Retired AFP personnel claims P88.7M lotto prize | | Philippine News

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  • A retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel claimed on Thursday the P88.7-million jackpot prize for the Super Lotto 6/49′s June 25 draw.
  • According to PCSO assistant general manager Conrado Zabella, the lone winner claimed his prize at the charity agency main office in Mandaluyong City.
  • The retired AFP personnel bet P120 on randomly picked numbers, one of the six combinations matching the jackpot numbers drawn for 6/49.
  • Zabella said the winner, father of three children, had been betting on the Lotto since 1996.
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Fake rice bothers PNoy, Roxas orders PNP to intensify search | | Philippine News

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  • Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said yesterday that he has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify the operation against the proliferation of fake rice in the market.
  • “I have instructed the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to assist the NFA (National Food Authority) in addressing the problem of fake rice being sold in the market,” said Roxas.
  • Reports about the fake rice first cropped up in the social media, with netizens saying that they came from China.
  • Later, some consumers have started to complain about having bought fake rice in the market in Davao City.
  • Authorities warned that the fake rice is hazardous once ingested.

PTV, DOST ink pact to boost gov't free wifi project

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  • "“Through the DOST's properties, we will be able to install additional transmitters to boost the government channel's presence in the countryside, while also supporting their free wi-fi program," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
  • He added this is "a welcome development in the government's aim to reach Filipinos all over the country."
  • Under the agreement, the ICTO will install wi-fi transceivers on PTV's broadcast towers, potentially allowing its free wi-fi project to reach third- to sixth-class towns.
  • Aside from the wi-fi project, PTV also plans other improvements such as on-demand information consumption and the Emergency Warning Broadcast System.
  • The DOST is also eyeing such technology to support government initiatives that need data connectivity such as:

BPI sees issuance of first infra bonds in PH this year | | Philippine News

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  • Bonds are debt instrument that has a defined period of time at a variable or fixed interest rate.
  • He explained that sale of infrastructure bonds is a way for companies to raise money for their infrastructure projects other than bank lending.
  • “I think there’s a real potential for infrastructure bonds [in the Philippines].”
  • Cariaso said BPI Capital is seeing the first infrastructure bonds issuance in the country by the end of the year, which will be offered by a “private entity.”
  • A source said Ayala Group is currently working on an issuance of infrastructure bonds but this may happen early next year.

Flour millers attribute higher prices to better quality over imported rivals | | Philippine News

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  • Local flour millers yesterday said that it pays more to buy quality flour as they justified their continuing high prices of flour despite slumping prices of wheat in the international market.
  • “To compare Philippine flour quality and prices with those coming from ASEAN countries and Turkey would be comparing apples to oranges.”
  • Their flour is therefore more suited for noodle making and flour for this purpose is the soft variety which is cheaper than Philippine bread flour.
  • Local soft flour prices which are meant for the Philippine noodle industry, among others, range from P580-P750 per 25 kg bag, basically the same soft flour prices as those in other ASEAN countries.
  • Philippine bread flour prices are at P750-P920 per 25 kg bag ex-mill.

Environmental coalition calls for ‘ambitious’ climate action plans from ASEAN

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  • We need to take substantial action to address climate change and its effects, said the ASEAN for a Fair, Ambitious, and Binding Global Climate Deal (A-FAB) Coalition during a livestreamed press briefing between Manila, Bangkok, and Jakarta.
  • “The burning of fossil fuels for energy production has been found to be primarily responsible for emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases.”
  • Soriano added that ways to address carbon emission during energy production can be built into the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) or climate action plans of ASEAN countries that they intend to undertake under the climate treaty that the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hopes to come up with.
  • “INDCs are concrete steps of the global community to address climate change,” said Wanun Permpibul, Coordinator, Climate Action Network, Thailand.
  • “There are no outsiders in the climate change issue,” said Dr. Gary Theseira, Environment Management and Climate Change Division Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia.

NASA captures video of solar eruption

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  • NASA’s official Twitter account shared a video caught by their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on 18 June: an eruption on the sun “escaped” and grew into a coronal mass ejection.
  • According to a Tweet by @NASASunEarth , the SDO was around 93 million miles away from the sun when it recorded the video.
  • NASA said that the video has been sped up—the actual eruption happened over the course of 4 hours.
  • We caught an eruption that escaped the sun, growing into a giant cloud of solar material.
  • This video is an example of a coronal mass ejection, a phenomenon where a cloud of solar material hurtles out into space.

Abs for dummies: Five ways to make yourself keep coming back to the gym

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  • In the first quarter of 2015, we started the quest for abs by committing to a year at Fitness First.
  • Coming back to the gym requires a re-framing of the mind.
  • Going to the gym isn't a chore; it's a part of one's life.
  • You sleep, you eat, you go to school or work, you go to the gym.
  • These are some of the things I consider rewards, and I make sure I work for them by going to the gym.

China angered by new US military strategy report

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  • BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon's updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law.
  • China has become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, building artificial islands in areas where the Philippines and other countries have rival claims, sparking alarm regionally and in Washington.
  • "China's actions are adding tension to the Asia-Pacific region," says the paper, released this week in the first update of the strategy since 2011, making specific reference to China's "aggressive land reclamation efforts" in the South China Sea.
  • "We express dissatisfaction and opposition towards the US side's report's irrational exaggerations of China's threat," she told a daily news briefing.
  • "We have already clearly explained our stance on the issue of construction on islands and reefs in the South China Sea several times," Hua added.

12 COA auditors cleared from PDAF mess | | Philippine News

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  • The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed criminal complaints against 12 auditors of the Commission on Audit (COA) who have been linked to anomalous releases of  Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-governmental organizations between 2007 to 2009.
  • The 12 COA officers and personnel have been charged with violation of the anti-graft law and other criminal complaints.
  • In his 2007 audit findings, he revealed that PSDFI [Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc.] was one of the 28 NGOs which did not submit its corporate papers.
  • “He likewise indicated that two releases of Pingoy’s PDAF in 2007 for P10M and P5M remain unliquidated,” the Ombudsman said.
  • The Ombudsman ruled that COA auditors assigned at NABCOR did not appear to have conspired with their co-respondents in the misappropriation or misuse of Pingoy’s PDAF nor found to have been negligent in the performance of their duties.