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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.


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. 

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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. 


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.


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...


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).


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.)


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)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


Concept Care gets official appointment as UK recruiter of nurses

Concept Care Solutions has been appointed onto the LPP 'Lot 5 Framework' suppliers list to recruit international nurses for NHS Trusts in England

Concept Care Solutions now appointed an official recruiter of nursing staff for the British NHS. Photo credit: Salim Fadhley 

Marketing Manager Charles Kelly was delighted with the new contract and congratulated the team for all their hard work during the tendering process: "This is fantastic news! Well done to all the staff at Concept Care Solutions for their outstanding work in winning another tender to supply international nurses to the NHS.


American-born Filipino dancer to take stage in Ireland

23 Jan 2014 

Fil-Am ballet dancer Joanne Daquigan, 14, to perform in Cork and Naas 

In March 2014, Houston, Texas dancer Joanne Daquigan, 14 will travel to Ireland to be part of the International Ballet of Houston tour performances in Cork (March 18th) and Naas (March 21st).


Against the exclusion of Adult Dependent Relatives in the UK

22 Jan 2014

Meetings to be held around the UK for consultations on the restrictions

Legal Campaigning organisation the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is working to change the restrictive rules on the Adult Dependent Relative category of the immigration rules. Since July 2012 rules introduced by Theresa May, Home Secretary, have made it virtually impossible for elderly parents or other family members of British citizens or settled people to join their families in the UK.


Balita Pinoy revamps & expands free classified adverts

14 Jan 2014

A screenshot of Balita Pinoy's Business Section which is at the heart of the revamp of the free classified adverts system, expansion of the free real estate displays and the brand new trade offers & leads sections 

Balita Pinoy has revamped its free classified adverts section, as well as introducing exciting new features designed to give a boost to business as well as giving those selling properties a free platform to showcase their homes/real estate.


Change to passport service for British nationals in the Philippines and Palau


British Passport - alterations to replacement passport procedures

From 9 December 2013, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in the Philippines and Palau should submit their passport application to Her Majesty's Passport Office in the UK.

This important change follows reviews by the National Audit Office and is designed to achieve economies of scale, greater security and consistency in decision making.



MHC initiated TPS designation snowballs, gains extensive support

President Benigno Aquino, III endorses MHC's CALL FOR Temporary Protected Status (TPS), makes formal request to President Barack Obama FINALLY, PHIL.PRESIDENT PNOY AQUINO has heeded the MHC initiated petition for TPS.. KABAYAN, let's all pray hard that US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA will grant this request soon...

MIGRANT HERITAGE COMMISSION: NEWS FLASH December 15, 2013, Washington DC                 President Benigno Aquino  , III  endorses MHC's CALL FOR Temporary Protected   Status (TPS) , makes formal request to President Barack Obama



Post Yolanda, the Philippines needs a decentralized energy future -- Greenpeace

Greenpeace today welcomed the Philippine government's moves to immediately start rehabilitation and reconstruction work urgently needed in Eastern Visayas, following the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda (international name Haiayan).  

At the same time the environment group cautioned the government from repeating mistakes from the past and advised newly-appointed rehabilitation head Panfilo "Ping" Lacson to look at the work ahead as a new opportunity to establish sustainable climate-resilient communities using renewable energy (RE) systems.


Rebuilding shattered health system an urgent priority in next phase of Typhoon Haiyan response 

One month after Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies as top priorities expanding essential health services, reviving clinics and hospitals, preventing disease and scaling up mental health services as the relief effort shifts from emergency to early recovery programmes.
The typhoon, one of the strongest ever recorded, tore through the central Philippines on 8 November, sweeping away villages, killing more than 5,700 people, wreaking havoc on the lives of more than 11 million others and damaging the majority of medical facilities.


WHO and Department of Health, Philippines, to hold news conference on vaccination and other health interventions in typhoon-affected areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health, Philippines will hold a news conference Friday, 22 November 2013, to announce plans for a massive immunization effort in the many evacuation sites and health facilities in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

The media briefing will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Duque Hall in the Department of Health at the San Lazaro Compound, Rizal Ave., corner Tayuman Street Sta. Cruz, Manila.


