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USTR to Congress: US wants to open trade talks with EU, UK, Japan, Philippines

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told members of Congress this week that the United States wants to open trade talks with the European Union, United Kingdom, Japan and the Philippines, but did not give any indication of when the administration will give formal notice. Under the U.S. “fast track” trade rules — known as Trade Promotion […] The post USTR to Congress: US wants to open trade talks with EU, UK, Japan, Philippines appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource: interaksyon interaksyonOct 12th, 2018

Trump administration says to open trade talks with EU, UK, Japan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Trade Representative’s office told Congress on Tuesday it intends to open trade talks with the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan. Under fast-track rules, the United States cannot start talks with the EU, Japan and the United Kingdom until 90 days after notifying Congress. “We will continue to expand U.S. […] The post Trump administration says to open trade talks with EU, UK, Japan appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

PH, US open discussions to strengthen trade and investment ties, exploratory talks on possible FTA

Makati—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez met with Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) Jeffrey D. Gerrish and his delegation to further trade and investment ties and continue with the exploratory discussions for a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines (PH) and the United States (US). The two countries […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Philippines hopeful on starting free trade talks with US

The Philippines is hopeful talks for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US could start as it awaits the latter’s formal notification to its Congress, which could be made this month......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US officials announced Tuesday, October 16, negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to rebalance global commerce. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration notified Congress of its intent to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

US open to trade deal but tags concerns – DoF

The United States has cited several concerns that need to be addressed before it enters into free trade talks with the Philippines, a Cabinet official said on Monday. In message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said that US Deputy Trade Secretary Jeffrey Gerrish had raised the matter in May while also expressing Washington’s [...] The post US open to trade deal but tags concerns – DoF appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Trump open to free trade talks with Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — US President Donald Trump has accepted a proposal from the Philippines to explore a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the world.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

DTI in talks with Ayala Group for Go Lokal store branches

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) seeks to open as much as five more Go Lokal stores in major malls this year as it is current.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2017

DTI chief off to Japan, South Korea for talks

MANILA, Philippines – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez is bound for South Korea and Japan in the coming weeks to meet with potential investors and ensure strong P.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

DOF, DTI start talks on incentives rationalization

MANILA, Philippines – Discussions have begun between the Departments of Finance and Trade for another bill which they aim to present to Congress to rationali.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2016

TUCP wants improved services with new SSS law

The country’s largest labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is expecting the Social Security System to improve its services with the implementation of the SSS Rationalization Act......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2019

U.S. and China seek deal to prevent trade-war escalation

BEIJING, China – US and Chinese negotiators on Thursday, February 14, kicked off two days of high-level talks that President Donald Trump says could decide whether he escalates the bruising tariff battle between the world's two biggest economies. Trump indicated this week he was open to extending a trade truce beyond ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

US and China open trade talks in Beijing

BEIJING: US and Chinese negotiators kicked off two days of high-level trade talks in Beijing on Thursday hoping to resolve a festering dispute that has cast a shadow over financial…READ The post US and China open trade talks in Beijing appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: One more year to make it right, to end it right – BDL

