AP/Richard Drew
UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's foreign minister condemned the United States on Friday for flying supersonic bombers over South Korea earlier this week and vowed his country will strengthen its nuclear capabilities in defiance of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. In a defiant speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Ri Yong Ho said the Korean Peninsula "has now been turned into the world's most dangerous hot spot which can even ignite the outbreak of a nuclear war." He blamed the United States and "its hostile policy" against North Korea. Ri claimed that B-1B bombers the U.S. military flew over South Korea earlier this week crossed the demarcation line separating the two Koreas. The U.S. military has said at least one of two supersonic bombers that it flew over South Korea approached the border with the North Korea, an unusual occurrence in the world's most heavily fortified border. READ MORE...

ALSO: Despite sea dispute, Chinese tourists make cruise stop at Boracay


SEPTEMBER 25 -
ILOILO CITY—Ati-atihan dancers with their rhythmic drumming welcomed more than 2,700 Chinese tourists and crew of a cruise ship that stopped over briefly on Boracay yesterday. The passengers and crew of the MS Legend of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, stayed on the world-famous resort island about seven hours before departing for Xiamen City in China, according to Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT) Western Visayas director. The Legend of the Seas was the first cruise ship to visit the Philippines since President Duterte took office on July 1. It was also the first visit of a big Chinese tour group since a United Nations arbitral tribunal ruled in July that the Philippines had exclusive sovereign rights over disputed portions of the South China Sea. China protested the ruling which invalidated its “nine-dash line” claim covering nearly the entire South China Sea, including parts of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. President Duterte has said he is open to bilateral talks with China to settle the territorial dispute. Tourism officials welcomed the Chinese tourists. READ MORE...

ALSO: Trump gains ground over Clinton’s health problems
[RELATED: Pressure is on Clinton, Trump in first debate Monday night]


SEPTEMBER 25 -Moscow — Despite Hillary Clinton still holding the two-point advantage, Donald Trump has been able to gain some ground over her recent health problems, a poll conducted for ABC News and Washington Post showed Sunday. According to the poll, 53 percent of likely voters think that Hillary Clinton is in a sufficiently good health to govern the country, while 75 percent believe the same about Trump. The survey participants considered Clinton better acquainted with world affairs, with 68 percent against 42 for Trump, and 10-point more “honest and trustworthy,” the poll results showed. The poll also indicated that Trump is leading strongly among white men without college degree, with 76 percent against Clinton’s 17, whereas Clinton has a 25-point advantage among college-educated white women. The first presidential debate of the 2016 election season is set for Monday night at Hofstra University in New York state. The US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 8. THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Pressure is on Clinton, Trump in first debate...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

 While they were talking: How the world failed Syria this week

ALEPPO, SYRIA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 (CNN NEW YORK)  By Sheena McKenzie, CNN  Fri September 23, 2016 - (CNN)In New York, smartly-dressed world leaders launch a war of words over a short-lived ceasefire in Syria.

Half a world away, bombs rain down on the city of Aleppo, and on an aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies for tens of thousands of desperate people.

As the US and Russia -- brokers of Syria's disintegrating ceasefire -- clash at the United Nations General Assembly this week, war-ravaged civilians continued to pay the price.

With airstrikes resuming, and hopes of a coordinated effort to defeat ISIS fading fast, here's what been happening in Syria during the UN summit.

The bombs continued to fall... What the ceasefire looks like in Aleppo

READ MORE...

What the ceasefire looks like in Aleppo

The fragile truce that went into effect on September 12 fell apart less than a week later after a US-led coalition airstrike on a Syrian position killed dozens of soldiers.

The US military said Saturday's strike was targeting ISIS militants, and if it hit Syrian troops it was an accident.

But a diplomatic row between the US and Russia erupted, with Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin calling the strike "an extraordinary display of American heavy-handedness" -- and US Ambassador Samantha Power describing Russia's reaction as "a stunt replete with moralism and grandstanding."

