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DOST encourages Filipino scientists to return and practice in the Philippines

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) acknowledges the vital role of Filipino scientists in the country’s various sectors and economy.

Among them is Dr. Divina Amalin, an expert in terminating pests and one of those who discovered the predators of the pest Cocolisap that destroyed thousands of coconut trees in the country.

She worked in the Univesity of Florida and in the US agriculture department but decided to return to the Philippines in 2010 to practice in her home country and also for family reasons.

Amalin said that the government will definitely save funds thru the Balik Scientist program.

“Hindi na mag-spend ng more funding to generate technology ’cause Filipinoipino scientist abroad had already gained knowledge on technology that Philippines can adapt and can be modified,” said Amalin.

Engineer Leo Almazan, meanwhile, served as a US naval officer and was assigned to the naval warfare center in San Diego, USA.

“The uniqueness really is the expertise. We know and we already know what’s gonna go wrong so you don’t wanna duplicate or reinvent the wheel because we already know what’s gonna happen,” said Almazan.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said, around 569 Filipinos responded to their Balik Scientist program. However, only 187 preferred to stay in the country.

He said that the Philippines’ ranking has now improved in terms of the numbers of scientists though it still needs to increase.

“If you talk of the global competitiveness index where there are about 137 countries enlisted, we are somewhere in the 56th rank,” said the secretary.

“In the global innovation index, the number 73 rank now is an improvement from the 90th rank in 2013,” he added.

Dela Peña added that foreign investors are not so interested to venure in the country’s science and technology services due to the scarcity of experts.

De La Peña said the budget department needs to create additional positions to accommodate more scientist.

“Kung scholarships bibigay sila. Kung pampatayo ng building bibigay sila. Pero yung pag-magcreate ka ng bagong positions for researchers and scientists napakahirap,” said De La Peña. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue



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Trump on Florence: ‘We are ready’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Satellite imagery showing eye of Hurricane Florence | NASA via REUTERS


U.S. President Donald Trump said the federal government “is ready” as fears about Hurricane Florence spread south on Wednesday (September 12), with Georgia declaring a state of emergency after officials in the Carolinas urged people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm’s expected pounding winds and rain-driven floods.

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from South Carolina to Virginia. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain. — Reuters

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China has emerged as America’s favorite scapegoat: American economist

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

(lChinese President Xi Jinping U.S. President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

American politicians like to blame others for their own problems, and China has emerged as America’s favorite scapegoat, said American economist Stephen Roach.

Stephen Roach, a senior fellow of the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs under Yale University, made the statement in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV) in New York on July 13.

In his book “Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China”, Roach discussed what caused the trade deficit of the U.S. to China, and argued that the “low-saving” culture and the “enjoy-now-pay-later” lifestyle of the U.S. are the main reasons behind the trade deficit.

“When you don’t save but you want a growth, you must import surplus savings from abroad, and to do that, you run a big balance of payments deficit, and trade deficits with many countries to attract foreign capital. Last year, we had trade deficits with 102 individual countries. That’s an outgrowth of our saving-investment imbalance, not a reflection of China doing damage to us through currencies, unfair trade practices or industrial policy as the Trump Administration is trying to convince the Americans to believe,” said Roach.

Roach had worked in the American investment bank Morgan Stanley for over three decades and cooperated with many Chinese companies. He has his own experience of working with China Construction Bank to establish China International Capital Corporation Limited when he was at Morgan Stanley as an example to refute the so-called “forced-technology transfer”.

“We worked together. Of course, we shared people, we shared systems, we shared solutions, we shared strategies. It was nothing forced about that. We wanted to build a successful business. That’s what joint ventures are all about,” said Roach.

Roach continued to say that China has emerged as America’s favorite scapegoat, and it was fundamentally because of the U.S. political system.

“Why is it that we need to blame others for our problems? I think it goes back to the value proposition behind our political system. We have a very short-term political horizon. We have our House of Representatives gets reelected every two years, senators every six years, the president every four years. None of them can admit that they may have made a mistake in governing, passing laws. And rather than admit that they make mistakes, they find it very convenient to blame others for issues that arise in the United States with respect to income inequality, jobs, real wages,” said Roach. — Reuters

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Consumers in Beijing express largely unfavorable views on hefty trade tariffs set to hit this week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018


Children picking items from shelf (Image grabbed from Reuters video)


China and the U.S. are set to embark on the latest round of their ongoing trade dispute this Friday (July 6) as both countries plan to levy tariffs on each others’ imports.

With just days to go before these tariffs kick in, customers at a branch of a Jenny Lou’s international supermarket chain in north-east Beijing expressed concerns and disapproval of the trade tensions and the prospect of a heftier shopping bill. A large number of U.S. imported products — including nuts, cheese, meat, and whiskey are set to be affected by the tariffs.

China plans to introduce 25 percent tariffs on 659 U.S. goods worth $50 billion in response to the U.S. announcement that it will levy tariffs on Chinese imports.

Washington has complained that China is misappropriating U.S. technology through joint venture rules and other policies, and said it will impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods as of this Friday, the first of a potential total of $450 billion. — Reuters

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