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  • Tim Tebow Just Announced Incredibly Exciting News

    12/18/2014 8:13:01 PM PST · by xzins · 24 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 18 Dec 14 | Derryck Green
    “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” -Matthew 7:18 As if people needed another reason to like and support Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow. His foundation- The Tim Tebow Foundation, has announced its intentions of opening the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, which will focus on serving children suffering from orthopedic needs who can’t afford treatment or corrective procedures. The hospital is the culmination of a partnership between Tebow’s organization and CURE International, a non-profit “that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Canceled this year over scandals, Pro Tem Cup is reinstated for 2015 (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/14/2014 3:56:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/14 | Patrick McGreevy
    State Senate Democrats have decided to resume the annual Pro Tem Cup golf fundraiser in 2015, a year after the event was canceled in the wake of criminal charges filed against three Democratic Senators. The event at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego is the Senate Democrats' largest political fundraiser for the state party and has been criticized for allowing special interests to mingle with lawmakers in exchange for tickets costing between $15,000 and $65,000 per person. The indictment of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on public corruption charges a week before this year's event was to be held...
  • Tim Tebow Opens a Hospital in the Philippines

    12/12/2014 7:35:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    People Magazine ^ | December 12, 2014 | Steve Helling
    Tim Tebow's altruistic streak continues. The football star turned TV analyst has opened the Tebow CURE hospital in Davao City, Philippines. The five-story facility has received its official operating license and opened its doors this week. Physicians are already seeing children with critical orthopedic needs.
  • Philippines Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall as thousands flee

    12/06/2014 3:19:41 PM PST · by moose07 · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 December 2014 | BBC
    Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says. The storm knocked out electricity and felled trees in the area, though no casualties have been reported. Over half a million have fled coastal villages in the past few days ahead of the storm's arrival. The typhoon is on course for the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago. It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph). Thousands of passengers were left stranded after Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled more...
  • Terrorist Leader Gets "Hacked" ... Literally! Swiss Hostage Escapes from Abu Sayyaf Captors

    12/06/2014 10:31:30 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer | Sunday, December 7th, 2014 | Philippine Daily Inquirer
    Swiss escapes from Abu Sayyaf captors • Hostage hacks bandit as military pounds lair of terror group in Sulu MANILA, Philippines — A Swiss hostage escaped on Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists after hacking a militant commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in Sulu province, according to military officials. Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, made his daring escape after government forces fired artillery rounds in the jungle camp where he was being held near the mountainous Patikul town in Sulu. He hacked an Abu Sayyaf commander and ran away but was...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • 4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013

    11/19/2014 10:22:24 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study. Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year. ... Four Sunni groups were responsible for 66 percent of all terror fatalities in 2013. In order of...
  • Is China Sending America A Message? (Chinese B*t**Slap Barry)

    11/10/2014 3:20:47 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There was China's president, Xi Jinping, Russia's president Vladimir Putin to his right, next to Philippine president Aquino and the uberwealthy Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. And then there is Barack Obama, right in the middle of the "wives club"...
  • US business process, IT firms urged to seriously mull outsourcing in PH (Philippines)

    11/12/2014 2:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 28, 2014 | US Bureau
    American information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies should take a serious look at the Philippines, which continues to be an “ideal location for customer service and technical support outsourcing,” the Philippine ambassador to the US advised. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made this pitch to business executives and decision makers from Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms who attended a networking event hosted recently by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Seven Seven Corporate Group. “The IT-BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last 10 years,” Cuisia said as...
  • Pinoys urged to leave Ebola-hit West Africa (Philippines)

    10/30/2014 1:10:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Philippines on Thursday urged hundreds of its citizens to leave Ebola-hit west African nations, as it announced anyone who returned would be placed under a 21-day quarantine. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the government had made a "voluntary repatriation" call to about 900 workers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. He told a local television network that President Benigno Aquino III had also ordered those who did return would have to be isolated in a government facility. "The president has asked us to come down with a ruling, anyone coming from those countries, they must undergo a...
  • Like magic: A purifying powder can turn muddy water clear, and safe.