...And the death toll continued to rise


A Syrian baby is carried from the rubble following the bombing of a building in Aleppo on Wednesday, September 21.

There was more political sniping -- and deaths -- to come. Aleppo and its surrounding areas were pummeled by regime airstrikes from Wednesday through Friday, activists with the opposition-aligned Aleppo Media Center (AMC) told CNN.

They say allied Russian forces also participated in the strikes, though Moscow has not confirmed its involvement.

At least 70 people were killed in the attacks, according to the AMC. By Friday morning another 50 people -- including many children -- were trapped beneath the rubble, but rescue crews were unable to reach them due to ongoing strikes.

Indeed, the resumption of full-scale airstrikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo has been constant, intense, and much worse than prior to the ceasefire, the activist added.

Not even water was safe


A destroyed ambulance pictured in the aftermath of airsrikes on eastern Aleppo.

Basic services were not spared in Thursday's airstrikes. Aleppo's main water station, which provides clean water to both regime and opposition-controlled neighborhoods, was also hit.

An ambulance and a fire truck were destroyed in the bombardment. The fire truck is one of only three trucks operating in eastern Aleppo, according to the AMC.

Three of the four centers used by volunteer search and research group Syria Civil Defense were also targeted. The group is mourning the loss of one of its workers, Khalid Al Naimi, who was killed in the strikes -- he is the third brother in his family to die while serving.

Aid was lost...

U.S. blames Russia for bombing aid convoy 03:27

One of the main objectives of the ceasefire was to allow aid to enter besieged areas. But on Monday an airstrike destroyed a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy set to deliver food and medical supplies to some 78,000 people in eastern Aleppo. Around 250,000 people in the city are facing severe shortages as a result of a government siege.

"Just when we think it cannot get any worse, the power of depravity sinks lower," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the strike, which destroyed 18 of the convoy's 31 trucks.

Twenty people were killed in the attack, including the Red Crescent's regional director Omar Barakat.

No party has claimed responsibility for the strike. However, the US has blamed Russia, who in turn has denied carrying out the strike.

...And food is set to expire

Rescue workers in the al-Sakhour neighborhood of the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo on Wednesday September 21.

By Friday, UN envoys were still struggling to get food trucks into the besieged city.

"Forty trucks are sitting at the Turkish-Syrian border, the food will be expiring on Monday, the drivers are sleeping at the border, and they have done so now for a week," said Jan Egekland, Special Adviser to the UN Envoy for Syria.

"So please (Syrian) President Assad, do your bit to enable us to get to eastern Aleppo and the other besieged areas. We also have to get assurances on the east Aleppo case from the armed opposition groups to be able to enter."

Still the nightmare continues


A Syrian rescuer looks towards the sky following an air strike in the rebel-held Ansari district of Aleppo on Thursday, September 23.

At a hospital in Aleppo, Ahmed Jabr and his seven-year-old son Mahmoud lay side by side -- both wounded by rebel shelling that killed three of Mahmoud's brothers.

Any faith father Ahmed had in the cessation of hostilities has been crushed. "Even after the ceasefire, I was here in the hospital and I saw the wounded being brought here," he told CNN.

The attacks happened last Friday -- the same day the ceasefire was announced.

Jomana Karadsheh, Kareem Khadder, Roba Alhenawi, Fred Pleitgen and Barbara Starr contributed to this report

 
https://youtu.be/AQ_OQnz4wbM
Published on Sep 7, 2016 (CNN)More than 100 people -- including dozens of children -- were admitted to hospital following a devastating bombing in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in which barrels of chlorine were allegedly dropped, medical groups say and activists say. The US-based Syrian American Medical Society, which supports one of three hospitals in Aleppo where the victims were taken, said one person was killed by the barrel bombs dropped during the alleged chemical attack on the Sukkari neighborhood Tuesday. The victims were struggling to breathe, coughing harshly and had the smell of chlorine on their clothes, the Aleppo Free Doctor's Committee said. http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/07/middlee...


