• Luiz heads to Chelsea as records tumble on final day

    By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - Records continued to fall as the deadline for European football transfers (2200GMT) drew closer on Wednesday and new managers at some of the biggest clubs refined their squads with Chelsea set to re-sign Brazilian defender David Luiz. Fees paid by Premier League clubs passed one billion pounds ($1.31 billion) for the first time, according to financial analysts Deloitte, and local media said Bundesliga clubs have spent over 500 million euros ($557.40 million), another record. Chelsea agreed to pay the highest reported fee, said to be in excess of 30 million pounds, for the return of Brazilian international defender David Luiz, who left to join Paris Saint-Germain two years ago for 50 million pounds.

  • This is not the time for ‘finger-pointing’: Doctor who flagged Zika in Singapore

    Dr Chi Wei Ming, one of the doctors who first raised the alarm about the Zika virus in the Republic, has urged Singaporeans to unite in the battle against the disease, and to avoid finger-pointing.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Sg Besar Umno chief nixes Dubai trip for leaders to spare members’ feelings’

    SUNGAI BESAR, Aug 31 ― Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos today cancelled a special trip to Dubai he previously promised to party leaders under him. Citing the need to...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Benji Madden's birthday message to 'beautiful wife' Cameron Diaz

    Benji Madden feels so thankful that Cameron Diaz is his wife, and pledged his love for the actress with a sweet message on Instagram as she marked her 44th birthday on Tuesday (30Aug16).

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  • Swimming: Team manager quits over hidden camera scandal - report

    The manager of South Korea's national swimming team has resigned as an investigation continues into a scandal involving the alleged installation of hidden cameras to take pictures of female athletes, the national federation has said. "As manager that leads the team, I deeply feel responsible that such (a) shameful incident took place," Ahn Jong-taek, who joined the swimming team in 2008 as coach and has been the team manager since 2012, told Yonhap news agency. "I hope (the) truth would be revealed clearly as soon as possible so that other swimmers and coaches would not suffer." Yonhap said on Sunday that police planned to question a member of the Rio Olympics swimming team about the scandal some time this week.

  • Nokia's patent chief departs in wake of Samsung pacts

    HELSINKI/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The head of Nokia's small, but highly profitable patent licensing division is leaving after two years in the role, the Finnish company said on Wednesday, weeks after he sealed a pace-setting patent deal with Samsung Electronics. Ramzi Haidamus, 52, is stepping down as president of the Nokia Technologies unit that handles patents and development of new consumer products. Haidamus spent a dozen years running patent licensing for Dolby Laboratories before joining Nokia, and will leave at the end of next month, Nokia said.

  • Japan eyes record defence budget to develop anti-ship missiles

    Japan's defence ministry requested a record budget on Wednesday, with funds for an anti-ship missile system to defend islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with China. Tokyo is determined to defend the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea -- administered by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus -- as Beijing steps up its claim.

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  • Real Madrid squad "impossible" to improve: Florentino Perez

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the European champions' squad is "impossible to improve" after an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window. Perez, known for splashing hundreds of millions of euros in previous years on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, has limited his spending to just a 30-million-euro ($33.5 million) buyback of Alvaro Morata from Juventus. "We have won the European Super Cup and the first two games in La Liga," Perez said of Real's 100 percent start to the season.

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  • ‘Sale of passports a P200-M racket’

    A P200-million anomaly is allegedly behind the recent arrest of 210 Indonesian and Malaysian pilgrims found with fraudulently obtained Philippine hajj passports for a flight to Mecca, employees of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) said. The NCMF employees also reported that such anomaly had been “rampant since the administration of Secretary Yasmin Lao” and that each Philippine hajj passport was sold to foreigners for P25,000. With each haji passport sold at P25,000, the proceeds can reach up to P200 million.

    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
  • Why Ireland doesn't want to take billions from Apple

    In normal circumstances, a 13 billion euro ($14.5 billion) cash award would make any country ecstatic. But Ireland is no ordinary country when it comes to tax law — and its government insists it doesn't ...

    Associated Press
  • Selena Gomez taking time off to focus on health

    The pop star reveals she has been suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

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  • Why Filipinos Ignore Insurance

    In 2014, the Insurance Commission pegged the number of Filipinos who have insurance at 28 Million. Insurance, in general, has been thought of by Filipinos to be an extra cost – and thus do not consider the purchase unless absolutely necessary – such as the Compulsory Third-Party Liability car insurance cover. It raises the […] The post Why Filipinos Ignore Insurance appeared first on Finance and Car Insurance Blog.

  • 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
  • Ivanovic not ready to join husband Schweinsteiger in retirement

    Former world number one Ana Ivanovic suffered a fourth successive defeat Tuesday but insisted she is not about to follow football star husband Bastian Schweinsteiger into international retirement. The 2008 French Open champion did admit, however, that she would be forced to "reassess" her faltering career after giving up a 5-3 lead and squandering a set point before losing 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 to Denisa Allertova at the US Open. "It's been very frustrating not getting anything in return, because I really feel like I invested my heart." Tuesday's loss was also Ivanovic's second successive first round exit in New York.

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  • Merkel admits mistakes made in Germany, EU with refugee crisis

    By Erik Kirschbaum and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and other European Union countries turned a blind eye to the refugee crisis building on its external borders for too long, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a German newspaper interview to be published on Wednesday. Merkel, who has faced criticism in Germany for launching her policies of welcoming refugees a year ago, also told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Germany and the EU will need patience and endurance in dealing with migration of people to Europe. "There are political issues that one can see coming but don't really register with people at that certain moment - and in Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution," she said.

  • New Pterosaur Species with Intact Skull Uncovered in Patagonia

    A new species of pterosaur named for its "ancient brain" has been found in Patagonia. "Allkaruen, from the middle lower Jurassic limit, shows an intermediate state in the brain evolution of pterosaurs and their adaptations to the aerial environment," study researcher Diego Pol, a paleontologist at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina, said in a statement. The new pterosaur was found in a bone bed that contains many pterosaur remains.