• Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded
    Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded

    Indonesia said Saturday it has officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, but a Frenchman was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner, despite strident international criticism. "Today, just now, we just finished …

  • Double Celebration
    Double Celebration

    Ropali Corporation, one of the top multi-brand motorcycle dealers in the Philippines, now holds two Guinness World Records. In the span of four days, Ropali Corporation broke two records, namely: The Largest Parade of Motorcycles with Sidecars and The Largest Simultaneous Motorcycle Burnout. As such, it also became the first motorcycle dealer in the Philippines to become a two-time Guinness World Record holder. The record for The Largest Parade of Motorcycles with Sidecars was previously …

  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the …

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  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the …

  • China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim AFP News
    China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim

    Beijing on Friday dismissed an accusation by Manila that the Chinese coastguard robbed Filipino fishermen at gunpoint during a confrontation in the disputed South China Sea, calling the claim "inconsistent with the fact". The rebuttal came one day after the Philippine fisheries bureau said that fishermen aboard three vessels with clear Chinese coastguard markings boarded two fishing boats in Scarborough Shoal earlier this month and took the crew's catch. The Scarborough Shoal lies 220 …

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  • Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded AFP News
    Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded

    Indonesia said Saturday it has officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, but a Frenchman was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner, despite strident international criticism. "Today, just now, we just finished …

  • Australia says executions of two nationals in Indonesia 'imminent' AFP News
    Australia says executions of two nationals in Indonesia 'imminent'

    The Australian government on Saturday said it has been told by Indonesia that the execution of "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan was "imminent". "Indonesian authorities today advised Australian consular officials that the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be scheduled imminently at Nusakambangan prison in central Java," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement. Consular officials had earlier Saturday been summoned to a town near …

  • Israeli forces kill knife-wielding Palestinian youth - police
    Israeli forces kill knife-wielding Palestinian youth - police

    Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian youth on Saturday as he tried to attack them with a knife at a checkpoint in the Jerusalem area, police said. The incident occurred at around midnight near the A-Zayyim checkpoint on the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said 17-year-old Ali Abu Ghannam first tried to slash paramilitary Israeli border police with a cleaver at …

  • Hundreds dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest AFP News
    Hundreds dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest

    A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 900 people Saturday as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. Officials said at least 876 people are known to have died in Nepal, making it the worst earthquake there in more than 80 years. "The toll from the earthquake has jumped to 876, including 524 from the Kathmandu valley," said police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam. Officials said …

  • Nepal earthquake: LIVE REPORT AFP News
    Nepal earthquake: LIVE REPORT

    14:08 GMT - Tibet tremor - China's official Xinhua news agency confirms two people, including an 83-year-old woman, were killed as the earthquake rattled the Tibet region. …

  • Powerful earthquake strikes Nepal: Things to Know Associated Press
    Powerful earthquake strikes Nepal: Things to Know

    A powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest. …

  • Burundi ruling party nominates president for third term, risking unrest Reuters
    Burundi ruling party nominates president for third term, risking unrest

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's ruling party chose President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term on Saturday, a move critics say is unconstitutional and may trigger unrest in the east African country. The army now includes both ethnic groups and has absorbed rival factions. …

  • Burundi ruling party nominates president for third term, risking unrest
    Burundi ruling party nominates president for third term, risking unrest

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's ruling party chose President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term on Saturday, a move critics say is unconstitutional and may trigger unrest in the east African country. The army now includes both ethnic groups and has absorbed rival factions. …

  • How London man may have helped trigger the 'flash crash' Associated Press
    How London man may have helped trigger the 'flash crash'

    NEW YORK (AP) — He operated from a modest suburban London home he shared with his parents, far from the city's glamorous financial center. He used off-the-shelf software anyone can buy. …

  • Quake triggers Everest avalanche, 10 killed Reuters
    Quake triggers Everest avalanche, 10 killed

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A huge earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least 10 people at the start of the main climbing season. The avalanche buried part of the base camp, raising fears for the safety of hundreds of climbers who were in the area, said Gyanendra Shrestha of the Tourism Ministry in Kathmandu. Ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest …

  • Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter Reuters
    Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter

    A flotilla of nine Iranian naval and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, and this should ease U.S. concerns, a Pentagon spokesman said. The Iranian state news agency IRNA, however, quoted Iran's top navy commander, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying on Saturday that the flotilla was still carrying out its mission in the Gulf of Aden. On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a small group …

  • UK's Cameron scores own goal with pre-election football gaffe Reuters
    UK's Cameron scores own goal with pre-election football gaffe

    British Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to forget which football team he supported on Saturday, drawing ridicule on social media just days ahead of an election in a country known for its love of sport. Cameron, a descendant of King William IV and an alumnus of the elite Eton College, was left looking embarrassed after referring to his support for the east London Premier League club West Ham in a speech about identity. Cameron quickly tried to backtrack, pointing out that he is in fact a …

  • 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 …

  • 'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place AFP News
    'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

    Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday. In a statement to US media, Google apologized for the inappropriate image and said it was working to step up verification of user edits on its Map Maker platform. "Handling spam is a …

  • Apple Watch begins global launch -- quietly AFP Relax
    Apple Watch begins global launch -- quietly

    The Apple Watch made its global debut on Friday in a launch aimed at making the California giant the overnight leader in wearable technology. The event was noticeably low key compared with the fanfare of other Apple product launches: None of the smartwatches were available in Apple stores in New York or around the world, meaning no long queues. Some customers were expected to get delivery of the Apple Watch if they were among the first to pre-order when Apple opened online sales on April 10. …

  • Samsung plans to release a round watch to compete with Apple AFP Relax
    Samsung plans to release a round watch to compete with Apple

    The next connected watch by Samsung should for the first time adopt a more conventional look and offer a round screen, like the Moto 360 or the LG Watch Urbane for example. In fact, it was on the day of the Apple Watch's release that the South Korean company announced the release of a development kit (SDK). This model, of which no details have surfaced, could also function with Tizen, Samsung's own mobile solution already installed on the Gear 2, 2 Lite and S. Until now, Samsung had only …

  • Apple unleashes ad trio for Watch debut AFP Relax
    Apple unleashes ad trio for Watch debut

    Tech giant Apple has released three fresh ads promoting the attributes of the Apple Watch in a series of everyday life scenarios. The second, "Up," is aimed at the lifestyle of active individuals, focuses on how people can use the Apple Watch to improve their general health and well-being -- at the gym, on their bikes, outdoors to time runs -- even at home via timed exercise reminders. …

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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

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  • 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 »