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PH moves up in global travel freedom index

The Philippines climbed three positions to become the sixth in Southeast Asia and 72nd in the global travel freedom index, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released Wednesday. #BeFullyInformed PH moves up in global travel freedom index The Philippines climbed three positions to become the sixth in Southeast Asia and 72nd in the global… link: PH moves up in global travel freedom index.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 10th, 2018

Which Asian country takes best care of its elders?

    NEW DELHI -- Japan was recognized as the best country in Asia for older people to live, as it reported high satisfaction with social connectedness, safety, and civic freedom, the Global AgeWatch Index 2015 showed.   Globally ranked 8th, Japan was the only Asian country that figures among the top ten countries favorable for growing old.   The Global AgeWatch Index 2015 by HelpAge International measured the quality of life --- using income security, health, personal capability, and enabling environment --- for people aged 60 and older. It assessed 96 countries to determine the best places for older adults to live. These countries include more t...Keep on reading: Which Asian country takes best care of its elders?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

LIST: 63 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

By Aika Rey/rappler.com – Are you looking for the next country to visit in 2018? Good news: Philippine passport holders can now travel to 63 countries and territories visa-free! This makes the Philippines rank 72nd out of 199 passports according to Henley and Partners’ latest Visa Restrictions Index for Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated News5 hr. 24 min. ago

Philippines remains partly free in world freedom index

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines maintained its "partly free" status in the 2018 world freedom index released by human rights advocacy group Freedom Hou.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News6 hr. 2 min. ago

Palace Welcomes Higher PH Ranking in World’s Most Powerful Passports

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the country’s climb in the latest Henley and Partners Passport Index, which ranks all of the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The Philippines rose three notches higher to 72nd place in 2018 from 75th last year, according to Henley and Partners, a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

LIST: 63 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

MANILA, Philippines – Are you looking for the next country to visit in 2018? Good news: Philippine passport holders can now travel to 63 countries and territories visa-free! This makes the Philippines rank 72nd out of 199 passports according to  Henley and Partners' latest Visa Restrictions Index for 2018  – an improvement from last year's 75th rank. In a press briefing, Presidential ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

agoda Rounding Up the Hottest Hotel Openings from 2017 for Your 2018 Bucket List

In the past year agoda’s accommodation listings have doubled, and now the fastest-growing online travel booking platform offers over 2 million properties worldwide. With so many new options available, agoda has curated a list based on some of the most stand-out 2017 property openings around the world with options for every travel adventure. agoda’s Global […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Where a Philippine passport means a visa-free visit

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine passport holders can travel to 63 countries without visa, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Survey shows Pinoys most optimistic in Asia-Pacific

Thanks to "rising economic growth, a soaring travel industry and greater interregional economic cooperation," citizens of the Asia-Pacific region are feeling optimistic about their future---and Filipinos are the most optimistic of them all. This was one of the key findings of the recent MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence based on a survey conducted twice yearly in the Asia-Pacific covering 18 markets: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The latest survey was conducted between October and November last year among 9,141 respondents...Keep on reading: Survey shows Pinoys most optimistic in Asia-Pacific.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Travel site picks Manila: Go barefoot with Nazarene

MANILA, Philippines — Manila was listed among the tropical destinations to travel to in January by global travel search site Skyscanner......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

PSEi greets 2018 with new record high

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre National Correspondent LOCAL STOCKS charged deeper into record territory to kick off the year, riding a raging global bull market fueled by improving outlook for global growth. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) picked up where it left off in 2017, chalking up a gain of 1.93% to close […] The post PSEi greets 2018 with new record high appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

The books I read in 2017

1. Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro. Impossible not to empathize with her strong female characters, their pursuit of fulfillment and freedom, their overcoming of various tragedies and other challenges in life. 2. How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays, Umberto Eco. The best parts are the funny observations of the scholar-traveler about American… The post The books I read in 2017 appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

PH manufacturing ends strong in 2017 — research group

The manufacturing sector sustained its strongperformance in the fourthquarter of 2018 evenas its growthslightlyweakened in December,the latestNikkeiPhilippinesManufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed. Last month, the PMI score slightlydeclined to 54.2 from 54.8 in November,global research firm IHS Markit said in a statement Tuesday. IHS Markit nonetheless pointed out that the index level in December "still signalled a solid improvement in the health of the sector" as thefourth-quarteraverage was thestrongest last year. APMIscore of above 50 indicates an overall increase in manufacturing activity. "The Philippines' manufacturing economy finished the year with ...Keep on reading: PH manufacturing ends strong in 2017 — research group.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan defy rise in Asia’s business sentiment

