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Genesis Professionals boss John Valmoria jailed by a British judge

John Valmoria is jailed in a British court for thieving £4,500 from Alzheimer's sufferer

Controversial Filipino businessman heads to prison

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John Valmoria seen here promoting a company known as QS Life 

The former boss of Genesis Hospitality in the Philippines and Genesis Professionals in the UK has been put in prison by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court in England. He had changed his plea to guilty at an earlier hearing at the same court last month.

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Chevening Scholarships: More places for Filipino applicants

UK's Chevening Scholarships to significantly increase in the Philippines

Britain sees the Philippines as an important trading partner in the future

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Chevening House, the official country residence of the British Foreign Secretary after whom the program is named. Photo credit: Matthew Black 

The UK Government is significantly increasing the number of places in its flagship global scholarship programme for the academic year 2015-16.

Chevening Scholarships are aimed at future leaders, influencers and decision-makers who are working towards shaping their country's development. An extra 2.4 billion pesos will be invested over a period of two years (2015/16 and 2016/17), to ensure an additional 1000 scholarships will be available globally. This year (2014/15), a total of nine scholars from the Philippines will be pursuing graduate studies though the Chevening Programme. This is expected to at least double in 2015/16. 

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Two Filipinos voted most influential among Canadian newcomers

2 Pinoys gain national recognition in Canadian awards

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Anna Wolak & Alberto Rodil get national recognition as newcomers to Canada 

Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Thursday congratulated the winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, which recognize newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities since arriving in Canada.

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PLDT, Smart & SM Malls relaunch Smart Pinoy Store

Express Presence, Express Presents: PLDT Global relaunches SMART Pinoy Store for OFWs

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Some of the goodies Smart are using to tempt OFW's in their relaunch of the Pinoy Store

Many Filipinos venture into working with prospects of higher paying jobs. What they do not realize are the social costs of being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), since being away puts a strain on family relationships due to prolonged absence and lack of communication.

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Tagum City death squad exposed publicly in Congress

House resolution names former Mayor Uy as responsible for extrajudicial murders

Philippines: Resolution Directing House Committee on Human Rights to Investigate Extrajudicial Killings is adopted

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Rey "Chiong" Uy former mayor of Tagum and still a major political force in the city is named in a resolution of the House of Representatives as heading a death squad - with video confessions and copy of the House resolution below 

By Phelim Kine

The Philippines Congress took an important step on Wednesday against unlawful killings by local officials by calling for an urgent official probe into "death squad" killings exposed in a recent Human Rights Watch report. 

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D'Souza issued forged Home Office letters to Filipino victims

Juliette D'Souza presented her Filipino immigration victims with fake letters from the Borders Agency to keep them quiet

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Juliette D'Souza may have started her 10 jail sentence for the faith healing scam but now Pinoy victims of her immigration fraud want justice as well  

Juliette D'Souza carried out a heartless deception on many Filipinos by pretending that she was either the Number 2 in the Home Office, knew the No 2 in the Home Office or was an immigration lawer.

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Filipinos to attend sexual conflict summit in London with Angelina Jolie

Filipino delegation joins global leaders in summit to end sexual violence in conflict

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Angelina Jolie will be hosting the London summit in her role as Special UN Envoy. Photo credit: Cancillería Ecuador / Ecuador Foreign Ministry 

A senior delegation of Filipino women head off to London next week to showcase the Philippines' successful experience in driving women's participation in peace building and to push for global change by taking part in a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The Summit, to be held on 10 to 13 June, will be the largest ever gathering on this issue. It will be chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie with an ambitious goal to end the culture of impunity regarding the use of sexual violence, both as a tool and a side effect of war worldwide.

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After the typhoon, fishermen & coconut farmers in a crisis

Philippines still rebuilding six months after typhoon's visit

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A fisherman and his nets in Leyte Province. Close to 150,000 fishermen were badly affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large parts of the central Philippines...on 8 November 2013, and left over 6,000 dead © David Swanson/IRIN

MANILA  - IRIN

More than six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated large parts of the central Philippines, progress is being made in rebuilding livelihoods. However, huge challenges remain in making them sustainable. 

