Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

JINDO, South Korea — The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are hampered by poor visibility and can venture only so deep.

Aquino orders creation of Task Force Mers-Cov

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to mobilize a task force to create a heightened awareness among the public on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-Cov).

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said Saturday the DOH is working closely with all concerned government agencies to ensure public health and safety. However, he said that there is no epidemic or outbreak of the Mers-Cov.

POEA to hold registration for EPS-Topik

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to hold the registration for the 10th Employment Permit System–Test of Proficiency in Korean (EPS-Topik) this week.

In a statement, POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD-Korea) and the POEA is set to hold the registration period from Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25.

Senators welcome Gigi Reyes as possible state witness

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:57 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators urged on Saturday pork barrel scam accused Atty. Jessica Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff and rumored mistress of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, to tell the truth saying the public clamors for justice.

OFW from Abu Dhabi tests negative for Mers-Cov

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

MANILA -- The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) earlier tested positive of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (MERS-COV) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was found to be negative of the virus after he was re-tested by the Department of Health (DOH).

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:25 p.m.

KATMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

Krishna Lamsal, a Nepal Tourism Ministry official at the base camp, said the bodies of the 12 guides were pulled out and brought down Friday. Weather was fine Saturday morning, but conditions could quickly deteriorate and hamper the search efforts, he said.

Childhood bullying could lead to depression in adulthood -- study

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:41 a.m.

THE negative effects of childhood bullying could last even longer than previously thought, with victims having higher risk in depression, ill-health and even joblessness in their middle age, according to a British research published Friday.

A previous study covering around 1,400 participants revealed that, children bullying had a series of negative impacts on people's mental health, employment and social relationships, which could last as long as 15 years.

White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:37 p.m.

KUPANG, Indonesia - A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said.

Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu said. The fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 aboard.

Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:25 p.m.

MOKPO, South Korea -- Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find 270 people still missing and feared dead.

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