August 13, 2013 Edition

Valerie Castro

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  1. Talks on new access deal begins

    NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN. Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec Albert Del Rosario and Defense Sec Voltaire Gazmin in a press conference in Manila, 12 August 2013. Photo by Rappler/Carmela Fonbuena

    The Philippines and the US will begin on Wednesday, August 14, negotiations on a new agreement that will allow increased rotational presence of US troops in the Philippines and boost maritime security. The two allies have already agreed to conduct “high-value and high impact exercises,” which means more military exercises, more development of Philippine facilities, and prepositioning of equipment. Various camps expressed concern that the plan would violate the Constitution. But the government said they will be guided by the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

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  2. Labuyo damaged P57-M worth of properties, killed 2

    Typhoon Utor 15 hours prior to landfall, August 11, 2013. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

    Typhoon Labuyo (international codename Utor) has left at lest 2 people dead, one injured, and 11 missing, with preliminary damage pegged at more than P57 million, the government said on August 13. The typhoon swept across northern Luzon on August 12, ripping roofs off houses, tearing down power lines and triggering landslides in remote villages. The typhoon had the strongest sustained winds for the year, according to weather forecasters. It has grown slightly stronger as it left the Philippine Area of Responsibility Monday night, August 12. A total of 7,100 families, or 31,256 people, have been affected by the typhoon across 12 provinces and 3 cities in 5 regions.

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  3. Spain, UK in tit for tat over Gibraltar

    SPAIN, La Linea de la Concepción : This picture taken from Linea de la Concepcion, near Cadiz, on May 25, 2012 shows the famous Rock of the British colony of Gibraltar. Spain warned on May 24, 2012 that it will continue to defend its fishermen in the contested waters around Gibraltar following a clash between police boats from the two sides over fishing rights in the area. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO.

    British government is considering taking legal action against Spain over stringent border checks imposed at the border with Gibraltar. It said the checks were “politically motivated and totally disproportionate.” Spain, on the other hand, said it is considering taking its row over the disputed territory of Gibraltar to global bodies such as the United Nations and International Court of Justice at The Hague. Madrid is also mulling presenting a united front with Argentina, which is immersed in its own dispute with Britain over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, over the issue of Gibraltar. Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in perpetuity in 1713,

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  4. 56 worshippers in Nigeria shot dead

    NIGERIA, UNKNOWN : A screengrab taken from a video released on You Tube on April 12, 2012 apparently shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C) sitting flanked by militants. The suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram appeared in a video posted on YouTube today in which he sends a message to President Goodluck Jonathan and vows to fight on. The 14-minute clip is however mild compared to previous messages from Abubakar Shekau, the alleged leader of the main branch of the group blamed for scores of shootings and bombings, mostly in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

    Suspected Islamist extremists have stormed a mosque and shot dead 44 worshippers as well as 12 other people in a nearby village in Nigeria’s restive northeast. The attacks at the weekend were believed to be in revenge over citizen vigilante groups forming to help the military battle Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency since 2009. The violence came as Nigeria’s military pursues an offensive in the country’s northeast aimed at ending the insurgency, with a state of emergency declared in the region in May.

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  5. Soon: Online, mobile trading

    ONLINE TRADING. The Philippine Stock Exchange signs up BA Securities as first broker to avail of off-the-shelf online trading platform. File photo by AFP

    In a bid to encourage more retail investors to invest in stocks, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) said it has signed up its first brokerage firm that will utilize its off-the-shelf online trading facility. The PSE said BA Securities was the first trading participant to avail of the PSETradex, which allows the brokerage firm to offer online trading services to clients. The exchange developed PSETradex to help traditional brokerage firms hurdle the challenge of putting up an online platform that allow retail clients to personally post their buy and sell orders online and on their own.

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  6. Petron says sorry

    SOURCE OF SPILL. A pipeline leading to the Petron oil depot in Rosario, Cavite is the source of an oil spill that caused 500,000 liters of oil to stain Manila Bay. Photo from EPA/PCG

    After the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confirmed on August 12 that the Manila Bay oil spill was caused by a leaking submerged pipeline owned by Petron, the oil company took responsibility and apologized for the incident. “At this stage, we take responsibility for this unfortunate incident. We sincerely apologize and assure all the communities affected that we will strive to resolve the situation at the soonest possible time,” Petron president Lubin Nepomuceno said in a statement. Because of the leak, 500,000 liters of diesel oil spread to coastal villages in three towns of Cavite. It affected thousands of fishermen who depend on the sea for a living. Petron previously said in a statement that its pipelines were intact and had no leaks.

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  7. Struggling BlackBerry eyes sale

    BLACKBERRY TROUBLES. Blackberry is looking into strategic alternatives due to financial woes, including BlackBerry's possible sale.

    Smartphone maker BlackBerry said Monday it is examining “strategic alternatives,” which could involve putting itself up for sale. The Canadian firm said it had formed a committee to consider “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the company or other possible transactions.” The announcement comes with BlackBerry marginalized in a smartphone market dominated by makers using the Google Android operating system and by Apple’s iPhone. Some analysts said prospects look grim for the smartphone pioneer.

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  8. Bushy beard now in style

    BACK IN STYLE. The word from Paris is that beards are in

    Learned and serious like the ancient Greeks or casual like 1950s “Beats,” the full beard is back in fashion in France to the delight of the nation’s barbers. After years in the style wilderness, the sort of bushy beard that takes weeks rather than days to grow — from the plain old full beard to mutton chops or a chin curtain — has finally displaced designer stubble and other barely-there styles of recent years. This summer, displays of thick facial hair are once more fashionable in France. The 1960s hippie counter-culture also embraced the full beard.

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  9. Tired of #Selfies? Follow these accounts

    CLICK. Instagram shows beautiful photos from shutterbugs everywhere

    There’s National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder who captures photos in perfect timing, and Lauren Santo Domingo, who knows fashion and shows it in her photos. For awesome photos from outer space, you can rely on The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. If you’re tired of all the #Selfies in your Instagram feed, we have a list of 10 Instagram accounts that we think you may want to check out.

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  10. Kobe in Manila: Feels like home

    BACK HOME. Kobe says the Philippines is like home away from home for him. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

    Thousands of miles away from Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant — on his 6th visit to basketball-mad Philippines — did not feel a bit that he is far from home. “The passion for the sport is just there. I felt like I’m at the Staples Center!” the NBA star, who is in town to promote Lenovo mobile phones, said. “It’s like home away from home.” The visit comes a day after the Philippine team won its silver medal in FIBA Asia, allowing it to compete in FIBA World in Spain next year.

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