• Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • P-Noy seeking united Asean stand on China
    P-Noy seeking united Asean stand on China

    With China’s actions threatening to “considerably alter the way of doing business globally,” President Aquino will ask the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take a united stand against Beijing’s massive reclamation activities and other provocative acts in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea. Aquino will raise the appeal to his ASEAN counterparts when they meet on April 27-28 in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in Malaysia. Beijing reacted immediately to the plan, saying the …

  • OIC exec backs BBL, says passage to end extremism
    OIC exec backs BBL, says passage to end extremism

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) yesterday backed the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), warning that failure to see the peace process through with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) could open the door to extremism. OIC secretary-general Iyad Bin Amin Madani, who is in the country to rally support for the peace process and the BBL, told reporters at the Senate yesterday that the Philippines should not waste the opportunity to attain lasting peace in Mindanao, especially …

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  • Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • Philippines voices China alarm as US war games begin AFP News
    Philippines voices China alarm as US war games begin

    The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing. Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese construction over seven reefs and shoals in the Spratly archipelago of the flashpoint South China Sea. "We have compelling reasons to raise our voice to tell the whole world …

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  • SE Asia Stocks-Most up on Chinese stimulus; Jakarta rises from over 3-mo low Reuters

    April 21 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets gained on Tuesday as China's stimulus to prop up its faltering economy boosted risky assets with Indonesian stocks recovering from a more-than-three-week ... …

  • Mohegan Sun heats up S.Korea casino competition with $5 bln proposal Reuters

    * Mohegan Sun would invest $1.6 bln by 2020 * S.Korea to pick operators for two casino licenses by year end * Chinese tourists to S. Korea jumped 42 pct in 2014 (Adds details on proposed resort, competitors) By Joyce Lee SEOUL, April 21 (Reuters) - The operator of the U.S. Mohegan Sun casino has partnered with South Korea's largest airport in a proposal for a $5 billion casino resort, putting its hat in the ring for one of two gaming licenses set to be decided on this year. South Korea …

  • Ducks rally for 5-4 OT win, lead series 3-0 Associated Press
    Ducks rally for 5-4 OT win, lead series 3-0

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Fired up for the first NHL playoff game in town in 19 years, Winnipeg Jets fans booed Corey Perry off the ice in warmups and cheered every icing call against the Anaheim Ducks. …

  • Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts Associated Press
    Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor. …

  • Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift Associated Press
    Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift

    JERUSALEM (AP) — It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. …

  • Warriors beat Pelicans 97-87 to take 2-0 series lead Associated Press
    Warriors beat Pelicans 97-87 to take 2-0 series lead

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes to say his team teeters on "explosive and careless" basketball, pulling off an astonishing play one moment and a perplexing one the next. …

  • Japan's maglev train notches up new world speed record
    Japan's maglev train notches up new world speed record

    Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train set a world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) an hour. The seven-car maglev -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- train, hit a top speed of 603 kilometres an hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds over 600kph Central Japan Railway said. The service, which would run at a top speed of 500 kilometres per hour, is expected to connect the two cities in only 40 minutes, less than half the present …

  • S. Carolina paper's domestic killings series wins Pulitzer Associated Press
    S. Carolina paper's domestic killings series wins Pulitzer

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a list no state wanted to top. And when South Carolina was ranked as having the highest rate of women being killed by men, The Post and Courier of Charleston set out to explore why. …

  • US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight Associated Press
    US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach. …

  • Struggling to remember the name of Jeb Bush's super PAC? Here's why Reuters
    Struggling to remember the name of Jeb Bush's super PAC? Here's why

    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's hard to remember whether Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's super PAC is called America Rising or Right to Rise. The independent political group will likely raise hundreds of millions of dollars to back the former Florida governor's bid for the White House, but it's not meant to attract attention.     The Bush super PAC is in fact Right to Rise. America Rising is another political action committee, unconnected to Bush, that plans to raise …

  • New York Times wins Pulitzers for West Africa Ebola coverage Reuters
    New York Times wins Pulitzers for West Africa Ebola coverage

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable. The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence. "Till Death Do Us Part" by the Post and Courier probed …

  • Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea
    Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea

    The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as "futile" as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm. Ashley Madison is "no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity", its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul. Citing a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked …

  • Musk approached Google on Tesla sale in 2013: book AFP News
    Musk approached Google on Tesla sale in 2013: book

    Technology billionaire Elon Musk pursued a sale of struggling electric-car company Tesla to Google in 2013, according to an excerpt of a book published Monday by Bloomberg News. Beset by technical problems on its flagship Model S, Tesla in early 2013 was on the verge of bankruptcy, Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance said in an excerpt of his biography "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," which will be published May 19. In March 2013, Musk contacted Google co-founder …

  • Twitter expands privacy on direct messages AFP News
    Twitter expands privacy on direct messages

    Twitter said Monday it was making it easier to take direct messages private, carving out a bigger space for targeted exchanges on the popular microblogging service. Previously, direct messaging could only occur between two Twitter users "following" each other, which basically allowed both parties to see whatever they posted publicly. In turn, the user can reply with a direct message to the sender, regardless of whether the sender follows the user, Twitter announced in a blog on its website. …

  • Mother of austistic child develops 'universal language' app AFP Relax
    Mother of austistic child develops 'universal language' app

    The French mother of an autistic child has created what is believed to be the world's first smartphone application allowing people speaking different languages -- or those incapable of speech at all -- to communicate together, French company Sogeti said Monday. Marie Spitz developed the "Talk Different" app that uses 700 images, colours, icons and sounds to create messages based on alternative communication techniques she practised to interact with her daughter Pauline, whose autism severely …

  • Android Wear getting major update AFP Relax
    Android Wear getting major update

    Google announced on Monday major updates for its Android Wear software for smartwatches in a bid to increase usability and access to a range of information and apps right on one's wrist.  …

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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

    OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. More »

  • 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 »