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Tagum City "Death Squad" under the spotlight

Rey "Chiong" Uy the mayor and Domnick Minta the hitman who alleges Uy as his boss ordered hundreds of murders - videos and links to reports at end of article

Manila

The Philippine government should investigate an alleged "death squad" implicated in several hundred killings in Tagum City on the southern island of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Official police records obtained by Human Rights Watch show 298 killings between January 2007 and March 2013 that provincial police attributed to the "Tagum Death Squad," with no prosecutions.

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Greenpeace Philippines' sense of humor

A sense of humor certainly helps

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Tacloban's efforts to recover from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) take shape with recharging facilities for e-jeepneys (more photos below)

Greenpeace are clearly showing that at least occasionally they have a sense of humor.

Normally the eco-warriors are very earnest, deeply committed to various causes on climate change and saving the planet from pollution; all extremely laudable.

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5/6 money lender Arlyn Pirzada sentenced by Isleworth court

Fulham loan shark sentenced and ordered to pay back almost £25,000

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Arlyn Pirzada has been sentenced to 9 months and had £25K confiscated for being an illegal moneylender

A 49 year old woman who operated as a loan shark in Fulham, has been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years following a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court.

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UK Care Worker News: New care certificate for care workers by 2015

British Government bringing in new qualifications for care workers in the wake of scandals involving nurses & carers bad treatment of patients

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Cynthia Barker 

Cynthia Barker writes...The British government are introducing a new care qualification, the Care Certificate, to improve standards and training in the industry.

The Care Certificate training will start in March 2015 in England for care...

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Philippine cyber-sex blackmail gang busted

**Updated with photos of the raids and arrested suspects**

Philippine police, backed by Interpol, have arrested 58 members of a blackmailing cyber-sex extortion group

Users worldwide were entrapped into exposing themselves by their webcams and then blackmailed

Investigation triggered by death of Scottish youth who was blackmailed 

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Daniel Perry committed suicide by jumping from the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland after being blackmailed by Filipino sextortionists

PNP chief Alan Purisima told a Manila press conference that syndicate members posed as attractive women and utilized social media to trick online users overseas into exposing themselves or having cybersex 

Arrests made in Bicol, Laguna, Bulacan and Taguig City 

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British care home staff filmed abusing patients

Old Deanery care home in Braintee, Essex is at the center of a major scandal

BBC Panorama reporter secretly filmed abuse and slapping of vulnerable residents by staff

Government regulator highly critical of care home operator 

A link to watch the broadcast is in the main article below

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Old Deanery Care Village in Essex in which the BBC placed an undercover reporter exposing abuse of residents 

Filmed by an undercover reporter who spent 36 shifts working at the home as a care assistant, it showed some of the staff being abusive to residents, rough handling in washing and palliative care of the residents and in one case, a care worker slapping an elderly and paralyzed resident (it was reported this care worker has now been dismissed and others suspended by the care home).

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Southend's new low cost flights to Maastricht

  • Flybe (operated by Stobart Air) to provide cost effective services between Maastricht Aachen and London Southend Airports 
  • Flights from €34.99 now available on flybe.com
  • London Southend Airport just 53 minutes from centre of London
  • Airline aims to fly 80,000 passengers in the next three years

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Flybe offering new lo-cost flights to Maastricht from Southend 

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Obama should press Aquino on killings

US Needs to Link Military Assistance to Rights Record, Accountability

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President Obama in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

(Washington, DC)

US President Barack Obama should use his visit to Manila on April 28-29, 2014, to press the Philippines government to fulfill pledges to improve respect for human rights and accountability for serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Filipino Women's Association-UK National Day Dinner

Invitation from the Filipino Women's Association (FWA)-UK

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Greetings!  The Filipino Women's Association - UK has great pleasure in inviting you and members of your organisations to the Philippine National Day 2014 Dinner Dance on Saturday, 14 June at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.
 

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New Zealand's scandal of exploiting foreign fishermen to end

Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships' progress

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Exploitation of Filipino fishermen on "foreign" vessels in New Zealand waters should end with new laws 

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New...

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Juliette D'Souza to stand trial in London court

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Juliette D'Souza 

A woman from Hampstead is to stand trial on theft & fraud charges on 28th April.

The woman, who is described as a spiritual healer is charged with fraudulently taking money from people to send to a Shaman (witch doctor) in the South American Amazon jungle ostensily for the purposes of healing.

Juliette D'Souza, 59, of Perrin's...

