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  • Pirates kidnap 3 Indonesians on Singapore tanker off Malaysia MB - 7 hours ago

    Kuala Lumpur – Heavily-armed pirates have boarded a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of its cargo of diesel fuel, the International Maritime Bureau said. The attack occurred early Tuesday off Malaysia's west coast, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre. The tanker was believed en route to Myanmar. More »

  • Galedo wins Le Tour MB - 7 hours ago

    Baguio City — Mark Galedo’s road to redemption was completed yesterday in front of a huge crowd at this summer capital. Galedo came in only second in the so-called killer lap but it was enough to overhaul the three-minute deficit as he crowned himself champion of the 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas. Winner of the second leg, Galedo had a chance to grab a second stage victory in the four-leg race, but a painful knee allowed fellow Myanmar Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Ariya Phousavanth of CNN’s Laos to seize the lead in the final 12 kilometers and take the final lap with a time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 42 seconds. More »

  • Security cameras in business establishments urged MB - 7 hours ago

    Cebu City, Cebu — As a move to beef up security measures and help mitigate the number of theft and robbery cases in Cebu, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is strongly urging retailers to install quality closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their business establishments. “Surveillance cameras help prevent crimes like robberies and thefts. The CCTV recordings also help policemen track suspects and solve crimes,” said PNP Regional Intelligence Division Chief Supt. Paul Gacayan Labra II during a recent Philippine Retailers Association - Cebu Chapter General Membership Meeting. More »

  • US rail safety effort marred by squabbling MB - 7 hours ago

    Washington – Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by US government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay. The Department of Transportation, worried about the potential for catastrophic accidents involving oil and ethanol trains that are sometimes as many as 100 cars long, is drafting new tank-car regulations aimed at making the cars less likely to spill their contents in the event of a crash. The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Wednesday. "We are very clear that this issue needs to be acted on very quickly,'' she told reporters at the conclusion of a two-day forum the board held on the rail transport of oil and ethanol. More »

  • PH gains 8 notches in Global ICT ranking MB - 7 hours ago

    After holding on to the 86th spot over the past three years, the Philippines rose 8 places, now ranking 78th out of 148 countries, in terms of the networked readiness index in the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014. The networked readiness index assesses the preparedness of an economy to fully leverage ICT in terms of ICT infrastructure cost of access and the presence of the necessary skills to ensure an optimal use; “Improving its position both within the ASEAN group and overall, the Philippines climbs eight places to reach the 78th position. More »

  • Lady Agilas surprise NU tossers MB - 7 hours ago

    After putting to shame NCAA champion University of Perpetual, the Lady Agilas brought reigning titlist National University down to its knees with an impressive 25-20, 30-28, 14-25, 32-30 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan. Drawing another stellar performances from May Agton and Princess Oliveros, the Lady Agilas won the opening set without much problem. The tide began to tilt in the third set when the Lady Bulldogs finally found their rhythm behind the efforts of Aiko Urdas and Dindin Santiago as they buried the Lady Agilas an avalanche of heavy spikes. The Lady Bulldogs looked like they have gotten their flame back after posting a 12-7 lead early in the fourth set but that’s when Davao started to rally once again. More »

  • Thai AirAsia launches budget long-haul carrier MB - 7 hours ago

    Bangkok - Thai AirAsia X, Thailand's first low-cost, long-haul carrier, officially launched its service in the country to take advantage of markets where demand for air travel appears most promising. The low-cost airline, an affiliate carrier of Thai AirAsia, will commence its long-haul daily service between Bangkok and Seoul, South Korea, in the middle of June, with plans to introduce a daily Bangkok-Tokyo route and five times weekly Bangkok-Osaka services in July. Nadda Buranasri, the chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia X, said at Tuesday's launch that the carrier chose to enter the Thai market now "to allow travelers to test the quality of our service." Mr. Nadda also said Thai AirAsia X hoped to benefit from Thailand's drive to become a regional aviation hub ahead of 2015, when an open skies policy takes effect that will liberalize the aviation industry among the 10-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. More »

  • Cayetano spurs microfinancing in ’Gapo MB - 7 hours ago

    Olongapo City, Zambales — In an effort to bring national government support programs directly to the masses, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano turned over funds to the Olongapo Subic Castillejos San Marcelino Transport Service Cooperative (OSCSM), here, the other day. The funds will be used to start a microfinancing program for jeepney drivers and operators, offering them small loans with very low interest rates and easy payment schemes. More »

  • Shin fires 70, grabs 2-shot lead MB - 7 hours ago

    Trece Martirez, Cavite — Teenager Micah Shin found himself the halfway leader after firing a two-under par 70 yesterday in the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club here. Shin, a 17-year-old find of American-Korean descent from Davao, is seven-under 137 through 36 holes, two shots ahead of first round leader Randy Garalde who scrambled with a 75. I just played my game although I had some lucky shots to compensate for my so-so putting,” said Shin, whose best finish this year is 22nd at ICTSI Splendido. Bunched at 142 were Clyde Mondilla (72), Jessie Balasabas (75) and Edward Reyes (75). More »

