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Air21 upsets San Miguel Beer to force decider

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:10
  MANILA, Philippines — Air21 led wire-to-wire in a masterful 92-79 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2014 PLDT Home Tvolution PBA Commissioner's Cup Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Hardworking forward Sean Anthony scored 21 of his team-high 25 points in the second half for the Express, who got off to a fast start and never looked back to force a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Friday, "It's a good thing we kept our composure. I know this is going to be a short-lived celebration because we're playing them again on Sunday. I just hope that we will still continue to do what we're capable of doing," said Air21 coach Franz Pumaren. Import Wesley Witherspoo...

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Royals get Aboriginal gifts in Australian Outback

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:01
  SYDNEY — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have received a traditional Aboriginal welcome during a visit to the Australian Outback. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived Tuesday in the tiny town of Yulara, near the bright red sandstone monolith Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. The royal couple visited a cultural center where members of a local Aboriginal community performed a traditional song and dance. Locals presented the pair with gifts of jewelry and a wooden spear, and William and Kate presented certificates to students graduating from an indigenous training academy. Later, the Duke and Duchess were planning to watch the sun set over Uluru. ...

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Somali lawmaker shot and killed in latest attack

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:52
  MOGADISHU, Somalia—Two gunmen belonging to an Islamic extremist group shot and killed a Somali legislator Monday as he stepped out of his home in the capital, the second fatal attack on a member of parliament in as many days, police said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility in a radio broadcast for the attack on Abdiaziz Isaq Mursal. He was ambushed in the Madina district of Mogadishu, said senior police officer Ali Hassan. On Monday legislator Isaq Mohamed Rino was killed in a car bombing that also wounded a lawmaker with whom he was traveling. Al-Shabab, which has continued to stage attacks in Mogadishu despite being ousted from the seaside capital in 2011, also clai...

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Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:49
  KIEV, Ukraine—Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government. In the most high-level visit of a U.S. official since crisis erupted in Ukraine, Biden told leaders from various political parties that he brings a message of support from President Barack Obama as they face a historic opportunity to usher in reforms. "The opportunity to generate a united Ukraine, getting it right, is within your grasp," Biden said. "And we want to be your partner, your friend in the project. And we're ready to assist." Bid...

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Napoles as state witness draws mixed reactions in House

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:43
MANILA, Philippines—Even lawmakers at the House of Representatives have mixed reactions about Janet Lim-Napoles becoming a state witness against the pork barrel scam. No less than the Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the scam, may become a state witness, but on one condition: She should not be selective in her affidavit. “As long as her memory is not selective, tell all,” the Speaker said in a text message to INQUIRER.net. When asked if Belmonte approved of Napoles as state witness conditionally, Belmonte said: “Yes, if she qualifies under the legal requirements.” But the Makabayan bloc rejected the idea. The militant group ...

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MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:31
RIYADH—The MERS death toll has climbed to 81 in Saudi Arabia, which sacked its health minister as cases of infection by the coronavirus mount in the country. A 73-year-old Saudi who suffered from chronic illnesses died in Riyadh and a compatriot diagnosed with the virus, aged 54, died in the port city of Jeddah, the health ministry said late Monday. The ministry said it has registered 261 cases of infection across the kingdom since the discovery of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in September 2012. The World Health Organisation said on April 17 that it has been informed of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS worldwide, including 93 deaths. Saudi A...

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MERS virus: 4 Etihad passengers isolated in North Cotabato

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:06
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines —Health officials in North Cotabato are closely monitoring a foreigner and three overseas Filipino workers who recently returned home on board an Etihad Airways on which a nurse who had tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was also a passenger.   Dr. Eva Rabaya, chief of the North Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), told reporters Tuesday that that health workers have found and talked to the OFWs and the foreigner, none of whom she identified.   Eleven of the Etihad passengers returned home to Central Mindanao last week. Dr. Teogenes Baluma, regional director of Department of H...

