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32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:46
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.

Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:32
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:02
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:32
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

Chinese journalist, lawyer win Magsaysay award

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:16

An influential Chinese journalist and a crusading environmental lawyer from China are among this year's winners of Asia's Magsaysay awards, the organisers announced Thursday. The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after a Filipino president who was killed in a plane crash, was established in 1957 to honour people or groups who change communities for the better and is often described as Asia's Nobel Prize. Among this year's six awardees is Hu Shuli, 61, founder and editor of Caijing, a business magazine famed for its groundbreaking investigative reporting that has had a profound impact on China. Its reports on illegal trading, "government cover-up of the true extent of the 2003 SARS epidemic", and corporate fraud led to the ousting of high public officials, prosecution of business leaders, and stock market reforms, the foundation said.


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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:02
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:32
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:32

From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading their wings, leading to a boom in the Asia-Pacific region's tourism sector. "Through the next 10 years, we see more than 350 new airports in the Asia-Pacific and the investment cost will be well over $100 billion," said Chris De Lavigne, a global vice president at business consultancy Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific. "China is building over 100 airports, India is building over 60 airports and Indonesia will also have to follow suit with investments in its infrastructure," said De Lavigne, who closely tracks Asia's aviation industry.


Thai Airways bans shark fin from cargo flights

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:13

Thai Airways has banned shark fin from its cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the popular delicacy in Asia. The carrier joins a host of other airlines in taking a stand against shark fin, highly prized by many in the region, especially in Hong Kong and China where it is commonly served as a soup at wedding banquets and corporate parties. "As part of the world community sharing in the great concern for the protection of endangered species and the environment, Thai Airways International has implemented its own official policy to place an embargo on the shipping of shark fin products," the airline said in a statement Tuesday. Thai Airways officially stopped flying shark fin from 15 July but has avoided shipping fins for over a year, according to the statement.


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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:03
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:07
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:32
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.

The parable of the dragnet

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:17
MATTHEW 13:47-53 Jesus said to His disciples, “The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. While the parable of the weeds and the wheat (cf Mt 13:24-30) teaches that the good and the bad live together, there will be a time for God’s judgment.

Azkals game at INC stadium eyed

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:17
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is exploring the possibility of holding football matches in the immediate future at the Philippine Sports Stadium, an outdoor facility located beside the gigantic Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes said yesterday the federation plans to talk with Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) officials in hopes of staging games at the 20,000-seat stadium which is part of Ciudad de Victoria. Gastanes, however, ruled out the possibility of having the Philippine Azkals play a home match in Bocaue should they make the home-and-away semifinals of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup later this year. The Philippine Sports Stadium was part of the Ciudad de Victoria project that included the indoor Philippine Arena, a 55,000-seat venue that was launched during the INC’s Centennial celebration.

Information: Philippines the franchising hub of Asia

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:17
A booming economy makes the Philippines an attractive destination for foreign franchises that seek to expand in Asia. More foreign trade missions have visited the country to pitch their business concepts to Philippine franchisees. The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), which recently hosted the Franchise Asia Philippines Conference-Expo 2014, noted the country has become the franchising hub of Southeast Asia, citing the influx of foreign brands and the number of businesses that have set up shop. Foreign brands that participated in the expo rose by 400%, indicating huge interest in Philippine market.

PNPR

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:16
The late President Jose P. Laurel never believed in the State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA). This explains why, during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, he rendered such duty only once, and never again. On hindsight, there was wisdom to the Executive Office refraining from describing such a turbulent and crimson period in our nation.  For the exacting standard of a true SONA mandates a faithful rendering of, precisely, the “state of the nation.” Such an honest national reportage requires an honest prism uncolored by purely a presidential perspective announcing injudicious appreciation of purely good news, positive developments, feel-good statistics, show-boating, breast- beating, a welling in the eyelids,  and a patting of one’s own back, for a job well done. This will remind all people that 6 years and government alone cannot bring heaven onto the door step of every Juan de la Cruz.

Softball team confident despite US visa hassle

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:16
Team Manila-Philippines is optimistic about its coming campaign in the 2014 World Series Girls Big League Softball Championship in Sussex, Delaware starting on Sunday. Manila Little League Philippines president Rafael `Che’ Borromeo said in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate that the country has always been a contender for the title in the past decade, eventually culminating in a championship in the 2012 edition of the tournament held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...

Developers focus on growth at 23rd national convention

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:16
Global Filipinos continue to fuel a boom in the real estate market back home. This is the centerpiece of the upcoming 23rd Annual National Convention of the Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. or CREBA – the largest Philippine umbrella organization of the real estate and housing industry. Founded by the late Atty. Manuel M. Serrano in 1973, CREBA has regularly proposed legislative and administrative approaches to housing production, finance or regulation, or submit well-researched commentaries of government-initiated legislation or policies related to housing making it government’s strong ally in pursuing a truly rational and affordable national housing program. According to Noel Toti M. Carino, CREBA national president, the theme of this annual confab slated on Oct. 15-18 at the Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City is “Ensuring Decades of Growth.” “The annual CREBA National Convention serves as a venue for industry stakeholders to articulate their concerns, share stories of success and innovations, witness various models of development, and work in cooperation with government to collectively realize their goals,” said Carino.

Visayas Newsbits for July 31, 2014

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:16
P1.5 HOSPITAL REBUILDING OK’DCebu City (PNA) - The Department of Health (DOH) has issued the city government a permit to reconstruct and license to operate the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) which is seen to cost some P1.5 billion. CCMC Chief Gloria Duterte was in DOH-Manila last week to work on the license and permit for the new CCMC. Work on the facility, initially set in October, starts immediately start once bidding, lasting a month, is done. The new 10-storey hospital building will be built by phases on a lot occupied by the old hospital at the corner of N. ...

Mabini, ballet, and two museums

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:16
“La Revolución Filipina,”  a Ballet Philippines Foundation production, was most enthralling.  I am at a loss for words, there are no adjectives, in the languages I know,  superlative enough to describe the dancers. There were six curtain calls, standing ovation, cheering, and incessant clapping.  Choreographer Agnes Locsin, pioneer of neo-ethnic dance, is a genius at managing symbols. Libretist Dennis Marasigan knows the subtleties of Mabini’s saga. Last Friday (25 July), I was invited to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), at the Santa Mesa campus where the house of Apolinario Mabini has found its final “resting place.” Originally at the foot of Nagtahan Bridge, unceremoniously transferred to Malacanang Park, it  now  enhances the PUP complex.