• Ex-Cavite governor gets PCSO top post
    Ex-Cavite governor gets PCSO top post

    After nearly a year, President Aquino finally made good his promise to a long-time ally – former Cavite governor and congressman Erineo Maliksi – to head the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), replacing Margarita Juico who resigned in May 2014. Maliksi must be officially elected by the PCSO board members as their chairman. Prior to his appointment to the PCSO, Maliksi faced graft charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged illegal purchase of P2.5 million worth …

  • US, Phl military exercises to focus on sea defense
    US, Phl military exercises to focus on sea defense

    A massive deployment of aircraft, personnel and warships characterizes this year’s Balikatan between the two allies, which war games were launched 30 years ago. Commander Lued Lincuna, Philippine Navy public affairs chief, said the Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 (MBLT-4) will link  up with the US 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. …

  • 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 …

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  • Philippines voices China alarm as US war games begin
    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 …

  • US, Philippines start combat drills amid Chinese reclamation Associated Press
    US, Philippines start combat drills amid Chinese reclamation

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat exercises Monday amid growing alarm over massive land reclamation by China in disputed South China Sea territories. …

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    ITOMAN, Japan (AP) — In Norman Baker's mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path. Both the 18-year-old U.S. Marine and the 17-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl had known the enemy only from the virulent propaganda they had been fed. When they finally met their foes in the closing months …

  • MALAYSIA PRESS-Malaysia's Jobstreet plans acquisition within next 2 years -The Sun Reuters

    Malaysia's online recruitment services provider, JobStreet Corporation Bhd, is planning to acquire new businesses within the Southeast Asia region over the next two years, The Sun reported on Tuesday, ... …

  • Injury-hit Real tasked with breaking down Atletico wall
    Injury-hit Real tasked with breaking down Atletico wall

    Real Madrid have the unenviable task of beating city rivals Atletico Madrid at the eighth attempt this season if they are to progress to a fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final. The European champions have failed to overcome Atletico in seven games since beating Los Rojiblancos in last season's Champions League final, including last week's 0-0 draw in the first-leg at the Vicente Calderon, and have also been struck by a series of injuries and suspensions to key players. Luka Modric …

  • Juve have Champions League semis in sight against goal-shy Monaco AFP News
    Juve have Champions League semis in sight against goal-shy Monaco

    Juventus head to Monaco on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final looking to clinch a place in the last four for the first time in over a decade. An immovable force at the top of the European game in the 1990s, when they reached three consecutive finals, including beating Ajax in the 1996 showpiece, Juve were also Champions League runners-up in 2003, losing to AC Milan. Nevertheless, while they close in on a fourth consecutive Serie A crown, they are now primed …

  • Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort Reuters
    Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

    By James Mackenzie and Robin Emmott CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe. Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to …

  • 800 dead after Sunday's Mediterranean migrant shipwreck: UN AFP News
    800 dead after Sunday's Mediterranean migrant shipwreck: UN

    The United Nations refugee agency has confirmed 800 migrants died in a shipwreck off Libya on Sunday after speaking to survivors of the disaster. …

  • Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort
    Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

    By James Mackenzie and Robin Emmott CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe. Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to …

  • Hormel says bird flu outbreak will hurt turkey sales Associated Press
    Hormel says bird flu outbreak will hurt turkey sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak. …

  • US, Japan talks fail to close gap on farm, auto trade Associated Press
    US, Japan  talks fail to close gap on farm, auto trade

    TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. and Japan need further work to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Tuesday. …

  • Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters: TRFN Reuters
    Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters: TRFN

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. actress Meryl Streep is among the funders of a new initiative to support women screenwriters in a film industry dominated by men. The Writers Lab, run by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and announced at the Tribeca Film Festival, will provide mentorship to eight women screenwriters over the age of 40 at a location in upstate New York in September. Screenwriters Kirsten Smith (Legally Blond, Ten Things I Hate About …

  • Prognosis unclear for daughter of late singer Whitney Houston: lawyer Reuters
    Prognosis unclear for daughter of late singer Whitney Houston: lawyer

    (Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown is expected to live a long life, but her prognosis remains unclear, an attorney for her father Bobby Brown said on Monday, clarifying the singer’s remarks at a weekend concert that she was awake months after being found unresponsive in her bathtub. She's watching me," Brown told concert-goers at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to a video posted on the website TMZ. "However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation …

  • 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 …

  • 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.  …

  • Google’s internet balloons can now connect the whole world AFP Relax
    Google’s internet balloons can now connect the whole world

    After a first round of tests in New Zealand in 2013, those responsible for Project Loon now want to show its efficiency across the globe. Project Lead Mike Cassidy, explains the fabrication and functioning of these strange stratospheric balloons capable of dealing with anything, even spontaneous occurrences. It is now possible to produce these balloons by the millions and answer production demand. After two years of testing, the balloons are now capable of staying in the air for hundreds of …

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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 »