Arrivals of foreign visitors top 2 million in first quarter

April 14, 2009 11:44 pm· Comments Off on Arrivals of foreign visitors top 2 million in first quarter 

SEOUL, April 14 — The number of foreign visitors who arrived in South Korea in the first quarter rose by more than 25 percent from a year ago to top two million, due largely to the nation's growing popularity among Japanese tourists, the government said Tuesday.

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Hospitality turns Manila doc into Sarangani resort-operator

April 14, 2009 11:43 pm· Comments Off on Hospitality turns Manila doc into Sarangani resort-operator 

By Rommel G. Rebollido

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14 – What tourism can do to a community or an individual may just be more than what can be earned from the amazing sights and sounds of a place.

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Hyundai Heavy buys Russian farm for US$ 6.5M

April 14, 2009 11:40 pm· Comments Off on Hyundai Heavy buys Russian farm for US$ 6.5M 

SEOUL, April 14 — Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the world's largest shipbuilder, said Tuesday that it bought 67.6 percent of a Russian farm for US$ 6.5 million to grow corn and soybeans as part of efforts to diversify revenue sources.

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Independent banana growers back science-based agriculture

April 14, 2009 11:37 pm· Comments Off on Independent banana growers back science-based agriculture 

MANILA, April 14 – A group of independent banana growers in Davao Region has committed themselves to science-based agriculture during a forum held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte last April 3.

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Obama lifts restrictions on travel, money transfers to Cuba

April 14, 2009 10:18 am· Comments Off on Obama lifts restrictions on travel, money transfers to Cuba 

WASHINGTON, April 14 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted restrictions on travel and money transfers by Cuban- Americans to Cuba, said the White House in a statement.

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Los Angeles mayor makes efforts to prevent teacher layoffs

April 14, 2009 10:18 am· Comments Off on Los Angeles mayor makes efforts to prevent teacher layoffs 

LOS ANGELES, April 14 — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making his latest efforts to save jobs for thousands of teachers across the city as educational officials recommended layoffs due to the budget deficit facing local public schools.

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Harvard scientists demonstrate laser with controlled polarization

April 14, 2009 10:17 am· Comments Off on Harvard scientists demonstrate laser with controlled polarization 

WASHINGTON, April 14 — U.S. and Japanese scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, lasers in which the direction of oscillation of the emitted radiation, known as polarization, can be designed and controlled at will. The innovation opens the door to a wide range of applications in photonics and communications.

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Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for mortar attack on U.S. Congressman

April 14, 2009 10:16 am· Comments Off on Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for mortar attack on U.S. Congressman 

MOGADISHU, April 14 — Somali Islamist group Al- Shabaab claimed Monday that it was responsible for the mortar attack on visiting U.S. Congressman Donald Payne, according to reports from agencies.

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Killed Somali pirates were “untrained” teenagers: defense secretary

April 14, 2009 10:16 am· Comments Off on Killed Somali pirates were “untrained” teenagers: defense secretary 

WASHINGTON, April 14 — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday that three Somali pirates who were killed by the Navy's Seals to end a hostage crisis were "untrained" teenagers.

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Qatar energy minister says oil between USD 40-50 per barrel realistic

April 14, 2009 10:14 am· Comments Off on Qatar energy minister says oil between USD 40-50 per barrel realistic 

DOHA, April 14 — Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah al-Attiya said on Monday that oil prices between 40 and 50 U.S. dollars per barrel are realistic under the current global financial crisis.

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