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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

PH still 5th in CPJ 2018 Global Impunity Index

NEW YORK-BASED press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its 2018 Global Impunity Index which ranks states with the worst records of prosecuting the killers of jour.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

PH still 5th in CPJ 2018 Global Impunity Index

NEW YORK-BASED press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its 2018 Global Impunity Index which ranks states with the worst records of prosecuting the killers of jour.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Philippines moves up on Global Food Security Index

As the country suffers from rising food prices due to tight supply of basic goods, a global metrics on food security believes the Philippines has improved its capacity to feed its people......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Philippines improved ranking in global tourism index

MANILA HAS WELCOMED a report which placed the Philippines in the 13th and 15th place on the Travel and Tourism […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Philippines improves ranking in global tourism index

The Philippines is one of the tourism markets that have grown the most in the past seven years as it ranks 13th among 185 countries in the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s Travel and Tourism Power Rankings......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Global gloom infects local stocks

PHILIPPINE EQUITIES finished the week with their third straight day of decline, keeping pace with weakening by Wall Street and others in Asia in the face of more protectionist moves by US President Donald A. Trump. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) edged down by 7.2 points or by a nearly flat 0.08% to close […] The post Global gloom infects local stocks appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

‘Grand Deception’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: WHEN RAPPLER through its President, Maria Ressa, was caught trifling with an important tenet in the Philippine constitution that mandates that Philippine media should be 100% owned by Filipinos the Securities and Exchange Commission ordered it closed. Rappler was parading like it is wholly owned by Filipinos but turned out it accepted investment from Omidyar Network (ON) which is known for its notoriety in destabilizing heads of state that are not docile to America. It tried deception by claiming that the Philippine Deposit Receipts it issued to ON money was for philanthropic contribution. The attempt dragged them deeper in shit as PDRs are actually commercial instruments. When this trick did not work, Ressa again tried another act this time claiming that Omidyar signed a waiver on its veto power. Again this did not pass scrutiny of the SEC because the said waiver was discovered to be just a scrap of paper as the document was not notarized.  Running out of deceptive tricks Ma. Ressa went berserk when she was served the closure order and went about town crying her freedom is being curtailed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte no less. Her partner Pia Ranada did the same screaming she will be jailed by Duterte’s military. The grandstanding, it was obvious, was to stonewall the criminal violation they committed and to paint Rappler and its staff headed by Ressa as victims of oppression and dictatorial regime of Duterte. Contrary to its claim that they have lost their freedom of expression, more than ever Rappler had increased the crescendo of its unfettered attack on no less than the President Duterte himself. Ressa spearheaded a Black Friday movement supported by a handful of students from where else by the University of the Philippines campus and the usual garrulous but moribund Liberal Party stalwarts headed by VP Leni Robredo. They were joined in by UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her local counterpart Chito Gascon in denouncing the Duterte government for curtailing the freedom of the press. Other foreign-funded media outfits joined the fray for obvious reason.  Theirs is a cacophony of ridiculous chants. Robredo warned that the closure of Rappler is a symptom of a dark future of the country. The juvenile delinquents in the UP campus joined pipsqueak assemblies with screaming placards denouncing Pres. Duterte and his “malignant forces that continue to peddle lies to justify their tyranny and dictatorship”.  They cut classes to face the TV cameras and klieg lights unmindful of yet another spectacular grade the survey firms Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia showing an “excellent” grade on the sustained trust and popularity of the nation on Duterte which they had been flagellating no end.  No one seems to mind their issue about tyranny and dictatorship as the World Bank grudgingly declared that “DDS killed democracy in the Philippines but they haven’t killed the country’s vibrant economy”.  Forbes, an international business magazine, likewise quoted WB on its Global Economic Prospects, which asserts that “Duterte Philippines is the 10th fastest growing economy in the world”.  The statistics is a slap on the face of VP Robredo who remains to be an incurable pessimist despite the figures that cannot lie. She continues to see the future of the Philippines in dark glasses forgetting that she is a Vice President and therefore should have celebrated with the rest for the gains that the country achieved. For her part, Maria Ressa simply ignored what Forbes and WB declared.  Maybe out of outrage that the Robredo seemed to be out of sync and blinded by sheer politicking and negativism, UP Political Science professor and political analyst, Clarita Carlos,  made a five-worded message to The Vice President thus: “President Duterte moves the Philippines forward”. To those who denigrate Duterte from cutting the country’s umbilical cord to America, Professor Carlos had this to say. “Duterte has moved the Philippines away from the usual foreign policy and in turn ‘defined national interest’ by tracking his own way of foreign policy”. She admired Duterte for his political guts and courage.  It is indeed pathetic that while the Philippines rise several notches higher in political and economic arena the opposition and the foreign-aided media outfits shamelessly continue to belittle these achievements. It is no small feat that Philippines came out stronger in economic growth than China in the 3rd quarter of 2017. On the 4th quarter moreover China rallied (6.9%) and landed on top of Asian countries followed by Vietnam (6.8) and Philippines 6.7%. The Philippines however has been growing more than 6% for nine consecutive quarters and that sustained growth is best among Asean nations. Any which way you look at it, that spells economic stability and investment grade for investors service firms like Moody’s and other international credit rating institutions. Cause and effect is a simple gauge to measure the impact of the tyranny and dictatorial regime that Rappler and its sympathizers have been accusing the Duterte regime. But as I always say, no one can quarrel with success especially when institutions of unquestionable stature put the positive figures across. Expect the economy to grow even faster in 2018 when infrastructure spending commences under the Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program. As we all know, the government had earmarked P8.4-trillion to achieve the mega infrastructure projects comprising of railways, highways and bridges, irrigation’s, airports and seaports to name a few. The job opportunities that these programs will generate are equally mind-boggling. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