    01/07/2005 4:15:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 2,943+ views
    The Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | Wed, Jan. 05, 2005 | Tom Avril
    They took a bucket of muddy, bacteria-laden water. Added a bit of white powder. Stirred. And within minutes, standing amid 100 refugees in war-torn Liberia, researchers from Johns Hopkins University had produced what seemed like a magic trick: Clear, drinkable water. "I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Hopkins researcher Shannon Doocy said of her work last year. "The people in Liberia couldn't believe it." The powder, developed by Procter & Gamble Co. with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is now headed for its biggest test yet: the tsunami zone. Relief agencies, led by AmeriCares of...
  • Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention (Allegedly killed a ladyboy)

    10/21/2014 9:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim Gomez
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to the Philippine military's main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton had been detained on board the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay Freeport, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, after he was implicated in the death of 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, whose former name was Jeffrey....
  • US Marine tagged in Philippine transgender slay named

    10/14/2014 5:45:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    MANILA, Philipp‎ines—The US Marine tagged in the killing of a Filipino transgender has been identified by the authorities and will be charged with murder on Tuesday. Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, a US Marine Corps 2nd Battalion 9th Marines assigned at West Pace Express, was positively identified by a witness in the killing of 26-year-old Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City on Saturday. Reading the Olongapo City Police director’s report, Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson, said the witness identified Pemberton through a photo line-up process provided by the US Naval Crime Investigation Service (NCIS). The...
  • Filipinos to be screened for Ebola outside PH (21 day quarantine for their own citizens)

    10/13/2014 3:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | October 14, 2014 | Christian V. Esguerra, Jocelyn R. Uy, Tina G. Santos and Christine O. Avendańo
    MANILA, Philippines–The government has begun requiring a 21-day screening for Filipinos in Ebola-hit countries in West Africa before they would be allowed to travel to the Philippines, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said on Monday. Once cleared, returning Filipinos will be covered by a “no regrets” policy requiring observation for another 21 days in the Philippines to make sure they had not contracted the deadly virus, he said. During the second phase, Ona said Filipinos coming from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone would be asked to inform local health authorities by cell phone of possible Ebola virus symptoms such as fever,...
  • Germany Not Cowed By Jihadists’ Hostage Execution Threat

    09/24/2014 8:38:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    AFP via Malysian Digest ^ | Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:29
    BERLIN: Germany said today it would not withdraw support for US action against jihadists in Iraq and Syria following a reported ultimatum from Philippine Islamist militants reportedly threatening to kill a German hostage. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said the German government had “heard about the report” but stressed that “threats are not an appropriate way to influence our policy in Syria and Iraq”. “There will be no change to our Syria and Iraq policy,” she added. A terrorism monitoring group reported yesterday that the extremists said they would kill one of two German hostages unless a 250 million pesos (US$5.62...
  • Among Asians, Filipinos trust USA the most - survey

    09/24/2014 7:02:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 09/24/2014 | By Camille Diola
    MANILA, Philippines — The United States has an ally in the Philippines, where an overwhelming majority sees it favorably at 92 percent—the highest among surveyed Asian countries.Bruce Stokes, stated in a presentation delivered last weekend and posted online, cited a survey by US-based think tank Pew Research Center and noted that only 6 percent of Filipinos were found to have an "unfavorable" view of the US within the survey period.The survey was conducted from March 17 to June 5 across 44 countries totaling 48,643 respondents through "nationally represented" telephone and face-to-face interviews with adults of 18 years and older.Across...
  • One million Filipinos join booming Philippine outsourcing

    09/24/2014 3:23:12 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 25 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11 hours ago | AFP
    The Philippines' booming outsourcing industry now employs a million people after growing almost tenfold in just over a decade, the industry association said Wednesday. Widely considered as second only to India, Philippine outsourcing is expected to earn $18 billion this year, said the IT and Business Process Association Philippines.
  • Leland Yee co-defendant trying to shift blame, prosecutors say (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/13/2014 1:40:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 9/11/14 | Bob Egelko
    **SNIP** Yee, D-San Francisco, and Jackson, his former consultant and a former San Francisco school board president, are among 29 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes after an undercover FBI investigation. Prosecutors have accused Yee, now suspended from his Senate seat, of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from agents posing as campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. In a filing Aug. 14, Jackson's lawyer asserted that an FBI agent had been removed from the investigation and reprimanded because of financial misconduct. The agent, identified in court records only as UCE 4773, posed as a Georgia businessman and...
  • IDF credited with saving Irish troops from jihadists on Golan

    09/09/2014 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 7, 2014, 4:45 pm | Stuart Winer
    IDF forces played a crucial role in helping Irish soldiers rescue UN troops from the clutches of Syrian jihadists in a fierce clash on the border with Israel last week. Senior military sources said that Irish soldiers would have been killed or taken captive if it weren’t for action taken by the IDF on August 30 during a mission to evacuate dozens of Filipino soldiers who were surrounded by a larger force of militants, the Irish Independent reported on Sunday.
  • Philippine Leader Proposes Autonomous Muslim State To End Rebellion

