Scots reject independence in historic vote

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 02:01 p.m.

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

Flights, sea travel cancelled due to ‘Mario’

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 01:03 p.m.

SEVERAL flights and sea voyages were cancelled on Friday as Tropical Storm Mario (international codename: Fung-Wong) continues to intensify the southwest monsoon that is bringing heavy rains in the vast of Luzon.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director Captain John Andrews said that as of 8 a.m. of Friday, only big aircrafts are allowed to take-off and land at the runway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to radar problem.

Marikina River on Alert level 4

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.

ALERT level 4 was raised in areas along the Marikina River as the water level breached the 19-meter mark, the Marikina City-Public Information Office (PIO) said Friday.

As of 12 noon, the river's water was at 19.9 meters.

DFA suspends passport services due to ‘Mario’

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:46 a.m.

TROPICAL Storm "Mario" has forced the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to suspend all passport, authentication, and other consular services in Metro Manila for Friday, September 19.

In its public advisory, the DFA said the prevailing inclement weather conditions in Metro Manila prevents them from providing services at DFA-Aseana at Macapagal Boulevard, as well as in all mall-based DFA Satellite Offices (SOs).

Banks' clearing operations, PSE's trading suspended

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:37 a.m.

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) suspended on Friday the clearing operations, prompting the Philippine Stock Exchange to halt trading.

The central bank made the suspension following the announcement made by Malacanang of work suspension in government offices in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Operation of small planes in NAIA suspended after radar malfunctioned

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:34 a.m.

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) prevented small aircraft to use the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday after its radar malfunctioned.

In its advisory, CAAP said that effective 3:57 a.m. until 12 noon Friday, only area navigation capable aircraft like Airbus 319 and Boeing 737 and above were allowed to use the NAIA approach due to "limited communication between tower approach and the pilots."

Sheriff: US man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:18 a.m.

BELL, Florida — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man's home in a small north Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He would not say if the woman killed was the mother of any of the two boys and four girls, some of whom spent a lot of time at the home.

Classes, work suspended in Metro Manila, 16 provinces

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:57 a.m.

MANILA -- Malacañang declared Friday the suspension of classes and work in government offices in Metro Manila and 16 other nearby provinces due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong).

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said classes were suspended in all levels of both public and private schools in Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon (including Polilio Island), Mindoro provinces, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, and Pangasinan.

7 Luzon areas under signal no. 2 due to ‘Mario’

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) - Tropical storm Mario continues to move in a west northwest direction towards northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the center of Tropical Storm Mario was estimated at 424 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora.

43 arrested in cybersex raids

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

PHILIPPINE authorities said they have arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide.

The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission said government agents arrested 43 men and women and seized 115 computers in raids on three locations late Wednesday in Dinalupihan town in Bataan province west of Manila.

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