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Monday, November 15, 2010

November 16, 2010 Major News Stories



Shell to increase diesel prices by P2/li

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. has given notice of an increase in its pump prices effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

In a text message, the oil refiner said it has informed the Department of Energy of an increase in its diesel and kerosene products by P2.00 per liter, unleaded gasoline by P1/lit and regular gasoline by P0.75/li.

The DOE had already appealed to oil players to impose the least possible price uptick to cushion the impact on consumers.

Other oil firms are also expected to follow Shell's move.

Without quoting any price movements, Chevron earlier said that the entry of "ber" months usually signals higher oil prices.

Independent player Flying V also confirmed a looming fuel price increase.

President and Chief Executive Chito Villavicencio, however, announced a 1-week reprieve on any price hike. He said the company would wait until next week, in the hopes that international prices would correct and the peso appreciates.

If international oil prices further go up, he said the company will no longer have a choice but to reflect these in local prices. The hike would also have to be in one tranche, he said.

Eastern Petroleum to raise prices Nov. 16

Independent oil player Eastern Petroleum Corp. Monday said it will increase the price of its diesel and kerosene products by P2 per liter starting 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Jeepney groups to seek P1 minium fare hike

by By Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Even if oil companies will only implement a P1 hike in diesel prices Monday night, jeepney transport groups plan to file a petition to increase fares by P1 for the first 4 kilometers and 10 to 15 cents for the succeeding kilometers.

Zenaida Maranan, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines president and official of 1-UTAK party-list group, said that jeepney drivers and operators cannot bear to shoulder rising diesel prices any longer.

She said they will seek a fare adjustment once it reaches P35 per liter. 

Diesel now sells between P34.20 to P34.60 per liter in Metro Manila. 

Based on the average price of imported oil last week, the equivalent increase for the week is more than P2 per liter for diesel and more than P1.50 for gasoline. 

The question is: which oil player will start the oil price hike? 

Shell answered the question by announcing that it will raise the prices of its petroleum products starting midnight. 

The Department of Energy had earlier admitted that media reports of an impending hefty hike for diesel and gasoline is accurate. 

Estimates show a P2 per liter hike in diesel and more than P1 per liter for gasoline. 

The DOE appealed to oil players to impose the least possible price increase to cushion the impact on consumers. 

The energy department, however, did not reveal its exact computations despite subscribing to the data on imported oil prices. 

Without quoting any price movement, Chevron says the entry of "ber" months usually signals higher oil prices. 

Independent player Flying-V has confirmed an equivalent price hike but its president and chief executive officer, Chito Villavicencio, announced a one-week reprieve on any price hikes from the company. 

According to Villavicencio, Flying-V will wait for prices next week, hoping that these will soften and the peso appreciates.  

If international prices further go up, the independent oil player says it will no longer have a choice but to implement the increase in one tranche. 

'Bus strike' leaves thousands of passengers stranded

Stranded ang may libu-libong pasahero dahil sa isinagawang "tigil pasada" ng mga bus na tutol sa number coding na sinimulang ipatupad ng MMDA ngayong araw. Babala naman ng Department of Transportation, mananagot ang mga sumali sa strike.

No bus strike on Tuesday - operators

by By Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Bus operators declared they will have normal operations starting Tuesday.

They will also observe the number-coding scheme being implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). 

Members of the Integrated Metropolitan Bus Operators Association (IMBOA), which held a meeting, however stressed that they did not hold a transport strike Monday morning.

The non-operation of a number of buses, according to IMBOA president Claire dela Fuente, was a "communication problem" on the part of the operators and the drivers. 

The bus operators said they will comply with the number coding scheme despite having apprehensions. 

"Pakiramdam namin, pinaglalaruan lang kami, pero susunod pa rin kami sa color coding," said bus operator Ayette Groves. 

IMBOA members added that they had a meeting 6 p.m. on Sunday with MMDA officials and they were expecting another follow-up meeting before the actual implementation of the number coding scheme. 

Facing revocation of their franchise, bus operators said they have no other option but to follow the program. 

Activist transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operaytors Nationwide secretary general George San Mateo is siding with the bus operators and believes that they should be treated fairly. 

