Monthly Archives: January 2010

Do you want to live to be 100?

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Don’t worry – those of us who are adults now probably won’t live to be a hundred eyars old. But babies being born today, may very well reach 100, according to a report first published in the medical magazine, Lancet and subsequently picked up by the general media.

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Overqualified and underemployed

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How to avoid age discrimination There was an overwhelming response to my earlier article on age discrimiantion against those 40 years old and above. Even now I am receiving questions regarding the topic and so it seems time for an update on the matter.

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Britain takes action after student visa surge

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LONDON, United Kingdom—Britain has temporarily suspended student visa applications from northern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh after a sharp rise in numbers, the UK Border Agency (Ukba) said Sunday.

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Gov’t urged to cut deals with neighboring countries

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TO PRESERVE RP’S $1-B TUNA INDUSTRY: A local chief executive of a city in Metro Manila has warned the government that the economy of Gen. Santos City, and Mindanao in general, would suffer immensely with the implementation of a two-year ban on tuna fishing in the Central and Western Pacific.

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Left-handed cut

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LEFT-HANDED CUT: The country’s estimated 4.6 million senior citizens can only rejoice with the plan of President Gloria Arroyo to sign into law a bill passed by Congress exempting them from the 12-percent Value-Added Tax on goods and services.

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PCOS machines must be error-free all the time

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NO MARGIN FOR ERROR: The Commission on Elections must not take lightly the glitches experienced in the second field test of its precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines the other day.

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3 million Pinoys benefited from poverty alleviation program

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MANILA, Philippines – Nearly three million indigent Filipinos benefited from government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a poverty alleviation strategy implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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‘Elderly among most frequent child abusers’

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yesterday that even old people or senior citizens up to 80 years old have abused children left under their care.

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Health dept to step up drive on call centers

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HEALTH authorities in Central Visayas said they would focus their efforts on curbing the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among call center employees in the region.

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Investments expected to pour in ’10

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MANILA, Philippines–After getting huge investments from large foreign firms last year despite the recession, the Department of Trade and Industry is confident that the country will get more infusions this year as the global economy has already started to recover.

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Pag-IBIG to pay out P8.5B in ’09 dividends

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THE PAG-IBIG FUND IS GIVING out P8.5 billion in dividends for 2009—20 percent more than the payout made in 2008, according to Vice President Noli de Castro.

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‘Philippines faces rough economic road ahead’

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MANILA, Philippines – The worst of the global economic crisis may be over, but the Philippines still faces a rough road ahead, officials said Friday.

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Govt to cut Edsa bus traffic

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THE World Bank and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday signed an agreement to address traffic congestion in Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) by reducing the volume of buses plying the Philippines’ busiest main thoroughfare.

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Health dept. pressures Congress to pass RH bill

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The Department of Health has  pressed for the passage of the much-debated reproductive health bill amid the alarming increase of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in the country.

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Managing population to solve lack of rooms

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CEBU, Philippines – The Philippines must learn from Thailand which is now having a surplus of classrooms after it was able to successfully manage its population.

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN: Enforcement of law in the Visayas weak

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CEBU, Philippines – Implementation of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 needs to be strengthened further in the Visayas.

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Approval of RH Bill pushed

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CEBU, Philippines – The Commission on Population-7 stands firm in support for the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill pending at the House of Representatives, saying it is needed to help ease the country’s population problem.

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According to study: Call center agents prone to HIV-AIDS

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CEBU, Philippines – A health official said call center agents have a higher risk of acquiring Human Immuno Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS).

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Thoughts on the Party-List (Part I)

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The ballot for the May 2010 elections will be the longest in Philippine history. Aside from the candidates for President and Vice President all the way down to city or municipal councilors, we will also be choosing from 144 party list contenders that have been accredited by the Comelec.

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RP seen to post steady growth

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MANILA, Philippines – The government sees a subdued but steady growth for the Philippines this year with volatile oil prices and the El Niño phenomenon posing the biggest threats to the economy, an official said yesterday.

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BSP raises rediscount rate to 4%

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The Monetary Board, the policy- making body of Bangko Sentral, kept its policy rates unchanged Thursday but raised its peso rediscount rate to 4 percent from 3.5 percent as it starts to unwind stimulus measures amid accelerating economic growth.

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Fairy land (Part 1)

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I always knew the Philippines was a magical place. I first invested here because of that—and the people.

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Rebound faces fresh risks, IMF cautions

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The global economy has staged a faster rebound than expected, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday, but prospects are uneven and emerging markets face the destabilising prospect of a flood of capital inflows.

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Raiders of GSIS members’ trust fund

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THE TROUBLE WITH HAVING TOO MUCH money is that there will always be people hatching up plots to get some of that money. The latest victims are the 1.3 million members of the Government Service Insurance System. Several labor unions who are members of the GSIS brought the case to my attention. GSIS members, they…

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Mixed spending messages from Obama

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With the U.S. government racing toward $10 trillion in spending and loan guarantees to confront the recession, President Barack Obama on Monday will say it’s time to clamp down on federal expenditures.

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Miner dies in accident in Quezon

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MANILA, Philippines – A 40-year-old miner died reportedly in an accident at La Suerte Small Scale Mining Gold Mining Industry in Barangay Bulo in Buenavista in Quezon province on Tuesday.

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Number of kids falling victims to abuses alarms CWC official

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CEBU, Philippines – Reports on increasing number of children involved in child labor, sexual abuse and commercial exploitation, family violence, child trafficking, and armed conflicts have alarmed an official of a government group working for children.

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Foreign maids in Lebanon fighting back

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BEIRUT: Abused, humiliated and deprived of the most basic rights, foreign maids in Lebanon are starting to fight back against their employers in court and, in rare cases, they are winning.

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Local BPO upbeat on sustained growth

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The local business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is bullish on sustained growth this year. The upbeat mood came on the heels of US President Barack Obama’s slashing of incentives for US firms that outsource offshore, in order to keep jobs for Americans.

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Because of Chinkee’s book

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We all have a bias, some stronger than others. If you happen to be above 50 years old, like me, or someone with dual citizenship status (a Filipino citizen who is also a Senior citizen), chances are you will not be inclined to listen to the advice of people half your age.

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