• Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute
    Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute

    As US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Regan began its journey to Asian waters amid China’s power flexing in the region, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin would try to hear directly from his US counterpart how far America is willing to go to aid its long-time ally against China’s threatening moves in disputed waters. Gazmin flew to Hawaii last Monday to attend ceremonies for the turnover of leadership of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) from Admiral Samuel Locklear to Admiral Harry …

  • Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level
    Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level

    The water level of Angat Dam in Bulacan yesterday fell below the 180-meter critical level for irrigation, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA said the dam’s water level further dropped to 179.98 meters as of 6 a.m. yesterday from 180.2 meters on Monday. The priority is the domestic consumption in Metro Manila, according to PAGASA. …

  • PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid
    PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid

    The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) reported yesterday that an estimated P3-billion charity fund has been allocated by Congress to the agency to provide medical assistance to indigent patients and also give funds to other government offices including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Crop Insurance Program. …

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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute Reuters
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

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  • Yuan tops payments with China, Hong Kong in Asia Pacific-SWIFT Reuters

    The Chinese yuan has become the most used currency in Asia Pacific for payments with China and Hong Kong, having been placed fifth as recently as 2012, global transaction services organisation SWIFT said on Wednesday. On average, 31 percent of payments in Asia Pacific with China and Hong Kong are now made in yuan, up from 7 percent in April 2012, SWIFT said. …

  • Keep Cooler Longer with Improved Ice Packs Property24 Philippines
    Keep Cooler Longer with Improved Ice Packs

    The heat is unbearable and the sweat stains on your shirt seem to have become permanent. While taking a shower every half hour would help ease the overwhelming discomfort, it will leave a significant dent on your water bill as well.Help your body cool down by placing ice packs on specific pulse points. For better ice packs, add rubbing alcohol into the solution to keep the ice from melting for a little longer. We picked up this trick from the pro athletes who have to tend to their little …

  • 4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital
    4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said. …

  • FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on US corruption charges: NYT AFP News
    FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on US corruption charges: NYT

    Top FIFA officials were arrested early Wednesday morning by Swiss police acting on US corruption charges, The New York Times reported. …

  • Travel ban ends for Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl Associated Press
    Travel ban ends for Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can move freely around the world as early as Monday. …

  • Snapchat has IPO plan: CEO AFP News
    Snapchat has IPO plan: CEO

    The chief of vanishing-image service Snapchat said the company has a plan for going public with an offering of stock but did not reveal when it might happen. "We need to IPO, we have a plan to do that,” chief executive officer Evan Spiegel said on-stage at a Code Conference in California when asked about the potential for an initial public offering of stock. "An IPO is really important," he added, according to a live blog of the exclusive technology conference. …

  • Brittany granite on the rebound from rocky patch AFP News
    Brittany granite on the rebound from rocky patch

    With foreign companies chipping away at their revenue, granite quarries in the Brittany region of France are trying to fight back by obtaining a protected geographical label, similar to the one on many French wines. Because Breton granite is in demand, particularly the pink variety, granite from countries like China is sometimes cheekily passed off as Breton. …

  • Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded
    Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

    By Kristen Hays and Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend, causing record floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, swept …

  • Afghan Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse Reuters
    Afghan Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnight and held out for hours until they were killed by government forces early on Wednesday, officials said. No casualties other than the attackers were reported, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister General Ayoub Salangi said. Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the guesthouse was …

  • Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed rate hike views Associated Press
    Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed rate hike views

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece's impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade. …

  • Asia stocks down after US losses, Greece fears hit euro AFP News
    Asia stocks down after US losses, Greece fears hit euro

    Asian markets sank Wednesday following a big sell-off on Wall Street, with Tokyo hit by profit-taking after an eight-day rally while fears that Greece will default on its debt obligations dragged the euro down. Hong Kong fell 0.49 percent, Sydney shed 0.76 percent and Seoul lost 1.50 percent, while Tokyo was down 0.10 percent and Shanghai gave up 0.53 percent. The data, along with comments Friday from Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen that she expects to hike interest rates "at some point …

  • Japan nuclear regulator finishes review on Kyushu reactors, could be first to restart Reuters
    Japan nuclear regulator finishes review on Kyushu reactors, could be first to restart

