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Federer hopes to play in front of crowds on 2021 return

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:27 PM

'I want to come back healthy. We'll see how long that lasts,' says Roger Federer, who targets a 2021 return

SPORTS ROYALTY. Roger Federer tops the list of highest-earning athletes in 2019.  Photo by Laurence Griffiths/AFP

Federer 'missing' Wimbledon but aiming to be back next year

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries this year, had already announced he will not play again until next year

WAITING GAME. Roger Federer says the coronavirus lockdown has given him the chance to recuperate following his surgeries, but says he will have to be 'patient' as he waits to return to the court. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

U.S. regulators complete test flights on Boeing 737 MAX

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Besides evaluating data from the test flights, regulators still must develop pilot training protocols for the Boeing 737 MAX and inspect newly manufactured aircraft

TEST FLIGHT. A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, on June 29, 2020. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Officials cheer signs of U.S. rebound; ponder more aid

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'We have entered an important new phase and have done so sooner than expected,' says US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, but he adds the economy cannot fully recover unless COVID-19 is kept in check

RETAIL SALES. A pedestrian walks by a retail store that has reopened in San Francisco, California, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Boeing 737 MAX takes to skies for long-awaited test flight

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Though the certification flights are a critical phase, the US Federal Aviation Administration stresses that 'a number of key tasks remain' before the Boeing 737 MAX can return to service

A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on June 29, 2020. - US regulators conducted the first a test flight of the Boeing 737 MAX on Monday, a key step in recertifying the jet that has been grounded for more than a year following two fatal crashes. A MAX aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 1655 GMT, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

U.S. Federal Reserve orders major banks to suspend share buybacks

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The decision is the first such move since the global financial crisis 12 years ago, and limits how banks in the United States can spend their capital amid the coronavirus pandemic

The US Federal Reserve building is seen August 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Novak Djokovic, Grand Slam superstar but never the people's champion

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:27 PM

Lacking the charm of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic seems to have taken the role of pantomime villain on and off the court

NO MATCH. Despite his stellar achievements, Novak Djokovic (left) can’t quite reach the popularity of Roger Federer (right) and Rafael Nadal. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Fed chair warns of 'significant uncertainty' around U.S. recovery

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:35 AM

Unless consumers feel confident COVID-19 has been defeated, 'a full recovery is unlikely,' warns United States Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell

EMERGENCY MOVE. United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announces an interest rate cut during a speech on March 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

Address terrorism but not at expense of human rights, Cebu City SK urges

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:39 PM

The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill

U.S. Fed at last launches Main Street Lending Program

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The Main Street Lending Program aims to support businesses in the United States that are too big to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program

Times Square billboards display messages to insurance companies that the most vulnerable businesses, like restaurants and hospitality businesses, need more support to survive the coronavirus pandemic on May 27, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

International media groups denounce Ressa, Santos' conviction

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:24 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, and International Federation of Journalists say the conviction is a crime against press freedom

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa leaves after the press conference  after she attend the promulgation for the case of cyber libel file against rappler by business man wilfredo keng. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Broadcasters, publishers, and journalists call on the European Commission to implement 'much stronger measures' to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook

U.S. stocks end mostly down as Fed keeps interest rates low

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Both the Dow and S&P 500 finish lower following a volatile session, while the Nasdaq surges to its 3rd straight record on Wednesday, June 10

U.S. ECONOMY. An American flag hangs from a building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City on September 3, 2019. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Fed warns of uncertain path for post-pandemic U.S. economy

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United States Federal Reserve confirms it will keep the benchmark interest rate at zero until economic recovery is underway

CHESTERTON, INDIANA - MAY 13: A sign in front of an investment business urges residents to stay at home on May 13, 2020 in Chesterton, Indiana. Recently, Indiana began allowing some business in the state to reopen with some restrictions. The governor had issued a stay-at-home in March, restricting all but essential travel and a shuttering all but essential businesses in an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this order being lifted many businesses remain closed and many, that have re-opened, report lackluster business as fears of COVID-19 continue. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Spike in black unemployment 'heartbreaking' – Fed's Powell

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:15 AM

While the United States posted a surprising decline in its overall unemployment rate in May 2020, for black workers it actually ticked up a notch

PORTRAIT. An image of George Floyd is painted on the road near a memorial site outside Cup Foods on June 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

