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PH Ambassador attends New Zealand’s National Day Waitangi Commemorations 2014 at the Bay of Islands

  Together with forty-three Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to New Zealand based in Wellington and in Canberra and Tokyo, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Virginia H. Benavidez attended the Waitangi National Day commemorations at the Bay of Islands from February 4 to 6.     The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) organized …

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 candidates visit DFA-NCR North East

  The DFA NCR-Northeast in Alimall at Araneta Center in Quezon City was graced by the 40 Binibining Pilipinas candidates, accompanied by BPCI Marketing Head Mr. Gines Enriquez and ACI Marketing Officer Ms. Melissa Adducol on February 22.     After a quick tour of the office facilities, the candidates were given a briefing on …

Czech-based company opens 55 new jobs in Prague for OFWs from Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ affected areas

  Philippine Ambassador to Prague Victoriano M. Lecaros to the Czech Republic reported that the Czech-based company Teleplan is opening new jobs for 55 overseas Filipino workers in May this year.  “This is a welcome development in Philippine-Czech people to people relations and shows that Filipino workers are world-class”, said Ambassador Lecaros. Teleplan Company provides …

PH Embassy in Paris taps Filipino students in France to reach tourism targets

  Minister Counsellor and Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Deena Joy Amatong and the rest of the Philippine Embassy officials welcomed a dozen Filipino students at the Philippine Embassy in Paris on February 21 for the semi-annual orientation seminar (ORSEM) for Filipino students in France. In her opening remarks, Ms. Amatong invited the students to be goodwill …

Aga Khan to be welcomed to the nation’s capital by PM Stephen Harper

Photo: Facebook Page of The Aga Khan OTTAWA – The prime minister meets today in Ottawa with the Aga Khan, the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis. Stephen Harper will hold a private meeting with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill before the spiritual leader addresses the House of Commons. The Aga Khan is considered to …

Polar bears near Churchill, Man., pose for Google’s Street View

Google Maps users can now virtually trek across the frozen tundra outside Churchill, Man., and spy on the local residents, who weren’t shy about posing for the cameras. Known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Google visited Churchill with the assistance of the non-profit Polar Bears International to capture images of the majestic …

Federal government rejects proposed gold, copper mine in BC Interior

VANCOUVER—The federal government has again rejected a proposed $1.5-billion, open-pit, gold-copper mine in British Columbia’s Interior over environmental concerns, a decision critics are celebrating but one the company vows to fight. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Wednesday evening that her ministry has rejected the New Prosperity Gold Copper Mine for a second time because it …

Passenger on Manila to Los Angeles flight charged after allegedly punching flight attendant

LOS ANGELES—A man who allegedly punched a flight attendant on a Los Angeles-bound jetliner has been charged with interfering with a flight crew. The FBI says 53-year-old Edgar Nonga of Lakewood was charged with the federal offence on Monday. His bail was set at $10,000. Prosecutors say Nonga got drunk during a Philippine Airlines flight …

After European countries withdraw millions in aid over anti gay law, Ugandans react with scorn

KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted a severe anti-gay measure. At least three European countries are withdrawing millions in direct support to Uganda’s government, which depends on donors for about 25 per cent of its budget. The Netherlands said in statement seen Thursday that it …

Qatari official says apparent gas explosion kills 4 people near popular shopping mall in Doha

DOHA, Qatar – A Qatari official says an apparent gas explosion has killed at least four people near a shopping mall in the capital of Doha. Civil defence director of operations Gen. Hamid al-Naimi told state-backed Qatar TV that initial reports suggest Thursday’s blast was caused by a burst gas cylinder that exploded near the …

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