• DSWD continues to be on full alert, even if ‘Chedeng’ weakens

    Manila Bulletin - Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Even with the slight weakening of Typhoon Chedeng,  the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) along with other member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) remain on full alert over the possible effects of the typhoon.In  a press briefing, Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, DSWD’s focal person for disaster response, said the different members of  the Response Cluster of NDRRMC have been activated and are ready to respond to any situation that  ‘Chedeng’ might bring. ... More »DSWD continues to be on full alert, even if ‘Chedeng’ weakens

  • Manila prepares for possible evacuations ahead 'Chedeng' landfall

    Manila Bulletin - Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRO) said it is monitoring the weather situation as typhoon "Chedeng" entered the Philippine area of responsibility.MDRRO officials are looking at the possibility of evacuation among residents of barangays in Manila situated along the coastline.“All coastal barangays have their own evacuation centers; there are two city-owned evacuation centers, Baseco and Delpan evacuation center,” Yu explained. ... More »Manila prepares for possible evacuations ahead 'Chedeng' landfall

  • Jailed Greek ex-minister's wife escapes from detention

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Vicky Stamati had been  moved to Dromokaitio hospital from high-security Korydallos prison 18 months ago after complaining of psychological problems. Stamati, the second wife of 72-year-old former socialist minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos is serving a 12-year prison sentence. Judges said Tsochatzopoulos employed his position as defence minister from 1996 to 2001 to pocket bribes paid through offshore companies for the procurement of a Russian rocket defence system and German submarines. The kickbacks were added to the final cost to the Greek state which ended up paying overcharges worth millions of euros (dollars). More »Jailed Greek ex-minister's wife escapes from detention

  • Greek reforms will put economy on track: Athens

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    2258, Greece -- Greece said Friday the reform proposals it will soon present to its creditors will put the country's economy on track without the pain of austerity. A government document said the proposals, to be finalised by technical experts this weekend, would bring in 3.0 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in revenue, without resorting to wage and pension cuts. The measures would also see the crisis-hit Greek economy grow by 1.4 percent this year, the document said. Greek experts "will go to Brussels tonight for a Saturday meeting, to finalise the reform list that will be presented on Monday," a Greek government source told AFP. More »Greek reforms will put economy on track: Athens

  • Roxas reminds LGUs: Be alert when 'Chedeng' makes landfall

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas is reminding all affected local government units (LGUs) to be alert when Typhoon "Chedeng" (international name "Maysak") makes landfall, and provide care to both locals and tourists alike."We should be able to consider the travelers as well in our preparations ," Roxas said.According to PAGASA, affected areas include the provinces of Aurora, Quezon or Isabela, and parts of CAR such as Baguio City in Benguet. ... More »Roxas reminds LGUs: Be alert when 'Chedeng' makes landfall

  • Francis recalls John Paul II's suffering decade after death

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_258097" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Tourists and pilgrims applauded Francis' praise for John Paul during a public audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday. John Paul, 84, passed away in his bedroom in the Apostolic Palace that overlooks the square on April 2, 2005, and was proclaimed a saint last year. A vigorous, athletic man when he was elected pope in 1978, the globe-trotting John Paul forged on even as Parkinson's disease diminished his strength and mobility in his final years. More »Francis recalls John Paul II's suffering decade after death

  • Four million Maundy Thursday trekkers seen in Antipolo; Police, military deploy in city roads

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Police and military personnel have been deployed in Antipolo City in anticipation of more than 4 million people who would perform their yearly trek to the cathedral during Lenten season.Chief of police, Superintendent Arthur Masungsong said nine-man team of the 8th Infantry Battalion of the Second Infantry Division of the Philippine Army will supervise the seven inspection areas deployed along the city’s roads leading to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. ... More »Four million Maundy Thursday trekkers seen in Antipolo; Police, military deploy in city roads

  • Vice Mayor Isko slams 'No Plate, No Travel' policy

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Manila Vice Mayor Francisco "Isko" Domagoso slammed the "No Plate, No Travel" policy of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) saying it is unfair to motorists who are being blamed for the inefficiency of car dealers and the LTO itself. In an official statement, Domagoso, who is also the National President of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP) said the LTO should be blamed for causing delay in the release of plates and stickers of cars. "There was even a time that the delay took more than 12 months and maybe we should have also implemented a 'No Plate Release, No Pay Policy' then...Sometimes we wonder whose interest the LTO is protecting?” Domagoso said. More »Vice Mayor Isko slams 'No Plate, No Travel' policy

