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Travel far and change lives

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:00


EM ASIA FX-Asian currencies ease vs dollar, await U.S. data

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:01
* Won slips briefly after Bank of Korea's rate cut * Position squaring later supports won * Asia FX mostly steady or slightly lower * Focus on U.S. retail sales later on Thursday (Adds text, updates prices) ...

Age catching up with pool king Reyes at SEA Games

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:45

Few sportspeople have perfected their craft like Efren Reyes, but the one-time king of pool admits age is catching up with him as he finally yields to younger talent. Everybody can beat me." Reyes shuffled out of Singapore's SEA Games in the semi-finals of one-cushion carom, an obscure, delicate game in which the Philippines has few players. Reyes' vision and shot-making came to the fore as he clawed back from 80-56 down to level at 84-all, before a lapse in concentration allowed his opponent back to the table.


SE Asia Stocks-Most gain for second session; Thailand at over 2-wk high

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 05:53
June 11 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose for a second session on Thursday helped by gains on Wall Street with the Thai index trading at a more-than-two-week high. However, speculation ...

UP still Phl’s best school despite dip in Asian ranking

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The University of the Philippines remains the best tertiary school in the country even as it slid down to 70th spot in the latest Asian university rankings released yesterday by international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds. Meanwhile, the Ateneo de Manila University improved its ranking from 115th in 2014 to 114th this year. Two other Philippine universities were in the list of the Top 300 Asian Universities: University of Santo Tomas placed 143rd, down from last year’s 141st spot, and the De La Salle University at 181-190, down from last year’s 151-160.


Palace to Bongbong: Leave Purisima alone

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

Malacañang yesterday urged opposition Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to leave former Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima alone, saying he no longer has any role in the police force. Purisima, the highest ranked police general, was supposed to return to duty and report to the PNP-Police Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU) on Monday after serving his suspension in connection with a plunder case over a questionable gun license delivery deal with a private courier firm. The former police chief, however, went on leave.


No BBL approval as House adjourns

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The fate of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the House of Representatives remains uncertain as the 16th Congress closed its second regular session yesterday with many lawmakers still raising questions on the controversial draft seeking to create a new autonomous region in Mindanao. The House leadership earlier aimed to pass the BBL yesterday but due to lack of support from lawmakers, the target approval was moved to September or October. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, principal sponsor of the draft BBL, said the President is expected to submit the budget proposal on July 28, a day after his State of the Nation Address.


China hits back at G7 over sea reclamation

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The G7 leaders issued a communiqué on Monday voicing opposition to Beijing’s large-scale reclamation and other coercive activities in the disputed waters. Without naming countries, the G7 leaders strongly opposed the use of intimidation, coercion or force, as well as any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo, such as large-scale land reclamation. The G7, which comprises the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, was concerned about tensions in the region and called for countries to abide by international law.


Court resumes hearing of poll sabotage case vs GMA

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

Felda Domingo, spokesperson for Pasay RTC Branch 112, yesterday said Judge Jesus Mupas would resume the proceedings and hear the testimonies of two former Maguindanao election officers. The source said the trial of Arroyo and her co-accused in connection with alleged irregularities in the 2007 elections has been dragging because of the motions of both prosecution and defense to reset the hearing for various reasons.


House fails to vote on Cha-cha resolution

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The House of Representatives failed last night to approve on third and final reading a landmark resolution seeking to ease the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. Attendance on the final day of the second regular session was at 267, or more than the three-fourths affirmative votes required from the 290-member House to approve Resolution of Both Houses 1 (RBH 1), principally authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. However, it was unclear why RBH 1 was not put to a final vote when mustering such a large attendance was difficult even if the resolution enjoyed wide support in the chamber.


Phl sprinters on war footing at SEA Games

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

It was one error which created almost as much impact as the golden sprint double by the Philippines in the SEA Games Tuesday. The celebrations for the golden feats were dampened by the photos of Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson, who wore the uniforms that moments later went viral on the Internet and drew varied reactions as they hit the front pages of the national dailies the morning after. “The Philippine Sports Commission or the athletes had nothing to do with that.


