Monthly Archives: August 2015

Asbestos: The silent killer that could be lurking inside your home

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You might think that the dangers of asbestos are a thing of the past – but if you live in a house built before 2000, you could be sharing a home with the deadly substance.

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Refugees or migrants? Debate rages over words to describe crisis

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STOCKHOLM – Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe’s shores make their way around the world.

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Banks cut Philippine GDP forecast to below 6%

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The country’s GDP grew 5.6 percent in the second quarter of the year from 6.4 percent in the same quarter last year due to weak global demand and lack of government spending. Philstar.com/File MANILA, Philippines – Investment banks slashed the country’s economic growth forecast to below six percent despite picking up in the second quarter…

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Unesco warns of economic consequences of rising number of out-of-school youths

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Countries in Southeast Asia stand to lose billions of dollars in the near future unless urgent measures are taken to enroll millions of out-of-school children in the region.

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JFC laments non-implementation of Data Privacy Act

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MANILA, Philippines – Foreign business groups said the Philippines’ first data privacy law remains a “piece of paper” after nearly three years of its passing.

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Take measures to be safe online, PNP advises

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MANILA, Philippines – With 44 million Filipinos using the Internet, the Philippine National Police anti-cybercrime group (PNP-ACG) has advised the public to be on guard against cybercriminals and avoid falling prey to online scams.

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PH growth seen fastest in Asean

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The Philippines will remain the fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia this year, despite the slower-than-expected expansion in the first half, British bank Barclays said in a report over the weekend.

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Facing up to the Asean challenge

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FILIPINO business leaders are on tenterhooks on how best to respond to the challenges, uncertainties and opportunities posed by the implementation this year of the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations into a single economic community.

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Searca study: State support to agriculture crucial as Asean economies integrate

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SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela – Herculano “Joji” Co, longtime president of the Philippine Confederation of Grains Associations (Philcongrains), says his counterparts in the Asean continue to wonder why subsidy has become a dirty word among Filipino officials.

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Mental health, HIV on agenda

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AIDS and mental illnesses are among the diseases getting closer attention from health ministers attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Cebu City. “Mental illness, up until quite recently a silent but insidious chronic disease, is now recognized, at least through efforts in our region, as a priority that can and should be…

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Unesco warns of economic consequences of rising number of out-of-school youths

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 30, 2015

by Kathleen A. Martin (The Philippine Star), Aug. 30, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – A recent report by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) said Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines should take urgent steps to enroll out-of-school youths to avoid the economic consequences of having high numbers of unskilled worforce in the…

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22-year-old Filipino physicist triumphs in Vienna nuclear olympiad

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MANILA, Philippines — Anton Tanquintic, a young Filipino physicist, received an award for winning in the Nuclear Olympiad 2015 held in Vienna.

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It’ll cost you

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 29, 2015

Charging for public services sometimes makes sense. Often, though, it is a racket GETTING divorced? Going to the doctor? Flushing a loo? If so, you are increasingly likely to receive a bill from the government. As cash-strapped Western countries try to balance their books without raising unpopular taxes, they are charging higher fees for everyday…

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Another miner dies in tunnel

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ITOGON, Benguet – Another small-scale miner died of gas poisoning inside a private mine tunnel in Sitio Macaag, Itogon, Benguet, barely a week after four miners also died of the same cause in this town.

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The future of call centers may be shorter than we think

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 28, 2015

THE business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is considered, and not without justification, the Philippines’ most promising economic sector.

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A Ruling with a bonus for fast-food workers

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The “Fight for $15” campaign is about more than higher pay for fast-food workers. It is also about fighting for the right of workers to form strong unions without retaliation. That goal looks much more achievable this week after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that may force corporate parents, like McDonald’s or Yum Brands,…

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Wall St Week Ahead-Focus turns to U.S. data as China slowdown looms

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Aug 28 After a dizzying two weeks that saw a rapid plunge and rebound in equity prices, investors are looking forward to a week of economic data that may provide clarity on the likelihood of a near-term U.S. interest rate hike and help tamp down the market’s recent wild swings.

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Traffic: time to be drastic?

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The MMDA chairman said there is nothing much that could be done about our traffic gridlock in the next 15 years. The day after he said that, he went traipsing to Cebu supposedly to help with APEC meetings there but honestly, to campaign for his planned senatorial bid.

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Neda cuts growth target after subpar Q2 results

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The Philippines’s lack-luster economic per-formance rooted on the government’s poor spending has made the country’s 2015 growth targets impossible to meet, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

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Surveys show computers can damage preschool, grade school students

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If your preschools or elementary schools have no desktop computer you must be wondering whether you are shortchanging your children’s education and their future. NOT AT ALL – for the six- to 12-year olds’ intelligence, emotions and physical capacity are mobilized dynamically by Mother Nature to make them independent and responsible.

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Readers give more suggestions on traffic woes

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We have more readers who want to express their views and suggestions on solving the traffic problems confronting Metro Manila commuters. This one is from Constancio de Leon who wrote: “For the last 30 years, I’ve lived in Loyola Heights, an upscale residential community across Katipunan Ave. in front of Ateneo de Manila and Miriam…

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A deeper look at HIV in the Philippines

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Part 1 of 2 We’ve all heard about the startling rate of new HIV infections in the Philippines. We’ve all read about safe sex and how to prevent getting infected. We’ve all been updated on developments in HIV treatment and care. What else don’t we know?

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Wall collapse in Baguio leaves 1 dead, 5 injured

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MANILA – A construction worker died while his five co-workers were injured after a wall of an old hotel toppled over them at F. Calderon Street corner Session Road in Baguio City, Saturday morning

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Philippines ranks 15th in global survey on financial inclusion

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MANILA, Philippines – Washington-based think tank Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) has ranked the Philippines 15th out of 21 countries in terms of access and usage of affordable financial services.

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4 miners die of gas poisoning

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CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – Four pocket miners died in two separate incidents of gas poisoning inside mine tunnels in Itogon town Sunday afternoon, according to police.

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Bulk of CHED’s proposed 2016 budget for K to 12 transition

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P8.28 billion in the Commission on Education’s proposed budget will be used to assist college workers affected by K to 12 adjustments, among other purposes

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Higher pay for foreign maids in Taiwan? Taipei amenable to $521 monthly pay, says Baldoz

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MANILA – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz on Monday she received a report saying Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor is inclined to agree to a salary increase for household service workers proposed by the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam which could very well reach NT$17,000 a month, equivalent to P24,270, or $521.

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Why is our internet so slow?

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 24, 2015

In 2011, a United Nations report declared internet access to be a basic human right, arguing that disconnecting individuals from the internet was a violation of human rights and international law. So: if internet access is a basic human right, shouldn’t Filipinos be more outraged with the quality—or lack—of service we get from our internet…

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Are remote workers better workers?

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 23, 2015

The ability to work from home is no longer just a fringe benefit for only a handful of employees, new research finds.

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Companies with the most remote workers

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Work from home? Check out these jobs As technology allows more and more people to telecommute, interest and demand in working remotely is also rising. The team at job listings site FlexJobs looked at data from 30,000 companies between June 13 and July 13 to compile the top 25 companies offering the most telecommuting jobs.…

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