10,000 jobs for Pinoys in Korea with no placement fees

by By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - This is a would-be OFW's dream: to be able to work abroad, without having to pay for the infamously high placement fees that usually stand between Filipinos and what they believe to be a bright future away from the country.

South Korea has offered an additional 6,000 more slots for OFWs in the factory-based sector, bringing to 10,000 the total new job offers to Filipinos for this year alone.

The good news, however, is not just in the numbers, but in the fact that these 10,000 OFWs will not need to pay a single peso as placement fee.

The deal with South Korea is government-to-government, meaning all those who wish to apply need not pass through employment agencies.

The only catch is that aside from the skills needed to do the job, all applicants need to be proficient in the Korean language, in written, spoken, and aural aspects.

Last Sunday, more than 10,000 aspirants in various testing sites all over the country took a second proficiency test in Korean.

Nino Clerigo is one of them. He recalls how hard it was to learn a language completely different from his own.

In the name of a future he wishes to have in South Korea, he enrolled in a language class and studied in his free time. "It almost made me give up at the start. It was so hard, but I got the hang of it. I really want to work in Korea, because there's no placement fee."

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), meanwhile, is encouraging OFWs to try it out in South Korea.

Aside from the lack of placement fees, they say the government-to-government set-up creates a greater safeguard for the welfare of Filipinos.

"Of course, you must first learn the language before you can function well there," explains director Joy Sanchez of the POEA Welfare and Employment Office.

Sanchez adds that historically, South Korea pays more for the same factory work compared to other countries. A first-time factory worker can earn as much as P30,000 to P40,000 a month working there.

PNoy has early Christmas gift to OFWs in Japan

by by Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- President Aquino delivered an early Christmas gift to Filipinos here and their families back in the Philippines, at the close of his four-day trip to this Japanese port city.

In a short meet-and-greet with some 1,000 members of the Filipino community here, the President said soon they can send remittances to the Philippines "faster, safer and cheaper."

"Para matulungan kayong ipababa ang gastos sa pagpapadala ng pera, nagkasundo ang Landbank of the Philippines at ang Japan Post Bank na gawing mas mabilis, mas ligtas at mas mura, hindi lang ang pagpapadala ninyo ng remittances sa ating bansa, kundi maging ang pagtanggap ng inyong pamilya sa inyong pinaghihirapan," the President said in a brief talk at the end of a concelebrated mass.

Starting January 17, 2011, he said Filipinos may send money at any Japan Post bank branch which in turn can be withdrawn from any Landbank branch in the Philippines.

The President also pledged support for the construction of a Philippine Center in Japan to help instill Filipino culture and values to Fil-Japanese children.

"Lumaki man sila dito sa 'land of the rising sun,' itatanim at pagyayabungin natin ang pagiging tunay na Pilipino sa kanilang puso at isipan," he said.

At the same time, the President allayed OFW concerns on the stronger peso and weaker dollar. He said this affects not only the Philippines, but the US and other countries as well.

The President said the currency volatility was among the concerns that the just concluded 18th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit pledged to address.

Binay warns illegal recruiters, violators of deployment ban

by By Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines – Vice-President Jejomar Binay reiterated his warning Monday against illegal recruiters.

The warning came after 162 OFWs were repatriated from Beirut, Lebanon. They are scheduled to arrive in 3 batches. 

The first 89 repatriates arrived Monday morning, while 23 more are expected later in the day. The remaining 50 will arrive Tuesday morning.

Binay said all of the OFWs were undocumented workers as they entered Lebanon illegally. 

Some of them passed through a third country like Dubai and went straight to Lebanon. 

The OFWs have been staying at a halfway house of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Caritas in Beirut while their repatriation was being processed. 

Most of them ran away from their employers reportedly after going through verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Some were not paid. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs spent P4.2 million for the tickets of the repatriates and has negotiated for the waiver of exit clearance and immigration fees with the Lebanese government.

"Wala tayong memorandum of understanding with Lebanon. Negotiations are still ongoing. If we don't have a MOU, we cannot extend the necessary protection for our countrymen," Binay said.

He is discouraging Filipinos from getting jobs in countries where an existing ban is imposed. The ban is implemented in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Nigeria.

