Thursday, October 30th 2014

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MANILA, Oct. 30 (PNA) -- Malacanang on Thursday declared a half-day work in government offices starting 12:00 noon of October 31 to give government employees ample time to prepare for the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on November 1 and 2. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr....

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THE House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a joint resolution extending by six months the period for human-rights victims during martial law to file their claims for recognition and reparation. House Deputy Speaker Carlos Padilla said the majority of the lawmakers voted unanimously to pass Joint...

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ABU Sayyaf bandits released in Sulu on Wednesday the 8-year-old daughter of a rich businessman whom they abducted in July in Zamboanga Sibugay. The release of the victim came when Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, were...

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THE military is considering the possibility of seeking the disbarment of lawyer Harry Roque for his alleged “misbehavior” in Camp Aguinaldo last week. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, Armed Forces Public Information Office chief, said Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, is eyeing the...

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MALACAÑANG confirmed on Thursday that President Aquino has given the greenlight for a P167.9-billion master plan to rehabilitate 171 cities and towns in 14 provinces ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. This developed as Communications Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. cited a report from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa that the Department of Budget and...

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FILIPINOS killed by typhoons and other natural disasters tripled in the last 10 years, the latest United Nations-backed report said. The report, titled “World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Risk,” stated that in the 2004-to-2013 period, disasters claimed the lives of 22,446 Filipinos, three times higher than...
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LISTED Premiere Horizon Alliance Corp. (PHA) is setting its sights on provincial areas as part of its new corporate directions with the looming economic integration of the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) by next year. The company informed the local bourse on Thursday it is...

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Some of the banks need to raise additional capital next year to remain competitive, according to the research arm of Maybank ATR Kim Eng. Maybank ATR analyst Katherine Tan said while banks have been strengthening their capital ratios the past three years, this may not have been enough to meet...

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THE country is ready to clinch a big chunk of the trillion-dollar halal industry once the integration of the respective economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is formalized next year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. In preparation for the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the agriculture department...

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MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur—In efforts to make this municipality the organic capital of the country, Mayor Arthur Davin told his constituents to go organic in their farming practice. Davin said the bottom line of this cause is to promote healthy living and lifestyle among his people. “This is very basic. Having...

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THE gut issue of poverty becomes most real to Filipinos when they go hungry. The statistics today, whether it tells of 15 million or 27 million hungry Filipinos, is less material than the fact that the much-touted “economic miracle” that is the Philippines is not inclusive. Gross domestic product (GDP) numbers...

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The mandate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to strengthen the banks’ credit-risk management and tighten their lending standard represents a credit boost for the industry, an international credit-ratings agency said on Thursday. In a statement, Moody’s Investors Service lauded the central bank’s more recent regulations on credit-risk management,...
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NEW YORK—Pau Gasol scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut to help the Bulls spoil Derek Fisher’s first game as a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach by beating the New York Knicks, 104-80, on Wednesday. Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls...

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CAGAYAN Valley opened its season by bagging Moala Tautuaa at No. 1 in the Draft. But on Thursday, the Rising Suns didn’t seem to need the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American. Michael Mabulac turned in a double-double effort and the Rising Suns repelled a late rally by MJM-Builders for a 94-86 victory on...

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ALASKA and Meralco clash in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces and the Bolts, both holding identical 2-0 slates, collide at 4:15 p.m. Pido Jarencio, meanwhile, hopes to get another victory that would help...

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri—Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single and Eric Hosmer lined a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, on Tuesday to force a decisive Game Seven in the World Series. Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with...

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KRISTY JAECKEL sizzled on the firing end, towing Mane ‘N Tail to a nail-biting 25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-6 victory over Foton in the 2014 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, presented by Asics, on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Billed as the league’s most dominant import, Jaeckel erupted for a league-high...

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ATENEO, now a marked team in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament, opens its quest for a second straight crown against National University (NU) on November 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Eagles, who will have an almost intact roster, and...
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NEW YORK—Almost precisely two years ago, Kristen Stewart was hunched in a dark corner of the Tribeca Grand Hotel’s restaurant, sipping a glass of white wine and relentlessly scanning the room. v There was nothing she loathed more than people spotting her, gawping and then pretending it hadn’t happened....

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YVES GARDIOL is general manager of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the famous resort in Saint Moritz, Switzerland. Gardiol, a 53-year-old native of Lausanne, Switzerland, has been at the Palace for a decade. How about a little background about the hotel? Saint Moritz is in the Swiss Alps, and this year marks 150 years...

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IF films die, then there must be graveyards for these deceased films. I think of horror films as dead films. There is no hope—technically—in horror films. There should be no hope in them. Or, they will not be terrifying. If there is a kind of return, a hopeful glance in...

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BEFORE Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and Prism made headlines, a group of technologists was dedicated to making the Internet more anonymous. They were viewed mostly as paranoid, weird and potentially criminal. Now, after all the revelations of the government’s mass electronic-surveillance program, they are leaders in a movement heating...
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MANILA is a city of contrasts. The urban landscape features beautiful buildings of eras past standing side by side with the modern commercial and residential buildings of today. Manila is where the traditions and customs of old intertwine and mingle seamlessly with the fast-paced life of today. However, the urban landscape...

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THE country’s infrastructure program recently got a big boost when Espoo, Finland-based Tekla introduced the 3D Concrete Constructible model. Andy Dickey, CIP concrete business development manager for Tekla, told the journalists that the construction software will give construction companies, engineers and contractors higher efficiency and productivity in their projects. “We...

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UNLIKE typical property-development projects, Mañosa Properties Inc. (MPI) consistently puts the Filipino touch, such as bahay-kubo and bahay na bato, in its projects to remind the Filipinos of their roots and culture. In a recent press briefing, MPI stressed that it has the end-user in mind when it develops a...

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DEEPLY rooted in understanding the needs of the Filipino family, Pro-Friends has envisioned a one-of-a-kind township community that will enable families to bond with each other. Starting with its first phase in 2007, Lancaster has evolved into a master-planned community that spans more than 1,400 hectares, covering Kawit, General Trias...
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‘Nutrition in a pill”—that was how the Mayo Clinic described health supplements.  Although they aren’t for everyone, there are those who may need them to get nutrients they might otherwise be lacking. “Supplements aren’t intended to be a food substitute because they can’t replicate all of the nutrients and benefits...

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HEALTHY kidneys clean our blood by removing excess fluid, minerals and waste. They also make hormones that keep our bones strong and our blood healthy. But, if the kidneys are damaged, they don’t work properly. Medical science tells us that harmful waste can build up in our body.  Our blood pressure...

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MANY people take nutritional or health supplements to lose or gain weight, to boost their energy, to improve their performance, to reduce stress or even to get rid of wrinkles. But can these minerals and vitamins really live up to their claim or are they simply eating off more than...

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A new enemy has emerged—and it is our appetites.  With fast foods proliferating and “eat all you can” restaurants thriving here and there, gluttony has become a way of life, instead of an exception. This must be the reason obesity—the condition of a person having excessive weight for his/her height,...
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