Bea de Leon didn’t need a lot of convincing to return for her swan song with Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. Yes, it did took a while for her to announce her decision but it gave her enough time to set her mind into her one last dance with the blue and white.    A year ago, De Leon shared the agony and anguish of the Lady Eagles after Far Eastern University ended their six-year run to the Finals. Now back for her final season with the Lady Eagles, De Leon is on a mission to set things right before she bids adieu to a colorful collegiate career. “Well, kasi siyempre I finished (Management Economics). I graduated last year, so I really had a choice not to come back,” said De Leon, who helped the Lady Eagles complete a rare tournament sweep in Season 77 – Ateneo’s last of back-to-back titles. “But 'yun nga, Coach (Oliver Almadro) said talaga we didn't even make the finals last year which was a heartbreaking event for all of us. And just to know that you have one more year to make it right, to end it right, to get the goal and the dream, you know that's really what pushed me,” De Leon continued. After the Lady Eagles fell short of making it to the Finals in head coach Tai Bundit’s last season, De Leon asked for some time to think about her future with Ateneo.   Then, Almadro gave her a ring one day. “Coach O called me one day when he finally knew he's gonna coach, he said, ‘Bea, gusto kitang part ng team ko. I want you to leave a legacy that you want.’ And for me, you know, when someone says that, how could you say no 'di ba?” recalled De Leon. “So, yeah. I came back for my team. I love them so much and I just really, really want one more chance to get it right.” Almadro, the architect of the Blue Eagles’ three-peat from Seasons 77 to 79 and the successor to Tai Bundit, knew that if he wants to make a good run in his first year as Ateneo women’s team coach he must have someone he can trust to lead the squad inside the court.      “Bumalik si Bea to prove something. Bea played her fifth year para ma-prove niya na kaya niya. Kaya niya na mag-lead ng team at kaya niya na umabot sa goal niya last year,” he said. Oliver appointed De Leon and another graduating player, Maddie Madayag, as co-team captains. A role that De Leon welcomed with open arms. “Well, I think my number one role in this team is to really bring the fire and the passion which Coach O also mentioned was one of the biggest reasons why he called me up,” said De Leon. “He always knew that I had, you know, the fire in my eyes. 'Cause he talks like that eh. And the motivation to bring it to the team.” “So, as a game captain, parang kumbaga, ang pinaka-role ko is hawakan sila,” she added. “To really encourage them and make them believe that they're the best volleyball players in the Philippines, or at least, in the UAAP.” With De Leon back in the fold and with other veterans in Madayag, Ponggay Gaston, Kim Gequillana, Kat Tolentino and last year’s Best Setter Deanna Wong with promising rookies Vanessa Gandler and Jaja Maraguinot, Ateneo could be looking at another strong tittle run this season.    With a report from Danine Cruz.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Work from home is timely, beneficial to workers and business; Good for PWDs, women

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) applauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law a measure allowing workers to work from home as alternative work arrangement in the light of heavy traffic congestion and poor mass transport system......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Japan s top diplomat visits Duterte in Davao City

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Japan's top diplomat,  Foreign Minister Taro Kono , met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Saturday evening, February 9, to discuss a host of issues, including the peace process in the southern Philippines.  During bilateral talks between Japan and the Philippines the following morning, Kono recalled his discussions ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Labor seeks passage of security of tenure bill

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Friday appealed anew to President Rodrigo Duterte to urge senators to pass Senate Bill (SB) 1826 and end the contractualized work…READ The post Labor seeks passage of security of tenure bill appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

Communist rebels rethinking stand on openness to peace talks with gov’t

LUCENA CITY --- The communist insurgents are now rethinking their stand onbeing open to peace talks with the government. "In view of the murder of NDFP consultant Randy Malayao, the NDFP and all revolutionary forces within its fold are now in the process of reconsidering its policy of being open to peace negotiations with the GRP (government) under the Duterte regime," Jose Maria Sison, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, said in a statement from Utrecht in the Netherlands Wednesday. He said the Maoist-inspired New People's Army (NPA) rebels and allied forces were "more than ever determined to carry out the overthrow of the treasonous, tyrannical, murderous and...Keep on reading: Communist rebels rethinking stand on openness to peace talks with gov’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Philippines, Japan in talks for joint military exercise: Navy officials | ABS-CBN News

Philippines, Japan in talks for joint military exercise: Navy officials ABS-CBN News Manila and Tokyo are mulling joint naval exercises in a bid to boost defense ties and enhance regional stability,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Reds remain open to peace talks – Joma

LUCENA CITY---Exiled top communist leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison said the Maoist-inspired rebels would always remain open to negotiating for peace with the government even if President Duterte would repeatedly reject it. "Kahit sabihin niyang ayaw na niya ang peace talks, bukas pa rin ang pinto ng NDFP para sa pag-uusap alang-alang sa sambayanang Pilipino (Even if he says he no longer wants peace talks, the door of the NDFP is still open for talks in consideration of the Filipino people)," Sison, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, said in an online interview from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands on Wednesday. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF...Keep on reading: Reds remain open to peace talks – Joma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019