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ALPSIDE DOWNED: Davos of the People

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 25 January) – Davos is a small city in the Swiss alps of about 283 square kilometers, most of it forested or used for agricultural purposes. But this time of the year, Davos makes the headlines as venue of the annual World Economic Forum or WEF. And the world only takes […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJan 27th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Our People of the Sea (2)

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 01 May) – Costa Crociere crew had it better  maybe a decade or two ago. They had higher pay and better work conditions then. In the year 2000, Carnival Corporation & plc, a Miami, Florida-based US cruise company, bought and took over the Costa Crociere. Carnival is listed as the world’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Reunions

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 11 Oct) – In a month-long visit to the homeland last month I had the luck to be in four reunions. And like all reunions, there was never a dull moment. “Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.” That’s a deep quote from Arthur […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Siargao-ed (Last of two parts)

GENERAL LUNA, SIARGAO (MindaNews/ 24 Sept) – According to a story in Rappler, up to 1.2 billion pesos had been allocated in 2016 to add and improve infrastructure in the Caraga region, with special focus on tourism facilities in Siargao. Three hundred million of this amount has gone to the construction of a sports complex […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Siargao-ed (Part 1)

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao (MindaNews / 19 Sep) ­– I touched down on this surfer’s island early this month, nearly 10 years since my first visit. And at once I felt things here are much different from before. I opt for a quick breakfast at the Sayak airport in Del Carmen (formerly called Numancia, which occupied […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: When politics is poured down the Cup

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews/18 July) – World Cup 2018 fever may have died down, but some controversies are lingering like a virus simply gone dormant. Don’t think that the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riot made the only significant political statement in the month-long tourney. Four members of the group invaded the pitch during the cup […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Illogics

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 30 June) — Going through new Facebook posts, it seems to me that the million-peso propaganda machine is being cranked up again. And the target this time is the Catholic church. The church is being vilified for its excesses in material wealth; for its erring priests and their superiors’ protection of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Whatever happens, Rhayyan Amsali will not play in NCAA Season 94

It’s final – Rhayyan Amsali is not eligible for San Beda High School for the upcoming NCAA Season 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The league’s eligibility meeting concluded on Friday and there, it was determined that with one failing grade, Amsali was unable to meet academic requirements. The 6-foot-3 forward, who had just transferred to San Beda from Nazareth School of National University, has been the talk of the town as he and his camp filed a complaint questioning his failing grade. Last Tuesday, the Amsalis, through Atty. Michelle Africa, forwarded a letter to NSNU stating that Rhayyan was belatedly informed that he had failed a subject. For their part, NSNU said that the Amsali camp, through mother Nurisa, had knowledge of the failing grade since early May. Now, the latest update in the issue is that the Department of Education is asking for clarification from NSNU about how “there was no intervention given to prevent Rhayyan from getting a failing grade before the school year ended. Furthermore, no effort was done by the people concerned to inform the parents about the child’s predicament.” (photo courtesy of DepEd) Whatever happens from this point, though, will not change the fact that the NCAA’s eligibility meeting is over and done with and there, Amsali was unable to get into San Beda’s lineup. Nonetheless, the 17-year-old said that he is set to stay in Taytay. “Kahit hindi ako maglalaro, nandito pa rin yung isip ko at yung heart ko sa team na ‘to. Susuportahan ko sila kahit anong mangyari,” he told reporters as he and the Red Cubs, serendipitously, downed the Bullpups in the semifinals of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. This, even though it would mean that he now only has one playing year left in the NCAA Juniors. “Yung samahan po rito sa San Beda, iba e. Unang pagpunta ko pa lang dito, ang gaan na e,” he shared. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Not in Our Name

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 6 June) –  Some excesses of this government are being committed in the name of the OFW (overseas Filipino worker), the Filipino living and working abroad. That may be a rash statement to make. But I can cite several examples, the latest of which is “The Kiss” committed during the President’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Our “People of the Sea” (Part 1)