Binay has also ordered an inter-agency investigation to identify the illegal recruiters responsible for bringing the OFWs to Lebanon despite the deployment ban.

"May criminal liability sila, puwede silang makasuhan ng estafa sa paghingi nila ng pera sa mga OFW tapos wala naman pala silang trabahong makukuha. Hindi ba panloloko iyan?" Binay added.

He has also written a letter to the Insurance Commission asking for a review on the requirement that it is compulsory for recruiters to pay for the insurance of their workers. 

Filipina, Bangladeshi to be lashed for unlawful sex: report

by Agence France-Presse
DUBAI - A Filipina  maid and her Bangladeshi lover will receive 100 lashes and be deported for having sex out of wedlock in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Sharjah Sharia Court ordered the Filipina to be lashed 100 times and deported for "unlawful sex," said the Gulf News report.

The Bangladeshi would be lashed for adultery and jailed for a year for entering the house belonging to the Filipina's sponsor without permission before being deported.

Foreign workers in the UAE and most other Gulf states must be sponsored by an employer to work in the country. In some cases, employers hold the worker's passport and can deny permission to change jobs.

The Filipina's sponsor saw her lover leaving the house and reported it to police, Gulf News said, adding the two admitted to having sex after their arrest.

The report said Muslim foreigners who commit adultery are lashed and deported, while non-Muslims are jailed and deported. Both the Filipina and the Bangladeshi are Muslims, it said.

The UAE aims to be an international business and tourism hub and relies heavily on foreign workers, but also seeks to maintain traditional mores, leading to the periodic arrest of foreigners for offences such as sex out of wedlock or kissing in public.

NBI poised to sue 2 APO fratmen

by By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is poised to file charges against two Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity men suspected of conspiring with post-2010 bar examinations blast suspect Anthony Leal Nepomuceno.

Two teachers kidnapped in Lamitan, 1 freed

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Unidentified armed men kidnapped 2 school teachers in Lamitan, Basilan Monday before releasing one of them less than an hour later.

Miriam opposes Luistro nomination as DepEd chief

by By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Education Secretary Armin Luistro could face rough sailing before the Commission on Appointments after one of its members said she will challenge Luistro's nomination as education chief.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she objects to Luistro's nomination as secretary of the Department of Education, citing conflict of interest and gross ignorance of the law.

In a letter to CA education committee chair Edgardo Angara, Santiago said she will attend the CA plenary on Wednesday to oppose Luistro's confirmation as education secretary.

Other Cabinet members who are facing confirmation before the CA are Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

House welcomes two more members

The House of Representatives on Monday welcomed two more lawmakers, bringing to 280 the total members of the chamber.
Bulacan Rep. Maria Victoria Alvarado and Lanao del Sur Rep. Mohamad Hussein Pangandaman separately took their oaths before Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.

The two won the special elections conducted in their respective congressional districts on November 13.

Alvarado, who is on her second term, defeated former Bulacan governor Roberto Pagdanganan while neophyte congressman Pangandaman won over former National Labor Relations Commissioner Salic Dumarpa.

Alvarado is the wife of Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado while Pangandaman is the son of former Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman.

Del Castillo must resign, lawyers for WWII comfort women ask high court

Lawyers for the World War II comfort women called on the Supreme Court for the resignation of its colleague, Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo, to save the high court from embarrassment following the plagiarism allegations in his penned decisions.

PRC: 191 new librarians; UP Diliman student tops exam

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Monday that 191 out of 699 passed the Librarian Licensure Examination given by the Board for Librarians in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Legazpi this November 2010.
The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places are the following:
RANK
                    NAME
SCHOOL
RATING(%)
1
ANGELINE MAY ISLA ODILAO
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
87.80
2
ALDIANE JOY BASALE AMBIT
HOLY CROSS OF DAVAO COLLEGE
87.05
3
NICOLO LORENZO TAPANG CERVANTES
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
86.30
4
MARY JANE CORTEZ MORANDARTE
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
86.25
5
IMELDA ROJAS BRAZAL
ATENEO DE NAGA
85.75
6
BIANCA REI TAMAYO BAYLAS
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
85.60
7
JOHANNA JAYNE SEE TACUS
PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA
85.50
8
IVY HONEYLOU GO CACHO
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
85.30
9
KRISTI MA FEVIE VILLAPANDO MACASAET
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
85.10
10
KELVIN BERNARDO SAMSON
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
84.75

Sept remittances grow 10.6% to $1.6-B

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Money sent home by overseas Filipinos increased by 10.6% in September, the highest growth so far this year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday.

