In this image released by DreamWorks Animation, characters Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons, left, and Tip, voiced by Rihanna appear in a scene from the animated film "Home." (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)

DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M

Associated Press - NEW YORK (AP) — Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" with a resounding de…

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  • Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family

    Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France. More »

    Associated Press - 5 hours ago
  • Avión de Air Canada derrapa y sale de la pista; 23 heridos

    Avión de Air Canada derrapa y sale de la pista; 23 heridos

    HALIFAX, Canadá (AP) — Un avión de Air Canada hizo un aterrizaje abrupto, al derrapar y salir de la pista en el aeropuerto canadiense de Halifax debido al mal tiempo, informaron las autoridades. Un total de 23 personas fueron llevadas al hospital para observación y tratamiento por lesiones menores. More »

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago
  • Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment

    Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment

    Rice farmer Nguyen Hien Thien is so busy growing his crops that he has never even visited Can Tho, a town only a few miles from his farm in the southern Mekong Delta. Experts say Vietnam's drive to become one of the world's leading rice exporters is pushing farmers in the fertile delta region to the brink, with mounting costs to the environment. As a scientist, I want to see more being done to protect farmers and the environment," said Vietnamese rice expert Vo Tong Xuan. This now generates far more of the crop than needed to feed Vietnam's 90 million population and has catalysed a thriving export industry. More »

    AFP News - 12 hours ago
  • Australia moves towards joining China-led bank: government

    Australia moves towards joining China-led bank: government

    Australia said Sunday it will sign an agreement to become a prospective founding member of a China-backed infrastructure bank, but stressed that no one nation should control the institution. China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum of understanding last October to establish the Beijing-headquartered US$50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) bank. Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia have also announced plans to join, despite scepticism about the AIIB in Washington and Tokyo. "Good progress has been made on the bank's design, governance and transparency over the past few months, but we still have issues that we will address through ongoing consultations," Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a joint statement. More »

    AFP News - 19 hours ago
  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

    Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms. More »

    Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
  • Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare

    Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare

    SISTERON, France (AP) — The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare. More »

    Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
  • La municipalidad de NY combate el "alquiler ilegal"

    La municipalidad de NY combate el "alquiler ilegal"

    NUEVA YORK (AP) — Desde una oficina junto al Puente de Brooklyn, un equipo especializado de investigadores lidia con una situación cada vez más frecuente en la mayor ciudad del país: apartamentos que están siendo alquilados como habitaciones de hotel. More »

    Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
  • In NYC, an unusual task force fights home-as-hotel rentals

    In NYC, an unusual task force fights home-as-hotel rentals

    NEW YORK (AP) — From an office by the Brooklyn Bridge, a specialized team of investigators tackles a fast-growing concern in the nation's biggest city: apartments being rented like hotel rooms. More »

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • Russia 'to join China-led development bank'

    Russia 'to join China-led development bank'

    Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will participate in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Shuvalov said at China's Boao Forum, quoted by RIA Novosti state news agency. More »

    AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed that he still had a case pending over alleged non-payment of taxes earlier. Although hailed as a national hero for his boxing feats, Pacquiao has run afoul of tax officials before and is embroiled in a dispute with the revenue bureau saying he owed at least 2.2 billion pesos in unpaid taxes for 2008 and 2009. More »

    AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • China's Xi attempts to reassure on Asian investment, economy

    China's Xi attempts to reassure on Asian investment, economy

    China's President Xi Jinping said Saturday that Beijing's new Asian investment schemes do not aim to displace existing regional programmes, after US scepticism about the Beijing-backed AIIB bank. China is expanding its financial clout in Asia with the founding of a "Belt and Road" scheme to invest in regional transport links, as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multinational lender that the United States perceives as a threat to the Washington-led World Bank. Xi told a regional summit in southern China that the "Belt and Road" scheme had "no intention of replacing existing mechanisms or initiatives for regional cooperation", the state-run Xinhua news agency said. "All countries along the routes in Asia, as well as China's friends and partners around the world" are invited to take part in the programme as well as the AIIB, Xi added, according to Xinhua. More »

    AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • China Eastern airline says profit up 44 percent

    China Eastern airline says profit up 44 percent

    Chinese airline China Eastern said its net profit rose 44 percent in 2014 from a year earlier, as fuel costs fell and passenger numbers increased. Net profit at the Shanghai based firm was 3.4 billion yuan ($548 million) last year, it said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Friday. "This result was also primarily due to the continuous improvement of the Group's operating abilities and the decrease of jet fuel prices, as well as adjustments to the retirement benefit policies of our employees," China Eastern said. China Eastern is China's third largest airline, operating 485 passenger airliners and 12 freighters at the end of last year, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported. More »

    AFP News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum

    Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum

    BOAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference. More »

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • Fitch baja calificación de Grecia ante incertidumbre

    Fitch baja calificación de Grecia ante incertidumbre

    ATENAS (AP) — La agencia Fitch redujo el viernes la calificación de la deuda de Grecia debido a la creciente incertidumbre en torno al compromiso del nuevo gobierno para aplicar las reformas necesarias con el fin de reiniciar los pagos del crédito de rescate y evitar caer en mora. More »

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

    Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. More »

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today

    The summer tour for local junior golfers kicks off with the holding of the ICTSI-JGFP Baguio Junior Open today and tomorrow at the treacherous Baguio Country Club course in Baguio.Sixty players aged 6 to 17 years old are entered in the 36-hole tourney serving as the opening leg of the summer circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Foundation as main sponsor. ... …

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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 …

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    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 …

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    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. …

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