TORONTO SUN

The Royal Blog: William, Kate and the kids arrive in Victoria SCOTT BROWN Published on: September 24, 2016 | Last Updated: September 24, 2016 9:28 PM PDT


Duchess and Duke of Cambridge with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. GETTY IMAGES

Royal fever will continue tomorrow when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make the trip to Vancouver. Check back here regularly throughout the next week as we follow the Will and Kate Show.

A solemn ceremony at the cenotaph in Victoria marked the official arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate on Saturday as they embark on a week-long tour of British Columbia and Yukon.

Standing alongside Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, the skirl of the bagpipes and a lone bugler preceded the royal couple laying a wreath at the war memorial near the B.C. legislature.

The couple’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were not part of the official welcome and they are not expected to feature prominently during the visit.

READ MORE...

The duke and duchess stopped to speak to three Canadian forces veterans after laying the wreath.

“It was nerve-wracking but he made me feel he was interested in what I was saying,” said Cpl. Mireille Poulin, an Air Force officer from CFB Comox who has six medals in the Invictus games. “He asked me about helicopters.”


The veterans who spoke with the Duke of Cambridge at a wreath ceremony Saturday.

The two chatted about Sea King helicopters. The duke is a helicopter pilot.

World War II veteran George Quan was unfazed at the encounter and told the duke about meeting his grandmother the Queen in 1939.

“He started to laugh,” said Quan, who was in a military uniform with numerous medals. The duke spent considerable time with Quan but afterwards he brushed off questions about meeting royalty.

“We are all human beings,” he said.

The royals said they appreciated the service of the veterans.

“He said it was nice to meet you and thank you for your service,” said Petty Officer Wayne Clarke.

“It was definitely an honour to meet them,” said Clarke, who is based on HMCS Calgary, adding they were “definitely interested” in what he had to say. “I’m just absolutely thrilled.”

The three veterans were then greeted by the prime minister, governor general and Premier Christy Clark.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked the royals for bringing their children on the trip, during a speech at the legislature.

“I know you’ve visited Canada before but as any parents who have travelled with children knows, it’s a whole different experience when you bring your family with you.”

As the Duke and Duchess were leaving the legislature, the Duchess stopped to meet Monique Girard, 23, who was carrying a baby named Scarlett.

“She was very nice, she asked me how old my baby was. She’s six months. So she said, ‘Is it my first baby?’ I said yes. She said, ‘It only gets better after this.”

The experience surprised Girard, who lives near Victoria, because she was at the end of the red carpet line off on the side near the media pen when the duchess approached.

“That was really cool,” she said.

“I’m shaking right now, I’m starstruck. It’s the coolest thing that ever happened.”

Nearby, Colleen Noble, 52, said the duchess asked her how long she’d been waiting and that she hoped it wasn’t too long. “We were blessed,” Noble said of the experience.

Beside her, Brenda Hobor, 60, gave Premier Clark a bag with some Thomas the Tank Engine toys inside and asked her to give them to young Prince George.

On the other side of the red carpet, William Rithaler, 13, met the duke. “He asked me if I was a sports guy,” said Rithaler, who proceeded to rattle off the sports he played, including soccer and cross country.

“He said, ‘That’s cool,’” said Rithaler. Then he found out they shared the name William and spoke about that, and returning to school.

His grandmother, Rita Dods, 85, described meeting the duke as “wonderful.”

Loretta Rithaler, William’s mother, gave the duke flowers with a card that had copies of pictures of her daughter giving Queen Elizabeth II flowers during a stop in Victoria years ago.

“He said, ‘Oh my goodness,’” said Loretta, while taking the flowers. “Hopefully he’ll see (the pictures).”

The royal couple left to waves and screams as they entered their motorcade and sped off to Government House for the evening.

