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Philippines vital for survival of migratory birds

Groups counts 18,000 waterfowl in Balanga City
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 19:48:00 01/11/2010

Filed Under: Environmental Issues, Animals, Natural Resources (general), Nature

BATAAN, Philippines—Almost an hour before sunrise here, 20 volunteers armed with their spotting scopes, binoculars, cameras and other equipment visited Sunday the three wetland sites in Balanga City to count the number of wintering or migratory birds that flock the area for breeding or a quick stopover.

The event dubbed the Asian waterbird census, is held every second and third week of January and forms part of the global census for wintering shorebirds visiting the wetlands and coastal sites across the Americas, Africa and Asia. Read the rest of this entry »


SAP targets outsourcing firms in RP

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 21:02:00 11/10/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Software

MANILA, Philippines – German software firm SAP is aiming its business communications software at outsourcing companies that rely heavily on transmitting data from across the world.

Contrary to the practice of companies that are diverting IT budgets to other projects because of the global financial meltdown, now is the right time for businesses to invest on business communications management to tackle the current crisis and to better prepare for next year, said Kay Kretschmer, director for SAP business development in Asia-Pacific and Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead ‘butanding’ found in Manila Bay

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 19:25:00 10/28/2009

Filed Under: Environmental Issues, Animals

MANILA, Philippines— A whale shark, locally called “butanding”, was found dead on Manila Bay by local fishermen on Wednesday morning, according to the local arm of conservationist group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

WWF Philippines information officer Gregg Yan said the possible causes for the butanding’s death include disease, gear entanglement, exposure to organic pollutants and ship strikes. Read the rest of this entry »

A(H1N1) cases hit 5,212

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:09:00 10/26/2009

Filed Under: Health, Swine Flu, Diseases, Government

MANILA, Philippines—A total of 5,212 A(H1N1) influenza cases were monitored in the country between April and October 18 with 30 deaths, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday.

Although the global community was alerted again of the possible (A)H1N1 outbreak when United States President Barack Obama placed the disease as a national emergency, Duque said Filipinos should not worry because the country’s own national health system—with containment, mitigation, and monitoring measures in place—can handle the situation. Read the rest of this entry »

20 percent of Metro heart attacks due to passive smoke

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:16:00 10/26/2009

Filed Under: Diseases, Health

MANILA, Philippines—Second-hand smoke causes over 20 percent of the number of heart attacks in Metro Manila, officials from the Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday.

One to seven hours of weekly exposure to second-hand smoke increases the number of heart attacks or acute myocardial infarction by 10 percent and a weekly exposure of 21 hours in turn raises the number of heart attacks by 20 percent, said DoH Secretary Francisco Duque III quoting an international study. Read the rest of this entry »

Software firm grooms RP as cloud computing hub

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 21:21:00 10/22/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Software, Internet

MANILA, Philippines – A US-based software firm specializing in “cloud computing” intends to double its local operations by adding 300 new seats to its Manila office over the next two years, an official said.

The expansion is part of Netsuite’s strategy to groom the Philippines as its “largest hub” for cloud computing services worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons from outsourcing powerhouse India

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:05:00 10/22/2009

Filed Under: business process outsourcing (BPO), Economy and Business and Finance

MANILA, Philippines – What has made India a powerhouse in the global outsourcing arena?

Innovation or ingenuity to solve issues is key to India’s success when it entered the BPO arena 10 years ago, said Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, vice chairman and chief executive of India’s Zensar Technologies. Read the rest of this entry »


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