Philippines sets 2011 rice output goal at 17.4-M tons

by Reuters
MANILA, Philippines - The government has set a rice production goal of 17.4 million tons next year, nearly 9% higher than a revised target of 16 million tons in 2010, a senior official said on Monday.

18 Fil-Ams elected in US mid-term polls

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
REDWOOD City – An unprecedented 25 Filipino-Americans ran for office during the US mid-term elections.

RP moves up to 8 in terrorism risk list

by By William Maclean, Security Correspondent, Reuters
LONDON - Somalia has replaced Iraq as the state most at risk from terrorist attack, according to a ranking by global analysts Maplecroft, which sees threats also rising in Russia, Greece and Yemen but falling in India and Algeria. The Philippines was listed at 8, up two notches from the previous list released February.

Fire engulfs Shanghai high-rise, 12 dead

SHANGHAI—A fire engulfed a Shanghai high-rise building Monday, killing 12 and injuring 90, as panicked residents stumbled over each other as they fled and thick smoke spread over China's commercial hub.

Pacquiao attends thanksgiving mass after fight

Ilang oras lang matapos makipagbakbakan kay Antonio Margarito, tumulak na papuntang Los Angeles ang buong Team Pacquiao sakay ng eroplanong inarkila ni Pacman. Bago nito, dumalo si Pacman para sa Thanksgiving Mass na ginanap sa malaking convention hall sa Gaylord Hotel.

Pacquiao earnings may reach $20-M in Margarito bout

Hindi na ikinagulat ng mga sports analysts ang mga pinakawalang suntok ni Manny Pacquiao laban sa mas malaki at mas matangkad na kalaban na si Antonio Margarito. Pero tingin nila, dapat itinigil na ang laban ng mas maaga. Tinataya namang aabot sa mahigit P80M ang kikitain ni Pacman sa laban niya kay Margarito.

Pacquiao to get highest award from Congress anew

by By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines – Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will be awarded with the Congressional Medal of Distinction after winning his 8th world title, House Majority Leader Neptali "Boyet" Gonzales II said Monday. 

Manny official autobiography released Nov 19

by By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - Fresh from snaring yet another world title, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will open his colorful life further and share his journey from being a poor barrio kid to one of the richest athletes in the world through his autobiography.

Pacquiao urged to retire to protect health

Pinayuhan si Manny Pacquiao ng isang boxing analyst na magretiro na. Delikado kasi sa kalusugan ng mga boksingero ang masayadong mahabang boxing career.

According to boxing analyst Recah Trinidad, Pacquaio has been fighting for almost two decades and is the only boxer to win in 8 divisions.

"Pacman gave a new face in boxing, with compassion and care," he said.

"Kasi hinihingi na niyang itigil, hindi dahil gusto niyang matapos kaagad kundi naaawa nga siya – saan ka nakakita ng ganoong boxer? Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ganoon. So he has given boxing a new face," the boxing analyst said in Pacquiao's fight on Sunday against Mexican Antonio Margarito.

Trinidad added that due to Pacquiao's concern for his opponent's health, he opted to control his punches and just cruise for the win.

With Pacquiao's victories over the years, Trinidad thinks Pacquiao has nothing more to prove and he can now retire as a boxer.

However, it may be difficult for Pacquiao to do so, with the people around him still wanting him to have more fights.

Trinidad also said that in moving to a heavier weight category, Pacquiao takes a big risk in getting injured or incurring severe health risks in the long term.

He said that heavier boxers are more prone to health risks in the long term such as getting Parkinson's disease, compared to boxers in lower divisions.

"Bakit mo pa iri-risk ang katawan mo pati ang image mo. Lahat ng tao alam na nandoon na siya sa itaas," said Trinidad.