Organizers had expected more than 30,000 people at the legislature and in the inner harbour, though it appeared the final crowd may have been smaller.

The legislature lawn was not fully packed, perhaps because a heavy police presence cut off access almost an hour early. People did gather along the road but the crowd did not extend through the inner harbour, where, a block away, people were mulling about and shopping normally.

It’s official. The royal couple, Prince George and Princess Charlotte — face it: we’re all most excited about the kids — are on Canadian soil.


The Duchess of Cambridge holds her daughter Princess Charlotte as the family arrives in Victoria Saturday, while Prince George (right) holds dad Prince William’s hand. CP/GETTY

The royal family arrived at CFB Esquimalt to a tarmac packed with international media, including dozens of photographers jostling for position, waiting for the moment they would descend from the RCAF jet, everyone wanting only one thing: a photo of the rarely seen young royals, three-year-old Prince George and 16-month-old Princess Charlotte.

They did not disappoint. The family descended the staircase slowly, with Prince George, holding his father’s hand and looking a little unsure, or possibly grumpy, and Princess Charlotte nestled in her mother’s arms, one tiny finger in her mouth. All eyes were on the family as first the Duke of Cambridge leaned over to whisper something to George, and then Kate crouched, in five-inch heels, to reassure him.

He hung back as his parents greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, who stood alongside Premier Clark and her 15-year-old son Hamish. Although George famously loves to wave, he wasn’t up for it today. But after a long flight, the children did a remarkable job. There was just enough time for photographers to snap that rare royal family photo before a dozen black vehicles pulled up to whisk them away.


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. GETTY IMAGES


No one looks this elegant just getting off the plane #Kate wearing @jennypackham blue dress
 


TWEET: George waves hello to Canada. Canada swoons and waves back. #RoyalVisitCanada
7:13 PM - 24 Sep 2016
119 119 Retweets 352 352 likes

The royal couple and their children will be based in Victoria for the duration of their tour.

Throughout the day, hundreds lined blue gates criss-crossing the legislature lawn, many sporting small Canadian and British Columbia flags in their hands, hats or hair. Many had been waiting since noon, more than five hours before the royal couple’s scheduled arrival.

Victoria native Katherine Pitt, who describes herself as a “big fan” of the royal family, turned up before sunrise to snag a front-row seat to the event, armed with a picnic blanket, food and an iPad loaded with the last season of the historical drama “Downton Abbey.”

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Pitt. “Probably a once in a lifetime chance for most of us here in Canada anyway. We’re just happy to be here.”

Not even homework from her English literature class could keep Sara Kidd, a 20-year-old student at the University of Victoria, away from the festivities.

She and two friends spent the hours before the royal arrival sitting on the legislature lawn, heads burrowed in textbooks, sustained by chips and dip.

“We brought our books because we don’t have three hours to not be studying,” she said, laughing. “We’re mostly excited to see Prince George.”

After the Saturday festivities in Victoria, Prince William and Kate will also make stops in Kelowna, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii, Whitehorse, Carcross, Yukon and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, won’t be province-hopping with them. As The Canadian Press noted, the royal toddlers will spend the entire trip in Victoria while their parents conduct official duties.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess, will leave her children — Princess Charlotte and Prince George — in Victoria while she and WIlliam attend to official duties across B.C. and Yukon.


No Whitehorse trip for Charlotte and George. Kate Middleton will leave the kids in Victoria while she and William attend to official duties across B.C. and Yukon. JUSTIN TALLIS / GETTY IMAGES

Not everyone attended the event just for the royal family.

Mathu Jeyakumar, a 23-year-old Polish exchange student, said the prime minister was the main draw for her and her friends.

“Personally, we like Justin Trudeau a lot,” she said, giggling along with three fellow students.

“He’s cute. He’s cool. He’s so friendly.”

