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PH slips 1 notch in human capital index

PH slips 1 notch in human capital index.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netSep 13th, 2017

Philippines falls a notch in WEF’s Human Capital Index

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has dropped anew in a global ranking which measures countries’ ability to make the most of their populations’ economic.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

PSEi slips but clings to 8,900

The local stock barometer ended flat but stayed afloat the 8,900 level on Wednesday as some investors reassessed their portfolios after the recent run-up to record highs. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 3.43 points or 0.04 percent to close at 8,920.29. While US stocks continued to rally overnight, the local market was "tired" after its successive winning sessions from the last days of December, said Luis Gerardo Limlingan, managing director at local stock brokerage Regina Capital Development. "Index saw some pullback amid a lack of news flow in local front and as investors await the corporate results season which will be in full swing next month," ...Keep on reading: PSEi slips but clings to 8,900.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Capital markets pause for breath as rate hike fears upset stock prices

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre National Correspondent COMPANIES seeking to tap the stock market for funding may stay on the sidelines until the dust from the global equity sell-off settles, as investors grapple with rate hike fears. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) — a barometer of investor confidence — wiped out its gains […] The post Capital markets pause for breath as rate hike fears upset stock prices appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Philippines slips in economic freedom rankings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines slipped three notches in the Heritage Foundation 2018 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF) due to lower scores for governmen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

TOKYO --- Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo's downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop's name in Japanese means "strange cafe." The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer. "Would you care for a delicious coffee?" the barista, with a screen showing a pair of cartoon eyes, asks in a flat tone. "I can make one better than human beings around here." It grinds the coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a paper cup for up to five people at once. A cup of brewed coffee cost...Keep on reading: Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Philippines in middle cluster of Human Freedom Index

WASHINGTON – The Philippines has landed in 71st place among 159 countries ranked in a new Human Freedom Index (HFI) that presents a broad measure of personal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Paris comes out top in study of world’s most appealing cities

The French capital is the highest-rated city in the world, according to a biennial study, the Anholt-GfK City Brands Index (CBI), published this Tuesday, Jan. 30. United Kingdom capital London held on to second position, and was followed by Sydney, which overtook New York. By adding 0.51 percentage point to its score, Paris remains the highest-rated city in the world, according to this study which evaluates the appeal of 50 cities around the globe. A wide range of criteria are taken into account, including international status and standing, accommodation affordability, the public transport network, the friendliness of the people, interesting things to do, and economic and educatio...Keep on reading: Paris comes out top in study of world’s most appealing cities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 31st, 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

Family meals could give children healthy eating habits for life

New European research has found that regularly eating together as a family helps pass healthy eating habits onto children that last well into adulthood, potentially preventing obesity later in life. Carried out by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Mannheim, Germany, the new meta-analysis looked at 57 studies which together included a total of 203,706 of participants from across the world. The team analyzed the relationship between family meals and children's nutritional health using the measurements of body mass index (BMI), the number of portions of fruit and vegetables eaten per day (as an indicator of healthy diet), and the...Keep on reading: Family meals could give children healthy eating habits for life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

PSEi posts new record high; peso slips ahead of GDP report

Investors’ confidence in the local equities market boosted the main index to a new high while the peso slid against the US dollar Monday, with both developments attributed to anticipation over the growth report for the domestic economy for the last quarter and full year 2017......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Market gains 1.08%

  The local stock barometer yesterday rallied on selective buying of large cap-stocks, led by a rebound in share prices of big banks. Tracking mostly upbeat regional markets, the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) racked up 95.18 points or 1.08 percent to close at 8,915.92. The index was led by BPI, which surged by 7.39 percent and was the day's most actively traded company. Metrobank also rose by 2.04 percent while its parent conglomerate GT Capital Holdings rose by 6.34 percent. Both BPI and Metrobank recently announced massive stock rights offering plans, respectively amounting to P50 billion and P60 billion. BDO, SM Investments and AGI all ad...Keep on reading: Market gains 1.08%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