  • Aquino OKs Biñan as congressional district

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    President Benigno Aquino III has signed a new law turning the vibrant city of Biñan into a new congressional district in Laguna. Republic Act No. 10658 aimed to separate the city of Biñan from the first legislative district of Laguna, allowing the city to have its own seat in the House of Representatives. The first district of Laguna is now only composed of the cities of San Pedro and Santa Rosa. Under the RA 10658, the new arrangement for Biñan will commence in the next national election. More »Aquino OKs Biñan as congressional district

  • COA finds irregularities in CHED's scholarship program

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has asked the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to tighten the implementation of its scholarship program after state auditors found serious deficiencies in its distribution of funds to students. COA said CHED released P169.7 million to 33,940 student scholars with doubtful qualifications and also cited a very low loan repayment for the Study Now, Pay Later Program (SNLP). COA also chided CHED for the “inadequate monitoring/evaluation and recording” of the implementation of the Higher Education Institute –Based Loan Programs that received a total allocation over P1 billion in 2013. More »COA finds irregularities in CHED's scholarship program

  • Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill. Pemex said a total of 45 workers received medical treatment or evaluation. More »Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze

  • Eastern Visayas preparations underway for Typhoon Chedeng

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_231568" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tacloban[/caption] Tacloban City, Leyte,  – The local governments units  in Eastern Visayas  are now on their preparations for the possible onslaught of the  typhoon Chedeng, as it nears the shores of the eastern sea boards of our country, the Department of the Interior and Local Government regional office 8 (DILG-8) said. DILG 8 Information Officer Myles Colasito said LGU’s in Eastern Visayas, which was  worst hit area by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, are taking precautions even if only Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas now is included under “Alpha” of the Listo Warning System, He said that the LGUs are also enjoined to take precautions and the necessary actions for the safety of the people and  for the possible evacuation plans if the need arises. More »Eastern Visayas preparations underway for Typhoon Chedeng

  • Trial to seek role of online bullying in teen girl's suicide

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_258062" align="alignleft" width="384"] FILE - In this Thursday, May 23, 2013, file photo, Sheila Pott poses with a portrait of her daughter Audrie in Los Altos, Calif. Audrie Pott committed suicide in September 2012 after being sexually assaulted by three boys during a house party in Saratoga, Calif. ... More »Trial to seek role of online bullying in teen girl's suicide

  • Cavite town's top wanted man arrested on Maundy Thursday

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    GENERAL MARIANO ALVAREZ (GMA), Cavite -- Police arrested on Maundy Thursday the municipality’s No. 1 wanted man in an early morning operation in Barangay Kua.Supt. Romano V. Cardiño, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) Intelligence Branch (S-2) chief, has identified the fugitive nabbed as Joko Poblete Cacapit.He was arrested by a GMA police team in his lair following a tip from an informant.Cardiño said that Cacapit was nabbed by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Imus Regional Trial Court Judge Norberto J. Quisumbing. ... More »Cavite town's top wanted man arrested on Maundy Thursday

  • Brazilian artist uses art to turn confinement into freedom

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. Bispo do Rosario, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, transformed virtually anything he could get his hands on — by any means possible — into art. A new exhibition of his works has just opened the institution where he lived: a Rio de Janeiro psychiatric institution once notorious for rampant abuses. For Bispo do Rosario, the mental ward's standard-issue blankets became wall hangings, heavy with dense scribblings of embroidery, which he made out of thread stripped from inmates' uniforms. More »Brazilian artist uses art to turn confinement into freedom

  • DepEd sets early first day of classes on June 1

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_229315" align="alignleft" width="300"] (MB file photo Jim Guiao Punzalan)[/caption]The Department of Education (DepEd) said  the first day of classes will be earlier in the coming school year.In a DepEd order, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the first day of classes  will be on June 1, 2015 in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide  and will end on  April 1, 2016.“The core events and activities for this school year, which represent the actual teaching-learning days, shall be strictly observed in all schools,” Luistro said. ... More »DepEd sets early first day of classes on June 1

