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  • Lufthansa faces ‘unlimited’ damages for Alps crash MB - 41 minutes ago

    Lufthansa could face “unlimited’’ compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. To avoid liability, a carrier has to prove that the crash wasn’t due to “negligence or other wrongful act’’ by its employees, according to Article 21 of the 1999 Montreal Convention. On Friday Germanwings has offered the families of the victims of the French Alps air disaster ‘’up to 50,000 euros ($54,806) per passenger’’ towards their immediate costs, a spokesman said Friday. The assistance, which the families would not be required to pay back, was separate from the compensation that the airline will likely have to pay over the disaster, a Germanwings spokesman told AFP, confirming a report by Tagesspiegel daily. More »

  • Night biking on Earth Hour MB - 41 minutes ago

    Thousands of bikers took part in marking Earth Hour last Saturday March 28, 2015 by taking to the streets on their bikes at 8:30 in the evening. The activity started at the Cebu IT Park and went on through various main streets in Cebu City for about an hour. (Juan Carlo de Vela) More »

  • MMDA takes lead in Visita Iglesia, Pabasa MB - 41 minutes ago

    In the observance of the Holy Week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct its own Pabasa and Visita Iglesia, at its Pasig City ferry service that will remain operational even during the Lenten break. “We will operate on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday to give the public alternative transportation for their Visita Iglesia since many public utility vehicles will not be available and train services will be closed during the Holy Week,” said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino. On Monday, Corazon Jimenez, general manager, said they will lead several Catholic devotees in visiting four churches along the Pasig City through the Pasig ferry boats. “The devotees will attend a Mass at 7 a.m. then we will walk towards Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati City and towards the Pasig ferry Guadalupe terminal,” said Jimenez, adding that winners during the recently-concluded Barangay Power will also join them. More »

  • ODA disbursement tripled to $1.62B in 4th quarter of 2014 – NEDA MB - 41 minutes ago

    The financial performance of projects and programs funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) has improved as the disbursement level in the fourth quarter of 2014 tripled from the same period of last year, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “Comparing the financial performance in the fourth quarter of 2014 from the same period in 2013, all absorptive capacity indicators registered favorable performance. Planta said the improvement was caused by higher actual loan  disbursements from 13 program loans amounting to US$1.1 billion from US$182.60 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a report of the NEDA-MES. The percentage of loan amount’s actual utilization against loan schedule, likewise improved and still exceeded the threshold at 77.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 73.0 percent of the previous year. More »

  • DPWH to build new P23-M Leyte town hall MB - 41 minutes ago

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Visayas will be building a new town hall for the municipality of Tabontabon, this province. The previous town hall was severely damaged by super-typhoon Yolanda which rampaged through Leyte in November 8, 2013. Tabontabon Mayor Brendo A. Gamez said the new town hall for will cost P23 million. Funds for the project will come from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s Rehabilitation Assistance on Yolanda program. More »

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed MB - 45 minutes ago

    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 Jr. ... More »

  • Method to their madness MB - 45 minutes ago

    [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. More »

  • The anointing at Bethany MB - 45 minutes ago

    JOHN 12:1-11 Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. More »

  • Lakas-CMD eyeing ‘Gibo’ Teodoro for 2016 MB - 45 minutes ago

    Lakas-CMD party executives have launched a bid to lure former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro from a long political hibernation and respond to the search for alternative candidates in the 2016 elections. This was gathered as Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Lakas-CMD national president, disclosed that the party will soon prepare for the national elections, adding that he expects many of those who abandoned it to return to its fold and join in the preparations. Former House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, another party stalwart, admitted that convincing Teodoro to come out from retirement will be more difficult to do than campaign for his election to a national post in 2016. Suarez admitted to reporters that he will attempt to convince Teodoro to give government service another try since the former Tarlac solon suddenly disappeared from public view following a crashing defeat in the 2010 presidential race. More »

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today MB - 45 minutes ago

    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. ... More »

  • 40MW Trans-Asia wind farm expansion tied to next FIT ruling MB - 45 minutes ago