    09/10/2014 7:24:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 10, 2014 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Philippine Leader Proposes Autonomous Muslim State To End Rebellion By CAROL J. WILLIAMS Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged lawmakers to swiftly enact a law granting autonomy to the Muslim region of Mindanao to quell more than 40 years of rebellion that has killed at least 150,000 people. The proposed law is modeled on one that pacified a similar Muslim insurgency in neighboring Indonesia's Aceh province in 2005. Philippines Muslim rebellion Philippine President Benigno Aquino III applauds the presentation Wednesday of a bill to create an autonomous Muslim state within the predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Jay Directo /...
  • S. Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle & pop-How a really uncool country became tastemaker of Asia

    09/10/2014 12:10:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2014
    The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. By Euny Hong. Picador; 288 pages; $16. Simon & Schuster; Ł14.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk FROM “Gangnam Style” and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Korea’s cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world. Filipinos are hooked on its dramas. The French love its pop music and its films. Last year South Korea raked in $5 billion from its pop-culture exports. It has set its sights on doubling that by 2017. Much has changed since 1985, when Euny Hong, a Korean-American journalist and...
  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/09/2014 10:35:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 37 replies
    PhilStar ^ | September 4, 2014 | Camille Diola
    MANILA, Philippines — The Indian commander of the United Nations' (UN) peacekeeping force broke his silence on the Philippine military's accusations that he misguidedly ordered besieged Filipino troops to surrender their arms to rebels in Golan Heights over the weekend. In an interview with a Noida-based newspaper, UN Disengagement Observer Force Commander Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha criticized the defiance of the 40 trapped Filipino peacekeepers as "non-professional." Singha, meanwhile, called what the Armed Forces of the Philippines dubbed the "greatest escape" of 40 troops from Position 68 nothing but an "act of cowardice." "The higher UN echelon as well...
  • Filipina 'Savagely' Fights 3 Abductors in Kuwait

    09/07/2014 11:03:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, September 06, 2014
    They smack her before fleeingA Filipina in her 20s put up a tough fight against three men who tried to abduct her while she was walking back home in Kuwait during the day. The girl managed to foil the kidnap attempt but she paid a heavy price for her resistance, when the angry men gave her a big smack before fleeing. The unnamed girl was walking back home in the capital Kuwait City around noon when the three men intercepted her and tried to take her away to rape her. Residents who saw the battle from their flat windows called...
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

    08/30/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces. Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage....
  • Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region

    08/30/2014 4:21:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | | Aug. 31, 2014 | 1:22 AM | Amos Harel and Jack Khoury
    Syrian rebel groups strengthened their hold over the Syrian side of the Quneitra Crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights – over the weekend and managed to repel attacks by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The rebels kidnapped dozens of Fiji soldiers, members of the UN observer force stationed in the Golan Heights and are maintaining a siege on a second UN stronghold manned by Philippine soldiers. ... Nusra Front forces took over a stronghold manned by a Fiji UN force and kidnapped the soldiers stationed there at gunpoint,...
  • SunTrust to shutter Orlando fraud unit, lay off 105

    08/28/2014 5:49:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Richard Burnett
    SunTrust Banks Inc. is shuttering its fraud-response call center group in Orlando and shedding more than 100 jobs, the bank confirmed Wednesday. Atlanta-based SunTrust, the largest bank in Central Florida, handed out pink slips to 105 employees on Tuesday. The effective layoff date is Oct. 31, according to documents filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. "Difficult decisions must be made to increase operational efficiencies and decrease expenses to better position the company for the future," SunTrust told employees in the layoff notice. The bank posted a $400 million profit on revenue of $2.2 billion in the second quarter,...
  • The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns

    08/28/2014 2:53:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/28/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been acting—whether Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Mesopotamia’s Islamic State, Somalia’s Shabaab—perhaps few things are as disgusting and cowardly as the Muslim rape of nuns: defenseless Christian women who sacrifice much of their lives to help sick and needy Muslims.The latest such attack comes from Bangladesh, which is over 90% Muslim in population. In early July, dozens of men armed with machetes, knives and iron rods attacked the convent of PIME (Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions nuns in Boldipuku), a village mission in north Bangladesh. In the words of...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

