• Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused
    Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. …

  • Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy
    Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy

    The Sandiganbayan has recommended executive clemency for a former Philippine ambassador to Nigeria who was sentenced to 52 years for malversation of public funds. The Sandiganbayan First Division found Masaranga Umpa guilty of misusing the Assistance-To-Nationals Stand-by Funds totaling $80,478.80 in 2007, but the anti-graft court said the former assemblyman from Lanao del Norte should be pardoned. …

  • Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour
    Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour

    It was a night of stargazing in 58 SM Supermalls all over the country last night as these establishments participated in Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement encouraging communities and establishments to switch off lights for one hour to raise global awareness of overuse of non-renewable resources. The Philippines has been an active participant of Earth Hour since 2008. Last night, in the province of Bulacan, for instance, all parishes, diocesan institutions, schools and household …

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    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt AFP News
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

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  • Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour AFP News
    Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

    The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to "faint sparkle" in New York, while theaters on Broadway also toned down the neon. Millions of people around the world were taking part in the annual Earth Hour organized by conservation group WWF, with a string of well-known sights …

  • Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused Philippine Star
    Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. …

  • Indiana governor: 'We're not going to change the law'
    Indiana governor: 'We're not going to change the law'

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said it wasn't a mistake for the state to have enacted it. …

  • Nigerian troops 'battle Boko Haram outside Bauchi' AFP News
    Nigerian troops 'battle Boko Haram outside Bauchi'

    Nigerian troops battled scores of Boko Haram fighters outside the northeastern city of Bauchi on Sunday, residents and a military source told AFP. Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometres (four miles) from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting. The fighting was taking place as Nigeria was holding a second day of voting in its general election after technology failures hampered polling on …

  • Fiji reclaim Hong Kong 7s title beating NZ 33-19 in final Associated Press
    Fiji reclaim Hong Kong 7s title beating NZ 33-19 in final

    HONG KONG (AP) — Fiji reclaimed the Hong Kong Sevens title when it routed defending champion New Zealand 33-19 in the final on Sunday. …

  • DNA from 78 Germanwings crash victims found: prosecutor AFP News
    DNA from 78 Germanwings crash victims found: prosecutor

    Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts recovered from the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. Prosecutor Brice Robin added that an access road was being built for all-terrain vehicles to reach the site where 150 people died. …

  • Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats AFP News
    Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats

    Iran and six world powers have reached provisional agreement on key parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats in talks in Switzerland said Sunday. One of these diplomats said Iran had "more or less" agreed to slash the number of its centrifuge machines by more than two-thirds and to ship abroad most of its stockpile of nuclear material. Iranian diplomats however denied that any tentative agreement on these points has been struck, saying that any reports …

  • Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment
    Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment

    Rice farmer Nguyen Hien Thien is so busy growing his crops that he has never even visited Can Tho, a town only a few miles from his farm in the southern Mekong Delta. Experts say Vietnam's drive to become one of the world's leading rice exporters is pushing farmers in the fertile delta region to the brink, with mounting costs to the environment. As a scientist, I want to see more being done to protect farmers and the environment," said Vietnamese rice expert Vo Tong Xuan. This now generates …

  • Australia moves towards joining China-led bank: government AFP News
    Australia moves towards joining China-led bank: government

    Australia said Sunday it will sign an agreement to become a prospective founding member of a China-backed infrastructure bank, but stressed that no one nation should control the institution. China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum of understanding last October to establish the Beijing-headquartered US$50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) bank. Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia have also announced plans to join, despite scepticism about the AIIB in …

  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict Associated Press
    Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms. …

  • Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare Associated Press
    Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare

    SISTERON, France (AP) — The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare. …

  • La municipalidad de NY combate el "alquiler ilegal" Associated Press
    La municipalidad de NY combate el "alquiler ilegal"

    NUEVA YORK (AP) — Desde una oficina junto al Puente de Brooklyn, un equipo especializado de investigadores lidia con una situación cada vez más frecuente en la mayor ciudad del país: apartamentos que están siendo alquilados como habitaciones de hotel. …

  • 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. …

  • London, Paris, Tokyo to get Apple Watch stores AFP Relax
    London, Paris, Tokyo to get Apple Watch stores

    On April 10, Apple will open three dedicated stores-within-stores to sell its premium smartwatch. …

  • Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery AFP News
    Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery

    US health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced plans Friday to collaborate with Google on surgical robotics. The two companies said in a statement they would work "to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room." The firms said they would seek to improve techniques for robotic-assisted surgery -- a minimally invasive procedure that uses technology to give surgeons …

  • Microsoft says data requests down, reforms needed AFP News
    Microsoft says data requests down, reforms needed

    Microsoft said Friday the number of global law enforcement requests for user data fell in 2014 as the tech giant renewed its call for surveillance reforms. In its twice-yearly "transparency report," Microsoft said the total number of law enforcement requests received in the second half of the year was 31,002, bringing to the total for the year to 65,496 -- down from 72,279 a year earlier. Microsoft deputy counsel John Frank said in a statement that while law enforcement authorities sometimes …

  • Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet AFP Relax
    Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet

    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet service to remote spots. "Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook timeline. The unpiloted aerial vehicle, or drone, has a wingspan greater …

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    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 »

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