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Man who faked sign language at Mandela memorial has faced murder, other charges

13 Dec

By Steven Mufson

JOHANNESBURG — The sign language interpreter who gestured meaninglessly at the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa on Tuesday has faced charges of murder, rape, theft, breaking and entering, malicious damage to property and kidnapping, according to

The South African news site said the outcome of the murder charge against Thamsanqa Jantjie, brought in 2003, was unknown because the court case file is “mysteriously empty.”

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World Bank: Philippines most improved economy

29 Oct

by Mary Rose A. Hogaza

The Philippines is the most improved economy in Asia, jumping by 30 places higher, the World Bank “Doing Business” 2014 reported.

From its 138th rank on 2013, the Philippines is now the 108th placer.

Philippines together with Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Kosovo, Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Macedonia and Guatemala made the largest gain in making it easier for local entrepreneurs to establish a business.

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World’s best and worst places for business

29 Oct


WASHINGTON, USA – The World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” report, released Monday, October 29, ranked 189 countries on how easy or difficult it is to start and operate a local business.

The 10 best places to run a business:

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BSP bullish on GDP growth

28 Oct

By Paolo G. Montecillo

The Philippine economy will likely sustain or even surpass its first semester growth until the end of 2013, buoyed by positive business and consumer sentiment that has resulted in industrial production and consumer consumption.

Most of the economic indicators tracked by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) pointed to signs that the country’s growth for the year would likely breach official government targets.

“The safe way to say it is that we will be close to 6 to 7 percent. After all, we already did over 7.5 percent in the first half,” BSP Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo said late last week.

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Kim Henares to remain BIR chief — Aquino

22 Oct


MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares will keep her post because she is performing well in her role as chief of the country’s top revenue source, according to President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, October 21.

Henares will also not be sacrificed because of a rumored rift between the Aquino government and the powerful religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), Aquino told reporters on the sidelines of the Seminconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) meeting.

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IRS To Employees: Let’s Get Back To Work!

17 Oct

by Kelly Phillips Erb

With the shutdown officially over, the Internal Revenue Service had this to say to employees: get back to work!

As per the IRS web site:

“IRS employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after the start of their tour of duty that begins at 6 a.m. or later local time on Oct. 17.”

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Peso strengthens on US debt deal

17 Oct


The peso strengthened against the dollar on Thursday in line with gains made by Asian currencies on the US Congress’ last-minute approval of a deal ending a partial government shutdown and averting a historic debt default.

The local currency gained 12.5 centavos to close at 43.065:$1 from Wednesday’s 43.19. Trade volume rose to $914.5 million from $533.5 million.

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