• China says Philippines violating South China Sea code

    China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China's own construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement in 2002 to refrain from occupying uninhabited reefs and shoals in the sea, and from building new structures that would complicate disputes. In a statement released just before …

  • NCCA plans to conduct mapping of Pag-Asa Island
    NCCA plans to conduct mapping of Pag-Asa Island

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) plans to send researchers to conduct a cultural mapping of Pag-Asa Island, which is part of Philippine-held territories in the disputed Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea. Harold Rentoria, NCCA committee on cultural heritage commissioner, admitted that since two years ago they have been thinking of going to Pag-Asa Island for their cultural mapping project. Cultural mapping is part of the NCCA program Taoid – the Ilocano word for …

  • No CNN interview for senators in ‘pork’ scam
    No CNN interview for senators in ‘pork’ scam

    Cable News Network (CNN) Philippines has been denied a chance to interview detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada, a Sandiganbayan justice said yesterday. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang told The STAR CNN’s request for an interview with the lawmakers, who are being held without bail at Camp Crame, will not be allowed as such may violate a rule preventing parties to an ongoing trial from discussing the merits of the case. CNN Philippines had …

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    Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. …

  • Death row Filipina's family criticises Philippine govt AFP News
    Death row Filipina's family criticises Philippine govt

    The family of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia returned home on Friday with scathing criticism of the Philippine government's alleged mishandling of her case. Mary Jane Veloso's mother said President Benigno Aquino should not be credited for the 11th hour reprieve that saved her daughter from death by firing squad on Wednesday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo stayed Veloso's execution after Aquino asked that she be made a witness against a human trafficking ring that duped her into …

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  • RE/MAX ranks 12th among top franchises Property24 Philippines
    RE/MAX ranks 12th among top franchises

    Franchise Direct, a directory of franchises all over the world, conducts a yearly survey that ranks companies according to the number of their franchise units, their revenue, growth, and long-term stability. Other brands that made it to the top 10, from #6 to #10, respectively, were Hertz, Pizza Hut, Ace Hardware Corporation, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Groupe Casino. At #12, RE/MAX is the highest-ranking real estate franchise on the list. Dave Liniger, CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder of …

  • 4 Simple Ways to Soundproof a Room Property24 Philippines
    4 Simple Ways to Soundproof a Room

    Does your home come with a music room; an entertainment area; a recreational den? Look to these four simple tips 'n tricks to keep the racket from the rest of the house.Use rugs, carpets, and drapes.By far the cheapest and the simplest to install -- rugs, carpets, and drapes serve as padding which can absorb and minimize the amount of sound that can travel through the walls and floor. Cover the whole floor with a thick carpet. Hang drapes along the walls, using extra thick material over the …

  • APNewsBreak: Marine general chosen Joint Chiefs chairman Associated Press
    APNewsBreak: Marine general chosen Joint Chiefs chairman

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. …

  • Obama jokes with Letterman about post-retirement life Associated Press
    Obama jokes with Letterman about post-retirement life

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is envisioning a future of playing dominoes with retiree David Letterman. …

  • Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out AFP News
    Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

    Many faced social stigma and were long kept in the dark about their true parental origins, with birth certificates that usually said "father unknown". Now, 70 years after the end of World War II, many German children of Allied occupation forces are breaking the silence on what was long a taboo subject. "My own earliest memories are: I am not wanted, something is wrong with me," writes one of them, Ute Baur-Timmerbrink, in her new book on the subject, "Wir Besatzungskinder" (We, the Occupation …

  • Nepali police, villagers dig through mud to pull out bodies Associated Press
    Nepali police, villagers dig through mud to pull out bodies

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers were Tuesday digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route in Nepal, where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by the earthquake that struck the region 10 days ago. …

  • Australia urged to crack down on abuse of migrant labour
    Australia urged to crack down on abuse of migrant labour

    Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crack down on the exploitation of migrants labouring in farms and factories, after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to "slave labour". Using footage from secret cameras, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation found migrants were being paid well under the legal minimum and working up to 18 hours a day in harsh conditions. "There's slave labour in this country," National Party member of parliament Keith Pitt told …

  • Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output Associated Press
    Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output

    ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) — It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin. …

  • Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Mideast: reports AFP News
    Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Mideast: reports

    Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said on Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia -- a major destination for Indonesian maids -- United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt, and will come into effect in three months' time, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri was cited as saying in local media. Jakarta, which has long complained about the …

  • Germany's Siemens acknowledges China examination AFP News
    Germany's Siemens acknowledges China examination

    German industrial giant Siemens confirmed that Chinese regulators are "looking into" the business model of its healthcare unit, but denied it was a corruption investigation. China's healthcare sector is widely considered to be riddled with graft, partly the result of doctors' low salaries and an opaque tendering system for drugs. Media reports said the State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) and other regulators last year started initial inquiries into the medical device …

  • Australia's central bank cuts interest rate to 2.0 percent AFP News
    Australia's central bank cuts interest rate to 2.0 percent

    Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2.0 percent on Tuesday in a bid to reinvigorate the struggling economy as a long, China-fuelled mining boom fizzles out. "At today's meeting, the board judged that the inflation outlook provided the opportunity for monetary policy to be eased further, so as to reinforce recent encouraging trends in household demand," Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens said in a statement. …

  • 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 …

  • Uber driver found guilty in Belgium crackdown AFP News
    Uber driver found guilty in Belgium crackdown

    An Uber driver in Belgium was found guilty of breaking taxi laws on Monday, in the first case to land in a Brussels court after dozens of drivers were caught by police posing as clients of the banned service. Uber is banned in Belgium, but operating under the alternative name UberPop, has continued to offer residents of Brussels a cheaper alternative to traditional taxis. The local government in Brussels is largely sympathetic to Uber, and is in the process of drawing up an overhaul of the …

  • Use of cellphone trackers in criminal probes under review in US AFP News
    Use of cellphone trackers in criminal probes under review in US

    The US Justice Department said Monday it is re-examining its controversial use of secret cellphone tracking devices to establish the location of suspects in criminal investigations, a spokesman said. "With regard to this particular technology, the Department of Justice is in the process of examining its policies to ensure they reflect the department's continuing commitment to conducting its vital missions while according appropriate respect for privacy and civil liberties," Justice Department …

  • The next iPad could have a 12.9-inch display AFP Relax
    The next iPad could have a 12.9-inch display

    Speculation is heating up regarding the rumored "iPad Pro," so nicknamed in reference to Microsoft's Surface Pro. Unbox Therapy released the video in question, which compares the 9.7-inch iPad Air with all of the new protective cases currently being produced, which are said to be for a next-generation iPad with a screen diagonal of between 12.5 and 13 inches and the same thinness as the iPad Air. The supposed iPad will also come with a Bluetooth stylus, an NFC chip for wireless payments …

  • Facebook opens up Internet.org after neutrality flap AFP News
    Facebook opens up Internet.org after neutrality flap

    Facebook said Monday it was opening up Internet.org, which provides connectivity to people in developing nations, to outside applications following a controversy over its limited set of online services. The move comes after news organizations in India announced they would withdraw from the program, claiming it violated the spirit of "net neutrality," or equal treatment for all services online. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Internet.org would operate as a free platform "so …

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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 »