Noy unveils Iloilo capitol, inspects infra projects

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

President Aquino leads today the unveiling of the newly restored Iloilo provincial capitol (Casa Real de Iloilo) as well as the inspection of other major infrastructure projects in the province. According to Edilberto Tayao, regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the President will also unveil the markers of two national highways named after his parents – the late former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and the late former President Corazon Aquino. Aquino will also inaugurate the P93-million Dungon IV Bridge along Sen. Benigno Aquino Ave. in Barangay Taft Norte, Mandurriao.


MERS outbreak not yet affecting Phl-SoKor tourism

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) in South Korea is not causing any significant impact on the tourism industries of the Philippines and Korea – at least not yet. Two weeks since the outbreak started on May 20, the Philippine embassy here relayed to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. that “there has been no major cancellations” of travel plans by Koreans to the Philippines. “However, there are also some agencies complaining that more and more Koreans are canceling travel plans abroad because they fear they could contract MERS-CoV on planes and airports,” said Maricon Ebron, the embassy’s tourism director and attaché, in the memo dated June 9.


China: Military conducted drills near Phl, Taiwan

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

Chinese warships and aircraft on Wednesday passed through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines to carry out routine planned exercises in the Western Pacific, China’s Defense Ministry said. China’s increasingly assertive moves to press sovereignty claims in the East and South China Seas have rattled the region and aroused concern in Washington, though the country says it has no hostile intent. China has overlapping claims with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.


Noy, Grace meet anew; no post offered

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

Talks regarding Sen. Grace Poe’s possible bid for president or vice president in the coming elections continue, as the senator confirmed that she met with President Aquino for the second time yesterday. In an interview with reporters at the Senate, Poe said she discussed with Aquino several issues, including the 2016 elections. They also discussed how reforms initiated by the Aquino government could be continued in the next administration, as well as the need to find someone who shares the same vision as him, Poe said.


House takes steps to prepare for ‘Big One’

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The House of Representatives has started taking steps to prepare for the “Big One” or the powerful earthquake that may hit Metro Manila following the movement of the West Valley Fault. Some 300 participants, composed of lawmakers and their staff, attended a seminar conducted by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum on disaster preparedness and the earthquake scenario at the Phivolcs main office in UP Diliman, Quezon City last week. The event was organized by Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia, president of the Association of Women Legislators, amid the announcement of Phivolcs that the West Valley Fault is ripe for movement.


Phl poorest cling to wretched hospital deathbeds

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

Paraplegic Venerando Acabal wriggles on a rust-eaten bed to soothe painful bed sores, in misery but also fearful that  privatization plans for the Philippines’ only bone hospital will rob him of his refuge. The state-run Philippine Orthopedic Center, a cramped and dizzying maze of rickety stretchers that spill out of humid wards into dingy hallways, has treated tens of  thousands of patients for free since it opened in 1945.


Super eight as Schooling rules the pool

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:21

Singapore sensation Joseph Schooling grabbed another two SEA Games swimming gold medals to reach eight on Wednesday and put an ugly gender-test row in the shade. The 19-year-old has only Thursday's 4x100m medley relay left to complete a haul of nine gold medals and head to next month's world championships in buoyant mood. "I am pretty tired but I know that I have one more event tomorrow and that’s the relay so I am going to give it my all and finish the SEA Games with a bang, the way I started it." Vietnam's "Iron Girl" Nguyen Thi Anh Vien stood out once again among the women's swimmers as she won the 400m freestyle to reach seven gold medals.


UP still Phl’s best school despite dip in Asian ranking

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:00

The University of the Philippines remains the best tertiary school in the country even as it slid down to 70th spot in the latest Asian university rankings released yesterday by international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds. Meanwhile, the Ateneo de Manila University improved its ranking from 115th in 2014 to 114th this year. Two other Philippine universities were in the list of the Top 300 Asian Universities: University of Santo Tomas placed 143rd, down from last year’s 141st spot, and the De La Salle University at 181-190, down from last year’s 151-160.


Palace to Bongbong: Leave Purisima alone

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:00

Malacañang yesterday urged opposition Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to leave former Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima alone, saying he no longer has any role in the police force. Purisima, the highest ranked police general, was supposed to return to duty and report to the PNP-Police Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU) on Monday after serving his suspension in connection with a plunder case over a questionable gun license delivery deal with a private courier firm. The former police chief, however, went on leave.