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 NewsJan 17th, 2018

PSEi slightly down but stays above 8,900

The local stock barometer ended flat but stayed above the 8,900 level yesterday as some investors reassessed their portfolios following the recent run-up to record highs. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 3.43 points or 0.04 percent to close at 8,920.29. While US stocks continued to rally overnight, the local market slowed after successive winning sessions from the last days of December, said Luis Gerardo Limlingan, managing director at local stock brokerage Regina Capital Development. "Index saw some pullback amid a lack of news flow in local front and as investors await the corporate results season which will be in full swing next month," Limlingan sai...Keep on reading: PSEi slightly down but stays above 8,900.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

PSEi notches new peak before 2017 ends

By Arra B. Francia Reporter REKINDLED investor confidence over the strength of the Philippine economy, especially in the wake of the just-enacted tax reform, propelled the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) yesterday to notch its 13th record-high finish for the year. The 30-member bellwether index closed 8,535.09, 44.18 points or 0.52% higher than Wednesday and […] The post PSEi notches new peak before 2017 ends appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Construction materials prices rise in November amid infrastructure drive

THE retail price of construction materials rose in November amid the rollout of several big-ticket infrastructure in the National Capital Region, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). According to a posting Monday on the PSA website, the Construction Materials Price Index rose 1.7% year on year in November, up from 1.4% in October. On […] The post Construction materials prices rise in November amid infrastructure drive appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Bourse slips back above 8,300 line on bargain-hunting, tax reform optimism

THE PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE Index (PSEi) ended the week higher on bargain-hunting, with sentiment buoyed by progress made in reconciling the House of Representatives’ and Senate’s tax reform legislation at the bicameral conference committee stage. The benchmark index closed at 8,304.70 on Friday, up 129.77 points or 1.59%, while the all-shares index finished 4,858.86, up […] The post Bourse slips back above 8,300 line on bargain-hunting, tax reform optimism appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Promising signs from Bulls young guns