PHL ranks 71st out of 159 countries in freedom index

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE Philippines ranks 71st out of 159 countries in the 2017 Human Freedom Index (HFI) by the Fraser Institute. Based on 2015 data, the 2017 global index on personal and economic freedoms (collectively human freedom) places the Philippines with a human freedom score of 6.97 (in a range of 0-10), with […] The post PHL ranks 71st out of 159 countries in freedom index appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index

THE PHILIPPINES was rated partly free, as was press freedom in the country, in a global environment marked by democracy in crisis, according to the 2018 world freedom index released by Freedom House. Findings by the independent watchdog organization have concluded that “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic […] The post Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 17th, 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

Philippines among least generous in Southeast Asia, study suggests

By Gaea Katreena Cabico/philstar.com – Filipinos are among the least civically engaged people in Southeast Asia, a Gallup global report suggests. The Philippines obtained a score of 28 on Gallup’s “The World’s Most Generous” index, while its neighbor Indonesia—a lower middle-income country—topped the rankings alongside Australia with a score of Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Philippines Rule of Law score dips further

The Philippines scored 3.4 out of 10 points in the latest 2018 Human Freedom Index, where the country dropped two places among 162 countries measured......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Gov’t steps up fight vs media killings

By: Gail T. Momblan THE government has committed its full involvement in solving cases of media killings and violence in the Philippines, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said. Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS Executive Director, said the country improved in the global impunity index for journalists for its relentless efforts in the fight […] The post Gov’t steps up fight vs media killings appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

China vows quick trade moves as U.S. sends mixed signals

BEIJING, China – China vowed Wednesday, December 5, to move swiftly to strike a trade consensus with the United States, even as mixed signals on the detente from self-described "Tariff Man" Donald Trump's administration upset global markets. Trump sowed more confusion as he opened the door to lengthier ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Foreign buying lifts local stocks

The local stock barometer climbed to the 7,300 level on Friday as local equities started attracting back foreign inflows. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) racked up 71.8 points, or 0.99 percent to close at 7,340.18 even as regional markets were lackluster due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. Value turnover for the day was heavy at P14.77 billion, boosted by a P9.04-billion block transaction of Gokongwei family-led RRHI shares related to its acquisition of grocery chain operator Rustan's Supercenter. The local stock market has seen net foreign buying in the last three days. With global oil prices easing and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas tak...Keep on reading: Foreign buying lifts local stocks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

PSEi drops 1% in morning trade, tracks global decline

THE stock market fell in early trading on Wednesday in line with global declines amid concerns over slower economic growth. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) dropped by 1.07 percent…READ The post PSEi drops 1% in morning trade, tracks global decline appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Filipinos top global survey in concern over security

