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Australia’s oldest man knits jumpers for sick penguins

109-year-old Alfred Date learned to knit in the 1930s from his sister-in-law. After moving to a retirement home in Australia the nurses noticed Mr Date’s love of knitting. Now he is helping the folks at Knits For Nature by creating jumpers for sick penguins on Phillip Island near Melbourne. The penguins are rounded up because of…


Kuwait court upholds death penalty for cop who raped Filipina worker

Kuwait’s appeals court has upheld the death sentence of a policeman for “abducting, raping and attempting to murder” a Filipina woman. The lower court condemned the policeman, identified only by the initials Y.M, to death last June, 2014. He can still challenge the ruling before the supreme court. The policeman…


Japanese man arrested with fake gold certificates in Manila

67-year-old Yoshihiro Hasegawa has been arrested after he was detained at the Manila Police District for failing to pay his hotel bill at the City Garden Suites in Ermita. After going through formal questioning, the management of the hotel turned over his personal belongings to the police. During and inventory…


Philippine foreign investment jumps 61.6% in just 11 months

Long-term, job-generating foreign investments rose to new heights in November as the country preserved its image as a safe bet, data released this week showed. Data for January to November are in, with 2014 shaping up to be a banner year in terms of foreign direct investments for the Philippines….


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago tells Napeñas: “You’re a failure, incompetent”

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has called the leader of the Mamasapano clash a “Failure.” “You’re a failure, You’re incompetent” – “You cited intervening factors” – “The operation should have proceed smoothly” – “You’re the one who planned it,” Defensor said. Prior to Defensor’s statement, Napeñas said the assaulting force or the…


Strong dollar sees Singapore tourism take slight dip in 2014

Singapore tourism dipped slightly in the year ending 2014. Fewer international visitors came to the tiny country, the first drop since 2009. The numbers come in at a time when the Singapore dollar is strong and slower growth in the Chinese tourist sector are likely causes of the slight dip. International…


UK Embassy in Manila cuts visa processing time to just 24 hours

The long wait for your United Kingdom visa is about to be over – that’s the message from the country’s embassy in the Philippines. The usual 15 working days for processing has been cut to three-to-five working days. It’s even possible to get one within 24 hours.  In a press conference at VFS…



Manila businesses asked to share their CCTV images with government

Manila businessmen may soon be required to become member of the new “ERAP” security share system which is being proposed in the region. In the proposal which is coauthored by Councilor Joel Chua, ERAP refers to the Emergency Response Assistance Program – Major Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s new campaign to reduce…