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Canadian's preparing for the launch of "Express Entry" immigration changes

New caps for Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades Programs, and Canadian Experience Class

Ottawa - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year's launch of Express Entry, Canada's new active recruitment model. Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system...


Canada Offering "Express Entry" to Qualified Economic Immigrants

Actively Recruiting Talented Newcomers For the Benefit of Canada's Economy 

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced that Canada's active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called "Express Entry." Set to launch in January 2015, "Express Entry" is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada's immigration system into one that is fast, flexible...


Record number of Pinoys go to Canada

Welcoming a record number of visitors from the Philippines in 2013

Filipinos are discovering that not everybdy lives in igloos in Canada. Photo credit: Alpo Hassinen 

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada issued more than 47,000 visitor visas to Filipino visitors in 2013.

This figure represents a record high for the Philippines and a 57...


Philippine Embassy in London closures 

The public is advised that, in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013 dated 25 September 2013, the Philippine Embassy in London will be closed on the following dates: 

Thursday, May 1 - Labor Day (PH Holiday)

Monday, May 5 - Early May Bank Holiday (UK Holiday)

Monday, May 26 - Spring Bank Holiday (UK Holiday) 

Regular office hours will resume on Friday, May 2, Tuesday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 27, respectively. 

In case of death or detention of a Filipino citizen in the United Kingdom, please contact the Embassy' emergency mobile phone at 078-0279-0695. 



New Zealand's scandal of exploiting foreign fishermen to end

Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships' progress

Exploitation of Filipino fishermen on "foreign" vessels in New Zealand waters should end with new laws 

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New...


Premium processing for H-1B US visas

On April 28, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master's degree or higher. USCIS first announced that we would begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no...


Aussie hardline leaves asylum seekers filling Indon immigration camps

Since Ausralia started to shift asylum seekers to camps in Papua New Guinea, Indonesian immigration detention facilities are filling up 

The detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, was holding 25 unaccompanied minors in one room when IRIN visited © Kristy Siegfried/IRIN


Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him...


Viking, the classic Danish bike at €43K 

The Viking Concept bike combines classic design with modern technology (larger photos below) 

  • Premium concept motorcycle unites two of Denmark's most innovative industry names: Anders Kirk Johansen and Henrik Fisker
  • Viking Concept design study indicates possible future direction for bespoke Danish custom bike builder, Lauge Jensen
  • Viking Concept is the first motorcycle to be Euro IV compliant without compromising... [More]

  • Fake carer stole £50K from Alzheimer's victim

    A man has been jailed after stealing over £50,000 from an elderly man he was caring for

    Sean Mockler robbed elderly victim with dementia while pretending to look after him 

    Sean Mockler, 47, of Gledhill Avenue, Ordsall in Manchester pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced yesterday, Tuesday 15 April 2014, at Manchester Crown Court to two years six months.


    Toyota invent app for rice farmers

    Toyota is using its wealth of knowledge about production control systems and process improvements to help rice farmers with a new IT tool to manage their workload 

    Large-scale tests begin this month of the cloud-based system as part of a Japanese government-backed project to create advanced agricultural management models. These are needed to support the growing numbers of small-scale farmers and landowners.


    Nine charged in conspiracy to steal millions of dollars using "Zeus" malware

    Hacking gang stole millions from people's bank accounts by getting into thousands of computers 

    Yuriy Konovalenko left, and Yevhen Kulibaba, both Ukrainians were extradited from Britain to stand trial in the "Zeus" trial 

    Nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers with malicious software known as "Zeus" have been charged in an indictment unsealed in Lincoln, Nebraska.


    Foreclosed Properties: PNB auction of prime properties by sealed bids

    The Philippine National Bank (PNB) are holding a special auction by sealed bids of prime foreclosed properties on 25th April 2014. This will be held in Pasay. Details on the flyer below. 

    Public Sealed Bidding is one of the channels traditionally engaged by PNB in the disposal of its foreclosed assets. It is a more proactive approach to ensure that... [More]

    Car crash scam left innocent driver dead

    Crash for Cash fatal collision final defendant convicted - Denham, Buckinghamshire

    Ireneusz Marek Staniak gets 9 years for insurance fraud crash leaving a man dead 

    The final defendant standing trial for the landmark case investigated by Thames Valley Police into a fatal Crash for Cash collision on 11 June 2011, was convicted and sentenced to nine years' imprisonment 11th...


    Scotland Yard's gun gang net machine pistol, arrest 9 in major drugs raid

    A sub-machine gun has been removed from the streets of London following an operation by Trident officers

    The Skorpion machine gun seized in the Mitcham drugs raid 

    Police recovered the Scorpion sub-machine gun and 70 rounds of ammunition during the operation in Mitcham in South London at approximately 2350 hrs last night, Friday, 11 April.

    Officers also found also found cash & drugs.


    Internal Home Office document reveals staff procedures for removing people from the UK

    11 Apr 2014

    Staff document reveals instructions for deportations from Britain 

    An internally circulated Home Office document has come into the possession of Balita Pinoy detailing staff instructions for the removal of people from Britain.

    Although without any heading that it is Secret, Confidential or Restricted and is on the British government's own website, it is clearly not meant for public consumption.


    Police warn on growing ATM courier fraudsters

    Although this advisory is from Surrey Police, it is relevant everywhere

    Larger flyer in main article 

    11 Apr 2014

    Detectives from Surrey Police are warning residents to remain vigilant after several recent reports of scams involving fraudsters obtaining bank details using bogus telephone calls. In one case a woman was persuaded to part with £45,000.

    All three incidents happened on Tuesday 1 April and each time someone with a Scottish accent has called the victim saying he is from their bank.


    Ferrari kit car destroyed after being stolen

    11 Apr 2014

    Detectives from North Surrey CID are appealing for information after a kit car was stolen from a property in Walton-on-Thames and later found burnt out in West Molesey 

    The car was last seen parked outside an address in New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames at around 6.30pm on Monday, 24 March.


    City of London police takeover Action Fraud

    11 Apr 2014

    Experts get hold of oft-criticized Action Fraud

    As a world financial center, the City of London is always prone to fraud, so the City's police are specialists in investigating this type of crime. Photo credit: KrakenHammer 

    The national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, Action Fraud, today becomes part of the City of London Police, strengthening the UK's ani-fraud capability.


    Limited edition MV Augusta superbike worth £45,000 stolen from London car park

    10 Apr 2014

    Appeal after rare superbike stolen in Chelsea  


    M V Augusta 750 F4 Oro, one of the rarest bikes in the world stolen from a London car park

    Officers from west London are appealing for witnesses and information after a rare and valuable motorbike was stolen in Chelsea.


    Pinay loan shark's sentencing adjourned

    10 Apr 2014

    Filipino loan shark Arlyn Pirzada will have to wait again to be sentenced 

    Arlyn Pirzada, the Fulham based 5/6 loan shark, has to wait to learn her sentence after the court case was adjourned 

    A 49 year old Philippine woman from Fulham who pleaded guilty to illegal money lending and money laundering, following a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court has had her sntencing hearing adourned till April 29th.


    FORECLOSED PROPERTIES: PNB auction in Davao on May 8th

    9 Apr 2014

    Auction of foreclosed properties in Davao, Compostela Valley, Cotobato & Sultan Kudarat 

    The Bank's acquired assets are also offered thru public auctions that are held nationwide.  In these auctions, any person eligible to purchase real properties under Philippine laws may bid for properties offered at huge discounts.  

    Details & Flyer below:


    Immigration News: Mass raid leaves 3 restaurants empty of staff

    9 Apr 2014

    Sixteen illegal workers have been caught following a series of coordinated operations by Home Office Immigration Enforcement in Chippenham, Pewsey and Trowbridge in the county of Wiltshire.

    Officers simultaneously visited three restaurants, all called the ‘Tale of Spice', at 7.40pm on Friday 4 April, acting on intelligence that they were employing staff with no right to work in the UK.


    Pork Barrel theft charges place Senators one step closer to prison

    5 Apr 2014

    Ombudsman puts Enrile, Estrada & Revilla in the firing line 

    How long before the Senate publicity photos of the lamakers are replaced with police mugshots? 

    The government will let the rule of law take its course regarding the Office of the Ombudsman‘s decision to hold three senators liable for plundering the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the Palace said in response to the news that the Ombudsman has filed indictments against 3 lawmakers in the 10-B Peso Pork Barrel Scandal.


    Controversial British law of joint enterprise sees thousands prosecuted

    2 Apr 2014

    An eight-month investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals, for the first time, comprehensive data showing at least 1,800 people have been prosecuted for homicide using the little-known law of joint enterprise: a law which experts have called "unclear" and "capable of producing injustice". 

    The revelation comes as leading members of the judiciary call for its reform. The criminal Law Commissioner, Professor David Ormerod, told the Bureau the case for reform was "overwhelming" as joint enterprise was "unclear" and posed "a risk of injustice".

    Professor Jeremy Horder, former criminal Law Commissioner and now at the London School of Economics, said there needs to be major statutory reform of the law.

    And Lord Phillips, former Lord Chief Justice, told the Bureau joint enterprise needs reform as it was "capable of producing injustice, undoubtedly".


    Report exposes abuse of UK's domestic "slaves"

    30 Mar 2014

    UK: Migrant Domestic Workers Face Serious Abuse

    UK Government Should Abolish ‘Tied Visa' to Protect Workers, Prevent Forced Labor 

    The controversial British visa which ties domestic workers in Britain to one employer, effectively making them slaves: videos are included in the report 


    Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect vulnerable workers, and recent changes to UK immigration rules make it harder for workers to flee abuse, the report found.


    Pinoy nurse charged with 3 murders

    28 Mar 2014

    UPDATE: Appears before Manchester Magistrates

    Filipino nurse Victorino Chua re-arrested then charged over hospital killings

    Makes first appearance in court - faces 3 counts of murder and 31 other poisoning charges

    A screengrab of Victorino Chua at an earlier arrest 

    Philippine born nurse Victorino Chua has been charged with 3 murders and 31 counts of poisoning or attempted poisoning into deaths and injuries at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 2011.

    Just before midnight Friday 28 March 2014, Manchester Police made the announcement after having interviewed Chua all day following his dawn arrest.


    Bangsamoro peace deal finally signed

    27 Mar 2014

    Landmark deal seen as important as Northern Ireland's Good Friday Agreement

    British Foreign Secretary and Ambassador praise the deal

    President Benigno S. Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles grace the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro the Kalayaan grounds of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (March 27). (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) 

    President Benigno S. Aquino III led Thursday the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) aimed at ending decades-long conflict that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Muslim Mindanao.

    The President and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak witnessed the signing of agreement at the Kalayaan grounds in Malacanang, Thursday.


    Drug Drive limits announced by British Government

    27 Mar 2014

    The recommended limits for 16 different drugs have now been approved following 2 British government consultations

    Robert Goodwill MP visiting a drug testing laboratory.

    The British government's ambition to create a new drug drive limit moved a step closer following the results of 2 public consultations

    The recommended limits for 16 different drugs have now been approved and will see 8 generally prescription and 8 illicit drugs added into new regulations that will come in to force in the autumn 2014.


    Emirates flights to Clark stop

    27 Mar 2014

    No more flights by Emirates into Clark

    A sight nobody will see after 3rd May as Emirates' Dubai-Clark flights end

    In a shock announcement, the popular Middle East airline Emirates is ceasing flights between Dubai and Clark International Airport from the beginning of May.


    Call center staff required Sucat, Alabang, Pasay, Taguig and Makati

    26 Mar 2014


    Excel Asia are recruiting call center agents in the Metro Manila area

    Minimum Requirements

    - At least 18 years old
    - Completed at least 2 years in college
    - Willing to work in Sucat, Alabang, Pasay, Taguig and Makati area
    - Able to start ASAP



    The UK's criminal assets seizure program a shambles Parliamentary Committee declares

    25 Mar 2014

    Britain's much vaunted Proceeds of Crime Confiscation system exposed as a "shambles" 

    Margaret Hodge MP headed the parliamentary committee investigation that tore into Britain's incompetent system for seizing criminal assets  

    Parliamentary committee rips into all the agencies involved saying:

    • £490 million is owed by criminals
    • Only 26 pence in every £100 of criminal proceeds in the year 2012/13 was collected 
    • £100 million spent administering confiscation orders, yet confiscated a meagre £133 million
    • Poor performance of all the agencies involved
    • It is unclear who is responsible and accountable for what
    • Only 18% for orders over £1 million ever collected 

    Harold Wilson, a former British Prime Minister, once remarked that "A week is a long time in politics". In the world of collecting ill-gotten assets from criminals, it is a very long time indeed.

    [More with details & examples]


    Mama San Li Ying flees London with £1.3 million

    UPDATED 24 March 2014

    Ying was given four weeks to prepare for her flight while still in prison 

    Judge said pay large penalty, prison said you're free, Mama-San Li Ying said "Yippee"

    Scotland Yard hunt brothel owner and £1.3 million after prison blunders 

    Li Ying the brothel owner in a police mugshot 

    Chinese brothel keeper Li Ying was jailed then ordered to pay £1.3 million in penalties but prison authorities released her early - London police have now issued an appeal to locate her.

    In this updated feature, we can now reveal that authorities missed the opportunity to haul Ying before the courts while she was still in custody. The Ministry of Justice and prison authorities ignored Judge's time limit and freed Ying, giving her plenty of time to prepare her escape.

    A statement received from the Ministry of Justice's Courts & Tribunal Service (reproduced below in full) blows the lid on the whole incompetent saga. 


    New warnings on Balikbayan Boxes

    23 Mar 2014

    DTI says "Avoid patronizing bogus freight forwarders" & issues global warning list of banned/suspended cargo firms


    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged consumers to stop dealing with bogus foreign sea freight forwarders and their corresponding Philippine agents/ sea freight forwarders.

    These include Philbox Direct Ltd. in the United Kingdom and Springer International; Al Rodah Marine Cargo...Cargo in United Arab Emirates and D' Winner Logistics Phils., Inc.; Kabalen Fowarders in Saudi Arabia; and, Mr. Alexander D. Cunanan doing business as ADC Spedition Services.

     "We have received numerous complaints against them for not delivering cargoes to their rightful owners. We found out that two (2) of they are operating illegally as freight forwarders and have not been delivering the Balikbayan boxes to their consignees,"  DTI-Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba explained.

    [More & complete list of banned/suspended firms]


    Concept Care get Level 3 Immigration Advice status

    22 Mar 2014

    Concept Care Immigration Advice Team upgraded to Level 3 Status By OISC Regulator

    Concept Care Solutions Immigration department has been an upgraded to Level 3 status by UK regulator OISC, the company has announced today.

    The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) approved the company to offer immigration advice at level 3, the highest level.


    Clothes factory faces £300K fine after major tax & immigration raid nets 30 illegals

    21 Mar 2014

    Savannah Rags in Mansfield had 30 of its workers arrested after a Home Office raid looking for illegal workers

    Tax officials also involved in raid to check the books 

    Savannah Rags has lost a big chunk of its workforce after a major raid by immigration & Tax enforcement officers 

    Thirty immigration offenders have been arrested after a Home Office operation targeting illegal working at a clothes recycling factory in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in an intelligence led operation. Immigration Enforcement officers, supported by officers from HMRC, visited Savanna Rags International Ltd, Forest Road, at about 10am on 19 March.


    Irish Aid Minister visits Tacloban with an additional 3 million Euros in assistance

    20 Mar 2014

    Irish Minister Costello announces an additional €3 million disaster funding to the Philippines as he sees Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan's destruction 

    Joe Costello brings Irish aid up to €7 million as he sees for himself typhoon relief efforts

    The Irish Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., announced an additional €3 million in assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during a visit today to Tacloban.

    [More & additional photos]

    Canadians chasing British & Irish tradesmen to alleviate their skill shortages

    15 Mar 2014

    Project will help clear the way for skilled British and Irish tradespeople to work in Canada

    A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

    Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney was on hand in London, England, to witness the signing of the agreement to pave the way for ease of skill recognition.


    War breaks out in British supermarket aisles

    14 Mar 2014

    It's a battle to the death, and supermarket shareholders are going to see profits & dividends down

    This photograph of a Rolls Royce leaving with shopping bought at a south London discount supermarket , along with the figures from their own tills, is telling the big 4 of the British supermarkets that the sunshine days of 6%+ profits on food retailing are over, and it's all down to the discounters Aldi and Lidl 

    Morrison's, the smallest of the big four British supermarket chains has opened the hostilities in a price war that is going to leave casualties. The other three have not waited long to join the fray, unwilling participants in what will be a very costly and bloody battlefield. 


    Don't Become a Victim of Immigration Fraud

    14 Mar 2014 

    Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander (pictured above) today encouraged potential newcomers to use authorized immigration representatives to avoid becoming victims of fraud.

    March is Fraud Prevention Month and this year Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has partnered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) to promote awareness.


    Missing Person Report: Miguel Agustin Hernandez Pineda

    14 Mar 2014

    Missing from Baliwag, Bulacan, Philippines

    Missing - Miguel Agustin Hernandez Pineda

    The lifeline to locating all those who run away and go missing each year.

    Lifeline ang locating sa lahat ng mga tumakas at nawawala sa bawat taon.

    For those left behind, a place to post requests for information.

    Para sa mga naiwan sa likod, naglagay ng isang post na kahilingan para sa...


    London Cactus College marks National Apprenticeship Week with new job placements at Heathrow Airport

    13 Mar 2014

    London Cactus College joined UK employers in offering over 20,000 new apprenticeships, with paid work placements, as part of National Apprenticeship Week earlier this month,_oxford_336.jpg

    Apprenticeships have come a long way since they were first started hundreds of years ago as shown in this print of a medieval baker with his apprentice. The Bodleian Library, Oxford.

    The Edgware based college, together with some of Britain's largest companies, are pledging more job opportunities for apprentices. The Lloyds Banking Group committed to hire 5,000 apprentices, Greene King and Whitbread pledged 2,000 a piece and EE, Mitchells & Butlers and Starbucks each announced 1,000 new job vacancies.


    Philippine Embassy warns anew against internet recruitment scams

    The Philippine Embassy in London reiterates its previous warning to both Filipino jobseekers and Philippine recruitment agencies against fraudulent internet recruitment offers that promise fictitious jobs in the UK

    The Embassy warning is quite stark, the main thrust is NEVER send money for a job offer through Western Union 

    The Embassy has been receiving reports from Filipino jobseekers who...


    Asia-Pacific Security: A Changing Role for the United States

    Despite President Obama's announcement of the US strategic rebalancing towards Asia, cuts in US defence spending and domestic priorities are likely to lead to a less militarily assertive role in the region and a rebalancing of strategic relationships, says a new report by Chatham House 

    Asia-Pacific Security: A Changing Role for the Unites States assesses the security interests of...


    Boiler room scammers took £10-M from victims

    Bromley Boiler Room ran land and carbon credit fraud     

    Clive Griston (left) &  Matthew Noad were originally arrested for land bank fraud then opened carbon credit swindle while on bail

    Fraudsters who made millions by persuading hundreds of elderly investors to buy worthless plots of land and valueless carbon credits have been jailed to four years and...


    Royal scandal flats in million pound fraud

    A company director was jailed for defrauding a business which was set up by friends and neighbours of over £1 million 

    Brian Copsey conducted a million pound fraud which has resurrected memories of a Royal scandal nearly 80 years old   

    Brian Copsey, 60, of Marville Road, Fulham, London, SW6, was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position...


    £80,000 fine for broker who lied in mortgage application

    The British Upper Tribunal (Tribunal) has upheld the decision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to impose a financial penalty of £80,000 on Amir Khan, director of Sovereign Worldwide Limited (Sovereign), for dishonestly submitting false income details to a mortgage lender in a personal mortgage application. 

    The judgement was issued by the Tribunal on 8 April 2014 after a two...


    Credit Suisse London trader banned & fined heavily over suspect bond deal

    Mark Stevenson, a bond trader with nearly 30 years' experience, has been banned from the industry and fined £662,700 for deliberately manipulating a UK government bond (gilt) on 10 October 2011

    Credit Suisse headquarters in Zurich; a rogue trader in their London offices tried to slip a fraudulent trade of bonds to the Bank of England. Photo credit: Georgia Xenakis


    Illegal land bank firm loses appeal

    The Court of Appeal in London has dismissed, on all counts, an appeal by David Banner-Eve and Asset Land L.I. 

    Asset Land L.I. was an illegal land banking firm, run by Banner-Eve and his associates, selling plots of land as investments in Stansted, Harrogate, Lutterworth, Newbury, Liphook and South Godstone.

    The judgment makes clear that the law around collective investment schemes (CIS),...


    VW Touareg debuts at the Auto China show in Beijing

    Volkswagen Touareg, larger photos below 

    The redesigned Volkswagen Touareg has made its debut at the Auto China show in Beijing.  With a refreshed styling front and rear, new features and trims and greater efficiency, Volkswagen's rugged yet refined premium SUV is more competitive than ever.

    The front-end design of the Touareg features larger headlights (now bi-xenon as standard across...


    McLaren GT celebrate win at Monza 

    Celebrating McLaren's success; larger format HD race photos below  

    The 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series got underway this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy, with McLaren GT present for the third consecutive year.

    Customer teams ART Grand Prix and Boutsen-Ginion Racing both fielded a two car line-up with the 12C GT3, and showed early pace during...


    Juliette D'Souza to stand trial in London court

    Juliette D'Souza 

    A woman from Hampstead is to stand trial on theft & fraud charges on 28th April.

    The woman, who is described as a spiritual healer is charged with fraudulently taking money from people to send to a Shaman (witch doctor) in the South American Amazon jungle ostensily for the purposes of healing.

    Juliette D'Souza, 59, of Perrin's...


    Bentley's strut their stuff at Monza

    A Bentley Continental GT3 cornering on 2 wheels at Monza (with large high-definition photos)

    Team M-Sport Bentley opened their 2014 racing account with a strong performance at the first race of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy. After three hours of racing in sunny and warm conditions at the famous circuit, the two Continental GT3s finished line astern.


    Foreclosed Properties: UnionBank 216th auction of Luzon property on 26th April 2014

    UnionBank of the Philippines will conduct another half-day Public Auction of real estate properties on Saturday 26 April in Pasig City 

    UnionBank's latest auction for Luzon contains many condominiums - lists below with pictures of the properties 

    Just bring PhP 20,000 show money (cash or manager's check) to qualify to bid for each property. The sale is on "as...


    Jensen name comes back from the dead

    One of the most loved British marques of all time has a new champion in the classic car restoration industry

    Jensen Motors Ltd is now trading from its Oxfordshire premises

    The company may be new, but the team has over 30 years' experience in all aspects of restoration and rebuild.

    Fully acquainted with Jensen-focused traditional techniques, machine presses, model range and history, Jensen Motors plans to get the marque back up and running.


    Lea Salonga's dad fired and indicted over graft charges

    The father of world famous Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga is facing jail over a corrupt contract at Subic Bay 

    Lea Salonga may next see her father behind bars. Photo credit: Frank Tang 

    Feliciano Salonga, along with 17 other former and serving executives, has been charged in relation to the corrupt handling of a contract at ports in Subic Bay where he was chairman.


    Foreclosed Properties: BDO's latest lists of Philippine repossessed real estate

    The BDO has released its list of Philippines properties on offer

    The Banco de Oro (BDO) has just released its foreclosed property lists for the Philippines.

    This one is for residential and commercial real estate throughout the archipeligo.

    The list has many various properties on offer, as well as very many condominiums which will be of interest to foreigners.

    The list comprises:

    Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, Sub-divisions & Lease Properties. 


    Raped woman & child, judge puts animal away for 18 years

    Stoke double rapist gets 18 years

    Francis Gilbert raped  woman & a child 

    A man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of raping a child and adult.

    Francis Gilbert, of Ridgway Road, Hanley, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court Fri 11 April following two earlier, separate trials.

    The 48-year-old was found guilty of raping a...


    Greek rapist gets 9 years after extradition

    Fled to Greece but eventually brought to justice with a European Arrest Warrant 

    Andreas Ververopoulos thought he was safe in Greece but is now serving 9 years for rape 

    A 27-year-old man has, Friday, 11 April, pleaded guilty to the rape of a teenage girl in Ash seven years ago.

    He appeared at Guildford Crown Court in Surrey,...


    Lifestyle brought crook with mansion in Pakistan to British jail

    A Birmingham man who built a house the size of Buckingham Palace by dodging taxes has been jailed after an "Al Capone" style investigation 

    Mohammed Suleman Khan - police mugshot

    • "Godfather" thought he was untouchable
    • Local community fears brought to police attention 
    • Police & tax officials mounted a similar operation to the FBI one that brought down Chicago Mafia mobster Al Capone

    City of London cops get fraudster back from Dubai

    11 Apr 2014

    Criminal extradited from UAE jailed for £15m bank fraud

    Sohail Qureshi was safe in Dubai until the extradition treaty was signed with the UK  

    The mastermind of a £15 million banking fraud against the Royal Bank of Scotland who was extradited from the United Arab Emirates to the UK to stand trial has been jailed for eight years at Southwark Crown Court.


    South London murderer gets life

    11 Apr 2014

    Man sentenced to life for murdering deaf man in Southwark

    Soufiale Essabri sentenced to life for homicide of disabled man 

    A man who strangled a deaf man with limited speech has been sentenced at the Old Bailey, Wednesday 9 April, to life imprisonment for murder.


    Illegal gun supply gang run from behind bars

    11 Apr 2014

    Firearms operation set up at Swaleside prison by convicts 

    Ringleaders Paul Alexader (l) & Carl Gordon organized everything while serving life sentences (more photos below) 

    Two individuals who were part of a sophisticated criminal network supplying illegal firearms and ammunition, have been found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on 8th April. A third was found guilty on Friday.


    Army pervert had pictures & videos of young children on computer

    10 Apr 2014

    Man sentenced for indecent images of children offences  

    Reserve soldier Anthony Malcolm had obscene images of children on his computer 

    An army reservist from Ruislip in West London was sentenced on Wednesday, 9 April, to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, for 13 counts of various offences involving indecent images of children.


    London park attacker gets the bird

    10 Apr 2014

    Pet parrot saves woman assault victim

    Wunsy, the defending African Grey parrot, who saved his owner from assault in a North London park

    Police are appealing for information after woman was saved from a serious assault by her pet parrot.

    Barnet officers are appealing for information following an assault in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon in North London last week.

    [More & larger photos]

    British diplomat in Manila ignites the European Union debate

    10 Apr 2014

    Diplomat's winning entry will spark new interest on Britain's position in Europe and the coming referendum 

    Manila based British diplomat Iain Mansfield receiving the 100,000 Euros prize in cash flanked by two impassive security men 

    A senior trade official in the British embassy in Manila has submitted a paper to a London based free market think tank which will give a boost to the anti-European Union (EU) campaigners such as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

    The paper is the winning entry in a competition organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). 


    U.S. Defense Policy in the wake of the Ukrainian affair

    9 Apr 2014

    How US experience in various fields such as the Philippines is coloring their new policy


    ByGeorge Friedman 

    Ever since the end of the Cold War, there has been an assumption that conventional warfare between reasonably developed nation-states had been abolished. 

    During the 1990s, it was expected that the primary purpose of the military would be operations other than war, such as peacekeeping, disaster relief and the change of oppressive regimes.


    Chinese double rapist gets 8 years jail

    31 Mar 2014

    A man who lured two Chinese students to his flat to imprison them and attempt to force them to have sex has been jailed

    Li Hao, 40 years old, of Gautrey Road, Peckham, London SE15 was sentenced to eight years imprisonment last Friday after being found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault and two counts of false imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on 29 November 2013.


    Pedophile Priest/Teacher appears in London court

    31 Mar 2014

    Catholic Priest/Teacher Father Timothy Gardner sentenced for making and possessing prohibited images of children 

    Pedophile Priest & Teacher Father Timothy Gardner pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court 

    A Catholic priest who is also a teacher from Camden who pleaded guilty to making hundreds of indecent images of children and possessing thousands of prohibited images of children has been sentenced Monday 31 March at Southwark Crown Court.


    UK Immigration News: Home Office failing to remove people from the UK efficiently

    30 Mar 2014

    Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration says Home Office not removing a number of foreign nationals with no right to stay in the UK despite securing travel documents 

    The Home Office was working well with some foreign embassies to obtain travel documents to remove those who have no right to stay in the UK. However, in many cases it was failing to remove people even with the required documents.


    UK Immigration News: Enforcement teams abusing warrantless arrests says inspector

    30 Mar 2014

    Home Ofice Immigration Enforcement Officers searched premises without the required justification in nearly two-thirds of cases says Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration 

    Immigration enforcement officers had been granted the power to enter business premises without a search warrant in nearly two-thirds of cases (59%) despite not providing the required justification.


    MILF disarmament a law and order challenge

    28 Mar 2014

    Prospects for peace in Mindanao

    Children peek out of the window of a classroom converted into an IDP evacuation center in the southern province of Maguindanao, Mindanao © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

    MANILA, (IRIN) - Analysts warn that the peace accord signed on 27 March between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), unlikely to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao. 

    A key drawback of the deal is the exclusion of important stakeholders. 



    Ombudsman to seize P130-M from former Chief Justice Corona

    27 Mar 2014

    Ombudsman denies Corona's Motion for Reconsideration

    Renato Corona, th Philippines' former top law officer, is set lose millions as Ombudsman to seize illegal money 

    In a 15-page Joint Order signed Wednesday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by former Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife, Cristina Corona, in connection with their case for ill-gotten wealth.


    British health scare as cats give people TB

    27 Mar 2014

    UK public health authorities drop a bombshell for cat owners 

    Two people are being treated for tuberculosis caught from their domestic cat Photo credit: Marc d'Entremont on Flickr

    Public Health England which acts partly as a health protection agency in the UK has stunned cat lovers with the revelation that 2 people have contracted the deadly tuberculosis infection from a dmestic cat.


    Gawad Kalinga to Hold Global Young Leadership Seminar at London Embassy, 10 and 17 May

    26 Mar 2014

    Gawad Kalinga will hold a Global Young Leadership Seminar at the Philippine Embassy in London on 10 and 17 May 2014.

    Leadership Development for Cross-cultural Success

    Understanding Southeast Asia
    • Ready to pursue an international career?
    • Have a strong interest in Southeast Asia?
    • A STUDENT enrolled in studies or a young PROFESSIONAL working in the UK?
    • Looking for a collaborative and hands on learning experience -beyond the traditional theoretical focus, to boost your global success?
    • Are you ready for interactive and engaging workshops to develop your leadership skills, fit for the 21st century that will see increased cross-cultural interaction?
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    Procter & Gamble bitten on the bottom by tigers

    26 Mar 2014

    Enviromental activists leave multi-national company Procter & Gamble red faced in tiger stunt

    The tigers play: Greenpeace activists dressed as Sumatran tigers set up camp outside a Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Cabuyao, Laguna, South of Manila. The protesting tigers installed tree stumps and tents to show how  P&G has wiped out their habitats and rendered them homeless due to company's lack of a No-Deforestation policy when it comes to sourcing palm oil for their products. Greenpeace is demanding Procter & Gamble to guarantee that its products become forest-friendly. Photo credit: ©Jimmy Domingo/Greenpeace


    Greenpeace activists dressed as Sumatran tigers set up camp outside a Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Cabuyao, Laguna today. The protesting tigers installed tree stumps and tents to show how P&G has wiped out their habitats and rendered them homeless due to company's lack of a No-Deforestation policy when it comes to sourcing palm oil for their products. 

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    SEAT enthusiasts get more than they bargained for

    24 Mar 2014

    A day out experiencing a sports car simulator

    Chase looks like an updated scene from "Bullitt"

    • Amazing SEAT stunt dupes participants in dramatic fashion
    • Cupra fans invited to experience state-of-the-art ‘extreme simulator'...
    • ...then the chase begins

    SEAT today releases a video showing one of the most ambitious and dramatic stunts ever undertaken by a car company.


    First prosecutions in Britain for Female Genital Mutilation to go ahead

    21 Mar 2014

    The British Director of Public Prosecutions has announced the first ever prosecutions under the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act 

    Whittington hospital's Doctor Dhanuson Dharmasena will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 15th April 2014 facing charges of causing Female Genital Mutilation. Photo credit: Tagishsimon  

    After many years of the law against female circumcision being on the statute...books in the United Kingdom, British law officials have finally bitten the bullet to bring about prosecutions to stop this barbaric (mainly) Muslim practice. 

    Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is defined as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.


    Ireland's Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello in Manila to see Yolanda reconstruction

    19 Mar 2014

    Irish Trade Minister meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary

    Joe Costello TD and Albert F. del Rosario

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario today thanked Ireland for its commitment to continue support for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and invited Ireland to participate actively in the rehabilitation and recovery program in areas devastated by the typhoon.


    Romanian crooks jailed for scalping tourists in London

    19 Mar 2014

    Three jailed for trying to mulct innocent tourists  

    Romanian crook Adrian Marin is now serving 2 years along with the rest of his gang 

    Three UK-based Romanian men caught by off-duty police officers trying to steal from tourists at Victoria Coach Station were sentenced to two years' imprisonment and recommended for deportation on release from prison.


    Missing Person Report: Rosalinda Lebrilla

    19 Mar 2014

    Missing from Diego Silang village, C5 Taguig City

    Missing - Rosalinda Lebrilla

    The lifeline to locating all those who run away and go missing each year.

    Lifeline ang locating sa lahat ng mga tumakas at nawawala sa bawat taon.

    For those left behind, a place to post requests for information.

    Para sa mga naiwan sa likod, naglagay ng isang post na kahilingan para.


    Care agency bosses charged with immigration & conspiracy counts

    19 Mar 2014

    Two Filipino staff already convicted and have gone back to PHL 

    UK Care Agency Staff Charged With Immigration Offences Following Home Office Raid And Tragic Death Of A Pensioner 

    Two staff members of a Sutton care agency have been charged with immigration and conspiracy offences after a raid last year by Police and Home Office UK border officers.


    Canadian's stepping up immigration recruitment

    19 Mar 2014

    Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments working together to meet Canada's labour needs through active immigrant recruitment

    Ottawa - Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers today reiterated their commitment to actively recruit economic immigrants that have the skills the Canadian economy needs most.


    Employment & Labor legal news

    17 Mar 2014

    Recent legal news on employment & labor matters provided by the International Law Office

    Austria - Subsidised leaves of absence offer improved work-life balance

    Switzerland - New 'fat cat' regulations enacted

    Denmark - Is age discrimination against people under 18 permitted?

    Turkey - Liabilities resulting from subcontracting relationships

    Albania - Secondments: rights and obligations

    Colombia - New decree-law moves towards collective bargaining for union coexistence

    South Korea - Supreme Court issues two landmark rulings on scope of ordinary wages

    United Kingdom - Significant changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE)

    Israel - Should employee's criminal past be taken into consideration in decision to hire?

    Italy - Supreme Court rules on disciplinary proceedings during sick leave

    South Africa - Court rules on employer-employee competition

    South Africa - Employment equity - the need to be 'situation sensitive'

    Brazil - Superior Labour Court broadens construction of employee transfer allowances


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