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos recorded the highest level of concern over security issues, according to the newly released 2018 Unisys Security Index. The Philippines scored 232 out of 300 in the index, which is 59 points higher than the global average of 173. Still the Philippine index fell 11 points ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Manila among top spots for Asian solo travelers

Worldwide, most people don’t mind travelling solo if the purpose is to relax and unwind. This was one of the key findings of a survey commissioned by Agoda, one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel agents (OTA). Agoda’s Solo Travel Trends 2018 survey, conducted by YouGov, a global public opinion and data company, found that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Saudi to cut output, oil prices advance

Oil prices advanced Monday after crude kingpin Saudi Arabia announced plans to cut output in the face of global oversupplies and demanded that other producers followed suit. Higher crude lifted shares across the commodities sector, helping London’s FTSE 100 index featuring the likes of BP and Shell, to rise slightly overall. Tobacco stocks however slumped, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

By Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings. Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more. "It's very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience," said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California. Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning female athletes this year at $18 million, almost all endorsements. Osaka appears to be the right woman in the right sport at the right time with the draw to overtake Williams. "What's more, tennis, especially women's tennis, is a sport that lends itself to a broad variety of sponsors: sporting goods, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle, travel, personal care, you name it," Dorfman said. "And the sport's international following brings with it a large, loyal and affluent fan base. All the more reason why so many companies are lining up to sign her up." The big question is: Can she keep this up? Much has happened very quickly for her, notes former tennis star Chris Evert. "You know, it's going to be life-changing for her and very, very important," Evert said. "From what I see, she is very humble and from what I see, her parents are very humble people. Hopefully they won't go Hollywood on us. We don't want that to happen." Osaka's multicultural background — Japan-born but raised in the U.S. by a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother — adds to her wide appeal, endearing her to fans in Japan and elsewhere. Her disarming charm, off and on the court, including how she handled the turmoil surrounding her win over Williams, is also winning people over. "She appeals to the young and old, men and women, everyone," said Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, her sponsor since August. Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.'s 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the U.S. Open. Citizen was quick to take advantage of her Grand Slam win, taking out a one-third page ad in the Yomiuri newspaper's extra edition report of her win. Companies won't say how much her contracts are worth, but they tend to be written so that if she keeps winning, her earnings will keep going up. If one company won't pay, another will just snatch her up, marketing experts say. Although Japanese baseball players like Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani are superstars, that sport doesn't have the global appeal of tennis. There are Olympians, but their appeal tends to come and go every four years. Japan is "just starving for a star," Evert said. Osaka has been wearing various Citizen watches in matches and in photo ops and has told reporters the first watch she got from her mom was a Citizen. She has also said her father drove a Nissan while she was growing up — another in a growing line of sponsors. Besides Citizen, Osaka has deals with instant noodle-maker Nissin Foods Group, Japanese badminton and tennis racket maker Yonex Co., and athletic-wear and sneaker giant Adidas. Nissan Motor Co. signed Osaka as its three-year "brand ambassador" in September. The deal was in the works for a while, but the timing couldn't have been better, coming right after the U.S. Open. The Yokohama-based automaker is mulling a "Naomi Osaka model" car. She is also getting keys to a silver GT-R sports car. Investing in Osaka enhances brand image for the long-term, said Masao Tsutsumi, general manager in charge of Osaka-related marketing at Nissan. He said her transformation from "every girl" to superstar parallels the automaker's commitment to technological innovation. "She also is such a nice person while being utterly professional," he added. Yonex has been supplying rackets to Osaka since she was 10, after receiving a letter from her mother. The Osaka effect is evident in the growing popularity of Yonex rackets among younger Americans, the company says. Appearing before Yonex employees in Tokyo, Osaka drew affectionate laughter by insisting on addressing the crowd in Japanese, though she managed only a few words, including "onaji," or "the same," says Nori Shimojo, the company's official in charge of tennis player service. At just 21, Osaka's got plenty of time to learn the language of her birthplace if she wants to. As for her sponsorship windfall, she is shrugging it all off. "I wouldn't really know because I have never been in this territory," she said during a recent tournament in Singapore. "For me, I just focus on my matches, and, I mean, like I'm a tennis player, so I just play tennis." ___ Sandra Harwitt in Singapore contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018