Experts are now skeptical over a theory that the missing aircraft was the target of a terror attack.
The two mystery passengers which boarded the MH370 on stolen passports are most likely migrants looking for a new home, rather then terrorists with an agenda.
By THERESA MARTELINO-REYES (Conclusion) BUSINESS tycoon Manuel Pangilinan offered China’s state-owned oil firm access to the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea over which the Philippines has a territorial claim, although he had no legal capacity to do so. Pangilinan, chairman and chief executive officer of Philex Petroleum Corp, offered to include […]
Farmers in the Philippines will soon reap a harvest after using emergency seed supplies to grow crops following a devastating typhoon that struck during planting season, the UN food agency said Monday. Super Typhoon Haiyan raked across the central Philippines last November, killing at least 6,200 people with around 2,000 others still missing, while also displacing four million and leaving tens of thousands of farmers without their livelihoods. Haiyan hit at a "terrible time" between rice planting seasons but timely seed replacements have ensured a second harvest is not lost, said Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Last year the agency had voiced concerns that without the harvest, vulnerable farmers would not have been able to collect rice for almost a year -- until October or November 2014.
The Malaysian military has radar data showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the last position recorded by civilian ...
A state securities regulator has ordered an exploration and production company to stop accepting bitcoins as payment for investments in its Texas oil wells. Texas Securities Commissioner John Morgan entered an emergency order on Monday against tiny Balanced Energy LLC, which claimed it was the first energy company to accept the virtual currency, according to the regulator. "The price of digital currency is subject to extreme swings, which could affect the amount of money available for business operations," the regulator said in a statement. Bitcoin is a digital currency that, unlike conventional money, is bought and sold on a peer-to-peer network that lacks central control.
VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — US Vice President Joe Biden has been discussing the "difficult situation" in Venezuela with other Latin American leaders attending Chile's presidential inauguration on Tuesday, and mentioned the possibility of mediation by third parties, according to a senior U.S. administration official.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado-based company has put crowdsourcing to work in the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, inviting Internet users to comb through satellite images of over 1,200 square miles (3,200 square km) of seawater for any sign of wreckage, the company said on Tuesday. DigitalGlobe Inc used two of its satellites to collect imagery from an area between the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea where the Boeing 777-200ER with 239 passengers and crew on board was at first believed to have crashed after it went missing early on Saturday, the firm said on its website. The effort by DigitalGlobe was launched just before Malaysia's military indicated the flight might have gone way off course, which could place its last known location hundreds of miles from where DigitalGlobe collected satellite imagery for its crowdsourcing project.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike killed three Gaza militants on Tuesday near an area where an unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed earlier in the day, an official in the Palestinian territory said. The Israeli military said it was responding to mortar fire.
Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia, who was dismissed from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) but opted to stay and fight its honor system, will not graduate after all. Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman, confirmed this yesterday after the PMA Cadet Review and Appeals Board (CRAB) upheld the findings of the Honor Committee which recommended Cudia’s dismissal from the academy for violating the Cadet Honor Code. “I was informed by the Superintendent, Philippine Military Academy, Maj. Gen. Oscar Lopez, that he has already submitted to the General Headquarters the results of the review of the cadet, review and appeals board (CRAB) as regards the case of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia,” said Tutaan in a press briefing at Camp Gen. Emilio E. Aguinaldo.
Malaysian Airline System Bhd. Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya was hired less than three years ago to steer the carrier into profitability. The 59-year-old power industry veteran has presided over a 63 percent slump in the stock since joining the state-controlled airline in September 2011, battered by unviable routes and competition from low-cost carriers including AirAsia Bhd. The airline lost a total 4.13 billion ringgit ($1.3 billion) over its past three financial years.
Libya's premier was ousted by parliament Tuesday after a tanker laden with crude oil from a rebel-held terminal broke through a naval blockade and escaped to sea, underscoring the weakness of the central government. The no-confidence motion was approved by 124 of the 194 members of the General National Congress, four more than the majority required, MPs said. Ousted prime minister Ali Zeidan was temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdullah al-Thani, who was sworn in as caretaker premier until a permanent replacement can be chosen within two weeks, a GNC statement said. Zeidan, an independent who had been supported by liberals, proved incapable of bringing to heel former rebel militia that carved out their own fiefdoms after the 2011 uprising that ended Moamer Kadhafi's four-decade rule.
