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Archive for February, 2007

French teenager becomes 4th victim of Saudi attack

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

RIYADH (Reuters) – A French teenager died from bullet wounds on Tuesday, bringing to four the number of victims from a militant attack in Saudi Arabia on a group of French tourists in which the males were singled out and shot.

The boy’s father was among three French expatriates working in Saudi Arabia who were killed during a desert trip on Monday in what appeared to be the first attack by suspected al Qaeda militants on foreigners in three years.

A group of nine French nationals living in Riyadh had been visiting historic sites and camping in the desert in the scenic western region of the vast country.

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Tariff hike on HRC, CRC steels seen to increase materials’ prices

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

Steel industry leaders have expressed concern regarding the impending increase in tariff rates on hot-rolled coils (HRC) and cold-rolled coils (CRC) as provided for in Executive Order 574 (EO 574) as this will trigger increases in selling prices of construction materials.

In a recent dialogue conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) presided by Secretary Peter Favila and Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya with manufacturers and hardware operators of construction materials like cement, reinforcing bars, and GI sheets, it was reported that prices of construction materials when compared with prices during the last quarter of 2006 are generally stable based on the surveys conducted by DTI regional offices.

The price for one brand of Portland cement, however, slightly increased. The manufacturers, especially those in the iron and steel industry, explained that raw materials for the manufacturer of reinforcing bars and roofing sheets such as billets, hot-rolled coils, cold-rolled coils, and zinc are basically imported, and should prices of these inputs be increased by their foreign sources it would affect their production costs, causing domestic prices to increase likewise. Arthur M. Florendo, president of Union Galvasteel Corporation, and the steel industry’s flat products sector also voiced concern on EO 574’s effect on prices which will unduly penalize producers and burden end-users.


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Bird flu reported in Vietnam

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

HANOI: A new bird-flu outbreak has killed a number of chickens on a farm in northern Vietnam.

The state-run VTV report said the birds had tested positive for the H5N1 strain and the bird deaths occurred in Hai Duong province, near the northern port of Haiphong. It gave no further details.

Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat warned northern Vietnamese to be on high alert over avian influenza, two weeks after the communist country declared a spate of outbreaks in the south had been contained.

The H5N1 strain has killed 42 people in Vietnam since late 2003 and is considered endemic in the country, but no human cases of bird flu have been reported here since November 2005.

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Zampen producers confirm participation in trade fair

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

SEVERAL producers from the Zamboanga Peninsula have confirmed participation in this year’s National Trade Fair (NTF 2007).

These include YY Sea International, Inc.; Mega Fishing Corporation; Tito Mike’s Food Company, Inc.; Revil Crafts and Fashion Accessories; and ADS Bamboo Craft.

These firms are regular participants to the NTF and are consistent top sellers in the Food and in the Gifts, Toys and Houseware (GTH) categories. Region 9 participants also garnered accolades such as the coveted Best Dressed Booths awards in the previous NTF competitions.

NTF 2007, according to its organizers, will highlight the country’s unique warmth and color through a fascinating array of arts and crafts made by Filipino artisans across the whole breadth of the Philippine archipelago.

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Kaganapan 2007 holds job fair in San Fernando

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

THE San Fernando City Government, through the City Employment Services Office (Ceso), conducted a job fair on February 7 and 8, 2007 at the Plaza Vidal de Arrozal of the City Hall Building.

The job fair was attended by 37 local companies and nine overseas that offered 5,154 job openings to the 1,199 job seekers.

Various institutions were invited to a forum presided by Ceso manager Richard Prado and the regional director of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to strengthen ties between the city and private corporations regarding employment for the Fernandinos.

The city’s Livelihood Training Center (LTC) also participated in the Kaganapan celebration through free services of the graduates of Cell Phone Technician and Massage Therapy courses. A total of 160 Fernandinos availed of the free massage service, while the cell phone technicians rendered service repairs to 117 constituents in front of the City Hall.

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Biotechnology group gears for export mart

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

SOME of them have produced sensational products like virgin coconut oil and less known health and beauty concoctions that caught the imagination of the world.

As an industry, the biotechnology group has dared to plan that in two to five years biotechnology products and processes will be a major export industry in the Philippines.

This was the central point contained in the accomplishment report for the last two years submitted by the biotechnology cluster to the Export Development Council (EDC).

In the next three years, the biotech cluster said, its members are going to launch five product lines including health products into the export market and will support the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of Philippine biotechnology export products in the global market.

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