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Asia-Pacific Business Environment Improves 7.3%

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 5:27 pmPress Release: APEC Report: Asia-Pacific Business Environment Improves 7.3% Issued by the APEC Policy Support Unit Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 16 August 2018 Doing business in APEC member economies continues to get easier, according to a new report, helping to open up trade and growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific against the backdrop of rising uncertainty. An analysis of business conditions in APEC economies by the APEC Policy Support Unit reveals a 7.3 per cent…

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Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highlands By Jiten Yumnam

Chico Once More: Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highlands Jiten Yumnam * Binablayan Village where hydel projects are planned in Cordillera “When you run, gold will gather in your feet” Traversing along the rugged, pothole filled, steep and slippery mountainous roads towards Camandag Barangay in Ifugao in mid July 2018 revealed mesmerizing landscapes of the Cordillera in North Philippines, fringed by lush forest greeneries, mystic bluish mountains and lofty clouds. The mountainous landscape and biodiversity in…

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Capital Region Development Authority to launch works worth Rs 21,000 crore- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service VIJAYAWADA: Ahead of the elections, the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), which has already awarded tenders for works worth close to Rs 27,000 crore, is preparing the ground to finalise contractors for 24 more projects estimated to cost a whopping Rs 21,000 crore. The authority is planning to finish the process in the next six to eight months. Officials explained that all the new projects were a part of the first phase of the capital…

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Libya: Kwame Nkrumah Foresaw Western Re-Conquest of Africa

[Black Star News Editorial] In the 1960s Kwame Nkrumah warned that unless the African continent united into a single continental government with a Africa-wide national army and command, the individual countries would never be able to protect their independence and secure their rich natural and mineral resources. NATO’s illegal war against Libya and the vicious bombardments is the best evidence of Nkrumah’s fears coming to realization. Using the insurgents in Benghazi as cover and abusing United Nations Resolution 1973, crafted…

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AMINI KAJUNJU — VISIONARY NEW LEADER OF AFRICA-AMERICA INSTITUTE

Amini Kajunju Where Others See Bottlenecks, New Leader Sees Opportunities The Africa-America Institute which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year is in good hands with its new president Amini Kajunju, who seems to have been born for such a post. Her cultural, academic, and professional background, gives her unique advantages: a daughter of Africa who attended U.S. college and grad school, she is familiar with the American setting while retaining strong family-roots on the continent whose fortunes AAI hopes to…

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Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boat

Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boat By Afp Published: 15:27 EDT, 15 August 2018 | Updated: 15:27 EDT, 15 August 2018 Palestinian fisherman Mouad Abu Zeid (R) and his friends carry his boat, made of 700 plastic bottles, into the sea off Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 14, 2018 With hundreds of empty plastic bottles collected from the shores of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, fisherman Muath Abu Zeid has turned litter into a…

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Paraguay’s new president takes office, promises to cut…

Paraguay’s new president takes office, promises to cut poverty By Reuters Published: 13:24 EDT, 15 August 2018 | Updated: 13:24 EDT, 15 August 2018 By Daniela Desantis ASUNCION, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Former senator Mario Abdo Benitez took office as Paraguay’s new president on Wednesday, pledging to cut poverty and fight corruption after winning national elections in April, but major changes to economic policy were not expected. Abdo, 46, a conservative Colorado party politician, replaces businessman and Colorado party member…

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Palestine succession hot topic at PLO meeting

Ramallah: A series of illnesses that sent Palestinian National Authority (PNA) president Mahmoud Abbas to the hospital has put the 83-year-old leader under renewed pressure to designate a successor, a decision he’s still resisting. Abbas will outline his vision for contending with hostility from the Israeli regime, Hamas and the Trump administration at a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) Central Council in Ramallah, that starts on Wednesday. More relevant to the governing body’s 135 delegates may be how…

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It’s time to chase away current govt. – JO

Time has arrived to chase away the current government, say the MPs representing the Joint Opposition. They made this statement addressing a convention held yesterday (14) for the 39th commemoration of late Dr. N. M. Perera. When the rupee is depreciating by the day and the cost of living is going up, what else can be done other than chasing away the current government, questions JO Leader Dinesh Gunewardena. General Secretary of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party Prof. Tissa Vitharana…

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“What’s the point of being rich, if you can’t help the poor” | Asian Pacific Post

By Fabian DawsonMata Press Service   As India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day, the headlines boasting the country’s emerging economic prowess, don’t mean much to Prem Kumar Khullar. “What’s the point of being rich, if you can’t help the poor,” asks Khullar, a retired Indian air force squadron leader, who leads a small army fighting poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy in India. The International Monetary Fund this month said India’s economy is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies—accounting for about 15…

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Finland’s Education System: The Journey to Success

When Finnish students scored amongst the top in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA, a very influential international assessment administered by the OECD) in 2001, many people in the field of education were intrigued. How could this small nation, which had not been characterized by surprisingly high results in the past, be on the top? Finns themselves were surprised. When students continued scoring above expectations year after year, educators and leaders all over the world began studying the country…

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Narendra Modi: View: Has doing business got easier?

Would it be easier to do business in India on August 15, 2018, than it was on August 15, 2017? The World Bank’s (WB) Ease of Doing Business rankings, to be released later this year, could well have the last word. Despite some nitpicking over its methodology, the political establishment takes it quite seriously. The rankings have a brand value, making policymakers a trifle nervous. In their informal interactions with the WB team, policymakers have underscored the need to close…

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Israel-Hamas Deal Expected Soon after Secret Netanyahu Trip to Egypt Revealed

A deal between Israel and Hamas that is expected to be revealed at any time now is expected to be close to the agreement outlined in Friday’s edition of the Lebanese newspaper Al-Ahram. The belief is bolstered by word that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid a secret visit to Egyptian President Abdul-Fatteh last May to work out the broad strokes of what will become the latest effort to curtail the violence that has racked the Gaza Strip. The Hamas…

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