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If you think snoring is a sign of a good, deep slumber, think again. Dr. Virginia de los Reyes, head of the newly opened sleep laboratory facility of the Lung Center of Philippines (LCP), said people who snore may actually be “suffering from a serious sleep disorder” like Obstructive Sleep…

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THE high cost of electricity and the poor condition of farmers and fishermen are concrete indication that the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) and Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) failed to serve its purpose and should be reviewed, according to senator-elect Cynthia Villar. “I cannot understand why you…

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THE Philippines and Taiwan are locked in a new diplomatic row, this time over the deployment of Philippine naval ships to Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the Spratly Group of Islands. In a statement, Taiwan government said its foreign ministry “expresses its serious concern and firm opposition over the Philippines’…


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The Philippines must first address several issues such as its reputation for corruption before it can attract more foreign direct investments, according to British Ambassador to Manila Stephen Lillie. Lillie identified four challenges that the Philippine government must begin addressing in order to draw investors—unstable power supply, high corruption rate,…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) stood firm on its decision finding the military accountable for the disappearance of Jonas Burgos after he was abducted in 2007. In a resolution penned by Associate Justice Rosalinda Asuncion-Vicente and concurred in by Associate Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Franchito Diamante, the appellate court denied…

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ON Tuesday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released imports data for the month of August, which showed growth on a year-on-year basis slowed to 4.1 percent from a 23 percent expansion in July. Growth is still growth even if it’s at a lower rate, so the government offered no explanation…

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Oil price slump seen behind value growth slowdown Philippine merchandise imports growth slowed sharply in August to 4.1 percent year-on-year from a revised 23 percent increase in July, the latest government data showed on Tuesday. Measured in value terms, total imports in August stood at $6.082 billion, against $5.845 billion…

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is finalizing revisions to its balance of payments (BOP) projections, particularly with respect to trade performance and foreign portfolio components. “Because of . . . actual performance, most likely, the change would be in trade and maybe portfolio investments,” central bank Governor Amando Tetangco…

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Headline inflation could fall to as low as 0.1 percent this month, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Tuesday, with cheap fuel offsetting the impact of Typhoon Lando. With consumer prices having eased to a fresh low of 0.4 percent in September and the Finance department projecting a…

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The ratio of general government debt against to gross domestic product (GDP) improved in the first half of 2015 despite a slight increase in the absolute level of debt, the Finance department said on Tuesday. Debt as a percentage of GDP dropped to 36.2 percent in the first six months…

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PARIS: Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) will badly hit the nutritional value of key cereals, including rice and wheat, scientists warned on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Crop breeders should focus on the worrying vulnerability of these staples to surging carbon emissions, they added. Reporting in the journal Nature, researchers…

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KANO, Nigeria: World powers, including the United States and China, have joined in the search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists who have also killed hundreds in the country’s northeast this week. Amid global outrage over the kidnapping of the teenagers, the United States, Britain…

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic among the public. And as two more deaths were announced from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, which some researchers think may…

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CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland: After more than 14 years of discussions and stumbling blocks, work to turn screen legend Charlie Chaplin’s Swiss home into a museum has finally begun, with the opening planned in early 2016. To show that the project was finally on track, the promoters on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila)…

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CARACAS: Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is to appear on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at a hearing that could see him freed after 70 days detention for allegedly inciting deadly violence during anti-government protests. At least 41 people have died and more than 700 have been injured since students…

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RIYADHL: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) it has dismantled an emerging al-Qaeda-linked group tied to extremist organizations in Yemen and Syria, arresting scores of alleged militants in a renewed crackdown on jihadists. Authorities have arrested 62 suspected members, including a Palestinian, a Yemeni, and a Pakistani, the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The suspected Abu Sayyaf brigands have released over the weekend two of the four government workers they have abducted in the province of Sulu, a police official disclosed. Sulu police director Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita said the victims, Agustino Sicangco and his wife, Nurhati, were freed Saturday afternoon…

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CAGAYAN DE ORO: The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over two farm-to-market roads (FMR) amounting to PHP 32.1 million in Kalambuan agrarian reform community (ARC) in Kolambugan, and Php 2.2 million to RAKIM ARC in Barangay Ramain, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte. Regional Director Felix Aguhob said…