PLDT, Smart & SM Malls relaunch Smart Pinoy Store
Express Presence, Express Presents: PLDT Global relaunches SMART Pinoy Store for OFWs
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. [More]
Procter & Gamble bitten on the bottom by tigers
26 Mar 2014
Enviromental activists leave multi-national company Procter & Gamble red faced in tiger stunt
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
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. [More with additional photos]
National Youth Commission opens application for 10th NYP
Fresh from the successful implementation of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) 11 last week, the National Youth Commission is again set to embark on another milestone project-the 10th Parliament of Youth Leaders, also known as the National Youth Parliament (NYP). NYP 10 is slated to be held in Metro Manila this May, 2014.
Philippine seaman's unions inspect ships in checks on working conditions
24 Jan 2014
South East Asian maritime unions conclude Action Week against Flag Of Convenience (FOC) ships
Pinoy seafarers & dockers inspecting ships in Davao to ensure they comply with international regulations on wages and working conditions (larger image below)
Dockers and Seafarers unions in Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar inspected a total of 34 merchant vessels flying flags of convenience (FOC), as ITF Unions concluded the South East Asian Week of Action from 13-17 January. [More]
Santa Claus gets a Canadian E Passport
Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their new passportsNorth Pole, Canada
Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today presented Santa and Mrs. Claus with the 2,999,999th and 3,000,000th ePassports at a special ceremony in Vaughan, Ontario.
Santa and Mrs. Claus live in North Pole, Canada, with their many helpers. Like so many Canadian citizens who enjoy extensive travel around the world, the Claus' were thrilled to receive their ePassports.
Reuniting families and reducing backlogs in Canada's immigration system
Chris Alexander provides an update on family reunification and the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program - Brampton, Ontario
Ottawa - Citizenship and Immigration Canada
By cutting immigration backlogs and wait times, the Government is bringing families together more quickly, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today.
Dispatches: The War against journalists in the Philippines
Carlos Conde © 2013 Byba Sepitkova/Human Rights Watch
The ongoing deadly attacks on journalists in the Philippines are no less than a war against themedia. In just the past two weeks, the body count in this war has surged: three dead journalists and one wounded in attacks perpetrated by unidentified gunmen.
Unidentified attackers shot dead radio journalist Rogelio Butalid in Tagum City on December 11. Police suspect Butalid's murder was linked to his on-air criticism on Tagum's Radyo Natin, but have not arrested any suspects. [More]
British Government's 2014 South East Asia Prosperity Fund is now open for bids
Project bids for funding by the Prosperity Fund should be submitted by 26 Jan 2014
The South East Asia Prosperity Fund is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office's (FCO) technical cooperation programme that aims to create the conditions for global growth.
Working closely with project implementers and FCO's network of overseas missions, the Programme has supported over 90 policy projects (at a value of £3.4 million in the region) with projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam & the Philippines... [More]
US Customs deports Mexican fraudster
ICE San Antonio office deports man wanted for fraud in Mexico
Ernesto Karam-Garcia who has now been deported from the USA to Mexico to stand trial for a $150 million fraud
SAN ANTONIO - A Mexican national, who is wanted for defrauding hundreds of Mexican citizens of their total earnings, was deported and turned over to Mexican law enforcement authorities Thursday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). [More]
Trade Unions pile in with assistance to typhoon victims ITF statement on Philippines disaster: Union relief efforts forge ahead
The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and its affiliated unions are taking action to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Despite the devastation and the breakdown of many local government services and agencies, trade unions in the Philippines are purchasing and moving essential supplies. The ITF and its affiliated unions are supporting this effort financially. (Details of how unions can donate are given at the end of this press release.) [More]
Regional instability threatens food security in the Gulf
Regional instability poses the single greatest threat to food security within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, says a new briefing paper, Edible Oil:Food Security in the Gulf (link below) [More]
The GCC countries depend on imports for 80-90% of their food and are surrounded by three maritime ‘choke points' that could be closed as a result of conflict or political manoeuvres. Nearly all imports must pass through one or more of the Suez Canal, Bab Al Mandab and the Strait of Hormuz.
Trailblazing On Youth Development: Provincial Consultations For Youth Development Index
Embarking on a new journey for youth development, the National Youth Commission in partnership with the Institute of Development and Econometric Analysis, Inc. and United Nations Population Fund, aims to come up with Philippine Youth Development Index (PYDI) that will serve as a tool in measuring youth development.
In order to create and complete a relevant PYDI, series of consultations are currently being undertaken in 9 provinces nationwide. [More]
Seven Filipinos Named UK Education Ambassadors
The British Embassy in Manila recently unveiled as UK Education Ambassadors seven Filipinos who studied in the United Kingdom and brought back their academic experience abroad to help their home country.
The UK Education Ambassadors are: Christopher Arnuco, Roberto de Ocampo OBE, Jose Luis Gascon, Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Jessica Hermosa, Karen Hipol and Ma Luz Vilches.
The seven have been chosen for their intelligence, vision and dedication to make a difference in their home country. The UK Education Ambassadors will help communicate and be role models. [More]
The U.S. Debt Crisis From The Founders' Perspective
Stratfor's report on the US debt crisis
By George Friedman
The U.S. government is paralyzed, and we now face the possibility that the United States will default on its debt. Congress is unable to resolve the issue, and President Obama is as obstinate as the legislators who oppose him. To some extent, our political system is functioning as intended -- the Founding Fathers meant for it to be cumbersome.
