• China ignores global outcry vs reclamation
    China ignores global outcry vs reclamation

    On Wednesday, G-7 foreign ministers issued a Declaration on Maritime Security expressing alarm over “unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, which change the status quo and increase tensions” in the region. In their communiqué, which did not specifically mention China, the ministers expressed belief that reclamation activities were meant to “change the status quo” in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, through which 40 percent of global trade passes. …

  • Project NOAH exec receives recognition
    Project NOAH exec receives recognition

    Project NOAH executive director and University of the Philippines professor Mahar Lagmay recently received recognition from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for his work in disaster risk reduction and mitigation in the Philippines. …

  • Nightclub ban for US troops
    Nightclub ban for US troops

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said yesterday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will kick off tomorrow the 10-day annual military exercises, according to Capt. Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

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  • US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow
    US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow

    Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China's increasing forcefulness in its bid …

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial AFP News
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

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  • Amaia Steps breaks ground in Bacolod Property24 Philippines
    Amaia Steps breaks ground in Bacolod

    Ayala Land Inc.'s brand of low-cost housing, Amaia Land, broke ground on their flagship development in Bacolod City. The groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Amaia Steps in Capitol Central, Ayala Land's mixed-use development in Bacolod -- the first of its kind in the city. "We are truly excited to bring Ayala Land's expertise in developing communities to Bacolod," issued Ayala Land president and CEO Bobby Dy. …

  • How to Build a Faux White Brick Wall Property24 Philippines
    How to Build a Faux White Brick Wall

    Brick walls are both urban and homey. Use tape 1/4 of an inch thick, and make sure there's an excess inch on each end of the horizontal lines so it is easier to peel off afterwards. …

  • Gunmen storm Afghan police station as mine clearers abducted
    Gunmen storm Afghan police station as mine clearers abducted

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents armed with guns and explosives attacked a police station Sunday in Afghanistan's southern city of Lashkar Gar, wounding two officers and a civilian as gunmen elsewhere kidnapped at least a dozen mine clearers, authorities said. …

  • The Latest: Stable Libya would avert migrant deaths: Germany Associated Press
    The Latest: Stable Libya would avert migrant deaths: Germany

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  • Hundreds of migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean Sea Associated Press
    Hundreds of migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean Sea

    ROME (AP) — Only a few dozen people were saved Sunday after a fishing boat smuggling hundreds of migrants from Libya to Europe overturned in what could become one of the Mediterranean's deadliest mass drownings. …

  • Finnish PM Alexander Stubb concedes election defeat AFP News
    Finnish PM Alexander Stubb concedes election defeat

    Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb conceded defeat in Sunday's general election, which saw the opposition Centre Party and its leader Juha Sipila come out on top. Congratulations," Stubb told Finnish public radio and television YLE. Projections by YLE showed the Centre Party winning 46 of 200 seats in parliament, while Stubb's conservative National Coalition Party was seen taking 37 seats, the same number as the Social Democrats. The rightwing eurosceptic Finns Party was seen taking 35 …

  • Hamilton wins Bahrain GP ahead of Raikkonen and Rosberg Associated Press
    Hamilton wins Bahrain GP ahead of Raikkonen and Rosberg

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton's bid for a third Formula One title is gathering momentum after another convincing win in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's status as his main challenger is under threat from a resurgent Ferrarti team. …

  • Opposition Center Party takes early lead in Finnish election
    Opposition Center Party takes early lead in Finnish election

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland voted Sunday to determine which coalition could lift the country out of a three-year recession, with the opposition Center Party in an early lead over the ruling conservatives whose leader, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, acknowledged his government was slow to enact economic reforms. …

  • Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Furious 7's Walker tops UK chart Reuters
    Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Furious 7's Walker tops UK chart

    American rapper Wiz Khalifa has scored the fastest selling single of the year, as his tribute to actor Paul Walker, "See You Again", climbed 21 places to top the British chart, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. The song featuring Charlie Puth is on the sound track to the movie "Furious 7", and it pays tribute to cast member Walker who died during filming in November 2013. A remix of OMI's 2012 reggae song "Cheerleader" climbed 25 places to number two in the run down, while last …

  • Box Office: 'Furious 7' Out Runs 'Paul Blart 2,' 'Unfriended' Reuters
    Box Office: 'Furious 7' Out Runs 'Paul Blart 2,' 'Unfriended'

    "This is how you build a record year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. "These are summer-style numbers in April." Despite "Furious 7's" continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. It's good news for Sony Pictures, which had a painful chapter from its recent history dredged up this week when Julian Assange's WikiLeaks published an archive of emails and documents that were stolen by …

  • South Africa's "Rainbow Nation" turns dark as immigrant attacks rise Reuters
    South Africa's "Rainbow Nation" turns dark as immigrant attacks rise

    By Kenichi Serino and Stella Mapenzauswa JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When he heard angry screams and the hammering of hatchets on the door of his shack last week, Malawian Folias Sakai thought he was about to become the eighth person to be killed in anti-immigrant attacks that have swept South Africa this month. Instead Sakai managed to escape the mob by scrambling over the metal rooftop of his shack in a Johannesburg slum into the safety of a nearby alleyway. "They were going to kill us,” said …

  • Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are U.S. "myth" Reuters
    Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are U.S. "myth"

    By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week. Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has supported the nuclear talks but continues to express deep mistrust of the United States. …

  • 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 …

  • New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy AFP News
    New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy

    Google has a new sheriff keeping watch over the wilds of the Internet. He now holds the reins of security and privacy for all-things Google. In an exclusive interview with AFP, Eschelbeck spoke of using Google's massive scope to protect users from cyber villains such as spammers and state-sponsored spies. …

  • Google revolutionizes search to help mobile users AFP News
    Google revolutionizes search to help mobile users

    Google search on Tuesday will start factoring in how easy websites are to read on smartphones or tablet computers, underlining the changing way people surf the Internet. The web titan said that the "mobile-friendliness" of websites will be a factor in ranking results to online searches done using mobile devices. "As people increasingly search on their mobile devices, we want to make sure they can find content that's not only relevant and timely, but also easy to read and interact with on …

  • Apple Watch to boost 'glance journalism' AFP Relax
    Apple Watch to boost 'glance journalism'

    With the Apple Watch expected to sell in the millions, news organizations are refocusing their efforts to become part of that tiny screen. The Apple Watch, expected to catapult to the leading item in wearable technology, opens up new possibilities to a news industry seeking to connect with audiences in the digital era. The New York Times says its app for the Apple Watch will be "a new form of storytelling" and that "editors on three continents" will update notifications. Yahoo will have four …

  • Cybercrime now 'number one' threat: Europol chief AFP News
    Cybercrime now 'number one' threat: Europol chief

    Cybercrime has become as big a threat to Europe's security as terrorism, the head of the continent's policing agency warned Friday. It is now the number one security concern, alongside terrorism," Europol chief Rob Wainwright said. Wainwright was speaking on the sidelines of a global cyber conference ending in The Hague, which focused on issues such as Internet freedom, safety and security. More than 1,500 delegates from almost 100 countries, civil society and tech industry giants such as …

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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 »