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Binay wants charges filed vs. ‘name-dropping’ driver who raced Aquino’s convoy

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:05
MANILA, Philippines—A driver, who name dropped Vice President Jejomar Binay, did not curry favor with the 2016 presidential aspirant who urged authorities to file “appropriate charges” for allegedly trying to race President Benigno Aquio III’s convoy last week. In a statement on Tuesday, Binay said that not only did Jeffrey Roxas Chua “violate traffic laws” but he also “put at risk the safety and security of the President and the members of his official family”. “Kay Presidente pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda kayo pag nanalo si Binay at Erap. Ipatatanggal kita,” warned Roxas Chua after he was given the ticket. (So, you’re with the President. You bett...

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Films, exhibits for faithful who cannot attend Vatican canonization rites

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:02
  MANILA, Philippines—Filipino Catholics who cannot fly to Rome for the two papal canonizations on Sunday may still get to revel in the spirit of the occasion through various activities prepared by dioceses in Manila and other parts of the country.   A Mass to be officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will be held on Sunday at Smart-Araneta Coliseum, which Pope John Paul II declared as a “colosseo of papal audiences” during his visit in 1981.   The faithful can also watch the canonization rites for John Paul II and Pope John Paul XXIII at the coliseum, according to Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco.   In Malolos, Bulacan...

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Despite President’s orders, not all Etihad passengers located

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:00
MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III wanted health officials to have contacted by now all passengers of an Etihad Airways plane that flew home from the United Arab Emirates a Filipino nurse who had tested positive for the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), a Department of Health official said Tuesday.   Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, manager of the DOH’s Emerging Infectious Diseases program, said at a news conference that the President had strongly recommended that the agency’s contact tracing efforts for all the 415 passengers of Etihad Airways Flight No. EY0424 should have been completed a week after the OFW arrived in the country. ...

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Ruby Tuason meets with Ombudsman official—report

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:46
MANILA, Philippines—Provisional state witness Ruby Tuason met with officials of the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday, but the purpose of the meeting remains to be seen, a radio report said. The report said Tuason arrived at the Ombudsman Tuesday afternoon with her lawyer Dennis Manalo and officials of the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice. Tuason and her lawyer refused to divulge the details of the two-hour meeting, the report said. Tuason, the former social secretary of deposed president Joseph Estrada, testified before the Senate as provisional state witness against Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. She claimed to have personally delivered bags ...

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18 Central Luzon residents on Etihad flight test negative for MERS

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:44
    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—At least 18 passengers from Central Luzon of Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 have tested negative for the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), a Department of Health official here said on Tuesday.   The results of swabbing for saliva samples on 30 other passengers from the same region were expected in two to three days, said Dr. Rhodora Cruz, a DOH medical specialist.   They belonged to a set of 51 passengers who are residents of Central Luzon, she said.   In this batch, three persons have yet to be traced or have not reported to the Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hos...

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Lanao Sur town wants out of Bangsamoro

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:41
WAO, Lanao del Sur—Some 20,000 residents of this Christian-dominated town showed up at a government-organized public consultation here on Monday and expressed opposition to the inclusion of this municipality in the Bangsamoro territory.   Edna Espinosa, chairperson of Lihok Wao (Wao Movement), urged the government peace panel, represented by former Agriculture Secretary Senen Bacani, to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law available to the public.   “We were not consulted before it was submitted for review to the President,” Espinosa said.   Bacani, during the public consultation, said a copy of the draft legislation could not be made public as it was sti...

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Fair trade, competition law sought by PCCI in road to ASEAN integration by 2015

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:29
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the country’s largest business organization, has warned anew that the country would be left at a disadvantage if Congress fails to enact a competition law that would prevent unfair trade practices.   “The economy needs a competition law to upgrade the country’s competitiveness and maximize the benefits of integrating the economy with those of other ASEAN economies by 2015.  If we give our neighbors a difficult time to do business here, they will also give us a hard time accessing the ASEAN market of 600 million consumers," said PCCI president Alfredo M. Yao.   In a statement, Yao expre...