  • ‘Chedeng’ weakens further, diameter gets smaller

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_258130" align="alignleft" width="293"] Track of Typhoon "Chedeng" as of 8 a.m. of April 2 | Photo courtesy of @dost_pagasa[/caption] Typhoon "Chedeng" weakened further as it entered the Philippine Area or Responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. Typhoon “Chedeng” (international name Maysak) was located at located at 930km East of Catarman as of 3 p.m., PAGASA said. More »‘Chedeng’ weakens further, diameter gets smaller

  • Ayala expands low-cost private secondary schools

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_258041" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ayala's APEC School[/caption] APEC (Affordable Private Education Center) Schools, a chain of low-cost private secondary schools launched by the education arm of Ayala Corporation, is opening 11 new branches this year. Ayala Education Inc. said these additional branches will provide high quality yet affordable education for high school students. APEC Schools currently has 12 branches and serves more than 1,300 students. With these new schools, APEC will have a total of 23 branches that will serve over 4,000 students this coming school year. More »Ayala expands low-cost private secondary schools

  • Ads featuring Hitler, Arab leader to appear on Philly buses

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA — Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader are to begin appearing on Philadelphia transit buses.A federal judge last month ordered the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to accept the ads. The agency said last week it wouldn't appeal.The pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative's ads appearing Wednesday carry the tagline: "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran. ... More »Ads featuring Hitler, Arab leader to appear on Philly buses

  • GSM sells non-alcoholic beverage business for P227M

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_258025" align="alignleft" width="262"] Magnolia Healthtea[/caption] Ginebra San Miguel Inc. has earned P226.91 million from the sale of its non-alcoholic beverage assets to sister company San Miguel Brewery Inc. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ginebra said it has executed a deed of sale in favor of SMBI for the sale of the property, plant and equipment used by GSM in its non-alcoholic beverage business. While it did not specify which products are part of the transaction, GSM’s website listed its non-alcoholic beverage products as Magnolia fruit drink mix, Magnolia Health tea mix, Magnolia fruit drink, bottled Magnolia Health tea, Magnolia pure water, and Berri Juice. More »GSM sells non-alcoholic beverage business for P227M

  • Too much iced tea caused US man's kidney problems

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_258018" align="alignleft" width="307"] This May 21, 2007 file photo shows a glass of iced tea in Concord, N.H. Doctors have traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day. They ruled out several potential causes before stumbling on a reason for the 56-year-old Arkansas man's kidney problems. He said he drank about 16 8-ounce (about a quarter of a liter) cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts. More »Too much iced tea caused US man's kidney problems

  • US woman now world's oldest person, wants Obama visit

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    FILE - In this Thursday, July 3, 2014, file photo, Gertrude Weaver poses at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Ark., a day before her 116th birthday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A U.S. woman who's become the world's oldest person wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party on the Fourth of July.At 116, Gertrude Weaver was already the oldest person in America. ... More »US woman now world's oldest person, wants Obama visit

  • At least 43 dead in trawler sinking off Russia's far east: media

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Moscow, Russia -- At least 43 people have died and 26 others are still missing after a trawler sank off the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's far east on Wednesday night, while 63 people were rescued alive, Russian media said."All in all 106 people have been taken aboard the ships participating in the rescue operation," an officer from the local maritime rescue coordination centre told Russian news agency TASS, adding that 43 of them had perished. More »At least 43 dead in trawler sinking off Russia's far east: media

  • 35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it. Wednesday's strikes marked a week of airstrikes by the Saudi-led campaign, which aims to weaken the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and forces allied with them, largely fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since their advance began last year, the Houthis have overrun Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and several provinces, forcing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country. The poster, center left, shows Yemen's Houthi rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi. More »35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

  • Four dead, 16 hurt in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig

    Manila Bulletin - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Mexico City, Mexico --An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated. Eight firefighting vessels with water cannons were deployed to battle the blaze as smoke billowed skyward at the Abkatun A-Permanente platform on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound. More »Four dead, 16 hurt in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig

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