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Lea Salonga's dad fired and indicted over graft charges

The father of world famous Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga is facing jail over a corrupt contract at Subic Bay

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Lea Salonga may next see her father behind bars. Photo credit: Frank Tang 

Feliciano Salonga, along with 17 other former and serving executives, has been charged in relation to the corrupt handling of a contract at ports in Subic Bay where he was chairman.

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Pinay loan shark's sentencing adjourned

10 Apr 2014

Filipino loan shark Arlyn Pirzada will have to wait again to be sentenced

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Arlyn Pirzada, the Fulham based 5/6 loan shark, has to wait to learn her sentence after the court case was adjourned 

A 49 year old Philippine woman from Fulham who pleaded guilty to illegal money lending and money laundering, following a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court has had her sntencing hearing adourned till April 29th.

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Pork Barrel theft charges place Senators one step closer to prison

5 Apr 2014

Ombudsman puts Enrile, Estrada & Revilla in the firing line 

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How long before the Senate publicity photos of the lamakers are replaced with police mugshots? 

The government will let the rule of law take its course regarding the Office of the Ombudsman‘s decision to hold three senators liable for plundering the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the Palace said in response to the news that the Ombudsman has filed indictments against 3 lawmakers in the 10-B Peso Pork Barrel Scandal.

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Pinoy nurse charged with 3 murders

28 Mar 2014

UPDATE: Appears before Manchester Magistrates

Filipino nurse Victorino Chua re-arrested then charged over hospital killings

Makes first appearance in court - faces 3 counts of murder and 31 other poisoning charges 

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A screengrab of Victorino Chua at an earlier arrest 

Philippine born nurse Victorino Chua has been charged with 3 murders and 31 counts of poisoning or attempted poisoning into deaths and injuries at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 2011.

Just before midnight Friday 28 March 2014, Manchester Police made the announcement after having interviewed Chua all day following his dawn arrest.

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Bangsamoro peace deal finally signed

27 Mar 2014

Landmark deal seen as important as Northern Ireland's Good Friday Agreement

British Foreign Secretary and Ambassador praise the deal

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President Benigno S. Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles grace the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro the Kalayaan grounds of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (March 27). (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) 

President Benigno S. Aquino III led Thursday the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) aimed at ending decades-long conflict that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Muslim Mindanao.

The President and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak witnessed the signing of agreement at the Kalayaan grounds in Malacanang, Thursday.

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Emirates flights to Clark stop

27 Mar 2014

No more flights by Emirates into Clark

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A sight nobody will see after 3rd May as Emirates' Dubai-Clark flights end

In a shock announcement, the popular Middle East airline Emirates is ceasing flights between Dubai and Clark International Airport from the beginning of May.

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Call center staff required Sucat, Alabang, Pasay, Taguig and Makati

26 Mar 2014

DIRECT HIRING FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES!!!

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Excel Asia are recruiting call center agents in the Metro Manila area

Minimum Requirements

- At least 18 years old
- Completed at least 2 years in college
- Willing to work in Sucat, Alabang, Pasay, Taguig and Makati area
- Able to start ASAP

NICE TO HAVE A CALL CENTER EXPERIENCE BUT NOT ESSENTIAL

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New warnings on Balikbayan Boxes

23 Mar 2014

DTI says "Avoid patronizing bogus freight forwarders" & issues global warning list of banned/suspended cargo firms

 

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged consumers to stop dealing with bogus foreign sea freight forwarders and their corresponding Philippine agents/ sea freight forwarders.

These include Philbox Direct Ltd. in the United Kingdom and Springer International; Al Rodah Marine Cargo...Cargo in United Arab Emirates and D' Winner Logistics Phils., Inc.; Kabalen Fowarders in Saudi Arabia; and, Mr. Alexander D. Cunanan doing business as ADC Spedition Services.

 "We have received numerous complaints against them for not delivering cargoes to their rightful owners. We found out that two (2) of they are operating illegally as freight forwarders and have not been delivering the Balikbayan boxes to their consignees,"  DTI-Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba explained.

[More & complete list of banned/suspended firms]


 


Irish Aid Minister visits Tacloban with an additional 3 million Euros in assistance

20 Mar 2014

Irish Minister Costello announces an additional €3 million disaster funding to the Philippines as he sees Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan's destruction

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Joe Costello brings Irish aid up to €7 million as he sees for himself typhoon relief efforts

The Irish Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., announced an additional €3 million in assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during a visit today to Tacloban.