“Canadians have tremendous affection for the Royal Family, and are excited to welcome The Duke and Duchess to our nation for their second official Royal Tour of Canada. Sophie and I look forward to showcasing beautiful British Columbia and to promoting awareness of both youth and mental health issues alongside Their Royal Highnesses,” Prime Minister Trudeau said in a government press release.

Trudeau will later have a private audience with the Duke and Duchess.

The Victoria Times Colonist reports that William and Kate will lay a wreath at the cenotaph to honour Canadian military service and acknowledge a plaque commemorating the Afghanistan mission. Prince William will address the audience.

SECOND TOUR OF CANADA

This is the second official tour for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Their first visit took place in 2011 as newlyweds when William and Kate made stops in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories and Alberta but not British Columbia.

The 2011 tour cost $1.2 million, while the Queen’s nine-day tour in 2010 came in at $2.79 million, according to the Ottawa Citizen. “Most Royal tours cost one to three million dollars,” said Robert Finch, dominion chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada. One of the biggest misconceptions Canadians have about the monarchy is how much it costs us, said Finch. The League does a study on “the cost of the crown” every few years, and it comes out to about $2 per person, per year.

The trip garnered international headlines when the Duchess suffered a wardrobe malfunction in Calgary when the wind blew the back of her skirt up exposing what was was called “The Royal Hiney” on the front page of the Toronto Sun. Many readers were not amused.

“I think “Her royal hiney” (July 9) and the accompanying photo was disgusting. To point out someone’s embarrassing moment, especially a guest in our country was extremely rude and tasteless. You should try wearing a skirt sometime. Shame on you.,” read one letter to the editor.


PHILSTAR

North Korea vows in UN speech to strengthen nuclear forces By Alexandra Olson (Associated Press) | Updated September 24, 2016 - 9:33am 3 75 googleplus0 0


North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. AP/Richard Drew

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's foreign minister condemned the United States on Friday for flying supersonic bombers over South Korea earlier this week and vowed his country will strengthen its nuclear capabilities in defiance of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.

In a defiant speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Ri Yong Ho said the Korean Peninsula "has now been turned into the world's most dangerous hot spot which can even ignite the outbreak of a nuclear war." He blamed the United States and "its hostile policy" against North Korea.

Ri claimed that B-1B bombers the U.S. military flew over South Korea earlier this week crossed the demarcation line separating the two Koreas. The U.S. military has said at least one of two supersonic bombers that it flew over South Korea approached the border with the North Korea, an unusual occurrence in the world's most heavily fortified border.

READ MORE...

Cmdr. Dave Benham, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman, said Friday that the aircraft remained in South Korean airspace and "did not at any time cross themilitary demarcation line between North and South Korea."

The U.S. flyover was the second in as many weeks and came two weeks after North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test.

Ri said "the United States will have to face tremendous consequences beyond imagination."

He said the North "will continue to take measures to strengthen its national nuclear armed forces in both quantity and quality in order to defend the dignity and right to existence and safeguard genuine peace vis-a-vis the increased nuclear war threat of the United States."

North Korea's recent nuclear test, along with recent ballistic missile launches, have deepened concerns that it is moving closer toward obtaining the ability to put nuclear warheads on a variety of its ballistic missiles.

Speaking at a meeting with Southeast Asian foreign ministers Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that every country has a responsibility to vigorously enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions to ensure North Korea "pays a price for its dangerous actions."

Kerry also vowed that the United States would defend its own citizens against the North Korean threat and honor its security commitments to its allies.

Ri spoke days after the U.S., Japan and South Korea met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering to discuss ways to force North Korea to comply with the U.N. resolutions, which prohibit Pyongyang from conducting nuclear and missile tests.

The three countries discussed work in the Security Council to tighten the sanctions and the possibility of taking measures of their own to restrict revenue sources for the North's missile and nuclear programs.

Ri dismissed the Security Council resolutions as unfair.

