Monthly Archives: December 2009

10 lifesaving numbers you should know

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Here are 10 numbers every person should know. Read on and learn about them. Be sure to keep them below danger levels.

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A compassionate Christmas

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If you want to be really healthy, go beyond eating your veggies and add some good deeds to your diet: Research shows that altruism can positively impact your physical and mental well-being. “It’s good to be good, and science proves it,” says Stephen Post, PhD, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine…

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Jinggoy, Bong, Miriam lead bets

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MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada remained the favorite senatorial candidate of a majority of Filipino adults, receiving more than half of the votes of 1,800 respondents in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

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Noynoy maintains commanding lead – Pulse Asia

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MANILA, Philippines – Less than five months before the May 2010 elections, Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III continued to gain the support of a majority of voters, according to the latest surveys conducted by polling firms Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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Government may resume deployment of OFWs to Lebanon next year

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MANILA, Philippines – After a three-year deployment ban, the government may resume the sending of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Lebanon next year.

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Obama, Gordon, Harper give ‘accord’ happy spin, call it ‘unprecedented, comprehensive’

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COPENHAGEN: US President Barack Obama on Friday (Saturday morning, Manila time) announced a climate deal with other major world leaders calling it “unprecedented” and “meaningful” but admitted it was still not enough to beat global warming.

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Copenhagen deal passed amid condemnation, disappointment

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COPENHAGEN (AFP) – A UN climate summit Saturday rammed through a battle plan against global warming forged by US President Barack Obama and other top leaders, sidelining smaller states which lashed the deal as betrayal.

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Climate change agreement should be supported by domestic law – Legarda

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MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Loren Legarda yesterday said world parliamentarians were correct in their declaration that the post-2012 agreement on climate change should be underpinned by domestic legislation in all countries to be effective.

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Exports recovery to come only by 2011, says industrialist

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A YEAR’S holding of breath is expected by exporters before the sector reaches its precrisis levels, industrialist Sergio Luiz Ortiz Jr. said.

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Remittances seen to stagnate

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OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) remittances are likely to stagnate, and not contract, because of the global economic slowdown and the Dubai debt crisis, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “For the Philippines, we do not see evidence of a dramatic plunge in workers’ remittances as a result of the current recession. The evidence suggests…

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Disturbing, puzzling news on jobs

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GOOD news: despite the global economic downturn, the number of jobs generated by the economy grew in the past year (from October 2008 to October 2009). Bad news: the number of jobs did not grow fast enough to catch up with the growth in the labor force. Based on the October 2009 Labor Force Survey…

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RP lagging behind treatment of AIDS

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Despite a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing most Filipinos satisfied with government’s efforts in preventing the outbreak of various deadly diseases, a UN report said the Philippines was behind when it comes to AIDS. The SWS survey reported that government’s health workers enjoyed the highest net satisfaction rating at positive 31.

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Asia spending again after global turmoil

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HONG KONG: Laden with colorful bags full of gifts, Andy Xu makes his way through Hong Kong’s jam-packed Causeway Bay shopping district apparently unfazed by the past year’s global economic crisis.

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UN climate role may weaken, say experts

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COPENHAGEN—A weak UN climate deal, agreed on Saturday after two weeks of talks pulled back from near collapse, underscored the vulnerability of a process depending on consensus and may mark a diminishing UN role.

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Many of 200M migrants treated as commodities

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SAYS UN EXEC MANILA, Philippines—Many of the 200 million migrants worldwide continue to be treated as commodities, violating their basic human rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on the occasion of the International Migrants Day December 18.

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Japan to hire Pinoy nurses, caregivers

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CEBU, Philippines – After the global financial crisis reportedly affected industries, with some countries stopping their hiring of workers including nurses and caregivers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration announced that the second batch of recruitment for nurses and caregivers to Japan would start soon.

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Noynoy, Gibo top picks in MBC poll of members

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As shown in other surveys, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd took a commanding lead in a poll conducted by the Makati Business Club of its members—but the surprising second choice was Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro. Aquino is the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party, while Teodoro—his cousin—is with the administration’s Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).

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Law pushed vs training of children as assassins

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MANILA, Philippines – A neophyte party-list group yesterday called on Congress to pass a bill that will criminalize the act of training children to be assassins as this is not covered by any existing child protection laws.

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From one crisis to another

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We leave behind 2009 thankful that the global financial crisis that rocked the world’s strongest economies in 2008 had been kinder to our island community of 92 million Filipinos.

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Full commercial operation of WESM pushed

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MANILA, Philippines – Power plant owners are pushing for the full commercial operation of the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) to address the concern of power shortage in the future.

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Subic FDI down 67% in January-November

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MANILA, Philippines – Foreign direct investments (FDI) in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone dropped by more than 67 percent for the first 11 months of the year to $73.82 million, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) reported.

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Board of Investments misses investment target

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MANILA, Philippines – The Board of Investments (BOI) reported over the weekend that investments went down this year when compared to the previous year, underscoring the possibility that the agency will be missing its investment target for the year.

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Top analysts weigh in on ICT sector in 2010

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MANILA, Philippines – Two leading analyst groups, IDC and Gartner, have brought out their informed reports and surveys that set the stage for what the IT, consumer electronics and telecommunications sector can expect in the next 12 months.

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Survey shows drivers of Asian contact centers

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MANILA, Philippines – The growth of value of existing clients, the improvement of efficiency and the acquisition of new clients are key commercial drivers of Asian-based contact centers.

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More recession-hit workers turn to direct selling

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NEW YORK – More US workers, hoping to make ends meet in the recession, have turned to direct selling, but revenues are not keeping pace with growth in the sales force. The ranks of people selling wares out of their homes, at parties and door-to-door grew by 100,000 last year to 15.1 million in the…

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Tourists grew by 17% to 5.2M in Q3

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MANILA, Philippines—The third quarter, considered the lean season in the local tourism industry, exceeded expectations as tourist arrivals grew by 17 percent to 5.2 million visitors, the Department of Tourism said.

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JPEPA gets yearly review

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MANILA, Philippines—A year after it has taken effect, the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) was reviewed here by both parties Friday as required by the treaty.

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Climate deal worst in history—G77

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COPENHAGEN – A major bloc of developing nations on Saturday called a draft climate deal in Copenhagen the “worst in history” and hinted it may try to block it.

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Two Filipinos infected with HIV everyday this year

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The Department of Health (DoH) has announced that the reported number of new HIV infections by the end of 2009 will increase by more than 100 percent compared to 2007.

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BSP keeps easing cycle: Banks slash interest rates by 210 basis points

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MANILA, Philippines – Corporate and individual borrowers have been enjoying lower rates as banks have slashed interest rates by 2.1 percentage points since the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) started its easing cycle to boost the slackening domestic economy.

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