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 24 April) –  A luxury ship cruise is associated with pleasure and fun and merrymaking. And this month we were on a ship of the Costa Crociere S.p.A., an Italian cruise company, do to just that. We certainly enjoyed the week-long cruise, stuffing ourselves on the buffet meals and snacks that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Human (rights) targets

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 March) –  In a human rights forum that I helped organize here in the Swiss capital early this month, I became acutely aware of the imminent threats now being faced by human rights workers in the Philippines. Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher of the Human Rights Watch Asia division, was telling […] The post ALPSIDE DOWNED: Human (rights) targets appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Alpside Downed: Human (rights) targets

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 March) –  In a human rights forum that I helped organize here in the Swiss capital early this month, I became acutely aware of the imminent threats now being faced by human rights workers in the Philippines. Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher of the Human Rights Watch Asia division, was telling […] The post Alpside Downed: Human (rights) targets appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Tattoo it

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 14 March) – It’s always a pleasant surprise to learn about the Filipino artist making good in Switzerland.  But I never expected Pinoy artists in an unlikely niche here—in the tattoo business. My team from the Tambayan Pinoy Swiss, a videomaking volunteers group, met Cebu tattoo artist Benson Gascon in his […] The post ALPSIDE DOWNED: Tattoo it appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 09 March) — March 31 this year should be a red-letter day for OFWs. That’s the day when the Philippine customs ends its suspension of the revised rules on the sending of our balikbayan boxes. The new set of rules — Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 — took effect last August […] The post ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Diarrhea outbreak hits Balabac town in southern Palawan

PALAWAN, Philippines –  A diarrhea outbreak which has gone on for two months now has killed 4 people and downed 176 others in the island town of Balabac in the southernmost part of Palawan, according to provincial health officer Dr. Mary Ann Navarro. Navarro said the figures reaching her office ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey – Some 11 Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday, February 10 including two military personnel when a helicopter was downed, in the bloodiest day in Ankara's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria. On January 20, Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in the Afrin ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

8 rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

TOKYO, Japan (4th UPDATE) – Rescuers have plucked eight people to safety south of Japan after a US Navy aircraft with 11 people on board came down in the Philippine Sea, the latest accident to hit American armed forces in East Asia. Japanese and American forces scrambled to reach the downed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

UPDATE: 8 rescued after US Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

TOKYO: Eight people have been rescued after a US military aircraft with 11 people aboard crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to an aircraft carrier, Japan said on Wednesday. Japanese and American rescuers scrambled to reach the downed aircraft in seas off the remote Japanese reef of Okinotori, in the latest accident to hit [...] The post UPDATE: 8 rescued after US Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Bank

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews /18November) —  It was a campaign promise fulfilled within a year, and shows how fast this government can move when it wants to. Executive Order No. 44 creating the bank was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on September 28, 2017, almost a year after he made the promise in front of OFWs […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Asia under water: How 137 million people’s lives are being put at risk – CNN News