North Korea "had no other choice but to go nuclear inevitably after it has done everything possible to defend the national security from the constant nuclear threats from the United States," he said. Associated Press writer Matthew Lee contributed to this report from the United Nations.


INQUIRER

Despite tiff, Chinese tourists make cruise stop at Boracay By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr.@inquirerdotnet
Inquirer Visayas 05:44 AM September 25th, 2016



ILOILO CITY—Ati-atihan dancers with their rhythmic drumming welcomed more than 2,700 Chinese tourists and crew of a cruise ship that stopped over briefly on Boracay yesterday.

The passengers and crew of the MS Legend of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, stayed on the world-famous resort island about seven hours before departing for Xiamen City in China, according to Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT) Western Visayas director.

The Legend of the Seas was the first cruise ship to visit the Philippines since President Duterte took office on July 1. It was also the first visit of a big Chinese tour group since a United Nations arbitral tribunal ruled in July that the Philippines had exclusive sovereign rights over disputed portions of the South China Sea.

China protested the ruling which invalidated its “nine-dash line” claim covering nearly the entire South China Sea, including parts of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

President Duterte has said he is open to bilateral talks with China to settle the territorial dispute.

Tourism officials welcomed the Chinese tourists.

READ MORE...

“Tourism goes beyond politics,” Catalbas told the Inquirer, adding the DOT was glad the Chinese came to visit.

She said the number of tourists from China dropped slightly in August after the ruling of the international tribunal but it soon recovered and has continued to grow.

The cruise ship, which also visited Manila on Friday, arrived in Boracay early on Saturday and docked between Boracay island and the Aklan mainland. The passengers and crew started to disembark from the ship around 7:30 a.m.

Welcoming atmosphere


DOT PHOTO. TOURISM officials welcome Chinese tourists to Boracay, the first visitors to come on a cruise ship ...

They were transported to a ponton attached to the Cagban port where a brief welcome ceremony was led by Assistant Tourism Secretary Gwen Cads-Javier.

The welcome party handed out leis and brochures to the tourists while about 15 Ati dancers performed.

The tourists transferred to motorboats for island-hopping and water activities. About 50 vans took them on a tour of the island, to the famous four-kilometer white beach and shopping.

The tourists were a mix of retirees, families and young professionals.

Catalbas said the ship had many Filipino crew members and about 300 of their family members arrived on Boracay to meet up with their loved ones.

Organizers implemented a special rerouting scheme to ensure an organized and safe transfer of the Chinese tourists. They were provided special access at the port separate from other tourists.
Safe haven

Security and safety measures were tightened by the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center, Coast Guard and Maritime Industry Authority, among others.

“Our aim is to leave an impression that Western Visayas is a place of warm-welcoming people and a safe haven for tourists,” Catalbas said in a statement.
Next to Koreans, the Chinese comprise the biggest tourist market of the Western Visayas.

Last year, 183,708 Chinese visited Western Visayas, mainly Boracay. Tourists from Korea numbered 331,269, according to data from the DOT in Western Visayas.

Taiwan sent 59,343 tourists followed by the United States, 39,379, and Malaysia, 36,158.

A rondalla played at tourists Cagban port as the Chinese began returning to the ship at around 3:30 p.m. for their return trip to Xiamen./rga


MANILA BULLETIN

Trump gains ground over Clinton’s health problems September 25, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share1 By PNA/Sputnik

Moscow — Despite Hillary Clinton still holding the two-point advantage, Donald Trump has been able to gain some ground over her recent health problems, a poll conducted for ABC News and Washington Post showed Sunday.

According to the poll, 53 percent of likely voters think that Hillary Clinton is in a sufficiently good health to govern the country, while 75 percent believe the same about Trump.

The survey participants considered Clinton better acquainted with world affairs, with 68 percent against 42 for Trump, and 10-point more “honest and trustworthy,” the poll results showed.