Federer out until 2021 after knee surgery

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Roger Federer won’t see action for the rest of the year, renewing speculations on retirement

(Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

U.S. Fed again expands Main St loan program to reach more firms

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The United States' Main Street Lending Program is available to businesses with up to 15,000 employees, or as much as $5 billion in annual revenue

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 15: Cyclists ride by boarded up businesses on May 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Malls and other businesses shutdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus causing the U.S. retail sales to fall by a record 16.4% from March to April. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

PFF asks GAB endorsement for potential football return

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says it will work closely with the government for the gradual return of football, starting with the resumption of the Philippine Football League

Photo from Shutterstock

Federer tops list of world's highest-paid athletes

May 30, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Tennis superstar Roger Federer boasts the biggest sponsorship lineup among active athletes

FAN APPEAL. Roger Federer rakes in $100 million from endorsements. File photo from Lukas Coch/EPA-EFE

Fed chair warns of widening inequality as U.S. consumption dives

May 30, 2020 - 7:30 AM

United States consumer spending plunges by a record 13.6% in April 2020

SHOPS CLOSED. The sculpture 'Torso' by Robert Graham stands on iconic and nearly empty Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. outlook highly uncertain, businesses 'pessimistic' – Fed

May 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

American firms now worry that generous unemployment benefits make it difficult to retain workers or to bring them back to their posts once they are able to reopen

CENTRAL BANK. In this file photo taken on April 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve and United States flags wave above the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Some business models won't survive post-pandemic – U.S. Fed

May 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM

United States Federal Reserve officials worry that 'even after social distancing requirements were eased, some business models may no longer be economically viable'

NO WORKERS. Streets in the financial district in Boston, Massachusetts, appear almost empty on March 12, 2020. Photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Duterte federalism campaign goes online during pandemic

May 18, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region

PLEDGE. The statement of support signatories commit to in signing for the Duterte government's constitutional reform campaign. Rappler screenshot

U.S. facing severe crisis, but not a depression – Fed's Powell

May 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

United States Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says the US economy could 'easily' collapse by 20% to 30% in the 2nd quarter of 2020, but 'it should be a much shorter downturn' than in the 1930s

CENTRAL BANK. In this file photo taken on April 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve and United States flags wave above the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Virus emergency spending costly but worth it – U.S. Fed's Powell

May 13, 2020 - 11:15 PM

'Additional fiscal support could be costly, but worth it if it helps avoid long-term economic damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery,' says United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

RATE CUT ANEW. In this file photo, United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

EXPLAINER: FICTAP Issues vs ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

May 08, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Should ABS-CBN file a franchise for every channel? Did ABS-CBN violate its existing franchise by launching TVplus? Are ABS-CBN’s pay-per-view services illegal?

WTA chief backs Federer's ATP merger suggestion

May 06, 2020 - 2:25 PM

A unified tennis circuit 'may not take as long' following calls led by superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

epa08150504 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his second round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

U.S. Fed expanding Main Street loan program to aid more firms

May 01, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The United States Federal Reserve seeks to help companies too big for the Paycheck Protection Program but too small to have routine access to capital markets to generate financing

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve and US flags wave above the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. - The US Federal Reserve said on April 30, 2020, it is expanding its business loan program to reach more firms as companies struggle to weather the impact of the coronavirus shutdowns. The Main Street Lending Program, which the Fed announced but has not yet launched, was designed to reach small and medium-sized businesses that are too big to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program run by the Treasury Department. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

'Live' and slightly dangerous, stars on their sofas compete for fans

Apr 27, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Sports stars Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema entertain their fans amid the coronavirus pandemic by going live on social media

CONNECT. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have granted their fans access to their lives through Instagram Live. File photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Nadal) and by Tony Ashby/AFP (Federer)

Players back Federer over tennis merger as Kyrgios hits out

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:46 PM

The ever controversial Nick Kyrgios ends up as the dissenting voice as Roger Federer's proposal gets a wave of support

OPPOSITE. Nick Kyrgios (right) says he has yet to be convinced by Roger Federer's suggestion to merge tennis' governing bodies. Photo by Matthew Stockman/AFP

Nadal frustrated by tennis lockdown, Federer happy with surgery recovery

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Rafael Nadal chats with fellow tennis superstar Roger Federer on Instagram Live

MISSING TENNIS. Friends and rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer check on each other amid the global health crisis. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

FALSE: Video of FBI seizing coronavirus-positive masks from China

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The FBI confiscated the masks from an alleged hoarder in Brooklyn, USA who was selling with a very high markup price. The masks were later given to medical workers.