    08/05/2014 9:21:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 5, 2014 | Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., Neurologist, public health specialist, author
    With the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded raging across West Africa and as two Americans who were infected in Liberia have entered the U.S. for treatment, the question has been raised: will Ebola happen in the U.S? Actually, an Ebola outbreak has happened in the U.S. before -- not just once, but at least three times. In 1989, Ebola entered into the U.S. through infected monkeys, which were shipped from the Philippines for experimentation. At the time, Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance, Inc.) owned a facility in Reston, Virginia. After one shipment, monkeys were falling rapidly ill and dying. The Reston...
  • Senior Abu Sayyaf leader swears oath to ISIS

    08/04/2014 9:29:38 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Rappler ^ | 4 August 2014 | Maria Ressa
    The ISIS ideology is spreading fast on social media, ' the new machine to recruit militants.' The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq or ISIS, is expanding its recruitment on social media in the Philippines. On July 23, a video of senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon along with masked men was posted on YouTube. Hapilon carries a reward of up to $5 million from the US Rewards for Justice Program. He was indicted in the District of Columbia for “terrorist acts against United States nationals and other foreign nationals.” The...
  • Operation Change The Subject - While world falls apart, Dems obsess over Limbaugh and impeachment

    08/01/2014 6:31:46 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 9 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 01, 2014 | Brian Maloney
    What’s really important in today’s troubled world? One might think the answers are obvious: the disturbing war between Hamas and Israel that threatens to spread into something much larger, out-of-control spread of Ebola in Africa, corporate and sovereign defaults in Portugal and Argentina, Chinese military aggression in South Asia and whatever else we may have left out. But to Democrats, the focus is on Operation Change The Subject 2014, as partisans shift blame for presidential inaction away from Obama just as he heads to Martha’s Vineyard for yet another extended holiday.
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Typhoon Rammasun Heads for China After Lashing Philippines, Killing at Least 38

    07/19/2014 1:12:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | Fri 18 Jul 2014
    China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes. The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday. Ten people have been injured and eight are missing. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of...
  • Girl Who ‘Woke Up’ at her own Funeral in Philippines Is Reportedly Dead

    07/15/2014 5:31:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 14 Jul 2014
    A toddler who ‘woke up’ at her own funeral is reportedly dead. Startled mourners thought they had caught a miracle on camera when the toddler they were about to bury ‘woke up’. The three-year-old from Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur in the Philippines, was pronounced dead at 9am on Friday and was set for burial at 1pm on Saturday. But during the funeral her family, friends and loved ones got the surprise of their lives when the little girl came back to life. People started recording the unbelievable scenes after a priest was preparing to administer the last sacrament and someone...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • Australian Jihadist Musa Cerantonio Arrested in Lapu-Lapu Cebu

    07/11/2014 9:55:55 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 11, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    A leading Islamist social-media propagandists and jihadist, Australian-born Musa Cerantonio, was arrested in the Philippines island of Cebu today. The arrest was announced by the Philippines police who arrested him early today along with immigration agents. He was hiding in a village in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu just outside of Cebu City. In addition to Cerantonio, police arrested Joean Montayre of Negros Occidental. Montayre was officially arrested for failing to pay a bill at the hotel she and Musa Cerantonio had been staying together. She is also a person of interest in the case against Cerantonio. SunStarCebu (via YouTube)Musa Cerantonio had...
  • 2 NPA rebels slain, 2 cops wounded in fighting in Southern Philippines

    07/10/2014 12:31:24 PM PDT · by Torquay · 17 replies
    Mindanao Examiner ^ | 7/10/2014 | J. Magtanggol
    Two communist rebels were killed and two policemen wounded in a firefight on Thursday afternoon in the southern Philippines, officials said.
  • Philippines Considers LNG Import Receiving Options

    07/04/2014 6:23:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 04, 2014 | Cheang Chee Yew|
    Like most of its Asian neighbors, the Philippines has been a net energy importer for decades. The country’s dependence on hydrocarbons is relatively lower as compared to South Korea or Singapore as it has alternatives such as geothermal, hydropower and other renewable sources for electricity generation. But rising energy consumption and the expected depletion of gas resource at the offshore Malampaya field – the country’s major gas development – in a decade’s time has induced the Philippines to seek alternative energy supplies. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) import, together with the accompanying gas receiving facilities, is one of the options being...
  • Filipina Marries Dying Groom in Hospital

    06/27/2014 3:41:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, June 26, 2014
    A man in Philippines who was planning to celebrate his landmark 30th birthday with his perfect family in July 2014, received a major setback when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer in May. According to a YouTube upload by Hasset Go, the man did get to fulfil his last wish and tie the knot in a fairytale wedding in what was described as a moving ceremony to the love of his life and the mother of his two-year-old daughter. Tragically, a mere 10 hours after the loving couple said their vows, the man breathed his last and passed away...
  • Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims

