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Thursday, September 3, 2009

September 4, 2009 Major News Stories

Auto-LPG prices to be raised anew Friday

Another round of increase in the prices of liquefied petroleum gas for automobiles (auto-LPG) will take effect Friday, dealers said on Thursday.

Wrong treatment most common cause of dengue fatality

by Maria Althea Teves, Newsbreak
Health expert says up to half of dengue cases misdiagnosed, proposes new dengue severity classifications Confusion brought about by variations in dengue severity often lead to misdiagnosis in as high as 50 percent of dengue cases.  

Swiss, Chinese unveile breakthrough swine flu vaccines

BASEL - Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Thursday it had tested a new swine flu vaccine that may require only one dose while China also unveiled a one-dose drug designed to curb the pandemic.

Public school students' NAT rates improve

The scores of Grade VI public school students in the National Achievement Test continued to improve for the third straight year, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said on Thursday.

78 pass guidance counselor board exam

Seventy-eight out of 108 passed the Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination given by the Board of Guidance and Counseling in Manila last month, the Professional Regulation Commission announced on Thursday.

Most of Balili property is timberland - DENR

Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources yesterday said that only less than a hectare of the close to 25-hectare Balili property bought by the provincial government of Cebu in Tinaan, Naga will be left for the province if the reversion case is granted by the court.

Capitol can seek 'special use permit'

DESPITE a pending reversion order, Capitol's titles to the Balili property are still valid unless nullified by the court, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said.

Tom backs move to dump coal ash

It's not in all matters that the feuding Cebu City Mayor Tomas OsmeƱa and Governor Gwendolyn Garcia differ.

EMB stops dumping of coal ash

THE Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 yesterday ordered Naga officials to stop coal-fired power plants from continuing to dump coal ash in areas in the town, particularly in the controversial Balili property.

DENR inventories protected areas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is currently conducting an inventory of tenured migrants living within the area covered by the Central Cebu Protected Landscape.

Lack of funds stops farmers from trying alternative livelihood

Lack of equipment and capital have been identified as the common problems that prevent farmers from engaging in alternative livelihood despite all the training they already have, this according to the Department of Agrarian Reform-7.

12 boat passengers rescued

Twelve passengers, consisting of eight adults and four children, were rescued from being stranded in the middle of wavy seas off the vicinity of Barangay Ibo, Lapu-lapu City when the motorized boat that they were boarding experienced engine trouble while on its way to Pasil, Cebu City from Talibon Bohol.

CCPO chief takes to streets in "direct approach" to crime

Cebu City Police Office director Patrocinio Comendador himself led a foot patrol yesterday, joining 500 to 600 other policemen and policewomen who took to the streets in different parts of the city as their way of celebrating National Crime Prevention Week.

Comelec vows electronic transmission in 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and telecom industry stakeholders are working on plans to ensure electronic transmission of election results from 80,000 precincts nationwide in next year's polls.

Comelec to tap phone firms for poll results transmission

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is tapping local phone companies to work closely with Smartmatic-Total Information Management for the speedy and accurate delivery of poll results, particularly in rural areas, an official of the National Telecommunications Commission said Thursday.

Comelec hears Magdalo group petition as 'regional political group'

A group of mutinous soldiers involved in a failed bid to topple the Arroyo administration in 2003 has decided to join mainstream politics and pursue the reforms they have been advocating.

Noynoy's retreat may be political 'gimmick'

Malacanang senses political "gimmickry" in Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's so-called spiritual retreat before he decides on whether to run for President next year.

Aquino to seek counsel from nun, friends

Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said Thursday he would seek the help of his mother's spiritual adviser as he admitted being in a dilemma on whether or not to run for President in 2010.

Noynoy in Zamboanga City for "spiritual retreat"

Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III arrived here on Thursday afternoon to seek spiritual advice on whether or not he should heed the calls for him to run for president next year.

VP also not eager for presidency

Senator Benigno "Noynoy'' Aquino III isn't the only reluctant presidential candidate. Vice President Noli De Castro is too.

Bro. Ed will still run for president in 2010

Jesus is Lord Church evangelical leader Eduardo "Brother Eddie" Villanueva said Thursday that he will not withdraw his presidential bid even if erstwhile aspirant Senator Manuel Roxas II has given way to partymate, Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Ping goes for Noynoy, urges Erap to drop presidential bid

(Updated 9:06 p.m.) Former President Joseph Estrada should drop his presidential bid if he really wants to unify the opposition, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday as he hinted support for the possible presidential candidacy of Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Mancao calls Estrada a 'liar'

Former senior superintendent Cezar Mancao on Thursday called former president Joseph Estrada a liar and threatened to disclose "something explosive" during the trial of the Dacer-Corbito double murder case before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 18.

