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Pagasa observes 400-m Mayon lava flow

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:45
MANILA, Philippines---A lava flow on Mayon Volcano, which happened on Sunday, was seen to etch its side 300 meters to 400 meters downhill, the volcanology institute said Tuesday.   In perspective, a 300-meter to 400-meter track is approximately as long as four football pitches or 14 basketball courts.   In its Mayon bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the lava flow happened on Sunday but was investigated through an aerial survey on Monday.   Mayon recorded four volcanic earthquakes from 8 a.m. Monday0 to 8 a.m. Tuesday with three rockfall events.   Moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting...

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Official visits US trade union’s rehab projects in Leyte

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:38
  TANAUAN, Leyte -- A top official of a US labor union that has many Filipino in its membership visited a typhoon-damaged Tanauan and Tacloban, Leyte, to check on the progress of the rehabilitation and rebuilding projects sponsored by the union and its partners. Maria Castaneda, vice president of the Service Employees International Union SEIU, attended the "blessing of the boats" and their turnover to the Bangon Magay Association of Barangay Magay, Tanauan, Leyte. Of the 36 fishing boats turned over, 23 were from the SEIU, 11 from the Friends of Akbayan USA and two were from Friends of Fr. Bebs Alcober, SVD. Castaneda offered a heartfelt message to the community of M...

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Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Kidapawan

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:22
MANILA, Philippines---A magnitude 4.2 tectonic earthquake shook Kidapawan City Monday morning, the seismology and volcanology institute said.   In its bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake was at 35 kilometers southwest of Kidapawan City.   Intensity II was felt in Koronadal City while Intensity I was felt in Kidapawan City.   Phivolcs does not expect any damage or aftershocks from the earthquake which had a 19 km depth of focus.   RELATED STORIES 5.1-magnitude quake jolts Kidapawan City Earthquakes destroy 15 houses in N. Cotabato  ...

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Total oil firm CEO killed in Moscow plane crash

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:08
MOSCOW -- The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie has died after a private jet crashed at a Moscow airport, Russian media reported Tuesday citing aviation and law enforcement sources. "There was one passenger registered on the plane, French citizen Christophe de Margerie. The three crew members were also French citizens. They all died," the TASS news agency cited an aviation source as saying. TASS reported that the plane "according to a preliminary version, crashed into a snow plough". The Interfax news agency cited a police source as saying that one of the dead was a top executive at Total, naming de Margerie, 63. A Falcon-50 plane crashed at Vnukovo ...

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Fair weather expected Tueday—Pagasa

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:05
  (Editor's Note: INQUIRER.net is reposting with corrections to earlier story.) MANILA, Philippines -- Good weather is expected today, Tuesday, as the easterlies pass through the country, the weather bureau said. In its weather forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the easterlies were affecting Luzon and Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms are set to hover over the Philippines for the day. The easterlies will bring fair weather and winds that are warmer from the breeze that the northeast monsoon brings, Pagasa said.    ...

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Chicago lecture on US colonialist hailed as ‘most relevant’ history month event

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:45
CHICAGO---"Why Should We Know Dean Worcester?" a lecture held October 15 at the Philippine Consulate General was hailed as easily the most relevant among the 22 events planned for the month-long celebration of the Filipino American History Month in this city.   Mark Rice, professor and chairperson of American Studies at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, spoke of the zoologist who arguably was the most influential American on the formation of US imperial policy in the Philippines, from the years before the outbreak of the Spanish American War through the almost half a century of the American Occupation that ended on July 4, 1946.   Rice, a former Peac...

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US stocks gain despite weak IBM earnings

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:28
NEW YORK--US stocks rose Monday, shaking off weak IBM earnings and extending the rally that began late last week.   The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 19.26 points (0.12 percent) at 16,399.67.   The broad-based S&P 500 rose 17.25 (0.91 percent) to 1,904.01, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 57.64 (1.35 percent) to 4,316.07.   Dow member IBM sank 7.2 percent after it reported a huge drop in profits and its 10th straight quarter of lower revenues.   The IBM results helped to keep the blue-chip index in negative territory for most of the day. The broader US stock market did well, while equity markets fell in Britain, F...

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Aquino: Any ransom paid wasn’t from me

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:37
MANILA, Philippines--If ransom was paid to secure freedom for German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek, 71, and Henrite Dielen, 55, last week, no government money was spent, President Aquino assured the public on Monday.   "Well, nothing came from the Office of the President, I can assure you that. I didn't authorize anything from the Office of the President," he told reporters in Leyte.   The terror group claimed it freed Okonek and Dielen after they received a P250-million ransom. But Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma insisted the Abu Sayyaf was forced to release the hostages due to "intense pressure" from government troops.   Aquino downplayed t...