    Phinma’s energy arm Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation is tugging its way into expanding its wind farm in Guimaras province by additional 40 megawatts, but fresh capital outlay will be largely dependent on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) next decision on the feed-in-tariff (FIT) rate for wind technology. According to Trans-Asia president Francisco L. Viray, their updated study on Sibunag and Nueva Valencia wind farm prospects indicate a potential of up to 40MW – higher than the earlier assessment of 28MW for the two areas. “Including our existing San Lorenzo wind farm (at 54MW) and the Sibunag and Nueva Valencia areas, we’ve assessed a potential of 100MW…so we have a room for 40MW, but we will only start developing once the DOE lays down its decision on the FIT rate,” the company executive said. More »

  • Unbeaten Mayweather nears fighting form MB - 45 minutes ago

    The best evidence the boss was around was the white Ferrari 458 Spider parked in front between two equally white Rolls Royces, top off and gleaming in the late afternoon sun. While Floyd Mayweather Jr. worked inside, a man with a spray bottle and cloth worked to make sure there wasn’t an offending particle of dust on the ride the fighter would pilot home. This was a relatively light day of work at the gym Mayweather owns in this city’s faux Chinatown just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Light, that is, unless you consider that Mayweather would spar four six-minute rounds with a tough young lefty, barely stopping for a few breaths between rounds. More »

  • VP Binay meets parents of Pinay on death row, vows gov’t action MB - 45 minutes ago

    Vice President Jejomar C. Binay assured yesterday the parents of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) currently in death row in Indonesia that the government will exhaust all “legal remedies and options” to spare the life of their child. Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, met with Celia and Cesar Veloso, parents of Mary Jane Veloso, at the Makati City Hall, where he discussed the government’s next move to save the younger Veloso from the death penalty. [caption id="attachment_256878" align="aligncenter" width="648"] BINAY LENDS AN EAR — Vice President and Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns Jejomar C. Binay (right) consoles Celia and Cesar Veloso, parents of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina OFW currently in death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking during a meeting at the Makati City Hall. More »

  • NAIA dev’t project bidder may build proposed fifth terminal MB - 45 minutes ago

    The bidder who wins the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Development Project is likely to construct the proposed fifth terminal building at the country’s premier gateway. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya disclosed the possibility of incorporating the construction of the fifth terminal building to the operations and maintenance contract for NAIA, the country’s busiest airport that currently houses four terminal buildings. While the government is yet to decide whether the fifth terminal building will be a semi-permanent structure or a knock-down one, Abaya said it is certain that the construction of the new passenger terminal building will be incorporated in the NAIA concession contract. More »

  • PH now market ready to absorb infra bonds MB - 45 minutes ago

    The Philippine market is now ready to absorb infrastructure bonds that will be issued by private companies amid a growing pipeline of infra-related projects under the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program. President Benigno Aquino III last week said the government is still committed to spend more on the country’s infrastructure, with 16 PPP projects currently on the pipeline and nine that have already been awarded. Over the years, some of the country’s biggest infrastructure conglomerates have rarely tapped the bond market to fund their projects. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Ephyro Amatong  said during his speech on the Latham and Watkins 2nd annual investment conference held in Makati on Wednesday that there are a lot of opportunities now for companies for infrastructure financing, especially within the bond market. More »

  • 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 …

  • Donaire wins in a flash; Nietes stops Mexican
    Donaire wins in a flash; Nietes stops Mexican

    It didn’t take long for Nonito Donaire Jr. to announce that he still has what it takes to be called a champion once more. The Filipino Flash, who was knocked out last October, was his old self, deadly and explosive, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Donaire needed less than two rounds to finish off Brazil’s William Prado and clinch the WBC NABF super-bantamweight crown. In the featured bout, Donnie Nietes used his right straight to send Gilberto Parra down and eventually out. …

  • Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline
    Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline

    The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said Friday amid reports he was severely depressed. The black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass murder. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said …

  • Precedents of pilots downing their planes
    Precedents of pilots downing their planes

    Investigators believe the co-pilot of a German airliner deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps earlier this week, killing all 150 people aboard. - Mozambique Airlines - November 29, 2013: Mozambique Airlines (LAM) flight TM 470 flying from Maputo to Luanda goes down in northeastern Namibia killing 33. Investigators said the captain had a "clear intention" to crash the plane. They said flight recorders showed the Embraer 190 went down while Captain Herminio dos Santos Fernandes …

  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
    Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said. …

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