• UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with terrorists
    UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with terrorists

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says more than 25,000 foreign fighters from over 100 countries have traveled to join with al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and other splinter groups in countries from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, Libya and the Philippines. …

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    The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has given permission to Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada to leave detention and have his aching shoulder checked at a private hospital yesterday. "After taking into account the arguments of both parties and for humanitarian considerations, the Court resolves to grant accused-movant's prayer over the objection of the prosecution," read the Fifth Division's resolution that was issued yesterday and signed by its Chairman Roland Jurado and Associate Justices Efren …

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    The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has blamed the lack of financing for the slow implementation of the environment friendly e-vehicle program in the country. EVAP President Rommel Juan said that EVs are now available all over the Philippines because of the various  private and some local government units programs on the use of e-vehicles. We need funders, financing people or angel investors to come in and tie up with credible and reliable EV players to finally catapult …

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    Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend. …

  • Philippine leader says 'worst airport' now looking much better AFP News
    Philippine leader says 'worst airport' now looking much better

    President Benigno Aquino Wednesday hailed renovations to the Philippines' main international airport, expressing optimism it would soon shake off its ranking on one website as the world's worst airport. Almost a year after he personally apologised for the failure of air-conditioning at Terminal 1 of Manila's international airport, Aquino said the facility appeared to be completely different. "It is like I have entered a completely different airport," he told reporters as he inspected the …

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta lifted martial law in most of the nation, but 10 months after staging a coup, it remains firmly in control — with new laws invoked Wednesday that essentially give it absolute power. The government of former army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha had faced growing pressure from foreign governments, human rights groups and particularly Thailand's own business community to revoke martial law. …

  • UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with terrorists Associated Press
    UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with terrorists

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says more than 25,000 foreign fighters from over 100 countries have traveled to join with al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and other splinter groups in countries from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, Libya and the Philippines. …

  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill
    Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay. …

  • Will Indiana law force 2015 women's Final Four to relocate? Associated Press
    Will Indiana law force 2015 women's Final Four to relocate?

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As pressure builds for repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to call for next year's women's Final Four to find a new venue. …

  • US Senate foreign affairs expert indicted Associated Press
    US Senate foreign affairs expert indicted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday, accused of using his office to improperly benefit an eye doctor and political donor. …

  • Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as IS storms Damascus AFP News
    Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as IS storms Damascus

    Rebels backed by Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate seized control Wednesday of the last border crossing with Jordan that had been under regime control, dealing a major blow to President Bashar al-Assad. "Armed groups, joined today by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, took over the Nasib border point from regime soldiers" on the Syrian side of the frontier, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A coalition of rebel groups had launched the offensive Tuesday, and Al-Nusra …

  • GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue Associated Press
    GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016. …

  • Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage Associated Press
    Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. …

  • McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores Associated Press
    McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. …

  • US sees China's infrastructure bank as 'complement' to World Bank, others: Lew AFP News
    US sees China's infrastructure bank as 'complement' to World Bank, others: Lew

    US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that Washington was "ready to welcome" the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, even as Washington declined to follow key allies in joining Beijing's new development institution. Lew said in a San Francisco speech just after a trip to Beijing that he "was encouraged" by what Chinese leaders told him on their aspirations for the bank. The United States would embrace any new international development bank providing it "complements" …

  • Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers Associated Press
    Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

    SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. …

  • Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging
    Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a plane with a Grumpy Cat flag flew overhead, courtesy of Friskies, the Technorati flooded into panel discussions and happy hour spots at the annual tech festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. …

  • Videogames boost skills, but also harmful AFP News
    Videogames boost skills, but also harmful

    Good news and bad news for video gamers: new research shows game play boosts visual and cognitive skills, but that too much of the activity is linked to behavioral problems. In one of two studies published this week, Brown University researchers found gaming not only improves visual skills but also may improve learning ability for those skills. "A lot of people still view video games as a time-wasting activity even though research is beginning to show their beneficial aspects," said Aaron …

  • Uber files complaints with EU against France, Germany, Spain AFP News
    Uber files complaints with EU against France, Germany, Spain

    Uber has filed complaints with the EU against France, Germany and Spain as the popular taxi app hits back against efforts to ban it from Europe's streets, officials said Wednesday. The US-based firm's legal appeal to the European Union comes amid an increasingly tense battle with regulators and traditional cab drivers in several European countries. Uber argues that efforts by national governments to shut it down breach EU laws on competition and the single market, according to copies of the …

  • GoDaddy races higher in Wall Street debut AFP News
    GoDaddy races higher in Wall Street debut

    GoDaddy shares surged in their Wall Street debut Wednesday, as the market welcomed the company that tries to make Internet domain management and website hosting sexy. The stock trading under the symbol GDDY jumped 31 percent to $26.19 at 1520 GMT, following the initial public offering at $20 a share raising some $460 million. At the current price, GoDaddy's market value is roughly $4 billion, joining a host of emerging technology firms which have been looking mainly to private equity instead …

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    Smartphones a lifeline for many Americans: study

    Americans love their smartphones and rely on them as a key way to go online, but many find the cost too steep, a survey showed Wednesday. The Pew Research Center found some 64 percent of American adults owned a smartphone as of the survey last year, almost double the percentage of 2011. …

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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

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  • 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 »