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com In time, Zach LaVine’s return, development and eventual career arc will determine to a large extent how successful the Bulls’ Draft Night trade of Jimmy Butler to Minnesota was. For now, and until LaVine suits up this season and beyond, his value to Chicago is strictly to be determined. The two-time NBA Slam Dunk champ is back in the practice gym in his recovery from left knee (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery. Playing 1-on-1 with teammates, working out with the G-League Windy City Bulls in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and improving his timing and his conditioning, LaVine is penciled in to make his season debut before the end of 2017. Meanwhile, though, the Bulls have two other pieces to show from the Butler deal: stretch-four forward Lauri Markkanen and point guard Kris Dunn. Both have offered glimpses of what they can do and how they might fit into the team’s long-term vision that someday won’t prioritize losing. Markkanen, the lanky Finn by way of the University of Arizona, is averaging 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and in 30 minutes. He’s putting up 7.2 three-point shots per game and hitting 31.7 percent. His 140 attempts from the arc ranked 14th in the NBA – more than Bradley Beal (126), more than Carmelo Anthony (125) – and Markkanen’s 48 makes are the most by any player in his first 20 games. Dunn, whose disappointing 2016-17 rookie season with Minnesota essentially has gotten a reset, was at 12 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 4.2 apg after having 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in Thursday night's (Friday, PHL time) loss at Denver. The 23-year-old from Providence is shooting 43.2 percent on three-pointers (43.2 percent)  and his steal percentage of 3.8 – an estimate of the percent of opponents’ possessions ending in Dunn steals – ranked No. 1 in the NBA. Their trajectories have been somewhat different so far in 2017-18: Markkanen has been consistent while fighting through a flu bug and some road weariness, while Dunn has played his best most recently. But they’ve both contributed in ways that, aside from the Bulls’ relentless losing, suggests brighter days and in time a positive verdict on that headline-grabbing, bit-spitting trade. Markkanen: Stays cool, likes cold, shoots hot It’s fair to say that the Bulls, when they acquired Markkanen as the No. 7 selection in the Draft last June, got a sleeper. No, literally. That’s about all the 20-year-old native of Vantaa, Finland was able to do after a hectic spring leading up to the draft followed by a tortuous summer at the Las Vegas Summer League and a key role for his home country’s national team in the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 tournament. Markkanen’s single season at Arizona not only acclimated him to the American game, it earned him all-American status and a taste of the NCAA tournament before the Wildcats lost to Xavier. In the Euro competition, he averaged 19.5 points and 5.7 rebounds before heading to Chicago for an early jump on training camp. “When he came over here, he was exhausted,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “The week before training camp was completely lost time – he needed to recharge his batteries. So, we really didn’t know what we had. He was still tired when we started camp. We didn’t throw him out there for all the drills, just as part of the process in getting his body back. “But then every time he stepped on the floor, he showed a little more.” First Markkanen demonstrated he would crack the rotation. Then – when forwards Nikola Mirotic (facial injuries) and Bobby Portis (suspension for the punch that caused them) rendered themselves unavailable two days before the season opener – Markkanen was thrust into the starting lineup. Butterflies? Rookie mistakes? Not so much. Markkanen looked almost unflappable in averaging 17.2 points and 9.3 rebounds through his first six appearances, with a high of 25 points at Miami and double-doubles against San Antonio and Atlanta. “We had to adjust our offense,” Hoiberg said, “and put in some new things to try to get him the ball in different spots on the floor, because of his versatility to score.” Justin Holiday was one of the teammates who learned quickly to get the ball more often to the tall blond guy. “He’s playing consistent, and that’s a very mature thing to do in this league,” Holiday said. “What’s maybe surprising is his confidence in shooting the ball. He’s not afraid to shoot it.” Said Markkanen, whose father Pekka lettered at Kansas before returning home to play professionally: “I’m expecting big things from myself. I think that’s what motivates me every day. Whatever I do, I’m not satisfied. So, I try to set higher goals every time I step on the court. Try to do things better. “It’s going to get harder, I know that. I’m trying to face it like any other job. Just go at it positively, fight through it, put the work in, and I think it will work itself out.” At 20 games and counting, Markkanen will soon blow by the 37 he played in college, and the workload probably has something to do with his recent production; in his five most recent games before Thursday (Friday, PHL time), he shot 25.4 percent, including 11-of-39 from the arc. He says he has adjusted from one game to the next – “I don’t want to give my scouting report, but I try to add