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War breaks out in British supermarket aisles

14 Mar 2014

It's a battle to the death, and supermarket shareholders are going to see profits & dividends down

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This photograph of a Rolls Royce leaving with shopping bought at a south London discount supermarket , along with the figures from their own tills, is telling the big 4 of the British supermarkets that the sunshine days of 6%+ profits on food retailing are over, and it's all down to the discounters Aldi and Lidl 

Morrison's, the smallest of the big four British supermarket chains has opened the hostilities in a price war that is going to leave casualties. The other three have not waited long to join the fray, unwilling participants in what will be a very costly and bloody battlefield. 

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London Cactus College marks National Apprenticeship Week with new job placements at Heathrow Airport

13 Mar 2014

London Cactus College joined UK employers in offering over 20,000 new apprenticeships, with paid work placements, as part of National Apprenticeship Week earlier this month

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Apprenticeships have come a long way since they were first started hundreds of years ago as shown in this print of a medieval baker with his apprentice. The Bodleian Library, Oxford.

The Edgware based college, together with some of Britain's largest companies, are pledging more job opportunities for apprentices. The Lloyds Banking Group committed to hire 5,000 apprentices, Greene King and Whitbread pledged 2,000 a piece and EE, Mitchells & Butlers and Starbucks each announced 1,000 new job vacancies.

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Filipina's art exhibition in London

10 Mar 2014

London's Philippine Embassy to showcase Philippine artist's works

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One of Maria Farrar's paintings

The Philippine Embassy in London are going to hold an exhibition of paintings by Pinay artist Maria Farrar.

The exhibition will be from Tuesday 1st April till 11th April.

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New British Honorary Consul appointed in Cebu

New British Honorary Consul in Cebu appointed
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Tamsin Booth is the British Honorary Consul in Cebu 

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad has appointed formally Tamsin Booth as Honorary British Consul at Cebu.

Tamsin was born in Cebu and has lived there all her life.  She studied at the University of the Philippines and speaks Cebuano, the local dialect, fluently.  

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Open letter to President Barack Obama

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Children help President Barack Obama to his feet after he sat on the floor to have a group photo with them during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Manila, Philippines, April 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

His Excellency President Barack Obama,

MHC, a non-profit non-government organization that promotes the welfare of Filipino migrants greets the President on the coming 4th of July Independence Day.  On November 11, 2013, our organization pioneered the call for TPS designation of the Philippines through formal letters sent to your office, the Secretary of the Department of State and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Philippine Embassy Outreach in Cardiff

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The Philippine Embassy in London: Details of Outreach in Cardiff 

The Embassy is pleased to announce the following details for the Consular Outreach Mission in Cardiff, Wales, as follows:

Date : 26 July 2014 (Saturday)

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Competition for budding cartoonists

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Philippine Komiks Convention (KOMIKON), in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, have organised a comic strip competition, in line with the 10th anniversary of anniversary of KOMIKON.

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John Valmoria pleads guilty in British court to stealing £4.5K from Alzheimer's patient

Manggagantso umamin

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John Valmoria photographed here in his guise promoting a company known as QS Life 

Fraud trial ends dramatically as Valmoria changes plea - was already suspended by the Health & Care Professionals Council

Flipino businessman and basketball promoter John Valmoria has pleaded guilty to stealing £4,500 from an elderly resident at the care home in Lincolnshire he was managing. 

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Art exhibition at Philippine Embassy in London

Curator's Tour of Exhibition ‘Tokens of a Time Gone By' and Premier of Noel Ed De Leon's Performance ‘Tracing the Traces'

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Artist Noel Ed De Leon and curator Eva Bentcheva welcome you to join them at the Philippine Embassy in London

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Arrest made as Ponzi scheme targetting Filipinos investigated in UK

Bristol police make arrest over alleged major Ponzi fraud involving the Rican Investment Group

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Richard Cannon is understood to have been arrested and is being held in prison prior to a crown court appearance

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Filipino connection to Juliette D'Souza revealed

Pinoy healthcare worker funnelled victims to Britain's "worst confidence fraudster"

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Darwin Sanidad, a Filipino phlebotomist who works at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, also referred people to Juliette D'Souza 

When His Honour Judge Ian Karsten QC sentenced Juliette D'Souza to the maximum of 10 years jail time at Blackfriars Crown Court for what he described as the worst case of confidence trickery he had ever dealt with or heard of, most people thought that was the end of the matter. They were wrong.

