Peace negotiator: Scottish referendum provides lessons for PHL

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 02:44 p.m.

FILIPINOS can draw lessons from the peaceful conduct of Scotland's independence referendum last week that can be applied in the establishment of the Bangsamoro region in Mindanao, the government's chief peace negotiator said Monday.

Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said Scotland, whose people decided on September 18 to stay with the United Kingdom, showed the world that public support could be courted through "reason and arguments" instead of "bombs and bullets."

Aquino receives freedom medal in Germany

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 01:07 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III was presented the Friedrich-Naumann-Freedom-medal in Berlin, Germany last Saturday for his successful reforms in the areas of education, anti-corruption and rule of law.

Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), said that Filipinos serve as an inspiration worldwide.

Peaceful Scottish referendum ‘provides lessons for PHL’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:42 a.m.

MANILA -- Government of the Philippines (GPH) chief negotiator Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer noted the peaceful conduct of Scotland's independence referendum, saying that it provides many insights for the Philippines to learn from in the establishment of the Bangsamoro.‎

NASA's Maven explorer arrives at Mars after year

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:44 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA is back at Mars.

The Maven spacecraft arrived at the red planet late Sunday night after a 442 million-mile (700 million kilometer) journey that began nearly a year ago.

Aquino secures $2.3-B worth of investments from Europe

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has secured some $2.3 billion worth of investments following his meetings with top business leaders in Europe, a Malacañang statement said Sunday.

The President said at least 19 companies from Spain, Belgium, France and Germany committed to invest in the Philippines.

Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

TIRANA, Albania -- Pope Francis denounced how religion has been "perverted" to justify violence as he arrived in Albania to highlight a Balkan nation that endured brutal religious oppression but where Christians and Muslims now live and work together.

Francis told Prime Minister Edi Rama at the start of his 11-hour visit Sunday that Albania's interreligious harmony was an "inspiring example" for the world, showing that Christian-Muslim coexistence was not only possible but beneficial for a country's development.

Labor office welcomes decline in HSWs in Qatar

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 01:08 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) welcomed Sunday the decline in the number of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) deployed to Qatar in 2013.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the number of HSWs being sent to Qatar has drastically decreased from 33,303 verified employment contracts for domestic workers in 2012, to only 3,967 in 2013.

'Mario' death toll now 10

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:55 p.m.

MANILA -- The death toll from Tropical Storm Mario, which barreled through Metro Manila and other nearby provinces last week, has climbed to ten on Sunday.

In its 6 a.m. Sunday update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that seven people drowned, two were electrocuted, and one suffered from a head injury. Most of the victims were males.

Quakes hurt 3 in North Cotabato

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:29 a.m.

MANILA -- A series of earthquakes hurt 3 people and damaged 83 houses in North Cotabato on Saturday, officials said.

A magnitude-5 quake, the strongest of the tremors that shook the area, caused most of the damage in one mountain village, said Eduardo Buenacosa, disaster officer of Makilala municipality in North Cotabato province.

Fire captain injured in ice bucket challenge dies

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:03 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- A central Kentucky firefighter injured in an "ice bucket challenge" has died a month after a power line shocked him and another man.

Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith said 41-year-old Tony Grider died Saturday.

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