• Why a Big Jump in Tax Cheating Is Just Around the Corner

    Washington Post Columnist Catherine Rampell has a good piece up predicting a very bad development: a coming rise in tax cheating. IRS enforcement and late payments take that figure up to 83.7 percent. Rampell makes the case that this relatively strong record of tax compliance is about to take a turn for the worse.

    The Fiscal Times
  • Singapore confirms Zika spread; some countries issue travel warnings

    By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, with some of the latest infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak. Several countries advised pregnant women or those trying to conceive to avoid travelling to the city-state. The mosquito-borne Zika virus was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas.

    Reuters
  • Mel C: 'I will never be a part of Spice Girls reunion'

    The 42-year-old confessed it was one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make.

    Cover Media
  • Duterte urged: Move air, sea ports out of MM

    A commuters’ group urged President Duterte yesterday to implement the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) proposal to transfer the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Manila North Harbor operations outside of Metro Manila. The JICA proposal – which involves transferring the airport to Cavite and harbor operations to the Batangas City port – to decongest traffic is also being pushed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, said Elvira Medina, president of the National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection Inc. (NCCSPI).

    Philippine Star
  • Hull in double swoop for Mason and Keane

    Hull City made a double swoop for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason and Manchester United striker Will Keane on Tuesday. No financial details were disclosed but the Premier League club said they had broken their previous record fee of 10 million pounds ($13.08 million) for England international Mason. Injuries restricted him to eight league appearances for Spurs last season and he has not featured under Mauricio Pochettino in the new campaign.

    Reuters
  • Alleged drug lord, wife gunned down in Aklan

    Three days after turning himself in to authorities to deny his links to illegal drugs, a businessman was mortally wounded by gunmen who also shot dead his wife shortly after the couple disembarked from a vessel at a port in Malay, Aklan before dawn yesterday. Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Meriam had just disembarked from a 2Go roll-on-roll-off vessel at the Caticlan Jetty Port when the attack occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Odicta, also known by the moniker “Dragon,” was earlier identified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6) as one of two top drug dealers operating mainly in the province of Iloilo.

    Philippine Star
  • Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill

    The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest ...

    Associated Press
  • Fergie credits husband for her comeback

    The former Black Eyed Peas singer took a break from the limelight in 2011 because she was exhausted.

    Cover Media
  • Nazri calls Syed Sadiq just ‘little boy’, not worthy of response

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 ― Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today said he was uninterested in answering Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman over his criticism of Umno, saying the...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Girl told ‘not beautiful’ crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Tatiana Kumar has been crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016, a feat she dreamt of after being told in school she was not beautiful. “My biggest regret was believing...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Football: Hart arrives for Torino medical

    England goalkeeper Joe Hart arrived in Turin on Tuesday ahead of undergoing a medical that should see him sign a season-long loan deal with the unfashionable Serie A club. Hart, 29, has fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City following the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona and is set to join Torino in a bid to preserve his club future and international career following England's spectacular Euro 2016 exit. Television pictures showed Hart arriving at the city's Caselle airport and widespread reports in the Italian media said he will sign for Sinisa Mihajlovic's side Tuesday if he successfully completes a medical.

    AFP News
  • Philippines says China must recognise South China Sea ruling

    China will be the "loser" if it does not recognise an international court ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday. An arbitration court in The Hague infuriated China in July when it ruled that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights. China has ignored the ruling that none of its claims in the disputed Spratly Islands entitled it to a 200-mile (320 km) exclusive economic zone.

    Reuters
  • Philippines may open mothballed Marcos-era nuclear power plant

    The Philippines is looking into operating the country's only nuclear power plant, built four decades ago at more than $2 billion but never used, to ensure the long-term supply of clean and cheap electricity, its energy minister said. The Southeast Asian country is joining more than two dozen other countries looking to add nuclear power to their energy mix, including neighbours Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Tuesday reviving the mothballed 620-megawatt nuclear plant in Bataan province, northwest of Manila, will require a $1 billion investment.

    Reuters
  • Phl`s Wolf of Wall Street` strikes again

    Former Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) employee Jose Cecilio “Jay” Peñaflor, described by the National Bureau of Investigation as the Philippines’ version of the Wolf of Wall Street, is again at the center of a new scam. He was released from the Kamuning, Quezon City police station on Sunday after being detained on estafa charges for two weeks. Peñaflor reportedly ran away with a “very huge amount of money,” from an event he organized called Federalism Conference 2016, wherein he tried to hitch a ride on President Duterte’s pitch for a federalist form of government, sources told The STAR.

    Philippine Star
  • Traffic personnel can seize `8` car plates – Speaker

    His pronouncement was in line with his recent memorandum directing the “immediate recall of all protocol plates issued during the 16th Congress (from July 2013 to June 2016) and earlier” following persistent reports of abuse by some owners. In an interview over dzMM, Alvarez stressed that these car plates were expired, and those using it could be held accountable. He also disclosed that he is personally against the use of special plates, relating that he never did so even when he was a neophyte congressman and secretary of the then Department of Transportation and Communications, though he was entitled to use license plate number “6” for Cabinet members.

    Philippine Star
  • 500 cows rustled from New Zealand farm in unusual case

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — How do you steal 500 cows?

    Associated Press
  • Intoxicated in the air: drunk pilots make news but are rare

    Every few months, a pilot somewhere in the world is stopped before a jet takes off because of suspicion of drunkenness. It makes headlines and gives nervous travelers another reason to avoid flying. Despite ...

    Associated Press
  • Arsenal sign Spanish striker Perez

    Arsenal have signed striker Lucas Perez from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Perez, who also scored in Deportivo's opening La Liga win over Eibar this season, will fit into Arsenal's possession based football, according to manager Arsene Wenger. "He's not only a goalscorer, he's a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs, Wenger told the club website.

    Reuters
  • 6 government ministries that would panic if Godzilla came to Singapore

    One of the ironic parts about “Shin: Godzilla” (aka “Godzilla: Resurgence”) is how the Japanese government reacts to Godzilla’s arrival. Which ministries would be panicking at Godzilla’s resurgence? Godzilla is radioactive.

    Marcus Goh
  • Ombudsman to lawmakers: Go ahead, impeach me

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is challenging the administration-dominated House of Representatives to initiate an impeachment complaint against her if its members think she has committed wrongdoing and is no longer fit for the tough anti-corruption job. Morales, an appointee of former president Benigno Aquino III, will finish her seven-year term in mid-2018.

    Philippine Star