PTAA to back gov’t in promoting Philippines as a MICE destination

April 23, 2009 11:48 pm· 1 Comment 

MANILA, April 22 — The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Wednesday said it will assist the government in pushing for the development of the Philippines as the new Asian Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) destination.

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PCSO to bring Charity Caravan to Antique

April 23, 2009 11:47 pm· Comments Off on PCSO to bring Charity Caravan to Antique 

ILOILO CITY, April 23 – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will bring its Charity Caravan to Antique province as part of its goal of "spreading the charity virus from Batanes down to Zamboanga."

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Two human cases of swine flu found in Southern California

April 23, 2009 11:46 pm· Comments Off on Two human cases of swine flu found in Southern California 

LOS ANGELES, April 23 — Two mysterious human cases of swine flu have been found in Imperial and San Diego counties in Southern California, it was reported on Wednesday.

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Denim Day observed in Los Angeles to raise awareness about sexual assault

April 23, 2009 11:45 pm· Comments Off on Denim Day observed in Los Angeles to raise awareness about sexual assault 

LOS ANGELES, April 23 — The 11th annual Denim Day was observed Wednesday in Los Angeles with thousands of people wearing blue jeans as part of a campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault.

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From “bananas” to “eggs”: Mandarin becomes popular second language choice in Canada

April 23, 2009 11:44 pm· Comments Off on From “bananas” to “eggs”: Mandarin becomes popular second language choice in Canada 

by Xinhua writers Yang Shilong, Zhao Qing

OTTAWA, April 23 — Canadian-born Chinese (CBC) are sometimes called "bananas" (yellow on the outside but white on the inside), meaning they are Chinese but "westernized" to the extent such that they think, act, and talk like white people.

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New York gold futures rise on economy uncertainty

April 23, 2009 11:43 pm· Comments Off on New York gold futures rise on economy uncertainty 

CHICAGO, April 23 — Gold market in New York gained as economy uncertainty boosted the appeal of the precious metal as a store of value.

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City Hall allots P5M for police auxiliaries

April 23, 2009 11:13 am· Comments Off on City Hall allots P5M for police auxiliaries 

ILOILO CITY, April 22 – The City Government has allotted P5 million budget for the hiring of 100 police auxiliaries for peace and order initiative in the metropolis.

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Pak, Afghan biggest threat for Israel — Lieberman

April 23, 2009 11:12 am· Comments Off on Pak, Afghan biggest threat for Israel — Lieberman 

By Harinder Mishra

JERUSALEM, April 22 — In a major shift in threat perception for the Jewish state, Pakistan and Afghanistan have now been identified as the biggest threat for Israel with the much publicized danger emanating from Iran's nuclear programme pushed to the second rank.

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BoT lowers Thailand’s growth projection; sees 1.5-3.5% contraction in 2009

April 23, 2009 11:11 am· Comments Off on BoT lowers Thailand’s growth projection; sees 1.5-3.5% contraction in 2009 

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BANGKOK, April 22 – Thailand’s economy, now suffering badly due to the global economic meltdown, has forced the Bank of Thailand (BoT) to reduce the projected gross domestic product (GDP) for 2009 to between 1.5-3.5 percent lower than the 0-2 percent growth rate forecast in January, a senior BoT official said on Wednesday.

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Valderrama, Antique folk ready for President Arroyo’s visit on Thursday

April 23, 2009 11:10 am· Comments Off on Valderrama, Antique folk ready for President Arroyo’s visit on Thursday 

ILOILO CITY, April 22 -– Local officials and residents of the municipality of Valderrama in Antique are now ready for the visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday, during which she is slated to distribute certificates of house occupancy and cash grants to their identified beneficiaries.

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