    Kyushu Electric Power Co's two-reactor Sendai nuclear plant on Wednesday cleared safety regulations introduced after the Fukushima crisis, paving the way for the resumption of nuclear power generation in Japan. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said in a televised weekly meeting that the reactors have cleared the final safety assessment. Kyushu Electric hopes to restart the Sendai No. 1 reactor in southwestern Japan in late July, followed by the No. 2 reactor in late …

  • Singapore Games to be streamed live on mobile apps, YouTube
    Singapore Games to be streamed live on mobile apps, YouTube

    The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in June in high-tech Singapore will be streamed live on dedicated mobile apps and YouTube, organisers said Monday. More than 600 hours of the 39-sport competition from June 5 to 16 will be streamed live on the "SEA Games TV" apps for Android and iOS mobile devices, the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee said in a statement. 16 sports will also be streamed live on popular video sharing and streaming site YouTube, along with the opening and …

  • Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones AFP News
    Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

    Twitter launched its Periscope application on Android-powered devices on Tuesday as the battle for live-streaming video spread to the world's leading smartphone platform. "When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation --  by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast," the Periscope team said in an online post. "Our initial launch was limited to just (Apple's) iOS, but we've been working really hard to craft an experience that …

  • Apple design star Jony Ive rises to higher role AFP News
    Apple design star Jony Ive rises to higher role

    The designer behind Apple's world-changing devices is rising to a new role that frees him to put his creative vision to work across the breadth of the company. Jony Ive was promoted to a newly minted positon of chief design officer, essentially taking on a big-picture responsibility and authority once held by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. "In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives," Apple said in an email response Tuesday to an …

  • Global smartphone growth cools on China sales: tracker AFP Relax
    Global smartphone growth cools on China sales: tracker

    A slowdown in smartphone sales in China is cooling the global market for the devices, research firm IDC said Tuesday. "Smartphone volume still has a lot of opportunity in the years to come, but two fundamental segments driving recent years' growth are starting to slow," said analyst Ryan Reith. Reith said China has been a key driver of Android, accounting for 36 percent of total volume in 2014. …

  • Periscope lands on Android AFP Relax
    Periscope lands on Android

    Twitter has finally launched a Google-friendly version of its live video streaming app. …

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  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. More »

  • The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    At the helm is the patriarch, Henry Chusuey. His wife Ana, twelve years his junior, is the company treasurer. Helping Henry and Ana (“Henann”) expand their empire are their two sons, Alfonso and Hendrick.   Alfonso, 29, is neither an architect nor engineer, but takes charge of construction in all properties while  Hendrick , 25, takes care of sales, marketing, advertising and PR. Henann own the imposing 1400- room Boracay Regency Hotel in the world-famous island. More »

  • PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The Philippines has excellent relations with Malaysia. More »

  • Loom bands for a cause

    Loom bands for a cause

    For Melchora Grace Balacdao-Matias, looming bands began as an activity to merely overcome boredom in her new work environment in Kuwait. Little did Matias (Mitz to her friends) know that her loom bands would be of help to some 500 school children in the remote municipality of Bakun in Benguet Province. “My husband and I went to one of the shops in Kuwait and I saw these popular loom bands and I decided to try [doing] it, learning from Youtube how to do the designs,”Matias recalled. She was given the go-signal to make a solicitation letter for her loom bands project that made the rounds of the office. More »

  • What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

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  • A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    Free medicines and half a sack of rice have gone a long way in combatting deadly tuberculosis here. Alarmed at the high TB detection rates in Upi, the local government and the rural health center have resorted to rewarding cured patients, as well as those who take their medicines religiously. “Once mag-negative, i-certify ng medical technologist, maghingi na kay mayor ng half sack (Patients who have been certified cured of TB receive half a sack of rice from the mayor),” said doctor Carmelo Esberto, Upi’s municipal health officer. The reward system has been an effective strategy in persuading those with tuberculosis to take their medication, he added. More »

  • Dancing to a better life

    Dancing to a better life

    From bleak garbage dumps to glamor-filled  dance  floors, Wilbert Aunzo has come a long way. Aunzo was a scavenger and an out –of- school youth  who picked garbage to buy his daily meal of rice and salt .  When he was twelve, he joined a dance camp organized by Edward and Eleanor Hayco and literally danced his way out of poverty and his crime-ridden neighborhood. His dancing prowess qualified him as an athletic scholar, enabled him to graduate high school, become a nine-time national champion, a member of the elite Philippine national team and the grand winner of the World Youth championship in Australia. More »