Laguna trial court has lifted warrant of arrest against Greenpeace campaigners

Quezon City, Philippines - The bench warrant issued against three Greenpeace campaigners for allegedly failing to attend a court hearing in connection with a decontamination action on a Bt talong field trial has been lifted following the November 6, 2013 appearance of the three Greenpeace staff accused of a malicious mischief case before the Laguna Municipal Trial Court.


Important Information For Money Remitters In The USA 

Para sa Agarang Paglabas:

Makipag-ugnay sa:

Opisina ng Komunikasyon Tel (202) 435-7170

In Tagalog & English 


CFPB Launches Education Campaign About New International Money Transfer Protections

Multilingual Multimedia Kampanya ay tumutuon sa Aninaw at Bagong mga proteksyon

WASHINGTON, DC- Ang Mamimili Pananalapi Proteksyon Kawanihan (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) (CFPB) ay naglulunsad sa buong bansa ng kampanya sa multimedia upang ipaalam sa mga mamimili na nagpapadala ng perang pangdaigdigan tungkol sa bagong mga proteksyon na epektibo ngayong araw. Ang mga proteksyon ay nakapaloob sa isang panuntunan na tinatapos na mas maaga sa taong ito.


Greenpeace Protests Across The World To Free The "Arctic 30"

Manila, Philippines - As the Arctic 30 face their 30th day of imprisonment in a Russian jail, nearly 10,000 people are taking to the streets at 85 events in 36 cities to call for their immediate release.

This morning, Greenpeace activists and volunteers released 30 white doves for each of the detained Arctic 30 in front of Manila's iconic Cultural Center of the Philippines. Last month, Greenpeace and their supporters sent a formal letter to the Russian Ambassador to the Philippines demanding for the release of the Greenpeace activists.


Special Immigrant Visa Program For Iraqi Nationals Who Worked For Or On Behalf Of the U.S. Government Extended

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that Congress passed a bill extending the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government, which the President signed into law on Oct. 4, 2013.

This program covers Iraqi nationals who-during the period between March 20, 2003 and Sept. 30, 2013-were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq for a period of at least one year.


Energy Harnessing: How To Reduce Emissions And Boost The Global Economy

Geneva, Switzerland - The World Economic Forum has launched a new report, Energy Harnessing: New Solutions for Sustainability and Growing Demand, which establishes the most comprehensive analysis of how we use energy to date. Energy powers the global economy.

Without sufficient energy to heat and light homes, run businesses, power manufacturing plants, and fuel transport, the world would come to a standstill. Energy is provided via an energy harnessing network, a complex system that starts with extraction from a variety of sources and moves to transformation, storage, distribution and utilization.




UK's National Theatre Brings Macbeth To Manila

Kenneth Branagh stars in Shakespeare's Scottish Play to be screened on 22 October in Manila 

The world renowned National Theatre from the UK is being broadcast in Manila as a part of UK-Philippines Friendship Week in October.

National Theatre Live and SM Aura Premier Cinema will be holding a special screening of William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth on 22 October, 7:00PM at the SM Aura Premier Cinema 2.

This groundbreaking concept brings to SM Aura Premier's state-of-the-art cinemas the National Theatre Live's stage production of Macbeth.


Hunton Powerboats To Launch US Sales Drive In Connecticut

Hunton, the iconic British manufacturer of high-performance, luxury powerboats and tenders is incredibly proud and excited to announce that their stunning range is to be introduced to US audiences.

Following in the tradition of British icons making a huge impact in the US, the Hunton RS37 is the first - in what the Hunton team hope will be a long line - of their stunning powerboats to find happy homes in the United States.


Zamboanga Displaced Face Bleak Prospects

Children are watched over by their grandmothers in a small corner of an evacuation centre in Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City. More than 100,000 people have been displaced after fighting broke out and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) © USAID-GEM/Sarah Matalam

MANILA/ZAMBOANGA, (IRIN) - The road to recovery for more than 100,000 displaced in Zamboanga will prove a long one, aid workers say, following a recent siege by Muslim rebels of the port city on the southern island of Mindanao. 

