Friday, April 6, 2007

Bahrain Will Hire More Nurses From the Philippines

( - BAHRAIN nurses will soon benefit from training programmes in the Philippines following the signing of a memorandum of understanding(MoU) for further co-operation in the medical field yesterday.

The agreement will also facilitate the recruitment of more Philippine nurses at Bahrain's hospitals and medical centres.

"This is a significant step for our people, as also for the development of training in our respective countries," said Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Aziz Hamza.

He signed the agreement at the ministry in Salmaniya on behalf of the Bahrain government with Philippines Ambassador Eduardo Maglaya... full story here

"Damned If You Work, Broke If You Don't"

( - There is an unadmitted gulf between a woman who employs a child-loving Filipina to take care of her infant while she works, possibly from home, and one who leaves the baby all day at a nursery.

As for the Filipina nanny - I met one on the bus the other day, who questioned me closely about my little boy. She hadn't seen her own son for a year, because she was minding another woman's child... full story here

In Dubai: Filipina Pleads Not Guilty Of Killing Her Baby

A Filipina has pleaded innocent to charge of premeditated murder of her newborn whom she placed in a plastic bag and dumped in the garbage, a court heard yesterday.

The woman, identified as M.K., works as a housemaid... full story here

Filipino: Harvard Scientist Of The Year

Noted molecular biologist Dr. Baldomero Olivera will be honored by the Harvard Foundation for his notable contributions to the field of biology at the annual Harvard Foundation Albert Einstein Science Conference: Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics in Harvard's Science Center.

Dr. Olivera is Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of the Philippines Medical School in Manila, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He has over 250 scientific publications in the biological sciences. In 2006, he was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.

Dr. Olivera, who was nominated by members of the Harvard Foundation's Faculty/Student Advisory Committee, is widely known for his groundbreaking research with the neurotoxins produced by venomous cone snails, Conus, found in the tropical waters of the Philippines... full story here

Irish-Filipina: Everywoman Torch Singer

On the evidence of her first proper solo show since fleeing Britain's finest girl group, Sugababes, a second invitation may not be forthcoming.

Her latest album, Real Girl, suggests the Irish-Filipino 21-year-old mother of one is being marketed as an everywoman torch singer, a Matalan Mariah Carey... full details here

Who Is Kiwi Camara? (Controversial)

(The Honolulu Advertiser) - Camara is a native Filipino who grew up in Hawai'i and attended Punahou School, but dropped out of high school to take classes at Hawai'i Pacific University. At age 16 he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and enrolled at Harvard Law School... full story here

Fast-Food Invasion

(TIME Magazine) - Jollibee, with more than 1,400 stores in the Philippines and 11 branches in California, makes McDonald's look like a funeral parlor. Its mascot is a jolly bee, and the restaurants are blindingly happy, all giant, shiny yellow blocks, as if they were designed by an architect from Legoland... full story here

Freddie Roach May Not Show Up During Pacquaio's Fight

The on-going legal battle between Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions for the promotional services of Manny Pacquiao may cost the Filipino superstar his trainer for his next fight against Mexican Jorge Solis at the Alamodome in San Antonio, USA on April 14. With Freddie Roach currently training De La Hoya in Puerto Rico, there is no guarantee that he will be available for Pacquiao who is headlining the Top Rank card... full story here

Asia's Richest Woman In The Eyes of A Filipina

Ming Pao Daily News published an interview with her Filipina domestic helper, named Mina, who said Wang never raised her monthly salary beyond 4,000 Hong Kong dollars (513 US) in the 14 years she worked for the eccentric tycoon.

Even more shocking: Mina said that Wang was so lonely after Teddy's disappearance, she took in a pet monkey -- and sometimes slept in the same bed with it... full story here

Work In A Call Center And Receive An MBA Scholarship!

(The Philippine Daily Inquirer) - A US-based call center has formed partnerships with top universities Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University for an MBA scholarship program.

Isabel Bales, Teletech's director for human capital, said this program will be rolled out at the start of school year in June.

The scholarships will apply at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in Makati City and De La Salle University in Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental, where Teletech runs a facility.

The program will cover as much as P200,000 worth of expenses per student and allows agents to work and study at the same time, Bales said.