There are many lists where the Philippines finds itself at the bottom or near-bottom. For example, in the list of 79 countries that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension and the second lowest in mathematics and science. On the labor front, the Philippines finds itself near the bottom of the list of countries relative to the percentage of workers covered by collective bargaining agreements (CBA). The country ranks 80 th among 85 countries (1.6% for the Philippines as against 98.5% of workers covered by CBAs for the top country on the list). Furthermore, the Philippines ranks 67 th out of 89 countries in terms of union density, i.e. the percentage share of employees who are members of labor unions (ILOSTAT). But there is a list where the Philippines is among the topnotchers — the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 2020 Global Rights Index Report, which ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The crucial role of Catholic educational institutions in labor rights
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SHANGHAI: China’s market regulator said it would bar Tencent Holdings Ltd from exclusive music copyright agreements and fined the company for unfair market practices in the online music market after its acquisition of China Music Corp. The Chinese government has been stepping up antitrust actions in recent months against the country’s large tech companies, including a record US$2.75bil (RM11.62bil) fine on e-commerce giant Alibaba for engaging in anti-competitive behaviour. Tencent and Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the unit created from the acquisition, said they would abide by the decision and comply with all regulatory requirements. The State Administration Of Market Regulation (SAMR) has said it had investigated Tencent’s activities in the online music broadcasting platform market in China, in which music copyright is the core asset, in a notice posted on its official website. Reuters reported in mid-July that the antitrust regulator would order Tencent’s music ... » Learn More about Beijing regulator bars Tencent from rights in music
KUALA LUMPUR: When Nurul Huda Abd Halim discovered in 2015 that she had hepatitis C virus shortly after donating blood, she was worried about getting another cancer. The 26-year-old kitchen helper in Kuala Lumpur had recovered from lymphoma then. She was well aware that hepatitis C virus, which is transmitted through blood, could cause liver cirrhosis, scarring and cancer if untreated. A silent killer, it could take 20 to 30 years before symptoms appear. The first highly effective direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drug Sofosbuvir (used in combination with another DAA) had been approved in the United States since 2013, but Ms Nurul Huda could not get the cure because Sofosbuvir was too costly for the government to bring in. The US$84,000 (RM356,000) 12-week treatment was the price of a medium-cost apartment in Kuala Lumpur. “There were older medicines but they were not as effective and I didn’t take them because the side effects were severe and I was afraid it might affect my ... » Learn More about From US$84,000 to US$100: Malaysia a step closer to eliminating hepatitis C with new, affordable drug
Reigning world champion Nesthy Petecio took a first step toward a maiden Olympic gold for the Philippines in the women's featherweight boxing on Saturday, July 24, with a unanimous decision over Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 29-year-old Petecio is tipped as a strong contender for the first gold in the women's featherweight class, which along with women's welterweight, is making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics. The Philippines has never won an Olympic gold medal in any sport. “I am more than ready,” said Petecio. Petecio delivered a convincing show against Matshu as boxing preliminaries kicked off in a near empty Kokugikan Arena, the 7,300-seat Tokyo stadium usually home to sumo wrestling. “She’s ready and she has something to prove,” said Nolito “Boy” Velasco, a veteran coach of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) who handles the women on the team. “This could be her time and she worked ... » Learn More about World champ Petecio takes step toward maiden women’s boxing gold
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the government and froze parliament on Sunday in one of Tunisia's biggest political crises since the 2011 revolution that introduced democracy. Here is a timeline showing Tunisia's bumpy decade of democracy and the path to Saied's decision. * December 2010 - Vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself on fire after police confiscate his cart. His death and funeral spark protests over unemployment, corruption and repression. * January 2011 - Autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia, as Tunisia’s revolution triggers uprisings across the Arab world. * October 2011 - Moderate Islamist party Ennahda, banned under Ben Ali, wins most seats and forms a coalition with secular parties to plan a new constitution. * March 2012 - Growing polarisation emerges between Islamists and secularists, particularly over women’s rights, as Ennahda pledges to keep Islamic law out of the new constitution. * February 2013 - ... » Learn More about Sacking of Tunisian parliament latest step along bumpy road since revolution
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said in an interview with the New York Times (NYT) that he will not act to roll back tariffs imposed against China immediately after taking office. Will not be cutting back tariffs immediately In addition, Biden will not cancel the Phase 1 agreement U.S. President Donald Trump had signed with China that requires the latter to buy more U.S. goods and services. The deal had led to a ceasefire in the trade dispute between the two countries. Trump had imposed 25 per cent tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports, which amount to US$550 billion (S$735 billion). China, on the other hand, has placed tariffs on US$185 billion worth of American goods. Fixing relations with U.S. allies to deal with China Ruling out any premature actions, Biden said: "I'm not going to prejudice my options." His approach to China will be to first build up -- or mend -- relations with traditional allies in Asia and Europe. This is so that they can "develop ... » Learn More about Biden says tariffs slapped by Trump on China imports won’t be lifted right away
REUTERS: Tennis star Naomi Osaka climbed a stage in the shape of Mt. Fuji and lit the Olympic cauldron, capping off an opening ceremony like no other. Here's what you need to know about the Tokyo Games: Fireworks, traditional theatre and references to Japan's rich sports past. Organizers paid tribute to medical workers as athletes from across the world paraded into an almost empty stadium, their smiles hidden behind masks for the first time. After being passed from baseball legends to children, the torch was handed to Osaka, who walked to the base of the stage, which split open to reveal a set of stairs as the cauldron unfolded like a flower. Osaka then climbed the stairs and lit the cauldron as fireworks briefly illuminated the sky. A MOMENT FOR MUNICH Israeli Olympic team members killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics were remembered with a moment of silence. The families of the 11 victims had long asked the International Olympic Committee to ... » Learn More about What you need to know right now
There are two broad ways that dictionaries define "discrimination". The first, and perhaps the more commonly-understood way, frames discrimination as something that is always bad. An example of this first way of defining "discrimination" can be found in the Oxford dictionary : "The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of ethnicity, age, sex, or disability." If someone practices " discrimination " in this way, they might be described as " discriminatory ". The second kind of definition however, simply focuses on the ability to understand the difference between things. Thus, "discrimination" according to the same Oxford dictionary entry, can also mean: "Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another." Here, " discrimination " is not " discriminatory ". Instead, someone practising it could be described as " discriminating ". Why is it important to understand ... » Learn More about Mothership Explains: Is it right for S’pore to keep the unvaccinated at home for their own good?
United States senators have set in motion a process of sanctioning Philippine officials linked to the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima and alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte administration. For one, the US Senate Foreign Relations committee passed a resolution condemning De Lima's imprisonment and calling out the Philippine government for its "role in state-sanctioned extrajudicial killing by police and other armed individuals as part of the 'war on drugs.'" The same resolution declared its opposition to the arrest and detention of human rights defenders and political leaders in the Philippines who have "exercised their right to freedom of expression." It also denounced the "harassment, arrest, and unjustified judicial proceedings" against media, particularly Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa. Beyond putting a spotlight on human rights and press freedom issues in the Philippines, the US Senate resolution 142 included terms of ... » Learn More about Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?