Football icons for the Lunar New Year Cup arrived in Hong Kong and met with the media on Monday, guaranteeing that all participants would play in the match and put on a good show. The annual Lunar New Year Cup football match will be held tomorrow (Feb 13) at the Hong Kong Stadium and will feature 17 famous stars from all over the world, including Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo, former Barcelona captain and Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol, and former AS Roma captain and Italian World Cup winner Francesco Totti. They will form a World Legends team to compete with the Hong Kong Legends team in an exhibition match. Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James said that he was looking forward to playing with legendary stars on the pitch and promised that all 17 stars would have some playing time. Chan Siu-ki will be apart of the Hong Kong Legends and said that he has kept up with worldwide football icons since he was a child and is looking forward to playing a wonderful game with them on Tuesday.
February 12, 2024 19:47 UTC
US President Joe Biden belatedly joined TikTok on Sunday, marking his debut on the social media platform with a 26-second video. The move comes after fierce US government criticism of the video-sharing platform in recent years, most notably from Republicans but also from the Biden administration. Citing security concerns, a slew of individual states and the federal government have banned the app on official government devices. In Montana, a state government move to completely ban the app was recently blocked by a judge. Sunday's video ends with the president being asked who he prefers: himself or Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
February 12, 2024 16:14 UTC
Citybus announced on Monday that they are beginning road testing for the hydrogen buses, with plans to start operating within a month. Citybus launched its first hydrogen double-deck bus and hydrogen refueling station at the end of last year. Citybus added that it had also conducted a 200-kilometer driving test at the West Kowloon Depot per government requirements and used hydrogen refueling stations for multiple refuelings. The hydrogen bus will begin its non-passenger road testing and will be deployed in the Kai Tak operating area, where it will provide customer service in the initial stage. The live road testing will help gather more operational statistics and data on the bus's performance before putting it into passenger service.
February 12, 2024 05:49 UTC
Akari's middle blocker Fifi Sharma is excited to team up with college idol, Ced Domingo. "She is one of the best middle blockers in the PVL. I always watch her highlights," Sharma said in PVL's Media Day at the TV 5 Center on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. #PVLMediaDayVideo by Nicole Anne D.G.
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NDRRMC: P738M infrastructure damage in Mindanao floods, landslidesIn this handout photo from the Eastern Mindanao Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) taken on February 7, 2024 and received on February 8, 2024, shows responders conduct search and rescue operations in Maco, Davao de Oro. MANILA, Philippines — Flooding and landslides in Mindanao caused around P738.6 million in infrastructure damage, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Sunday. According to the latest report from the NDRRMC, infrastructure damage in Caraga and Davao region was estimated at P473 million and 265.6 million, respectively. Relentless downpours triggered floods and landslides that damaged approximately 1,344 houses across Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and Caraga. Based on the disaster agency’s report, 22 were reportedly killed due to floods and landslides.
February 11, 2024 17:30 UTC
(UPDATE) WASHINGTON: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has sold off about $2 billion in shares of the online distribution giant, according to recent stock market filings. Bezos sold on Wednesday and Thursday (Thursday and Friday in Manila) some 12 million Amazon shares, at between $168 to $171 per share, according to documents sent to stock market regulatory authorities Friday. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. AFP PHOTOA previous stock market document, out Wednesday, reported his intention to sell, next July, 50 million shares of the group he founded 30 years ago, and of which he is today executive chairman. Amazon stock jumped more than 13 percent the next day on the New York Stock Exchange.
February 11, 2024 16:49 UTC
Money tops Valentine's Day wish list of Filipinos — SWSVendors selling heart-shaped balloons wait for customers on Valentine's Day at a flower market in Manila on February 14, 2020. MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos want both practical and romantic gifts for Valentine's Day, with money topping the list, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations. The survey conducted in December 2023 revealed that money (16%) was the most desired Valentine's Day gift for Filipinos, followed by love and companionship (11%) and flowers (10%). "More men wished for apparel and any gift from the heart, while more women wished for money and flowers. Number of single Filipinos risingThe survey also found that 58% of Filipinos reported being very happy with their love life, while 23% felt it could be happier.
February 11, 2024 16:36 UTC
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Despite Choco Mucho's silver finish in the PVL 2023 2nd All-Filipino Conference, Deanna Wong says the team is still in pursuit of greater heights this upcoming PVL season. Wong, Jem Ferrer, and former F2 member Mars Alba are the setters in rotation for Choco Mucho. The team attended PVL's Media day at the TV 5 Center on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. #PVLMediaDayVideo by Nicole Anne D.G.
February 11, 2024 13:22 UTC
The Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) headed to the government headquarters on Sunday to petition and hoped the budget measures to be announced at the end of this month could stimulate consumption, optimize the tax system, and care for the grassroots. The FTU stated that the government should consider distributing electronic consumer vouchers to boost the local retail market. They added that the government could consider limiting the e-vouchers to be used only on the weekends to attract more citizens to stay in Hong Kong during the holidays. The union also suggested the government cooperate with merchants to distribute e-coupons as well as cash rebates to tourists. In addition, the union said the government could consider issuing more bonds for different infrastructure projects in the future in exchange for funds.
February 11, 2024 11:31 UTC
The Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Lam Sai-hung, visited drivers in Tsuen Wan to thank them for their continued work and for providing their services during the Lunar New Year. Some drivers were still on duty to help visitors and locals reach their destinations over the city during the first day of the Year of the Dragon. Lam, together with staff from the Transport Department, visited Tsuen Wan yesterday (Feb 10) to thank the drivers. The transportation minister expressed his gratitude to all drivers for continuing to uphold the spirit of serving the public and maintaining efficient public transportation services during the festival. He also sent blessings to all staff and hoped that everyone could travel safely, be in good health, and have smooth and easy travel throughout the year.
February 11, 2024 10:44 UTC
These findings offer a comprehensive view of how digital influencers are navigating the entrepreneurial realm. Primary source of incomeThe survey reveals a diverse landscape in the monetization strategies of digital influencers. Non-traditional revenue streams pursuedRespondents showed a strong interest in various non-traditional revenue streams. This entrepreneurial shift is not just a trend but a reflection of the dynamic, adaptable spirit of Filipino digital influencers. Entrepreneurs and business owners in the digital sphere could collaborate with influencers to leverage their creative skills and audience insights.
February 10, 2024 22:08 UTC
Iran asks FIFA to ban Israel over war in GazaTEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's football federation said Saturday it has asked world football's governing body, FIFA, to suspend Israel's football federation over the country's war in Gaza. In an announcement posted on the Iranian football federation's website, Iran asked FIFA to "completely suspend" the Israeli federation "from all activities related to football". The war in Gaza began on October 7 with an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants against Israel. The Islamic republic does not recognise Israel, its sworn enemy, and prohibits all contact between Iranian and Israeli athletes. A group of Middle Eastern football associations, including Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, have also "asked world football chiefs to ban Israel over the war on Hamas in Gaza," Sky News reported on Thursday.
February 10, 2024 20:26 UTC
A theft in Ho Man Tin saw a female security guard lose HK$2,000 worth of red pockets on Saturday afternoon. Police received the report around 1.16 pm from the guard surnamed Chan, working at Tak Wai Mansion Phase II on Man Fuk Road. Chan said she had been receiving red pockets this morning and put them all in a red plastic bag, which she stored in a drawer at the security post. Yet, she found the plastic bag missing around 1 pm and filed a police report. Officers later came and checked the security camera footage but have yet to find out how the bag went missing.
February 10, 2024 20:11 UTC