Dr. Randolph Molo, a sports medicine specialist at the St. Luke's Medical Center, treats many of the county's national athletes. He said an average boxer has at least 30 professional fights in his career before retiring.

In the long term, most of the boxers suffer micro-trauma or small changes in the brain due to the cumulative blows to the head. The micro-trauma leads to brain cell dementia or Parkinson's disease. Boxers lose their balance and experience tremors, he added.

A single punch from a distance of two feet at 30 kilometers per hour can push the brain to hit the skull and cause bleeding or trauma in the brain, he added.

"If you'll get hit here (pointing at the face), the force of the hit will actually push it a little bit backwards at tatama ang soft part of the brain with the hard part of the skull. Every time tumatama iyon nako-contuse o nabugbog, in Tagalog, iyong brain," said Molo.

He added that all of the received blows multiplied with the number of professional fights may lead to serious illnesses.

Molo, however, said it may not happen to Pacquiao because the Filipino boxing icon is always on the giving end and not the receiving end – meaning that the Pacman is the one punching more than receiving blows from his opponent.

He also cited the danger of fighting against a heavier opponent - the heavier the opponent, the more force or power of the punch received by a lighter fighter. He said this poses health risks no matter how fit the fighter maybe.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao's mother, Dionesia, renewed her appeal for her son to retire from boxing.

"Kahit maliit pa ang kalaban, ayaw na. Kung hindi tayo ang masaktan ay masaktan natin ang tao," she said.

Margarito to undergo operation for skull fracture

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito, who was defeated by Manny Pacquiao on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time), has been confined at a Dallas hospital due to a fractured right eye socket.

Man dies of heart attack while watching Pacquiao fight

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - A 64-year-old grandfather failed to finish the megabout between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito after suffering a heart attack in the middle of the fight.

Victim Dominador Lacida, a pastry vendor, died while watching the fight in Cagayan de Oro City Sunday afternoon.

His relatives said Lacida had finished cooking pastry early to watch the fight with neighbors. Witnesses said Lacida suddenly fell off his seat and started trembling.

The victim was immediately brought to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Relatives said they are now worrying about Lacida's burial expenses, noting that the grandfather was the sole breadwinner of the family.

Pirated DVDs of Pacquiao-Margarito bout seized

Daan-daang piniratang DVD ng laban nina Manny Pacquiao at Antonio Margarito ang nakumpiska sa isinagawang raid ng Optical Media Board sa Parañaque at Maynila.

Justin Bieber praises Pacquiao, calls out Mayweather on Twitter

The 16-year-old Canadian singing sensation showed his support for the Philippines' pride, Manny Pacquiao, just after the latter's historical fight with Mexico's Antonio Margarito.

Asian Games: Team Philippines earns first gold in Guangzhou

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines earned its first gold medal in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday.

The gold was won by Engelberto Rivera in the Men's Singles bowling event, finishing at 235.7 average points.

Compatriot Frederick Ong, meanwhile, copped the bronze. The silver medal went to Mohammed A.M.A. Alrgeebah of Kuwait.

With the win, the country is now ranked 9th, with a total of 1 gold and 3 bronze medals.

The other bronze medals were both won in DanceSport by the tandem of Charlea Lagaras and Ronnie Steeven Vergara - one for the Latin-Cha-cha-cha event and another in the Latin-Paso Doble event, both held on Sunday.

Suns make 22 3-pointers, hold off Lakers (AP)

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Lamar Odom (7) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Channing Frye (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

Jason Richardson scored 34 points and the Phoenix Suns hit the second-most 3-pointers in NBA history to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers 121-116 on Sunday night. The two-time defending league champions lost their second in a row and first at home this season. Steve Nash added 21 points and 13 assists, Channing Frye had 20 points, and Hedo Turkoglu had 17 points for the Suns, who beat the Lakers.

Rockets hand Knicks fifth straight loss (AP)

New York Knicks Wilson Chandler (21) shoots for the basket against Houston Rockets ' Brad Miller (52) during the first period of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, in New York.

Even without two starters, the Houston Rockets are climbing out of the hole they dug to start the season. The New York Knicks seem headed toward continuing their recent holiday tradition of being hopelessly behind by Thanksgiving. Kevin Martin scored 28 points, Luis Scola added 24, and the Rockets sent the Knicks to their fifth straight loss with a 104-96 victory on Sunday night.