TOKYO — Business confidence among Asian companies rose in October-December to the highest in almost seven years due to robust consumption and global trade, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index, representing the six-month outlook of 94 firms, rose to 78 for the December quarter from 69 three months before. […] The post Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan defy rise in Asia’s business sentiment appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

U.S. moves to roll back net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – US regulators voted Thursday, December 15, to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, in the latest twist to an acrimonious debate over online freedom. The Federal Communications Commission, in a three-to-two vote, adopted a proposal by Republican appointed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

CEB equips frontline teams with iPads for better service delivery

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) is investing over P60-Million every year over the next five years to implement digital platforms designed to make airport operations more efficient; and for a software system that verifies passengers' international travel documentation, via a real-time database of visa requirements of various countries. CEB has tapped Levarti Ltd, a leading global developer of web-based and mobile platforms for the airline industry, to install its MAX Suite of mobile and desktop applications......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

PH should spend more on R& D – PIDS

Despite climbing to 73rd out of 127 countries in the 2017 Global Innovation Index from 74th last year, the Philippines still needs to spend more in research and development (R&D) to truly boost innovation in the country, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said. At the recent Measuring and Examining Innovation in Philippine Business [...] The post PH should spend more on R&D – PIDS appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

Manufacturing grows anew in November on robust domestic demand

  Manufacturing in November picked up to its fastest pace so far this year on the back of strong domestic demand that boosted both production and new orders, the latest Nikkei Philippines Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed.   In a report released on Friday, global research firm IHS Markit said the PMI increased to 54.8 in November from October's 53.7, the highest reading thus far in 2017. A PMI score of above 50 indicates an overall increase in manufacturing activity.   "The Philippines' manufacturing economy is on course to end the year with its strongest quarter for 2017, with business conditions improving further during November. F...Keep on reading: Manufacturing grows anew in November on robust domestic demand.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

World’s 50 best beaches list topped by Grace Bay in the Caribbean

In the market for a beach holiday this winter? Just in time for the first snowfall of the season, a new ranking of the world's 50 best beaches has been released, with Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos taking the lead. For the index, Canadian online travel agency FlightNetwork, asked 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and travel specialists to weigh in on their favorite beach destinations around the world. "You might love beaches, but these guys do it for a living," said Luke Sheehan, vice president of marketing at Flight Network. "What makes this list so unique is that our participants could compare and contrast the world's best beaches from firsthand experience and their...Keep on reading: World’s 50 best beaches list topped by Grace Bay in the Caribbean.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Temperature check at 20-game mark of 17-18 NBA season