Khorsheeda Khatun had been left with nothing &'8212; then that too was washed away. The 28-year-old fled her home country of Myanmar in January with her two daughters, escaping the latest outbreak of violence, and was living in the Kutupalang Makeshift Settlement in Bangladesh when cyclone Mora arrived five months later and displaced up to 500,000 people. &'8220;My house was shattered. It broke the wooden planks supporting my hut and blew away the polythene rooftop. The wind and water destroyed whatever little possessions we had,&'8221; she told UNICEF workers in June. Several weeks later, across the Himalayas in South China, over 12 million people were forced to flee their homes as flood waters rose for yet another year. In China's southeastern Jiangxi province alone, flooding this year has so far caused $430 million in damages and economic losses. In neighboring Hunan province, 53,000 homes have been destroyed &'8212; and the flooding has yet to fully recede. Increasingly severe weather, triggered by climate change, is putting hundreds of millions of people at risk across the rapidly developing countries of southern Asia. &'8220;In the next 30 years, it is projected that heavy rainfall events will be increasing &' in Asia, by about 20% for sure,&'8221; climate scientist Dewi Kirono at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) told CNN. Southern Asia is already the wettest area on the continent and one of the wettest regions in the world,receiving an average of at least 1000mm of rainfall a year. As the rains fall harder, more than 137 million people in India, Bangladesh and China will be put at risk of coastal or inland flooding, more people than in the rest of the Asia-Pacific combined, a study in 2012 found. Aggravating flooding through poor drainage and short-sighted planning is the sprawling, rapid urban growth across South Asia, built to accommodate the millions of rural residents moving to cities. &'8220;You still have to have proper draining. It was a green field and now it's an urban area. Quite often, if you don't do that, (because) you've concreted everything the flood run-off is so much higher and the deaths are much worse,&'8221; Oxford University visiting fellow and WWF advisor Paul Sayers told CNN. The majority of flood-related deaths and injuries worldwide since 1950 have been in three countries: China, India and Bangladesh. According to statistics from Belgium's Universite Catholique de Louvain's Emergency Events Database, since 1950, more than 2.2 million people in these countries have been killed by flooding. That includes the estimated two million people who died during the disastrous 1959 floods in China. The world's leading authority of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), wrote in its latest report the Asia region was already suffering &'8220;huge economic losses&'8221; from weather and climate disasters, with one quarter of the entire world's economic losses from disasters in Asia alone. As flood swept through central China in July 2017, leaving devastation in its wake and almost 90 people dead or missing, locals took to Weibo to express their horror. &'8220;The road is blocked, the electricity is downed, water is polluted, no phone signal is detected, elderly (people) and children are waiting for food,&'8221; said one user living in Shilong Village in Hunan province. Photos accompanying the post showed cracked walls, piles of trash and mud everywhere. &'8220;The major district has turned to a dead city,&'8221; another user said. Almost every year in the past decade, more than 1,000 people have died in China, India and Bangladesh from flooding, according to the Database, and millions of dollars in damage has been done. The problem centers around three of the great Himalayan rivers of South and East Asia: The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Yangtze. About 500 million people, or 50% of the population in India and Bangladesh, and about 300 million people, or about 25% of the population of China, live within the flood basins of these three rivers. Taken together, the three waterways support an estimated 14% of the world's total population. In China alone, the enormous Yangtze flood plain, full of fertile soil and easy river access, is responsible forabout 40% of China's GDP. &'8220;Many Asian cities, and especially some megacities, have been built in the deltas of major rivers where ports could link the cities to the global economy,&'8221; a report by the Asian Development Bank in 2012 said. When the heavy rains higher up in the flood plains flow into these rivers, water levels rise dramatically &'8212; and floodwaters pour into the surrounding cities and towns. For example, this year, torrential rains caused a Yangtze tributary in Hunan to rise a record 3.2 meters above the warning level, bursting its banks and swamping crops and houses. Still, these factors have been here for years. Why is the danger growing now? Flooding in urban environments is more costly in terms of lives and loss of property because without a natural way to disperse the floodwaters they can cause damage &'8220;beyond the scope of the actual (flood),&'8221; experts say. &'8220;A lot of the urbanization &' has happened in a largely unplanned matter. For instance they don't have risks adequately taken into account, they don't invest enough in sustainable drainage,&'8221; Abhas Jha, the World Bank sector manager for Transport, Urban and Disaster Risk Management for East Asia and the Pacific, said. Of course the huge rush of rural residents to China and India's cities hasn't helped, as cities expand deeper into floodplains and build hurriedly to accommodate their citizens. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Is Forex trading a scam?

Forex is in a weird position as of late. The market volume reaches record volumes, the number of traders grows and yet people are still sure that it’s all a...READ MORE The post Is Forex trading a scam? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News1 hr. 34 min. ago