Monthly Archives: September 2017

Neuroscientists have figured out why you can’t concentrate at work

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by Eve Edelstein, Quartz, Sep 15, 2017 Even though most people think about themselves as primarily visual beings, neuroscience reveals a complex “connectome” of brain cells that connects all of our senses. Try writing a report in a noisy, uncomfortable place with the smells of the office microwave wafting over to your desk, and the…

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Job Fair Shindig 2017, Nov 22 & 23, 2017, Megatrade Hall, Megamall

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These 5 disruptive technologies are driving the circular economy

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by Peter Lacy, 14 Sep 2017 Increased transparency, new customer expectations and emerging technologies are disrupting traditional sources of competitiveness. From mobile to machine learning, big data to blockchain, seemingly there’s no end to what technology can enable or improve.

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Major reforms required for 9% GDP growth–JFC

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By Cai Ordinario, Businessmirror, Sep 14, 2017 BUSINESSMEN belonging to the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) on Thursday identified reforms that must be undertaken by the Duterte administration to grow GDP by 9 percent and achieve the goals of its 10-point socioeconomic agenda.

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JFC supports retention of incentives for BPM industry

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by Roy Stephen C. Canivel, Inquirer, Sep 14, 2017 The Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce (JFC) of the Philippines has backed the call to retain the incentives currently being enjoyed by the Business Process Management (BPM) industry, noting the latter’s decline in terms of global standing should already be a “wake up call.”

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ECCP: Philippines ‘not sending the right signals’ to foreign investors

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by Roy Stephen C. Canivel, Inquirer, Sep 14, 2017 The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) said on Thursday that concerns in the political stability of the country, including the substantial downsizing of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), is “not sending the right signals” to foreign investors.

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PH internet quality improving but still below global average

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by Miguel R. Camus, Inquirer, Sep 14, 2017 Philippine telecom operators have improved mobile internet quality, especially in 4G (LTE) services but results in a new crowdsourced survey showed the country was still “well behind” global averages.

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UK study ranks Manila as among Top 10 world’s most stressful cities

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by Jhoanna Ballaran, Inquirer, Sep 14, 2017 Manila is one of the most stressful cities in the world, more stressful than the war-torn city of Damascus in Syria, a study and research by a U.K. private firm revealed.

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Jobless rate rises on agri, services cuts

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By Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star), Sep 14, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Unemployment rose slightly in July as more jobs were shed in the agriculture and services sectors, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.

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Maguindanao gives trafficking victims livelihood packages

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By John Unson (philstar.com), Sep 14, 2017 MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Two families whose breadwinners are scheduled for execution in Saudi Arabia each received a pair of cattle from the government for breeding and fattening projects.

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PHL, UAE ink MOU on recruiting domestic workers

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by Margaret Claire Layug/KBK, GMA News, Sep 14, 2017 The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates have signed a memorandum aimed at bolstering mutual cooperation in hiring Filipino domestic workers.

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Blended learning and e-learning are improving access to education

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Article | 13 September 2017 The widespread use of the internet and the revolution in information and communication technology (ICT) have led to new methods of teaching and learning, such as blended learning and e-learning.

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Darker, dangerous nations: UN rights chief shocked by Rody

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By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star), Sep 13, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has landed among countries with “darker and more dangerous” human rights situations, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reported on Monday.

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The way we get electricity is about to change forever

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Superior batteries are on the way, and they could disrupt power markets within the next decade—Sooner Than You Think. By Tom Randall, Sep 13, 2017 The idea is that grid-sized versions might be used to store excess wind and solar power, smoothing out the peaks and valleys of the electricity supply. There’s just one problem:…

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Internet hindering fight against human trafficking — experts

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by Agence France-Presse, Sep 13, 2017 San José, Costa Rica — The anonymity afforded by the internet — especially in the dark web — is hindering efforts by organizations to fight human trafficking, especially the sexual exploitation of minors, experts from key groups said Tuesday.

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The rise of ‘legal trafficking’

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BY ATTY. DODO DULAY, Manila Times, Sep 12, 2017 EVERYONE knows that the words “legal” and “trafficking” shouldn’t go together. These are two contradictory terms when taken literally. An oxymoron, as my former English teacher would call it. But I coined the term “legal trafficking” to best describe the phenomenon—which of late appears to be…

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5 key considerations in managing remote project teams

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Working with geographically distributed teams is common, but managing these teams can create significant challenges that leaders need to address. Here are five key considerations. By Moira Alexander | Sep 12, 2017 The cloud is making it easier than ever before for businesses to adopt application delivery platforms that allow teams to work remotely. Working…

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First-half FDI down 14% to $3.598B despite 182.7% jump in June

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Ben O. de Vera, Inquirer, Sep 12, 2017 The net inflow of job-creating foreign direct investment (FDI) declined 14 percent year-on-year to $3.598 billion in the first half despite a 182.7-percent jump posted in June, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data released Monday showed.

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Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

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The future of work, robotization, and capitalism’s ability to generate useless jobs

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The value of your work should not be determined by your paycheck. By Rutger Bregman A great deal has been written in recent years about the perils of automation. With predicted mass unemployment, declining wages, and increasing inequality, clearly we should all be afraid.

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RCEP member countries to fast track negotiation

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Sep 11, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Due to various contentious issues on market access that have placed negotiations at a stalemate, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)-member countries are embarking on a parallel process to fast track negotiations toward a substantial conclusion of the trade deal by year-end.

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The future is coming. Here’s what it might look like

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5 minors rescued from sex traffickers in Tisa entrapment

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by Sunstar, Sep 10, 2017 THE Women and Children’s Protection Center (WCPC) yesterday arrested two suspected human traffickers in an entrapment in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City. It also rescued two girls, age 14 and 15, who were allegedly made to do sexual acts that the suspects shot on a smartphone and livestreamed to clients for…

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Job Fair, November 7 & 8, 2017, Trinoma, Quezon City

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Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers

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BY BRENDA V. PIMENTEL, Manila Times, Sep 9, 2017 House Bill (HB) No. 5685 entitled “Instituting the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers” impresses me as an initiative of translating into national law the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006), which the Philippines ratified about five years back. The convention embodies up-to-date standards of existing international…

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Saving the international economic order means things need to change. Here’s why

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by Paola Subacchi, Sep 8, 2017 London – This autumn, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will once again hold their annual conference in Washington, DC. At a time when the liberal world order that these institutions underpin is under threat, they cannot afford to stick with business as usual. Instead, they must…

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Korean workers accuse Hanjin of illegal dismissal

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BY PATRICK ROXAS, Manila Times, Sep 7, 2017 Two Koreans have sought the help of the Alyansa ng Manggagawa ng Organisadong Pilipino (Amapo)-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) in filing a case of illegal dismissal and other complaints against Hanjin Heavy Industries Philippines based in Subic, Zambales.

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Sept 6, 2017 – AMAPO-TUCP is in the midst of a bitter union organizing campaign in the contractors of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. Philippines in Subic Bay.

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Sept 6, 2017 – AMAPO-TUCP is in the midst of a bitter union organizing campaign in the contractors of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. Philippines in Subic Bay. The Union reports illegal dismissals, harassment, discrimination, sexual incidents, physical abuse, diminution of benefits, and hundreds of other unfair labor practices, including transfers of work sites,…

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Artificial intelligence threatens jobs in BPO industry: Trade Department

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By Lara Parpan, CNN Philippines, Sep 6, 2017 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — The Trade Department is sounding the alarm on the threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI) on hundreds of thousands of jobs in the country’s $25-billion business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

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