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


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


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


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

79 Former Rebels Take Oath Allegiance in Bislig City

The 75th Infantry (MARAUDER) Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (75IB, 4ID), Philippine Army affirmed the success on the surrender of six Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists and 73 members of Militia Ng Bayan, during the oath of allegiance held recently here. The surrenderers yielded with 14 high powered firearms, 20 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News2 hr. 48 min. ago

Ethel Booba’s sound advice to ‘tambays’ facing arrest: ‘Matutong tumanggi o humindi kung nasa tama’

It seems even Ethel Booba's essential "Charot!" that so often drives the point of her comical antics and hard-hitting criticism on Twitter is no match to the seriousness of the latest crackdown of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on loiterers. Since 5 a.m. of June 13 to 5 a.m. of June 20, it has been reported that the PNP has arrested as much as 7, 291 tambaysin Metro Manila alone, rounding up nighttime idlers and loiterers in the dark streets of the city. Many people have since been alarmed by the said crackdown, with some taking to social media to air out their grievances. An alarming tweet of a netizen JM (@jmflorante) made last June 17 showed that one of his friends was a ...Keep on reading: Ethel Booba’s sound advice to ‘tambays’ facing arrest: ‘Matutong tumanggi o humindi kung nasa tama’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News3 hr. 22 min. ago

Tambay crackdown reaches Cavite, 164 nabbed

SAN PEDRO CITY - The Cavite police arrested 164 people for various violations as law enforcers carried out President Duterte's directive involving street 'tambay' (stand by) in the p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News7 hr. 22 min. ago

The Life of an NBSB

People are on a wide array of wild reactions whenever they discover I never had a boyfriend - raised eyebrows, judgmental looks and the classic high-pitched 'Really?' I am not embarrassed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News15 hr. 10 min. ago

Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’

  The anti-dictatorship movement in the Filipino American community helped oust Ferdinand Marcos during the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising. That spirit of opposition to repression and injustice didn't go away after 1986. When President Rodrigo Duterte launched his War on Drugs in 2016, leaving thousands of mostly poor victims dead, the killings and the administration's impulse to heavy-handed rule rekindled the spirit of opposition in the Fil-Am community. With their US taxes used as aid in procuring weapons, intelligence, and the war on drugs, as well as Duterte's closeness to Trump and China, many community leaders and activists have decided to begin educating the pu...Keep on reading: Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 23 min. ago

Men in police camouflage uniforms kill 3 people in Zamboanga del Sur

PAGADIAN CITY -- Armed men wearing police camouflage uniforms ambushed and killed three persons -- one of them a public high school teacher -- in Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur on Tuesday. Senior Insp. Jeremias Pepito, the Dimataling police chief, identified the victims as Saddat Ebrahim Bongga, 42, who was assigned at the Laouriano Saludsod National High School; his businessman-brother Sammer Bongga, 37; and Sadam Lam, 28, a fisherman. The Bongga siblings were on separate motorcycles, with Lam backriding with Saddat. They were traversing the road in Sitio Bunkhouse in Barangay Poblacion when fired at by at least two perpetrators, who were in a car, around 6:15 a.m. Saddat was...Keep on reading: Men in police camouflage uniforms kill 3 people in Zamboanga del Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 23 min. ago

Speaker hopes senators back marriage bill

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez has expressed hope that senators would heed the clamor for the passage of the bill on dissolution of marriage to relieve a lot of couples locked in broken marriages. “I know for a fact that a lot of people were trapped in failed marriages -- they….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News17 hr. 48 min. ago