While the trial was waiting for commencement and then underway, Balita Pinoy was legally restricted to reporting only what happened in the courtroom and its result. This meant her many victims from the Philippine archipelago had no public voice. They do now.

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Heimdall writes 

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Haiyan damaged schools will not be repaired before 2015

Philippines government ‘must do better' to rebuild education

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Children inside a temporary learning space in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan © Ana Santos/IRIN 

MANILA, (IRIN)

As some students in areas hit by the Philippines's devastating Typhoon Haiyan troop back to school this month, the government's efforts in rebuilding the education service has been met with concerns that, seven-months on, access to learning remains a challenge for far too many children.

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Juliette D'Souza trial - Now her Filipino victims want justice

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Juliette D'Souza - a luxury life in Suriname on her victims money, cabs every day to & from court, with the final journey in a prison van to Holloway - Filipino victims now want their claims investigated

Juliette D'Souza has now started the 10 year sentence imposed by Judge Karsten

As the trial has now concluded, it can now be revealed that D'Souza cheated scores of Filipinos in the UK as well - now they want the authorities to investigate their complaints

The staff at Blackfriars Crown Court were a little bemused at first, they expected the press, D'Souza's victims and other members of the public to attend the trial but what were these Pinoys doing there they wondered.

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Philippines gets award for anti-smoking initiatives

Strengthening tobacco taxation in the Region  

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MANILA

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) have joined forces to help countries strengthen tobacco excise systems to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue for tobacco control and health promotion. 

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Aquino government urged to drop plans for coal energy expansion

A new Greenpeace report outlined how the Philippines stands to lose billions in economic revenue and incur even more unforeseen human and environmental costs if the Aquino government continues to promote dirty coal energy even in this age of accelerated climate change

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Greenpeace's True Cost of Coal Volume 1 is an overview of how coal has forever disadvantaged the Philippines

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) six months on

Six months on, Philippines typhoon survivors lack adequate shelter  

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As the Philippines braces for a new season of cyclones, many in the centre of the country are still feeling the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large parts of the area six months ago.

More than two million people remain without adequate or durable shelter, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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Get a chance to fly to London this June and attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Get a chance to fly to London, UK and attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Angelina Jolie will be hosting the London summit in her role as Special UN Envoy. Photo credit: Cancillería Ecuador / Ecuador Foreign Ministry

Hosted by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

The British Embassy Manila and Australia in the Philippines are looking for two young people who are passionate about this global issue to join a delegation composed of 10 women who have played key roles in conflict resolution and peace building who will attend the Global Summit in London.

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Consular Outreach in Dublin, Ireland, 17-18 May 2014

The Embassy of the Philippines is pleased to announce the details of the Consular Outreach Mission in Dublin, Ireland as follows:

Date/Time:

17 May (Saturday) 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

18 May (Sunday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Venue :

The Good Council GAA Club

Davitt Rd, Drimnagh Dublin 12

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British science firm invents a mosquito that kills its children

Brazil gives the green light to using engineered mosquitoes to combat dengue

Male mosquitoes mate with females whose offspring die 

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An Aedes aegypti mosquito which distributes dengue fever on the human skin 

Author Michael Conway PhD student

On the 10th April this year, in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the National Commissioning Body for Biosafety (CTNBio) - the collegiate body responsible for approval and regulation of transgenic organisms in Brazil - elected to formally approve the commercial release of a genetically engineered insect; a strain of Aedes aegypti mosquito called OX513A, produced by British biotech company Oxitec. 

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26 media murders since Aquino was elected

Dispatches: A Killer Question on Journalist Deaths in the Philippines

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Police probe the crime scene where radio commentator Rogelio ‘Tata' Butalid was shot outside of Radyo Natin Tagum in Sobrecary Street Wednesday 11 Dec 2013 at 9am. (davaotoday.com photo by Earl O. Condeza) 

By Carlos H. Conde

Ed Henry of Fox News asked the - literally - killer question of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during his April 28, 2014 joint news conference with visiting US President Barack Obama: "President Aquino, as a journalist, I'd like to ask you why 26 journalists have been killed since you took office?"