Trece Martires City, Cavite — The Sangguniang Panglalawigan (SP) of Cavite approved the other day an ordinance requiring the installation of wi-fi (broadband wireless networking facility) in public secondary schools in the province’s six cities and 17 municipalities. Vice Governor Ramon Jolo Revilla III and the board members deemed that Internet access in schools is now a necessity. ...
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has stressed the need for the establishment of a seamless inter-modal transport logistics network to further enhance the country's export competitiveness. NEDA Deputy-Director Rolando Tungpalan cited for example the creation of road Ro-Ro terminal system and chassis Ro-Ro which refers to cargo containers on chassis without truck. The National Competitive Council (NCC) is pushing for the establishment of roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) bridges that will interconnect the national highway system in a bid to reduce transport cost in the country.
Philippine banks proved their resilience during the financial crisis of 2008, which saw the collapse of several centuries-old banks in the United States, as well as during the subsequent global slowdown led by the European Community. The biggest banks in the Philippines have started releasing reports about their performance in 2013, and the first reports submitted to the Philippine Stock Exchange (the major banks are publicly listed) show double-digit increases in profits last year, despite the natural calamities that visited us, including the world’s most destructive typhoon. Forecasts show bright prospects for the banking industry this year, given the strong economy, the growth drivers like remittances from overseas Filipino workers and the business process outsourcing industry, and the investment grade received from three global credit rating agencies. The time is ripe for the further liberalization of the banking industry to allow more foreign banks to come in, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Clark Freeport, Pampanga — Hundreds of Aeta families, as well as persons with disabilities (PWDs), living near this free port are expected to benefit from the “Pangkabuhayan Karts” project launched by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) this month. External Affairs Department Manager Angelo C. Lopez, Jr. said yesterday the project dubbed as “Kabuhayan para sa Katutubo at may Kapansanan” (KKK) will benefit at least 12 individuals belonging to the PWD and indigenous peoples (IP) sectors. Candidates for beneficiaries of the cart, worth P12,000 with goods worth P6,000, must be residing in the peripheries of this Freeport zone, and two groups from the cities of Mabalacat and San Fernando in Pampanga.
The Divine Word Mission Seminary in Tagaytay City, where I did my noviciate and theological studies in the 1960s, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on March 11-13, 2014. * * * On March 9, 1963 the SVD Superior General John Schuette erected canonically the mission house in Tagaytay, and on March 12 the novitiate Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD, who wrote a wide-ranging, intensive history of the seminary, said that the main reason for the transfer of the novices and scholastics to Tagaytay was the lack of space at the Christ the King Seminary compound on E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City. Christ the King Seminary became the formation house of the high school and college departments, collectively called minor seminary.
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, today announced record financial results for 2013, with net profit up 48 percent to US$62 million on revenues up 27 percent to US$6.1 billion. The record performance also saw earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) up 22 percent to US$208 million and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and rentals (EBITDAR) up 30 percent to US$979 million, a margin of 16 percent of total revenues. This marked the third successive year of net profitability, in the airline’s tenth year of operation. ...
Alabel, Sarangani – At least 13 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels received some P865,000 as livelihood assistance from the provincial government of Sarangani. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office released the funding assistance to the former rebels who availed of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) under the provincial government’s flagship program “Sulong Kapayapaan, Sulong Sarangani” that aims to alleviate poverty in the grassroots level.
Pozorrubio, Pangasinan — Mayors in the 5th District of Pangasinan went out into the streets yesterday joined by students and residents to support the planned road widening project which has been opposed by pro-environment advocates. The so-called “Unity Walk” were led by Mayors Libradita Abrenica of Villasis, Amadeo Perez IV of Urdaneta City, Artemio Chan of Pozorrubio, and Mina Joy Pangasinan of Sison.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved the guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties. The guidance is intended to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code. IMO said the guidance recommends that until 1 July 2015 relevant training under section 13 – training, drills and exercises on ship security – of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code should be accepted as being equivalent to that required under the STCW Convention and Code. The guidance was agreed by the sub-committee on human element, training and watchkeeping (HTW) which expressed its concern that large numbers of seafarers were reportedly unable to have access to approved training courses or were unable to be issued certification of security-related training in accordance with the STCW regulations.