The poll also indicated that Trump is leading strongly among white men without college degree, with 76 percent against Clinton’s 17, whereas Clinton has a 25-point advantage among college-educated white women.

The first presidential debate of the 2016 election season is set for Monday night at Hofstra University in New York state.

The US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 8.

-----------------------

RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

Pressure is on Clinton, Trump in first debate Agence France-Presse September 25th, 2016 02:00 PM


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. AFP FILE PHOTOS

WASHINGTON, United States—Who is going to win? Who is going to choke? The pressure is intense for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton—phenomenally different candidates—who clash in their first debate on Monday.

Stakes are as high as they get since there are just six weeks until the November 8 election. Polls show a close race, with Clinton, 68, enjoying an edge.

READ: Trump debate challenge: Keeping his cool if Clinton attacks

As many as 90 million Americans, some estimate, will be glued to their television to catch the showdown.

Many analysts say debates usually don’t win a candidate the election but can well lose it for them. A single sentence, or the slightest slip, can do serious damage.

Plenty of American voters will have made a decision by now, to be sure. Most have.

But nine percent by some estimates still don’t know who to vote for, after a long campaign in which bitter attacks have often replaced substance.

And this year has been like none in the past, with Trump, 70, using social media around the clock in combative fashion, while often making mistakes, misstatements and blunders without troubling his base.

READ: Trump bashes Clinton as far too soft on immigrants

Clinton cram session

On Saturday, the New York Times endorsed Clinton, who ahead of the debates has been cloistered with aides and her papers at home in Chappaqua, north of New York, even practicing with relatives playing Trump.

She has been focusing on his psychological profile, with a goal to get Trump to crack, to show that he can’t control himself and lacks the even-handed temperament a president needs.

If he reacts by attacking, Trump also risks losing women’s votes; he already has a harder time with women voters, and they make up 53 percent of those who turn out. And any slip is sure to be a TV news sound bite.

Clinton’s campaign released a long list of lies it attributes to Donald Trump ahead of the debate.

Trump in turn says preparations are “going very well,” trying to at least appear relaxed. Friday he won the endorsement of former conservative rival Senator Ted Cruz.

Trump took Friday to prepare, and still had to work Sunday on the debate. But he continues with campaign rallies on other days, including Saturday night in Roanoke, Virginia.

Trump seems unwilling to train with a Hillary stand-in. But he has watched videos of his opponent in previous debates.

Supporters in Roanoke said they hoped Trump could keep his cool.

“I expect him to be more presidential but still tough,” said Amanda Phillips, 36, and a social worker. She said she was “not 100 percent for the wall (with Mexico), and hopes Trump will be “more humane and not too hardcore.”

‘Be yourself’

Clinton, making her second presidential bid, is an old hand at debates and considered solid. In some ways, she may have more to lose.

After almost 40 years of public service, she is very well versed on the issues, and 88 percent of Americans believe she is smart.

But 65 percent say they do not find her honest. And 52 percent have a negative opinion of a woman they see as cerebral, distant or cold.

Her image has been sullied by Trump attacks over her email scandal, the Clinton Foundation’s alleged pay-to-play donations, and her ties to Wall Street.

“Be yourself and explain what motivates you,” President Barack Obama suggested to his former secretary of state, who as president would carry on the legacy of his two administrations.

Runningmate Tim Kaine has said of Clinton: “When the spotlights are at the brightest and the pressure is the most intense, that’s when she brings her A-plus game.”

Trump has not yet experienced a presidential debate: 90 minutes of intense questioning, with only one opponent and a moderator, who on Monday will be NBC news anchor Lester Holt.

But that does not worry the former reality TV star. He is good on his feet, and unpredictable, more comfortable in the limelight than on issues. He has promised to be “very respectful” with Clinton.

Trump is still perceived more negatively than Clinton: 61 percent of Americans have a negative view of him, many saying they are put off by his personality and aggressiveness./rga


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2016 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE 
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE