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NO MORE SUPERSTITION – Vancouver, CA now prohibits skipping ‘unlucky’ numbers in new buildings

Newer generation of buildings will at last do away with superstitious skipping of floors with 4 or 13, 14, or anything with 4 in it.

WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD! – Picky taxi driver busted by plainclothes cop

While some choosy taxi drivers speed off leaving rejected commuters shaking their heads, this one had a run-in with a passenger who turned out to be a policeman. The driver ended up being detained in Quezon City.

CONFIRMED – Jollibee to open in UK, Italy, Oman, Malaysia in 2016, and in Japan, Australia 2017

Fastfood chain operator Jollibee Foods Corp. is expanding its global footprint by bringing its flagship store Jollibee to five new markets next year, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Malaysia and Oman.

King Digital Entertainment soon a part of Activision

Your Candy Crush updates may now have more iterations in the future, with Activision Blizzard acquiring the candy-crushing company.

CHECKMATE – UNCLOS PCA rules in favor of PHL in West PH Sea row

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague said a UN panel had ruled Thursday (Oct. 29) that it has jurisdiction over the case filed by the Philippine government against China in the South China Sea, dealing Manila a victory in the first-round issue of admissibility.

Dropped kitten on the road saved by woman on motorcycle; instantly adopted afterwards

A woman on a motorcycle saw a kitten drop from a passing truck, helpless and vulnerable on the road, and wasted no time rescuing the kitten after seeing it.

PHL Navy interested to acquire third Hamilton-class cutter

The Philippine Navy (PN) is interested in acquiring another decommissioned Hamilton-class cutter from the United States Coast Guard (USGC).

UPDATE – Remaining Balikpapan ships now sold to PHL Navy

Three more “Balikpapan” class LCHs (landing craft heavies) are scheduled to arrive and be commissioned in Philippine Navy (PN) service by the first quarter of 2016. These ships are the HMAS Balikpapan, HMAS Wewak and HMAS Betano. The Royal Australian Navy decommissioned these LCHs in November 2014.

China threatens force against US warships defying their ‘territory’

“If the US encroaches on China’s core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it,” China warned through its newspaper publication.

FOR THE FIRST TIME – Japanese Emperor, Empress to visit PH early 2016

The Philippines has begun preparations for the first-ever visit of a reigning Emperor of Japan that is likely to be conducted early next year, Malacañang announced on Tuesday, October 13.