(Metro News) Valenzuela expands social health insurance program

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on (Metro News) Valenzuela expands social health insurance program 

MANILA, Feb. 17 — The Valenzuela City government has expanded its social health insurance program for constituents by increasing its sponsored PhilHealth beneficiaries to 11,334 for 2011 or additional 3,000 compared to the previous year.

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VP flies to Beijing to appeal for life sentences for 3 OFWs

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on VP flies to Beijing to appeal for life sentences for 3 OFWs 

MANILA, Feb. 17 — Vice President and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns Jejomar C. Binay is scheduled to depart today, Thursday, for Beijing, China to appeal for the lives of three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were meted death penalties by China's Supreme People's Court earlier.

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Ro-Ro port in Samal Island now 50% complete — PPA Davao

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Ro-Ro port in Samal Island now 50% complete — PPA Davao 

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 17 — The Tagpopongan Roll On-Roll Off (Ro-Ro) Port worth P37 million in the Island Garden City of Samal is now 50 percent complete, according to the Philippine Ports Authority Port District Office (PPA-PDO) Southern Mindanao Engineering Services Division (ESD).

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Baguio to unfurl biggest Philippine Flag on February 18

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Baguio to unfurl biggest Philippine Flag on February 18 

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 17 — At least 1,000 people will unfurl Friday here the biggest Philippine Flag, an ambassador of goodwill from Jerusalem, Israel, said.

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U.S. mortgage applications drop by 9.5% last week

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on U.S. mortgage applications drop by 9.5% last week 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 — The Market Composite Index of U.S. mortgage applications, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 9.5 percent in the week ending February 11, 2011 on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week, according to the latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

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Earth's permafrost likely to disappear by 2200 due to global warming: study

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Earth's permafrost likely to disappear by 2200 due to global warming: study 

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 — About 30 to 60 percent of Earth's permafrost will disappear by 2200 as a result of warming temperatures, a new study warns.

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Rising seas will affect major U.S. coastal cities by 2100: research

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Rising seas will affect major U.S. coastal cities by 2100: research 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 — Rising sea levels could threaten an average of nine percent of the land within 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, according to a new research led by University of Arizona (UA) scientists.

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South Africa voices concern over media attacks against UN mission in Kosovo

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on South Africa voices concern over media attacks against UN mission in Kosovo 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 17 — South African UN Ambassador Baso Sangqu on Wednesday expressed his concern over attacks against the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo in the media, amid ongoing political tensions.

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365 civilians killed in Egypt's protests: official

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on 365 civilians killed in Egypt's protests: official 

CAIRO, Feb. 17 — Egyptian Health Minister Ahmad Sameh Hosni Fareed said Wednesday that at least 365 people were killed and 5,500 others were wounded in the protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign, according to the state TV.

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Sea Shepherd cautiously monitors Japanese whalers' suspension

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Sea Shepherd cautiously monitors Japanese whalers' suspension 

CANBERRA, Feb. 17 — International anti-whaling organization, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Thursday said the group will not run up the victory flag yet, even though Japanese has suspended their Antarctic whale hunt.

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