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Monday, January 12, 2009

January 13, 2009 Major News Stories

Oil falls to $38 on demand worries

Oil fell towards $38 a barrel, extending the previous session's 2.0-percent decline as a big increase in US unemployment renewed worries about energy demand in the world's largest consumer.

Pork prices rise, other goods stable

Although the holiday cooking binge has ended, prices of pork rose this week, amid relatively stable prices of other basic commodities.

City tutors seek P750 hike in COLA 

Jap recruits 200 nurses, 300 c'givers

Japan will hire an initial batch of some 200 Filipino nurses and 300 caregivers this year for training and employment, the Labor department said Monday.

Terms set for health workers 

Pinoys in Korea oppose B&L fees

Overseas Filipinos in South Korea opposed a proposal to charge foreign workers the cost of food and lodging currently given free by employers of small- and medium-scale enterprises.

OWWA urged to give loan to OFWs

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) should open a special loan window for returning Filipino migrant workers displaced by the global economic crisis, a labor leader said.

Triggerman a Tau Gamma member: 

'Suspek' sa Osorio ambush sikop na?

Taga DPWH kuwestiyonon

12 missing in Visayas sea mishaps

Seven motor boat passengers, including a seven-year-old girl, and five fishermen were reported missing in separate incidents in Leyte and in two Samar provinces.

1 dead, 5 rescued as boat capsizes

A retired schoolteacher was killed while five other people were rescued when the boat they were in capsized as it was navigating the Panay River in Barangay Bantique, Panay, Capiz.

Floods in Mis. Or., Cagayan de Oro

Landslide kills 1 in Iligan

ILIGAN CITY -- A man  due to landslides borught about by continuous rains in Barangay Dalipuga.

Floods halt Cagayan de Oro mining

Mayor Constantino Jaraula ordered the suspension of all mining operations here Monday after one person died and seven others disappeared when a flashflood hit 36 villages here and affected some 30,000 persons on Sunday.

Nene: N. Minda state of calamity

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to declare a state of calamity in the provinces in Northern Mindanao affected by flashfloods last week.

600 sweepers to clean city after fest

No move to impeach C-Justice Puno

There is no move in the House of Representatives to impeach Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Reynato Puno. House Speaker Prospero Nograles and the person allegedly masterminding the move, plus his supposed ally, denied that there is such a move.

PDEA prosecutorial powers--Revilla

A bill that would give prosecutorial powers to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to expedite probes and filing of drug cases is being considered at the Senate.

Study P1M bond for nat'l candidates

While imposing a P1 million bond for all national candidates in the 2010 elections may help "cleanse and unclog" the polls of nuisance candidates, MalacaƱang on Monday said such a proposal should first be studied closely by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Sen. lauds P1-M bond for nat'l bets 

Senator Richard Gordon lauded Commission on Election's proposal to impose P1 million bond for all national candidates in the 2010 elections but said additional moves should be made.

Congress to fund poll automation

5 MILF, 2 soldiers killed in Minda clash 

Five Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas were killed while two soldiers were wounded as government forces clashed with MILF rebels on a "foraging mission" in a Datu Saudi, Maguindanao.

Military ready for threats vs Balikatan

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be sending an additional battalion to the Bicol region in preparation for the Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) military exercises in the region with the US.

CAB can't collect regulatory fees

The Philippines" justice department disallowed the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) from imposing and collecting regulatory fees on airlines that have congressional franchises.

Flight to safe havens pulls down peso

Israel battles Hamas: Toll passes 900

Ex-Congo VP accused of mass rape

War crimes prosecutors have accused former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba of using systematic rape to intimidate civilians during a bloody power struggle in neighboring Central Africa Republic.

Singapore lawmaker set on fire

Singapore lawmaker Seng Han Thong was set on fire by a 70-year-old attacker who was upset he didn't receive a traditional cash handout for Lunar New Year.

Pacquiao back in Manila

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao arrived in Manila Monday morning from the United States, where the family spent the holidays.

Manny wants 65-35 purse vs Hatton

Cycling dispute may reach courts

'Slumdog Millionaire' Globes best film

Uplifting British film "Slumdog Millionaire" won best drama at the Golden Globes.  Director Danny Boyle's film follows the fortunes of an orphan who rises from the poverty of Mumbai's slums to reach the brink of riches on the Indian version of popular game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."  Boyle had earlier won best director while Beaufoy won for best screenplay. The film also won in the music category.  Other nominees for Sunday's award included "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon", "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader."

Rourke wins Globes best actor 

Mickey Rourke won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama here Sunday for his portrayal of a washed-up prizefighter in "The Wrestler."

Kate Winslet wins Globe best actress

Kate Winslet won a second Golden Globe here Sunday in the best drama actress category for her portrayal of a frustrated 1950s suburbanite in the drama "Revolutionary Road."

Winslet wins supporting-actress award 

Kate Winslet won the supporting-actress Golden Globe on Sunday for "The Reader," in which she plays a former Nazi concentration camp guard in a romantic fling with a teenager.

Ledger wins Globe for `Dark Knight'

Heath Ledger has won the supporting-actor Golden Globe nearly a year after his death, earning the prize for his diabolical turn as the Joker in the Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight.

Colin Farrell best actor in comedy

Irish heart-throb Colin Farrell won the best actor in a comedy or musical at the Golden Globes here Sunday for his performance in "In Bruges."

Woody Allen film wins Globes comedy

Steamy Woody Allen movie "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" won the Golden Globe award for best comedy or musical here Sunday.

Hawkins wins Globes for comedy

Britain's Sally Hawkins won the best musical/comedy actress award at the Golden Globes Sunday for her performance in the light-hearted Mike Leigh film "Happy-Go-Lucky."

Spielberg honored w/ Cecil B.De Mille

Steven Spielberg was honored with the Golden Globes Cecile B. DeMille Award here Sunday for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."

'Gran Torino' is No. 1 at box office

Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "Gran Torino," shot to the top of the North American box office this weekend.

KC exerting effort for Gabby-Sharon 

"Okey naman talaga sila, but I really exerted effort para maging friends talaga sila ulit," says KC on the Gabby-Sharon reconciliation. "Kasi ako ang talagang magiging masaya kung ganoon, kahit alam kong may kanya-kanya na silang buhay, at imposibleng magkabalikan na sila.

7 nabbed for Hot Babe's slay

Would-be bride, 107, seeks 1st love 

A 107-year-old Chinese woman who was afraid to marry when she was young is looking for her first husband and hopes to find a fellow centenarian so they will have something to talk about.

Male hormone linked to autism

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