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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) plans to bid out the operation and maintenance of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by the second quarter of 2015. “We are also awaiting for the feasibility study but we expect llittle resistance from the employees of NAIA.. Some employees will be…

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The local affiliate of Canadian miner TVI Pacific Inc. reported that it is in the final stage of getting a license and has started onsite construction work at its Balabag gold-silver project in Zamboanga del Sur. TVI Resources Development Phils., Inc. (TVIRD) said it is working on the final requirements…

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Forum Energy plc, a British oil and gas exploration firm majority owned by businessmen Manny Pangilinan, remains hopeful that the development of Service Contract 72 (Recto Bank) will finally proceed this year with only the government’s go-signal being awaited. Philex Petroleum Corp. President Carlo Pablo said Forum Energy is waiting…

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PTT Philippines, the local subsidiary of Thai oil firm PTT Public Co. Ltd., will open a P75-million gasoline service station in Lucena City. PTT Philippines president and chief executive officer Sukanya Seriyothin said the company’s P2.1 billion expansion program will be in full swing with at least 150 stations to…

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Second of two parts In case you missed Part One of this year’s fearless forecasts in Saturday’s edition of The Manila Times, here’s a quick recap: Oil prices will continue to decline until at least June, when the next regularly-scheduled meeting of OPEC will be held. It is unlikely that…

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Stupidity in organizations is a choice. Organizations have their sets of routine and practices. These usually evolved from extrapolation of past successes. Whether these are still compatible are often not called into question. It assumes that a formula that worked in the past is still valid in the present. Britannica’s…

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KAMPONG SPEU: A ceiling collapse at a shoe factory in Cambodia on Thursday killed two workers, police said, fuelling concern about workplace safety after last month’s industrial disaster in Bangladesh. Local rescue teams, helped by soldiers, scrambled to search through the rubble of the fallen structure, which appeared to have…

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CHITTAGONG: A cyclone ripped into the Bangladeshi coast Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people hunkered down in evacuation shelters, including in a region of Myanmar torn by communal unrest. Two people died as Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh’s southern Patuakhali coast, officials said, while heavy rains and strong winds also…

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MALAYSIAN COUPLE JAILED FOR STARVING MAID TO DEATH KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced a couple to 24 years in jail for starving their Cambodian maid to death. Hardware store owners Soh Chew Tong, 44, and his wife Chin Chui Ling, 42, were found guilty of culpable homicide…

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VIENNA: Two sets of talks on Wednesday aimed at easing tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme are not expected to produce any major breakthrough ahead of next month’s elections in the Islamic republic. In Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will press Iranian officials to grant access to sites, documents…

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WASHINGTON, D. C.: The US administration pushed back on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) after being accused of undermining press freedom by seizing reporters’ phone records, claiming officials took the drastic steps to protect American lives. Amid a barrage of criticism, Attorney General Eric Holder said telephone logs were secretly taken…

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MOSCOW: US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Wednesday met officials at the foreign ministry after being summoned to explain the presence of an alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent working undercover at the embassy who was detained this week. Russia on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of the alleged US…

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U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on Monday announced that the panel will initiate “a major review” into all U.S. intelligence programs amid uproar following media disclosures about U.S. spying on world leaders. Feinstein, one of the defenders of the U.S. intelligence surveillance programs that have been under scrutiny…

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The tropical depression spotted over the Pacific Ocean entered the country Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In a interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Chris Perez said the tropical depression, locally named “Vinta,” is the fifth cyclone to enter the country this month and the 22nd…

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TARLAC CITY: It was a lucky day for 78-year-old Domingo Simon, who voted in the same precinct where President Benigno Aquino 3rd did Monday. The President and Simon cast their vote at Precinct 175-A at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School. Wearing a blue shirt and jeans, the President…

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The Department of Education (DepEd) assured on Monday that teachers who served in the barangay election can get their poll duty pay as soon as possible. Alberto Muyot, DepEd undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs, said the education department and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have agreed to immediately release…

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The Philippines notched its second straight win after rallying past Uzbekistan, 62-55, on Monday in the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. Team captain and senior starter Joan Grajales scored 13 points to lead the Philippines, including three three-pointers, while former Adamson standouts Merencia Arayi and Analyn Almazan finished…