Pangulong Aquino, ginawaran ng Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree sa Loyola Marymount University

admin   •   February 18, 2016   •   3059

Loyola Marymount University confers the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree to President Aquino in Los Angeles. (RTVM)

Loyola Marymount University confers the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree to President Aquino in Los Angeles. (RTVM)

CALIFORNIA, United States — Sa huling araw ng working visit ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III dito sa Los Angeles, California kinamusta ng nito ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan dito sa ibang bansa.

Pinagkalooban ng Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Ito ay bilang pagkilala sa integridad at dedikasyon ng Pangulo sa ating bansa.

Maliban sa doctor’s degree pinagkalooban rin ng honor chords si Pangulong Aquino sa pangunguna ng isang LMU Fil-Am student na si Edward James Asuncion.

Ito ang pangatlong pagkakataon na nabigyan ng honorary degree si Pangulong Aquino ng unibersidad sa ibayong dagat.

Ang dalawang nauna ay sa Fordham University sa New York at Sophia University sa Tokyo.

Matapos ang seremonya ay nagpaunlak naman ng interview ang Pangulong Aquino na pinangunahan ng World Policy Institute.

Nakipagkamustahan rin si Pangulong Aquino sa Filipino community dito sa Los Angeles.

Ngunit bago magbigay ng mensahe ay pinagkalooban nito ng Order of Sikatuna si Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.

Ang Order of Sikatuna ay pinakamataas na diplomatic honor na ipinagkakaloob ng Pilipinas.

Sumentro ang talumpati ng Pangulo sa mga dapat piliin ng mga botante sa darating na eleksyon.

Ani Pangulong Aquino, “Ako po ganadong ganado dahil lalo pa po nating mapapatibay ang daang matuwid at magagawang permanente ang pagbabago tinatamasa natin. Syempre po, may mga katunggali na may kanya kanyang diskarte na para makuha ang inyong matamis na ‘Oo’.

“Bilang pinuno ang kailangan natin ang nakikipasan, yung totoong inuuna ang bayan bago ang sarili kung ako nga po ang tatanungin malinaw na malinaw po kung sino ang may pruweba ng pagsasakripisyo at wala pong iba yan kundi si Mar Roxas at Leni Robredo.”

Ayon sa Pangulo, huwag pipiliin ang mga kandidatong nangangako ng magandang SSS pension hike ngunit hindi naman kayang mai-sustain ito.

“Sa ngayon po, ang fund life ng Social Security System ay aabot sa taong 2042 kung ipapatupad po nila yung mga nagpapapogi babawasan natin ng labing limang taon ang buhay ng social security fund.”

Pinabulaanan rin ng Pangulong Aquino ang mga lumalabas na alegasyon laban sa kanyang administrasyon kaugnay sa vote buying.

“Syempre panahon ng eleksyon ngayon sabi nila ang Bottom Up Budgeting suhol raw namin paano pa kayo manunuhol kung ang para sa Barangay darating pagkatapos naming bumaba… kapag na-approve po yun ako’y private citizen na.”

Sa dalawang araw na working visit ng Pangulong Aquino dito sa Los Angeles iba’t-ibang business opportunities ang inaasahang dala dala nito para sa ating mga kababayan sa pag-uwi nito sa Pilipinas. (CHRISTIE ROSACIA / UNTV News)

Apple to re-close more stores in seven states, bringing total to 77

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

REUTERS – Apple Inc said on Wednesday (July 1) that it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states, including its home state of California, bringing the total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Starting Thursday (July 2), stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

As of Wednesday, additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah.

Apple has taken an city-by-city approach to opening and closing stores, evaluating data for each community.

In cities where stores remain open, Apple requires face coverings for employees and customers while also performing temperature checks and frequent cleaning, the company said.

Apple has said its retail employees will continue to be paid through the closures. (Production: Angela Moore)

Number of Californians with COVID-19 keeps rising; governor declares budget emergency

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday (June 25) declared a budget emergency in the most populous U.S. state, blaming expenses and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Declaring a budget emergency allows the state to tap into its rainy day fund. California anticipates a $54.3-billion budget deficit due to costs and a drop in revenue linked to the pandemic.

The state’s budget crunch lies in the shadow of coronavirus cases that continue to mount.

Nearly 5,350 people tested positive for the coronavirus in California the past 24 hours, Newsom said. The increase was smaller than Wednesday’s (June 24) record of 7,149 new cases. But the number of Californians becoming very ill continued to rise, using about 34% of the available intensive care beds in the state, up from 29% on Wednesday.

A total of 4,240 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday in the state, using about 9% of total available beds, Newsom said.

The surging cases have prompted the state to put 11 counties, representing about half of California’s population, on a watch list of places that might be required to roll back recent efforts to reopen their economies. (Reuters)

(Production: Jane Ross)

Pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash may have become disoriented in heavy fog – NTSB

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2020

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in foothills near Los Angeles, killing basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all seven others on board, likely became disoriented in the fog, federal investigators said on Wednesday (June 17).

The National Transportation Safety Board report said pilot Ara Zobayan told air traffic controllers that his helicopter was climbing, when in fact it was descending shortly before slamming into a hillside outside the community of Calabasas on Jan. 26.

The NTSB said that pilots can become confused over an aircraft’s attitude and acceleration when they cannot see the sky or landscape around them, causing “spacial disorientation.”

“Without outside references or attention to the helicopter’s attitude display, the actual pitch and bank angles have the potential to be misperceived,” the NTSB said.

The findings came in a “public docket” released by the NTSB as it investigates the crash. The agency has not yet released its final report. (Reuters)

(Production: Omar Younis)

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