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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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WORLD BANK’S ‘DOING BUSINESS’ RANKINGS

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The Philippines slid six notches in the latest annual rankings by the World Bank in terms of the ease of doing business among 189 countries around the globe, prompting the government to question the revised methodology used in producing the results. The Philippines ranked 103rd in World Bank’s Ease of…

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The transition to a new government next year will pose little risk to the Philippines’ growth momentum, Australia’s ANZ said. “[W]e argue that the economic fundamentals which led to the country’s increased GDP [gross domestic product] growth and relative stability, especially over the last five years, have been firmly entrenched…

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Metro Manila can look forward to a new subway system and airport as the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Philippine government have agreed to cooperate on infrastructure development for the metropolis. On Tuesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan announced the formulation of the Cooperation Roadmap for Quality Infrastructure…

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The Philippines’ capacity to utilize foreign aid improved in 2014 as actual expenditures for projects and programs funded by official development assistance (ODA) doubled, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Wednesday. Based on the ODA Portfolio Review for 2014, the disbursement level of loans for ODA-funded projects…

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DAMAGE to agriculture in areas affected by Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu) has climbed to over P6 billion. According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the rice subsector was worst hit, with about 383,668 metric tons of rice production lost, equivalent to P5.7 billion in losses. Thousands of farmers found…

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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) have signed a joint agreement to formulate policy agenda that would promote investments and enhance the business climate and competitiveness of Mindanao. The agreement was reached during the just concluded 41st Philippine Business Conference (PBC) held…

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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin told rebels in Ukraine to halt plans for independence votes and said his troops have pulled back from the border, but his apparent change of heart received short shrift from Kiev and Washington. Putin on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) also hailed a planned May 25…

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SEOUL: The head of the maritime company that owns the South Korean ferry that sank with the loss of around 300 lives last month was detained on Thursday ahead of formal manslaughter charges. Prosecutors said Kim Han-Sik, chief executive of Chonghaejin Marine Co., was taken into custody at his home…

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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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In government’s pursuit for truth and justice for all, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed cases against whoever and whatever it took them to do so. Among these cases, the DOJ filed on June 25, 2014 a perjury case against the alleged “big time” rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan before…

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PARIS: UN estimates for HIV deaths and disease can be slashed by a quarter, researchers said Tuesday. “The HIV epidemic is smaller than estimated by UNAIDS”, wrote a team that reviewed data contained in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. “The overall amount of ill-health and premature death resulting…

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HONG KONG: Fourteen people were killed and 11 others are still missing after mudslides swept through two villages in southwest China on Monday following days of heavy rain, state news agency Xinhua reported. Rescuers were working to retrieve people still buried after mudslides struck the villages in Yunnan province, the…

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NEW YORK: The iconic piano from Hollywood romance “Casablanca” goes on sale at auction in New York in November, the highlight of more than two dozen collectors’ items from the fabled war-time classic. “Play it, Sam,” says a stunning Ingrid Berman, cajoling Dooley Wilson into singing “As Time Goes By”…

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SEOUL: South Korean police said Tuesday they had found the body of the fugitive business tycoon who headed the family operating the Sewol ferry which sank in April with the loss of around 300 lives. Yoo Byung-Eun had been the target of an unprecedented, months-long manhunt involving tens of thousands…