Arroyo defends US troops presence in Mindanao

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo defended on Friday the presence of United States troops in Mindanao, saying they were helping the Armed Forces in other ways without participating in direct combat.

5,000 US war veterans got lump sum benefit

Some 5,500 Filipino World War II veterans have received their lump sum benefit from the US Department of Veteran s Affairs (USDVA) just six months after the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or the Stimulus Bill, an official from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office said Thursday.

US rejects benefits claims of 1,000 Pinoys

MANILA - The United States government has rejected the applications of 1,000 Filipino World War II veterans seeking benefits under the US stimulus package law, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said Thursday.

Filvets' claims for WWII benefits reach 31,876

The number of claimants for the lump sum benefits granted to Filipino World War II veterans under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has now exceeded the original 18,000 benchmark.

P5B needed to help 300,000 more families

Due to lack of funds, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) cannot provide cash dole-outs yet to 300,000 more beneficiaries of a government program by 2010 as announced by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

'Beware of ring sending mail-order brides to Korea'

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul has warned against syndicates recruiting Filipino women to be brides for Korean nationals, saying they could end up abused.

Congress ratifies anti-torture measure

CONGRESS HAS ratified on Wednesday a measure that penalizes those engaged in torture particularly in government, with lawmakers expecting President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to sign the measure before the end of the month.

Ad spending up despite downturn

AD SPENDING grew in the first half despite the economic slump, powered by companies' efforts to highlight promos and a decision to shift marketing budgets towards radio, data from Nielsen Media Research showed.

Indonesian quake leaves 57 dead, dozens missing

(Updated 7:42 p.m.) CIKANGKARENG, Indonesia - Indonesian rescue workers pulled bodies Thursday from homes buried in a landslide triggered by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 57 people and severely damaged more than 10,000 buildings.

DFA: No Filipino hurt in West Java quake

MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta on Thursday said there was no Filipino hurt in the 7.3-magnitude earthquake in West Java last September 2.

Gunmen kill 17 people at a drug rehab in Mexico

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Gunmen broke into a drug rehabilitation center, lined people against a wall and shot 17 dead in a particularly bloody day in Mexico's relentless drug war. The brazen attack followed the killing of the No. 2 security official in President Felipe Calderon's home state.

'Bata', 'Django' advance to World Cup quarters

MANILA – Filipino pool partners Efren "Bata" Reyes and Francisco "Django" Bustamante outhustled their Italian opponents during their Thursday encounter in the 2009 World Cup of Pool at the SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

Mayweather-Marquez headlines SkyCable Season Pass

MANILA – The anticipated match up between former top pound-for-pound boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez will be available locally through SkyCable's Season Pass on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 8 am.

Filipinos win golds in world dragon boat

The Philippine dragon boat team won two gold medals in the 9th International Dragon Boat Racing Championships held at the Racice Regatta Center in the Czech Republic last week.

Kris to Noynoy: Please stay single

MANILA - Celebrity host Kris Aquino is giving 100 percent support to the expected presidential bid of her brother, Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. She does, however, have one request - that her brother remains a bachelor.

Medical group suspends Hayden Kho

Cosmetic surgeon Hayden Kho has been suspended for a year by the Philippine Medical Association for "conduct offensive to the profession," his lawyer said Thursday.

Hayden Kho Jr. now a women's rights advocate

Doctor Hayden Kho Jr., who had once been called "a pervert of the highest kind" by a senator due to his sex videos with various female partners, is now a staunch supporter of women's rights.

Chavit's wife shows abuse marks

Hindi raw inakala ng kinakasama ni dating Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson na mabubuhay pa siya matapos ang pambubugbog sa kanya. Hindi rin niya itinanggi na may boyfriend siya dahil matagal na raw silang hiwalay ni Singson.

Lawmaker expresses support for Chavit's "victim"

A party-list group representing the women"s sector at the House of Representatives on Thursday took up the cudgels for Che Tiongson, the live-in partner of deputy national security adviser Luis "Chavit" Singson whom he beat up in a fit of rage.

Final farewell as Jackson laid to rest

Family and friends of Michael Jackson will bid a final farewell to the tragic King of Pop here Thursday as the singer is laid to rest in a private ceremony at a star-studded Los Angeles cemetery.

Viewers hunger for Web and TV at same time: study

by Reuters
LOS ANGELES - U.S. television viewers are increasingly turning on the Web, tuning into television and not missing a beat on either, as simultaneous TV and Internet use continues to rise, research firm Nielsen said on Wednesday.

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