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PSEi retests 6,800 level

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:25
MANILA—The local stock index retested the 6,800 level on Tuesday before paring gains, riding on strong sentiment from foreign investors.   The Philippine Stock Exchange index added 17.44 points or 0.26 percent to close at 6,784.95, rising for the fourth straight session. The index is now trading at its highest level for 2014.   The PSEi hit as high as 6,815.26 in intra-day trade but gave up some gains as some investors pocketed gains.   Dealers said sentiment was very strong, making up for the usual post-holiday lethargy among domestic investors. Net foreign buying for the day was heavy at P2.68 billion, based on PSE data....

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Oil firms hike prices; supply concerns, US recovery cited

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:24
MANILA, Philippines—Oil firms raised prices for fuel products this week amid concerns on supply disruption and signals of economic recovery in the U.S.   Petron, Shell, Chevron, and Seaoil said in separate advisories that they raised prices starting 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 22. The adjustments were as follows: +P0.55 (55 centavos) per liter for gasoline, +P0.55 (55 centavos) per liter for diesel, and +P0.70 (70 centavos) per liter for kerosene.   PTT Philippines and TOTAL said they hiked gasoline and diesel prices by P0.55 per liter from 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 22.   The adjustments reflected movements in the international oil market, the companies said....

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Senator wants to probe PH slow Internet connection

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:02
  MANILA, Philippines—Senator Bam Aquino is calling an investigation into reported slow Internet speed in the country compared to other Southeast Asian nations.   According to Asean DNA, the Philippines (3.6 megabytes per second) lags behind Laos (4.0 Mbps), Indonesia (4.1 Mbps), Myanmar and Brunei (4.9 Mbps), Malaysia (5.5 Mbps) and Cambodia (5.7 Mbps).   Other countries mentioned in the report include Vietnam (13.1) and Thailand (17.7), the only two other Southeast Asian countries joining Singapore (61.0) as those above the Asean average of 12.4 mbps.   Aquino said he is seeking a congressional inquiry to find out if consumers are indeed getting their mon...

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Blackwater pulls away in second half, routs Hog’s Breath

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:38
MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion Blackwater Sports ran away in the third quarter to beat Hog's Breath 89-74 in the 2014 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Reil Cervantes topscored with 23 points for the Elite, who outscored the Razorbacks 31-12 in the pivotal third period to lead 69-51 entering the final frame. Blackwater sustained their form in the fourth quarter with Allan Mangahas and Cervantes anchoring their strong finishing kick. "We'd like to take advantage of this three close wins," said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. "We are setting our sights of once again making it to the finals." Hog's Breath kept it close until the second ha...

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Potential for human superbugs in cow manure: study

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:04
  WASHINGTON—Cow manure is commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, and a US study out Tuesday found it contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics. These genes come from the cows' gut bacteria, and while none have yet been found in superbugs that are infecting humans, researchers said the potential is real. The research was done by scientists at Yale University, who sampled manure from a handful of dairy cows at a farm in Connecticut. In those samples, they found 80 unique antibiotic resistance genes. About three quarters were unfamiliar. Genetic sequencing showed they were only distantly related to those already known to science. When appli...

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Depp flops, ‘Captain America’ rules US box-office

Breaking News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:39
LOS ANGELES, California—Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp suffered the worst box-office debut of his career while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" maintained its grip on North American theaters, final figures showed Monday. Despite being one of the highest paid actors in Tinseltown, Depp's star power was unable to save $100 million science-fiction thriller "Transcendence" from crashing with just $10.9 million on its opening to take fourth spot. It was the latest in a series of poor openings for movies starring Depp, coming hard on the heels of "The Lone Ranger," "Dark Shadows" and "The Rum Diary." The film, which sees Depp play a scientist who escapes death when his b...

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