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President Obama at Malacanang on the last leg of his Asia tour

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday welcomed US President Barack Obama, who is in Manila on the last leg of his four-nation tour of Asia, in Malacanang Palace

Obama says Philippine-U.S. defense agreement beneficial to both countries 

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President Obama and President Aquino in Malacanang  

President Obama arrived on board Air Force One at 1:26 p.m. at the Ninoy...

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Ford's engineering & IT apprenticeships offered

Ford UK has announced a series of engineering and business apprenticeship programmes, including a newly-established Higher Apprenticeship in IT

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Places are now available for Ford of Britain apprenticeship programmes starting in September, which include Advanced Apprenticeships in engineering, and unique degree-level and professional level Higher Apprenticeship programmes in engineering, finance and IT.

The extension of Ford's business Higher Apprenticeships...

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Philippine Embassy warns anew against internet recruitment scams

The Philippine Embassy in London reiterates its previous warning to both Filipino jobseekers and Philippine recruitment agencies against fraudulent internet recruitment offers that promise fictitious jobs in the UK

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The Embassy warning is quite stark, the main thrust is NEVER send money for a job offer through Western Union 

The Embassy has been receiving reports from Filipino jobseekers who...

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Philippine Embassy in London closures

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The public is advised that, in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013 dated 25 September 2013, the Philippine Embassy in London will be closed on the following dates: 

Thursday, May 1 - Labor Day (PH Holiday)

Monday, May 5 - Early May Bank Holiday (UK Holiday)

Monday, May 26 - Spring Bank Holiday (UK Holiday) 

Regular office hours will resume on Friday, May 2, Tuesday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 27, respectively. 

In case of death or detention of a Filipino citizen in the United Kingdom, please contact the Embassy' emergency mobile phone at 078-0279-0695. 

 



  

Toyota invent app for rice farmers

Toyota is using its wealth of knowledge about production control systems and process improvements to help rice farmers with a new IT tool to manage their workload

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Large-scale tests begin this month of the cloud-based system as part of a Japanese government-backed project to create advanced agricultural management models. These are needed to support the growing numbers of small-scale farmers and landowners.

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Internal Home Office document reveals staff procedures for removing people from the UK

Staff document reveals instructions for deportations from Britain 

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An internally circulated Home Office document has come into the possession of Balita Pinoy detailing staff instructions for the removal of people from Britain.

Although without any heading that it is Secret, Confidential or Restricted and is on the British government's own website, it is clearly not meant for public consumption.

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British diplomat in Manila ignites the European Union debate

10 Apr 2014

Diplomat's winning entry will spark new interest on Britain's position in Europe and the coming referendum 

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Manila based British diplomat Iain Mansfield receiving the 100,000 Euros prize in cash flanked by two impassive security men 

A senior trade official in the British embassy in Manila has submitted a paper to a London based free market think tank which will give a boost to the anti-European Union (EU) campaigners such as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

The paper is the winning entry in a competition organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). 

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Report exposes abuse of UK's domestic "slaves"

30 Mar 2014

UK: Migrant Domestic Workers Face Serious Abuse

UK Government Should Abolish ‘Tied Visa' to Protect Workers, Prevent Forced Labor

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The controversial British visa which ties domestic workers in Britain to one employer, effectively making them slaves: videos are included in the report 

London

Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect vulnerable workers, and recent changes to UK immigration rules make it harder for workers to flee abuse, the report found.

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MILF disarmament a law and order challenge

28 Mar 2014

Prospects for peace in Mindanao

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Children peek out of the window of a classroom converted into an IDP evacuation center in the southern province of Maguindanao, Mindanao © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

MANILA, (IRIN) - Analysts warn that the peace accord signed on 27 March between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),...is unlikely to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao. 

A key drawback of the deal is the exclusion of important stakeholders. 

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Ombudsman to seize P130-M from former Chief Justice Corona

27 Mar 2014

Ombudsman denies Corona's Motion for Reconsideration 

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Renato Corona, th Philippines' former top law officer, is set lose millions as Ombudsman to seize illegal money 

In a 15-page Joint Order signed Wednesday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by former Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife, Cristina Corona, in connection with their case for ill-gotten wealth.

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British health scare as cats give people TB

27 Mar 2014

UK public health authorities drop a bombshell for cat owners

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Public Health England which acts partly as a health protection agency in the UK has stunned cat lovers with the revelation that 2 people have contracted the deadly tuberculosis infection from a dmestic cat.

