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    * Louis Royer valued at about $150 mln - sources * Suntory selling cognac maker as part of portfolio reshuffle * Asia cognac demand seen rising 13 pct in 2015-19 -Euromonitor (Adds graphic link) By Denny Thomas and Khettiya Jittapong HONG KONG/BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) - Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast …

  • OIC asked to complete review of peace pact with MNLF
    OIC asked to complete review of peace pact with MNLF

    The Philippine government is asking the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to finally complete the tripartite review process of the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The review – snagged  for several years as government had its hands full with the peace process with rival faction Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) – tackles how the 1996 peace pact with the MNLF has been implemented and centers on the three remaining …

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    DOJ wraps up Mamasapano probe

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is wrapping up its investigation into the “massacre” of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. A joint team of prosecutors and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) investigators is about to finish the second part,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has told congressmen. She was responding to questions raised by former senior police officer and now Rep. Samuel Pagdilao of party-list …

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  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines AFP News
    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

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    Singapore arrests alleged match-fixers ahead of SEA Games

    A Singaporean and several foreigners have been arrested on suspicion of trying to fix football matches at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), the city-state's anti-corruption agency said Friday. The 36-sport biennial Southeast Asian Games was set to kick off informally late Friday with group stage football ties ahead of the opening ceremony on June 5 at the National Stadium of Singapore. In a statement, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said it had been "proactively …

  • High spirits battle: Asia tycoons vie for cognac maker Louis Royer Reuters

    * Louis Royer valued at about $150 mln - sources * Suntory selling cognac maker as part of portfolio reshuffle * Asia cognac demand seen rising 13 pct in 2015-19 -Euromonitor (Adds graphic link) By Denny Thomas and Khettiya Jittapong HONG KONG/BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) - Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast …

  • Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform Associated Press
    Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sounded a conciliatory note on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way." …

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    The Latest: Wrong-way Cornet reaches French Open 4th round

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open: …

  • Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis Associated Press
    Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis

    ZURICH (AP) — The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday. …

  • Great Barrier Reef kept off UNESCO "danger" list for now Reuters
    Great Barrier Reef kept off UNESCO "danger" list for now

    A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia's Great Barrier Reef on an "in danger" list, but raised long-term concerns about its future. The long-awaited ruling by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee welcomed Australian efforts to maintain the environmentally sensitive region but noted its outlook was "poor" and called on the government to stick rigidly to commitments to protect it. Australia earlier this month said it would more than double …

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    Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sounded a conciliatory note on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way." …

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    Great Barrier Reef kept off UNESCO "danger" list for now

    A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia's Great Barrier Reef on an "in danger" list, but raised long-term concerns about its future. The long-awaited ruling by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee welcomed Australian efforts to maintain the environmentally sensitive region but noted its outlook was "poor" and called on the government to stick rigidly to commitments to protect it. Australia earlier this month said it would more than double …

  • Vatican's anti-money laundering norms taking hold Associated Press
    Vatican's anti-money laundering norms taking hold

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Friday it received 147 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, a sign that tough new anti-money laundering norms are taking hold at its scandal-marred bank. …

  • For failed Atlantic City loan program, big promises fizzled Associated Press
    For failed Atlantic City loan program, big promises fizzled

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When Jim Thigpen first met with an investor in early 2012 to discuss selling control of the Tennessee financial firm he had run for more than 20 years, he said W. Wesley Drummon boasted of a business plan that involved $2 billion from the Bank of China. Nothing was said about running a loan program for Atlantic City. …

  • 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 …

  • Google's new Android seeks to make smartphone smarter AFP Relax
    Google's new Android seeks to make smartphone smarter

    Google's updated Android mobile software seeks to make the smartphone smarter, while keeping the search titan relevant in a world where people rely on apps on the go. At its annual Google developers conference Thursday, Google offered a preview of Android M, due for release later this year, with an upgraded version of "Google Now," the voice-activated assistant which competes with rivals like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. Google will take the software a step further by allowing users …

  • Google unveils Android Pay in fresh challenge to Apple AFP News
    Google unveils Android Pay in fresh challenge to Apple

    Google unveiled its pay-with-a-phone system for Android devices, ramping up its challenge to Apple in mobile payments. Android Pay, unveiled at the Google developers conference in San Francisco, brings together mobile carriers, payment networks, banks and retailers to allow smartphone users to use their handsets instead of payment cards. Google engineering vice president Dave Burke said Android Pay would work in more than 700,000 US retail outlets that accept contactless payments. …

  • US unveils plan to subsidize broadband for poor AFP News
    US unveils plan to subsidize broadband for poor

    The top US telecom regulator on Thursday unveiled plans to subsidize high-speed Internet for low-income households, saying the service was essential for people trying to better themselves. Federal Communications chairman Tom Wheeler proposed the plan to overhaul the "Lifeline" program which provides low-cost telephone service to include online access as well. "Broadband access is essential to find a job -- more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 job openings are online," Wheeler said in a blog …

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    Google launches Photos app with unlimited storage

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    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 »

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    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

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    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 »

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    Loom bands for a cause

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    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

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  • Dancing to a better life

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    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 »