    06/27/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | MAY/JUNE 2013 | Mohan Malik
    MAY/JUNE 2013 Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims Mohan Malik The Spratly Islands—not so long ago known primarily as a rich fishing ground—have turned into an international flashpoint as Chinese leaders insist with increasing truculence that the islands, rocks, and reefs have been, in the words of Premier Wen Jiabao, “China’s historical territory since ancient times.” Normally, the overlapping territorial claims to sovereignty and maritime boundaries ought to be resolved through a combination of customary international law, adjudication before the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, or arbitration under Annex VII...
  • Confrontation in the South China Sea

    06/27/2014 11:52:54 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 19 April 2012 | Gordon Chang
    Confrontation in the South China Sea 19 April 2012 A tense standoff between China and the Philippines continued this week, as Beijing demanded that Manila withdraw a coast guard vessel from the waters around Scarborough Shoal, which both countries claim. China maintains that the entire South China Sea is an internal Chinese lake and asserts sovereignty over all the islands, islets, and rock outcroppings in that massive waterway through which one third of the world’s trade passes. Scarborough, which Beijing calls Huangyan Island and Manila has renamed Panatag Shoal, is about 125 nautical miles off the Philippine coast but at...
  • GABRIEL: ISIS is a threat beyond Iraq, with Shariah as worldwide aim

    06/26/2014 6:18:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | Brigitte Gabriel
    There is a great deal of confusion and ignorance about the jihadist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which has been waging a terror campaign in those two nations for some time now, culminating most recently in the seizure of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. ... ISIS has a specific goal in mind and that is the formation of an Islamic state ruled by Shariah. This is very important to understand because this is a common goal of all the major jihadist organizations across the world. It is shared by al Qaeda, Hamas, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef,...
  • Australian Jihadist Musa Cerantonio Spotted in Philippines

    06/23/2014 12:09:36 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 3 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 23, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Staff
    Australian-born Musa Cerantonio, considered by authorities to be one of the top Islamist social-media propagandists, has been living in various parts of the Philippines for roughly a year, reported today by Rappler Philippines. The 29-year old former Christian has been under investigation by Australian Federal Police, who likewise traced him to the Philippines, which has a large population of foreign-born residents due to its influence in the Business Process Outsource (BPO) market. Cerantonio has successfully utilized Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media outlets to recruit and serve as propagandist for the radical Islamist movement. He recently celebrated the Islamic...
  • South Korea Giving Philippine Navy A Free Ship As Tensions Rise With China

    06/22/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 6, 2014 | AFP
    South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions -- particularly with China -- over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said Thursday. The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week. It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems. South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added....
  • Pinoys in Iraq urged to leave as situation worsens (Philippine overseas workers)

    06/15/2014 11:53:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Rappler ^ | June 14, 2014
    The Department of Foreign Affairs cites the 'deteriorating security situation' as reason for the voluntary repatriation of Filipinos who are working mostly in American military bases in Baghdad.Filipinos in Iraq are being asked to voluntarily return to the Philippines at government expense. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday, June 14, raised the crisis alert level for all areas in Iraq to Level 3 which signals voluntary repatriation. It cited the “deteriorating security situation” as reason for the repatriation. There are an estimated 500 overseas Filipino workers in Iraq working mostly in American military bases in Baghdad, the capital....
  • TIMELINE: Efforts to make the Philippines a US state

    05/28/2014 4:33:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Rappler blog ^ | Loren Bustos and Vanessa Cabacungan
    None of the attempts to make the Philippines a US state have been successful, or taken seriously, so far.MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Did you know that there have been attempts to make the Philippines a state of the United States of America? Since the Philippines came under US rule in 1898, some ilustrados (upper class Filipinos) advocated the annexation of the Philippines to the US, but didn’t succeed. Pro-US statehood movements persisted even after the US granted independence to the Philippines in 1946. Several organizations have lobbied for US annexation, and even made it a campaign platform. None of these efforts...
  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/22/2014 4:26:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 May 2014 | Staff
    The United States military is set to return to the Philippines 22 years after being evicted. The imminent arrival of US forces has renewed focus on the thousands of "Amerasians" fathered by US military personnel. Aya Lowe went in search of this forgotten generation. Mary-Jane Stephens lives in a gritty one-room house with her three children and three grandchildren. Two sprawling mattresses pushed together make up the sleeping area, while one stove, sofa and TV make up the rest of the household. Continue reading the main story Philippines Direct branding graphic From selling peanuts to making a mint Your pictures:...