CSC chief highlights better public service for 2012

December 30, 2011 1:24 pm· Comments Off on CSC chief highlights better public service for 2012 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – As 2011 draws to a close, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco T. Duque III greeted state workers a happy New Year and urged them to serve with renewed passion for public service in 2012.

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World Bank releases $ 500M to help victims of 'Sendong'

December 30, 2011 1:22 pm· Comments Off on World Bank releases $ 500M to help victims of 'Sendong' 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – The World Bank on Friday announced the immediate release of $ 500 million to assist the Philippine government’s recovery and reconstruction efforts in the wake of tropical storm Sendong.

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DILG chief urges Congress to give firecracker law 'more teeth'

December 30, 2011 1:20 pm· Comments Off on DILG chief urges Congress to give firecracker law 'more teeth' 

BOCAUE, Bulacan, Dec. 30 — As police stepped-up the crackdown on imported and killer types of firecrackers, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo has called on lawmakers to amend Republic Act 7183 otherwise known as the “Firecracker Law” by giving it more teeth and deterring its clandestine production, distribution and sales.

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Businessman in Pampanga hurt in a shooting incident

December 30, 2011 1:18 pm· Comments Off on Businessman in Pampanga hurt in a shooting incident 

ARAYAT, Pampanga, Dec. 30 — A businessman from Mexico town was seriously injured in a shooting incident on Thursday along the portion of Gapan-Olongapo road in this town.

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Natural gas pipeline leak caused by sand dredging: CNOOC

December 30, 2011 1:18 pm· Comments Off on Natural gas pipeline leak caused by sand dredging: CNOOC 

ZHUHAI, Dec. 30 — CNOOC, China's largest offshore energy explorer, said Friday that the leak in its natural gas pipeline in Zhuhai, a city in south China's Guangdong province, two weeks ago was caused by mechanical sand dredging.

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S. Korean, U.S. defense chiefs view DPRK's power succession stable

December 30, 2011 1:16 pm· Comments Off on S. Korean, U.S. defense chiefs view DPRK's power succession stable 

SEOUL, Dec. 30 – The defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States stated that the power succession in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been stable so far, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Friday.

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Ruling party appoints three-term lawmaker as new secretary general

December 30, 2011 1:16 pm· Comments Off on Ruling party appoints three-term lawmaker as new secretary general 

SEOUL, Dec. 30 — The ruling Grand National Party (GNP) on Friday picked a three-term lawmaker as its new secretary general tasked with nominating candidates for the April general elections, party officials said.

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N.K. TV's extensive coverage of Kim's death draws attention

December 30, 2011 1:15 pm· Comments Off on N.K. TV's extensive coverage of Kim's death draws attention 

SEOUL, Dec. 30 — North Korea's state television broadcast extensive coverage following the death of leader Kim Jong-il despite the country's chronic power shortage.

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Feature: Hanok Village: A S. Korean oasis amid modernity

December 30, 2011 1:12 pm· Comments Off on Feature: Hanok Village: A S. Korean oasis amid modernity 

by Yoojung Lee

SEOUL, Dec. 30 — With a cluster of modern, high-rises, it's hard to tell that Seoul is a city rich in history and culture where traditions are still alive.

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Indonesia targets 22 pct rise in furniture, handicraft exports next year

December 30, 2011 1:09 pm· Comments Off on Indonesia targets 22 pct rise in furniture, handicraft exports next year 

JAKARTA, Dec. 30 — The Indonesian Furniture Entrepreneurs Association (Asmindo) has projected a 22 percent increase in the country's furniture and handicraft exports next year despite the global economic slowdown, local media reported on Friday.

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