Oil rises slightly, boost from China growth fades

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 03:50 a.m.

NEW YORK — The price of oil posted a slight gain Friday, a day after nearly falling below $100 for the first time in more than three months.

Oil rose more than $1 early in the trading session, boosted by a bounce in China's economic growth. But it failed to hold most of those gains.

New Jersey court to allow same-sex marriages

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 03:01 a.m.

GAY couples in New Jersey will be able to marry within days.

A lower-court judge had ruled that same-sex weddings must be allowed starting Monday, and the state's highest court upheld that ruling Friday.

‘Selective’ relief distribution in Bohol hit

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 01:08 a.m.

BOHOL -- The campaign period for the October 28 barangay elections started Friday with complaints about selective distribution of relief goods in the town of Loay in quake-hit Bohol.

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto said such reports have to be validated and government has protocols to address it. “We are drafting a system that all relief items will be distributed through the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council.”

Book says John Paul had older sister who died

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 09:02 p.m.

WARSAW, Poland -- A new book about Pope John Paul II's mother said she lost a newborn daughter three years before he was born.

"The Pope's Mother" by Catholic writer Milena Kindziuk is out this week in Poland, ahead of the April 27 Vatican ceremony in which John Paul is to be made a saint.

Polls in Bohol remain hanging

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:00 p.m.

CANDIDATES for the forthcoming barangay elections in Bohol are being advised to continue with their campaign activities as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) remains undecided on whether to postpone the conduct of polls there or not.

In an interview, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said that, as of the moment, there is no decision yet on the fate of the October 28 elections in the earthquake ravaged province.

Aquino maintains position vs Charter Change

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 04:29 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III reiterated Friday that his administration has no plan to change the Constitution to allow foreigners to own land here.

Aquino made the statement during the luncheon with the Korean business community held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul with some 200 Korean top level executives.

NDRRMC distributes hazard maps to LGUs

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 04:03 p.m.

MANILA -- Two days after the killer earthquake in Central Visayas that left more than 150 persons dead, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) together with the Australian government member agencies gave away hazard maps to local government units (LGUs).

On Thursday, representatives from LGUs in Metro Manila as well as the cities nearby such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal received a total of of 87 hazard maps.

MMDA: ‘Psychotic man’ disrupts rail operations

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 04:16 p.m.

THE Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3's operations were delayed Friday afternoon supposedly by a "psychotic" man.

A post on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's Twitter account said the man was under an MRT train near Nepa-Q Mart in Quezon City.

4,000 Pinoys repatriated from Saudi

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 03:59 p.m.

MANILA -- The total number of repatriates from Saudi Arabia has breached the 4,000-mark, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday, adding that the embassy and the consulate general in the oil-rich kingdom are continuing its efforts to repatriate undocumented Filipino workers from there.

The arrival of 79 Filipinos on Wednesday brought the total number of repatriates to 4,003, which included 287 mothers and 317 children.

UC sends relief goods to Bohol

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 03:55 p.m.

THE University of Cebu (UC) kicked off Thursday its relief campaign for earthquake victims in Bohol, with 65 boxes of bread and 500 pre-packed bags containing noodles, rice, canned goods, and water to be distributed to people in Maribojoc, one of the badly-hit areas in the province.

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