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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

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

The Company Becomes the Biggest Coworking Space in Cebu

Having established its first branch in the Philippines last December 2017 in Mandaue City, The Company, a Japan-based coworking space, is scheduled to open another coworking space here in Cebu in February 2019, making it the biggest coworking space in Cebu. The Company’s new space is strategically located in HM Tower, a PEZA accredited building […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

‘Gathering storm’

Buenos Aires — G20 powers open two days of summit talks in crisis-hit Argentina on Friday after a stormy buildup dominated by US President Donald Trump’s consensus-bucking crusade to realign world trade. He rejected those who wish to confront economic challenges by being “bellicose, isolationist and closing down borders” Shortly before the summit kicks off, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – G20 powers open two days of summit talks in crisis-hit Argentina on Friday, November 30, after a stormy buildup dominated by US President Donald Trump's consensus-bucking crusade to realign world trade. Shortly before the summit kicks off, Trump's "America First" charge will bear fruit with the signing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Philippines, Japan Partner for Smart City Solutions

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) held a seminar entitled “New Clark City with Japan: Creating a Smart City with High Quality Infrastructure” to enhance its partnership in developing smart cities. Gracing the event were the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Dr. Hiroto Izumi, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Labor group proposes food subsidy to workers

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) is optimistic that the government would consider its proposal to provide minimum wage workers a food subsidy. “Our proposal to President (Rodrigo) Duterte for his administration to provide food subsidy for lowly-paid workers still stands. Though diminishing by the day, we have to push the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Labor group presses P500 food subsidy

A labor group has renewed its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to approve a monthly food voucher worth P500 for some 4 million minimum wage earners nationwide to help them cope with the extraordinary increases in the prices of goods and services. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said the average daily minimum wage of P232 nationwide remained woefully inadequate, despite recent increases in the floor pay. "On the average, wage boards acted only on the capacity of employers and businesses to afford the wage increases by adjusting the nominal minimum wage rates by P32 to P36 a day nationwide," ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said on ...Keep on reading: Labor group presses P500 food subsidy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Lopez: ‘Build Build Build’ to boost trade, investment

THE government’s “Build Build Build” infrastructure program will help facilitate greater trade and investment in the Philippines, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Thursday. At the Philippine Construction Industry Congress...READ MORE The post Lopez: ‘Build Build Build’ to boost trade, investment appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Inaprubahang umento sa sahod sa Metro Manila, P25 lang mula sa hiling na P334 – Manila Video

P25 ang inaprubahang dagdag-sweldo ng mga manggagawa sa Metro Manila. Hindi masaya rito ang Trade Union Congress of the Philippines na balak magprotesta at maghain ng isa pang petisyon. Nakatutok si Maki Pulido. 24 Oras is GMA Network’s flagship newscast, anchored by Mike Enriquez, Mel Tiangco and Vicky Morales. It airs on GMA-7 Mondays to… link: Inaprubahang umento sa sahod sa Metro Manila, P25 lang mula sa hiling na P334 – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

P25 minimum wage hike in Metro Manila approved

MANILA, Philippines –  Metro Manila minimum wage earners will be receiving an additional P25 to their current P512 daily pay. In a text message, Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) confirmed to Rappler that the wage hike was approved by the regional wage ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

DTI says open to US ‘collaboration’ on domestic meat rules

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the Philippines does not expect to ease its meat-handling standards as part of any trade deal with the United States, amid pressure for Washington to align Manila’s rules with international practice......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018