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Indonesian president gets rock star welcome at inauguration

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:10
JAKARTA--Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda.   As night fell, Widodo, sworn in as leader of the world's third-biggest democracy earlier in the day, ran on stage in front of about 50,000 supporters at a park in central Jakarta, grinning broadly and raising his hands in the air.   "We must realize that Indonesia is a great nation but it has to be run well, it has to be run for the prosperity of the people," said the leader, known by his nickname Joko...

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Binay to bring case to the people

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:43
MANILA, Philippines--Vice President Jejomar Binay is brushing aside the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing 79 percent of respondents want him to face the Senate and address allegations of corruption against him when he was mayor of Makati City.   Binay's camp on Monday said the Vice President would rather go directly to the people to air his side, something that it said he had been doing in his provincial visits the past weeks.   Binay is set to appear tonight in ANC's Beyond Politics program anchored by Lynda Jumilla to respond to the allegations, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay's political spokesman, said in a phone interview.   In...

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Neda chief seeks increased support for small farmers

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:45
Small farmers in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia need "greater support and opportunities" for them and their larger communities to rise out of poverty, according to National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director-General and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.   "In Asia, which is home to around 4.4 billion people, including two-thirds of the world's undernourished, the majority of people living in poverty rely on these small farms for food. Thus, potentially, further development of the agriculture sector, specifically the small farms that constitute it, could redound to rural welfare improvement and poverty alleviation," Balisacan said du...

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Editorial: Radical plan for Colon St.

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:33

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is finally pushing for what can be considered a paradigm shift in “restoring the grandeur” of the country’s oldest street. This is contained in his Executive Order 14-7, which pushes further the limits of his revitalization plan for the area.

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Basilica ‘may reopen soon’

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:12

A YEAR after it was closed due to earthquake damage, the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño may be reopened to churchgoers next month, if the Augustinian community’s plans proceed on schedule.

Until now, the restoration of the church’s facade and belfry, including Magellan’s Cross, have yet to take place.

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Pemberton must show up Tuesday–De Lima

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:07
MANILA, Philippines--US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton has no reason not to appear in Tuesday's preliminary investigation of the killing of transgender Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude at the Olongapo City Prosecutor's Office, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Monday.   "The city prosecutor will insist on his personal appearance so that no one will say that there is special treatment, so that it cannot be said that the stance of the government, especially the Department of Justice, is soft, considering that the case is now in our level," De Lima told reporters.   "If he does not appear and does not submit an affidavit, then his right to file one wi...

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Police chief survives gunfire; 2 killed

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:06

A TOWN police chief was wounded while two suspects got killed in a shootout between the police and seven armed persons in Barangay San Antonio, Boljoon, Cebu yesterday afternoon.

The two civilians who were shot dead were believed to have been among the four who escaped simultaneous raids by the police in Alcoy and Dalaguete towns last Saturday.

Hours after the shootout yesterday, Chief Insp. Dexter Basirgo, Boljoon Police Station chief, was declared out of danger despite the gunshot wounds on his shoulder and stomach.

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Region 7 quarantine, health execs get ready

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:04

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 has convened administrators of all public and private health facilities in the region to discuss appropriate responses to the risk that someone infected with the Ebola virus would enter the country.

One of the preparations by health and quarantine officials is to raise a “Code White” alert, which signals all public and private hospitals to make available their facilities when there are reported cases in the country.

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Unknown person robs, kills Cebu City florist

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:02

A FLORIST was robbed and stabbed to death before dawn yesterday inside his shop in Sitio Sikatuna, Barangay Day-as in Cebu City.

The body of Daniel “Jun” Cañete, owner of JMC Wedding Creations, was found by a female employee who arrived around 7 a.m. in his rented studio-type apartment, which also served as his flower shop. Ivy Medalle was the one who called the police.

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Church, City long to see Pope in Cebu

Cebu Headlines - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:01

THE Augustinian community that runs the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño hopes that Pope Francis would grant its invitation to visit Cebu next year.

Basilica rector Fr. Jonas Mejares said they sent two letters to the Pope, inviting him to visit Cebu and the Sto. Niño church, which was damaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake last year.

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UBP secures approval to triple capital

Breaking News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:00
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has approved the plan of Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines to triple its authorized capital to P23.1 billion, in line with the bank's goal to become one of the country's top three banks by 2020.   In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Monday, Union Bank said it had received an advisory from the BSP approving the expansion in authorized capital, which now stands at P6.7 billion.   At the proposed P23.1 billion in authorized capital, the bank will have 1.311 billion common shares at a par value of P10 each and 100 million preferred shares at a par value of P100 each.   The mandate from the BSP ...

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