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DUMAGUETE CITY: Anyo (Form) artist Jennifer Manas bagged two of the three gold medals won by Western Visayas Region in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa arnis competition at the Holy Cross High School Gym here. Arnis is the Philippines’ national martial art and sport by the virtue of Republic Act 9850. The…

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UNBEATEN Filipino boxer Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar will get his mandatory shot at the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title next month after the IBF ordered the division’s reigning champion Moruti “Baby Face” Mthalane of South Africa to defend his crown. Saludar being ranked No.3 by the IBF and No.…

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News that poverty incidence in the Philippines has not changed substantially as of the second semester of last year was a rude awakening for the Aquino administration, which has been using a slew of good news on gross domestic product (GDP) growth, new records set by the Philippine Stock Exchange…

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Since last week, various activities were held to highlight the need for action during the commemoration of Earth Day. In the annual State of the Philippine Environment forum of the Center for Environmental Concerns—Philippines (CEC), experts and environmental advocates discussed different issues, ranging from why we are the “center of…

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A large number of barriers have been the main reasons why the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has not been vigorous enough to propel the Philippine economy, according to the state think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). “Two years from now, the Philippines and other Asean [Association…

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The property and gaming arm of the SM Group grew its net profit for the first quarter of this year by 15 times compared to the same period in 2011. This is on the back of the receipt of revenues arising from its lease agreements with Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts…

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Throughout the years, we have seen how the agricultural sector, particularly the farmers, have rescued our economy from collapse. Raising their living standards is decided largely by the priority and investment. One of the many ways to achieve this is by enhancing farm productivity and sustainability. In a typical rural…

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DHAKA: At least 82 people have died and 700 are injured after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday, a doctor said. Only the ground floor of the Rana Plaza in the town of Savar outside Dhaka, which also housed a bank…

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US DIPLOMATS INTERVIEW BOSTON SUSPECTS’ PARENTS MOSCOW: A delegation from the US embassy in Moscow has traveled to the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan to interview the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects, an embassy official said on Wednesday. The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are currently living…

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BEIJING: China is planning a second and larger aircraft carrier, a top naval officer said according to state media on Wednesday, after its first carrier was commissioned last year as part of a military buildup. The confirmation of a second vessel comes amid escalating maritime territorial disputes between China and its…