Philippines should improve human capital to be competitive, says DFA official

May 22, 2015 5:34 pm

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan: The Philippines must develop its human capital by orienting it toward science and technology to enable the country to compete in the global market, a foreign affairs official has said. “Everything boils to human capital development. As … Read more »

3 moderate quakes jolt Pangasinan, Batanes and Sorsogon

May 22, 2015 5:33 pm

Three mild earthquakes shook the provinces of Pangasinan, Batanes and Sorsogon on Friday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs). In its bulletin, the first quake with a 3.5 magnitude occured at 1:28 a.m. with epicenter … Read more »

Philippines to import another 500,000 metric tons of rice

May 22, 2015 5:33 pm

The National Food Authority (NFA) Council has approved the importation of another 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year as palay production is projected to fall short of target, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary … Read more »

TENNIS: Gachassin to stand down in 2017

May 22, 2015 5:33 pm

PARIS: French Tennis Federation chairman Jean Gachassin said Friday that he would not be seeking a third term when his current mandate runs out in February, 2017. “This will be my last term,” the former French rugby international who first … Read more »

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

May 22, 2015 5:32 pm

DUBLIN: Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation. Allowing gay couples to wed would be a … Read more »

Chinese political enemy given funeral 50 years later

May 22, 2015 5:31 pm

BEIJING: A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist Party’s early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past. Chu Anping, … Read more »

Australia urged to fix transport systems or face gridlock

May 22, 2015 5:31 pm

SYDNEY: Australia must pour more money into transport systems or risk gridlock in its biggest cities costing more than Aus$53 billion (US$42 billion) a year, an infrastructure audit published Friday found. Road congestion across Australia’s six largest cities, particularly in … Read more »

Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat: official

May 22, 2015 5:31 pm

SITTWE, Myanmar: Myanmar’s navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat, bringing 208 people to shore, an official told AFP Friday, as it faced mounting international pressure to tackle a regional migration crisis. “A navy ship found … Read more »

China’s Jerusalem’ targets party members of faith

May 22, 2015 5:30 pm

SHANGHAI: The city known as China’s center of Christianity, Wenzhou, has launched a crackdown on Communist Party members with religious beliefs, the local government said, following tighter regulation of church buildings. Wenzhou’s party committee said it would expel members who … Read more »

Sold! to the man with $12,400: a pair of Japanese melons

May 22, 2015 5:30 pm

TOKYO: A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen ($12,400) at an auction in Japan on Friday. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the … Read more »