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Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:02
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Japan is not exactly Ebola country, but when a high-level delegation from Tokyo arrived in Pyongyang this week, two of the first people they met were dressed in full hazmat gear. North Korea is always on guard against outside influences, but now that it perceives the deadly disease to be a threat, its anxiety has reached a new level. It has banned tourists, is mulling strict quarantine requirements, has put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders.

Undas 2014 Preparations

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:57

This week has been and will be a busy week for government agencies in preparation for the upcoming “Undas” weekend (November 1 & 2, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day respectively) on all parts of the country. People are expected to be out-of-home to visit their departed ones, thus, traffic and safety issues should be addressed […] The post Undas 2014 Preparations appeared first on MoneyMax.ph. Related posts: Road Reblocking Weekend (October 17-20, 2014) MMDA: Flood-prone Areas in Metro Manila Major Traffic Violations in the Philippines #SmartFREEInternet for All Prepaid, Postpaid and Broadband Users


Turn your wooden furniture into vintage pieces

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:44
Shabby chic: a worn and faded look; a style of interior decor thats nonetheless stylish, artsy, and cozy. Perfect for country retreats, beach houses, and the bohemian at heart, heres a simple project to refurbish any boring piece of furniture into a vintage asset. Materials:- a piece of wooden furniture, like a chair, table, dresser, or picture frame- a painters mask- medium-grade sandpaper- a deglosser- a damp rag- primer- paint for the base color- chalk paintProcedure:Preparation: Assemble all the materials in a well-ventilated work space. ...

SE Asia Stocks-Mostly up; Jakarta down on political concerns

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:42
Oct 30 (Reuters) - Jakarta shares ended weaker on Thursday on political concerns while most other Southeast Asian stock markets rose, with some trading range-bound, after the U.S. Federal Reserve expectedly ...

Karlberg leads CIMB Classic by 2 strokes

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:29
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Rikard Karlberg of Sweden birdied his last two holes for a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the CIMB Classic.

Nationwide online voters’ registration for PWDs pushed

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:26

Last week’s launch of an online voters’ registration platform is a significant step towards assisting persons with disabilities (PWD) in the capital and will go a long way if coverage would be nationwide. “We hope that online registration will cover persons with disabilities nationwide, but we understand that pilot testing is important before embarking on a bigger scale,” said Carmen Zubiaga, Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA). The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Oct. 20 unveiled the iRehistro Project, an online voters’ registration portal designed to allow voter registrants to accomplish forms online.


Philippine leader approves $3.6 bn Haiyan reconstruction plan

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:17

Philippine President Benigno Aquino approved Thursday a 160-billion-peso ($3.6 billion) plan to rebuild areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan one year after the disaster, his spokesman said.


One year after devastating super typhoon, Philippines approves rebuilding plan

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:16

Almost a year after a super typhoon devastated wide areas of the central Philippines killing thousands, President Benigno Aquino only this week approved a $3.74 billion master plan to rebuild housing, social services and public infrastructure. "The recovery plans are based on the principle of 'build back better' by focusing on long-term, sustainable efforts to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen capacities of communities to cope with future hazard events." Apart from housing concerns, data from the Office of Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery showed the government had rebuilt only six km of 116 km of damaged major roads.


Is It a Good Neighborhood?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:16
No one wants to live in a bad neighborhood. Choose a neighborhood thats equipped with what you need for the life that you lead. Your neighborhood should also provide for easy access to and from establishments you frequent, such as your place of work, the market, the school, the mall, or the park.

How AMLC found possible laundering of Revilla’s PDAF

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:13

Investigators of the Anti-Money Laundering Council recently concluded that bank accounts of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. and his family, as well as those of Janet Lim-Napoles and her pseudo-NGOs, were possibly involved in a scheme to launder the controversial “pork barrel” funds. The AMLC’s 64-page inquiry report containing the initial findings is in itself an interesting study of the methods this government agency uses to ascertain that proceeds of an unlawful activity such as plunder were transacted to make them appear to have come from legitimate sources. Revilla was said to have gotten P224.5 million in “commissions and rebates” from 2006 to 2010 from his Priority Development Assistance Fund projects that were awarded to five Napoles NGOs.


Cosco invests P2.4B in 6 community malls

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:29
Six malls over two years: with this master plan in mind, Cosco Capital Inc. duked out P2.4 billion for the six outlets, starting with one each in Marikina and in Nueva Ecija. A chain of community malls, the brand is looking to provincial locations, a prime market for their goods and services. The malls will have a lot size of 3,000 to 10,000 square meters each, and a gross floor area of 5,000 to 7,000 square meters, according to the Cosco president.

Asia shares mixed after Fed decision

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:32

Asian markets were mixed Thursday while the dollar resumed its upward march against the yen after the Federal Reserve wound up its vast bond-buying scheme and reiterated its plan to keep interest rates at record lows.


EM ASIA FX-Hawkish Fed hurts Asia FX; rupiah cuts losses on fuel policy reform

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:11
(Updates prices. For midday report, double-click ) SINGAPORE, Oct 30 (Reuters) - South Korea's won led losses among emerging Asian currencies on Thursday as the Federal Reserve struck a more hawkish tone ...

Philippines urges citizens to leave Ebola-hit Africa

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:35

The Philippines on Thursday urged hundreds of its citizens to leave Ebola-hit west African nations, as it announced anyone who returned would be placed under a 21-day quarantine.


Oppo launches N3 flagship phone, surprises with R5 in Singapore

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:02
A grand launch event at Marina Bay Sands. Over 1300 attendees. And not one, but two new mobile phones: the N3 and the R5.

Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:32
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's attorney-general says a contentious new law that carries a prison term for anyone who reveals information about certain secret security operations was aimed at Edward Snowden-like leakers rather than investigative reporters. Attorney-General George Brandis announced on Thursday that he was adding a safeguard for journalists who might fall afoul of a new counterterrorism law by giving the attorney-general at the time power to veto any media prosecution.

Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:32
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed. In the chaos that followed, there was confusion about the number of dead and missing because government officials reported different figures and later reduced the number of missing by 100 without explanation.

Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:02
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed. In the chaos that followed, there was confusion about the number of dead and missing because government officials reported different figures and later reduced the number of missing by 100 without explanation.

VFA: Confusion over custody

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:41

The killing of Jennifer Laude, a Filipino citizen, allegedly by American PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton, in the Philippines brought open to the fore the provision of the Visiting Force Agreement (VFA) especially sections of Article 5 on criminal jurisdiction and custody of erring U.S. The VFA gives the Philippines jurisdiction over criminal cases such as that of Pemberton and Lance Corporal Daniel Smith in 2005. In extraordinary cases, the Philippine Government shall present its position to the U.S.


Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:32
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed. In the chaos that followed, there was confusion about the number of dead and missing because government officials reported different figures and later reduced the number of missing by 100 without explanation.