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Gawad Kalinga to Hold Global Young Leadership Seminar at London Embassy, 10 and 17 May

26 Mar 2014

Gawad Kalinga will hold a Global Young Leadership Seminar at the Philippine Embassy in London on 10 and 17 May 2014.

Leadership Development for Cross-cultural Success

Understanding Southeast Asia
  • Ready to pursue an international career?
  • Have a strong interest in Southeast Asia?
  • A STUDENT enrolled in studies or a young PROFESSIONAL working in the UK?
  • Looking for a collaborative and hands on learning experience -beyond the traditional theoretical focus, to boost your global success?
  • Are you ready for interactive and engaging workshops to develop your leadership skills, fit for the 21st century that will see increased cross-cultural interaction?
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Procter & Gamble bitten on the bottom by tigers

26 Mar 2014

Enviromental activists leave multi-national company Procter & Gamble red faced in tiger stunt

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The tigers play: Greenpeace activists dressed as Sumatran tigers set up camp outside a Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Cabuyao, Laguna, South of Manila. The protesting tigers installed tree stumps and tents to show how  P&G has wiped out their habitats and rendered them homeless due to company's lack of a No-Deforestation policy when it comes to sourcing palm oil for their products. Greenpeace is demanding Procter & Gamble to guarantee that its products become forest-friendly. Photo credit: ©Jimmy Domingo/Greenpeace

Laguna,Philippines

Greenpeace activists dressed as Sumatran tigers set up camp outside a Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Cabuyao, Laguna today. The protesting tigers installed tree stumps and tents to show how P&G has wiped out their habitats and rendered them homeless due to company's lack of a No-Deforestation policy when it comes to sourcing palm oil for their products. 

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First prosecutions in Britain for Female Genital Mutilation to go ahead

21 Mar 2014

The British Director of Public Prosecutions has announced the first ever prosecutions under the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act

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Whittington hospital's Doctor Dhanuson Dharmasena will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 15th April 2014 facing charges of causing Female Genital Mutilation. Photo credit: Tagishsimon  

After many years of the law against female circumcision being on the statute...books in the United Kingdom, British law officials have finally bitten the bullet to bring about prosecutions to stop this barbaric (mainly) Muslim practice. 

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is defined as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

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Ireland's Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello in Manila to see Yolanda reconstruction

19 Mar 2014

Irish Trade Minister meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary

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Joe Costello TD and Albert F. del Rosario

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario today thanked Ireland for its commitment to continue support for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and invited Ireland to participate actively in the rehabilitation and recovery program in areas devastated by the typhoon.

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Care agency bosses charged with immigration & conspiracy counts

19 Mar 2014

Two Filipino staff already convicted and have gone back to PHL 

UK Care Agency Staff Charged With Immigration Offences Following Home Office Raid And Tragic Death Of A Pensioner 

Two staff members of a Sutton care agency have been charged with immigration and conspiracy offences after a raid last year by Police and Home Office UK border officers.

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Canadian's stepping up immigration recruitment

19 Mar 2014

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments working together to meet Canada's labour needs through active immigrant recruitment

Ottawa - Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers today reiterated their commitment to actively recruit economic immigrants that have the skills the Canadian economy needs most.

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Don't Become a Victim of Immigration Fraud

14 Mar 2014

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Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander (pictured above) today encouraged potential newcomers to use authorized immigration representatives to avoid becoming victims of fraud.

March is Fraud Prevention Month and this year Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has partnered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) to promote awareness.

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Charismatic trade union leader Bob Crow dies

11 Mar 2014

Union boss Bob Crow dies suddenly of heart attack

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Bob Crow photographed here at an energy conference in 2012 has just died at the age of 52. Photo credit © 2012 Jarle Vines 

The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) is mourning the shockingly early death of our comrade Bob Crow, general secretary of the ITF-affiliated RMT, and ITF executive.

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ABTA and Police issue warning on rising holiday booking fraud

Holiday and flight booking fraud increased in 2013

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Those special flight deals which are too good to be true might land you up the creek without a paddle 

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), The City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online have joined forces to warn the general public about the...

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OFW Complaint Form (Revised Dec 2013)
If you have a complaint about an embassy, consulate or company providing services to OFW's, let us at Balta Pinoy know here and we will look into it for you. Questions marked by * are required.
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