  • Marikina, Gawad Kalinga advance in Little League MB - 7 hours ago

    Marikina City and Gawad Kalinga Smokey Mountain pulled off contrasting wins to advance to the round-of-16 of the Little League Philippine Series at the Sumulong grounds in Marikina City yesterday. Playing before their home folks, the Marikina batters didn’t disappoint as they overpowered Pasig, 15-1, to nail their third straight victory and the first berth to the knockout phase in this division for 11-12 boys. The winner of this event will earn a trip to the Little League World Series on Aug. 14-24 in South Williamsport Pennsylvania. ... More »

  • Ex-pastor, other drug targets in grassroots levels busted MB - 7 hours ago

    A former pastor, painter, fisherman, and neighborhood toughie were among those arrested by authorities in separate drug busts in Northern and Southern Luzon, reflecting the diverse illegal drug activities in the grassroots level. In La Trinidad, Benguet, Delfin Alangdeo Andiso, 54, a drug pusher and ex-minister of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church, was nabbed by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA-CAR) in a buy-bust operation after allegedly selling 0.39 gram of shabu worth P9,000 to a poseur-buyer on Tuesday. More »

  • PCCI encourages foreign JVs with promising local companies MB - 7 hours ago

    Foreign businesses are urged to tie up or enter into joint ventures (JVs) with small but promising domestic industries and make the Philippines their production hubs in ASEAN, with the coming integration of the ASEAN markets. Alfredo Yao, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated his advice to the various foreign companies looking for business opportunities in the country during the farewell dinner the PCCI hosted for the outgoing Economic and Commercial Counselor of the  embassy of the People’s Republic of China Wu Zhengping. This was during a press briefing after a dinner at the PCCI to honor outgoing China Commercial Counsellor Wu Zhengping (middle) and incoming Counsellor Jin Yuan.[/caption] “Foreign investors are actually looking at using the Philippines as hub for ASEAN and that is how PCCI is marketing the Philippines also,” Yao said noting of the various foreign business missions flocking into the country such as the Netherlands, Egyptians and Russia. More »

  • Blatche problem eyed MB - 7 hours ago

    Unless the government can expedite the naturalization of Andray Blatche, Gilas-Pilipinas might end up playing without the Brooklyn Nets power forward in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, a development that may hurt the country’s gold medal chances. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia said the Incheon organizing committee is mandating all countries taking part to send a copy of the passport and photo IDs of their athletes by April 30. The Incheon Games will be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 and Incheon wants to see the roster of athletes so it could begin the accreditation process way before the final submission of entry-by-names in mid-August. The Congress and Senate have been working on the naturalization process of Blatche, 27, the past few months so he could acquire a Philippine passport. More »

  • Bulacan aims to solve TB problem like Pampanga MB - 7 hours ago

    Malolos City, Bulacan/Bacolor, Pampanga — Tuberculosis (TB)-related deaths have reached an alarming degree in Bulacan, forcing a need for more effective TB-control interventions that would yield close to the 91-percent success rate posted by its neighboring province of Pampanga in curing the disease, health and local government officials said yesterday. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said the highly-contagious disease receives little attention despite killing an average of 63 Filipinos each day on a national scale. In addressing Bulacan’s problem with TB, Alvarado is seeking standardized and unified TB care in all hospitals and health care programs. As Bulacan struggles to solve the growing number of deaths, Pampanga on the other hand has exceeded the national treatment success target of 85 percent by 2016. More »

  • No Zambales trips for Victory buses MB - 7 hours ago

    The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) confiscated yesterday the license plates of several buses belonging to Victory Liner despite the company’s plea for reconsideration of its order to suspend the bus firm’s Zambales-Manila operation. The LTFRB denied yesterday the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) filed by Victory Liner on the Board’s decision to suspend the operations of the bus company’s 42 units due to the involvement of one of its buses in fatal road accident last week. In denying Victory Liner’s MR, LTFRB chairman Atty Winston Ginez said the Board is preventing to create precedence. More »

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster has reportedly tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who she has been dating for less than a year. …

  • Bad news for Samsung: 85% of people in Philippines willing to buy homegrown …
    Bad news for Samsung: 85% of people in Philippines willing to buy homegrown …

    Smartphone growth is being fueled not by big names like Samsung but by the increasing demand of homegrown smartphone brands in the country. …

  • Eruption now engaged to GF
    Eruption now engaged to GF

    [caption id="attachment_131583" align="alignright" width="240"] Newly engaged couple Eric Tai and Rona Samson; (inset) Samson’s engagement ring (Instagram)[/caption] Eric “Eruption” Tai has already proposed to his non-showbiz girlfriend Rona Samson. The “It’s Showtime” mainstay offered Samson the ring near Mayon Volcano, Albay over the Holy week break. Tai shared during Monday’s episode of “It’s Showtime,” how he asked Samson the big question. “Umakyat kami, siyempre Eruption at Mayon Volcano. …

  • 'More Fun in the Philippines' campaign brings more visitors from New Z …
    'More Fun in the Philippines' campaign brings more visitors from New Z …

    More New Zealanders are finding fun in the Philippines, based on recent data revealed by the Department of Tourism. …

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