• Lufthansa faces ‘unlimited’ damages for Alps crash

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    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 »Lufthansa faces ‘unlimited’ damages for Alps crash

  • Night biking on Earth Hour

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    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 »Night biking on Earth Hour

  • MMDA takes lead in Visita Iglesia, Pabasa

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    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 »MMDA takes lead in Visita Iglesia, Pabasa

  • ODA disbursement tripled to $1.62B in 4th quarter of 2014 – NEDA

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    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 »ODA disbursement tripled to $1.62B in 4th quarter of 2014 – NEDA

  • DPWH to build new P23-M Leyte town hall

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    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 »DPWH to build new P23-M Leyte town hall

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

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    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 »Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

  • Method to their madness

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    [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 »Method to their madness

  • The anointing at Bethany

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    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 »The anointing at Bethany

  • Lakas-CMD eyeing ‘Gibo’ Teodoro for 2016

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    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 »Lakas-CMD eyeing ‘Gibo’ Teodoro for 2016

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today

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    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 »JGFP Summer Tour on today

  • 40MW Trans-Asia wind farm expansion tied to next FIT ruling

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    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 »40MW Trans-Asia wind farm expansion tied to next FIT ruling

  • Unbeaten Mayweather nears fighting form

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    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 »Unbeaten Mayweather nears fighting form

  • VP Binay meets parents of Pinay on death row, vows gov’t action

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    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 »VP Binay meets parents of Pinay on death row, vows gov’t action

  • NAIA dev’t project bidder may build proposed fifth terminal

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    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 »NAIA dev’t project bidder may build proposed fifth terminal

  • PH now market ready to absorb infra bonds

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    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 »PH now market ready to absorb infra bonds

  • Sta. Clara lining up $900-M hydro projects

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    Clara International Corporation is lining up in the next five years series of hydropower developments that could yield up to 200 megawatts of aggregate capacity and will command total investment of $600 million to $900 million. Clara president Nicandro G. Linao has indicated that there are prospective local and foreign partners that they have been in discussion with for the development of their portfolio of hydropower service contracts. Their planned hydropower projects are strategically spread in various sites nationwide – with service areas already awarded to the company in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. More »Sta. Clara lining up $900-M hydro projects

  • Parts of Metro Manila to have no water during Holy Week

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    MB file photoWest Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. said water service will be suspended in some parts of the metro from March 31 to April 3 due to the flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).The DPWH project will cause rotating water service interruptions, between 14 hours and 28 hours—in parts of Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Cavite. (Click this link for complete list of affected areas: http://www.mayniladwater.com. ... More »Parts of Metro Manila to have no water during Holy Week

  • Nietes stops Mexican foe; Donaire wins

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    It took Donnie Nietes nine full rounds to dispose of slippery Mexican challenger Gilberto Parra late Saturday night in the sixth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight crown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. As Parra was being attended to by his cornermen during the break going into the tenth stanza, the ringside physician checked on him as well and advised referee Jack Reiss of the US that the fight be stopped.  “I was told to be patient,” said Nietes, who was unable to land a telling blow until the eighth round when a right sent Parra down, the crowd, which included former President Joseph Estrada, Danding Cojuangco and Chavit Singson, erupting in cheers. In the main supporting bout, Nonito Donaire made a rousing comeback with a second-round demolition of William Prado of Brazil. More »Nietes stops Mexican foe; Donaire wins

  • Filipinos are saving more – BSP survey

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    More Filipinos have the extra cash to save for that proverbial rainy day, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Philippines (BSP). Based on a quarterly survey on consumer confidence, domestic households with savings have the means to increase family reserves and to bring up the amount to historical highs. The central bank said improved family income, a generally positive outlook on the economy, inflation and foreign exchange rates encouraged saving behavior during the first three months of 2015. “The number of households with savings reached a record high of 31.6 percent from 25.7 percent in the previous quarter,” said the BSP, citing results of the first quarter Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) released late Friday. More »Filipinos are saving more – BSP survey

  • AXA Philippines growing alongside its parent firm

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    Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corp. is growing side by side with its parent firm, global insurance firm AXA, after posting significant growth in its total premium income amid an increasing market share in the country. A statement showed that in the Philippines, multi-billion firm AXA Group saw P18.35 billion in total premium income. The local entity of AXA, AXA Philippines is a joint venture between AXA Group and the Metrobank Group. In 2014, it saw an increase in market share to 11.6 percent in 2014 coming from 10.7 percent in 2013. More »AXA Philippines growing alongside its parent firm

  • How do you file your income tax returns?

    Manila Bulletin - 14 hours ago

    Are we not supposed to make all 100 million Filipinos register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), at the very least have a Tax Identification Number (TIN)? The BIR should create a department for investigating the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of every politician to see if they filed their Income Tax Returns (ITR) given that their wealth is exponentially increasing. Ninety-eight percent of the total collections of BIR are through voluntary payments of both corporate and individual taxpayers. Needless to say, the BIR should further encourage voluntary compliance by making tax compliance simple, fair and cost-effective. More »How do you file your income tax returns?

  • From survivors to stakeholders

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    Thankfully, no such revocation will ever occur on the Yolanda-hit beneficiaries of MIDAS (Micro Enterprise Disaster Assistance Fund for Resiliency). In the first place, its seed capital of P180 million ($4 million) from USAID (United States Agency for International Development) will have to be matched by the four chosen microfinance institutions (MFIs) at P20 million each. Way more than being mere aid, MIDAS functions as a credit facility program aiming to restore livelihoods in Yolanda-affected areas of the country. More »From survivors to stakeholders

  • Syria troops regroup after Idlib loss: security source

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    Syrian troops were regrouping outside Idlib city on Sunday, a day after it became the second provincial capital to fall from regime control, a security source and media said. “Forces are repositioning on the outskirts of Idlib in order to face the terrorist battalions...and be in the best position to repel their attack,” a security source in Damascus told AFP. Opposition forces including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized control of Idlib on Saturday, the fifth day of fighting for the northwestern city. More »Syria troops regroup after Idlib loss: security source

  • Six dead, four missing, in Indonesian landslide

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    Six people were killed and four others were missing after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Sunday. The landslide took place in Tegal Panjang village in Sukabumi district in west Java late Saturday after a particularly heavy downpour, said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. "The landslide took place suddenly during a heavy rain. More »Six dead, four missing, in Indonesian landslide

  • Arab leaders: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebel withdraw

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    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt  — Arab leaders say Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Iranian-backed Shiite rebels there "withdraw" and surrender their weapons. The warning came in a final communique released Sunday, the second day of an Arab summit in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The summit has been dominated by the crisis in Yemen as airstrikes continue against the positions of the rebels and their allies. The communique also called for military and intelligence cooperation between Arab countries and international efforts to combat Islamic militant groups. More »Arab leaders: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebel withdraw

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