Bonner sparks Spurs to seventh straight (AP)

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San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair , top, reaches for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeff Green , bottom, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

Matt Bonner took advantage of being left open from long distance to put together an impressive line of lucky sevens: seven shots from 3-point range, seven makes and seven straight wins for the San Antonio Spurs. Bonner scored 21 points and just missed matching the best 3-point shooting outing in Spurs' history, leading a long-range barrage as San Antonio beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-104.

Pistons extend Kings' losing streak to 5 (AP)

Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey , left, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings defender Carl Landry during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

An experienced lineup of veterans didn't panic after opening the season with five straight losses. Nearly two weeks after that awful start, the Detroit Pistons are on the mend. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points and Ben Gordon hit a late 3 that sent the Pistons over Sacramento 100-94 Sunday, the Kings' fifth straight loss.

Hawks beat Wolves to end 4-game skid (AP)

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) has his shot blocked by Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Hawks were relieved but anything but giddy after ending their four-game losing streak. The Hawks' inability to pull away from Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves convinced coach Larry Drew his team hasn't solved all of its troubles. Al Horford had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Hawks held to beat the Timberwolves 111-105 on Sunday.

Aquino: Focus on good news, not on my love life

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III arrived in Manila on Monday with an appeal to media to focus on the investments he brought home from his 5-day trip to Japan instead of his love life.

Aquino says he might buy Liz 'pasalubong' from Duty Free

YOKOHAMA, Japan—What could be his "pasalubong" (homecoming present) for the new apple of his eye upon his return to Manila on Monday?

Exclusive: Kris wishes Noy, Liz lasting happiness

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino approves of his brother, President Benigno Aquino III, going out on dates with celebrity stylist and rumoured girlfriend Liz Uy.

Kris Aquino visits Maguindanao rape victim

Binisita ni Kris Aquino sa davao si Nurse "Florence", ang volunteer nurse na biktima ng rape. Nangako si Kris na tutulong para makamit ni Nurse "Florence" ang hustisya.

ABS-CBN asks QC judge to inhibit self from Revillame suit

Claiming the judge has shown bias, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation has asked a Quezon City judge to inhibit himself from trying the P11-million damage suit of TV host Willie Revillame against the network.

Juday, Ryan's son baptized

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – Teleserye queen Judy Ann Santos and husband Ryan Agoncillo kept the baptism of their son on Sunday a secret.

ABS-CBN shows dominate Star Awards

Isang malaking karangalan Kapamilya. Hinakot ng ABS-CBN ang mahigit 30 major awards sa PMPC Star Awards. Agaw-eksena naman si Gerald Anderson na inialay ang natanggap na award sa ka-love team na si Kim Chiu.


New Michael Jackson song released, gathers buzz

by Reuters Life!
NEW YORK - The first official single from a controversial new Michael Jackson album was released on Monday to good initial reviews and expectations of strong digital sales.

Less salt for teens means healthier adults

by By Debra Sherman, Reuters
CHICAGO - If teens could reduce their daily salt consumption by 3,000 milligrams, they would cut their risk for heart disease and stroke significantly in adulthood, researchers said on Sunday.

Pulse Asia: 80% of Filipinos trust Aquino

by By Dennis Carcamo

President Aquino and his administration continue to enjoy the trust of majority of Filipinos, according to the latest performance and trust ratings survey by independent poll firm Pulse Asia.

Based on the survey, conducted from October 20 to 29, the President has garnered an 80 percent overall trust rating among Filipinos, with those in the Visayas granting him the highest ratings.

Mr. Aquino also posted an overall performance rating of 79 percent, the survey showed.

The poll also showed that across the socio-economic groupings, 74 percent to 83 percent approved of the President's performance, while 78 percent to 85 percent expressed trust to the President.

The President got high approval ratings despite the August 23 Luneta hostage-taking incident, which resulted to the deaths of eight Chinese tourists, and other controversies that hounded his administration.

The Pulse Asia survey was based on a sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide. It has a three percent plus-minus error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

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