something new and figure out what they’re going to throw at me,” he said. He even drew praise from the great LeBron James after hitting four three-pointers in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Cavaliers. Markkanen hasn’t been fooled by Chicago’s relatively balmy late-autumn weather and has to be one of the few NBA players to welcome winter’s chill (“I’m actually looking forward to snow”). He isn’t flinching from the Bulls’ task at hand, either, which looks longer and more laborious with each lopsided defeat. “I understand this part of a process,” said Markkanen, who would appear to be on his way to the Rising Stars Challenge game at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. “We’ve got a young group. We’re having tough times. ... It’s about sticking together and having everyone know that. We can’t afford to not trust or not be a good teammate.” Dunn: Pushing a personal reset button Dunn’s young career was looking a little snakebit. He suffered a concussion in the first game he played for Minnesota in the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League. This time, he had to leave the Bulls’ Vegas entry early to attend to family matters. Then the point guard got hurt in a preseason game against Milwaukee Oct. 7 (Oct. 8, PHL time), winding up with an “open dislocation” of his left index finger. All those setbacks cost Dunn valuable learning time, as far as running first the Wolves’ and then the Bulls’ attacks. He never fully recovered from it last season, sputtering through a rookie season that fell far short of his and others’ expectations. His fellow Class of 2016 draftees had voted him the most likely to snag the Rookie of the Year award, but it went instead to Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, who’d been chosen in the second round 31 spots after Dunn. This time, Dunn was out of action until Chicago’s fifth regular season game. And the delay showed in his performances: 9.8 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 38.6 percent shooting in his first eight games. One Bulls insider said Dunn “had a lot going on in his head” from last season’s failures, even as he tried to get traction in Chicago. Said Holiday, 28, who went undrafted and bounced through five organizations in barely three years from 2013 to 2016: “When you’re young, man, everybody’s pushing. Who knows what was going on his head? He might have been trying to be perfect. Sometimes it takes time. It’s a big role. “But he has the confidence to do it, where last year maybe he didn’t have as much confidence. All you can really do is go out and play hard, and if it works out, it works out.” Over Dunn’s past seven games before Thursday (Friday, PHL time), he was a more effective, more efficient player: 13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, while averaging 2.1 steals and 27.7 minutes. He had made 9-of-15 three-pointers, compared to 6-of-21 to start the season. Already in the five weeks he’s been active, he has played about 30 percent of the total minutes he got in 78 appearances for Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls have been 3.6 points better when he’s been on the floor, too. That’s not enough to tip outcomes, but keep in mind the Wolves were 2.6 points worse a year ago with Dunn in the game. He played probably his best NBA game Tuesday against Phoenix, scoring 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting with eight assists, four rebounds and four steals. If not for a couple of egregious turnovers among his four, he might have agreed with Hoiberg’s “terrific” assessment. That performance came 48 hours after Dunn had scored two points and missed all six of his field-goal attempts against Miami. Hoiberg sought him out and demanded that the second-year guard play more aggressively, and Dunn proved his coach right. “He called me out,” Dunn said. “When a coach calls you out, you try to play as hard as you can. I had to get through my mind, ‘Go out and play the way I used to play. With that aggression. On defense, on offense. Try to stay down in errors as much as I can and get everybody involved.’ “I want to be an elite point guard one day and I understand, the best point guards don’t make those killer turnovers. If I want to reach my goal, I have to get better each and every day in practice, watch film and, y’know, think a little smarter when you’re playing.” Some have suggested Boston’s Marcus Smart as a legitimate comparison for Dunn, given their defensive aptitudes and challenges both face when shooting from range. Dunn is a huge fan of Smart, but believes he can be a full-service, top-notch playmaker. Mostly, he finally looks comfortable with this reset to his NBA experience. “Individually for me, it is a reset,” Dunn said. “I say this is my first year because I didn’t get too many minutes and I didn’t play the right position in Minnesota. I was a two, a three, sometimes a one. But this is my first year of [regularly] playing the point guard. As a team, we don’t have Jimmy, we don’t have [Rajon] Rondo, we don’t have Dwyane Wade, so we’re all trying to figure it out. Everybody is trying to step up and come together as a unit.” With LaVine’s debut now weeks rather than months away, the Bulls – and their skeptical fans – will be able to more fully judge the yield from that Butler trade. Two out of three so far are giving glimmers of hope. 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 NewsDec 1st, 2017

