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China: Reclamation not for military purposes

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:00

China’s reclamation projects are not meant for military use, Ambassador Zhao Jianhua told a select group of journalists over the weekend. It was the first time that Zhao has given members of local media a briefing since he was assigned to Manila about a year and a half ago. Japan and China have both staked claims over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Oil prices up anew

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:00

In separate advisories yesterday, local petroleum players announced a 35-centavo per liter increase in the price of gasoline effective 6 a.m. today. “PTT Philippines will increase prices of its gasoline products by P0.35 per liter effective 6 a.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. No movement on diesel,” PTT said in its advisory.

BIR to Pacman: Declare earnings from megafight

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:00

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) yesterday reminded boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to declare his earnings from his recent fight with American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the taxes paid on them. “We expect him to file his income tax return with us in July or August.

Noy eyes lifting term limit

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:00

Allowing the president to seek re-election is something the country “can consider,” according to President Aquino. In an interview at the Nippon Press Center in Japan on the sidelines of his state visit last week, Aquino said the Philippines may take pointers from South American countries where presidents can seek re-election – but not on a consecutive basis. The 1987 Constitution bars presidents from seeking “any re-election.” Such restriction was apparently meant to erase the temptation for sitting presidents to overstay.

Ayala Bridge to open on Thursday – DPWH

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:00

The Ayala Bridge will be fully passable to motorists on June 11, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced yesterday. “We will open the bridge on Thursday as scheduled,” DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said. The partial opening of the Ayala Bridge, which serves as a vital link between San Miguel and Arroceros districts in Manila, was originally set on May 12.

Shooter, pool stars add 2 more SEAG golds

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:00

A Filipina Navy shooter produced the lone gold that averted an im- pending Philippine shutout, a two-time world billiards cham- pion and a rising star sealed an all-Filipino finale to assure a second gold, while the ever- prolific boxing team appeared ready for a gold juggernaut with eight finalists in the 28th Southeast Asian Games here yesterday. Elvie Baldivino, a Navy special operations expert who placed second in the qualifying, outpointed Noizan Mustafa of host Singapore, 230-228, in the finals of the women’s pistol event, then led the team that included Francheta Shayne Quiroz and Carmen Guillermo to annex the silver in team competitions. Baldivino’s gold medal effort brought the medal tally of the Philippines to 7-12-23 counting the five golds the other day but excluding the sure gold following the all-Filipino final between world 10-ball champion Rubilen Amit and teenage sensation Chezka Centeno in the 9-ball singles of billiards.

Schooling makes it 4 from 4 in SEA Games swimming pool

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:20

SINGAPORE (AP) — Joseph Schooling continued his perfect start to the Southeast Asian Games, winning two finals in meet record times Monday to give him four gold medals from four events in the pool.

Malaysia nabs foreigner over nude pix on quake-hit peak: report

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:45

Malaysian authorities on Monday arrested a European man for allegedly stripping naked and urinating on Mount Kinabalu, reports said, an act that some in the country say angered tribal spirits and caused a deadly earthquake. The 38-year-old was arrested in Kota Kinabalu, capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo island, on charges of causing a public nuisance, The Star newspaper reported on its website. According to Malaysian law, the punishment for such an offence is a fine of 400 ringgit ($106).

SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia near 7-month low; Thai shares rebound

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:00
BANGKOK, June 8 (Reuters) - Indonesian shares hit a near seven-month closing low on Monday as the rupiah extended slides after upbeat U.S. jobs data bolstered expectations of an interest rate hike, while ...

Singing, dancing brotherhood lifting Philippines rugby

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 09:16

SINGAPORE (AP) — Jolly Gomez devised a unique benchmark for recruiting overseas-born players for the Philippines: If you can remember your mother forcing you to get up and sing in front of the family, you're in.

Should You Get A Cashback Credit Card?

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:19

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EM ASIA FX-Ringgit sets 9-year low, Fed rate rise bets hit Asia FX

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 07:22
* Asian currencies fall broadly after robust U.S. jobs data * Ringgit hits lowest level since January 2006 * Rupiah touches 17-year low for third straight session (Updates prices, adds comments) By Masayuki ...

SE Asia Stocks -Weak on U.S. rate outlook; Indonesia at 5-week lows

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:35
BANGKOK, June 8 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Monday, in line with regional currencies, amid concerns about sooner-than-expected U.S. interest rate hikes after upbeat jobs data, while ...

Repurpose ordinary house items

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:23

When it comes to decorating our home we should always have our minds open to creative solutions. Sometimes what one thing is designed for serves better as something else. These little details and unique twists in using a piece give a refreshing, surprising take about ones home. We share with you a few easy and innovative ways to use ordinary home items and fashion them into something better and new. 1.Door knobsPurchase a set of four to six pieces, no need to be new, and screw them onto a bathroom wall to hang your towels. ...

PNP preparing to secure APEC leaders’ summit

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is in the thick of preparations to secure the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in November. Police Director Ricardo Marquez said the PNP National Joint Task Force has finished securing the 11 APEC ministerial meetings in various parts of the country and is now conducting inspections of hotels and other venues to be used by 21 world leaders and 42 ministers for the APEC meet on Nov. 17 and 18. The PNP would not tell yet how many police and military personnel would be deployed to secure the APEC meeting.

Etihad Airways CEO says in expanded codeshare deal with Air France-KLM

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 22:27
Etihad Airways has reached a deal to deepen its relationship with Air France-KLM and separately has agreed to sell its stake in Aer Lingus Group Plc , Etihad's Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said in an interview Sunday. Etihad and Air France-KLM will share codes on more flights starting this year, opening more European cities to the Abu Dhabi-based airline's customers, Hogan said on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) annual meeting.

Etihad Airways CEO says in expanded codeshare deal with Air France-KLM

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 21:02
MIAMI, June 7 (Reuters) - Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM have reached a preliminary agreement to share codes on more flights, opening more European cities to Etihad's customers, its Chief Executive ...

Malaysia climber says 'lucky to live' as quake kills 13

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 18:59

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Rescuers on Malaysia's highest peak on Sunday searched for six climbers after recovering 13 dead from a strong earthquake that had trapped scores of trekkers. One survivor said she waited for a rescue helicopter that never came.

Schooling triumphs at SEA Games as tragedy strikes

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 16:49

Olympic swimming hopeful Joseph Schooling sent records tumbling as he grabbed two SEA Games golds on Sunday but the action was overshadowed by an earthquake tragedy which plunged Singapore into mourning. Schooling showed why he's considered a medal prospect at next year's Olympics when he swam a Games record 100m freestyle of 48.58sec, and then led the way as Singapore lowered the event's 4x200m mark. It capped another strong day for the hosts as they finished the second full day at the 11-nation, 36-sport competition top of the medals table on 26 golds, five clear of Vietnam.

G7 to address West Philippine Sea dispute

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 16:00

The Philippines yesterday welcomed reports that the G7 summit would express concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea. Regional alarm is growing as China aggressively stakes its claim to most of the sea, including a large-scale island-building program. The United States has also urged China and other nations to halt reclamation.