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Monday, August 10, 2009

August 11, 2009 Major News Stories

Gasoline prices up by P2/L Tuesday

The price of gasoline is set to go up by as much as P2 per liter effective Tuesday, oil players announced on Monday.

At 12:01 a.m., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. is also expected to increase the prices of diesel and kerosene by as much as P1.50 per liter to "reflect the increase in international product prices," said vice president for communications Roberto Kanapi.

The same price adjustments will be implemented by Petron Corp. and Chevron Corp. at 6 a.m. Tuesday, said Petron spokesperson Virginia Ruivivar and Chevron communication manager Toby Nebrida.

'Stop Big 3 from raising oil prices'

The Social Justice Society (SJS) has asked the Manila City Regional Trial Court Branch 26 to stop the so-called "Big 3" major oil players Chevron Philippines Inc., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and Petron Corp. from making another increase in oil prices.

Tamiflu should not be given to children

Palace offers no apologies for P1M dinner

Steel importer cites JPEPA to avoid taxes

Importers and brokers have resorted to using a controversial trade agreement between the Philippines and Japan to avoid paying the correct amount of taxes to the government, a ranking customs official said on Monday.

51 killed in wave of Iraq attacks

Two truck bombs targeting a tiny sect in a village in northern Iraq and a spate of bloody attacks across the country killed at least 51 people on Monday and wounded more than 250.

AFP deploys more troops to Haiti, Liberia

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is sending off a fresh batch of peacekeepers to help in the nation-building efforts in strife-torn Haiti and Liberia.

Miller's triple lifts RP to victory over Taipei

Willie Miller buried a booming three-pointer in the waning seconds that clinched Powerade-Team Pilipinas" 77-70 thrilling win over Chinese-Taipei in the 25th FIBA-Asia men"s basketball championship Monday in Tianjin, China.

Vietnam's athletes' homes in Laos SEAG

Just like Thailand, Vietnam has a built-in advantage in the Southeast Asian Games.

RP chef de mission Mario Tanchangco said Vietnam has made a rewarding investment by constructing the residences, which will house the estimated 4,000-plus athletes set to participate in the December 9-18 meet in Laos.

Internet reports have it that Vietnam coughed up $19 million, of which $4 million was provided as a grant, while the rest was alloted as a long-term loan.

Upon completion, Tanchangco said the residential project, which will also billet sports officials and delegations of the 11 participating nations, will be able to accommodate over 4,000 athletes, who will compete in 25 sports.

Thailand, on the other hand, is upgrading the existing stadium in Vientianne as venues for soccer and track and field. That's apart from the boxing gym filled with equipment the Thais have been putting up for Laos.

Willie on leave 'indefinitely'

Filipina leads role in German musical

Filipina Leah Delos Santos is playing the female lead role "Maria" in the German Production of the popular musical "West Side Story" from Frank Thannhäuser and Nico Rabenald to be directed by Matthias Davids.

Laguna artists question Palace awardees

Even artists from the provinces were "shocked and outraged" over the selection of this year's National Artist Awards, following reports that the honorees were handpicked by Malacañang.

'G.I. Joe' captures box office top spot

"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," a movie adaptation of the popular toy franchise, stormed its way to the top of the North American box office on Sunday, according to initial weekend figures.

'Mark Lester did not father Jackson's kids'

Sources "very close" to Michael Jackson's family on Sunday denied claims by former British child acting star Mark Lester that he could be the biological father of the singer's daughter Paris, People magazine reported.

'Too much combing leads to hair loss'

Stephen Leacock  - "I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so."

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