One Rohingya’s struggle to empower women in Malaysia – Al Jazeera

Tucked away upstairs at a shopping plaza in this city’s north end is a small storefront turned classroom for dozens of Rohinyga women and children. The sound of these women reciting English phrases, laughing and the occasional cries of kids can be heard in the stairwell. Its founder, Sharifah Husain, 24, said she wanted to do something to help women and children in her community, who are not allowed to work or study in Malaysia. “I noticed we didn’t have a Rohingya women’s organisation that was standing up for women – to be the voice of women,” Husain said. Husain comes from Buthidaung village in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state. Her father fled to Malaysia when she was five-years old, fearing for his life. Husain was left behind with her mother and two younger siblings. The village was attacked soon afterward, so Husain’s mother took them to Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar – then known as Burma. Her recollection of the traumatic moment when a local mob attacked her village is hazy. It took place almost 20 years ago. But it mirrors the accounts of Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh, who’ve recently fled the Myanmar’s army clearance operations and local Buddhist mobs. “My mother was arrested in Yangon and sentenced to prison for not having official [identification or travel] documents,” Husain recounted. “This left me in charge.” Husain can’t remember how long she spent in Yangon, but she said she was separated from her siblings and sent north to Mandalay and forced into servitude. She spoke to her father in Malaysia, over the phone, and he agreed to pay human traffickers to bring Husain and her siblings to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city. All three, including Husain, were smuggled by land, into Thailand and Malaysia. At that time the Southeast Asia trafficking route wasn’t as defined as it is today. Human trafficking groups in Bangladesh and Thailand now make a lot of money off of poor, desperate refugees fleeing war and violence in Myanmar. Today, the concern faced by the Malaysia government is if it recognises its refugees then that could send a signal to more to make the perilous journey, now taken by sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh to sanctuary in Malaysia, where they don’t face violent persecution. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, states there are 152,170 registered refugees in Malaysia. The majority are Rohingya, displaced from their homes in Myanmar, like Husain. But the amount of unregistered refugees varies widely from 40,000 to 140,000, according to Asylum Access Malaysia. “The big question is – when are the boats going to come? There’s no indication they will now, but there’s definitely a high possibility that they will. And once new groups arrive, that complicates [the] situation,” said Deepa Nambiar, Asylum Access Malaysia director. UNHCR runs what it calls a “parallel school system” for refugees in Malaysia, allowing children to  access basic, primary-level education. Refugee groups and local faith-based organisations fund these schools, staffed by volunteers. One-hundred and twenty-eight informal refugee schools in Malaysia access funding from the UN. It provides education to 7,154 children, according to UNHCR. Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Office states 16,809 Rohingya refugee children are registered with UNHCR. This means about 10,000, or more, refugee children in Malaysia are unable to access any form of education. A dozen or so more informal refugee schools exist but rely solely on donations and are understaffed, said Asylum Access. “To live in Malaysia, yes you can live, but you don’t have a future. You are in a box. You can’t go out of the box,” Husain said. Husain has received no formal education in Malaysia. This is remarkable considering her drive to educate refugee women and children. Malaysians are supporting Rohingya Women’s Development Network by volunteering as teachers and support staff. Rohinyga Women’s Development Network started officially last year. But Husain has spent the last decade educating her community’s most vulnerable women and children in their own homes. “I have built up a trust. The men especially trust me. They feel safe sending their wives to our centre because they know me,” Husain said. Word has spread and more refugee families are now attending Rohingya Women’s Development Network classes, where they receive English-language instruction, leadership training and brand new self-defence classes. “We want to stop domestic violence. We want to stop child marriages in the community. We want to build up women’s empowerment,” Husain said. “We really need the Malaysia government to recognise us.” Husain is trying to change the mentality in the Rohingya and wider refugee community in Malaysia, that women and girls can’t study, work, or earn an income. She receives some funding from UNHCR to run programmes but uses her own money to keep them going. “Of course I have support from my family. My father is my hero. My husband is my hero. Both of these men have really pushed me forward,” Husain added. The Rohingya Women’s Development Network has teamed up with Asylum Access Malaysia on a refugee theatre project. This will allow refugee women to educate the community on issues of sexual violence. “What I think is so innovative about Sharifah and the team is that when we were discussing this project they said ‘we need to get men involved’,” Nambiar said. Husain is appealing to others in the refugee community to support initiatives set up by the Malaysia government and civil society groups to help […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

PSEi ends higher on selective buying

The local stock barometer overcame a rough trading day on Friday, firming up at close on the back of selective buying of large-cap stocks.   The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 21.88 points or 0.26 percent to close at 8,365.11, reversing early losses.   For the week, the PSEi added 54.03 points or 0.65 percent from last week's finish.   "Philippine markets kept to bargain-hunting despite the light trading value due to the (US) Thanksgiving holidays," said Luis Gerardo Limlingan, managing director at local stockbrokerage Regina Capital Development. US stocks were closed due to the Thanksgiving break.   On Friday, the PSEi...Keep on reading: PSEi ends higher on selective buying.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Developer seeks to create sex robot that can bear babies 

Several reported cases of humans "marrying" their sex robots have been documented in the past years. Inventor Sergi Santos wants to take the weirdness level up a notch by creating a sex robot capable of conceiving a baby. The Spanish sex robot developer, as per The Sun, is finding a way for his mechanical temptress "Samantha" to actually bear a child after intercourse. Santos first debuted his 7-stone sex robot last March, which boasts the ability to perform sexual acts like a normal person and create "realistic" orgasmic sounds. After pledging his support for more human-to-machine marital unions in the future, the Barcelona-based inventor said he would soon be able to have a baby ...Keep on reading: Developer seeks to create sex robot that can bear babies .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017