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com Twenty games is not a small sample size. At 20 games, much of what an NBA team is -- and much of what it will become -- is mostly well-established. Fourteen, 16, even 18 games into an 82-game schedule, it might be easy to understate and/or overstate a season. That round number of 20, though -- the closest a team can get in whole games to 25 percent of the regular season (24.39, actually) -- resonates. As our man John Schuhmann notes annually in his Power Rankings, what qualifies as one-fourth of the season carries a certain heft, in terms of who’s good, who’s not and who’s headed where over the remaining 60-62 games. The teams that are likely to be in the playoffs largely are known by now -- 14 of the 16 qualifiers in 2016-17 were above the lottery cutoff by Dec. 5, last season’s quarter mark -- as are those that are racing toward the bottom or merely churning about. Twenty games is no joke, in other words, which is why numerous NBA teams do some serious evaluating at this point each season. Those at or near the top (and those committed to the cellar) may not make course-altering decisions. The teams in the yawning middle might be particularly engaged right about now -- all 30 teams will have played at least 20 games by Friday morning -- in either fishing or cutting bait. The Miami Heat, at 10-9, will hit 20 at Cleveland tonight. They’re especially known for the so-called Rule of 20 owing to team president Pat Riley’s ways dating back to his New York and Los Angeles days. The thinking is, 82 games is too vast and ill-defined, splayed across six months or so, to allow for clear, concise judgments along the way. By the time you get a feel for where your team is headed, you’ve either already gotten there or been sidetracked. At 20 games -- and then again at 40 and 60 -- there’s an opportunity to correct one’s course or adjust one’s objectives. Lock into a starting lineup, pursue a trade, fire a coach, opt for Plan B or hitch up the shorts for a stretch drive, it’s only doable if the right markers are heeded. Some coaches will talk about “continuous improvement” as their overriding mission, but there are so many tiny variables from one game to the next: travel, schedule quirks, minor ailments. Better to go with a block of games. And to know when you can’t. “You have a pretty good idea of your general feel and context of your team,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But that’s not always in cement. Just look at us last year. We didn’t really understand where we were. But you have an idea of what direction, usually, that your team is going in.” The Heat in 2016-17 had one of the most unusual seasons in league annals, going 11-30 after a Jan. 13 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and then 30-11 in to finish the season. They were 7-13 after 20 games, then wound up barely missing a playoff berth on the season’s final night. This time around, the Heat seem to be a blend of last season’s good and bad, and their mediocre mark shows it. Spoelstra has rolled back a lot of the work between games to fundamentals and essentials, with the focus on building good habits. “We’ve got a ways to go,” he said. ‘We’re building habits. We’re building better behavior, all the little things that lead to winning, so hopefully we’ll be a much different team every 20-game block from here on out.” (Some even think 20 games is too many, too diffused and vague for the short attention spans players almost necessarily have to have when uploading mass quantities of opponent research for a homestand’s worth of foes. Hall of Fame coach Hubie Brown preferred to mentally break the season into eight-game chunks. Go 5-3 in enough of those, you’re almost assured of being a playoff team.) Twenty games in is a fragile time for coaches, as far as job security, as the Memphis Grizzlies’ David Fizdale found out Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). At 7-12, he and the Grizzlies had been given enough rope that management obviously felt a determination could be made. Memphis’ quick start, winning five of its first six, didn’t resonate nearly as much as its eight consecutive losses did. Not every franchise hits 20, 40 or 60 games on the nose before doing something dramatic. Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough felt he needed to see only three games to fire coach Earl Watson. In 2015-16, the Houston Rockets pulled the plug on Kevin McHale after 11 games. But the last time Miami made a coaching change in season, Riley sent home Stan Van Gundy at 11-10 in 2005-06 and took over for the final 61 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers fired David Blatt 41 games into the 2015-16 season. And the last time each of these organizations -- Washington, Toronto, San Antonio, Minnesota, Golden State, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Chicago -- made coaching changes during the season, they did so after 17, 17, 18, 19, 23, 23, 24 and 25 games respectively. What have we learned about the league this season, with 20 games coming sooner than usual? * Boston’s acquisition of Kyrie Irving, its young starting forwards and a more tenacious defense than expected have more than made up for Gordon Hayward’s loss. * The day Philadelphia coach Brett Brown longed for finally has arrived. * Detroit, Indiana and New York might manage to overachieve their way into lower-seed possibilities. Washington’s window is closing before its eyes, and Milwaukee has flaws at both ends that won’t be solved if and when Jabari Parker returns. * Houston’s James Harden might snag the Kia MVP trophy many thought he deserved last spring. * Minnesota, Denver and Portland are for real in the West, while it’s getting late early in Oklahoma City. Carmelo Anthony was supposed to have left his sub-.500 records back with the Knicks. * The next man Memphis owner Robert Pera offers a full-time coaching position is going to speed-dial Lionel Hollins, Dave Joerger and Fizdale in some order. * A strong field of Kia Rookie of the Year candidates at least six deep from the Draft class of 2017 all might wind up slotting in behind the Sixers’ Ben Simmons. * The drama of the draft lottery might be greater than that of the playoffs decided several weeks later. * LeBron James still moves the Earth and the league when he firmly puts his foot down. Then there’s the best thing about the NBA season at 20 games: That means 62 more to go. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Pope can help but Rohingya ‘have to go back’: Cardinal

The top Catholic official in Bangladesh hopes Pope Francis’s visit there and to Myanmar will bolster moves to alleviate the Rohingya refugee crisis that has put the neighboring nations in the global spotlight. #BeFullyInformed Pope can help but Rohingya ‘have to go back’: Cardinal The top Catholic official in Bangladesh hopes Pope Francis’s visit there… link: Pope can help but Rohingya ‘have to go back’: Cardinal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017