"Rehabilitation will take a minimum of three months from now - that is the fastest," Philippine National Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang told IRIN. "But actually, it may reach six months to a year before we are able to fully rehabilitate those places and move them [the inhabitants] back."  [More]

Dubai Ports World To Be Hit By Strikes

Unions stage action day to put pressure on DPW to resolve problems

ITF-affiliated dockers' unions will be staging actions on Monday 7 October 2013 as part of a global day of action designed to put pressure on DPW (Dubai Ports World) to listen to its workers and engage with unions.

The day is the latest move in an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for DPW to engage with unions worldwide over trade union rights and representation.


Events To Commemorate Philippine-UK Friendship Week

Dear Kababayans,  

In celebration of the Philippine-UK Friendship week, the Philippine Embassy has partnered with the Filipino Camera Club of the UK in hosting a series of events highlighting the occasion:

1. A series of free photo-workshops (for beginners, novices, amateurs) covering the foundations, theories, tips, techniques of photography, on 12 and 19 October (2 Saturdays), from 10:00 - 16:00 at the Philippine Embassy building number 10 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HG. Due to the limited available seats, please register for the event by...


Small Businesses Warned About Importance Of Encryption, After London Sole Trader Fined £5,000

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned small businesses that they must make sure they have adequate measures in place to keep customers' details secure, after a sole trader was fined £5,000.

Jala Transport Ltd, a Wembley-based loans company, received the penalty after the loss of a hard drive containing financial details relating to all of the sole proprietor's approximately 250 customers.

The hard drive was lost after it was stolen from the business owner's car while it was stationary at a set of traffic lights.


China's Ambitions In Xinjiang & Central Asia 

Editor's Note: This is a three-part series on China's evolving strategic interests in Central Asia and in its own far northwest, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Part 1 looks at Xinjiang's history as a "buffer region" protecting China's core and linking it to Eurasia. This installment also examines recent efforts by Beijing to adapt the region's legacies to new uses.

In mid-September Chinese President Xi Jinping rounded out a 10-day tour of Central Asia that included state visits to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek.


Conference/Webcast: Economic Integration & Political Conflict in Asia

Announcing a Conference and Webcast on The Great Divergence?
Economic Integration and Political Conflict in Asia

Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute
And the Reserve Officers Association

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Reserve Officers Association
One Constitution Avenue, NE Washington D.C. 20002-5618

Free and Open to the Public


Reservations required
Luncheon included
Also available via video webcast


High Level Trade Delegation From Philippines In London Conference & Presentation 2nd October

St Ermin's Hotel in London's Victoria district is the venue for a high level business conference and presentation by senior trade delegates from the Philippine government and Central Bank on 2 Oct 2013. Attendance is free by booking a reservation (details below) 

The Philippine Embassy in London is organising a high level presentation of trade delegates from Manila.

Part of this includes an invitation to businessmen in London to a Trade & Investment Conference on exciting business opportunities for UK companies in the Philippines.


Transport Union In Bid To Control Container Weights

ITF: ‘The struggle for container weights safety continues' 

The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) today pledged to continue the struggle for container weight safety after what it described as a missed opportunity to reduce the risk of harm to transport workers and members of the public.

The organisation was speaking out following a decision by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) sub-committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers to accept an alternative mode of verification to the mandatory weighing of packed shipping containers.


Why Men Rape In Asia - UN Study
Photo: Phuong Tran/IRIN Timorese women and their children at an undisclosed location for survivors of domestic violence
  • Nearly a quarter of men surveyed admitted committing rape
  • Highest rates in Papua New Guinea
  • Many laws outdated or not enforced
  • New prevention strategies needed
JAKARTA,  (IRIN) - Nearly one in four men surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region admitted raping a woman or girl, according to the first multi-country study on the prevalence of rape and partner violence and the reasons behind it.

While the prevalence of reported rape of non-partners was high across the Asia-Pacific, sexual violence against female partners was more widespread, according to the UN study, which interviewed some 10,000 men and 3,100 women in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea (PNG) between 2010-2013. [More]




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