But as they set out to form a more perfect union, they probably did not anticipate the extent to which we have been able to cripple ourselves. [More]
Greenpeace Wants Congress To Investigate GMO Regulation Quezon City, Philippines - Today on World Food Day, Greenpeace activists rallied at the House of Representatives, carrying banners reading "Investigate GMO Regulation" and "I want GMO-free foods". They urged Congress to investigate current government regulation concerning risk assessment, and to adopt biosafety procedures for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
"The Philippines has now become the gateway for GMO contamination in Asia under our very noses: Congress should immediately investigate as this is crucial for the environment", explained Daniel Ocampo, Sustainable Agriculture and Genetic Engineering Campaigner. [More]
Fine Art Photography Meets Raw Emotion At British Photographer Justin James Wright's Exhibition
One of Justin Wright's atmospheric images of a Manila market stall
British photographer Justin James Wright will hold a fine art photographic exhibition at the ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum this month.
Resilience: The Isla Pulo Community runs from 17 October to 3 November 2013. Through a series of poignant, fine art photographs, the exhibit takes you into the heart of the people of Isla Pulo - an impoverished community of roughly 1,000 people - on the shores of Manila Bay. [More]
Analysis: How To Tackle Slavery In Asia
(IRIN) - There was a time when slavery was synonymous with shackles, whips, cramped ships and white plantation owners. Today the face of bonded labour and forced migration around the world is a lot more disparate. In Asia, it could be the teenage bride from Myanmar, smuggled across the border by a Chinese wedding broker; the 29-year-old Cambodian whose passport was confiscated and is forced to work on a Thai fishing boat; or a 10-year-old Bangladeshi boy born into bonded labour. [More]
Slave Girls Get New Start
New lease on life for ex-slave girls
A young Tharu girl training in garment manufacturing is hopeful of a new job and a life. Many of Nepal's kamlari, or indentured female servants, are working for a better future © Naresh Newar/IRIN
(IRIN) The welfare of 117 young Tharu girls at the government's Lawajuni Girls' Hostel in the remote Narti village of Dang District, nearly 600km southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, is the responsibility of hostel warden Brija Chaudhary, 25. [More]
British Embassy And Partners Host Special Screening Of Critically-Acclaimed Film ‘Metro Manila'
The British Embassy Manila, British Council Philippines and its partners hosted on Friday a special screening of ‘Metro Manila', a film by Oscar-nominated British filmmaker Sean Ellis to celebrate British culture and creativity. (With film clip) [More]
Mr Ellis' masterpiece won the Audience Award for World Cinema in this year's Sundance Film Festival. He has been previously nominated for an Oscar best short live action for "Cashback" in 2006 and for a BAFTA best short for "The Business Trip" in 2009.
Search For NCR's 5 Best Youth Organizations In 2013
Started in 2002, the Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) has been the only recognition given to youth organizations to honor their imperative contributions to nation-building and development. The award also recognizes exceptional achievements of youth groups and encourages the replication of noteworthy and unconventional projects to solve basic problems in the communities. [More]
Brady Helps You Understand The Importance Of Flame Retardant Wire Wraps
On 27th January 1967, a fire broke out in the space capsule cabin of the Apollo 1 mission, killing all the three astronauts onboard. The autopsy report revealed the primary cause of death for all three astronauts as cardiac arrest caused by inhalation of toxic smoke and fumes from combustible material onboard the craft. Since the horrific incident, flame retardant materials became an important part of aerospace and defense engineering. [More]
PAL's Top Brass To Be On Inaugural Manila to London Flight
Philippine Airlines' first flight into Heathrow after an absence of 15 years will carry their top executive officers as well as media reps
On the 4th November, the first direct link between the UK and the Philippines, a major emerging market destination, in more than a decade will take place.
The maiden flight will arrive in time for the opening of the World Travel Market (WTM) 2013 and will be headed by no other than its Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ramon Ang. [More]
British-Philippine Celebrations & Activities
To celebrate the international cooperation between the Philippines and Great Britain as enacted into law by Presidential Proclamation 1592 which aims to "celebrate, enhance and enrich the political, economic and cultural ties that strongly bind" both countries, the Filipino community in the United Kingdom commemorates the week with a photo exhibit and two exciting book launchings. [More]
Balita Pinoy Starts An E-Petition Facility
Although the US & British gov'ts have an E-Petition facility there is none for Filipinos
Why should I create a petition? Simply to get your voice heard and to allow others who agree with you to join you in voicing your opinion in the hope of getting the organization or company concerned to alter something of interest to you.
Who can create an E-Petition? Anyone; although Balita Pinoy is primarily for Filipinos and OFW's anyone may use this facility.
Click here to learn more - it's totally free
The "Bacha Bazi", Afghanistan's Hidden Pedophile Scandal
The homosexual rape culture of boys in Afghan society that dares not speak its name
A "bacha bazi" dancer, taken from a video clip
NANGAHAR, (IRIN) - Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of "bacha bazi" (literally boy play) in which boys are "owned" for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan.
It is an age-old custom, banned by the Taliban when they were in power, but now undergoing a resurgence.
"Before, bacha bazi was in some special areas, but now it is everywhere. It is happening in Takhar [province] and the rest of the north," the child rights commissioner at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Suraya Subhrang, told IRIN.
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Human Rights Abuses In Zamboanga Battles
Both Sides Need to Do All They Can to Prevent Further Loss of Civilian Life
Philippines: Abuses by Government, Rebel Forces in Zamboanga Conflict
(Zamboanga City) - Philippines security forces and Muslim rebels have committed serious abuses during fighting in the southern city of Zamboanga, Human Rights Watch said.
After taking over five coastal villages on September 9, 2013, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) took dozens of residents hostage, though many have since been released. The Philippine military and police have allegedly tortured or... [More]