Djokovic says tennis 'big three' plan to help lowest-ranked players

Apr 19, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Novak Djokovic proposes to give aid to players who are struggling financially due to the cancelation of games

BIG THREE. (from left to right) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer organize a plan to help lower-ranked players. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Fed warns of worsening economy as virus savages retail, factories

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic causes contractions in United States retail sales and manufacturing not seen in decades

A homeless man walks past closed stores in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, California on April 2, 2020. - The United States recorded 1,169 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker showed on April 2, the highest one-day death toll recorded in any country since the global pandemic began. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)

U.S. Fed launches $2.3-trillion financing to support economy

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The United States Federal Reserve announces more programs to help businesses, households, and state governments facing a cash crunch

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 9, 2011 shows the US Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC.  US Federal Reserve policy makers last month believed risks to the US economy had lessened but wanted to keep their interest rate policy "options open", according to minutes released August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER

[OPINION] Acting local against COVID-19

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

With a government that is not exceptionally wise, just, and benevolent, one nationally mandated decision can cause damage to all

U.S. Fed launches program to support small business loans

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:00 AM

United States President Donald Trump says tens of thousands of small businesses have applied for more than $40 billion in relief

ROCKTON, ILLINOIS - MARCH 24: A normally busy Main Street is deserted as the small businesses that line the business district remain closed after the governor instituted a shelter-in-place order in an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 24, 2020 in Rockton, Illinois. Rockton is a town of about 7,500 people along the banks of the Rock river in Northern Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Age concern: Olympics 2021 may come too late for 6 stars

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Pushing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 may be an issue for some aging athletes

epa08072485 Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the USA team tees off from sixth tee during the Sunday singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, 15 December 2019. EPA-EFE/TIM CARRAFA EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Federer donates $1 million to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,' says tennis superstar Roger Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory against Taylor Fritz of the US during their men's singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2019. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Fed ramps up help to U.S. economy on life support

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:45 AM

United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Federal Reserve's measures would provide $4 trillion in needed liquidity into the US economy

A man walks across Wisconsin Ave, in the normally busy shopping district of Georgetown in Washington, DC on March 23, 2020. - The Federal Reserve launched an unprecedented effort on Monday to flood the US economy with money amid the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as Congress debated a rescue plan for American workers and companies. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Top central banks launch new bid to keep dollars flowing

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Starting on Monday, March 23, certain dollar liquidity operations among the banks will occur daily rather than weekly

U.S. Fed slashes key interest rate, rolls out massive response to pandemic

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The United States Federal Reserve makes its second emergency rate cut in less than two weeks and announces other drastic measures to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: A person wearing a mask is seen as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 14, 2020 in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/AFP

Raging coronavirus makes zero rates a possibility as U.S. Fed meets

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Analysts say the question is not whether the United States Federal Reserve will cut rates again – but how low they will go

KEY RATE UNCHANGED. United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump says Fed not 'aggressive' enough against coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:15 AM

United States President Donald Trump says central bank chief Jerome Powell had 'made a lot of bad decisions'

SAFE. File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

U.S. Fed ramps up cash injections to keep market gears grinding

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Economists warn the United States central bank's actions will not be sufficient without government firepower in the form of aggressive spending

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: An American Flag hangs from a building in the Financial District of Manhattan on September 03, 2019 in New York City. New manufacturing data released on Tuesday renewed concerns about a weakening global economy. Oil prices also fell on Tuesday as the continuing U.S.-China trade dispute continues to worry markets and investors about a global slowdown. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. central bank quarantines cash from Asia

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Currency coming from Asia into the United States will be held for at least '7 to 10 days before the deposits are processed'

U.S. Fed makes emergency rate cut to combat virus risk

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:10 AM

The large, highly unusual cut ahead of the next policy meeting reflects concerns that the novel coronavirus will hurt the US and global economies

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell announces a half percentage point interest rate cut during a speech on March 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

Fed vs coronavirus: What can the U.S. central bank do?

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The United States Federal Reserve says it's prepared to cushion the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. Will it actually be able to help?

A man wears a face mask at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 2020. - The number of US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose to six on March 2, all in the state of Washington, officials said, signaling the contagion has taken root in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)